First birthday. Really?! I'm still pinching myself that it's come around this quickly. Didn't I just bring her home from hospital? I think I'm feeling the sadness of babyhood passing more this time round.
Last weekend we had a little bee-themed family celebration for our Miss Violet, she had a ball and so did we. After one failed attempt at cooking in a dolly varden tin, I finally scraped in with the goods on the birthday cake. Phew! With 30 minutes to spare I was so glad to have it finished!
Despite my difficulties with cooking the cake, icing it really wasn't too hard. It was literally rolling and laying pieces of tinted pre-made white icing onto the cake. I didn't have time to make every roll absolutely perfect, but if you did have the time to fiddle with it you could get an even better result. Overall it's a really forgiving cake, and the slight wonkiness of the layers just adds to the appeal I think. Bees were made of more darkly tinted icing, black cake writing gel and milo duos for wings.
The instructions for this cake are found in this book (fantastic resource if you can get your hands on it).
The rest of the party decorations were kept pretty simple. I made a few doily hangings and we had balloons and yellow/black/white nibbles. We covered some drinks in brown paper & string and then served them with some yellow paper strawers.
The birthday girl herself had a blast and her birthday top with it's honeycomb collar fit perfectly. She approved of her cake as you can see. My four year old has been asking for more cake with "yellow icing" all week, so it was a hit with the big kids too.
I'm still trying to come to grips with my newborn suddenly turning into a little girl overnight. It's been a big week - first birthday, first steps and next week first day in childcare as I prepare for returning to work part time (not looking forward to that bit). I have a feeling the next 17 years are going to fly.