Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Solemnity of All Saints

The children had a special day dressing up as their saints of choice for the first time to celebrate All Saints Day. We had a little party at our new home with some friends, and it was so much fun.
Pumpkin wanted to be St. Michael the Archangel.
And Peaches wanted to be St. Therese the Little Flower.
I dressed Sweet Pea as the Blessed Mother Mary. They looked so sweet, but of course the costumes and props didn't stay on all together very long as there were games to play and treats to eat.
The children marched out of our house to the backyard in their costumes to "When the Saints Go Marching In." There were so many cute saints including St. Franics, St. Lucy(s), St. Therese of Avila, Blessed Mother Teresa, St. Therese the Little Flower, St. Daniel, St. Michael the Archangel(s), St. Rose of Lima, St. Clair, St. Nicholas, St. Dymphna and more.
Then we played games. A sweet friend put together the games. We played a twist of musical chairs called St. Francis' Furry Friends Frolic where each child had a stuffed animal and they marched around to the music and every time the music stopped a type of stuffed animal was called out and that person was out. The child holding the last stuffed animal won a prize. We also played Pin(or tape) the Rose on St. Therese which we got from Jessica. My friend had Charlotte's St. Therese of Lisieux's coloring page blown up and it looked so wonderful.
Peaches was so happy we were playing a game with her saint's name.
There was lots of fun play and chatting and baby holding.
There were lots of treats including rosy Jello for St. Rose (I think), adorable archangel rice krispie treats for St. Michael the Archangel, taquitos for St. Juan Diego, animal crackers for St. Francis and cookies for St. Nicholas. There were more but I couldn't catch it all with so much activity. Then we gathered around the cake and the children sang "When the Saints Go Marching In" and then it was time for cake.
I made this cake which is meant to be a Saints on The Clouds of Heaven cake. The cake inside is blue for the blue sky and the marshmallow fluff meringue frosting is swirled like fluffy clouds. I used this recipe with the following variations:
I only made 3 layers with 2/3 of a white box cake in each pan.
I used only blue food coloring
I used almond flavoring instead of lemon
I used applesauce instead of oil and it was so moist and delicious (I will never use oil again)
I decorated the top with some small plastic statues of Mary & St. Joseph and some skewered felt Saint Softies.
Hope you had a blessed Solemnity of All Saints.
P.S. I must share this adorable link to Elizabeth's childen's home made video of the Litany of the Saints they made for their mother. It is so precious.


Anonymous said...

fun fun fun- and might i add that it was the prettiest cake ever! love! j

Catherine Anne said...

They all look great! I also LOVE the games. We too had a tiny St. Therese the Little Flower~

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