Kudos to the Petersen family for a fantastic swamp-themed home birthday party today. I love a good home birthday, and this one had it all, including a vegan and gluten/nut allergy friendly alligator-themed cake made by Jenny Ouellet of HippieCakes–delicious! Thanks to Meghan and Kevin for thinking of us, the pseudo-vegan-ish Courchesnes, in your menu planning. Birthdays can be a real bummer otherwise.
My niece, the birthday girl, was composed, stylish and discerning, as she has been since the day I met her three years ago in a Maryland hospital.
Face and hand-painting were a hit, and my sister Mary and I were challenged by requests for Power Rangers and “a ninja punching straight out at a brick wall.” (Malcolm is nothing if not particular.) Now we’re back home enjoying the old-timey balsa wood gliders from the boys’ goodie bags, and Simon is watching in horrified fascination as the toy alligator he got soaks in the sink and expands to a slimy-skinned, gelatinous rehydrated monster toy. A fine, fine day was had by all.