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.
Very basic. Very easy.
Made them from left over cupcakes taken out from the freezer. As it is Chinese New Year. I thought these biscuits would suit the occasion perfectly.
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
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.
Who said that Valentine’s Day has to be all about red flowers, red cookies, red hearts, etc …etc…? Actually red is one of my favourite colours, and as much as I love it when it comes to decorate cakes and cookies with red fondant, I’m not to keen on doing it, so I am avoiding it if possible. So here comes pink again!
I used the same white chocolate cookie recipe which I used for the Christmas Cookies, so you can find the recipe under that post. I baked these heart shape cookies about 2 weeks ago. Actually we were baking with my daughter and my son, they were making cookies for themselves, and I only made these few big hearts and put them away in a box undecorated.
Have a nice cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows and Happy Valentine’s Day Folks! 🙂
I had to repost this, as there was a problem with my initial Christmas Cookies post…
When you live with a 6 year old girl in the house -who by the way loves everything PINK, you don’t realize that slowly but definitely pink will start spreading all over the place…Yep, that’s what happens if you are not aware. Needles to say it happened with us too, and everywhere you look, there is something pink. Is it a coincidence that this year the main Christmas Look is also pink in our house? Noooo….there you go, that’s how I made pink/blue/silver Christmas Cookies, and not red, which is a classical Christmas colour.
The recipe to bake these cookies I found at www.KarensCookies.net
She made a list of her favourite sugar cookies, and I chose this one, called White Chocolate Sugar Cookies. Have no idea how the other cookie recipes work , but this one is pretty good and I am happy with my choice. It is delicious, easy to make, and they don’t brake, yet they are light and nice! I don’t have a history of making sugar cookies, in fact this is my second attempt of all. I did decorate biscuits before, but this time I really wanted cookies made from scratch. Originally I planed to decorate them with Royal Icing, but since I am not using Royal Icing a lot, I don’t have a routine using it, and definitely didn’t have the time to start experimenting now. So, I went for the easy way, which for me is working with fondant.
I had some Tiffany Parcel Blue fondant (sounds posh, doesn’t it?) and I was happy to use it, although I found the blue a little to dark in the end. I think the cookies would have looked more airy, more subtle with lighter blue, and I guess I could have mix the blue fondant with white to lighten the colour, but at 3 am in the morning I just couldn’t find the motivation. So Tiffany Parcel Blue it is!
The names on the name tag cookies are my family 🙂 I attached a ribbon to each name tag, which by the way was not too easy, because I cut and baked and covered the cookies with fondant without having made a little hole for the ribbon. Yeah…please think ahead next time… 🙂
Anyway, since these cookies are good quality, and having the fondant glued from the previous evening, they have softened just right to be able to pierce a little hole in the corner. Also, I was super careful and slow doing it, but I succeeded and none of them broke!
Here is the recipe for you, I just copy/paste it…
White Chocolate Sugar Cookies
2 ¼ cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
6 oz. white chocolate
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In small saucepan over low heat, melt the white chocolate and set aside. In small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt (so they’re well combined) and set aside.In large mixer bowl beat butter and sugar until creamy. Blend in egg and vanilla extract. Beat in melted white chocolate. Gradually beat in flour mixture until soft dough forms. Shape dough in ball; flatten to 3/4″ thickness. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate 15 minutes* until firm.On lightly floured surface, roll out dough to desired thickness. Bake until edges are golden. Let stand 2 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets and cool completely.*Note: You MUST be able to roll and cut the dough after the 15 minute refrigeration time, or it will set up too much and won’t roll out well. This dough is a dream to work with. You’ll love it.
Remember my White Chocolate Christmas Cookies? I made those and these at the same time, but kept in an airtight container they stayed just as good and tender as freshly made cookies.
My favourites are the clocks. And the “Keep Calm And….” cookies 🙂
I covered all of them with white fondant, then painted on with edible powder coloring and edible pen.
There is a cookie with Keep Calm and Take a Mustache, and we actually had few mustaches, the kids loved to wear them as a party accessory. They looked funny 😀