Lynann, thanks for sharing your cake recipe! Always looking for a new one!
Mares, I think your travel plans sound really fun. I always love a good wedding. Haven't been to one in so long! Malcolm will surely enjoy just being with you and along for the ride. Plenty of people to watch too.
Carrie-- I would definitely take up the in-laws on their offer. wouldn't that make life so much easier? We had DS's first birthday party at my dad's house, and it was terrific. I was such an emotional train wreck that day. I cried all day. Happy tears, but no way I'd have been able to be the sole hostess of a party at my own house! This time it's different and we are going to be way more low key with fewer people, but still, might not be a bad idea to hit up someone else for use of their home.
Becky, the remodeling won't be forever. Surely it will be in some state of completion before Rafe requests a birthday party-- and if he's anything like my son, he'll want to have his parties somewhere "on location" like bowling, or at the park, etc. maybe you'll never have to worry about it anyway ;)
Still on the fairy theme here. Now I have my dad in on it. He has a "fairy garden" at his house (major green thumb, my dad, and among his many, many plants in his house he has an aquarium filled with little "fairy" plants. The grandkids LOVE it!), and I had DS write the fairies a letter requesting some pixie dust to be used at his sister's first birthday party. Boy, did they deliver! The next weekend he got a small jar filled with sparkly pixie dust! He had me sprinkle some over his head, convinced it would make him fly. Oh, to be 4 years old again.