The spring fairies must be visiting my garden! The flowers are blooming and my daughter has been busy building fairy houses in our yard. She just turned 7 and to celebrate, I wanted to make a fairy house cake for her party.
A few years ago, I bought a beautiful story book called Fairy Houses by Tracy Kane. It was about a little girl who went into the forest on an east coast island to build fairy houses made only out of natural things. My daughter enjoys the idea so, that we still go on walks to collect sticks, bark, rocks and even seashells on vacation. You may not collect anything living. She then builds these cute little homes for the fairies, tucked into hidden places in our gardens. I thought it would be very fitting if she had a fairy house cake for her birthday!
The idea was to make the cake look like a tree stump fairy house. It had 4 layers of chocolate cake, two 9″ layers of dark chocolate boxed cake mix and two 9″ layers of german chocolate cake mix. The layers were alternated light and dark to add interest when you cut into it.
The chocolate ganache frosting was very simple to make. I was inspired by a recipe from Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman).
Chocolate Ganache Frosting
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 24 ounces bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
Heat the heavy cream until very hot (not boiling) and add the chocolate chips. Stir over heat until completely melted. The mixture will turn smooth deep chocolate color. Remove from heat and pour into an electric mixer bowl. Refrigerate until completely cooled, but do not let harden. After 2 hours, the bottom of the bowl was just slightly warm to the touch. I added the vanilla and started to beat the chocolate using an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
The chocolate ganache frosting filled between each 9″ chocolate cake layer and the sides of the cake. I covered the sides of the cake and then stroked from the bottom up to create the look of bark. The door and windows were a graham cracker, cut with a knife to shape. They were trimmed with a tube of orange decorative cake icing. The vines were piped using a tube of green decorative cake icing. The edible sugar flowers were packaged by Wilton.
To vary the color of the top of the cake, I made a box of butterscotch pudding and spread this over the top of the cake to look like the inner part of a tree. The fairy figurine that adorned the top of the cake was purchased at a local craft store. A piece of wax paper was placed down underneath to separate her from the cake. The fairy figure will make a neat keepsake on my daughter’s bedroom shelf after her party. The springy butterfly party plates napkins matched perfectly!
Happy Birthday! Stop growing so fast!!
Hope you enjoy my recap of planning a Disney Frozen Theme Birthday Party – including an ice castle cake, snowflake cookies, party favors, “Pin the nose on Olaf” game and a grand Anna & Elsa pull string pinata!
As the girls arrived, I set up a table for them to pick a party hat and decorate it. I had provided the hats, markers, gem stickers, foam snowflake stickers, shiny ribbon, hold punches, etc. This is a good way for the kids to mingle and jump right in to an activity while we wait for everyone to arrive.
All of the kids sat together to eat lunch. I had 10 kids total and used our kid’s table and coffee table together which was the perfect height and size. The tables were covered with a plastic blue tablecloth.
After lunch, all of the kids lined up to play “Pin the nose on Olaf”. If you have seen the Disney Frozen movie, Olaf is the snowman that Elsa created. I found a picture online and sketched a kid-sized Olaf on two sheets of posted board. Truly, you do not need to be an artist to do this! I outlined him with black marker and painted the stick arms, hair and eye brows brown. The only feature I didn’t draw was his orange carrot nose. Using orange construction paper, I cut carrot noses for each child to stick onto the poster. During the game, we spun each child around with a blind fold on and directed them toward Olaf. I think the kids really got a kick out of him! The winner was the child who pinned the nose the closest to where is should appear.
After having singing to the birthday girl and eating the Disney Frozen Ice Castle Cake. We did the Elsa & Anna pull string piñata. I had the girls form a circle around it and gave each girl a try at pulling one of the strings. It worked pretty good. One string opened the box and the goodies fell out (with a bit of assistance). All of the kids scurried to gather a bag full of treats. Here is how I created the homemade Frozen piñata:
I used two family-sized cereal boxes. One box was slightly bigger that the other, so I used the larger one of the bottom. The bottom box was closed and the top open, then the other cereal box open on both the top and bottom was inserted slightly inside and taped together with duct tape. Leave an opening in the top of the box so it can be filled later.
