cupcakes

Alexa Turned Two

My little girl, Alexa, has turned two (last month — another late post)! Time flies just like that! We also had welcomed our new bundle of joy, Luise, a few weeks back. Hello, sleepless nights!

Just like Alexa’s first birthday, we had another DIY party for her. But she had fun this time because her friends were there too! We did not have any games like other children’s parties (due to my poor hosting skills and space constraints), but we had lots of food, non-stop Barney videos, and kids running around, laughing, and screaming. It was such a fun chaos!

Now let me share with you my labor of love for Alexa for this year…

The cake.

It’s a funfetti white cake with rainbow petal buttercream frosting. I did enjoy doing the frosting. I got both the cake design and cake bunting printable from posts in Pinterest.

cake1

cake2

12074858_10152952739430876_7611765512122995656_n

The cupcakes.

They are rainbow cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and rainbow rice sprinkled on top, also from a post in Pinterest.

cupcakes

May this year be as colorful as these cakes for our first princess.

Thanks for dropping by!

Alexa’s Mom

Advertisements

DIY: First Birthday Party

Oh wow! I can’t believe it has been more than 2 months since my last post! Things have been busy at home and in the office. My new job is great so far.

Our dear princess, Alexa, turned ONE year last month. At first, I was hesitant about giving her a party. Reason is, she won’t remember anything about her first birthday. I, myself, only remember my first birthday party through pictures.

Then, looking back at my childhood, our parties are all prepared by my Mom (and we remember her for that!). We don’t have event organizers, 100 or so guest lists, or anything fancy — just homemade food, simple party games, cake blowing and loot bags for the guests. On my 3rd birthday, I had a costume party, with all my friends dressed as super heroes, and myself dressed as a metro aid (street sweeper). It all happened at our humble home.

So I thought, why not I do the same? A party prepared by us, for Alexa, with LOVE!

Everything was DIY.

The cake. It was my first time to make a fondant cake, and I can say it was a success! It is a one layer chocolate cake covered with white homemade marshmallow fondant and the owls and letters are made of store-bought sugar paste.  The owl designs are adapted from YouTube

The decors. Since we’re on a tight budget, I made the decors out of colored paper. Simple yet it has brightened up the living room. Thanks, of course, to Pinterest!

These are photos of her from birth to 1 year. How time flies!

The food. All were home-cooked. We had spaghetti, chicken lollipops, and spring rolls, just as what Mom used to serve our friends during our birthday parties. Of course, we have the dessert table in addition. My sister K from Manila sent over a cake she made especially for Alexa. We called it the “mini me” cake, see why..

Isn’t it pretty? It’s got Alexa’s nose and chubby cheeks!

Here’s the dessert table…

The banner design is a free printable from Pinterest. Sorry for the poor photo quality, the light is too bright outside. Here’s another shot, with the birthday girl.

And the cupcake stand — vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting…

We also had chocnut (chocolate + peanut, from Manila), red hotdogs + heart marshmallows, and a bowl of grapes.

It was very simple yet a whole lot of fun! I hope our princess enjoyed herself too.

 

Thanks for dropping by,

Alexa’s Mom

 

 

Ideas: Baby Shower

I know everyone’s excited for the weekend. Here I am at my work desk, doing what I enjoy most nowadays (you guessed it right — Pinteresting!), while patiently waiting for the clock to strike at 6pm then off I go.

In my previous post, I mentioned that we will be moving to our new house next month. It’s one of the exciting things that me and hubby are looking forward to, and we want to share that joy with our family and friends — by inviting them for a BBQ house warming party sometime this August.

Due to time and budget constraints, we thought of making it a house-warming-slash-baby-shower-slash-joint-birthday party (my and hubby’s birthdays are both in August). A storm of blessings that calls for a (4-in-1) BIG celebration!

I’m not an expert when it comes to BBQ-ing, but we have friends who can help us with that. All I need to do is prepare the marinated pork/chicken, fish, corn, and all else that are great when grilled. And maybe some cooked food as well. I can plan for that later.

What I am excited about is the dessert table which will be dedicated for our baby, Alexa. As usual, I have collected inspirations for baby shower decors in my Pinterest board, Baby Love:

{via}

{via}

Love the table setup! Bright colours! Even the drinks match to the colour theme.

{via}

Pinwheels! The décor was used in a wedding, but wouldn’t it be cute for a baby shower as well? Lovely prints!

{via}

Another type of pinwheel which is just as gorgeous! The little pompoms, framed prints and the little round colourful confetti with the gender printed on it are also great ideas.

{via}

If you want the guests to guess your little one’s gender (that is if you haven’t spilled it out yet!), you can use this for your “guess the gender, choose a colour” game. (Note: For tutorial of the DIY candy baby pacifier, click photo or here.)

{via}

Of course, it’s “G is for GIRL” for me! Not much of a fan of cupcakes though, just love it when they are pretty and colourful. I will make those little banners with more colours and stick them on brownies and muffins.

{via}

Isn’t this cake a cutie? Love the crib and the little sleeping baby in it!

My cousin in the US is giving birth to her first baby boy sometime end of July after being married for 6 years. I am so excited for her! Thank God for Facebook, we are able to share pregnancy stories with each other. She will be having her baby shower in mid July. Looking forward to seeing their photos!

My due date is exactly 3 months from today (28 September 2013). Soon entering the last trimester.

Oops, baby Alexa just poked on my tummy to say a “hi” to you all! 😉

Have a great weekend, guys!