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#1 of 17 Old 10-29-2011, 06:16 AM - Thread Starter
 
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It's 6am. DS' birthday party - 5 hours away. I have been defeated by the gods of baking. My first homemade chocolate cake is too small so I have to make another layer. DH had a work party function last night, I texted him to get more cake flour and sugar on his way home. I got up at 5:30am to start baking - he only got cake flour.

 

We have to miraculously design an under the sea motif on this unfinished birthday cake.

 

 

The caramel apples I decided to do at the last minute as a party favor look beautiful. Except I have nothing to wrap them in.I thought I'd just use plastic (saran) wrap but that turned out looking incredibly crappy. The nearest store with those cellophane treat bags is about 25 minutes away.  Unless the local Safeway has something but I'm afraid to get my hopes up. Maybe higher quality saran wrap? I was using the awful Walgreens brand.

 

My house was such a disaster that I had to take a 1/2 day off work yesterday just to get ready for the party.

 

At this point I'm just drinking coffee and staring into the darkness. I've only had 5 hours sleep. I'm so happy I'm serving mimosas at the party.

 

Aaaaaand, DS just woke up. It's 6:12 am.

 

Next year - invite 3 friends to go bowling.

 

ETA: Did I mention that I"m also making a hot lunch for 15 kids and their accompanying adults?

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Happy Birthday to your ds!

The caramel apples will taste the same no matter what they are wrapped in. Kids will not care.

 

Inviting a few friends going bowling sounds like a nice celebration plan. We don't do parties and it is nicely stress free.

 

 


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I would do waxed paper for the apples. it sticks less. Kudos to you for the party he will love it.

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Mama you need to stop worrying.  If the cake doesn't make it... run to safeway and get them some cupcakes.  They won't care.

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You can do it! I second the waxed paper for the apples - tie it on with ribbon, twine, yarn - whatever you have and it will look great. 

 

For decorating the cake - print out some fish and shells, glue them onto popsicle sticks or skewers and stick them into the top of the cake. Blue tinted frosting to resemble water? 

 

It'll be fun! 

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Stick the apples on cupcake liners, no wrapping, they'll be fine.  

 

Hope your friend the coffee helped, I know I turn to it at times like that too.  I'm sure the party is going fine now.

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get some of those wierd bright colored goldfish crackers and put them on the cake! google "goldfish crackers on cake" and you will see tons of easy ideas!

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Well, it's over. The Safeway produce manager saved the day by giving my a whole bunch of cellophane from the floral department to wrap the candy apples in. Going to the store and looking pathetic at 7am pays off!!

 

Party over, I'm exhausted. And I"m having an adult beverage.

 

I have too many caramel apples and the extra cupcakes I made because the cake looked to small never got put out.

 

Seriously though, I'm not doing this next year.

 

Thanks for all the replies! :) 

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Good for you. 

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Glad it turned out! :-)


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Heh! Parties, you love 'em or you hate 'em... On the bright side, you have a whole bunch of cupcakes to console you!

 

How did the cake decorating go?


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No she has a cake!  Dig in mama!

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Heh! Parties, you love 'em or you hate 'em... On the bright side, you have a whole bunch of cupcakes to console you!

 

How did the cake decorating go?


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I bet it was a terrific party. Happy Birthday to your ds and good for you for persevering and pulling it off! 

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I say that every year winky.gif

 

Hope you were able to enjoy the party!

 

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Ack! I feel you - my daughter turned 3 on Sunday, and we invited pretty much everyone we know with kids (wtf were we thinking?!) and I decided to make her a rainbow cake. Once we realized that 50 people were coming (!) I had to make a batch of cupcakes too. We pulled it off, but I was wiped out, and it was so big that it totally overwhelmed our poor daughter, so she had a meltdown in the middle of the party and we had to retreat to my room for almost an hour. She rallied for cake and Happy Birthday singing, everyone had fun, but I am NEVER having a party that big again!


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Ack! I feel you - my daughter turned 3 on Sunday, and we invited pretty much everyone we know with kids (wtf were we thinking?!) and I decided to make her a rainbow cake. Once we realized that 50 people were coming (!) I had to make a batch of cupcakes too. We pulled it off, but I was wiped out, and it was so big that it totally overwhelmed our poor daughter, so she had a meltdown in the middle of the party and we had to retreat to my room for almost an hour. She rallied for cake and Happy Birthday singing, everyone had fun, but I am NEVER having a party that big again!



Fifty people! Oh my god, no. Just no. :-) 


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