Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sophie's 15th Birthday - Part 2


Every year we invite our friends and Sophie's over to celebrate her birthday and life, in general. We missed last year, so this year we went all out. I like the party to be not only an expression of love for Sophie's life with us but also a gesture of gratitude toward my friends -- the women and men who cry with me, laugh with me and whose lives I share as well.






Sophie and Mirtha, woman extraordinaire.



The amazing mermaid cake was made by my dear friend, Laura from Piece of Cake.  It was absolutely gorgeous -- vanilla buttercream and vanilla cake -- incredibly delicious, too. I'd like to say that I taught everything I know about pastry and cake baking to Laura, but that would be a lie. She far surpasses anything I might have done or could do now. And that's why I didn't bake the cake.






Can you guess what we ALL wished for?



Opening presents --

Lots of them...


25 comments:

  1. Sophie looks beautiful! What a great party you've thrown for her. And your home is so lovely and cozy. I love it!

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  2. Oh, it's all so beautiful. Sophie, the cake, the decorations, her friends, your friends, your family, YOU. May all of your birthday wishes come true. (hope, hope, hope). xo.

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  3. Lots of love to Sophie and the entire family.

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  4. What a coincidence! Your daughter and my daughter were born on the same day! But six years apart. Great photos and brilliant atmosphere. And Sophie looks beautiful in that lovely dress. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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  5. What a great party! Love the flowered headband and that cake....WOW!!!

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  6. Just fabulous and beautiful!

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  7. just the perfect balance of solid and ethereal
    all of it

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  8. Happy Birthday, beautiful Sophie. What a place of peace your home looks. Wish I could come over and sit on that sofa. Lots of love. I'm still here reading, though laying low. love, love, love, love, love.

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  9. Sophie surrounded in purple and by those who love her=magical.

    Best Birthday Wishes,
    Bonnie

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  10. what a great celebration! Your house looks so warm and inviting, and your daughter, beautiful!

    ~Ida Mae
    http://www.treeswillbend.com

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  11. I've already commented on that cake today. What a lovely edible piece of art it is and what a lovely inspiration there was for it.
    Thank-you, Elizabeth, for inviting us into your beautiful home, for letting us see the faces of those you love and who love you.

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  12. what an absolutely gorgeous celebration! that CAKE! wow! i love that you were all surrounded by loving friends, and wow, can i say? the love comes through in these photographs. stunning sophie! surrounded by warmth and flowers and beautiful paintings. i can guess the wish. i wished the same.

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  13. This posting make sme so happy. Sophie is so delicately lovely. I adore her outfit - those shoes again! - her hair and her headband.

    I've fallen in love with your house. It is so full of life and light, so welcoming, with so many areas of interest to look at. I want to wander through it, asking questions about the furniture, the objets, the art.

    That cake! and your table! The gathering of friends is so rich; Thank goodness you took photos. WOW. Happy birthday, beautiful Sophie! Sending love to all of you.

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  14. Yay for Sophie's mom. What a beautiful party for a beautiful girl.

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  15. Oh my God I LLLLOVE your house!! The art arrangements, the furniture, the decor, the color, the light, all of it, so beautiful! What a fun and relaxing and pretty day you made for Sophie and your friends.

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  16. These pictures made me cry - such love. Such. Love.

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  17. What a beautiful celebration--the love and color and happiness in the faces. So glad you created this time and setting. It' looked like a fantasy.

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  18. That was such a beautiful cake! And your home so lovingly decorated for the party...it looks like everyone had a wonderful time...thank you for sharing your family photos...

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  19. What a wonderful 15th birthday! You home is beautiful...warm...interesting...
    ...I have a little momento to darling Renee over at my place if you'd like to visit...

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  20. What a special celebration. You are surrounded by such lovely folks. Thank you for sharing this. Although I only know you through the blog, this brought a tear to my eye. All the best to you and Sophie.

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  21. Beautiful photos, wonderful family and friends. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful day.

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  22. Happy Happy 15 to Sophie, her mom, and her amazing posse. I'm blowing out candles from afar, a big huff and puff. Laura -- brava.

    birthday wishes, everyday

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  23. you did better than teach me...you gave me the confidence to DO IT.

    And what a special cake this was to make

    Everything looks PERFECT, and these are such pretty pictures of Sophie...and I want to sneak in through your window tonight and steal that yellow watering can!!!!!!!

    I ran around all day like an asshole...too much goes on during the weekends...I SO wish I was at your home, instead, celebrating

    great job, Elizabeth...I hope you were able to relax and take it all in
    xo

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  24. wonderful wonderful .... I'm glad you didn't skip it this year .... my favorite photo is the birthday wish - I can see The Wish written on everyone's face - and Sophie's face looks pleasantly surprised at the granting of it

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