Once the boxes are secured, I covered it with Papier-mâché. Papier-mâché is newsprint bound with glue (combination of flour and a small amount of water). I filled a bowl with about 2 cups of flour and stirred in small amounts of water until the consistency was like Elmer’s white glue. Cover the floor or table where you will work with plastic. Strips of newsprint are dipped in the paste to cover both sides, removing the excess glue and then placed around the entire structure. The papier-mâché needs to dry over night.
When the structure is completely dry, I used white crepe paper (party streamers) to wrap around the structure. Cutting slits along one edge of the crepe paper and tacking each piece in place as it is wound around. The slits will give it a ruffled effect.
Online, I found an image of Elsa and Anna (the two sisters from Disney’s Frozen movie). I enlarged the images and printed them on two sheets of paper (taping the images together). Elsa was glued to one side of the piñata and Anna was glued to the other side.
Now for the fun part – engineering the pull string piñata. I made a slit in the flap of the bottom of the box and inserted one string through the slit, taping it to the inside. The box was taped shut using a heavy duty tape, just enough to hold the heavy goodies, but not too good so that it won’t open when pulled. I tested it to make sure it would work. Once the box bottom was secured in place, I taped many strings to the bottom of the box and then camouflaged the strings using more white crepe paper.
Two holes were punctured in the top sides of the box and the treats were filled inside. The piñata was ready to hang in place!
For the party favors, I found these cute little blue buckets and filled them with a few goodies including: rock candy (looks like ice!), watercolor paints, hair accessories, bubbles and lip balm and glittery nail polish.
Also baked a batch of snowflake sugar cookies. Each were individually packaged and sent home as a party favor for all.
My little girls have been obsessed lately with Star Wars. Yet, I was still quite surprised that my daughter asked for a Star Wars birthday cake. I wasn’t sure where to go with this idea. At first, I was picturing a black cake with bright colors, but that wasn’t at all “girlie”. Then I remembered my Wilton Wonder Mold cake pan. I found a few 12″ Queen Amidala dolls on Amazon.com and let my daughter pick which one she wanted in her cake. Of course she knew this would be something she could play with after her birthday too!
Happy 6th Birthday Kiddo!!
I have written about how to make these doll cakes using a real doll in prior posts. Check out my:
As you can tell, I love my Wilton Wonder Mold cake pan! I even made a Teapot Cake using it.
This had to be one of my favorite parties! My daughter turned 6 and she invited a few girls for a quaint fairy tea party. The weather really worked out because we held it out in our yard under the pergola (though the backup plan was to have it indoors) and the garden was just starting to bloom. The fairies must have stopped by to open the flowers just in time for this magical afternoon. Don’t forget to make a place setting for the fairies!
The preparations started the night before. My daughter was just ending her Kindergarten school year and has been very excited about writing. She left a note for the fairies by one of the many fairy houses in our backyard to “leave a sign that they were here to visit” and invited them to her party tomorrow. The fairies really did come to visit because when she checked the fairy house first thing in the morning, fairy dust was sprinkled at each fairy house in our yard with a few “gems” or polished glass stones. She sure anticipated her party after school!
I made the headbands for each girl that attended the party using small silk flowers, ribbon and a butterfly and I found the package of headbands at the dollar store.
Her guests were welcomed into the yard by a “Welcome to the Enchanted Fairy Garden” sign and a fairy house.
I made placemats for the girls out of white card stock with their name, butterfly stickers and a fairy quote “Like fairy dust gleams on butterfly wings, little girl dreams are made of magical things”. At the end of the party I put the placemat and menu in their goodie bag so they could bring them home.
The menu for the fairy tea party was as follows:
Flower Power Grilled Cheese
Butterfly Egg Salad Sandwich
Ham & Cheese Snail Pinwheels
Raisin Bread with Cream Cheese and Sliced Apple
Sliced Banana and Nutella Spread on Crackers
Fresh Fruit Fairy Wands
Chocolate Dipped Fairy Berries
Rainbow Petits Fours
Magical Dragonfly Cupcakes
Peach Herbal Tea
I served proper English style tea for the girls using a herbal peach tea. All of the girls were willing to at least try it. I think it is important to try new things and it was ok if they didn’t care for it, we then served pink lemonade.
