It’s a little hard to plan a surprise when the person you want to surprise lives in your house.
Today’s is YA’s birthday (27!!) Her gift was actually purchased a couple of weeks back; she wanted a case for her new iPad and I agreed to pay for it as her present. I took off on Friday to celebrate with her; we went to the Minneapolis Arts Institute. There was also going to be a birthday brunch at one of her favorite places but they have discontinued indoor dining (again). So the celebrations are a little low-key.
I have a banner that says “Happy Birthday” that I made last year and I picked up a “2” and a “7” big mylar balloon but I still wanted to do a bit more – maybe cake? YA is not a big sweet eater, but I know that she likes carrot cake, so I decided on cupcakes.
I’ve been thinking how I could get this done and about a week ago she announced that she was going out with a friend to the Walker and lunch. Yesterday! This was a perfect opportunity for me to do a little stealth baking.
YA is fairly observant. She doesn’t go snooping but she does notice things. While I was working on the cupcakes, I was extremely careful about not leaving any trace of my work. I cleaned and dried every utensil and pan so that nothing in the drainer would catch her attention. I wiped the counters twice, making sure to get every little shred of carrot. Butter and cream cheese wrappers went underneath other trash in the container. I used an “altered box” recipe, so the boxes went underneath other recyclables in the bin. The finished products went on the front porch table behind the last of the cookie tins. I put some pretty party picks in them earlier this morning.
The one remaining problem was the aroma in the house. I turned on the fans in the kitchen but they didn’t do the job. And I was worried that if I sprayed Febreze, she would ask why. I decided that maybe she wouldn’t notice. WRONG. She didn’t even have her coat off when she said “what did you make – it smells like cinnamon.” Having worried about this beforehand, my answer was ready. “I made cinnamon toast for lunch.” This is a common enough occurrence that she believed me!
The banner and balloons are up, the cupcakes are on a pretty platter waiting. She has taken today off as well but probably won’t be up until 9 or 10. I’ll let you know how the surprise goes!
Have you ever been to a surprise party?