Saturday, March 5, 2011

Parties and Party Food!!!

So... this is what you do when your 5 year old requests a hot air balloon - make the shape as simple as possible and the throw as much bright icing (the pink, yellow and of course brown are all natural colourings - I just gave blue pieces to the quieter kids) on as a banana cake can safely hold.
This is the birthday boy, Danny from 'Danny the Champion of the World' (Jonno conveniently was his dad), lurking around the food table. Who can blame him. Sorry, I have to pause, I have a butterfly net pulled down tightly over my head. You know how it is...
Squiggle cake made by squirting the left over bits of icing onto the cutoff pieces of cake - a lot of cake is sacrificed to make a hot air balloon.
Need I say more - perfect clouds thanks to Stefanie Alexander's 'The Kitchen Companion'.
Pooh Sticks (because it was a favourite book character party... no other reason...). Melted marshmallows mixed with a bit of butter, a tiny bit of sugar, cocoa powder and rice bubbles. Fantastic, definately a great dessert for your next dinner party (I swear they would enjoy it more than anything).
And the cake...
Oh the cake... And balloons (non-edible in case you were wondering).
This is what it looks like when you light the candles thinking your son is in the crowd of children. Then comes the panic when you realise he isn't there... Then the search, the calming of tears and letting him quietly blow the candles out on the stairs.
And this is what the mother returns to the kitchen looking like... Oh yes, sorry, not the mother but Pippi Longstocking.
And then the pragmatism as a whole morning's work is cut into!!!
Have a great weekend,
I am taking it easy.
Lots and lots of love,
Kate xxooxx.


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