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Twins first birthday party

Twins first birthday party

Everyone sang one happy birthday song to my two little babies. It was the twins first birthday party and I felt a tear well up in my eye and pushed it aside allowing myself to enjoy this moment with them.

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He loved the singing, the attention and the cupcakes- eating it all up as if he was famished. She on the other hand screamed at the candle flame (can you see her look of horror above, “Mom, not a step closer”)! She warmed up quickly though as the sugar from the cupcake entered her mouth.

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For the twins first birthday party, the cupcakes were honestly some of the best I have had in my life. A Barefoot Contessa recipe and a grandma with mad baking skills made for a well feed party. They were topped with love…

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They were also topped with a nice collection of orange fuzzy balloon picks that will soon be available in my new etsy shop, but we will save the talk about that exciting news for another day soon- stay tuned…

I hope you enjoy hearing about the twins birthday festivities. It was so fun to create and I am loving the chance to share it with you all.

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As a special treat I have a giveaway today- a Sprinkles Mixture of cupcakes, your choice of flavor, thanks to Williams-Sonoma.

To enter you just have to tell me what is your favorite cupcake to eat? Mine is either the Chocolate-Orange at Heavenly Cupcakes in San Diego or the carrot-cupcake pictured above, yum! I will be closing the comment section Friday night at midnight and will choose a winner at random.


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  1. Jason

    9 December

    I love red velvet.

  2. Jackie

    9 December

    Hi Vicky! I love the party theme and super cute orange fuzzy balloon pics- you have a knack for the special touches. I am sure your little ones felt so loved!

    PS- favorite cupcakes are my aunt Lori’s- Red velvet cupcakes topped with lots of homemade cream cheese frosting!!

  3. chelsea

    9 December

    I loved your grandmas coconut cupcakes!

  4. missy

    9 December

    any cupcake that is mine!!! and also chocolate anything!

  5. Marilyn

    9 December

    I love the carrot cake cupcakes from Grandma Jeannie!

  6. debra muccio

    9 December

    Oh my….cupcakes are my weakness and I’m grateful I don’t live near a Sprinkles….cuz they are my fave!!! I’d like a Red Velvet with cream cheese frosting anyday or a white cupcake with milk chocolate frosting. Now, I’m hungry!

  7. Ashley L.

    10 December

    I won’t officially enter the drawing since postage would be ridiculous, but I’ll at least share my favorite cupcake! I love the lemon cupcake with lemon curd filling at Coffee to a Tea with Sugar in West Seattle. Yum!!!

  8. Kirsten

    10 December

    Anything with sugar I love!

  9. Christina

    10 December

    I like chocolate with peanut butter icing! yum! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Megan

    10 December

    I love buckeye cupcakes…chocolate and peanut butter!

  11. Maura

    10 December

    My favorite cupcake is anything from Magnolia Bakery(in NYC). Their buttercreme icing is so close to perfection.

  12. Jenna

    10 December

    My favorite cupcake are triple chocolate cupcakes that I make, made with chocolate cake, chocolate chips and chocolate pudding. I add a little sour cream to the mixture and top it all with cream cheese frosting!

  13. Karen Chen

    10 December

    funfetti – happy holidays!

  14. carrie

    10 December

    My favorite cupcakes to eat are my sister’s. They’re amazing, messy, buttercream frosting-y, moist-chocolatey….mmmm.

  15. maggi

    10 December

    The best I ever had were at a wedding last June. I don’t know who made them, but they were amazing. I stole three before leaving. It was so cute with all the different kinds instead of a cake.

  16. Crystal

    10 December

    Oh my lord, those pictures make me want a cupcake RIGHT NOW! I really loved the chocolate cupcakes with all manners of fun frosting on top that my friends surprised me with when I celebrated my 25th birthday overseas. I’m also loving Charm City Cupcakes in Baltimore – any place that makes over 60 kinds of cupcakes gets a win in my book.

  17. Connie Bryant

    10 December

    Hi! I like chocolate cupcakes or Red Velvet cupcakes the best.
    :)
    Great pictures of you and your kids. Awesome giveaway!

  18. Emily

    10 December

    I love Red Velvet with cream cheese frosting.

  19. Lori

    10 December

    I love carrot cake cupcakes.

  20. maureen

    10 December

    I love German Chocolate.

