February 20, 2013

Funfetti Birthday!


Sometimes, with birthdays, themes are planned. Yes? And sometimes they sneaky up on you and jab you in the temple, demanding to be noticed. Actually themes aren't that rude. I think a better, less violent way to describe the manner in which an unplanned theme can approach is to say that it tugs the hem of your skirt, asking to please please be noticed.

Nah. It JABS YOU IN THE TEMPLE.



The funfetti theme that managed to insert itself into Julia's latest birthday came as a request from my kiddo, and then it snowballed from 'Let's have a funfetti cake!' to 'Let's bring funfetti cookies to school!' and 'I would like funfetti pancakes please.' I think maybe I'm imagining that she said 'please'.

And I realized that my Best Friend Pinterest had long since given me a recipe for funfetti pancakes. (go see my Happy Fun Times board for all the bits of awesome all-things-party related business I've culled together.) So off we went with the funfetti theme!

Julia had wanted "an intimate gathering of friends" sleepover soiree, a term she picked up from 'Phineas & Ferb'. And we decided that everything from the food to the favors would be colorful and sprinkly.

Because life is better when it's colorful and sprinkly. 'Tis true.

The funfetti cookie recipe I used came out GREAT. I would totally make them again. The kids in Julia's class expressed extreme approval. One boy said he'd give them a 10 out of 10. High praise, yo!

I followed the advice someone mentioned in the comments for the recipe and flattened the cookies with the bottom of a cup before baking. The cookies come out really nicely sized. You could of course make them smaller to get a higher yield from the batch, but I wanted nice big cookies to hand out to the kids.

Moving on to the cake. I took the easy way out. I did not make the whole deal from scratch, I used funfetti box mix. What an interesting.....artificial flavor it has! Next time I'd bite the bullet and do it all homemade. We did pink vanilla frosting on the outside and this chocolate icing for the middle layer.


The birthday girl had a rip roaring time by the way. She had three friends spend the night with her, and they went on a scavenger hunt for their party favors, made their own mini pizzas, and watched a movie (this one). Then they finally made it into their sleeping bags and spent about 45 minutes chatting and READING BOOKS TOGETHER, it was so cute!

Also someone mentioned Bigfoot and then they all got scared. And asked for more food at 10pm. I told them that if they were sleeping, they wouldn't be hungry. Actual sleeping occurred at 10:45.

I'm amazed I came away so unscathed by little girl bedlam. OR SO I THOUGHT.

The following evening after all the party biz? Julia came down with a fever.

Lesson: too much funfetti makes you sick.

STILL MORE FUNFETTI! I made this recipe for the funfetti pancakes. The pancakes almost didn't happen after I moseyed downstairs to discover that we HAD NO EGGS. This was on the heels of Andrew going to the store for me the previous day and asking me if we needed more eggs. I was like, nah. So the poor dude had to get THE BLOODY EGGS at 8am.

I loved the recipe! Unlike the Valentine's pancakes, these funfetti pancakes didn't make me feel royally ill. But Julia preferred the Valentine batch so go figure. I think these came out fantastic, with a nice texture and awesome vanilla-y flavor.

I was most impressed with myself at this point.



By awesome coinkidink, my little bro gave Julia this cute cute card that had sequin cupcakes, which I found to be very FUNFETTI-ESQUE.

I never really want to see any more funfetti again. But maybe you do? I must direct you once more to my Happy Fun Times Pinterest board because I have even more funfetti treats over there.

Funfetti, funfetti....this word starts to look really weird after you gaze at it for too long....

27 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to your sweet Julia! Best wishes! I hope she recovers from her fever quickly!

    That cake looks fabulous! I am not a fan of sprinkles but the kids love them! They would even eat a spoonful of spinkles!

    Oh gotta love those Pixar short animations! I didn't know they had a DVD version of all of them.

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    1. It's a great video Cherie, we love it!

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  2. Happy Birthday, Julia! I love the Funfetti theme, especially the pink frosted cake. My hubby has a great love for Rainbow Chip cake. Did you know that there's a difference between Rainbow Chip and Funfetti? Yes, yes there is, my dear. And it most definitely matters to the Rainbow Chip aficionado.

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    1. Wow, I had no idea. I must see one of these cakes! Are the chips big like choc chips? This is all very mysterious.

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    2. They're those little confetti sprinkles (http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=98A824E4-423B-522D-FE32AB4C4D8E7CE7&killnav=1). They do sell big ones, but the real deal rainbow chip cake uses the little ones. I have yet to master making one from scratch, though. White cakes from scratch are hard to master... the last time I made one it came out too much like an angel food cake (not my favorite).

