Name: Age 3
Location: Oak Park, IL
As you can see, my daughter’s 8th birthday revolved around the Cat Bus in Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro.
Two weeks after invitations were sent, our playroom was abuzz! For fun, each girl made Cat Bus pencil bags, and cut felt, glued, while we stitched the hems. Thankfully, I had lots of sewing help from family and friends – who also made sure glasses were filled and tummies were full. Though, not too full for cake! The recipe I used for the birthday cake is one of my daughter’s favorites (and mine) — Old-Fashioned Banana Spice Cake by Bradley Ogden. Before serving, the cake goes into the fridge where custard and banana slices settle in between the cake layers for 2-3 hours. Need I say more?
All in all, it was a fun afternoon, “the best birthday party” according to my daughter. Success. Happy Birthday!
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