from banner to cupcake toppers and the last of the birthday fun

February 10, 2009 |  Category:   craft dining out family life


We had a great day yesterday. Seriously, it was the best birthday yet and I’m convinced more than ever that simple is just fine when it comes to birthdays. The birthday banner became cupcake toppers for the school party and I’m going to allow myself a little pat on the back with that one – I am really into the whole idea of cupcake toppers and it made the birthday spread that much more festive. As part of the celebration, the kids decorated chef hats and paper cups, and Mark brought the juicer and all kinds of fruits and vegetables for a live juicing demo where each kid got to pick their own juice combination. What’s cool about our juicer is that you can shove a whole apple and juice it so the effect was quite impressive to the kids. I think we got a little ambitious by bringing in spinach, ginger, kiwis and beets when most kids chose apple with a combination of strawberry, but it was all good.

Later that night, we went for sushi at Mia’s favorite neighborhood Japanese restaurant (she made sure to tell the waitresses that too). As a surprise at the end of the meal, they brought out this crazy candle flower thing that when lighted, shot sparkles in the air (was too late in the photo taking to catch the sparkles). It then unfolded like a flower with candles lighted on each petal and slowly rotated around. OMG. We had never seen anything like it and we were all standing back a bit afraid, not knowing what would happen when this thing got lighted. It was magnificent. And when the entire restaurant stopped and sang happy birthday, it made this newly turned 5 year old very very happy.










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  • Tumus February 10, 2009 at 11:54 am

    omg that flower thing is just redonkulous. Heck I want one lol!
    I hope when I have kids they love having all kinds of delicious food and are just as cute as yours ^_^

    Happy belated b-day to Miss Mia.

  • Gabriel February 10, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    where can i get one of those flower things?
    the bday party with the cupcakes and juice sounds amazing…

  • Amy February 10, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    How precious! The last shot is spectacular!

  • unha February 10, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    woh. cool!!! love that crazy flower candle. what a sweet gesture from them.

  • Jenna February 10, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    I have no idea where one would be available, but I’m gonna do a search, cause it was really spectacular in the most cheesy way. forgot that it also played music, but maybe the batteries were dying because it was staticky and breaking up. And there was no way to shut it off.

  • unha February 10, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    oh, does mark have some EASY butter cream recipe handy?

  • patricia February 10, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    what a wonderful birthday! that flower is amazing!

  • Lee February 10, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Wow! A birthday to remember for sure!

  • HaeWon February 10, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Hello, I have been a fan (or a secret stalker as my husband would say) since dailycandy featured your business. We visited the flea during the summer twice just to taste your goodies and we loved it!! I just ordered some for the valentine’s day for the family. Anyways just wanted to say hello and wish Mia a happy belated birthday! Your kids are beautiful. 🙂

  • patricia February 10, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    i just love those little faces…

  • erinn February 10, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of weeks now, but have now just read that you went to Cooper. I graduated from the arch. program in 98. I think we may have been there at the same time, because I remember your name (but not your face yet!). Well, I love seeing what other Cooper people are up to. I have enjoyed reading about the lovely business that you and your husband are building. Very exciting. Me and another Cooper grad (Annisia) are about to take the leap and start a business of our own. I am looking forward to getting out of the ‘architecture firm’ world but a little scared as well.

  • alice February 10, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Happy Birthday Mia! I know that opening flower candle, we had it for my mum’s 60th, very crazy.

  • Brenda February 10, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Yay and happy bday to Mia! I love the flower candle and love her expression of magical joy. She’ll probably always remember this one. 🙂

  • Annie From Seattle (not someone you know, though) February 11, 2009 at 12:06 am

    The juicer at a party is sheer genius!

    Also, I am just now sampling through my first taste of W&S (we had a delay with our move-in “party”..long boring story). Oh my goodness. It exceeded expectations, even a week after Mark baked it. Everything was still perfectly fresh. I thought I would love the brownies the most but I am actually most partial to the cookies and the marshmallows. I don’t even LIKE marshmallows but I ate two of the maple ones tonight. Are the chocolate hearts the early grey cookies? I love them. I think they might be. And those Chocolate Orange cookies…wowzer.
    I can say this: I know my way around sugar, including some pretty innovative stuff being done all up & down the West Coast & I have never tasted anything like what I just got from you guys. With each new thing in the box, the kids and I were saying “what will *this* one taste like?” and enjoying the fun of being surprised.
    What’s next? I can’t wait!
    Ps Any chance for a cookie box of the month club? I would love to give it to my foodie friends for next year’s xmas. Or to myself. Right now. 🙂

  • Annie From Seattle (not someone you know, though) February 11, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Whoops…meant “Earl Grey” cookies. Sorry. Tired.

  • linda February 11, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    love the cupcake toppers – i will need to steal the idea! 😀 happy belated birthday to mia!

  • sara February 11, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    so nice. soon first birthday for my little girl, i will keep this post in my mind! thanks:)

  • Jenna February 11, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Haewon, thanks for visiting us at the flea! And for the order and such a nice comment.
    Erinn, I’m older than you as I went to Cooper before then. Good luck on your business and always nice to run into Cooper people. It’s such a small school that it doesn’t happen often!
    Annie, I read on the blog about the road trip…and was wondering whatever happened with the cookies! But so glad that you like them and we really appreciate the detailed feedback. Cookie of the month club? I think Mark would pass out from the thought of that at this moment (I like early grey cookies btw).