In the end, I didn't make barn yard animals. Henry's toy barn had all the appropriately-sized livestock (plastic stock?!) this little barn needed. Accessorized with Katie's owl and pumpkin cupcakes, and my own haystack cupcakes (with fondant pig butts peeking out!) we ended up with a pretty nice barn yard cake to ring in Pete's second year!
In case you think that the party was all about cake, you should know that there was quite a feast beforehand. Bill and Katie hosted grandparents and friends for a pig roast (because you know all one-year-olds want one!) and I just had a hard time looking at the pig. I knew it was being roasted. I know that I am a hypocrite because I buy deli-sliced ham and bacon, but the immediacy and reality of THAT pig roasting outside of our house just kinda made me feel bad, and though I don't want to get into a debate about why this does and should bother me, let me just say that I love the movie "Babe" and I won't be able to watch it with Henry, not for a while...
Following are photos of the party, followed by pics of the making of Pete's cake. Hope you enjoy!
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And here are photos of the creation of Pete's birthday cake:
Pete had a terrific first birthday party. Hope you enjoyed reading about it!