Forget Comic Strip This Week and Let Me Show Off a little... :P
Remember that one time when I said I would concentrate on making comics but would also upload some personal projects on the side? Well, this is one of those personal projects. And pardon the title of this blog post, but that's exactly how I feel Ｏ(≧▽≦)Ｏ. Can you see that I put a lot of love into this?
For those who know me personally, they also know that I love birthdays. I really do. And that includes the idea of having this special day especially dedicated for you along with flowers, decorations, presents, good food and most importantly...very close family and friends! My family has always made me feel super duper special on my birthdays so I want my children to feel the same. This is how I express my love for them once a year. And being budget-challenged, I take pleasure in presenting beautiful handmade birthday dessert table for them. It also gives them a chance to get involve in the preparation level and make memories together. My eldest remembers the birthday parties I threw for her so far and has always recounted excitedly how she was involved in them.
I will write more in detail about the DIY aspects of this party, but for now, it's show off time! I manage to take some nice pictures, so here is the first one.
Again, simple dessert table. Everything I used here was from the dessert crockery I collected over the years or recycled box/basket from last Easter. The brown box at the bottom of the cake tier actually came from discarded packaging. Due to its strength and simplicity (no print or sticker) I kept it aside for this purpose. At the moment I'm still using it as a shadow box for one of my little figurines. Flowers from my garden and from our local supermarket, nothing fancy and lifted the atmosphere quite a bit. And I love how the fruits stood out visually. Plus that was one of the first things our little guests finished. I hate having heaps of lollies on my dessert table, so this is my solution. My dessert criteria are that they have to be easy to eat and light. At least we weren't left with too many sweets after the party.
Another closer look...
That green plant in the bird vase is called Baby Sunrose, and it's a versatile kind. At a glance it seems like one of those easy to grow ground cover succulents, but it has the cutest hot pink pom-pom like little flowers, and when you put them in water it could last for weeks beautifully! All year round cut flowers at your disposal. I used Baby Sunrose for almost every event I hosted at home as it is very easy to grow and take care of. And talking about plant, here is a closer look at my party backdrop.
DIY by yours truly! :P The flower garland is not as complex as it looks, and it's inspired by this tutorial by Oh Happy Day! I decided to simplify it for the sake of my bank account and used the branches of my of my bushes. I cut blue glitter paper into triangle bunting and just add minimal amount of flowers. As for the butterflies, I bought them off Ebay. If you have extra time, you can even order them from China - super cheap but takes 2 whole months to arrive! The butterflies have magnets so after we finished with them we arranged some of them on our fridge and kept the rest for next time.
Why butterflies? For those who have watched the live action Cinderella, you know why! Little Miss E loves the live action movie even more so than the animation that it is only natural to design the dessert table after the live action version. Besides, who don't love butterflies? They're adorable!
The only thing I think I could do better is the paper banner. I wish it was a little longer and flowing. But still, the whole idea is so simple and cute! The tutorial for the paper banner is at Oh Happy Day! as well. Check it out! I'll create a tutorial for the simplified flower garland next time.
Aaaanddd....here is the cake!
...with edible lace. One of my closest friends made the cake this time, which is a huge help! I feel that as the years go by and I start designing and drawing again I have even less time to prepare for an event like this. She did a marvellous job, didn't she? I love how the tiny toddler Cinderella looks just at home on top of the cake.
What about crowns for our little princesses?
The kids and I had a lot of fun making the crowns. Okay, they might not be the best-looking ones out there (check out Girl Inspired for a concise tutorial), but they were definitely made with love. Honestly speaking, if I could do it all over again, I would choose a stiffer kind of lace like the ones in the first two pictures. The less stiff one was definitely better for the whole crown circlet around the head.
Here is the rest of the details.
Rumballs. Yum. And flowers.
And the crown plus some meringues.
And finally, a picture of my birthday girl and I, she looking happy in her handmade lace crown. Isn't she adorable? Happy 3rd birthday, luv! Glad you enjoyed the day.