April 12th was quite possibly one of the most special days for my family to date. Father Ray, who is a longtime family friend and our family priest, baptized both of our children. To say that it was one of the proudest moments of my life is an understatement. To witness my children being brought into a life of Christ was amazing. It was the greatest day start to finish.
After the service, we hosted our family and close friends for a lunch to celebrate the boys. The weather was beautiful and we were able to open the doors and enjoy the fresh air. Given the occasion, I wanted to pull out my silver that has been handed down to me by mom and grandmother. My silver polish certainly got to work as I have found myself getting away from using silver when we entertain, but for this, I wanted to use my special pieces. Because we were at church before the lunch, I wanted to keep the menu to things that could be made in advance. Since I had a lot of food prep the day before, I kept the decor somewhat simple, but in the light blue and green color scheme of the invitations.
- 2 cup white sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 4 eggs
- 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup milk
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 8 - inch round cake pans.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then add the vanilla. Sift together the flour and baking powder, add to the butter mixture one half cup at a time alternating with the milk beginning and ending with the flour. Mix until smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool in pan 5 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Invert pan and tap to remove cakes. Lay flat and level the top using a serrated knife. Frost as directed below.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and cream cheese on medium-low speed. Turn the the mixer to low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract. Add food coloring of choice and stir to mix well.
- Place one cake cut side up on a round cake plate. Spread icing over top of cake. Place the second cake cut side down on top of the first layer and frost the top to desired thickness.
The framed artwork beautifully that coordinated with the invitations were made by Lisa’s Graphic Design found on Etsy. She was wonderful to work with. Silver candlestick holders held the boys’ Baptismal candles from the service.
I decided to keep the flowers simple on the table with a large blue and white hydrangea arrangement set on top of silver tray of my grandmother’s.
My sister, of course, came through with the win with the green and blue seersucker table runner she made for the celebration.
To continue the sentiment of this post, the lunch spread was filled with all of my grandmother’s favorite foods. When I planned the date and the menu of their Baptism, it didn’t even occur to me that it was her birthday weekend. My grandmother sadly never got to meet Baker, but we all agree that she had a hand from Heaven in him coming into this world. I guess she and God had a little conversation that she wanted us to have another baby and since she is pretty darn convincing, we now have our sweet Baby Baker. To all of us Bakey is known as “Nana’s baby”.
The weather was so beautiful and allowed us to have a little outdoor entertaining for the lunch.
My sister and Drew’s brother proudly serve as the boys’ “Fairy Godmother and Fairy Godfather”.
Marked as Christ’s own forever.
So special having all the cousins there.
My cup runneth over.