Saturday morning, the festivities continued with a party. Grace requested "yellow cupcakes with pink on top", which I must say let me off pretty easy, considering what she could have requested. I used royal icing and it didn't turn out quite as well as it usually does-- it was crumbly and stuck to the paper cups. I'm not sure what I did, although it has been exactly a year since the last time I attempted royal icing so maybe I am just really out of practice. Oh well, the toddlers all scarfed them down anyway and they looked pretty.
The party was on the big side; I think there were 35-ish people in our house, counting all the parents and kids and a few babies. We requested no gifts, which I totally would have done for Grace's party last year if it had occurred to me. (We were days away from putting our house on the market and then moving across the country. Grace got some lovely things, but face it-- we did not need MORE STUFF.) Who knows? Maybe we'll make it a tradition. We as a family have more possessions than we need anyway, and in economic hard times it seems like a nice way to go. And then both those arguments are even more compelling with a big party. I sort of relish throwing parties like that, where all the rooms are full of kids playing and adults chatting and every single one of Grace's toys is out on the floor being played with. I like cooking and planning for parties, and I don't even mind cleaning before and after. Well, not too much. Last week did feel pretty busy and draining, though, with all the preparations on top of the normally consuming life with a toddler and an 8-week-old baby; I'm glad that life is more calm this week. I've even watched TV and done some sewing! Speaking of which, I shall go see if I can finish my skirt before Violet wakes up insistent and hungry.