~ Cheezels, butterfly cakes, and….fine China?!?

 

It is party time of year again in my house! My two daughter’s birthdays are one week apart and this year I gave my girls the option of a trip to visit family in Victoria and a “small” home party, or a whole class birthday party…and they both chose VIC! Yes slightly generous I know…but I was heading over anyway and it was a good bribe to get out of the BIG class parties!!

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(…….do you think it’s too much to ask for a Sunny day in Melbourne in August so we can visit Luna Park?!? This was part of the girls bartering!)

 

 

 

I absolutely LoVe entertaining and I am glad to help the girls celebrate in simple style with family and close friends at home instead of having a class party. But is it a wise decision or not?!? I have to concede it is probably more work to party at home than it is to hire a hall and have the whole class, two times over, but I love having everyone over at our quaint home! So this leads me to my planning of our home party for the girls. My inspiration for the party is cheezels, butterfly cakes, and fine china. Good combination?!?

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Over the last twelve months I have been collecting fine china by Wedgwood. I hope to pass this down to my son and daughters one day! Until that day comes I plan to use all of the pieces on special occasions like the children’s birthday parties. What is the point of having these pretty things if we can’t use them right? Memories are priceless!!

 

It is school holidays here in WA at the moment so I am thinking it is a great time for the kids to start making the decorations for the party under the watchful eye of Nanna!

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Paper chains, fleur poms, garlands, invitations, and getting sticky with glue are all fun things to do  with Naughty Nanna when Mum isn’t home!

 

What is a children’s birthday party without cheezels? I think it is the only time we have cheezels in the house! Do you have any food associations in your family? Another love my family has is Nutri Grain when we go away camping or to a holiday unit! It seems to be tradition. I remember camping when I was younger and getting to choose which mini Kellogg’s cereal I wanted for breakfast….all the good ones were there that we were never allowed to eat at home!

I have never been a big fan of cream, but there is one allowance for me and that is butterfly cakes…..yum yum. And so pretty!!

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Butterfly cakes are the simplest skill of all cake making/decorating, and they are the first thing to be eaten at any party!

First you need to make some Vanilla cupcakes then once they are cooled using a sharp knife, cut a 2cm-deep x 3cm-wide piece from top of each cake. Cut tops in half. Spoon 2 teaspoons jam into each hole. Spoon cream over jam. Arrange cake tops over cream to form wings. Dust with icing sugar and voila!

The kids love helping me make these cakes, and there really isn’t much they can’t do….except cutting the wings out…I won’t allow that yet! Cutting wings in half though…sure thing go for it!!

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Home made sausage rolls, sandwiches, carrot & celery sticks, chips & dip, cheezels, slices….gluten free, nut free & healthy options….am I forgetting anything?

Drinks, pass the parcel, musical chairs, statues…prizes….lolly bags….

So in a couple of weeks I will be doing the mad dash around the house stuffing the cupboards full of washing (and items that somehow never have homes), mowing the lawn, weeding the garden, sweating it out in the kitchen, and bossing my husband around…all for the sake of keeping it simple this year……what are you planning to do for your kiddies parties???

Caroline xox  

P.S. Wish me luck washing the lemonade out of my Wedgwood!

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by Caroline Higgins