  21. caroline

    10 December

    mmmm cupcakes! :) my favorite!

    i looooove the pretty in pink cupcakes at love at first bite in berkeley. also the strawberry shortcake ones at my sweet cupcake in south pasadena, CA!

  22. Amber

    10 December

    I love dark chocolate with chocolate frosting! I just love chocolate!

    themachine{@}rocketmail{dot}com

  23. Tejal

    10 December

    I love the strawberry cupcakes from CRAVE in houston, near the galleria. So moist!

  24. hana

    10 December

    I really enjoy just plain vanilla cupcakes with the right kind of frosting on it, preferably in the color pink. I have not had many different kinds of cupcakes though so who knows?

  25. kelly o

    10 December

    I bake almost everything from scratch but I make an exception for funfetti cupcakes from the box. Is that lame?

  26. Christine

    10 December

    My favorite is definitely red velvet cake, and it can be from anywhere. But I think my favorite is from a tiny bakery in Brooklyn–my fiancee bought one the day he proposed to me!

  27. Anna

    10 December

    it’s typical, but red velvet is always amazing!

  28. Mo

    10 December

    I love pumpkin cupcakes topped with cream cheese frosting!

  29. Devon

    10 December

    Definitely would be the peanut butter cupcakes at Sprinkles in Scottsdale. When is someone going to come out with an all frosting cupcake? Been asking for that since I was little…

  30. Tracey

    10 December

    I love chocolate cupcakes with coconut cream frosting :-) Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. melissa

    10 December

    ANY! i’ve never met a cupcake i didn’t like! yummy, yummy, yummy!

  32. Holly @ Domestic Dork

    10 December

    You know…I like chocolate cupcakes from a cake mix. @_@

  33. Christin

    10 December

    Carrot cupcakes sound divine! Thanks for the chance!
    christinbanda at yahoo dot com

  34. Alice Smith

    10 December

    carrot cake cup cakes with cream cheese frosting…or lemon?? I ain’t fussy!

  35. marta

    10 December

    Carrot with cream cheese icing! YUM!

  36. Erica S

    10 December

    If it’s a cupcake, I love it! :)

  37. bethany

    10 December

    I love red velvet cupcakes from Cake Man Raven, Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY. Awwwesome.

  38. Crystal

    10 December

    My favorite are my homemade beet red velvet cupcakes! Although Sprinkles are a close second.

  39. Kaitlin

    10 December

    My favorite cupcake is the Billy’s Vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting from Billy’s bakery in NYC!

  40. Tracey Settlage

    10 December

    I love the cupcakes my mom used to make-in the center was a cream cheese with mini choc.chips filling. Different than anything else I have ever had!

  41. Emily

    10 December

    I love the Tuxedo cupcakes (chocolate with white icing) from the Cupcakery in St. Louis!

  42. Colleen

    10 December

    Chocolate cupcakes are my favorite!

  43. Ashley

    10 December

    I love coconut cupcakes!

  44. Ladytink_534

    10 December

    My favorite is the cheesecake cupcakes from Frosting.

  45. Amanda

    10 December

    I just love all lemon cupcakes. With the good cream cheese kind of frosting…mmm. Thanks!

  46. Teiva Campbell

    10 December

    I think that my favorite cupcake to eat are chocolate with cream cheese frosting. But really I have not disliked any cupcake that I have met!

  47. Rachel

    10 December

    Chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate on top!!

  48. Sarah

    10 December

    The pumpkin spice cupcakes from the Cupcake Truck in NYC are the best!

  49. Linda

    10 December

    I love carrot cupcakes with cream cheese icing sprinkled with toasted pecans.

  50. courtney

    10 December

    i love red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting…yummy!

  51. Kelly

    10 December

    My mother’s homemade red velvet/ cream cheese cupcakes are def. my favorite! Thanks so much!

  52. Linda

    10 December

    I just love the red velvet with cream cheese frosting – yummy!

  53. Kristine

    10 December

    Um, any chocolate cupcake is a cupcake for me!

  54. Karen

    10 December

    I am just starting to learn to bake, so my favorite cupcakes are the ones I make myself- especially the vanilla with strawberry frosting and sprinkles

  55. Anna

    10 December

    My favorite is Sprinkles Red Velvet. When visiting my sister in LA a couple of years ago we hit as many cupcake shops as we could and tried Red Velvet at each. Sprinkles won in our eyes! Thank you!

