“Taylor Swift” Birthday Party

P1270502

 

P1270536

 

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.

DSC_0595-006

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

DSC_0614

 

DSC_0608-002

 

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.

 

DSC_7414

 

DSC_7438

 

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!

 

P1270528

 

P1270530

DSC_0629

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

DSC_7418

P1270515

 

The desert table was all pretty colourful with a touch of vintage retro, which suited Taylor Swift style very well. I baked sugar cookies in the shape of large lips and number 9. I also made candy pops, which literally were candies and not cake pops. I covered candy lolly pops in melted chocolate and sprinkled over colourful thousands sprinkles. They just went for it like crazy. I know they would like these better than cake pops.
DSC_7422
P1270433
DSC_7432
I bought small bottles with cranberry and orange juice and washed off the original labels to put little pictures of my daughter dressed like Taylor Swift. I used the same small photos to wrap tiny chocolates.
DSC_7437
DSC_7428
DSC_7425
DSC_7481-2
DSC_7488-2

Oliver & Rami’s Pirate Birthday Party

DSC_5515

After a long, hot summer holiday where I haven’t bake at all, I am back into my kitchen at last.

DSC_5509  DSC_5717  DSC_5411

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.

DSC_5668

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.

DSC_5432           DSC_5417

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….

DSC_5671 DSC_5666 a4f1bec0b19ee46b5ce7ec750049572bdd8c3b8609f447d0a78da65447749e11

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.

DSC_5547      DSC_5526

DSC_5521      DSC_5532

DSC_5552      DSC_5527

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!

DSC_5449      DSC_5446

There was a fireplace with burning fire, and some parents were roasting marshmallows with the kids.

DSC_5609

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?

DSC_5625

DSC_5637          DSC_5640

DSC_5566          DSC_5493

DSC_5575          DSC_5656

DSC_5515                DSC_5505

DSC_5686

DSC_5754       DSC_5697

DSC_5497        DSC_5501

DSC_5489    DSC_5488     DSC_5778

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.

DSC_5441         DSC_5481

DSC_5470    DSC_5472     DSC_5465

DSC_5478     DSC_5475

Eating around the fire

DSC_5626

Cake time

DSC_5713 DSC_5720-2

DSC_5717

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.

0d0c4fee7ec1ad578d52b6653f1d2afb514f75304c96d538eaf5423ff72ee210                 e097c82538323c7c75106874529032a1dde668e74c6f4dd3c582c6bcb20b4883

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! 🙂

DSC_5684

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.

Collages3-001        Collages4

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!

DSC_5451                    DSC_5547

DSC_5788

DSC_5417 DSC_5748-001

DSC_5432

Happy 5th Birthday My Sweet Boy!

DSC_5411

Little Johnny in the making 🙂

202b18d4502fc8b55ddda63cd7dfe7911a393e0e995bb328e475a13d9f4821fd

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 2nd Birthday

DSC_4605

My little baby girl turned 2 years old! So hard to believe…Finally I got a little time to post about her second birthday.

DSC_4596

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.

DSC_4594

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

DSC_4600

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)

DSC_4597

Ham and cheese mini sandwiches

DSC_4598

DSC_4593

DSC_4592

Chocolate and nuts cupcakes with white chocolate stars (ah, those stars were NOT easy to make… 🙂 )

DSC_4603

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.

DSC_4634

DSC_4636

DSC_4657

White chocolate cake

DSC_4658

DSC_4617          DSC_4644

Rustic Oreo Cake Pops

DSC_3564

I call these rustic because of the rough finish. They are obviously not the perfectly shaped smooth little cake balls you see through the Internet. Not that I mind, because I love the natural rustic look (more and more so these days), but I honestly don’t know how they do it!
DSC_3560
No matter how many times I tried (using different candy melts from different brands) mine just never are so perfectly round and smooth. I always follow the instructions from the package, but the texture of the candy is too thick and therefor it can’t cover the cake pops evenly .
DSC_3557
DSC_3562
If I dip the cake pops in the melted candy they fall down of the sticks. If I pour the chocolate directly on the cake pops it wont flow, and needs to be “fixed” with a knife. Either way it’s just not right. Makes me think that there is something missing, some sort of secret ingredient which needs to be added in order to make perfect results. Also, maybe cake pops are NOT my specialty and maybe I should just make my peace with it and get over it 🙂
DSC_3559
An the other hand these tasted very good though! Oreo biscuits smashed and mixed with cream and crafted in balls. Yummy…. Oreo fans, these are calling for you! 🙂

Tamara’s Coral, Yellow and Green 1st Birthday Party

Image

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!

