Every child is an artist. – Picasso
This is the most color this site will ever see :) It is also my longest blog posting ever, so you may want to grab a coffee, sit down and relax.
My youngest son just celebrated his 2nd birthday with not 1, but 2 parties. Yes we start having more than one party at 2 years of age. Crazy, but fun! This is the dessert bar from his “friends” party. 2 is still a tough age for them to be into anything long enough to plan a party around, so I decided to go with an art party theme. I like having backgrounds for my dessert tables and came across this crayon canvas. I rushed out and grabbed my supplies and got DIYing. This is a 48″ canvas and required 2 boxes of 96 crayons. All you really do is glue the crayons to the top of the canvas and hold a hair dryer to them until the wax runs down. It was super easy to make and really makes a statement.
We live in a very monochromatic home so this piece has since found a new and loving home.
The table seemed bare without a centerpiece and when I came across these 3D balls from How About Orange, I knew they would be perfect. You can make your own by visiting their site here.
This is quite possibly my most favorite cake ever. Not necessarily for the taste but for the uniqueness of it.. I knew I wanted to do a rainbow layered cake, but was dreading having to ice the darn thing. I see perfectly iced cakes online and have watched how-to videos on YouTube, but I really wanted to keep my sanity through the whole thing. I was watching Rachel Ray and she was featuring super easy and quick ways to ice your cake. One of them was to pipe chocolate onto parchment and once it was dry, gently place the hardened chocolate on your cake and you’re done. That got me thinking. I had lots of left over melting chocolate, so I started piping it onto parchment as she suggested. Then I decided to take it one step further. I remembered my oldest son had made a drawing of our family including his younger brother. We are a family of 4 (and will stay that way:) so I am not sure who the others are on there, but that is for another day. I took my son’s drawing and placed it under the parchment and traced the drawing with the melted chocolate and once it was ready I covered the cake. I think it worked out great and really fit with the “art party” theme, and hid my pathetic attempt to smooth ice the cake.
The guests at the party were impressed with the outside of the cake, but there were many oohs and ahhs once the cake was finally cut.
This is another Pinterest gem from Seven Sisters that worked great for my art party. Using paint samples I picked up from a local hardward store, I sewed the edges together and that became the napkin + utensil holder.
And lastly, here is a picture of my now 2 year old. He is such a sweetheart and was pretty accommodating in letting me capture some images of him at this great stage.
Happy Birthday Giuliano, we all love you like crazy!