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  3. Everything looks darling! The cake looks so pretty, as do your cookies and those pancakes! And I love the photos of Julia with her balloons. And the beautiful cupcake card. And you can never go wrong with Pixar, in my humble opinion. Love that they read books together!

    Wishing everyone a speedy recovery.

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    1. She's already much better! Now I feel a little bleh. I think I have winteritis :)

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  4. I'm totally impressed! Look like a seven year olds dream come true. :) Sorry she came down with something... bummer. I especially want a funfetti cookie... mmmm, looks delish.

    You are very daring with the sleepover fun. I have yet to get the courage for any thing like that. We have cousin sleepovers every now and then... those about do me in! And I feel like I can treat my nieces and nephews like my own children (get mad if they are stinkers) but other peoples kids... I wouldn't know where to begin. ;)

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    1. Oh boy, it's such a tricky situation! There was a sticking-out-tongue issue that arose in front of us after we asked one of the partygoers to wash hands before dinner, and Andrew and I were like, huh. Now what? I told the kiddo, Um, I'm pretty sure your mama would be pretty bummed if she knew you were acting this way. That seemed to silence the issue.

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  5. Aw! I love this theme!

    Happy Birthday Julia!

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    1. she really loved it Juju! i guess there's a reason that FUN is in the word funfetti :)

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  6. Awesome! I love the cake and am planning to do one very similar for my daughter's birthday! The cookies look so yummy! I could totally eat like five right now!! I hope Julia is feeling better!

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    1. The cookies came out really well, although I was so nervous while they were baking ~ they were spreading out so large, I was seriously alarmed! They came out great though and are real fist fillers :

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  7. Oooh! What a FUN birthday! She looks so happy and that cake beyond yummy! What a great day and a great theme!

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    1. It was a lot of fun, although I'm still patiently waiting for her to let me throw the fairy party of my, I mean, her dreams. Ok this is just my dream, I may as well admit it :

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    2. Well, why dont you have your own fairytale party?! A couple of years ago my husband and I threw a Mad Men party for our birthdays (we're just a little over a week apart) it was fun!

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    3. you are so so right. I have a number of parties I want to throw for myself! the fairy party, a japanese tea party, a Hello Kitty party, oh I could go on and on....:

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  8. I read every word of your posts and they make me cackle with laughter Melissa.

    Funfetti is a hilarious theme. I didn't even know it was a thing, and now we're throwing parties in its honour.

    For my 8th birthday my parents let me have a sleepover with 15 friends. We put up tents in the garden, Nd we were all so loud my father ended up telling us to shut up or we'd wake up the neighbours. It was so embarrassing!

    Hope you are well, take care! :) xx

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    1. ha ha ha! You're so kind and sweet Hamilton!!! Ok, is this for real??? 15 KIDS???? Your parents are SUPERHEROES of AWESOME. One of my best girlfriends let her 10 yr old have 12 girls over for her kiddo's last b-day and I was positively squeaking with horror at the idea! She has nerves of steel though, my friend. I would have to have been given some kind of sedative to be able to handle that much kid chaos :)

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    2. Haha! Yes they were brave! My grandmother came over about half way through in a long flowing patterned kaftan and started playing with us all which kept things under control.

      But at 3 in the morning we were squeeling with excitement.

      Julia looks like she had a tonne of fun!

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  9. Wow! Looks so fun and I think that is a perfect theme! Love how you found the letter candles to spell out her name!

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    1. It was fun! And I am still oh so tired! :0

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  10. funfetti rules! poor julia. i hope she's ok now. fiona's fever was relentless for 5 days.

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    1. she's not very bad. 101-102 for about day, now it's hovering between 99-100 and she's sniffly and a bit low energy. We've been reading 'Ramona' books and watching 'The Wizard of Oz' for the first time. I thought it would BLOW HER MIND. It didn't. Kids these days.

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  11. I think funfetti is a fantastic party theme!!! And Julia looks so lovely and grown up!!! Sorry to hear about the fever, but I'm glad it wasn't throw up that followed all the party fun because I imagine that cleaning up funfetti puke pretty much takes all the fun out of it!

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    1. I wonder if the funfetti would be visible? ha ha ha! one time as a little girl I drank Sprite and then threw up and it was fluorescent green, it was incredible!!!!!!!!!

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