Friday Follow – Party Time! – Frugal Novice

Friday Follow – Party Time!

I stumbled across a blog recently called 5 Minutes For Mom, which is based on the premise that every mom can take five minutes for themselves to relax, read relevant content, and connect with other moms out there in the blogging world. They’re hosting the Ultimate Blog Party, which starts today! All week long there are chances to win prizes, but also to get to know other blogs and bloggers. I think it sounds like a great idea, and decided to take part. I’m even hosting a giveaway over there, so be sure and look for my item!

For those of you that are stopping by for the first time as a part of UBP10, my name is Christi. I’m 28, a Christian, and am raising two boys with my (amazing) husband in west Texas. One of my sons, J, is 2 1/2, and C will be one year old NEXT WEEK! I’ve blogged for almost three years on a private blog for our families – mostly posting photos, videos, and all the details grandparents love to read about. My mom encouraged me to start another blog, and I finally decided to take the plunge. I initially started this blog with the idea of writing about my attempts at being frugal, and that’s still at the core, but I also write about things I love to do, experiences in parenting, and whatever else is important to me at the moment.

In the spirit of the Blog Party, I thought I’d share a little about plans for C’s upcoming birthday party. First, the theme: cars & trucks. That was pretty easy to decide, since they’re things C plays with all the time (and, let’s be honest, it also came down to finding a theme we hadn’t used for J’s birthdays). Next up: invitations. Here’s the final product – minus a few key details. ;)

Now, can I make a confession? We still haven’t mailed them out yet. Tomorrow… hopefully!

I’ll make the cake, and am planning to attempt a 3D car. Nothing fancy, but I’m hoping to carve a convincing shape – partially to save money and avoid buying a pan that we’ll likely use just once, but also because I think it’ll be fun. Brian and I like to work on cakes together, so it’ll be a team effort, I’m sure. Making our own cakes is a tradition in our family – here are some of the cakes we’ve done over the years:

This iPod cake is the first one we made after getting married. We kept it pretty simple – we didn’t do any carving, and I think we pressed bowls into the icing to use as a template for the wheel.

An (out-of-proportion) NES controller was next. This was our first foray into using fondant. We haven’t used it since, actually, not to say that we won’t again in the future. I don’t care for the taste, but there are so many adorable things you can do with it.

Next came a cake that most of you will look at and wonder, “What the heck is THAT?” Brian is, if you couldn’t tell from the NES cake, a pretty big gamer. The next cake is modeled after a game he played called Katamari Damacy. This one was a lot of fun to make – we baked it in a metal bowl to get the half-sphere shape, and used peach rings and Dots to aid in the decor.

I wrote last month about the most recent cake for Brian’s birthday. Now, we’ve done cakes for my birthday too – I just don’t have photos most of them! Here’s a minimalist cake Brian made and decorated all on his own for my 27th birthday:

One last cake – well two, really. Here are J’s cake & smash cake I made for his first birthday:

I just realized I haven’t figured out what to make for C’s smash cake – if the “big” cake is a car, what should the smash cake be? Ideas are welcomed.

For decor we’ll probably keep it pretty simple. I like to use solid bright-colored table cloths, plates, napkins, and cups. We’ll make a banner with cars and trucks on it, and I plan to fill a big hurricane vase with some of the MANY cars we have in our house – gotta love free decor, right?

I’m sure the closer we get to the party, the more details we’ll think of – and I’ll be sure to post photos afterward. In the meantime go check out the Ultimate Blog Party and Friday Follow, and have a wonderful day – the weekend is upon us!

Edited to add – part of my participation in UBP10 is to list some prizes that I’d like to win, from the HUGE list of those to be given away. I kind of felt like I was window shopping as I looked through the list! There are so many great prizes… here are my top five favorites (besides mine, haha… I’m US32, by the way!):

• US39: Be My Guest certificate, good for a 2 night stay for a family of four, at any Hilton Garden Inn, provided by Hilton Garden Inn and Bloggin2Noggin.

• USC17: A $200 Apple gift certificate, provided by CmomGo. We’re big Apple geeks!

• USC39: A $50 PayPal cash prize, provided by MomDot.

• USC8: A $55 e-gift card to, provided by Kelly’s Lucky You.

