Emma’s birthday always sneaks up on me. It’s usually around the same time as Easter so all the chocolate bunny hoopla tends to be quite a distraction. I always have the best intentions for organizing a proper party and actually inviting her little friends, but alas, between school holidays and the Easter break, it never happened.
Luckily for Emma, her aunts, cousins, and grandparents kept calling me to find out ‘what time they should come over for the party?’, so like it or not, I had to throw a party!
So what does a time poor mum do when she needs a little birthday party theme inspiration? Get out the old Women’s Weekly Birthday cake book and hit Pinterest of course!
Emma helped decide the theme by choosing her birthday cake from the Vintage copy of the Australian Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake Book (aff),
It’s a classic, and I’ve yet to meet anyone that doesn’t have fond memories of pouring over the pages of that book as a kid. Emma spent a whole day deliberating, but finally settled on the Number 4 cake, she was turning four after all.
With a floral cake comes a floral themed party, so I gathered some ideas onto a Pinterest board and that’s how it all came together. See the Flower Garden Birthday Party Pinterest board
The local party shop had a colourful butterfly garland for $2.95 (or make your own butterfly garland), another couple of dollars worth of crepe paper for a table runner and to make these giant flowers which doubled as party favours. Some pretty serviettes and the table was set.
As you can see, we had one super excited four year old on our hands. She couldn’t wait for the guests to arrive.
I tried to keep the food simple and healthy. On the menu were a ton of finger sandwiches (mum made those – she is famous for them), devilled eggs (Emma loves these – recipe below), veggie flowers, scones with jam and cream, and the cake of course. (Oh and the Mr made a bowl of chips!)
The veggie flowers were directly inspired by this pin, I added a little cube of cheese so they could stand.
They were a big hit with the kids.
Devilled Eggs Recipe
Every time is see a plate of these it takes me back to ‘bring a plate’ parties as a kid. It’s quite a ‘retro’ dish that went out of style for a while, but so easy to make that you should consider adding it to your snack repertoire. The kids could easily help making this dish.
6 hard boiled eggs (I love using this app for perfect results every time – Egger)
3-4 tablespoons of good egg mayonnaise
1-2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste.
Rocket to serve
Peel and cut eggs in half lengthways.
Scoop out yolk and mash with other ingredients, try 3 tbsp mayo first and add more if the mixture is too thick. Adjust seasoning.
Pipe or spoon into egg white halves.
Nestle into bed of rocket leaves.
You can decorate with paprika or chives if desired
The cake used a basic recipe out of the Women’s weekly cake book. Between the cake and the frosting I used half a kilo (1lb) of butter! Certainly not diet food. You could use any cake that holds it’s shape well as a base.
I’ve included a cutting diagram to make the number 4 from a square cake.
The flowers are made from marshmallows cut in half with scissors and dipped in sprinkles. Pop a pink smartie/m&m in the center. If you want a thinner more delicate petal, cut the marshmallow into 3 slices.
Emma was so please with her cake, she still talks about it.
Lots of fun was had by all, and we adopted out first My Little Pony into the family.
All that was left for me to do was clean up, and by clean up I mean eat the rest of the leftover cake!
See the Flower Garden Birthday Party Pinterest Board for more party ideas
Do you still remember your childhood birthday cakes?