Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Lalaloopsy Dance Party!

For Miss 9's birthday I knew straight away that I wanted to do a Lalaloopsy Doll theme.

Now just to fill in a gap; my mother has been making my childrens birthday cakes since about 2002. Because I know how wonderful it feels to prepare for a party without the added task of making the cake, I in turn have been making birthday cakes for other children on their birthdays. So I know how to make a decorated cake, but my mother is more experienced.  Well after Miss 5's birthday she hung up her apron.

It was probably biting off too much at once, taking into account the new task of cake making, but I didnt just have an idea for what cake I wanted to make. I had a THEME!  Lalaloopsy Dance Party!  Miss 9 had previously held a dance party at night. This one was going to be during the day so that we could all appreciate the costumes, and save myself a laser light hire... Not satisfied with the work load already I decided I should make my 3 little girls costumes myself so that they would be unique.  Hubby couldn't stop shaking his head at me....anyway....

First step; create Pinterest board! Easy! My Pinterest page for this party can be found here.

Miss Almost 21 & I spent a stressful hour at Spotlight trying to choose suitable patterns that were marked 'easy' (I haven't sewn in a while but Im sure its like riding a bike yeah?) while Miss 2 lay on the floor on her back, wailing & pushing herself across the floor with her feet.  So once we got home the thought of going back for material was like 'I don't wanna' so I raided the vastly reduced selection in my sewing cupboard. (I gave a whole tub of material away in the last 12 months...stupid, stupid...)

I found everything I needed for Miss 9 & Miss 5's outfit and the only material shopping I had to do was for Miss 2.  The pattern suggested bandana material and quite randomly, I had some! Yay! One less thing to find.

With school holidays approaching it was my best chance to knock out the costumes. Not everything went according to plan but I got them all finished at the end of the first week school returned. That worked out to about 3 weeks of sewing every other day.

The cake I had chosen seemed relatively easy except for the fact that I didn't want to use premade fondant. I wanted to make my own, but had never done it before. I used a very easy recipe from online. It can be found here.

Firstly I made a double batch to practice & used the practice fondant to make a stack of coloured fondant buttons, of which I needed 2 for the eyes but I made as many as I could because they were the backup plan for my cake if anything went wrong. I would just cover a round cake in buttercream icing & coloured buttons if all else failed. The recipe said the icing could last several weeks if stored correctly. I kept the buttons in Tupperware containers divided by layers of baking paper.

I baked the cake the day before. To mix things up a little bit I used a red velvet cake recipe and the layer of icing under the fondant was cream cheese icing. I was hoping it wouldn't be too sweet. That was the main reason I chose cream cheese icing over buttercream.

When I was ready to decorate the cake I made a fresh double batch of fondant & separated it into 3 portions; a large portion for the face (thanks to being made of marshmallows the fondant was already a beautiful pale pastel pink!), a very small portion to dye a darker pink for the cheeks, and a final large portion to dye yellow for the hair. I considered dying the hair blue but I had already decided I wanted her to have blue eyes so I made the cake doll blonde like Miss 9 :-)

It worked out really really well. To make up for some of the extra tasks I'd given myself the party food itself was very simple. Hot dogs & potato chips. It was a dance party after all. Everyone danced. Everyone had a blast playing the games.

I was a really really great morning & the cake was delicious! It wasn't too sweet, which had been a worry point. The kids ate it all up no dramas :-)

It was a party filled with coloured curled hair, lots of frills & ruffles, polka dot balloons, dancing & even a mermaid!

Thank you to my MIL who helped keep me focused & stay on track. She played with the kids so I could sew, helped me with a difficult part of the dress my tired brain couldn't figure out, and put her hand on my shoulder & said "relax" when she could see I was struggling to hold it together. :-)

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