I’m pretty much all about the theme. I learned it from my mother. You don’t just clean your house before a party. You change all the light bulbs from 100w to 25w because it really is all about creating the illusion. And with a theme it just looks like you are so much more pulled together than you necessarily are. When you have twins born the day before Halloween, I figure you have a built in theme every year. So, whatever they chose to be for Halloween – poof we had a cake. This year was one of my personal favorites. They were supposed to be Grumpy and Happy from the Seven Dwarfs (I was the magic mirror – and I felt I was going to be seriously cool 🙂
But then Eleanor derailed me and decided to be a pumpkin. I don’t know why. I’m not sure she felt a need to justify her reasoning to me. Threw my theme for a loop. But then it made me feel like a good mother when I let her out of the theme obligation and into the cutest pumpkin costume ever! I feel like this birthday was well in advance of my experiments with fondant (therefore I cannot guarantee that the stem and leaves are not in fact play doh – actually looking carefully, that is definitely a play doh rolling pin to the right :-)). It was also the first time I tried free hand drawing of a character. I still love it!
Only downer of the whole event was that everyone kept telling Grace what a cute Santa Claus she was! Hello . . . her hat SAYS GRUMPY! She will actually get quite up in arms about the whole things still today.