"We're having a party!"

September 1, 2009

Let me just start off by setting things straight. We're not actually having a party. BUT we ARE having a baby:) That (as you've probably deduced) is the reason I had been away for most of July. I've just been consumed by early pregnancy sickness/mid-pregnancy sickness/actual sickness.

When we announced to Brian's parents that we were pregnant I had wanted to surprise them in a cute way. This led to some confusion about what exactly we were having.

Brian's mother had bought a cookbook for Lily all about baking cupcakes. She looked through it for days and insisted upon making each recipe. She took it with her on car trips, carried it in her purse around the house, and talked endlessly about going to the grocery store to get all the ingredients.

So I thought a funny way to announce our news would be invite ourselves over to their home with the promise of homemade cupcakes that secretly spelled out
"w-e'-r-e
h-a-v-i-n-g
a
b-a-b-y"
on the tops.

I wanted to be extra creative so instead of using icing I thought I'd cut out each letter with paper, then sprinkle confectioners sugar over top and remove the paper leaving a clean blank letter behind.


Do you see where I'm going with this?

Unfortunately last weekend was hot. Really hot. And the sun shone hard on the plastic Tupperware container for the 30 minutes it took to drive to their house.

Do you see where I'm going with this?

Have you seen what happens to confectioners sugar when mixed with moisture? By the time we got there the characters had expanded like the bubble letters you doodled in your junior high notebook.

I was nervous. I was so nervous. I laid the plastic container down on the dining table while Ann hovered over the cakes confused, stiffly pronouncing "We....were....we're....having a.....par....ty....?"

Not quite. Although I guess eventually we might have a party for the baby.

We awkwardly had to explain that we were actually having a baby....not a party. It wasn't quite the climactic declaration I had imagined:)

Long story short. When you're announcing big news don't rely on perishable condiments.


He or she is due Jan. 30th. Maybe I'll announce the gender by baking some pink, blue or (more likely) ambiguous purple cupcakes.

Photos courtesy of flickr user ellie+eden, Mossy's masterpiece cake/cupcake designs, and Martha Stewart.

I had hoped to post pictures of the actual cupcakes we made but they were just too tragic to share with anyone.

48 {comments}:

*plum*tree*studio* said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations!!! That is such a funny story!! But it's wonderful because now you have a story to pass down to your newest little one!

June said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a cute story - and hearty congrats to all! Hope you have an uneventful pregnancy and a healthy little one. Keep us updated, please! :)

Kris said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats!

Mrs. S said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations- Hoping you feel better soon. Having a baby is like a great party. All of the planning and preparing and then it is here in a flash and finally trying to get back to normal/the swing of things after the party. But with a little one the fun never ends.

julia said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations, and even though it didn't work out as planned , your idea for revealing the news was very creative.

Marsel said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations! Love the story, thanks for sharing.

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Aww! Congratulations!! What a funny story...

When I was pregnant with #4, we gave my in-laws a card that said "Congratulations" on the front, and inside we had a picture from my ultrasound. It was AWESOME.

So there's an idea for next time!! ;)

jessyz said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations!!! Hope the little one turns out to be a really great party :-)

Kate said... Best Blogger Tips

HA! awesome, congratulations!

Georgine said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations to you and your family. I hope you have a healthy and easy pregnancy!

mandiegirl said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats! :)

Chedder Fish said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes, Congratulations!

I can't wait to find a fun way to make the big announcement when we have kids- but thanks for the advice. I will not use food. ;)

Artfulife said... Best Blogger Tips

So exciting! Congratulations!

Renanda said... Best Blogger Tips

Aww-what a cute idea. Don't forget to write about it in your baby book! I am sure your little one would love reading about it later in life. Congrats!

MMW said... Best Blogger Tips

And now you'll have another gorgeous wee bairn to model in your stylish sewing get-ups for your giveaways!

Congratulations. So excited for you.

Cristin said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats! Sorry to hear the announcement didn't go quite as planned :-) We may have an announcement of our own soon ;-)

Cheers!