• US74: $30 Amazon gift card, provided by (What can I say? I love Amazon!)

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  • JamericanSpice April 11, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Hi, I’m visiting from the UBparty, I’ll peruse around your lovely blog a bit.

    Nice to meet you and enjoy the party!
    .-= JamericanSpice´s last blog ..Ultimate Blog Party 2010 – Apr 9-16 @5M4M – Win lots of prizes! =-.

  • Janene April 11, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Have a good time partying with UBP10. Stop by if you get a chance And see what we have to help you Stop Drop and Relax. Visit our store at and Prepare To Be Pampered.

  • Wendy (The Local Cook) April 11, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I’m super impressed with the cakes! Hope you’re enjoying the party.
    .-= Wendy (The Local Cook)´s last blog ..Ultimate Blog Party – Come on in! =-.

  • xenia April 11, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Your blog is really cute and I LOVE the cakes! My 3-year-old has decided for some reason that she wants to have a giraffe-themed party for her next birthday, can you come by and make a giraffe cake for me? :)
    .-= xenia´s last blog ..{Review & Giveaway} Measure Up Bowl: Portion Control in a Bowl ARV $30 =-.

    • Christi April 11, 2010 at 2:05 pm

      Xenia, you could do some really cool things with a giraffe cake!

  • Stacey April 11, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Those cakes look FABULOUS! Enjoy the UBP!
    .-= Stacey´s last blog ..Can I still call her ‘baby’? =-.

  • Charla April 11, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Thanks for encouraging me to join in the UBP fun. I like your prize from Target! :)
    .-= Charla´s last blog ..5 Minutes For Mom’s 2010 Blog Party =-.

  • Rita April 11, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Hi Christi! I found you on your Mom’s blog…and the UBP =) Glad to connect, looking forward to getting to know you more through your posts! Check out my Hawaii Art Print Giveaway on my blog:
    .-= Rita´s last blog ..Party Like a Blogstar! =-.

  • Rita April 11, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    ohmy goodness, what AWEsome cakes =) And Congrats to your C! My baby is 18 months, what an exciting time ha!!!
    .-= Rita´s last blog ..Party Like a Blogstar! =-.

    • Christi April 11, 2010 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks, Rita (@ Photography by Rita) – I love your photos!!

  • One 2 Try April 11, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Love the ipod cake! Thanks for participating in Friday Follow. Rita @ One 2 Try.

  • Shop with Me Mama April 11, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    You are very talented with those cakes, wow! So nice to meet you and happy party week! Stop by my blog when you get the chance!

  • Dayngr April 11, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Beautiful blog design and cutest cakes ever.

    Dropping by to toss confetti, pull up a virtual chair and party with you. Let’s have some fun!

    I’ve got my Ultimate Blog Party 2010 post up at Dayngrous Discourse. Plus, I’ve got my first giveaway too. I hope you’ll surf on over and say hello.

    It’s you’re the tweetin’ kind, I’m @Dayngr on twitter.

  • April L April 11, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Hi, joining the party. My name is April, I am a stay at home mom to Battle~age 5 1/2 and Katie~age 3. I like the thrill of saving money and winning prizes. I live for my God and my family. God bless you and your family.
    Would love to win any prizes but these are my preferences
    7,8,11,15,16,17,18,23,31,35,37,39,40,52,,55,61,65,73,88,95,101,105,107,112,113,USC3, USC4, USC15,USC25 or USC 32

  • Julia April 12, 2010 at 4:55 am

    HI, I am here from the UBP10. I love your cakes. I took a cake decorating class last summer and I loved it. I hope you can stop by and visit.
    .-= Julia´s last blog ..Regional Coupon Variations – Courier Journal (Louisville, KY) =-.

  • Sherri April 12, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Great cakes! Creative. Stopping in from UBP!

  • TwinHappyJen April 12, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Stopping by from the UBP! :-) Those cakes are amazing! My daughters’ birthday is right around the corner, too, so I’m also busy planning for that :-p

    I’m kind of blog-hopping right now, but following you so I can be sure to come back again later! :-D

  • jenni April 12, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Cool cakes!! HAppy Birthday to C!! Hope you are having fun at the UBP!

