“A kids’ party raised to adult level”

During some extended internet pootling I’d been utterly enchanted and more than a little inspired by the many examples of gorgeously styled dessert tables; so, when it came to Big Sis’s 2014 birthday, I pounced on the opportunity to try my hand at one.
IMG_6050Roses, ribbons, hydrangea and pearls adorned the welcome sign on the door.IMG_6028

Desserts Menu (made by me):
Centrepiece birdcage birthday cake
White chocolate & pistachio cheesecake served in dark chocolate cups
Fresh raspberry mousse served in dark chocolate shot ‘glasses’
Raspberry lemonade cupcakes – mini & regular
Chai cupcakes – mini & regular
Strawberry Belgian chocolate rose shaped lollipops

Also on the table (not made by me):
Pink Champagne truffles
Bon-bons (cherry; chocolate; apple)
Assorted flavours pink & green jelly beans

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IMG_0484Birdcage cake with coordinating cupcakes: five layer cake, alternating vanilla Madeira and coffee sponge cake; filled with mocha Italian meringue buttercream, then covered and detailed with fondant; finished with roses, pearls and a butterfly.

Below: Mini lemon cupcakes with fresh raspberry frosting; regular lemon cupcakes with fondant topping
Mini chai cupcakes with ginger and lime frosting; regular chai cupcakes with fondant topping

Roses detailHand crafted pink gumpaste roses and white Belgian chocolate roses – leaves and detailing in lime modelling chocolate.

Just look at how much my roses had improved!  Ignore the white chocolate ones…they were bought ones…look at the pink ones though…are you impressed?  I was impressed with myself!  
IMG_0483IMG_0485Dessert trays made from spray painted picture frames, with pink wrapping paper inserted behind the glass – simple, cheap and effective.IMG_0490IMG_6040 IMG_6043birds backdropIMG_6068please take a bagIMG_6030Chocolate bars for each guest were personalised with printed wrappers, and guests were invited to fill paper party bags with sweet treats to take home.

Mum and Big Sis declared the event to be, “A kids’ party, raised to adult level”, which was precisely what I was aiming for!

It didn’t come anywhere close to having the polished style and panache I’d ultimately want to achieve, but for a first attempt I think it wasn’t a bad job.

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