Friday, June 19, 2009

Dalton's 1st Birthday: Beach Party!

Dalton turned one! We had his birthday party last Saturday at the beach. We had cousins and friends come celebrate with us. Since we were partying at the beach I decided to make a crab birthday cake.





The crab cake was not as intense as the WALL-E cake but still took a fair amount of time to make. Most of the time was spent frosting the legs. For those who may be curious, here's how I made it...The body was made out of two round cakes and I carved the two sides to come to a slight point. The claws were made out of a second round cake that I cut two circles out of and cut to look like claws. The legs were made out of Twinkies that I cut in half. I used a buttercream frosting to frost and decorate the cake. Then I sprinkled graham cracker crumbs around the cake for the finishing touch. It was a lot of work but also a lot fun to make. I was happy with the outcome, thank goodness! I am always so worried about whether it will come out like I've pictured it or not. This one did. Yay!

I put little goodies together for the kids. I got sand pails and put each kid's name on them. I tied a rake on each pail and filled the pails up with a bag of goldfish crackers, fruit snacks, and a water gun. The kids loved the water guns.




This is Dalton's cute birthday outfit that his Grandma and Grandpa Speirs got him. The shorts have little crabs on them. So cute!


How cute is this little girl?! This is our friend Emily. (Connley calls her Emmy.)








Dalton is a climber. This is him climbing the pizza boxes to see what dad is doing. I sure love this kid!


Mmmm. Everybody loved the pizza!








My cousin Katie took some really cute pictures for me. I love this one of Dalton with his dad.


Katie
Connley managed to get a hold of two guns...
















Birthday cake time! Katie took these pictures for me too. She got such cute shots! Thanks Katie!!


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Once everyone got their pieces of cake we let Dalton have the rest. He liked that!

He like it so much in fact he decided to get into the left over pizza too!


Presents!!


Happy 1st Birthday Dalton! We love you sweet little boy!!




Katie
We had a blast! Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us!!

51 comments:

iknowjewels said...

That is such a cool cake and party favors! I'm not a kid, but I am dying to go to one of your parties! They are just so adorable.

JONESIES said...

LOVE the cake. You are so talented. I wish you lived closer so you could teach me some of your tricks. Your awesome!

The Smith Family said...

Again, you have out did yourself. The cake looks so WONDERFUL. Where do you get your ideas from? I'm sad we missed the birthday. Miss you guys. It's so small and HOT here.

Marissa said...

You are crazy with the cakes! Seriously, how do you come up with your ideas? You should go into business! Happy Birthday to Dalton, he's such a cutie!

Alyssa Jenkins said...

That is awesome Jen. You are amazing! I love the cake, and party favors. I love your ideas!

*katie* said...

So, so fun! We are so glad we were able to make it!
p.s. so wish we were going to powell with you next week...so sad:(

Anna Marie said...

Awesome cake!

Looks like a fun birthday party. You are so creative :)

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As I was combing the 'net searching for images of cakes decorated like crabs, I stumbled across your blog and your adorable creation. Thank you for the great idea--my cake copied from your "template" turned out great! Just out of curiosity, did you do anything special to frost the Twinkies? I had a really hard time with them, so on the off chance that I might ever make this cake again, I thought I'd ask. Thanks again...

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