Monday, March 26, 2007

two-hour party people

Today – at 3:23 p.m., to be exact – Iris turned three years old. This morning she came into our bed, quite literally in her birthday suit, having shucked her pajamas in her room, and said of her new doll, "I don't know what she's thinking. Sometimes she drives me crazy!" My big, grown-up girl! Three years old and long-suffering already.

Yesterday we pulled off a Greek goddess party for five children under five and their families, thanks muchly to the creative suggestions of the readers of this-here blog. We made invitations:

and a Greek temple cake. For its scuptural properties, I highly recommend seven-minute icing. J, an architect in real life as well as in the kitchen, fielded many jokes about cake being his modeling medium of choice. I definitely see a niche market for his practice: discerning consumers of baked goods and fine design.

For the younger artists, goodie baskets held origami irises (I know, I know, but if the ancient Greeks had a method for making flowers out of folded parchment, I don't know about it) and markers

for coloring mythological beasts and beings on placemats.

Pegasus flew in for the occasion

as did the goddess Iris – for a little while, at least.

It was such a nice day, the party ended up on the porch. Don't you know that porch swings were all the rage on Mount Olympus?

A good time was had by all. Then it was over, and the birthday girl stayed up to play with her presents (and her indulgent grandmother) while her proud, partied-out parents took a nap.


Blogger June said...

What a fabulous birthday party! All the ideas/details are wonderful and so well executed. The cake is fabulous!

11:30 PM  
Blogger Ali said...

Your cake and Pegasus really made me smile. Happy Birthday Iris - your party looked a lot of fun!

4:27 AM  
Anonymous kirsten said...

so great - good job! my husband would never attempt to make a birthday cake.
happy birthday to iris!

9:13 AM  
Blogger amy h said...

Happy belated birthday, Iris! It looks like it was a fun party.

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

You survived! What a great theme and those kids are all out-of-control cute!

3:08 PM  
Anonymous erin said...

Happy Birthday Iris! and you too Angelique. looks like it was a fabulous party.

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this blog, and am so sorry we did not make it to the party. It was nice having our friends in town, but I was itching the whole time to see the party decorations, cake, and of course that cherubic smile. Happy Birthday IRIS!!!! & great job, MOM!!!

8:13 PM  

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