The Tessa

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Our Tessa turned 5, 4 days after Christmas. We enjoyed a family celebration on her birthday with a chicken noodle soup lunch and a chocolate pound cake with “white vanilla icing the drips inside the hole” per request of the birthday girl. The cake was delish, even if it came out in a couple pieces, and the icing looked like spaghetti noodles. It’s still kinda pretty.

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Sweet, sweet girl. Happy 5 years.
We had a party for her with all her friends a week later. Everyone is so tired of partying, sweets and gifting. I find one week (or more) just makes people happier. The request for the party was chocolate cupcakes. I couldn’t get a good “theme” out of Tess, which was fine, we made it about animals and everyone was happy! I made pandas (!!) with the buttercream icing left over from cake #1. It was seriously yummy. Kept it cute and simple. Mini Oreo ears, easy. Melted chocolate chips in a ziploc bag with the tiniest corner snipped for piping eyes,nose and mouth. I was done decorating 24 of them in no time. All kids were pleased, and icing was so so yummy. Butter and sugar, can’t beat it.

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Piggies in blankets, juices, fruits and nuts. All you need. And I guess your favorite plastic animals in little party hats (thanks Martha, or Pinterest).

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Love my sweet baby. It was so great making life happy for her 5th birthday. Her big brother and sister helped make it bright too. She is a light for everyone she touches. We can’t imagine life without her. It’s so great to be a Tessa.

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