Happy 5th Birthday

19 Sep

Big canvas the kids painted at the party

Children’s birthday parties. I am exhausted. Now I appreciate why people (a) hire a hall (b) get the caterers in (c) call professional entertainers. Saying that, we had a wonderful time. The single most important thing was that No.1 had a great time: “That was the best day of my life” she said as the last guests left.
Things I have learned: bubble makers transport adults and children alike and are a brilliant investment; homemade pinata can be indestructable – we ended up perforating ours so the tots could break them and spill foil and sweets everywhere; cif is my new best friend – no damage from the extensive painting the kids did – I hope their parents got everything out of their clothes.

Unbreakable pinata

The food I will definitely make again: any cakes from the River Cottage Cake handbook, which is my new best and most reliable cookbook;  ken hom chinese five spices pork belly; toffee apples with coloured pencils for the sticks; the river cafe green book recipe for chocolate ginger cake.

The birthday cake itself: 6 layers of alternating victoria sponge and chocolate sponge stuck together with our raspberry jam and vanilla buttercream, then the whole teetering tower coated thickly with chocolate fudge and topped with smarties and paper bunting. No more chocolate ever. Think we used about 3kg for the whole party.

Tall chocolate cake! - 6 layers, shocking amounts of chocolate

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2 Responses to “Happy 5th Birthday”

  1. Noriko Smith Okamoto September 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    It was so much fun at the party! You are great party organizer! I had taken nice photographs at there, so I ‘d like to share with you on Facebook.

  2. Noriko Smith Okamoto September 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    It was so much fun at the party! You are great party organizer! I had taken nice photographs at there, so I ‘d like to share with you on Facebook soon. Also I wanted to tell you my web site will be ready soon. Tahnk you for giving me good advices! On the top page, there is a video, and Hanna in the video was using your handmade hair clip! It was so cute, thank you!

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