Sunday, August 19, 2012

Backyard Birthdays are the Best

My niece, B, held a backyard birthday party for her son, Z and her partner's daughter, R.  It was so much fun.  B is wonderfully organized.  The party took some planning and pre-party work, but then, went off flawlessly and everyone had a great time.

Before the guests came we baked and decorated the birthday cakes (and some brownies).

We separated two bags of m & m's by color then decorated a white bunt cake.

 I baked two rounds of my special secret recipe yellow cake.

My sister, S, decorated it with chocolate frosting.

B baked a pan of chocolate brownies.

There was to be a pinata, but just in case kids didn't get enough of the candy loot that would spill out, B filled bags with extra candy.
We also filled bags with popped popcorn.

We cooked the baked beans and the hotdogs, then wrapped the dogs in foil and put them in the oven to stay warm.

The best part of the planned dinner was the corn on the cob.  My nephew, A, and his beautiful bride, S, taught me how to barbeque fresh corn.  First we pulled off the outermost leaves of the husk.

Then we carefully pulled back the leaves, making sure we could re-cover the entire corn, then pulled out any inner leaves left.

Fold the leaves back up and tie closed using torn pieces of husk.  We tied 2 together to make them a bit longer.
Soak them in water (make sure they are completely submerged) for at least 15 minutes.  Then put on a grill at about 350-400 degrees F for about 15 minutes, turning every 5 minutes or so.


When the guests arrived, we ate, then broke the pinata

Had cake and watched a movie in the backyard projected on a screen.

Happy Birthday!

Stay safe and well.
Shaping the planet at an outdoor birthday party.

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