Friday, 26 June 2015

Lj's 5th Birthday

 Lilyjean is 5. She waited for the day to come for months and months. For days beforehand she would wake each morning, race down the stairs, into the playroom, have a look at the calendar, tick another date off, count the remaining days til her birthday and then race back upstairs to tell us how many days til her birthday.

One morning I asked her why she was so excited about her birthday and she told me she couldn't wait to see her cake and eat it! Never once did she talk about what she would like for her birthday. Over and over we discussed, the cake, the craft, who was coming, what we would eat and what we would play.

Lying in bed the night before I chatted to her about turning 5 and her little lip began to wobble as she suddenly realised the reality of saying goodbye to age 4 and stepping into a new year, that of being 5.

Perhaps not as much as Lj but I too have spent many hours thinking and planning the birthday. It is a chance for me to try out lots of creative things.

 Her cake- Rainbow theme. I wanted to try making my own marshmallow fondant. It was a learning curve indeed and in the end a success however I learnt a few things for next time! The reason for trying marshmallow fondant was because I had read that it tasted better than shop bought fondant. Most people did seem to notice and enjoy it. Initially I thought I would colour the fondant with gels but as with liquid colouring it make the fondant too sticky and the colour was not strong enough. So I used skittles instead...this had its own problems as it is very hard to cut a cake with hard skittles on top!

 We made plaques with the children's initials on. Using colourful buttons and pva glue. Some of the children finished in 5 minutes and some of the others could have spent an hour, delicately placing the buttons.

 As MJ was off school sick for a couple of days this week, he was able to help me make some rainbow snacks. Rainbow fruit skewers, white chocolate slow cooker fudge with midget gems on top, rainbow sprinkle marshmallow and rainbow vegetables.

 We bought and made a few decorations...the rainbow streamers were very easy and effective! I cut out squares in card and sewed them using my sewing machine.

The happy party girl with her party dress on and a mouth full of cake!

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