My birthday festivities started a few nights before the big day. Like I said in my last post, I cleaned two houses, then came home and made my cake, staying up much past my bedtime. But it was well worth it, as you'll see from the pictures!!
I literally threw my party together driving to piano lessons with my mom, which is also when I came up with the idea for my cake. My mom said something about us going to go see The Hobbit and I said if it came out a week before, I'd totally go see it for my birthday. But, sadly.... I remembered that I'd wanted to have a hobbit-themed party when it came out, but, due to Christmas parties, now thought it was impossible. Not so! Hey, even if my birthday was like a week before The Hobbit came out, that doesn't mean I can't still have a hobbit-themed party!! Instantly, images of hobbit hole cakes flooded into my mind and I grinned. "Mom!!" I giddily exclaimed. "I can have a hobbit hole cake!!!"
(This is when I say, "Non-Ringers/Hobbit fans: Beware of the abundance of hobbit-y pictures to follow.")
|Yes, I baked all this! And all gluten- and dairy-free! : )|
Now, how does most of this make a hobbit hole cake? I'm glad you asked!
(The two little circles flat on the cooling rack were for the windows.)
|The windows and (adorable!!) door in the freezer.|
|This is how I did the top of the cake. Messy-looking, right?! I was a little disappointed and hoped it'd still work!|
|My green door with a knob right in the middle. (At least that part is accurate!)|
I'm very proud of it. : )
|Torn-up marshmallows and homemade icing-covered flax cereal.|
|My chimney!! I made it out of Nutella, which I added powdered sugar to.|
|A hobbit-sized wood stack. : )|
|My sign I put on top of the cake in the refrigerator. At one in the morning, I thought it was very witty.|
The morning of my birthday, my parents went out to eat breakfast with another couple. "Us kids" had the house to ourselves and we made use of it. : )
|One of the best things about having a December birthday is the fact that my family can put their presents for me under the tree!! I love it. : ) (These are strewn out because my little brother and I had to feel and shake each one.)|
|The present that my littlest brother said was a bomb. (It turned out to be an Avengers ball.)|
|Cutie-pie brother and I!|
|Me LOVES my Gamgee Landscaping shirt!! (Take notice of the words around the 'G'.)|
You can buy your own on Etsy here.
|This, apparently, is the face Arwen gave my little brother when he said he was going to tell me what he got me for my birthday. A little blurry, but I love it!|
After opening presents, we just hung around and watched Horrible Histories videos. : ) This one's my favorite. (Special thanks to Anne-girl, who first posted the video on her blog! One play and I was hooked!) This is about the time that something occured to me.... I had an
My parents got home a while later and then we went to my grandparents' house, where some friends joined us for more present-opening, games, dinner, half a movie, cake, and the other half of the movie. (Ever After, if you were wondering.... If you haven't seen it, hie thee to Netflix or some such entertainment-provider!)
|Me opening presents. So embarrassing with everybody staring at me....|
(Sunday at church was much worse, however! Everybody sang while I was up front after playing the final song with the rest of the the worship team!)
|Our awesome P-A-R-T-Y plates that can spell a lot of different things (like 'pray' or 'tar' or 'rap') and are very useful for a great many varieties of candy. : )|
|Sticking those candles into my work of art was one of the hardest things I had to do all day.|
|The Scouring of the Shire. *sniff*|
Still wondering why My Guy missed his chance to proclaim his love for me....