Tuesday, September 1, 2009

back to school dinner

after being inspired by this (on so many levels...), i decided i really wanted to start the tradition of a "back-to-school" dinner with my kids. i really loved the idea of making crowns, so i decided to steal that idea as well... imitation is flattery, remember? anyway, as i was at michael's picking up a few things for jack's crown, lucy asked if she would get one too since she is starting "homeschool preschool" (as she calls it) this year. since i convinced her that staying home was the way to go this year, i didn't want her feeling further left out of the whole school experience, so i thought i should make her one, too. then i couldn't have finn be the only guy without a crown... so, everyone got back-to-school crowns, whether they are going to school or not. it is, after all, a transitional phase for all of us...
yes, i made napkin rings out of an old paper towel roll.
and yes we have monogrammed napkins... you do know my mother-in-law, yes?
i still let jack pick what he wanted for dinner, as he was kind of our guest of honor, and we served pink sparkling lemonade in (plastic) champagne glasses, which i think was lucy's favorite part...

i made little tags for each of their glasses with a personal virtue for each to work on for the coming year.
and, what dinner table is complete without darth vader hanging around...

warning: what comes next may shock you. i have been drooling over how pretty and fun this cake is for quite sometime (and it generally just reminded me of childhood... not that we ever made this, but the color scheme and general excitement of it), so despite the food coloring issue (i kind of hate food coloring and all that artificial junk...), i finally decided as a one time deal i would make it...
i frosted the outside before the kids saw, so when we cut into it they were shocked and amazed...

jack had about two bites and said it was way too sweet (or just tasted like artificial dye?) and opted for fruit and whipped cream instead. lucy and finn had no problem eating it, even though it tasted like a giant, packaged hostess treat of some kind. but come on, how cool looking is it? and the joy of cutting into what appears to be a plain white cake and discovering this inside? so worth it...

so, here's to a happy school year!

and thank you so much to all the birthday well wishes... i am going to pretend it is my birthday every couple weeks to get all that love in the comment section...


6 comments:

the Speiers said...

Geeze and Lili just got some gnocchi. Come on Allie we want a rainbow cake!! - Luke

Anna said...

That's an awesome cake - I'm very impressed!

Lucia said...

so when exactly will the powers-that-be start awarding the super-mom prize, because, umm, i think you win and win and win. and your kids might never want to leave home ever, even when they are like 18, or when some hot girl or guy tries to seduce them away, because having you as a mom is so much better than any alternative. and... can you be my mom?

The Willowettes said...

If Jack doesn't want to eat that amazing cake, there are 3 adult children at The Willows who would be more than willing to take that off your hands!

:)
Jen

GC said...

That is truly amazing Emily! Beautiful!

You Are My Fave said...

Best mom ever. That rainbow cake is the coolest.