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PEGGY'S
LITTLE
CORNER
Rainbows
Skies and unicorns
My daughter's birthday inspires some unicorn decorations and the sky seems to join in the fun
November 24, 2019

Part 1 of 4 of my busy week begins by prepping for my daughter Megan’s birthday and ending with Thanksgiving, Marty’s birthday, and flipping the house for Christmas at the end of next week. This year I have decided to give my daughter a unicorn themed party, and inspired by some lovely unicorn cakes online, I decided to make one myself. I always look for a unique way to celebrate Megan and Marty’s birthdays, because both bookend Thanksgiving and get absorbed by preparations for Christmas.
I had really been looking forward to the party this year, and earlier in the month had gone on a unicorn buying frenzy in preparation for it. When the woman at the cutting counter asked about the unicorn fabric I was having her cut, I mentioned my plans for my daughter’s party. She kindly wished the little girl a happy day. “Yes, my 34 year-old little girl,” I replied, smiling. It took the lady half a beat, but she began laughing with me, as her daughter, who was turning 30 on the same day, had requested a Disney Princess themed birthday! Not much has changed over the years, and I’m glad everyone in my family is able to stay young at heart. What are we, after all, without a bit of fun? I even bought a “Pin the Horn on the Unicorn” game for us all to play.
When I woke up to start the cake on my daughter’s birthday, I was pleased to see the sky looked very much like a rainbow. It was one of those lovely skies, full of bright orange, pink, purple, and gold. It was as if Mother Nature got the memo and decided to help out a bit, which was just as well, because I stupidly made a rookie mistake and doubled my Italian meringue in one batch. With so much to do this coming week, it will be a wonder if I don’t put ornaments on the turkey and try to bake Christmas tree. At least there was a rainbow for my daughter’s unicorns. Happy Birthday, Meg!

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