    Jenni (“Miss Tutu”)
    My UBP blog post: How to Make a Tutu blog – hope you will stop by, say hi, and grab the free tutu making lesson! :) and here’s a contest I’m running which you might like: Mom Blogger $100 Cash Contest
    .-= jenni´s last blog ..Hey Ultimate Blog Partiers! :D Nice to Meet You! =-.

  • JamericanSpice April 12, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Party hopping with you! – Hope you win something you want and good luck!

    Have a great week and enjoy the party hopping!

    .-= JamericanSpice´s last blog ..Roadmaster 34″ Steel Wagon (Red Wagon) – CSNStores – Giveaway! =-.

  • dawns41 April 12, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Hi, Im Party Hopping too. I am enjoying check out all the blogs from UBP!

  • debi9kids April 12, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    It was nice to meet you tonight on the Twitter Party. You have a great concept going on here for your blog and an adorable family :)
    .-= debi9kids´s last blog ..Tubby Time for Two X Two =-.

  • Maryanne @ Scrappy Gifts April 12, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Fun cakes! Smash cake ideas: wheel, “fuzzy” dice, radio, keys, driver’s license with his picture…. Good luck! Fun theme!
    Come on over and read my Party Post and enter my giveaway (everyone can win!)
    .-= Maryanne @ Scrappy Gifts´s last blog ..8th Scrappy Saturdays =-.

  • Julie April 12, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Love your blog! Found you through UPB! I’ve got a giveaway for handmade truffles this week, if you’re interested! I love your cakes. We had a computer cake as our groom’s cake when we married, and on the keyboard it said “” We met online, so it was perfect!
    Please stop by my blog and say hi!

  • Fruitfulvine2 April 13, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Wow! What pretty cakes. I just came from another Christi blog. What a coincidence. Nice to meet you. This party is great. Enjoy the rest of your day..

  • Christi April 13, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks to everyone who has stopped by! :) I am having so much fun blog hopping and coming across new blogs to get hooked on. There are so many GREAT ones!
    .-= Christi´s last blog ..Keeping With the Party Theme… =-.

  • Yoly @ YNR Live April 14, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Stopping by from the UBP! I’m subscribing to your RSS so I can get to know you better after all the blog hopping :)

  • Amy April 14, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I’m dropping in to say hi from the UBP. My husband and I just tried our hand at cake decorating for Doodlebug’s first birthday a couple months ago. It came out really cute!

    What about doing a tire or a stop sign for the smash cake? That would be pretty easy and go with your theme.

  • cher April 14, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Love all the cakes, especially the NES controller!

    Saying Hi from the Ultimate Blog Party!
    Visit my party post
    I also have a whole bunch of giveaways going on if you wanted to check them out!
    My Current Giveaways

  • Mandala April 15, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Hi, trying to some last minute partying! Dropping by from UBP10. Come visit me too when you can:


  • Lissete April 16, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Trailing in at the end of the party! Nice to meet you/ I am the official cake baker in my family too! We haven’t had a store bought cake in ages! Have a reat weekend!

  • TheSuburbanMom April 16, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Stopping by from the UBP – isnt it fun to check out all these cool blogs?!?!
    .-= TheSuburbanMom´s last blog ..Macy’s $25 Gift Card Giveaway =-.

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    Wow! Those are amazing cakes! I don’t even have the guts to attempt something like that. :) I tried to make a Pumpkin Roll (from the label on the can of Libby’s pumpkin) once & it was a disaster! :)

    I know it’s over but feel free to come by my blog and read my Ultimate Blog Party ’10 post or my Ultimate Blog Party 10 After-Party Post! Become a reader & stay informed of upcoming giveaways! There is one going on right now! Follow me on Twitter!
    .-= lovelyritaann´s last blog ..Ultimate Blog Party 2010 – The After Party =-.

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    I know it’s over but feel free to come by my blog and read my Ultimate Blog Party ’10 post or my Ultimate Blog Party 10 After-Party Post! Become a reader & stay informed of upcoming giveaways! There is one going on right now! Follow me on Twitter!
    .-= lovelyritaann´s last blog ..Ultimate Blog Party 2010 – The After Party =-.

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    Hi, trying to some last minute partying! Dropping by from UBP10. Come visit me too when you can:


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