Thursday, December 22, 2011

What I have been up to!

It is now 3 days until Christmas and I am finally organised! The past few weeks have been busy with all the usual end of year events. I have been making a few cakes as well as working.

I will keep the words brief as there are lots of photo's to share with you.

 { My brother's 40th Birthday Cake - White chocolate and dark chocolate mudcake}

{My nephew's 4th birthday cake - chocolate cake)

{Sophie's Sleepover Cake - Rainbow Swirl Cake}

{ Baby Shower Cookies }

{ Retirement Cake - Cherry Ripe Mudcake }

{ Josh's Pool Party Cake - Deep Dark Chocolate Cake }

{ Engagement Cake - Cherry Ripe Mudcake and Caramel Mudcake }

{ Izaac's Soccer Ball Cake - White Chocolate Mudcake }

{ Bray's Lego Star Wars Themed Cake - Deep Dark Chocolate Cake }

{ James' Christening Cake - Cherry Ripe Mudcake }

 The next series of photo's are from the Year 6 Farewell Dinner for the children at my son's school. This year I have been Vice President on the P&C Committee and volunteered to help organise the dinner. The theme was Masquerade, with the colours being red, gold, black and white. I made the tissue pom poms, the mask cookie favours and the cake and cupcakes. It was held at the local Bowling Club and the transformation of the room was amazing! The children had a fabulous night, each receiving a signature bear to create memories with.


So that is a wrap up of the last few weeks in cakes! We are hosting Christmas lunch at our house, so the preparations for the dessert table have begun.

I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, enjoy the time spent with those close to you and stay safe.

Thankyou for supporting my little blog in 2011, I look forward to continuing it in the new year.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

7 Christmas Related Things About Me!

A few weeks ago, Leanne from Sweet Style, passed on a blogging award which requires me to share 7 Christmas Related things with you. It has taken me a while to get to it, but as it is the 1st December today, what better day to write this post! Here are a few of my favourite things about the festive season.

1. Putting up the Christmas tree! Ours went up a few weeks ago, we had purchased a new one, it is white and some new decorations, red and turquoise is the colour theme this year, so I was anxious to get it up and decorated.

 { Dodgy iPhone photo of the tree}

2.  Christmas cards! Since having our children I have always enjoyed taking a "christmas card photo" and having the christmas cards made to send to all of our friends and family. This year we had a few photo shoots until we got the right photo. I was thrilled with how the cards turned out. I put them in the post yesterday so they would arrive on the 1st December.

3. Gingerbread cookies! I love eating gingerbread, so love this time of year as it is an excuse to make lots of it for gifts, and there are always leftovers :) I seem to gather more Christmas themed cookie cutters each year, from very small to very large - trees, stars, gingerbread men, angels, christmas baubles. I tried out some gift ideas a few weeks ago. The flint jar is from Sharnel Dollar Designs.

4. Buying Christmas presents! Each year I vow to be more organised when it comes to purchasing the presents. I do a lot of online shopping, as living in the country it is just easier. The adults always prove to be the most difficult to choose presents for. I love coordinating the wrapping of my presents, this year I have purchased glossy red paper and pretty turquoise organza ribbon to tie pretty bows on the presents.

5. Christmas carols! We have had carols playing in our car for a few weeks already, I love singing along to them with the kids. 

6. Spending time with family and friends! The festive season is a wonderful time for catching up with everyone. I find that everyone is so busy in our everyday lives, that it is a nice time to relax and enjoy good food and company.

7. The countdown to Christmas day! Now that the children are a little older they are so excited about christmas, so the countdown has been on for about 65 days now! Today marks the first day to open the advent calenders, so the real countdown begins. They were asking at 6:20am this morning if they could open them :)

I now have to pass this onto a few other fabulous bloggers :

Karla from Ironmum Karla

Enjoy the rest of the week.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A few Cakes!

Life is so busy for me at the moment, that my poor blog is neglected again. I am hoping to find some time to blog now that we are heading into the Christmas season!

My lovely friend, Leanne, from Sweet Style has passed on a blogging award to me, so I will be back later in the week to share 7 random things about Christmas with you.

My cake decorating has slowed down at the moment, a new job and life in general has taken over. Thought I would share a few that I have made over the past couple of months. I warn you it is photo overload!

There were some really fun cakes amongst these, I miss decorating at the moment, but still have a few family cakes to do over the next few weeks.

Enjoy your week.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Claire's Rainbow 2nd Birthday Party!

Our beautiful little girl, Claire, celebrated her 2nd birthday last weekend. As each birthday comes along for one of our children I can't believe how quickly the time goes by. She is such a gorgeous little girl, very grown-up for a 2 year old, which I think is a result of having two older brothers who adore her and are continually teaching her.

Earlier in the year I came across a very pretty rainbow dress on Etsy and decided that this would be Claire's birthday dress. The party was then themed around "rainbows". I have been gathering goodies for the party for months and was thrilled with the way it all came together on the day.

The feature of the party was the dessert and lolly table. I made the rainbow garland back drop and the "Somewhere over the Rainbow" print was courtesy of Scissors Paper Rock Designs, and fitted the theme perfectly.

The cake was the feature of the dessert table. It was a rainbow layer cake finished with a rough buttercream and topped with a wooden clothes pin dolly in a dress that matched Claire's party dress. The topper was lovingly made by Sarah of Enchanted Belles.

I baked all of the goodies that made up the dessert table. Which included meringues, cupcakes in a jar, vanilla bean pannacotta and buttercream swirl cookies. The lollies included gummy bears, jelly beans, marshmallow pops, "Happy Birthday" rock candy, giant freckles, rainbow lollypops and popcorn. I handmade the tissue paper pom poms that were used as the sticks for the marshmallow pops.

The take home favours were mini gumball machines, that were filled with single coloured m&m's and smartie cookies in cute little rainbow confetti treat bags. The guests also had their own glass bottle that was filled with rainbow coloured cordial.

The party was a lot of fun and all of the guests had fun blowing bubbles from rainbow coloured bubble pots!

Here are a few more photo's of the birthday girl in her pretty rainbow dress, with her brothers and with her mumma of course :) 

Big birthday wishes to our little princess xxx


Milk glass stands, tablecloth and sambellina party goods by Sweet Style

Confetti treat bags by Sharnel Dollar Designs.

Gumball machines, lollypops, rock candy and mini pegs by Occasion by Design.

Timber crates by Lily Chic Events.

Striped popcorn boxes by Little Sooti.

Clothespin Doll Cake Topper by Enchanted Belles.

Rainbow Print by Scissors Paper Rock Designs.

Rainbow Party Dress from Pecan Sandies.