Monday, August 30, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Three Cake Weekend - DONE!!! :)

I had the pleasure of making three cakes this weekend, each one unique and wonderful in its own way. The first one was ordered by a friend of mine who works at the local racquet club. She wanted me to make a "thank you cake" for the teenage counselors who had worked at the club's summer sports camp. The club has a rock-climbing wall, which is one of the campers' very favorite activities during the camp. So I decided to make a rock-climbing cake. I sculpted the "rock" out of Rice Krispy treats, then covered it with gray fondant. Then I added some little "hand-holds" out of different colors of fondant, and used a few Polly Pocket dolls as my "rock-climbers." The rock sat on top of a two layer yellow cake with chocolate mousse filling, frosted with vanilla buttercream. The letters are made of melted wafer candies poured into an alphabet mold.

The teenage counselors were pretty amazed by the cake - here they are before digging in!

The following day I made a cake for a girl named Danielle's 11th birthday party. (Her mom was the silent auction winner of the pink and black invitations in a previous post - scroll down to see them.) We decided to stick with the pink and black theme and make a cake with those colors. I had never done zebra stripes before, so that was really fun. This quickly became one of my all-time favorite cakes - I'm sure one of my daughters will have a similar looking one for a birthday at some point! The feather boa was a playful way to jazz up this already super cool cake. It was chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, covered with fondant.

And last, but not least, I made a three-layer "Cherry Garcia" cake for a bridal shower on Sunday. It was chocolate cake with a maraschino cherry cream cheese filling, frosted in vanilla almond buttercream. Super YUM. This was the first time I used fresh flowers to decorate a cake, and I have to say that I'm hooked! Such a beautiful and easy way to decorate. I purchased the flowers on Saturday morning at our local farmer's market (pesticide-free organic, of course!), then cut and wrapped the stems in floral tape before inserting the flowers into the cake. The bride's wedding colors were described as "autumn colors," so I chose yellow, orange, brown, and dark purple flowers.

Here's a closeup of the piping on the side of the cake:

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Polly Goes to the Beach

I really enjoyed making this cake for my niece Katie Lynne, who had a beach-themed party for her 8th birthday. It's a strawberry cake frosted with vanilla buttercream. Half of it is covered with graham cracker "sand," and the other half is "water" created with blue color spray. I used fondant to make some accessories for the Polly dolls...beach towels, a swim ring, a beach ball, two little soda cans, and even a plate of french fries with ketchup! So fun!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Silent Auction Winner

Recently I donated some of my Party Fairy services to a silent auction held by our local Girl Scout Service Unit. One of the items I donated was a set of 10 custom-designed party invitations. The winner contacted me a few weeks later and asked me to make some invitations for her daughter Danielle's 11th birthday party. I suggested a black, white, and hot pink color scheme, and we were both absolutely thrilled with the results! I have a feeling that I'll be making more invitations like this someday...for my own daughters' birthdays! I also made some coordinating thank you cards.

Please contact me if you would like me to donate my services for your fundraising efforts - I also contributed to a friend's preschool silent auction this spring, and you better bet that one of my cakes will be making an appearance at our elementary school's cake walk this year! :)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Just horsin' around!

I had a great time making this cake for a 5-year-old girl who was having a horse themed birthday party. It was vanilla cake frosted with pink buttercream and decorated with a white picket fence and a horse made out of fondant. It is definitely one of my favorite cakes I've made! Plus the birthday girl loved it, which is the best reward ever!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Water Party Fun!!

It seems that summer is the season of water-themed birthday parties! My oldest daughter was invited to one last week, she had her own water party yesterday, went to another one today, and we have two more next weekend! It's an easy way to have a super fun birthday party that requires little to no effort on the parents' part. (Yay for that!) We set up a big inflatable water slide in our backyard, which my daughters and her friends had a blast playing on at our party yesterday. But you don't need anything fancy or expensive to have success with a water party: a sprinkler, slip'n'slide, or a simple plastic pool will do the trick just fine! You could also set up a water table for younger kids to play with. A big plastic tub and a fishing set are a hit with the toddler crowd as well. Older kids enjoy a good old-fashioned water balloon toss, or a water gun fight! A party held at the community pool is fun, too...just make sure that a few parents stick around to help, so that you don't end up being solely responsible for the safety of a bunch of kids in the pool! Another idea is to check with your local water parks and see if they offer a "birthday party package." I know there are several in my area that have great facilities and pretty affordable party deals. But if you want to go cheap and easy (like me!), just turn on the hose and have the party in your backyard!

Here's my birthday girl Lauren going down the slide:

And here's the ice cream cake that I made for her. (My own daughter doesn't like cake!! What's up with that???)