Weekend Photos in Review – The Pre-Birthday Edition

by Cate on February 5, 2012

Hello Sweetnickers, happy weekend to you!

Friday sunset

Madeline’s fourth birthday is officially still six days away, but the kids aren’t with me next weekend, so we squeezed most of our birthday celebrations into this weekend. When we saw Dolphin Tale many months ago, there were previews for Big Miracle, and Madeline was transfixed. Animals? Especially water-based ones? She’s so there. We found out when it was opening up and marked our calendar. Very fitting that it opened on her pre-birthday weekend, and it became the perfect way to kick off the festivities.

But first, a quick dinner at home.
Pizza at home

Big Miracle

I told Madeline she could choose Saturday morning breakfast, and she’s in love with these new heart-shaped donuts she spied on a recent commercial.
New favorite

This was her first year having a “friend” party, and I embarked on making forty-eight cupcakes.
Smells like...

Nick walked in right about this point and told me the house smelled like a bakery.

I think that was a compliment.

Hot pink frosting

She requested chocolate cupcakes with pink frosting. I added a batch of vanilla too, for the non-chocolate lovers.  You know, like her mom.


Ready to go

Madeline wanted a unicorn-themed party, so I went with rainbow lollipops, a sheet of unicorn stickers, and a unicorn rubber duck stuffed inside a unicorn muslin bag. Simple.
Rainbow lollipops

Goody bags

All hands were on deck as we stuffed the bags twenty minutes before we left for her party.

All hands on deck



Cupcake #1

Time for Wishes

Cupcake face

And then today was our “family” party, including Aunts, grandparents, cousins, honorary “Aunts,” Mystic and his daughter. More celebrating, and more gifts. She is lucky to be so loved by so many awesome people.
Jewlery box

Rainbow fruit platter

Sophie hard at work

Birthday cake

Unicorn cupcakes

Me and Monks

Inside of cake

Sadie digging in

Sadie and Taylor

Birthday fireworks



Giggly Girls


This is about how we all feel tonight. Insanely busy but fun-filled weekend.

To my special Saturday night and Sunday morning kitchen helpers, thanks again, I couldn’t have done this weekend with you.

On a programming note, starting tonight, I’m going to be shifting to a new publishing schedule on Sweetnicks. I will be posting Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights now. For my weekday office readers, that means a Monday, Wednesday, Friday post for you.

See ya on the flipside!

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Sarah February 6, 2012 at 2:02 am

Looks like an amazing weekend … Love the unicorn party photos — and those poppers look like so much fun. Hope Madeline had a wonderful pre-birthday weekend.


Joanne February 6, 2012 at 6:32 am

It looks like the party girl had a blast! I’m so sorry, again, that I couldn’t make it.

You really rainbow-ed and unicorn-ed it up!


Becky May 17, 2012 at 8:05 pm

How did you make the hot pink frosting?


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