Now that the holidays are over I am on a mission to box up my kids summer clothing, update the pictures on my website, transform my side room into a baking space, and write this blog post! For all of you who like interior design… I will gladly hand you the side room challenge. It is a good way to build up your portfolio, and I will feed you an endless amount of cake and cookies while you are working ;) #jk #notreallyjoking. This morning I updated the pics on my site, and now I am finally sitting down to write this post… It’s 2:07 on October 31st…. Carpool starts at 2:45, let’s see how far I can get and when this will actually be posted!
My babies are 5 years old! Insane!! I’m totally not ready for them to grow up, but it’s happening whether I like it or not. They are real people, with lots of personality, and I love every second of it!
For this year’s party we decided to go with PJ’s and Pancakes because who doesn't like either of those things! I know I have probably said this before, but I always think the theme is the hardest part. Once I have that set everything else falls in to place. I ordered invitations off of Etsy from The Party Town, and uploaded the image into a paperless post. I also ordered a birthday packet that came with a birthday banner, water bottle wrappers, toppers, and lots more. Once that happened, I incorporated the colors and images from the invitation into all of the desserts, party decorations, and paper goods
Before I go into details about all the desserts I’ll give you a quick rundown of the party. Obviously, it was a PJ party so all the kids came in their pajamas. My girls never ever match but all they wanted to do was wear the same thing. They thought it was so funny and were so excited! I bought these awesome unstuffed bunny rabbit dolls off of bdaybears.com. They came with little white t-shirts for the kids to decorate and little hearts to put inside the doll after they finished stuffing them. I also bought tons of glitter glues and jewels for the kids to decorate the t-shirts and loads of stuffing to fill the bunnies with. We set up a big table cloth on the floor with all the t-shirts and art materials, ready for the kids to start decorating right when they walked in. After they finished their shirts they stuffed their bunnies, and then to went to town on the dessert table. Hard work makes you hungry!
Next up was cake time! We sang happy birthday, which is probably my girls least favorite part of their birthday. They are so shy, it was painful, although that goes away the minute it is time to cut and eat the cake! After cake, the kids spent the rest of the time decorating door hangers for their bedroom until their parents came.
Ok…party talk over, now onto the dessert planning. Like I said before, all my inspiration came straight from the invitation. First, and most important…pancakes! I went easy. I bought the pre-made frozen pancakes, stacked them, and drizzled some chocolate and sprinkles on top! MmmMmmm I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. I also made a platter with plain pancakes, for all those non-chocolate lovers. Next, I made cake pops in the color scheme, and made these awesome, two-toned, mini cupcakes to match. The cookies were completely invitation inspired. I made an assortment of cookies, some little pancakes, number 5’s, initial cookies, and bunny slippers. I also had some candy and cut up fruit.
CAKE… ahh what to do!?! I toyed with so many different ideas, until I was set on this one. I made a cake that looked like a stack of pancakes with maple syrup dripping off the top, topped off with a slice of butter. You know, the whole shebang!
My girls were so confused when they saw it. I think they were a little disappointed at first, thinking their whole cake was just a pile of pancakes until they realized it was actually a cake!!! I thought this cake was going to be easy. I thought it would take an hour or two tops. I was way off! This cake took me hours! I made a yellow cake and covered it in chocolate ganache. I colored the fondant to give it a brownish tint, rolled out long pieces of fondant, flattened them, and wrapped the cake layer by layer. After I got the entire cake covered, I used a thin paint brush and painted in between each layer with some brown+yellow+burgundy food coloring. Next, I used piping gel to look like maple syrup dripping off the to pf the cake, which may sound not so hard, but I completely hated the way it came out at first, so I took off my top pancake, made a whole new one, and started again. I topped off the cake with a yellow piece of fondant that looked like butter, and made a #5 to pull together all the colors from the dessert table. Lastly, I took a toothpick and stabbed it all over the edges of the “pancakes” to make it look like pancake batter air bubbles, and give the cake a bit more of a realistic spin.
The party was great! Everything ran smoothly, the kids were all so sweet, and my girls were flying high. Family, friends, art projects, and cake, what could be bad ;)