Since Saturday, I've been wanting to share with you some photos from Nina's 2nd birthday party, but honestly, this is the first day I haven't felt completely exhausted by it! Why, you ask? Well, we had been planning to host the party in the backyard, complete with wading pools, a slip-and-slide, sprinklers, water balloons, squirt guns, and grilling out for the adults (24 of them) and kids (12 of them). Guess what we woke up to on Saturday morning? I bet you already know...50 degrees and rainy! So it was on to Plan B.
My husband decided that we would have the party in the garage. Classy, right? We bought finger paints, lots of other little goodies for indoor play, and borrowed an inflatable bouncy house from our favorite neighbors. It worked. But it has taken me days to find all the lollipop sticky spots and leftover ground-up potato chips in my house, because, inevitably, despite our best attempts to keep the mess in the garage, you all know where everyone ended up. The kitchen! (Oh, and don't you love the above photo of all the dads just shoveling food in, hovering over the table as if it might try to escape?)
On to my good news: the cupcakes. I found this amazing food coloring at Michaels, and it is so much better than the stuff they sell at the grocery store! It comes in such a variety of colors and is easy to use. (If you click on the link above you can see all the colors they offer.) Check out my cupcakes below!
I thought the cupcakes looked like they could have been from a Dr. Seuss book or something. Lots of fun colors! And to make the swirls and dots in the icing I just used a plastic baggie with the corner snipped off and squeezed the icing through...no complicated pastry bags necessary!
As for Nina, she never even knew that the party wasn't exactly in it's original form. And once the cupcakes made their appearance, she was in heaven. She even took a moment to share some of her green icing with daddy! Who cares if she was in the garage?