In honor of Oliver's 3rd birthday we enjoyed a visit from Ryan's parents (Oliver's Granddad & Groovy) and threw a big party for all of our friends. (If there's one thing that we love to celebrate in this house it's life!)
Ry's Mom, Oliver and I set out the day before the party to assemble a cake much like the one pictured here.
She was a trooper, but boy it sure would have helped to know that MckMama posted a very helpful recipe here. We totally winged this one, and I imagine my sweet and helpful mother-in-law would have been less nervous about the whole matter had I given her a recipe to go from. Next time. :)
(How about that handsome, kid-sized Williams-Sonoma apron
I picked up at a yard sale last summer?)
So, about an hour before the party began, we finally completed our masterpiece. Our only main difference from the original is that, in a house full of art majors, we just could not let ourselves leave out sweet little Indigo from the rainbow.
Our TRUE Rainbow Cake:
(admittedly not as perfect as the original, but we're learning!)
A few photos from the party:
And, in a lame-o effort to catch up on the past few weeks of garage sales,
here are a few of my recent finds:
$2.00 - 5 great fall candles - I have a few burning even as I type!
$0.25 - Brand new bottle of Nexus Humectress conditioner (they had a bunch of these, so my Mom, sister and I all grabbed one).
$0.50 - Headphone shirt for Oliver - he's actually wearing this right now too :)
$0.40 - 3 eyeshadow pallets and 1 Pier One Bath tea - seriously, so many people had big boxes of brand new things to buy. There were probably 20 bath teas and a ton of eyeshadows.
You probably can't tell from the picture, but on the right beneath the bath tea is actually a $15 gift certificate to the Macy's Salon. The house that was selling the new candles and eyeshadow was actually handing these out as well! How is that even possible?? I'm planning to head to the mall for a pedicure soon!
(In case you're keeping track, so far I'm up $11.85!)
$5.00 - awesome natural wood basket, pears, 4 fall votive holders with votive candles and one large candle bowl with 3x5" pillar candle. Oh, and a bunch of glass bead garland that is happily displayed on my fireplace right now.
Free - old, red, cast iron skillet - I think it's maybe for making cornbread? It is perfect hanging above my kitchen sink!
(notice the curtains I recently made to dress my window? A bit of hemming, a few staples on a board, some wall brackets and a couple of contrasting ties and VOILA!)
$3.00 - blue square vase/planter thing - not sure if it's maybe uncool to display this with nothing in it, but I adore the color and it makes me so happy! (There is still a price sticker on the bottom for $82 from a home decor boutique in LA). Not bad!
Final tally: I got all that great stuff and I managed to be UP $3.85! Not too shabby!
Okay, that's all I've got in me for now. I'll try to not let so much doggone time go by before posting again. :)