Tuesday, November 11, 2014

An Amazing Race Birthday Party

Hey guys,

My sister and I have always enjoyed planning elaborate night games for her birthday party, often involving finding stations around a field in the dark to solve a puzzle, but this year we decided to change it up a tad and went with an Amazing Race themed party. We set up stations all across our neighborhood (thanks neighbors!) and were able to string together a pretty diverse, hour long course for the racers. Stations ranged from decorating cupcakes to hunting for a car parked randomly, to digging in a bowl of a spaghetti blindfolded to pull out the correct amount of change! Overall, it went great, and I think setting teams of three rather than pairs helped when navigating the neighborhood!

This station involved transporting a stuffed anumal across the playground without touching the ground while holding the animal.

It was really fun for me trying to teach someone how to decorate a rose on a cupcake! As you can see,  some of the girls were naturals, while some needed to redo theirs.

This was a basic chocolate cake, and while my frosting job is a bit subpar, it was delicious!

This is a coconut lemon cake. It had coconut frosting, lemon curd filling, and lemon cake.

For dinner we did a barbecue. I think it's evident in the background of all of these pictures that our colour scheme was yellow and silver!



Our family is fortunate enough to own a lovely condo in the heart of Kitsilano, Vancouver in British Columbia which we visit for a month or two every summer to escape the excessive heat in Minnesota.  It's simply a fantastic area with stunning scenery, great trails along the ocean, and way too many bakeries! It's incredible to be able to walk down the hill to the ocean in the morning in the mist, stop for a cinnamon bun at Grounds For Coffee, and be an hour drive from Whistler! I totally know that's it's November (the snow make it rather obvious), but I thought I'd post some summer pictures as I've neglected to post anything since March. Here are a few of my favourite things :)