It was my oldest daughter’s 9th birthday on Saturday, and we decided to celebrate it in STYLE of Taylor Swift. We went for Taylor’s famous RED lips and for her also famous “Not a lot going on at the moment” outfit from the clip 22. The girls (my girl and her two best friends) are not even half the age, but they’re sure feeling 22… 🙂
She dressed up and we made a few photos a weak before the party to make a suitable invitation for her friends.
It was fun putting together this little party, and it was great fun being around and watching them. My daughter has two very good friends, who couldn’t have more different personalities, yet they got along together so well during the day, and they certainly enjoyed every minute of it.
They first did a little dancing and singing, then they solved a puzzle. They had to put the words in order to get the correct song titles. After this we went out for lunch, but then got back to the house to attack the desert table.
After having some cake and sweets, the girls decorated white canvas trainers with fabric markers. Naturally, they got to keep the trainers as a party favour along with a Taylor Swift CD and a bright red lipstick each. They were thrilled!
My daughter wanted a chocolate cake with a little puppy -which is totally non-Taylor Swift, but hey, that’s what she asked for, and that’s what she got. So, here is my very first marzipan puppy.
After a long, hot summer holiday where I haven’t bake at all, I am back into my kitchen at last.
I will start with my son’s 5th birthday party. We joined in with his best friend, and held a double party, because their birthdays are one month apart…..although Rami is 11 months older then Oliver, so whilst my Oliver turned 5 this year, his best buddy Rami turned 6.
We found a great outdoor place called The Wild Place, situated within the Milton Country park in Cambridge. It turned out to be the perfect location for the boys pirate party. The best thing of all was the good, sunny weather, which was a risky call, but we were extremely lucky, considering that it was all wet in the morning.
For this party I made a two tiered chocolate cake, chocolate cupcakes with mascarpone and white chocolate frosting, and marshmallow pops dipped in chocolate and coated with sugar sprinkles. Besides the cakes, each child got a food box filled with sandwiches, fruits, yogurt, crisps, soft drink….
We played the treasure hunting game which is a must on a pirate party, and we rewarded the treasure hunters with chocolate coins. Then there was another game which they seemed to love, the Stick the Parrot, which means, they had to stick a sticker on the Parrot blindfolded. The winners also got some chocolate coins.
Lots more chocolate coins were hidden inside balloons, and they had to find a way how to pop the balloons in order to get those chocolates. They had so much fun!
There was a fireplace with burning fire, and some parents were roasting marshmallows with the kids.
Other children were playing in the boat, yet others were having tattoos on their hands and arms, because a good old pirate isn’t a real pirate without at least one tattoo, right?
There was a wooden tent (well, undressed, because time was too short to put the canvas), but all the pirates enjoyed to gather under the tent to have a marshmallow break.
Eating around the fire
At the end of the party, we gave them a Certificate saying how great a pirate they were, as well as a party bag filled with pirates related goodies, like telescope, bandanna, eye patch, pirate ring, bookmarks with pirates, and of course more chocolate coins.
All in all, everyone seemed to have fun, including the adults, who stayed. Me personally loved every bit, and I loved that even though I became more experienced in throwing a girls party, I proved to myself, that a boy can have a party which is just as fun as a girly one, if not better! 🙂
After the party, I made individual photo collages for all the kids invited as a thank you card. Well, my plan all along was to have a nice group photo with them all, but this just didn’t happen. They were all over the place all the time, and never at one place at the same time, so that would’ve been a real mission impossible.
The funniest thing ever was one of the little guests. A boy, who came dressed as a Star Wars character 🙂 He was the sweetest element of this party, really! His dad couldn’t believe the confusion he got into seeing all those pirates around his little white Stormtrooper 🙂 Way to go Jenson!
Happy 5th Birthday My Sweet Boy!
Little Johnny in the making 🙂
My little baby girl turned 2 years old! So hard to believe…Finally I got a little time to post about her second birthday.
She is all about the little star twinkling in the well known nursery song. My girl doesn’t really talk (well she does, but on a special language that only she can understand and use, and I can confirm that is not Hungarian nor English 🙂 …) yet she started to sing this Twinkle Twinkle song a long time ago. I am certain that she will be a pretty good singer because she seems to get the music tunes very well.
Anyway, I was happy that even though she couldn’t tell me with words what she would like for her birthday, but hearing her sing all day, in the house, sitting in the buggy, or at dinner her favourite song about the little star, this gave me the idea to make her 2nd birthday based on this theme. It was fun and pretty easy. I wanted to keep it simple so I chose the gold -which is sort of given, and pure white. I think that gold and white are a good match, kind of elegant, too.
Cake Pops with gold and glitter
We didn’t have a birthday party for her, but I still wanted to celebrate this special day with style, adding a little sparkle and magic. My daughter loved it, and so the rest of the family.
Orange juice (I removed the original labels after keeping the bottles in warm water for about 2-3 minutes and sticked my own labels)
Ham and cheese mini sandwiches
Chocolate and nuts cupcakes with white chocolate stars (ah, those stars were NOT easy to make… 🙂 )
I made a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star t-shirt for her using a plain white cotton top and a large gold sequin iron on fabric star.
White chocolate cake
This was a special request from one of my daughter’s friend. When he said he wants a Minecraft cake I told him OK, but frankly I had no idea what it was. I had to look up on the Internet to learn what is Minecraft 🙂 So for those living in the dark like me: Minecraft is a computer game. For more details look up on Google yourself 🙂
As usual this 8 year old friend of us asked for a chocolate cake and that’s what he got once again. I used milk chocolate and dark chocolate to make the cream (whipped double cream, not buttercream), then I covered first with a layer of Marzipan, then with chocolate fondant -which by the way is very delicious (I say this because I normally don’t like the taste of fondant).
