Sunday, September 13, 2009

A 1st Birthday, Outrageously Tasty Ice Cream Cake and Sweet Party Favors

Our little man turned one early last week and we celebrated the big day last Sunday at our house. My parents were in town, a bunch of our good friends were over, and the weather was absolutely perfect. Originally, I was going to bake a cake or brownies for the party. But we recently discovered the Frozen Dairy Bar here in Falls Church, and they have the most unbelievably rich and creamy frozen custard. When I was there a couple of weeks ago, I saw a sign advertising cakes and couldn't resist getting one for Cashy's birthday.

We were not disappointed. We got the large (see photo above, $35), and it was more than enough for the 12 adults at our party. They make your cake the morning of the day you pick it up -- and you could tell. There is chocolate custard on the bottom, crushed Oreos in the middle, vanilla custard on top and then frosting. The cake decorating was okay, but the taste and texture more than made up for it. Cashy loved it and, of course, got it all over his face and most of the rest of his body. It was super cute.

My Mom, Rose -- Crafting Queen -- made the sweet party favors (above). She dreamed them up and created them within about a day after we decided we were going to have the party. She's so crazy. In addition to being a self-taught crafter (she's also an excellent scrapbooker and makes bouquets, boutonnieres and wreaths, among other things) she is an insanely good gardener, a great cook and has an eye for interior design and fashion. I will show you more of her handiwork in future posts.

Speaking of cooking, I made baked rigatoni for the party and it turned out REALLY well (if I do say so myself). Most importantly, Cashy loved it. He's definitely part Italian :) The recipe, which I'll include it in a future post, is based on my Mom's. But I still need to write it down. (I'm finding that I'm more like my grandma and mom than I ever thought -- so many recipes are in my head and I just "eyeball" the ingredients.)

Thanks to our families and friends for making last Sunday a lovely and memorable day!

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