Thursday, 19 May 2011

Little brother turns 1 year old!

 We can hardly believe it, but Little brother is 1 year old already. To celebrate we had a lovely party, full of family, friends, kids, sugar, sunshine, musical bumps and more sugar.  It was perfect.  I have made a promise to myself that every kids party I host will always have cake and fizz. I think its a good promise.

The cupcakes were chocolate and lemon.  The lemon ones had a secret centre of homemade lemon curd which went down very well.  I even managed to bag one myself before they all went, and I can vouch for its tastiness too. Just the right balance of sweet and zesty. Yum.

The cake is a two tiered vanilla sponge.  It is about 10 inches across, and shaped like ducks as this is one of Little Brothers most favourite things and I think the 3rd word he said (after dadda and mamma)  We talk about 'ducks' a lot, me and Little Brother (and 'doors' too, as he can also say 'door')   So when it came to deciding what to do for Little Brother's cake, what else could it be?  I must confess this sort of cake it not normally my thing, but for my bambinos, anything goes.  And iced in buttercream and covered in glitter, its just a hop, skip and jump away from my more usual style.

The embroidered tablecloth you can see under the cake was handed down to me by my mother in law.  I think it was either made by her mother in law, or great mother in law.  Anyway, it is beautiful and so perfect it is incredible.  I know childrens parties aren't normally an occasion for getting out your 'best' but I have decided this lovely handmade craft work should see the light of day.  And what better occasion, that celebrating Little brothers first birthday.


  1. One of my friends and I (I call her my "food friend" as we share that passion!) have discussed this before. That we need to USE our nice stuff, not save it for a rainy day. We both have beautiful silver and serveware (and linens!) that should not be shut away in storage. And if I gets damaged, well then, I will just be happy knowing it got damaged while being loved!

  2. I agree wholeheartedly re cake and fizz at parties (when the Small Girl was one that's all we had, much to my MIL's chagrin, mwa ha ha!) and using lovely stuff whenever you can. Happy birthday to Little Brother and happy weekend to the rest of you!

  3. thank you kitchenmaid and Sweet tooth! bring on the nice stuff and the fizz