Rainbow Tea Party

 

Blossom requested a rainbow themed tea party for her 6th birthday and you’d think that’d be an easy theme to pull off, I mean it’s just colourful right? But I actually found this theme to be a tough one to pull together.

Thankfully we had all our lovely wooden rainbow toys to make use of and throw in some bright flowers and rainbow balloons with lots of home made goodies and sweet treats and it all came together pretty well in the end. She was chuffed at least, which made the 3+ hours of cake making the evening before worth it, but next time I’ll be sticking to buttercream icing, way quicker and way more forgiving than fondant!

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Neverland Tea Party

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Over the past year Bubbles has taken a liking to the whimsical world of Peter Pan, particularly the crocodile so for her 4th birthday tea party a Neverland theme seemed like the perfect choice.

As always I opted for balloons, flowers and mostly items from around the house that were nods to the story like cufflinks, a thimble, Tinkerbell, of course and Bubbles’ Bear who kindly played the part of Michael’s teddy bear.

There was also plenty of pirate gold and fresh flowers straight from Pixie Hollow (aka. Tiger Lily Florist) and an impressive crocodile cupcake birthday cake made by the lovely Auntie Emily.

Best of all Bubbles had fun playing with her cousins and then big sister Blossom declared it “the best party ever!” and I felt pretty chuffed too.

(Oh and the Tinkerbell photo credit goes to 5 year old Blossom who helped with setting up)

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Flower Fairy Tea Party

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For Blossom’s 4th birthday she was given The Complete Book of Flower Fairies by her Granny and Grandpa. It’s a favourite of hers and she can often be found flipping through it and admiring the beautiful illustrations. It’s also a regular read at our weekly Poetry Tea Time.

She told she would like a Flower Fairy Tea Party for her 5th birthday party back when we were planning a Paddington Bear one for her baby sister last December and she has waited every so patiently for it to arrive.

As always it was a simple theme to pull off. I already had a Flower Fairy postcard set of the original Cicely Mary Barker illustrations which we used as invitations and for the decor I simply used the items we had in the cupboards and bought some flowers from M&S.

The cake was a special request by Blossom and my first attempt at not only a layer cake but an ombre cake. I went for the simplest version I could find to increase my chances of success and was pleased with the results even if it wasn’t quite as neat and tidy as the original recipe.

As always my faithful Mum provided the balloons and the sandwiches and one of Blossom’s sweet aunts made cupcakes (something I am not very good at!)

I also managed to squeeze in some extra baking earlier in the week and made coconut ice and fairy biscuit bites which went down a treat.

Now I know some people don’t care for themes, but I do enjoy the decorating and I’m pleased to say it definitely was not wasted on Blossom who kept spontaneously thanking me during set up and announcing how beautiful everything was, it was the sweetest thing!

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Paddington Bear Tea Party

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Somewhere in the the middle of the year we acquired some sweet Paddington Bear books. The illustrations by R.W. Alley were so sweet that we couldn’t help but fall in love with the sweet Peruvian bear, so a Paddington Bear theme it had to be for Bubbles’ 3rd Birthday party.

The invitations were simple luggage labels a nod to the label worn by Paddington himself on his long journey from darkest Peru. I then opted for a London packed theme with lots of red, white and blue, complete with iconic buses, black cabs and train station vibes.

As my girls LOVE chocolate cake, I usually opt for a simple chocolate fudge cake for their birthday cakes, but I couldn’t resist making a “Marmalade Sandwich”, which is of course is Paddington Bear’s all time favourite food. I also found inspiration for this cake on Pinterest, but instead used my Granny Doreen’s sponge cake recipe as it’s always a winner. The cake was basically a square Victoria sponge, with the top cut off to make it look like a sandwich. It was then lathered with cream and orange curd instead of the usual strawberry jam and it was very yummy, if I do say so myself!

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Beatrix Potter Tea Party

 

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Over the past year Blossom and I have worked our way through The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter, so for her 4th birthday celebration I tried to bring the world of Peter Rabbit to life a little. Mr McGregor’s garden was my inspiration and my favourite touch was the carrots in the floral arrangements!

I do love a good theme, but according to Blossom all parties should have 3 key things: Balloons, fresh flowers and of course, chocolate cake!

My chocolate cake wasn’t quite as perfect as a recovering perfectionist would hope, but Blossom told me at bedtime that the chocolate cake was her favourite part of the party. (Cue swooning Mama!)

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Woodland Bear Party

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We ended the year with a little bear themed tea party in honour of our sweet Bubbles turning two. She adores all bears but our inspiration was taken from her beloved brown snuggly Bear that she totes around the house with her.

I kept things simple, making use of lots of home decor items I already had on hand, bought some winter foliage, gathered a few pinecones and made some of my favourite home made goodies; snickerdoodles and chocolate fudge cake. The M&D doughnuts were also a big hit!

As always I was pretty rubbish at taking photos during the party, too busy chatting, eating cake and helping Bubbles open her birthday gifts, but it was a fun time with family and as always the girls loved playing with their cousins.

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Pooh Bear Tea Party

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Blossom turns three is a few days and to celebrate we invited family round for a party, but not just any party a Pooh Bear tea party!

This was an easy theme to pull off and as usual I made use of a lot of the home decor items I already had to hand. My trusty hessian table runner, cake stands, chalkboard and jam jars turned vases from Blossom’s first birthday party all made another appearance, with the simple addition of some balloons, flowers, party hats and a classic pooh bear (which was one of Blossom’s birthday presents).

As requested by the birthday girl I attempted to make the much anticipated “pink chocolate cake” as seen at the Hero Party in “Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.” It is actually from this scene that we got our pink and blue colour theme from as the characters all wear these colour hats.

The cake was not as pink inside as I’d hoped (despite using an entire tube of pink paste) but Blossom happily ate it and seemed to really enjoy her little tea party, especially playing with her cousins in the garden.

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