Wednesday, September 28, 2011

How to Make a Dr Seuss Dessert Table

Mr S and I both have birthdays in September but for some reason we have never celebrated with a joint birthday party.

This year we wanted to celebrate twice, once with our friends for a par-tay, then later in the month with family. For the friends party we decided on a fun theme that I had been wanting to do forever, Dr Seuss!

Dr Seuss Dessert Table

I love Dr Seuss! I read the books as a child, my favourite book was Green Eggs and Ham, my favourite part was always when Sam I Am realises he really does like green eggs and ham "Say! I do like green eggs and ham! I do! I like them, Sam-I-am!"

Usually dessert tables take a lot out of me, so much work goes into them, it's crazy! So this time I decided to keep it minimal and I think it worked out great!

Dr Seuss Dessert Table
Dr Seuss Dessert Table

I had cake, cupcakes, popcorn, vodka jelly shots, candy and cake pops. I also had a savouries table which had green devilled eggs, sausage rolls, pizza, chips, dip and breads. It was plenty of food which was is always good to serve when you know people will be drinking!

For the cake I made the bottom tier a funky stripey cake with red velvet and vanilla cakes stacked on top of each other. The top tier is a sneaky display cake which is great to use if you don't feel like eating a two tier cake but you want that look.

Dr Seuss Dessert TableDr Seuss Dessert Table

I made white chocolate cupcakes with light blue cream cheese icing which I loved in contrast with the stripy red and white cupcakes cases.

Dr Seuss Dessert TableDr Seuss Dessert Table

I decided to try out vodka jelly shots for the very first time and found that they actually tasted dangerously good!

I made mine with half a packet of blueberry and half a packet of lemonade to get the light blue colour, then added 1 1/4 cups of boiling water to it, once the mixture cooled down slightly I added 3/4 cup of vodka and poured them into little plastic shot glasses and refrigerated them over night.

Dr Seuss Dessert TableDr Seuss Dessert Table

If you're having a Dr Seuss party you have to have green eggs! They are so simple to make, just hard boil your eggs, colour the yolk mixture bright green and pipe into the egg whites.

Green Eggs
Recipe from Edmonds Cookbook

Ingredients:
8 Hard Boiled Eggs
1t Curry Powder
2-3 T Mayonnaise
Salt
Green food colouring
  • Shell eggs, cut in half, remove yolks and place in a bowl.
  • Add curry powder, mayo and salt to taste and mash together until creamy. Add green colouring until you reach the desired colour.
  • Spoon mixture into a piping bag and pipe back into the egg whites.

Dr Seuss Dessert Table
Dr Seuss Dessert Table

Have you thrown a Dr Seuss party before? Got any great ideas to share? Comment below to let me know or send me a photo via Facebook.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Gummy Bear Cake and Cupcakes

For my niece's 10th birthday party Cleo picked Gummy Bears as the theme.

Gummy bears may seem like a random idea for a party theme but then, that's exactly the type of thing my niece would do. She would say, that's so random! -Kids these days!

So with a theme like gummy bears I had the awesome job of making the cake and cupcakes. This meant rainbow colours!

Gummy Bears Cake

I made a row of gummy bears around the bottom of the cake and included candles of the same colour. On top of the cake is a little party scene with four gummy bears enjoying teeny tiny cupcakes.

Behind them are their houses with little (M&M) paths that lead to the table. Then I made my first ever bunting and decided to use fondant instead of material or paper for the flags.

Gummy Bears Cake
Gummy Bears Cake

It turned out exactly like I wanted it to, love it when that happens!

The kids loved it (so did the adults!) and when it was time to cut up the cake they were so excited to learn that it was multi coloured inside!

Gummy Bears Cake
Gummy Bears Cake

To accompany the great cake I made a batch of vanilla cupcakes with 1/4 C of rainbow chocolate sprinkles mixed in and iced them in brilliant rainbow colours to match the cupcake cases.

Gummy Bear Cupcakes

Cleo and her friends decided there was a gummy bear army around the cake and the leader of the army was the red cupcake on top of the cupcake tower.

Later in the night they staged a big battle with gummy bears, gummy sharks and other candies, when I returned it looked like gummy carnage with toothpicks through bears and sharks all over the table! That's my niece!

Gummy Bear Cupcakes
Gummy Bear Cupcakes

Happy birthday to the greatest (and most creative)niece I could ask for!