Finally I covered most of the cake with coloured fondant mosaic. Oh, the mosaic…..let me just say that this cake took me a long time to finish, until I cut and placed each mosaic piece to the cake one by one….BUT it worth it! Those kids, specially the boys got very exciting about this cake, they loved it so much, and that was my real appreciation which works every time with me! 🙂
My inspiration for this came from a little dress that I bought for my daughter when I was still pregnant with her. I didn’t want a pink princess birthday for her, but more colourful and summery. Coral is a beautiful colour, but I must admit that it is extremely hard to put together a party choosing coral as a leading theme! What is coral like? Is it a shade of pink, or a shade of red, or a mix of red and yellow, or simply just faded red??? Hard to find any accessories (to keep the party cheep, that is) so I made a compromise and used pinks here and there, as well as oranges and reds. The overall outcome was pretty and suited my little girl just fine!
I made this tree based on a display tree which I saw in Hobby Craft. The one I saw was made of rubber plastic, mine is real and I cut it from a bush, stack it in wet sand and painted it all over with white spray. I decorated it with paper flowers and few butterflies and hanged 12 small, framed photos of my baby starting from birth up to 12 months.
The giant Number 1 I made from polyfoam and covered with spotty tissue paper.
I served sweet Rose to my lady friends, and to keep it cool I placed the bottles in a bucket filled with my special rose ice cubes. I picked small wild rose buds from the bushes next to our house and freezed them in water to make these cute and girly ice cubes.
The Birthday table:
Not everything was on the table when my husband took the photos. We had lots of Nachos with three kind of dips, also I made tuna spread in small pastry shells, and we had Crostini baguettes with Feta cheese cream and cherry tomato salsa on top. This is a delicious recipe that I saw once on Food Network made by one of my favourite TV chefs Ina Garten.
These Number 1 biscuits are my favourite in spite of not being easy to make them. I had no cookie cutter to start with……Was looking on eBay to buy, but the only one I found was £45 from Germany, but no way I would pay that much for a cookie cutter. It doesn’t even make sens to be THAT expensive! So, I had to figure out something, and I just remembered that I had a Christmas tree cookie cutter…… It took me a little while but eventually I managed to mould it with a tool and I transformed the tree into a number 1! Wasn’t exactly perfectly shaped but I loved it anyway and in the end my Number 1 cookies were just fine and imperfect in a pretty funny way 🙂
Now, before Christmas I might just remould it back to a tree, ha-ha!
I made two kind of cupcakes, a batch of vanilla cakes with fresh blueberries and white chocolate chips frosted with white chocolate cream.
The other cupcakes were rich chocolate with caramel chocolate cream frosting and also few with the white chocolate cream.
Simple vanilla cake pops,…
… and lots of sweets for the kids!
The birthday cake is a delicious chocolate cake with many layers.
Strawberry cheese cakes as party favours plus a party bag with a home made Peg Doll for each kid. My Mum and I made the Peg Dolls from outgrown body suits of Tamara’s.
I think they came out very cute, don’t you?
And here’s my darling party-girl 🙂
I also made her a little Smash Cake which she could “play” with a little before eating on her actual birthday.
Ha-ha, she went for the yellow fondant rose on top!
Happy Birthday to my sweet little Darling Tamara!
Blues….LOTS of blues! When we decided that my daughter will have an Under The Sea party I instantly fell in love with the whole idea. I made some research of what I could bring to the table and I am happy to say that I managed to put it all together, but what is more important is that my daughter and her friends had a wonderful time, they enjoyed the party very much, including me 🙂
This post is a bit more than just cakes and cupcakes. I want to share with you my beautiful 7 year old daughter’s party details, because it was a great pleasure for me to host it and have these cheerful, happy, funny and very well behaved kids in the house for a couple of hours.
I will start with the party table then finish with the decorations and party activities.
I made each party guest her own starfish biscuit with her own printed name, and my daughter placed them in order where she wanted them to sit.
We put tiny white chocolates on their plates too, which I wrapped in tulle and glued on a small, real seashell.
I made little sandwich castles of two kind. There were tuna sandwiches and butter with ham.
Sorry for not posting anything for weeks, but we had problems with the computer and we couldn’t process photos for example, then all three kids got sick and had no time for baking. It is the busiest season for us, so many things in our diary which means less time for baking and blogging. Apologies for being so short today too…
This time I made a birthday cake for one of my daughter’s friend. He asked for a chocolate cake but the design was left to my choice. I choose to make him a Robot Cake. I am usually more keen to do girly stuff, but this Robot Cake really was enjoyable and fun to make!
And here is the birthday boy with his cake at the party 🙂
Finally I made it! My son’s Birthday Cake that is. He turned 3 on the 10th of August, but since I don’t have all the time in the world with 3 children including a 3 months old, this cake could not – well, I could not made it in time for his birthday. And also, we were away from home on his birthday. I see this happening every year ever since he was born, so it looks like the chances are low for my boy to have a birthday cake made by me on his actual birth day because we usually are not home in August. To make it up for him I made what he likes the most: a Car Cake, and not just a car, it is a Yellow Car, because he just loves all sort of yellow cars. To try on a Porsche…well that was just me 🙂
To make this cake I baked a large Madeira cake using 8 eggs, and I filled it with vanilla buttercream and raspberry jam. Although buttercream filling in a cake is not our favorite, it came out pretty good and everyone liked it.