{Celebrate} "Dear Baby Girl" Baby Shower for a Dear Friend!

A couple of weeks ago l had the privilege of creating a gorgeous dessert table for my Bestest Friend who is expecting her second little bubba at the end of March.  Her sister was hosting the event and had asked if l could provide the desserts whilst she organised the Lunch.  It was a Lovely Day and the sun shone brightly as we sipped on sparkling wine and sat in the garden enjoying Lunch and each others company!

The "Mum to Be" and l have been Best Friends since we were 8 years old so she is more like a sister to me and one of my oldest and dearest friends so l wanted to create a table that was sentimental, girlie and of course vintage!!  When l saw Dilek's "Little Deer" Baby Shower Printables l was in LOVE and had envisioned a very pretty baby shower with lots of natural elements such as wood and Hessian and then contrasting soft delicate doilies and pretty bows.

I wanted to make this shower not your typical woodland baby shower which l do love but instead wanted to give it a bit of a sentimental touch so the idea of "Dear Baby Girl" was born!  I created a little guest book for my dear friend and asked guests to write little messages of love for the dear baby girl who would be a part of our lives soon.  I also incorporated the use of gorgeous white tin mail boxes from http://www.tlbc.com.au/ to hold the chocolate bar favours to carry on this theme.

I loved this colour palette of peach, white and red and how it looked so striking against the natural tones of the wood!  I think it truly looked splendid and had a real vintage charm and was girlie but not overly girlie and a little bit different to your typical pastel pink baby shower.

I created all of the desserts with love based upon the Mum to Be's favourites and these included Mini Lemon Meringue Pies, Sticky Date Cupcakes with Butterscotch Frosting, Meringue Kisses with dark chocolate, Vanilla Bean Cookies with white chocolate fondant toppers and fondant bows, Chocolate Brownie Bites with chocolate ganache and sixlet toppers and the cake was a 4 Layer Vanilla Cake with Raspberry Buttercream.  All guests also took home a personalised chocolate bar with details of the baby shower as a favour.

It was such a joy to create this table and it was a lovely day spent spoiling our Dearest Friend and her little baby girl who will arrive very very soon!

I hope you have all enjoyed seeing this little soirĂ©e and l have to give a special mention to Katie from The Ivory Social https://www.facebook.com/theivorysocial who lent me that GORGEOUS Deer to top my pretty little cake!  She is just the SWEETEST!!  And that Little Deer was really the star of the show!!

Also a BIG Thank You to Louisa from http://www.tlbc.com.au/ who always stocks the most GORGEOUS party items and continually supports me and my little party endeavors and inspires me with her AMAZING Event Styling!

And Finally a continued Thank You to Dilek from Todi Boutique http://todidesign.blogspot.com.au/ for creating the most beautiful printables that inspire me and for being such a SWEET Friend and Support!  Please have a look through her ETSY Shop as l am sure there is SOMETHING that may INSPIRE you to create a bit of SWEETNESS in your life or for those you love! http://www.etsy.com/shop/todi?ref=seller_info


{Create} Novelty Cakes....The Good, The Bad and The UGLY!!

I know l have been a bit quiet of late with my Blog entries but l have been so super busy that l have not really had to much time to sit down and write or maybe l have not had the courage!!

You see my ego took quite a beating a few weeks back, when l had an ABSOLUTE Fondant Disaster and it has taken nearly a month for me to recover!!  I was about to give up baking FOREVER!!  Of course we all have a few disasters here and there but l have never had one where someone was relying on me to deliver the perfect cake!!  I do have to blame it partially on the weather but it was my poor time management that let me down as well as my cake decorating supplier!!

I was absolutely devastated when l turned up the day before my cake was due to find out my supplier did not have the product l had ordered and that they also had no intention of getting it in for me but had failed to communicate that to me!!  So when l turned up to collect my White Chocolate Fondant l was in disbelief that it was not there!!

Luckily for me Let's Celebrate Parties http://www.letscelebrateparties.com.au/ was there to the rescue and supplied me with a lovely Satin Ice Buttercream flavoured Icing which is absolutely DELICIOUS and far superior to the white chocolate fondant l had been using for 10 years!

Unfortunately due to weather conditions my Thomas cake did not turn out as l had intended and poor Thomas looked like he really needed a trip to the repair shop for a bit of Botox!!  I was so devastated and spent an hr or so crying as l tried to complete the cake as l could not start over!!  If only l had the fondant a few days before this would not have happened or if l had applied the fondant topper straight away then his face would not  have cracked and looked wrinkled!!  The concept was there and the cake did look quite good but was just not of my high standards so l felt like l was a total failure!!

I have since overcome my fear of fondant and recently produced quite a cute cake for a lovely friend at my husband's work whom they nickname smurfette!  I had lots of fun creating this novelty cake and it was a lovely suprise ordered by one of her colleagues and a close friend of mine!!  It was a 4 layer chocolate cake with white chocolate cream cheese ganache and then covered in Buttercream Flavoured Fondant! TRULY DELICIOUS!!

So this past month has had it's highs and its lows... it has been good... bad... and ugly (puffy eyes ugly) but l have learned so much and are truly grateful for all of my lovely supporters who kept my spirits up and had faith in my abilities!!  I would especially like to thank Amanda from https://www.facebook.com/redwagonevents who has been an amazing support, along with my family and friends!

Love Ya's All!