Will's 2nd Birthday!

This post is so late - but better late than never.

I kept saying I didn't want to have a big birthday party for Will's 2nd birthday..I, however, am an event addict and just couldn't help it!  We decided the week of, very last minute, to see if people were around for a cookout.  We ended up with a great turn out and Will had a blast! 
I think my favorite thing is seeing the little ones playing together. They used to just play around each other but now they're constantly looking for each other to play with.  You can hear, "Hey Will, come play over here!" or "Jimmy and Carter! Come on!" and they all run to do something new.  I look forward to watching these boys, their siblings (Jimmy's sister Maggie was born last week!!  She's going to give them a run for their money!) and all our other friends children all grow up together.  :-)

Now my favorite topic - food. I followed my own advice and let people bring things when they asked! We're close enough to some friends that I just tell them to bring something..I know, sounds horrible..  but Chris makes the most ridiculous italian calzone you've ever eaten and Jim throws together wings and shrimp like it's his job..  Sometimes I feel like Joe Mayo from Seinfeld, just assigning people jobs at the party.

I made my feta and broccoli calzone and dill dip and burgers etc.  My mother-in-law made her delicious cookies and a tortellini salad. This tortellini salad is legend at our parties.  My sister-in-law introduced me to it years ago and I haven't stopped making it since!  Recipe later in the week.  Point is, everyone brought something which made our last minute decision party very successful.

The star of the party? Was it the birthday boy or our beautiful neice Calla or my little cousin Jack who thinks he's the host at every party (he totally is.) or the margaritas that Laurie made? Nope..the stars of the party were the cupcakes!!!  There were RAVE reviews.  Seriously, people walking around saying, "these things are addicting!!", "so light and fluffy and the frosting is perfect!".  Woohooo!!! 
An old friend started her own cupcake company in the area - Whimsical Little Cakes -  and I've used her twice so far.  Both times the cupcakes were delicious.  A couple of months ago I saw she posted pictures on her facebook page (click here to Like her facebook page and keep up with her new creations) of the Dr Suess' The Cat in the Hat cupcakes that she had made and I put in an order right away.  See the pictures below.

All in all a great party.  Can't wait until the next one. :-)

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