We had a mini celebration about a week before the actual birthday. For one thing, I don't bake usually bake cakes but two or three times a year - yup, at birthdays - and so I had to "ease back" into the "baking groove". For another, the little boy had been asking for an Angry Birds birthday, and even though I know not the first thing about fondant and what not, google search came up with sooo many cute cakes and ideas, and I knew I had to at least try out some of them.
I knew I wanted to start with a simple cake, so I baked a round cake, iced it with store icing, and then used what we had on hand to decorate it. I arranged sliced strawberries, some blueberries, some mandarin orange slices, a couple of M & Ms and a couple of Kit Kats, and VOILA!
The little boy absolutely loved it! He was delighted to no end, and of course, went straight for the chocolate bits :) He asked for some after dinner, several nights in a row :)
The Birthday Part II
We celebrated the little boy's birthday with the bible class ladies last year, and thought we'd do so again this year. Cindy was going away to camp and so would not be able to make it to "The Birthday Part III", and so we tried to make this one extra special as well.
Even thought the ladies knew about it, I hadn't hyped it up with him any, since he was busy counting down the days to "The Birthday Part III", and hadn't really been told about this one.
After class, we got him and Xia Yu from the playroom, and gave him a surprise party! I know he loved it when everyone shouted, "SURPRISE!!!!:.
Of course, he ran past the cake I had spent a whole day making,
straight to the presents :).
I don't blame him. They were super cute, if I might say so myself :)
It was really sweet of the ladies to help celebrate the little boy's birthday. They've known him since Day 1, and I guess, even BEFORE that :)
The Birthday Part III
A couple of weeks before the birthday party, I had gone online to several different websites to try and get some Angry Birds party stuff, since they weren't in the local Walmart and like that. ( The little boy kept telling everyone who would listen that he was going to have an Angry Birds Birthday ) The store that I finally went with was "Birthday in a Box".
In my search, I had come across several mothers/bloggers who had used them and were more than happy with their service. There were some others out there that offered slightly better prices, but didn't turn out to be very trustworthy, after a slightly more detailed search. I know, I can be quite persnickity when it comes to purchasing things online.
As a bonus, they even offered free personalized items/presents when you buy a certain amount from them! ( Which I took full advantage of )
I had to supplement with a few things from trusty ol' Walmart, but after that, we were ready.
We had it at Judith's house again this year. She has been so gracious year after year in asking us if we would like to have the little boy's birthday party in her back yard.
The bulk of the family was there to help celebrate,
along with Ji Wei & Gao Fei & their 2 kids, Xia Yu & Bruce, as well as George ( A Taste of Asia & AM Donuts ) and his daughter, Karina, whom Jaxon had known since they were both babies.
I left it up to Walmart's Bakery department this time for the cake and cupcakes. The little boy was quite thrilled :)
Then came time for presents. Everyone was really sweet and generous, and Max came over to help Jaxon with his loot. LOL.
A pair of Space Angry Birds sandals saw action right away :)
As one would expect, there were a lot of Angry Birds related gifts. There was even one from the little boy's aunt in Malaysia. :)
Thank you everyone, for helping make the little boy's birthday such a sweet one.