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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Twinkle Star Party

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Last week we had a little party in honour of Bubbles’ first birthday. It was a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star theme which seemed fitting not only because Bubbles’ real name actually means star but also because Blossom’s first birthday was a song theme too, a You Are My Sunshine party.

I do love decorating for these little parties at home and I do love a good theme. I find parties at home like this so easy to pull off as I already have all the home decor bits on hand to improvise with. It really is amazing what a chalkboard, some pretty cake stands and some flowers and hessian can do.

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Farmyard Party

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A farmyard party was an easy choice for Blossom’s 2nd birthday as she simply adores all things farm. We took our inspiration from her beloved ride-on “Moo” and went for a subtle cow print theme mixed in with some hessian fabric and red gingham. Apart from buying the balloons, ribbon and gypsophila we were then just able to utilise all the home decor bits we already had to hand. We got our invites from here and the cake was Blossom’s ultimate favourite, “Anna’s choc cake” as found in the cafe at our church but with the sweet addition of some chocolate fences and farmyard animals. As you can see Daddy was rather generous with his portions… she was delighted!

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