To start, I went to the wonderful, cannot be disregarded, Pinterest. As I've said before, I LOVE this site! All the ideas organized in one place the way you want, basically, it's an online pin board. You choose the folder titles, as few or as many as wish. (I have not been compensated by Pinterest, I just REALLY LOVE this site!) And not to be outdone, never underestimate the ideas friends post online. They can be really fun!
Case in point, for your birthday, I wanted to start a new tradition. I wanted to start a birthday wake-up surprise, something different every year, but possibly always including balloons (we'll see how this progresses through the years). So this year, I found this on Pinterest:
(Photo courtesy of organizeyourstuffnow.com.)
And here's our implementation, and your wonderfully surprised face!
(He he, I think you liked it. - wink)
The second thing I wanted to do was to create your birthday cake. I'm not the best cake decorator but I found this on Pinterest and thought it was perfect as you LOVE M&M's:
(Photo courtesy of www.artsyfartsymama.com.)
Knowing that there was no way I was going to be able to make this and do your request of a chocolate cake and cupcakes with blue frosting (you were quite insistent I might add - smile), I came up with this and am pretty proud of it:
Yup. There you have chocolate cake and cupcakes, blue frosting and your favorite candy, M&M's. I used a new recipe called The Best Chocolate Cake from a friend, and will be honest, I will ALWAYS make this cake if I have a request for Chocolate Cake. It was FABULOUS!!! I used half the batter to make the cake (basically is just one layer of the cake) and then used the rest for the cupcakes. Worked out perfectly!!! I also used the recipe for the frosting, with some minor adjustments (I always half the vanilla extract and add the other half with almond extract - never use imitation, the real is SO much better), added blue food coloring and VOILA! MAGNIFIQUE!
It was so much fun celebrating your birthday! You had fun, helped me make the cake, and you are starting to really remember the moments and tell us stories about what happened! You are growing into such a great person and I love watching you learn with each moment!
Again, happy birthday to my little Miss E!!!