So sorry. I had to "go away" for a few days there. I was in Birthday Cake Land. Some how I managed to have children with birthday's one after the other and after making special desserts for strangers all year long I figure it is only right to go for it and make special desserts for the most special people of all at birthday time. So to Birthday Cake Land I did go...
Quintessa's birthday was actually Wednesday but she celebrated it with her friends on Friday night for the first ever (in her second grade class) sleep over birthday party! Oh the craziness! We did it though. Fun was had by all and I realized that under the pressure of having twelve little girls all jabbering in Norwegian to me...I know way more Norwegian than I think I do! Saying things like this were very important "Alle sammen ...HUSH! Tid for sove!" (translates to "All the people ...HUSH! Time for sleep!" The girls also enjoyed trying the English out that they are learning in school on me saying things like "Hello! How...are...you? What ...is ...your ...name?" We were all delighted when we could understand and be understood!
Quintessa designed and drew me a picuture of the cake that she wanted. She even wrote out a sheet describing the figures and the colors they should be....and had a small melt down when it seemed like things just might not go exactly as planned...just like a real customer! :-D In the end I dealt with it by getting her involved in the placement of the figures so SHE could do the problem solving!
Here is her birthday cake...
Liam's birthday party was shared with the little girl next door who turned two on the very same day. We decided to have a "Woodland Fairy" theme since both boys and girls can be fairies and so the kids could dress up like fairies. We also had some dietary issues so I made the cake under the landscape regular vanilla with strawberry filling and the tower was gluten free/dairy free chocolate cake. It was really good and actually the more popular of the two flavors! Liam had no "issues" or meltdowns with regards to his cake but the same could not be said for his mother! This one has been my most challenging cake so far and yes, there were a few tears and maybe even a point where I might have driven Patrick a bit mad but somehow he knew just what to do to calm me down...it is just cake after all!
Here is Liam's cake:
And one of the Birthday Boy! (I think he has tossed a balloon in the air.)
So a fun filled, frosting filled, love filled week for sure! Now on to reality and getting packed for our move. It was fun to live in Birthday Cake Land for a while but Ålesund will be great too! (And in Ålesund the animals ears don't fall off if you touch them the wrong way!)
Oh, Ronna.....your cakes are just beautiful! I wish I had your talent and imagination. The kids must have been in heaven. After you are settled in you new job and home I want a cake webinar (is that a word?) so you can teach me. My grandkids would go nuts for cakes like this!
I know you are out of birthday land and back to the real world of packing and driving lessons. Good luck with all of the work ahead.......wish I was there to give you a hand.
What a wonderful time it sounds like everyone had and what gorgeous cakes! You are such a gifted artist with decorating and creating! Quin's design for her cake is quite wonderful! I agree you are a brave parent to have 12 young girls over for a sleep over under any normal circumstances, but to do so when you are also getting ready for a second party AND moving at the end of the month? Oh my gosh, Ronna, that is dedication to your children! You are amazing!!! 1245 days ago
Ronna, I am always in awe of your gorgeous cakes! I remember the ones you made for the kiddoes last year. They just seem to get more beautiful each year! Please give the kids a big "Happy Birthday" from me!! I hope they had a great time at their parties. Blessings!! 1245 days ago
Happy Birthday to Quintessa & Liam! You are a fantastic Mom! They will always remember these birthdays! So glad you shared these photos here. You are such an artist! Just beautiful. Quintessa must be blessed with the talent her Mom has, too. She designed a beautiful cake. And Liam's cake - is so cute; you don't see designs like this in glossy magazines. Ronna, if you ever come back to Minnesota, you could make a living creating these cakes for others. You have such talent! I am in awe, they are so unique, one of a kind. What lucky kids! (What a lucky Mom, too!) 1246 days ago
Happy belated birthdays to Quintessa and Liam! Twelve little girls for a sleepover? You are one brave mommy; that is a lot of little girls to handle, The cakes are absolutely awesome and you are amazing! Your children will always remember the special things you have done for them. 1246 days ago
Oh Ronna this blog brings back so many beautiful memories when my girls were young. Thankyou. We hand sleep overs almost every weekend from 12yrs old up it seemed. Your cakes are beautiful. They brought tears to my eyes. You really are very talented and you can see the love you have poured in to them for your children. Quintessa did a lovely job designing her own cake. She is a creative and imaginative girl. I love the sleeping mouse with the pillow!
I'm so excited about your move. I am so happy for you Ronna!
I was so excited to see your blog. You amaze me over and over again. I can not imagine being so talented. I don;t know what to say but these are absolutely amazing! It wounds just wonderful. You are an amazing Mom!!!! A sleep over, YIKES. It all sounds like a HUGE success!
I just showed these pictures to my DH. He was blown away! 1247 days ago
Your talent is so amazing... I love the detail on all your figures, especially the fairies! As much as you have learned in Oslo, they have learned from you as well. Sleepovers will be the rage this year for b-day parties! Just one month and you'll be in Alesund! to Quinn and Liam on the cakes! 1247 days ago