Our littlest turned two a couple of weeks ago, but we took a quick family trip on his birthday and didn’t really get any celebrating done on the actual day (although we did go to a lake that has since been closed due to toxic algae, but I digress). To make up for it, we invited grandparents, great grandparents, and a couple of our favorite aunties over for a celebratory dinner when we got back into town. Despite my love of big, over-the-top parties, I usually keep our family birthdays simple and low-key. For this one, we had corn on the cob and store-bought kettle chips, some pretty amazing french dip sandwiches, a big green salad (to use up as much produce from our garden as possible), and our favorite raspberry and peach lemonades. I made chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and put good, old-fashioned colored sprinkles on top. But then I couldn’t help fancying them up just a little; it made me sad not to do anything to them!
8″ paper lollipop sticks
a good pair of lungs (Oy!)
1. Grab a water balloon and blow it up to about the size of a pear.
2. Tie the balloon shut using the usual method, but before slipping if off your fingers, stick one end of a lollipop stick through the loop. This takes the teensiest bit of coordination.
3. Put the stick in a cupcake–voila!