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Our celebration for Daddy’s 40th birthday

Although this picture looks like it was taken in 1973, it was actually from last Sunday when we celebrated Daddy’s 40th birthday!! As promised, I organised a surfing dessert table in memory of his surfing adventures.daddy's 40th birthday

 I took the Friday off from work and baked baked baked !!! There was a cake, nope actually two cakes, many cupcakes, cake pops and different cookies: sharks, surfers and surfing boards.

40th cake

 We had a very relaxing day. It was beautiful and sunny outside so while I was finishing the last touches for the table, daddy enjoyed the gorgeous weather and played outside with the kids. In the afternoon we had some friends coming over to make a toast (we had a huge bottle of Taittinger – oh yeah!) and plenty of sweets as you can see!

40th cupcakes

The day before, I organised a piccola surprise. I had two of his best friends flying over from Italy and they surprised him by pretending to be burglars and attempting to steal his beloved motorbike! Imagine his face! I actually made a video which is incredible funny and I might share it with you in the near future…

beach dessert table


dessert table

happy birthday daddy

You cannot imagine how difficult it was to stick those £$*@ waves on the cake! I spent hours and they kept breaking until my genius husband proposed to place them on a parchment paper and transfer them on the cake, brilliant! It saved my night!

surfing cake beach

shark cookie

shark cookies

surf cookies

surfing board cookies

On a Friday night I started making these beach ball cake pops. I was up until 1 am and at that point I have to admit, I actually started to enjoy making them and could have carried on all night (sick I know lol).

surfing cake pops

surfing cake

surfing sweet table

I had bought two giant balloons to decorate the table but didn’t want to include the full picture as one was bigger than the other.. explanation? They were so big that a full tank of helium wasn’t enough to fill both of them! #fail 🙁

surfing table

Daddy’s 40th birthday was an amazing one and we celebrated the way my husband wanted, low-key surrounded by good friends and good food!

Daddy blowing candles

“Tanti auguri a teeeee, tanti auguri a teeeeee, tanti auguri feliciiii, tanti auguri a teeeeeeee!!”

Buon compleanno Daddy!


Yellow Pantone party!

Happyyy biiiiirthdaaaayyyy to youuuuu!!! Tanti auuuguuuriiii a teeee!!!

This is my Pantone dessert table created for my graphic designer husband for his birthday. He LOOOVED IT! Thank God because I was literally fainting after having baked and prepared all these sweets!

I knew recently he was getting obsessed with the yellow colour so I thought to use it for this dessert table combined with the Pantone theme. He was happy to create food cards and food wrappers which I think gave a personal touch to the table. He made the personalised giant poster which is the perfect backdrop for this table!

I prepared different types of sweets to give variety to the table and although I swore not to make cakepops again ( I end up eating too much chocolate while making them and it’s really hard to shape them round!),  they look so good on a dessert table! These were vanilla cakepops covered with vanilla chocolate.

I then made orange pannacotta.

I filled the juice dispenser with Pinapple juice and decorated some milk bottles with a customized Pantone wrapper

Vanilla cupcakes decorated with Swiss meringue buttercream

Marshmallow dipped in chocolate

I loved the idea to cover some chocolate bars with a customized wrapper

I made these vanilla cookies in advance and covered with royal icing. They looked great at the beginning but unfortunately they turned out a bit bumpy after a day 🙁

Two tiers vanilla madeira cake filled with custard

Vanilla sponge filled with jam and decorated with syrup peaches and swiss meringue buttercream


Buon compleanno Amore!