Birthday Bashes!

A few years ago, I was going to bridal showers, bachelorette parties and weddings every weekend.  Then it was baby showers, and now I’m at the age where lunch date topics with girlfriends include: spit-up, nipples, rash cream, disciplining, Dora and Ugly Dolls.  I don’t know where the time went, but it seems like yesterday we were guessing as to who would get married first and talking about crushes.

Now character-themed parties, goodie bags and smash cakes fill our weekends.  I’ve been privileged to have such trusting friends with young kids that have fun and colorful-themed parties.  These opportunities to play with flour, sugar, food coloring and fondant have been a challenge but also was fun to work on new techniques and practice baking.  Check out the photos below and their captions to see how it all came together.  Thanks to Christine, Paolo, and Zain for having such fun parties and their Mommies for being awesome friends!  I can’t wait to do a Justin Bieber themed cake!

Beautifully shape Mickey Sugar Cookies with a perfectly butter taste.  Recipe from Sweetopia found here!

Fondant Minnie ears and bow for the cake:  for the ears I rolled out black fondant to about 1/4 inch thick and then shoved in wooden skewers used for grilling; for the bow I followed this TUTORIAL which was much easier than I had imagined!

Finished Minnie Cake for Christine:  marble cake inside with Swiss meringue butter cream covered with fondant.

Birthday girl Christine enjoying her cake (sorry a little blurry).

Royal Icing decorated cookies as favors for the kiddies. I need to work on my cookie decorating skills.  Dark colored icing, like black and red are extremely hard to make!  It’s hard to prevent bleeding too.

Mickey rice krispie treats just like they have at the park! All you need is a pan of rice krispie treats (recipe per the cereal box), a Mickey-shaped cookie cutter, some chocolate chips melted and sprinkles!

Curious George party for Paolo!  Banana Cupcakes per David Lebovitz recipe with whipped chocolate ganache and caramel Swiss meringue butter-cream.

Paolo with his awesome parents.  The cake was decorated with hand-crafted fondant Curious George, big yellow hat (with cardboard in the middle to hold up the shape, leaves, balloons on floral wire, and banana runts (which were the hardest things to find, evidently nobody eats runts any more!).

Ugly Doll royal icing sugar cookies for Zain’s 1st Birthday

Ox smash cake with Ugly Doll cupcakes:  perfectly chocolate cake (by Glorious Treats) with chocolate ganache filling and perfectly vanilla cake (also by Glorious Treats) with butterscotch ganache filling.  These cupcakes were redone at the last minute due to a slight tip of the container and smooshed icing by a certain husband, but it was for the better as they look much better than the original!  They were also frozen 3 days in advance due to Labor Day weekend plans, which may have made the ganache filling a little harder than desired  (it didn’t ooze like I though it would) and perhaps the vanilla cupcake was a little dry.  Next time, plan to be around the weekend when they party is happening and make cupcakes within a day of eating.

Happy Zain with Mommy and Daddy

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6 thoughts on “Birthday Bashes!

  1. Nicole says:

    From Christine’s Mom…you are an awesom friend to do all this for us…so again I thank you for making Christine’s Minnie Mouse Party a wonderful success. Christine loved it…and was very happy…and everything tasted great….love you…and I am soo proud of you.

  2. Kathy Nyquist says:

    You are an impresario! So impressed.

    *From:* Carbivore [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] *Sent:* Sunday, September 23, 2012 5:50 PM *To:* knyquist@newventureadvisors.net *Subject:* [New post] Birthday Bashes!

    Patti posted: “A few years ago, I was going to bridal showers, bachelorette parties and weddings every weekend. Then it was baby showers and now I’m at the age where lunch date topics with girlfriends include: spit-up, nipples, rash cream, disciplining, Dora and Ugly “

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