Found a cute new book called Lin Yi’s Lantern just in time for the Moon Festival this week, and Ro and Ree immediately spotted the craft page at the end and decided to try their hands at paper-lantern making.
Then they declared that this would be an excellent activity for the kids at their birthday party next month, and I’m thinking they’re right!
So anyhow, lantern-making is now on the party activity list. Which will be easy. For the not-so-easy part, my friend Maggie and I will be (fingers crossed) making a dragon cake for the party. We did a mini-dragon trial run today, and after the initial screwups and a cake-crisis trip to Target* to buy new bundt-cake pans and more cake stuff (argh), our baby dragon turned out pretty well!
The real dragon cake on party day will look basically like this (but way better because it will be the second cake we’ve ever made – haha can you hear my slightly maniacal laughter?). It will have eight curves and be four-and-a-half feet long (made with four bundt cakes instead of the one we used today). It will also have a thicker icing that doesn’t melt in our 80-degree kitchen. Gah!!! At least that’s the plan. We ate part of it tonight, and it was delicious, so at least we got that part right. Thanks to Dawn for the wonderful idea and the many detailed emailed instructions. If you change your mind and decide to fly in and help us make the cake, we sure would be excited. Heh.
If the dragon goes horribly wrong, TubaDad will be forced to make a crack-of-dawn run to procure emergency backup cake the morning of the party. Poor guy. I’d better check now to see which local bakery is open the earliest...
* Did anyone else take home one of those adorable crazy-patterned velvet Missoni coats for little girls today? It was just staring right at me as I walked to the kitchen aisle. Squeal.