Monday, 6 October 2008

Birthday Flowers

Last Wednesday was my youngest daughter's birthday. I put much more time into her party this year than I normally do, since I have so much time on my hands lately. She picked a cake picture from a book and decided no other cake would do. I just smiled and agreed it was beautiful, all the while wondering how I would manage. I had to teach myself a whole new technique, but I think it turned quite well.

The flowers on the top are made from sugar paste and then hand painted. (I know - crazy. Sprinkles would have been pretty too.) The ruffly disk in the middle had her name written on it. Now that I've figured out the sugar paste thing, I'd like to give it a try on other cakes. The next birthday in the family is in February. I might change my mind by then.

I also spent quite a bit of time making invitations for the party. Usually I let the kids make their own, but she ran out of time, so I did it for her. They turned out well and oldest daughter wants duplicate invites for her sweet sixteen in February.

By the time youngest daughter's party ended on Friday, I felt the need for a long nap and I wondered if all the effort had been worth it. Other years had been just as fun. But when I tucked my little girl into bed that night, she informed me it was the best birthday party she's ever been to. All those hours and flowers were worth the effort after all.


Melissa said...

What a sweet memory for you and her.

p.s. The cake is beautiful!

Kimberly said...

I thought those flowers were real. Seriously.

A writer and an artist. No fair.

Melanie J said...

I thought they were real, too! I just posted a picture of the cake I did for my son's party on Saturday, but being as it was a classic dirt cake, compared to this it almost feels like cheating.

ali said...

Well, first of all ... the cake is just plain beautiful. Those flowers are exquisite. I'm mightly impressed.

But most of all ... what a sweet gift to give your daughter--the knowledge that she is so precious to you that you would be willing to go to such lengths to please her. YOU were the reason her party was the best ever.

Josi said...

I am DANG impressed, I've never attempted anything that pretty. I'm so glad your daughter noticed the details--way to go.

Rick said...

And the cake tasted good, too. Bonus!

Stephanie Humphreys said...

Thanks all. It really is worth the effort when payment is a huge hug and "I love you Mom."

As for the dirt of my favorites because I just can't mess it up. And there have been some pretty messed up cakes in my house.

Heather B. Moore said...

Wow. I am like in AWE. This should be on the cover of House Beautiful.

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The Savage Family said...

The cake is beautiful! But, don't worry about having to go all out in February, because, as for that oldest daughter of yours, she's not allowed to turn 16. :)

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