  56. Sarah

    10 December

    We only have one cupcake shoppe near us and I’ve yet to try it. So the best I have to go on are what I can create at home. I love a nice moist chocolate cake with double chocolate chip frosting!

  57. Melanie

    10 December

    Mmm…Double chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting from the brand new bakery down the street:
    http://www.littlebuddybiscuitcompany.com

  58. joscelyn

    10 December

    cool! my favorite cupcake to eat is a brownie cupcake with fresh whipped cream! and if i am lucky enough to win your prize, i’ll take…chocolate!! thanks!

  59. Angela

    10 December

    A friend recently turned me on to a little bakery in Chicago. The last time I was there, I had a chocolate cupcake with peanut butter filling. A-maz-ing!

  60. Anne

    10 December

    I love chocolate cupcakes with white icing.

  61. sarah s

    10 December

    thanks! my favorite cupcakes are banana with chocolate frosting..yummy!

  62. Elizabeth

    10 December

    I made organic yellow cupcakes for my son’s third birthday and they were so good!!! It felt good knowing that they were all natural and watching the little ones gobble them up! My husband even decorated all the cupcakes with Superhero logos!

  63. Heidi

    10 December

    chocolate with cream cheese frosting. yum!

    also, how is it that i live in SD and have never been to Heavenly Cupcakes??? thanks for the contest and the rec!

  64. Grace

    10 December

    Any type of cupcake is my favorite! I have yet to meet one I didn’t like

  65. Ali

    10 December

    I love chocolate-chip cupcakes :) Or funfetti

  66. Sarah

    10 December

    Any kind! I don’t discriminate! I love all cupcakes!

  67. TypePdx

    10 December

    Chocolate!

  68. Morgan

    10 December

    My favorite cupcake is the red velvet cupcake from Cupcakes in Columbia, SC! YUM!

  69. Natalie

    10 December

    My mom is a cake designer and makes some KILLER red velvet with cream cheese icing. I’d getting ready to start experimenting with chocolate and peanut butter cupcakes. yummy

  70. mary richerson

    10 December

    Oh, I love carrot cake so much. But coconut is delicious too.

  71. Michelle

    10 December

    I think my favorite cupcake that I have ever had is a dark chocolate mint cupcake. YUM

  72. Heather

    10 December

    Dark chocolate cupcakes are amazing! Cheers

    Heather

  73. Karin

    10 December

    My favorite cupcake is my mom’s double chocolate with cream cheese frosting…now I have to call her to send me some!

  74. Robin

    10 December

    I would love so much to try these cupcakes and share them with the people I love. I have seen them on tv before on a show and thought how wonderful it would be to have them in our neighborhood. So wonderful :) thanks

    Robincgerber@yahoo.com

  75. Jill

    10 December

    Red velvet with cream cheese icing… well… its really the icing I crave!

  76. your name*

    10 December

    My favorite is red velvet!

  77. Emily

    10 December

    I love the chocolate cupcake with peppermint frosting at Trophy in Seattle!

  78. Nicole T

    10 December

    Love Funfetti cupcakes with vanilla frosting & lots of sprinkles :) What fun pictures!

  79. mary myers

    10 December

    I had an upside down pineapple cupcake at Happy Cakes in Denver, and it was sooo yum!! Their snickerdoodle and cherry cola (really!!) are great, too!
    Your kids are so cute, and they look like they had a wonderful time on their birthday. Enjoy them–the years pass so quickly!!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  80. Katie Nelson

    10 December

    omg, my favorite? That changes so frequently! But I will have to say strawberry with cream cheese icing or vanilla with buttercream, YUM!

  81. Marissa

    10 December

    I’m a huge fan of chocolate cupcakes with fudgey chocolate frosting.

  82. Zoe

    10 December

    Red velvet

  83. Ian C

    10 December

    Chocolate Orange all day, every day!

  84. emily

    11 December

    my most recent favorite cupcake is a deliciously moist chocolate cupcake with pink peppermint icing!! (i’m drooling as i type!) thanks for the giveaway!

  85. Nichole

    11 December

    I love dark chocolate cupcakes with mocha butter frosting – a family favorite that we usually just make as a 9×13 cake because it’s easier!

  86. MJ

    11 December

    Nothing beats a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting.

