We knew this would be our only chance to pick a theme that didn't involve cartoons or something so we picked an island theme. We did this mainly so we would have an excuse to dress the guys up in Hawaiian shirts and it was so worth it! They were adorable.
In the days leading up to the party I was busy ordering party decorations and checking on the guest list. I was also cleaning for company, finally cleaning up the flowerbed, accessorizing the second bathroom, and doing something the boys had never seen before - dusting. At the end of it all the house looked pretty much the same as it always does - toys strewn about and pet hair on the furniture.
I also BAKED. I barely cook and never bake. I have fond memories, however, of the cakesy mother made for me. Ever since we started trying to get pregnant seven years ago, I have been dreaming of the day I would be making birthday cakes for my own kids. I made a cake shaped like a tiki god. I thought it would be easy because it's essentially round but it took two days and was so much work! It was worth it though. Part of it was strawberry cake with a strawberry jam like filling. I thought that was really good. The other part of it was peanut butter cake with banana pudding filling. That one came out a little odd. We were left with a lot of leftover cake, but I'm telling myself it's just because people were full on burgers and not that they weren't any good. (I chose to be a snob and make from scratch.) After all the testing and tasting, I don't care if I see another cake ever again. The leftovers are in the freezer. We may pull it out on the anniversary of our 'going home from the NICU' days.
We did a private cake smashing on the actual birthday which was the day before the party.