We had our Hungarian friends coming over with their children, all slightly older than my baby, but young enough to enjoy themselves. We had no party activities of any sort, just free play, and they could do whatever they wished to do. Looking through the mess and the battlefield of toys spread all over the living room, I think they have had a great time 🙂

Image

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.

Image

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.

Image

The Birthday table:

Image

Image

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.

Image

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!

Image

I made two kind of cupcakes, a batch of vanilla cakes with fresh blueberries and white chocolate chips frosted with white chocolate cream.

Image

The other cupcakes were rich chocolate with caramel chocolate cream frosting and also few with the white chocolate cream.

Image

Image

Simple vanilla cake pops,…

Image

… and lots of sweets for the kids!

Image

Image

The birthday cake is a delicious chocolate cake with many layers.

Image

Image

Image

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.

Image

I think they came out very cute, don’t you?

Image

And here’s my darling party-girl 🙂

Image

I also made her a little Smash Cake which she could “play” with a little before eating on her actual birthday.

Image

Image

Ha-ha, she went for the yellow fondant rose on top!

Image

Happy Birthday to my sweet little Darling Tamara!

Image

Image

Under The Sea Birthday Party for Szonja -with Ruffled Blue Ombre Cake

Image

 

Image

 

 

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 🙂

 

Image

 

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.

Image

I will start with the party table then finish with the decorations and party activities.

Image

 

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.

Image

 

We put tiny white chocolates on their plates too, which I wrapped in tulle and glued on a small, real seashell.

Image

Image

Image

I made little sandwich castles of two kind. There were tuna sandwiches and butter with ham.

Image

I served blue Ocean Water which was in fact strawberry flavoured water with few drops of blue food colour. I planned to make blue jelly as well, but eventually I gave up with it, because I realised that there was plenty to eat already and it would have been a waist. Instead I gave them fresh blueberries and I think it was definitely a healthier and testier option.
Image
I put cute little jars of several kind of blue and white candies, sweets, bonbons which all looked pretty and the kids loved it!
Image
Image
Image
I made vanilla cake pops and covered them with blue candy melt, but I didn’t dip them in the melted chocolate to make it smooth, but instead I used a spoon and kind of painted the blue chocolate all over the cake pops to get this rough finish and I named it Ocean Waves Cake Pops. I sprinkled some edible glitter on them too.
Image
Under the cake I placed little bite size seashell cookies. I made these from tiny biscuits filled with white chocolate cream and a large chocolate pearl. I wanted to tint the white chocolate ganache with blue food colour, but as you can see it came out a little greenish…. That’s because the white chocolate has an ivory-yellow colour and mixed with blue it will result in green. It still looked pretty so I didn’t mind really.
Image
Same cream on top of my cupcakes. These were strawberry cupcakes and some are frosted with plain whipped cream, others with the chocolate ganache. I placed edible seashells on top. Some I left pure white, and some I dusted with pale blue edible lustre.
Image
Image
And last but not least the Birthday Cake!
Image
Image
I made a  white chocolate cake with many layers and many blue ombre ruffles. On top I just sprinkled brown sugar and placed several small fondant seashells.
Image
Now, a bit about the decoration and the party…
I put some beautiful white flowers on the table, a blue candle, and several real, large seashells which I borrowed from my son’s preschool. They looked pretty and made a real statement on the table.
Image
Image
I made blue and white pompoms from tissue paper and hang them to the ceiling above the party table. Good thing that none of them fell down while they were siting by the table:-)
Image
Image
There was a sign at the front door written with chalk: Mermaids this way. We did not took a picture of that 🙂
I set up a little corner named Mermaid Boutique where we had bottles of loose pearls, beads, and also necklaces, bracelets and hair clips as many as the girls. I made each girl her own necklace and bracelet and hair clip which they received during a game and of course they got to keep them.
Image
Szonja had a different hair clip, a special handmade from Bali that I bought her few weeks ago.
Image
Image
She also got this wooden treasure box that I made her myself for her birthday.
Image
Image
After the girls (and 1 boy) arrived we asked them to sit to a little table and write or draw a birthday message to Szonja, then they had to insert their message into a bottle.
Image
Image
In order to get their necklaces, bracelets and hair clips, they had to find few treasures in a large bucket filled with sand. They had to dig in and bring what they found. Also they had to pick a flash card and they had to be able to say some facts about the sea animal shown on the card. In exchange they got their prize.
Digging for hidden treasures…
Image
Image
Image
Image
I sprayed hair glitter on their hair before giving them their hair clip. This was a huge hit of the party. Honestly 🙂
Image
The girls had fun with the mermaid photo booth! I made this huge drawing so they can take turns posing as mermaids, and they all did so 🙂
Image
Image
Along with their party favour bags filled with lots of sweets and some other stuff, I prepared these little baby food jars containing sand, seashells and colourful sea creatures.
Image Image
This was MY fizzy Caribbean cocktail drink 🙂
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
My oldest and my youngest with their friend. I made these tutu skirts for them.
Image
Image
Image

