With Alyssa settled in at school, her 2nd birthday party underway and all our little home improvements completed, we can finally start preparing the nursery for our little boy who is due to arrive in just 8 weeks! I’m excited about creating a special space for our son, where we’ll be spending a lot of time. I want a space that feels appropriate for a baby, but also something practical that would feel connected with the rest of our home.We are reusing many of the basic pieces from when Alyssa was little, but I am hoping to transform the room so that we still get that “new” feeling before baby arrives.
One of my really good friends, Nicole, has a new-found interest which is turning into something really awesome and I couldn’t be happier when she agreed to make Alyssa’s birthday cake. She was also kind enough to give a step-by-step guide on how she made the cake, should one of you ever want to try your hand at one! Here are her notes:
It all started on Thursday evening. As a part time baker, the key ingredient to advance baking is the additional ingredients for a soft moist cake. Hayley asked for a one tier chocolate cake & I added a special pink sponge layer which created this beautifully tall naked cake in all her glory.
I decided to make a photo collage for Alyssa’s birthday of her second year and found this cool idea on Pinterest. It was so easy to do, the hardest part was selecting which pictures to print and use as we have taken like thousands over the past year! It was so much fun putting it together and it was a great way to show party guests Alyssa’s milestones and different events during Alyssa’s second year.
We celebrated Alyssa’s birthday at Giraffe House in Stellenbosch on Saturday and had so much fun! The venue, the weather, the animals and the guests all contributed to making the day oh so special for our little princess. Being February in Cape Town, I was at first a bit concerned that it may be extremely hot and unbearable at the venue but it seems that Autumn is making an early appearance and on the days leading up to the party I was actually praying that it wouldn’t rain on Saturday morning!