Monday, June 21, 2010


My Dad's birthday party went off without a hitch. There was a little bit of, wine, and dance.

I made the birthday cake on Saturday. I used the family recipe that my Mom used ever since we were kids.

It's almost like a pound cake but with less eggs. And it's always good. I decided to change it up a bit and made a coconut flavoured frosting......had to use a ton of it to cover the whole thing. It literally weighed a ton! Hoped it wouldn't turn into stone!

I hoped this wouldn't be the first failure.

We got to Dad's place early so we could 'set up'. Everyone was due to arrive at 1 P.M. 

'Set up' complete, people began to trickle in. First a couple of my nieces......

Then grand-nieces.....



There was a lot of food and as soon as all were accounted for, we dove into it!

After everyone was stuffed, the 'entertainment' arrived. Two teen-aged sisters (16 and 18) who are related to my niece's husband, set up to play the fiddle and piano. They play on weekend afternoons in an Irish pub in Halifax.

The 'kitchen party' had begun. The music was really contagious......and most of us, being from Scottish/Irish descent, began to 'move'. Some more so than others.

And two little gals had a ball with their mom......

My sister, Mim, joined in with her mandolin.

The music went on for over an hour. And ended with 'Happy Birthday'.

And with a little help from his great-grandchildren, Dad blew out the candles.

Dad had a great time, as did everyone else. I thought he would be tired (like the rest of us) but he said, 'How could I be tired? I just sat back and watched!'

Happy 94th. Dad!

Oh, the cake turned out fine........Mom would have been proud.


  1. Congrats to your Dad! looks like everyone had a good time. Great photographs - I can't take 'action' shots like that. All mine need to be still - very still - so they often get that 'posed' look about them.

    I've got a fruit cake recipe my Mum used when I was a kid and formed the basis for many special celebration cakes - birthdays, weddings, etc. She had it handed down to her from her Mum - which would now make it well over 150 year old recipe. Cake lasts for weeks - merely take of a slice or two and then re-wrap the greaseproof paper wrapping over it.

  2. Looks like quite the shindig! Lots of fun! That cake looks mighty good, for sure. Makes me hungry! I'm glad that everything went so well, 94, wow!

  3. Looks like a great party! Congrats to your Dad and to you on the cake!

  4. Oh my, just by your description and the pics your Dad's party was wonderful. Your cake looks like it belongs in a bakery! Beautiful job.
    And live music! Live music! I do believe I could almost hear all the laughter and talking with the music in the background.
    The look on your Dad's face says is birthday was fabulous.

  5. Ninetyfour, all those kids, and still sane. You've got a good Dad there.
    I'm always jealous of my husbands family when they have gatherings like that. My family can't be in the same room.

  6. Best wishes and congrats to your dad for a very, happy birthday. From all the pictures it's obvious that he is very blessed!

  7. an old fashioned normal and enjoyable family party!
    nice to see

  8. Such a big family! He must feel very blessed.


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