Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Hugo's Polar Party!!!

Here we go - I have finally down loaded about one million photos to show you from Hugo's birthday party... This year it was all about the food with many requests (dare I say orders) from the almost six year old. Hugo wanted to be involved with lots of the making this year so for his cake, the boys and I made little fondant penguins. I have to say that it turned out to be a very good, child friendly project and we were all thrilled with the results. Between the penguins' feet, we popped in some little candy covered chocolate eggs so they would look slightly "Happy Feetish". It also made them taste better.
Hugo decided he HAD to make chocolates for his friends at school so we sprinkled hundreds and thousands into silicon moulds, poured white chocolate over the top and then popped in lolly pop sticks. Voila!
Because Hugo's birthday was the day before the party and the birthday cake was being saved for the next day, we had a fancy afternoon tea with lollies in cupcakes cases and specially iced melting moments with sprinkles. I love the circus motifs found on these cases.
To continue on with the polar theme, I made lots and lots of white chocolate lego men - they were all supposed to have scarves on made from royal icing but by this stage I was beginning to flag.
Funny to think that for Archie's first birthday party everything was homemade, nutritious and virtually sugar free. How things have changed... and for the better.


Hugo requested a boat cake with penguins and jelly - the boat was a chocolate cake with white chocolate icing. It was supposed to be cleverly iced with different colours however, it was a new, untested recipe and wouldn't stop running. In the end I abandoned my first plan and decided to make it a snow-bound wreck colonised with penguins. With the icebergs I cut my losses and covered them with royal icing (so much easier but nowhere near as tasty). I bought a snowflake cutter which made the snowflakes supremely easy and scattered them around the jelly at the last moment.
That's right, the cakes were immersed in jelly (ugghhh - the kids liked it though). Not having had much to do with the professional world of cake decorating, I was thrilled to find little pearly white balls that formed the most delicious snow. I like easy snow.
Hugo was a polar bear (although it was hard to tell as he didn't wear his cape for very long...) and I was an arctic hare. Anything to wear bunny ears.
Archie was an explorer of the antarctic. He is wearing his great grandfather's cap.
Dominique for next door made Hugo this pinata. It seemed such a waste to let little children beat it to death but fortunately Hugo found a use for it after - see photo below.

It was a good birthday.
And now would you believe that I am utterly exhausted and it is very hard to imagine how I am going to do it all over again in two weekends for Archie. Thank goodness Archie wants to spend his party in the swamp getting muddy with his mates... apparently our job will be to provide energy food and pelt them with water balloons. I can do that.
Lots of love,
Kate xxooxx.

16 comments:

Lily said...

Happy birthday Hugo - looks like you had a really fun party. I love the penguins.

Ann On and On... said...

What a fabulous amount of detail... it looks like everyone was happy.

sue said...

That.......was a proper birthday! All brilliant, anyway gird your loins for the next one. Two of my boys birthdays are two weeks apart I know how you feel!

Aubrey said...

I wish I could have been there, it all looks fabulouso!! Now for some quiet time for you?? Love Mum

mommatojoa said...

How FUN!
Looks like you had a wonderful time! :)

Grateful4Crochet said...

What an amazing effort!!!!
Everything you made is extremely impressive!!
That will definitely be a birthday party to remember!!

Alessandra said...

love the cake!!!
xxx Alessandra

Fleur Cotton said...

Lovin that cake!!

Fleur xx

Katie said...

Fabulous party! I also love the idea of Archie and his friends being pelted with water balloons in the mud - my son would think this is very cool!
Katie x

Christina said...

Wonderful memories were made! Looks like fun!

Stephanie said...

What a wonderful party! You must have boundless energy entertaining all those children! Happy birthday Hugo!

Emily said...

Happy belated birthday to your baby boy. I love the look of the submerged jelly cake and those chocolate lollies are a stroke of genius!
Emily x

Leah said...

Wow what an amazing effort you went to hon! The cake looks fabulous! I absolutely laughed my head off seeing the pinata-on-the-head photo - hilarious. Have a lovely week.
Leah

HollyM said...

I would definitely believe you would tired out after all that! I used to make creative cakes like that for my children, many years ago.
The favorite part was the boat and icebergs with the penguins. I think it is enchanting.

Alise said...

Happy birthday Hugo!
wonderful pictures!
what kind of camera you have and do you use a photoshop?

Sarah said...

Oh what a great birthday that looks! SO impressed with the cake and the penguins - inspired! They are lucky boys to have such a fun mum! Mine are older now - 12 and 15, so not sure when I'll get to make a cake like this..maybe I'll make one for me, though! Why not?
Lovely blog by the way, so lovely and cheery. Thanks!

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