Helen Jane is pretty.
Genevieve chose her, under the direction of my mother-in-law, as a birthday present. Genevieve chose her name because she's deeply interested in Helen Keller just now. For a week before Helen Jane was officially adopted on her birthday, Genevieve talked non-stop dolly and names and happy plans.
Genevieve is very happy with her doll. Almost everyone who meets Helen Jane for the first time asks if she's an American Girl doll. She's not. Apparently there is a whole world here, much bigger than my sister's doll Molly, that I'm clueless about.
The funny part of Genevieve's birthday are the cupcakes. I made 22 chocolate cupcakes to take to school. I thought Pinterest might help me transport them with ease. Yes: I made a grid of masking tape on my biggest pan that also has a lid (my policy is to only buy bakeware with lids).
It worked well, but as I described the whole episode to Rebecca, she informed me that she has dedicated cupcake carriers! So, next birthday, I will borrow the special boxes.
The real part is the cupcakes and napkins themselves themselves. I filled the cupcake papers too full like a novice and the cupcakes rose up and overflowed into a big mess. I cut them out of the mess while Genevieve watched dubiously. They looked better with a simple buttercream and the sky-blue crystal sprinkles that Genevieve had chosen.
For her at-home birthday, I used the same cupcakes and frosted them with peanut butter icing (from homemade peanut butter - not totally smooth, but delicious) which I attempted to make pink with red food coloring. It was salmon colored.
|a leftover iced cupcake on the glass cake plate
And those dumb napkins. The morning before we carried the cupcakes to school, I realized I had no paper napkins to send with the cupcakes. We stopped at the nearest drugstore on the way to school and I shelled out $7 for birthday paper napkins. I was not pleased, but hey, it was poor planning on my part. So my plan is to find birthday fabric, cut it into napkins with a pinking shears, and have a class set of cloth napkins to offer with our cupcakes or to anyone else who wants to borrow them (free laundering by me!).