It took me ages to go through the million pictures we took at Beatrice’s birthday party but I finally made it!
The 11th of April we threw a fun colourful party for Bee’s 5th birthday. I decided that being so fortunate to live in such a big house, it’d have been lovely to celebrate it here, having a big garden and many rooms where the children could play and have fun.
We had 17 chidren coming so I knew I had to get organised and not only prepare delicious fun food but get together some games to play.
We decided the theme of the party ages ago. To be honest I was quite firm that it would have not been a Frozen party!! Bee was not too disappointed as she’s been into My Little pony for a while now so I only needed to enphasize that the party would have been very colourful with a rainbow cake and she was pretty excited.
First of all I was desperate to find a tutorial to make a pinata. On youtube I could only find complicated tutorials so I decided to make one out of cardboard boxes which was easy to make, perhaps a bit time consuming but overall the outcome was quite pretty! I filled it with different sweets, paper flowers and lollipops. I made it cloud shape as this is the cutie mark that the mini pony called Rainbow dash has got on his side.
Then it was the food. I wanted everything to be colourful and fun. So not only a Rainbow cake was a must but cupcakes, jellies, fruits and home made meringues had to match the colours of the rainbow.
To make the bottles of water go along with the theme, I added just a drop of edible colour in each bottle and they looked so pretty!
I wasn’t sure how to decorate these vanilla cookies so at the last minute I put these mini pony plastic toppers on top and voila’
Can you see that there is something missing on this cake? The reason behind it is that (obviously) when we went to place the Rainbow dash made out of fondant, it literally fell apart! 🙁
So we took a few pictures of the cake with no ponies on it and then used plastic ones.
Here again my obsession with paper straws, I decorated them with pretty happy birthday straw flags.
If you remember in my previous post I was attempting to make meringues for the first time, here they are again. These little kisses meringue tasted delicious, were light, plus very pretty to look at.
These were plain vanilla cupcakes topped with vanilla buttercream and rainbow toppers made out of edible coloured fondant.
After making these rainbow skewers I decided that this is the solution to get kids to eat more fruit. All children wanted one and there was none left!
I made these homemade lollipops using corn syrup and decorated them with sugar sprinkles. I think they look fun!
These were chocolate pyramids which I made using a plastic mould
I underestimated how long it’d take to make this cake. I took me almost a day between baking the different layers, fill it, making the rainbow on top and making the swiss meringue buttercream in 6 different colours to match the outside with every layer of the inside. And when it was ready and I showed it to my husband guess what his reaction was? “Oh, this one, I was expecting something different…” URGH!
One of the activities I had planned for the day was decorating cupcakes. I had previously baked one cupcakes and one pony cookie for each child. Then I had prepared a fondant layer shaped like a pony that the children had to decorate with all the different colourful sprinkles I put on the table.
For the cupcakes they had pieces of fondant (each one was a different colour) which they had to roll and make a rainbow to recreate the cupcakes I made for the dessert table.
I have to say the imagination these kids had to create their own pieces of art left me speechless!
Each child had a My Little pony name tag so at the end of the party they could recognize their own creations and take them home.
Then it was the table were all the kids ate their food. I had covered the water bottles with lovely rainbow printables and all plates, and table covers along with the bunting, the gorgeous balloons for the rainbow arch and the other foil balloons were from Partyrama. Great to find the whole themed party decorations in one place!
The night before the party I found myself making lots of rainbow jellies. I’ve never been a big fun of jelly as we don’t really give it to kids in Italy but after this party I was left with quite a few jellies so my mom and myself started to have one after lunch just to try it (yes I’m not kidding I never had one before!) one after dinner and now we love it too!
On the big table we had a platter full of colourful vegetables, more fruits, panini, crisps and crackers. Then my husband prepared pizza for the kids and for the parents who were pleased to be offered a beer or two too 🙂
I spent every evening of the week before the party creating paper tails made out of crepe paper, for the kids to stick on this poster and cut 34 pony ears out of felt so the kids could put them on their head with little clips I had prepared.
One of the best moments was when daddy started making candy floss! All the kids lined up to get one and went crazy about it!
Each child took home a piece of the rainbow cake but still we were left with lots of cake, didn’t realised I made such a big one!
The chilly wind didn’t stop the children going outside and playing in the garden
And that pinata just didn’t want to break. After a while I just asked the kids to jump on it! lol
It was the end of the party and I had prepared some goodie bags to give to the children. Each bag was filled with a different My little pony soft toys and the kids faces when I started to throw the bags in the air for them to catch, was priceless!
After waving goodbye to the children, we suddenly look up and realised that in the sky there was a real rainbow!
What a perfect day it was, full of fun, friends, cake and many memories to keep forever.