This weekend saw us celebrate both the wee girl’s and the 4yo’s birthdays! With birthdays exactly two weeks apart, we decided to invite friends over just once for a party, rather than twice, and celebrate the birthdays together!
Having said that; there was cake last weekend for the wee girl, there will be cake next weekend for the 4 (soon to be 5)yo, and there will be cake again when we have his ‘school’ party… Next year I’m going to work out how I can do all these different parties together!
Having decided that I was going to make all the ‘treats’ myself, I do like a challenge; I needed a theme. Thankfully both the wee girl and the 4yo love Team Umizoomi. So, that set my colour theme and gave me a start on the cake.
I wanted to have a tea party, with little treats and cakes, as well as the big cake. So, I made cupcakes and ‘top hats’ (which I remember making as a child!).
I also made Marshmallow lollipops (an idea I stole from my sister!). Pop a marshmallow on a lollipop stick. Melt some chocolate (in this case I used white chocolate drops); I used the microwave and did it in 30 second blasts. Dip the end of the marshmallow in melted chocolate and then dip into your sprinkle of choice! Again, taking a tip from my sister, I pierced holes on an egg box and stood the lollipops upright to set.
I liked the idea of using chocolate fingers around the main cake, I had seen a few cakes like this on other blogs and on Pinterest. I then found a cake that combined this with M&Ms, which fitted perfectly with the colour theme. I cheated and used a mix for the cake, there are only so many hours in the day, and made two layers sandwiched with raspberry jam and buttercream. I used a vanilla frosting and then put Kit Kat fingers around the outside, leaving small gaps so that we could cut slices. I added figures of Milly, Geo and Bot (yes, I know the names of the characters…) that we already had and made shooting stars from foam stickers and florists wire; and hey presto, I had a Team Umizoomi cake!
It was a wonderful party, the wee girl and the 4yo had a great time. Everyone enjoyed themselves; there was plenty of food, the children all played nicely together; the adults got the chance for a bit of a natter; it was exceptionally loud!
The wee girl and the 4yo loved their cake! So much so, that I failed to get a single photo of them with it where they’re not jumping around in excitement!
Another lovely afternoon :)
I am so grateful for the group of friends that we have made over here, who help us to celebrate these special events. It’s tough when you’re away from home; and family. Each birthday, each celebration, is touched by those missing. But, our friends here make sure that the kids (and us!) always have a fabulous time.