One Christmas years ago, my husbands grandmother asked me if I would like to make the holiday cake for their family’s christmas dinner. For as long as GranNana has had her own family she has made them a special coconut cake for christmas dinner. So, YES I was very honored and nervous she was passing the torch on to me. This was very early in my cake making life but my red velvet Snowflake cake knocked the socks off everyone!
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- Fall is on its way and it has me thinking about cooler weather and fall parties. Hot cider & cinnamon doughnuts, hay rides & barn parties. A Cowgirl theme seems like a perfect fall birthday party theme to me. Macy’s 6th birthday was Cowgirl themed…..but in NYC….in August…. and those city kids loved it! This is the first birthday party she had in NYC. We had flown back home to Tennessee the previous 2 years. If we had went to Tennessee for this party, it surely would have been in a barn, as we have plenty of family and friends with barns! But Macy’s party was a “Manhattan Cowgirl” party, on a beautiful roof top garden of our apartment building in Lower Manhattan. This was the last party that she invited both boys and girls from her class. Besides the heavy dose of pink the party it was gender friendly in games and activities and of course I didnt send the boys home with the pink boot favor bag…I got red ones for them and I used red and blue in some of the decorations too.
The centerpiece of the party was her Cowgirl cake made with layers of cow print, handkerchief paisley and rope detail. The topper was a fondant Cowgirl hat. For this cake I did a buttercream and fondant combination on the icing and decorations
I created this Rose Petal Barbie Cake for Macy’s 7th birthday. She was my first Barbie cake using the Wilton Doll Cake mold. This design is simple but creating all the petals are tedious. To make them I made three colors and three sizes. They are formed by starting with a circle and then curling it and thinning out the edges to give it a natural shape. My sister actually helped me crank them out and she added the leaf around the waist idea to conceal the area where doll waist meets cake. Her dress is completed with a flower necklace. I dont like to write on most of my cakes and it has become my signature to make a plaque to write a simple name. For this Barbie I used the Wilton doll pick but changed the head with one of Macy’s real Barbie’s. We snuck her to dinner that night and she was brought out by the wait staff singing Happy Birthday, Macy was so proud for everyone in the restaurant to see her fabulous Barbie cake!
I have a few other Barbie cakes that you’d love to see too!
Perfectly Pink Barbie and the Perfectly Pink Pool Party (coming soon)
For my daughters 5th birthday the theme was Under the Sea. I am only sharing the invitation and cakes from the party, but this was a fantastic pool party and a success with my daughter who is my biggest fan and littlest critic!
This party’s invtation is a very unique “shaker” card that we really sent through the mail. As you can see from the profile shot above it is a thick card that required extra postage but arrived to our guests fine. I believe I did write “hand cancel” on the envelopes to help them receive some TLC at the post office but who knows if that really helped! These cards where on the complex side to create but they were worth it and were an impressive surprise for our guests to receive. Heres how they came together:
- 1/4 thin foam core board
- colored scrapbook paper
- transparency film
- glue stick
- xacto and cutting mat
The informational side of the card was designed and printed as a 5×5 square. 5″ squares were also cut out of the foam core, transparency film and unprinted scrapbook paper. A center circle (a square would work too) was cut from the foam core and scrabookpaper. And then it was like a sandwich, stacked up with the info face down glued to the foamcore, confetti sprinkled inside, transparency film to seal it and the scrapbook paper to cover and complete it. Being our theme was Under the Sea, this was meant to look like a fish bowl but it could be reinterpreted for any theme.
I have mentioned before that my spoiled little mice get more than one cake for their birthdays because there are usually separate days of celebrating. Macy had two parties her 5th year with this theme, one at school and one with family and friends. On her actual birthday she enjoyed Under the Sea character cupcakes at school and a Mermaid Kelly Doll cake at home with us. This was my first Barbie type cake. Little Kelly was easy to turn into a mermaid by simply covering her legs with individual scales made out of fondant, all her Sea friends were fondant also. These characters were on the simple side of creation, by todays standards it takes much more complex cupcake toppers to impress. (You can see some of my current cupcake work in my Yo Gabba Gabba cupcake masterpieces here)
There is an interesting story behind the real Under the Sea party that year. It was one of a few times that we decided to return back home to Tennessee to celebrate with family and friends. Flight delays and ultimately a flight cancellation nearly kept us from getting to TN. When we did get there it was just a few hours before the party and without our luggage full of party supplies. To save this party I picked up two pre-made cakes from a big box store, I think they were the Carebear cloud designs but they worked as ocean too. I grabbed a new Barbie and some fondant and within an hour the cake was complete! I hope that my emergency cake experience for this party can one day help someone else out if they are in a pinch to produce a custom cake. Dont panic, just add to a ready made and no one will be able to tell that it is a impromptu design!
Its HOT! Its summer here in the city and as we begin planning Macy’s 9th birthday party I thought it would be a great time to post her 8th birthday party, Aloha! A Luau Pool Party. I bet there is alot of people planing a luau party this time of year, its the perfect summer theme and I hope you find ours inspiring! We had her party at our community pool and it was a such beautiful venue that it didnt take much to decorate.
When it comes to buying party supplies, there are a lot of Luau and Hawaiian themes to choose from. I tried to keep ours simple and I was very careful to not go overboard or cheesy. Lots of color is a given when you are do a luau, but since this was a girl’s party it was easy to add in more pink and orange to give it a focus. A few plain white tablecloths were a great investment I made a few years back and this was another party that I was glad we were able to use them. The grass table skirt was safety pined to it and because it was cloth I didnt have to worry about the weight of it tearing a plastic tablecloth. The party and favors included a lei and hibiscus hair clip and a flower printed tote to stuff with candy & treats from the pull string (the only kind I do) pink flamingo pinata. Cool treats like fresh fruit served in a half pineapple and Hawaiian Punch in a coconut shell cup was all that was needed to entertain these girls. I could hardly keep them at the table long enough to even sing happy birthday, because they were very anxious to get in the pool and just have fun.