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It's birthday season! Over the past couple of months Evie and I have been doing the birthday circuit. I don't mean to make it sound laborious. We actually enjoy it a lot. Evie loves anything that involves friends and cake. I try to get out of the house each day with Evie and it's a bonus for me to go to an event which entertains both of us.

A couple of weekends ago we had a double header with Eddy's 2nd birthday in the morning and Audrey's 2nd birthday in the arvo. Evie was in lolly / cake / jelly heaven!

Eddy had a Hooray for Fish theme for his party. I offered to make some fishie cupcakes which gave me a chance to improve on my previous efforts. This time I used vanilla wafers to add fishie tails. I think they look much better than last time. Carolyn made Eddy a great Little Fish birthday cake. ("Hooray for Fish" is one of Evie's favourite books. I can recite it from memory.... Hello Little Fish, swimming in the sea, I have lots of fishie friends, come along with me....).
Eddy's Birthday
Eddy's Birthday

It seemed winter arrived that weekend with some wild weather so unfortunately we were confined indoors for the party. The kids didn't seem to mind though. They had a great time jumping up and down on Eddy's bed (who needs a trampoline?). Euan and Evie are great cuddlers. They kept cuddling each other on the bed. Every time Euan would get up Evie would say "again! again! again!".
Eddy's Birthday Eddy's Birthday

Eddy's Birthday
Eddy's Birthday
Euan and Evie
Evie is such a big fan of cake that she was asking for a slice from the beginning of the party. I explained that we couldn't eat cake until we had sung Happy Birthday to Eddy. This meant that the second after we finished singing Happy Birthday, Evie asked "Can I have some cake please!?" at the top of her voice. At least she asked politely.
Eddy's Birthday
Eddy's Birthday


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jess - 18th Jun 2013, 15:21 tags: birthdays eddy baking cupcakes


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Sydney / Melbourne: Morning morning
Project5213 Week 17

"Inspired by OhHappyDay I jazzed up some paper party hats for Evie's party. I turned paper party hats from Spotlight into little clown hats. I added a crepe paper fringe and glued on little poms poms. I think they turned out really well; very colourful and clown like. I did feel a little bit silly though after spending a few hours gluing on poms poms with craft glue and stapling on crepe paper. All that effort for a two year old's birthday party. Whatever makes you happy, right?"

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jess - 13th Jun 2013, 08:46 tags: project52 project5213


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The other big thing for Evie's birthday was her birthday cake. I had pinned lots of circus birthday cakes in the months preceding Evie's party. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration (and a terrific time waster).

I decided to attempt a double layer cake decorated with fondant and an elephant balancing on a ball. I figured I could manage fondant stripes and polka dots. For the elephant balancing on the ball I totally cheated and bought an elephant shaped cookie cutter.

My cake definitely looked homemade (it adds to the charm, right?). I don't find fondant difficult to work with although I don't know all the tips and tricks for making it smooth. After the party I spoke to a friend who is now decorating cakes as a side business and she said you can learn how to do anything on YouTube (anything?). I'll be doing some more research before my next birthday cake effort. I'd really like to improve my skills.
Evie's circus birthday cake
Evie's circus birthday cake


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jess - 10th Jun 2013, 20:57 tags: evie birthdays birthday_cake cake_decorating baking


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Melbourne / Sydney: Sunday evening
Project5213 Week 16

"Another symptom of the independent toddler stage is Evie having an opinion on what she would like to wear. I don't usually try too hard to enforce my clothing choices on Evie. I love it when toddlers are in mismatched clothing. I think it's really cute. For example, the purple hat she made at Elliot's party was a favourite for a while. She not only wore it around the house but it also had a outing to Johnson Park one afternoon.

In one of the books we read to Evie, Red is Best, the little girl in the book only wants to wear red things because she can run faster and jump higher when wearing red. The mother in the book tries to convince her daughter to wear different items of clothing that are not red. Sometimes I find myself sounding like the mother in the book. Especially the other day when Evie was determined to wear her red shoes with a pink dress. I said
"your white shoes go better with that dress, Evie" and I know Evie was thinking "but I can jump higher in my red shoes Mummy!". "
Evie Evie Evie

Evie Evie


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jess - 9th Jun 2013, 20:41 tags: project52 project5213 photography evie


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Our little girl is two! I can't believe how quickly the last two years have gone. She now looks like a little kid when she's dressed in jeans and her hair is up in pigtails (it's just long enough to put in teeny tiny bunches). I can no longer pretend she's my baby. Waaaah!

In this birthday post I'm not going to write about Evie's milestones. I've decided to devote my project 52 updates to Evie. It's a really nice way to keep track of all the exciting, clever, cute and amusing things Evie is doing. I turned all of our FuShMuSh posts from Evie's first year into a baby book for Evie. I might do a book out of my project 52 updates (if I ever eventually catch up).

So in this birthday post I'm going to write about another topic that's close to my heart...parties! I love many of the things associated with a good party. Hanging out with friends, caaaaake, jumping castles. And of course I also love the party planning side of things.

I picked a circus theme for Evie's party this year. I'd seen some cute carnival parties on Pinterest and I thought it would make for some cute kids' dressing up. It's probably the last year where I'll be able to pick the theme for her. Evie wasn't 100% clued in to what birthdays were about before her birthday but now she's all about presents, cake and blowing out birthday candles. I'm sure she's going to be a birthday expert next year. I think I'm looking at Princess, Peppa or Dora parties in the not too distant future.
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I'm going to break this post into several posts because I've been writing it for a week already and it's still not published. First up.... dressing up! I love me a dress up party. I know everyone doesn't love to dress up though so we had a couple of easy options. I had a dress up box in a corner with a some different circus outfits for the kids. I also had clown hats and clown noses for the adults to play with.

I dressed Evie up as a tight rope walker. I didn't make any of it (bad crafter! oops!). I just used stuff we already had and I bought a few items. We had a yellow tutu from Cotton On already. I bought a sparkly headband from Cotton On (Evie called it her bunny hat because she thought it looked like rabbit's ears) and I bought her a little orange parasol from Ebay. Evie takes a little while to warm up to new things so we did lots of practice dressing up in the weeks before. We didn't manage to get a photo of Evie on the day but I do have a few from our practice runs.
Evie dress up Evie dress up Evie dress up
Lions and lion tamer

Hamilton Simon the lion tamer Audrey

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jess - 4th Jun 2013, 13:14 tags: birthdays evie


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