Rebecca Ramsey said... Best Blogger Tips

Woo hoo!
I'm thrilled for you!
Three is wonderfully crazy and fun.
I hope you're feeling much better!
Becky

RJ said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations! How wonderful! I knew something was going on! ;)

A friend of mine gave her mother the positive pregnancy test - yes...that she'd peed on. The cupcake idea is MUCH better...even if the letters were messed up. ;)

dana said... Best Blogger Tips

Kathleen, CONGRATS! I'm so happy for you. Maybe you'll have a boy and can join the ranks of making boy things cute. I'd love to see your take on it all.
Funny story about the cupcakes. It was a cute idea though. Hope you're feeling better!
- dana

lanakae said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats! Hope you are feeling better!

roseylittlethings said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations! The first few months really take the energy and the craft mojo out of you:(

seemommysew said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations!

Sabine, La Marquise des anges said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations !!! FELICITATIONS !!! thanks for sharing such a cute and lovely story ... you made my day ...

Brittany said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations! I agree with Dana. You need a boy! That would benefit the (my) world oh so much.

~ Kim ~ said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations. What wonderful news. I hope it's a lovely, sick free pregnancy.

Kate said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations! I hope the next five months are a little easier on you than the last four - I can't wait to see what wonderful stuff you create for this new addition to your family!

S.L.North said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great reason to party!
Congrats! :D

ropergirl3 said... Best Blogger Tips

I have been following your blog for ages now and don't think I ever commented, but this seems like a great time to start: Congrats!!! (here's from a boy Momma awaiting some fun Grosgrain male goodies)---hope you have a little boy!!! But no matter he or she, I pray it is healthy and you are too!!!

MMIMS said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations and your story was so adorable. You are too sweet.

Andrea said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats! I thought you might be expecting with the number of baby things that have featured lately! Love your blog by the way, very inspiring.

Cheilita said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats again dear lady. see you tomorrow! will lily be coming too or is she in school?

Jenny said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats!!! That is very exciting and what a creative idea to share the joy.

Noah's Mommy said... Best Blogger Tips

oh a big congratulations...that is wonderful....and really I think that's a fantastic story...one to put in the baby book for sure

S.L.P said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations!

kraftykym said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats to you. You have such beautiful children, why not have more? I was wondering why you creations had been so scant lately. This explains it all! Yeah for you and your family

Deece said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations!! It's a very cute story even if the announcement didn't turn out quite as planned. :o) I have so many friends who are pregnant right now, it's making me want another one. Must resist.

Congratulations again!

luvinthemommyhood said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations!!!!!! Hope you are feeling better soon. I'm betting on a girl???

justJENN said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations!

The Baldwins said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats! Three changes everything!! So much fun!

Elisabeth (and Tyler) said... Best Blogger Tips

CONGRATULATIONS!! That is so exciting :) I guess I'll be more patient while I wait for your darling posts. I hope things go smoothly and I hope you get to feeling better!

selahestelle said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh wonderful news! I have an 8 month old baby girl and she is better than I ever could have imagined. You are in for a treat!
My sister tried to announce her baby to her in-laws in a cute way too, though not through perishables. They like to play games, so she worked out with her sister-in-law and husband that they would play Win, Lose or Draw and the clue their parents would have to guess was the title to the movie "She's Having a Baby". Needless to say, everything did not go as planned and it became awkward.
The important part is that you both were able to share happy news and have people be excited for your new arrival. All the rest is just interest and texture!

Kaley said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, congratulations!!! So exciting. My mom is going to have a baby any day now so I understand the excitement :-D I hope you have a gorgeous, healthy baby and a beautiful pregnancy!

Susannah @ art nest said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, Kathleen!!! How delightful...Best wishes from my family to yours~
Remember ginger snaps and peppermints help with the sickness~
Susannah @ Art Nest

Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats, Kathleen! How exciting! =)

Mary-Laure said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh the bliss, the happiness! A baby will join the family!
Congratulations...

Mary said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations! Despite the not-so-great turnout with your announcement, I'm sure it was still a happy occasion any. Besides, that will be something to remember. Hope you're feeling better and out of the morning sickness phase.

Karin said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations, what a wonderful news!

Rosalind said... Best Blogger Tips

CONGRATULATIONS!!! just catching up on some reading when I read your lovely news.

 
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