Szonja’s 6th Birthday: Butterflies and Pink Roses…

Image

I am ever so happy to post my big girl’s Birthday table, she turned 6 on 30 of April. We celebrated on 4th of May, small party but with lot of style 🙂

Image

I made everything and enjoyed it so much! She asked for Butterfly theme this year, so that’s exactly what she got. I found it easy to fulfill her wish because there are so many bits and bobs you can add to a table to make it pretty, girlie, flowery and of course PINK. I chose light green to compliment the pink, so the main colour of the table was pink and green and lots of different size butterflies and roses.

Since my unborn baby keeps me awake most of the nights with all the wriggling and tummy kicking I had plenty of time to plan and to make all the decorations and the food.

There were cake pops, macaroons, cupcakes, decorated biscuits, sandwiches, nachos with salsa dip, crisps, fruits, vegetables, and of course the Birthday Cake. For drink I served apple juice and non alcoholic strawberry champagne for the kids, non alcoholic beer for me since I’m pregnant, and cocktails for our adult friends.

The party was not so much of a party really, but more like a play-date for my daughter with her two best friends and her little brother, so they were only 4 kids, which was very relaxing for me especially that their Mums were invited too and I had the chance to have a nice, chatty afternoon accompanied with drinks and food.

Image

I made these pompoms from tissue paper and hanged them above the birthday table.

Image

Image

Bottom tier has marshmallows and brownies, in the middle I put little milk chocolates. I took the original Easter themed wrapping off and made new wraps from doilies and decorated them with green butterfly stickers.

On the upper tier I put my macaroons….Ahh, those macaroons! It was my first time ever to make macaroons and I honestly believe it was my last time, too. Too much disappointment with these. There were few that came out nice, and I used those, but there were far too many which were a disaster and had to throw it out.

Image.

Beautiful roses which I think were so beautiful because they were over a week old! Honestly. I used jam jars as vases and sliced up 4 small limes and put it in the water to add some green to the pink. Also I decorated the flowers with paper butterflies.

Image

Image

Cupcakes. These are plain vanilla cakes but I cored them and filled with raspberry sauce then frosted with white chocolate ganache cream. I put just a little of green colouring to the cream then topped with two different kind of fondant roses that I made previously.Image

These are simple digestive biscuits but sandwiched them together with Nutella and covered with fondant. I really loved making the personalized fondant decorations for these biscuits and my daughter was also delighted!

Image

Cake pops, lots of cake pops…. As usual I made them from left over cakes kept in the freezer. I made three kind of cake pops. Plain vanilla, then cake pops with chestnut puree and finally same with chestnut puree but with added rum for the adults. Image

I used salsa jars and decorated with doilies and foam roses to present some of the cake pops.

Image

Image

Image

These are ham and cheese sandwiches and of course I cut them with a butterfly shaped cookie cutter.Image

I don’t even remember what kind of jars are these (although I think it’s Sacla sauce…), but I was looking for something that can be used as a cup. Kids loved it and loved the straws with butterflies on them, too.

Image

Image

These mini jars originally kept salmon paste and I transformed them to put the little candles which ended on the cake eventually.Image

Plastic, disposable champagne glasses. They looked so pretty with the added decorations and we all loved to drink the pink, non alcoholic champagne from it 🙂Image

Image

And finally the birthday cake. I have to tell you this was my favourite of all. I am very proud of this. The flower on top was a nightmare to make, I had to throw out the first one, and then the second was ok, but I just learned that regular fondant or sugar paste it’s just not suitable to make a flower like this. Next time I will need flower gum paste or whatever it is called but I think that is something more specific for this purpose. Image

I made the butterflies from royal icing and used a piping technique called Australian lace.

The green grass took me ages to make, little piece by piece, but it worth the trouble.

Image

Image

It was a white chocolate cake filled with white chocolate ganache cream.Image

Image

My birthday girl and I 🙂

Image

Us…Image

Finally I show you the birthday invitation which I edited with Picassa. It looked like this before I finalized with the text message about the party.

Image