Sunday, January 23, 2011

Fairy Tea Birthday Party!!

So our little princess Alyvia turned 6 a few weeks ago.  At Christmas it was so exciting to see how magical she found everything.  She had amazing stories about Santa and his reindeer.  She also lost her first tooth over the holidays which brought the Tooth Fairy.  Another magical event!   Realizing how quickly they outgrow this wonderful stage as I have witnessed with my older son, I wanted to create this magical fantasy birthday party for her.  I know that she pays attention to all details and would truly appreciate the effort I put in to make this fairy tea party come real. 

She was too cute, making me sit down with her and we both had a piece of paper and a pen.  We discussed who she wanted invited, what she wanted for snacks, the decorations, the games and of course the cake!  We did use google to our advantage and came across some really inspiration ideas that we could make at home. 

I am not one for spending a ton of money on a birthday, but I am the kind of person who will go and figure out how to do something for next to nothing.  I made the pom poms which hung from the ceiling, utilized my cricut to make the Happy Birthday sign and  I utilized some of my scrapbook stack that was calling my name.  From google we found a new snack we had never tried.  Oreo balls, man were they good!!  I loved them , so did everyone else!!  I covered some small chocolate bars with scrap paper to match the party colors and decorated the dining room to match the theme.  I found some cute jars for the candy at the thrift store. 

 On Alyvia's menu (which I didn't get pictures of) was bruschetta on a baguette, homemade pizza, a veggie tray, Oreo balls, milk chocolate bars, chocolate covered raisins and caramel kisses.  The kids loved the dessert buffet!  What kid wouldn't, it was all chocolate, my favorite! lol.  To me parties don't need to be expensive...just be creative!  I probably spent about $100 on this party, that included all the food, beverages, cake, decorations, games, everything!  Pretty darn good, I think and my pretty princess loved it!

The cake Alyvia designed was to match the occasion. She wanted a big tea cup on top of a round cake with a fairy in the cup.  I didn't think it looked very good, so I put the fairy down beside the cup.  Her design also didn't have anything on the front of the cake, so I added the swag to make the cake flow better.  She also had wanted a brown horse at the bottom of the cake.  This part, I was just so exhausted I didn't quite get to it.  Alyvia was fine without the horse, next year maybe!

I still can't believe my little girl is 6!  WOW! 

Welcome 2011

The holidays are now over and life has gone back to normal.  My family and I had a wonderful holiday season filled with lots of love and laughter!  We've been really getting into board games as all three of our children can play now.  Even though Aidan is only 3, he is quite good at Jenga or as he calls it Jinga! lol.  It's a great game that  doesn't last too long and kids loose the patience to finish, but can be played over and over again in whatever time frame we choose. 

I had one more cake from December I didn't post, I was waiting for the pics from the fabulous Heather Duperron of Pixel Pie Photography.  She ordered this cake as part of a surprise birthday celebration for her husband.  She surprised him with a 10day guided trip moose hunting in the Yukon!  What husband wouldn't love that!!  I was so pleased she chose me to help with her party.  The cake was fun to make...I am not a fan of making manly cakes, even though I am getting more and more orders for cakes for men lately.  I struggled getting the moose horns to stay on and am happy they stayed put even with the 2 hour drive to the city.  The cake was a chocolate cake with a caramel filling.  First time trying out caramel.
"The caramel was good! It actually tasted like a maple fudge more than a caramel but we really liked it. I think it was the texture or the thickness that made it 'fudge' like. But the cake was really delicious!! It never lasted long!"
"You rock! Seriously! Wowzers!!! I'll send you some pics soon but you amaze me. Glen was really impressed and so surprised! Thank you so much for making this extra special with your fantastic talents!! :)"

Toy Story 3 Cake.  I have got to watch this movie!!  It seems to be a favorite among many kids.  This little guy loved the aliens from the movie, so we focused on them.  The cake was french vanilla.  I am getting a bit better at my figurine creations, they are still a bit dry looking, but I am slowly figuring this out.  I really love the look of the cake even though my pics don't show that the top tier was much lighter than the bottom, oh well... one day I will learn some photography skills.

Steelers Cake. I am not really a sports fan, actually I am not a sports fan at all! When I got the e-mail to make this cake I had to google Steelers. I had not a clue who this team was or what kind of sport they played! lol  For some reason I can't get the other picture to post properly on here.  The side of the cake said Steelers in black fondant. 
"Holly loved the cake.Thank you for another job well done."

Stanley Cup cake for wonderful 9 year old twin girls.  They are such hockey fans and their mom thought this would be a great finish to the party!  The cake was made partly from rice krispies treats.  Alot of silver painting went into this one.  It was a fun and quite easy cake to make!
"The twins loved it so did I !!!!!!!!! Thank you! "

This cake came along when I was having a very difficult week!  Thank goodness it was for a friend of mine who understood what I was going though and we changed the look of the cake.  Initially I wanted the cake to look like the toy that is on top of this one.  Since last year I did his Buzz Lightyear car and it turned out great, I thought why not try again this year!   The Battle Force 5 cake with Captain Kalus' car on top was a success as he did not know what his cake was going to look like.  It was actually nice to make a buttercream only cake, but I did add fondant for the accents.

Spiderman Cake.  I love the look of this cake!!  The client just told me she wanted a white cake with a wed drawn on it and spiderman's face in the middle.  I thought having the face more of a 2D look instead of flat would make a bigger statement!  It was not a heck of a lot more work and just makes spiderman stand out more without the web taken over him.  I made this cake the morning of the party because my sister and I stayed up until 1:30 in the morning  scrapbooking...I just wasn't in the cakey mood! lol  I attended the party with my three kidlets and got alot of great comments.  I was also referred to as the cake lady by a few women introducing me!  lmao!