I thought this menu catered to most kid’s and I avoided peanut butter in case of food allergies. The biggest hit was the butterfly shaped grilled cheese sandwiches. I had the bread cut, buttered and the sandwiches prepared ahead of time. As I prepared the three tiered server, I put them on a hot griddle, flipped them and they were ready to serve.
The fresh fruit fairy wands were made using wooden skewers.
The dragonfly cupcakes really turned out beautiful. I dipped pretzels in melted blue chocolate wafers and pieced them together on wax paper. They perfectly stayed together to adorn the top of the cupcake. The devils food cupcakes were iced with pink cream cheese frosting.
Desserts are served! The petit fours were easily made using frozen pound cake cut into squares and dipped in different melting chocolates. These could be made a couple days in advance and kept in the fridge.
We played two games at the fairy tea party.
The first was an egg hunt in our yard and throughout the garden. The plastic eggs were filled with small items that the girls will use to build fairy houses to take home. Some items included, glass stones, buttons, pinecones, sea shells, etc. The winner had found the most eggs.
The second game was played in between courses. I filled a tray with “tea party” items and covered it with a table cloth. Once I removed the cover, I explained the items to the girls and they had one minute to look things over. I then covered the tray and gave them paper to list out as many items as they could remember. For young writers, they did a great job!
After the girls finished up their dessert, I cleared the table to work on building a take-home fairy house. I found these little odd shaped boxes that I thought would be perfect to decorate. Prior to the party, my daughter and I filled a box with some natural items, clippings from the boxwood bushes, dried pressed flowers, sticks, pinecones and small stones. I purchased a small bag of moss, seashells and glass stones from the dollar store. Just a few paper plates with glue and the girls were ready to decorate their fairy houses. The houses are perfect to be kept in a dry place outside like a covered porch.
It appeared that the girls enjoyed their afternoon together and we were thankful for them coming to our fairy tea party. The goodie bags included a book on Fairy Houses and a fairy book mark – perfectly matching the Fairy Tea Party theme.
This perfectly pink birthday is fit for a little prima ballerina! Complete with a beautiful pink swirl rosette cake adorned with a gorgeous ballerina figurine. My daughter was so excited to keep the ballerina figurine on a shelf in her bedroom, a nice keepsake that she will always remember this birthday by. This ballerina cake complements the theme, in addition to, matching pink ballerina partyware, ballerina tutu picks and cupcakes and a beautiful centerpiece of fresh pink tulips in a vase laced up with a pink satin bow.
Since I filled my ballerina cupcakes with a whole strawberry, I wanted to have the cake filling compliment the flavor. The following recipe was used for filling in between the two cake layers.
1 – 16 oz. bag of frozen strawberries (thaw in bowl with 1/4 C sugar to make syrup)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Mash strawberries and drain reserving the juice. Add water to the strawberry syrup to make 1 1/4 cups. In a saucepan, combine the strawberry liquid, sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Stir until the liquid boils and thickens. Cool completely, then mix in the strawberry pieces. Refrigerate.
Cream cheese icing, devil’s food cake and strawberry filling is a delicious combination that everyone enjoyed!
The rosette pattern encompassed the entire cake. Using a large star tip, start in the middle of the cake and create little circular swirls. This technique is actually very easy! The ballerina figurine was approximately 5 inches tall and made the perfect cake topper.
The cake turned out so pretty and delicate – just like a ballerina!
Happy Birthday to my little ballerina!!
It is not often when I create a post that is not food related, but I thought this was just too cute to pass up and not share. For my daughter’s 2nd birthday party, we did an owl painting activity with my kids and niece. Check out my prior posts for the owl cookies and owl cake that were made to celebrate this birthday and read on to see how we made the owl painting that will be a keepsake to remember for the birthday girl.
I bought a couple of inexpensive 16″x20″ canvases from our local craft store. Using Crayola washable finger paints the kids painted their handprint onto the brown branch that I had painted before the party. Each kid got to pick a color for their owl. After the party, I enhanced the painting with the eyes, beak, talons and brushed the background light blue. This painting will be hanging in our playroom and our niece is going to get one as a party favor. Imagine how much fun this is for a kid’s birthday party?
The Birthday Girl’s – 2-year-old