Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Leigh's Birthday Party

Leigh has been able to say duck since she was 8 months old. So naturally, that is what kind of party she had. I have been asked by several to write out the details of the party. I will try to write out what I did.

Here is the duck cake that I made. I got the 3d duck pan from Hobby Lobby. It took 1 1/2 pound cake mixes to make it. I used a #32 star tip to ice the cake. I put it in a blue tin also from Hobby Lobby. I cut up a blue plastic table cloth to make it look like it was in water and then used clear "marbles" from the flower section. I used big flat ones and little round ones to look like bubbles. I was planning on using something else that H.L. was out of, but I ended up liking the marbles more--found them just walking around looking for something that might work. We did not eat this cake--it's actually still sitting on my counter!

The smash cake was very easy. I took a duck cookie cutter and lightly pressed down on my cake. Then frosted it yellow and blue. Very easy!

Baby Leigh loved her presents!

Big sister (dressed in a get-up) helping to blow out the candle!
Not so much into the cake!

Honey made the dress for Leigh!

My favorite view!

These were the party favors. I gathered all the duck/water songs I could find and made a cd with them (actually Sara did because I couldn't figure out how to on our computer). Then from Dollar Tree I got duck bubbles. I tied one on there per kid in the family.

Dinner: We had about 25 people there (we have large families) so dinner had to be easy. I did Mexican Pile-up. I got the recipe from Dale Sorgenfrei--anyway very easy to prepare and good for the kids because they can pick out what they will eat. I trippled the recipe and didn't have many leftovers.
1 1/2 pounds ground beef (or turkey)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 small can paste
1 can kidney beans drained
garlic salt to taste
chili powder to taste
brown meat and drain fat. add the other ingredients, stir and simmer (i put them in a crockpot)
layer regular fritos, rice, meat, then pile on: grated cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, salsa, chopped pecans, chopped black olives, and coconut (just try it)
I gathered all the duck items from around our house to use as the center piece of the kids tables which doubled as toys for them to play with.


Anonymous said...

anna, i know that you worked very hard and long to get this perfect - and perfect it was. thanks for a great day. honey

Anonymous said...

I will always remember the d
"duck party".

Kim said...

so adorable!! That's too cute!! you're so creative :)