  87. Elizabeth Lubel

    11 December

    Just in time to tell you that I adore carrot-cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting! I cook and bake for a living and it’s my most requested sweet! Thanks! (pics are adorable!)

  88. Catherine T

    11 December

    Ohhh anything from Baked & Wired in Georgetown. But also the Hummingbird Bakery in London. Mmmm

  89. Emily Hoogendyk

    11 December

    Anything chocolate OR carrot cake cupcakes! Yumm! great giveaway!!

  90. Rachelle

    11 December

    Vanilla Mascarpone. Yum

  91. Beth Brady

    11 December

    i love chocolate raspberry!

  92. Megan

    11 December

    yellow cupcakes with chocolate icing :)

  93. Elyse

    11 December

    Classic yellow cake with chocolate frosting! YUM!

  94. Megan

    11 December

    Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting. Yum!

  95. Kayla Parker

    11 December

    My favorite are carrot-cake cupcakes with cream cheese icing (say that three times fast). My mom makes them and they are always super moist and super big!

  96. lisa

    11 December

    I love red velvet cupcakes with buttercream frosting! So good!

  97. Lisa R

    11 December

    Just a homemade chocolate one does the trick

  98. Chandy

    11 December

    My favorite cupcakes are made by a local Mom who has a business called Sweet Treats. Once I had her cupcakes (lemon and strawberry are my two favorites), it made me become a fan of cupcakes as a desired dessert.

  99. Jan

    11 December

    What great birthday party photos. Thanks for sharing.
    My favorite cupcake has to be CHOCOLATE – perhaps with almond paste filling and plenty of gooey icing.

  100. Vicki

    11 December

    Hi Vicky, I love cupcakes!!! My favorite one at the moment is (it changes all the time) the chai cupcake from Cupcakeology in Albuquerque, NM! It has chai cake topped with vanilla buttercream frosting and some of the chai spices sprinkled on top!! Yum!! Thanks for the giveaway!!! Happy Holidays to you!!!

  101. Tiffany

    11 December

    Too cute! My fav is chocolate peanut butter @ Sprinkles. Mmmmmm!

  102. Karen

    11 December

    I love any cupcake that has lots of chocolate :)

  103. Molomatic

    11 December

    I love the devils food cupcakes my hubby makes, yum!

  104. Ashley

    11 December

    I love coconut-vanilla cupcakes with cool whip frosting :)

  105. Jennifer

    11 December

    I love anything chocolate! The best are my mom’s cherry chocolate cupcakes with (*surprise*) chocolate frosting!

  106. Beth

    11 December

    My mom’s cupcakes are still my favorite.

  107. Jennifer

    11 December

    I heart any cupcake from Kick*ss Cupcakes in Somerville, MA. And it HAS to be eaten like a sandwich : pull off the bottom of your cupcake and put it on top of the frosting….cupcakes are better that way!

  108. Melinda Redding

    11 December

    I love chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream icing. Yum

  109. Aileen

    11 December

    My favorite cupcakes are red velvet with lots of cream cheese frosting!

  110. Stacey

    11 December

    Two favorites (so hard to choose) – the double dose cupcake whipper snapper from Hey Cupcake in Austin (love it!) or a chocolate cinnamon cupcake with cinnamon frosting that my friend made up a recipe for to match my wedding cake flavors!

  111. DEBIJOT

    11 December

    red velvet cupcakes

  112. Sarah Coulsey

    11 December

    Oh I have to agree with you that the carrot cake cupcakes sound realy good. That is my favorite treat!!!!

  113. Jen Eason

    11 December

    I like chocolate on chocolate

  114. Kara

    11 December

    I love anything chocolate!

  115. Kelly

    11 December

    I’m pretty simple – I like a good, light chocolate cupcake with fluffy chocolate icing. Yum!

  116. Monica Lavoie

    11 December

    I love making coconut Cream cupcakes. Delicious!
    Thanks!

  117. Jessica

    11 December

    There is a little place here in utah called So Cupcake. I love their So Boston Cream Pie

  118. Margo Cole

    11 December

    I LOVE yellow cupcakes with milk chocolate frosting. They are best when warm.
    Now I am craving them!!!

  119. Lil D

    11 December

    My favorite are these dark chocolate chip pumpkin with cream cheese frosting that I just started making and can’t get enough of. I’m thinking about opening up my own cupcake stand when I get back to Australia….those Aussies need to know what good desserts are really like!

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