I'm a fan of coupons, DIY, being thrifty, and snagging a good deal. I cashed in a ton of Huggies Rewards Points for a $75 Amazon gift card and snagged some great party decorations, got coupons from Recycle Bank for $14 savings on the food items from my local grocery store, and was able to use Shutterfly coupon codes to order free Thank You cards, address labels, and photos I used to decorate a wall for the party.
This is the fat caterpillar at the end of the book. :) Bruce has many food allergies, so I made his smash cake (head of caterpillar) dairy-free. My very first foray into fondant - using homemade marshmallow fondant. This was simple cookie cutter letters - and with the leftover fondant my daughter made "confetti" circles to decorate the tray.
This was my first foray into piping frosting onto cookies - they turned out pretty good for a first try. Julia (my oldest daughter) and I made no-chill sugar cookies. Way unhealthy, using a boatload of butter, but sooo yummy and very easy to roll out and work with the cookie cutters.
Royal icing was a simple powdered sugar and water combo - thick for outlining the edges, then a bit more water added to thin the frosting a bit to fill in the rest of the cookie. I used Wilton gel colors to tint the frosting and piping bags with different size tips to frost the cookies. It did take a looong time to make 4 dozen cookies though, so these were a true labor of love. (Gave me a great excuse to binge watch Sherlock!)
I filled 2 tables with food, here's a shot my daughter took of the work in progress.
Rainbow Jello for Dean. He was soooo excited about the rainbow and clouds (Cool Whip on one, none on the other for Brucie, me, and any else who is dairy-free - hey, that rhymes) AND it was actually really good. Then again, I'm a Jello fan.
The chicken caesar salad was Sunday's "one green leaf."