Sunday, May 25, 2008

Birthday Planning is Underway

It seems like only yesterday we were in neonates but it has suddenly dawned on me that Madeleine and Juliette's 1st Birthday is fast approaching. So the birthday planning has started. One of my major memories of my childhood is elaborate magnificent parties my mother threw for my brother and I. I'm determined that my girls will have the same memory so I put alot of effort into birthday parties!

I've decided on a peas in a pod theme so my decorations will be green. I've got decorating the house down to a fine art and use streamers and balloons to create an all over effect which turns out well.

Here's the invite - I will just upload to a photo printing site and volia I'll have cheap invitations that look fabulous! I've gone for a sophisticated look this year.

I'm not sure why there is a thicker black line down the side - the version I'm printing however doesn't have any border.

The number of people I'm able to invite worries me. As it's in the middle of winter here the weather is bound to be bad. Our house can't handle alot of people so I'm going to have to cull the guest list more than I would have liked. Trelise's birthday is in January so we are used to having big parties and being able to invite everyone.

So now the invitations and guest list is under control next is the cake! As a kid I used to read over and over again cake decorating books so it really is no surprise that my cakes are always impressive. Here's some photo's of Trelise's past cakes.

This is Trelise's 1st birthday - we had a pink theme. I spent so so so much time making everything from scratch and making sure everything was perfect! I can't say I will ever go this crazy again!

2nd Birthday - farmyard theme. This was a great party apart from me being pregnant with the twins and suffering terrible morning sickness. We had a petting zoo come to the house which was fantastic.

3rd birthday - fairy party. Trelise is still talking about this one. We had Fairy Trina come and entertain the kids and it was a great success.

I'm working on a peas in the pod design cake which has a few design issues to work out. I've got a couple of other ideas if that cake doesn't work out.

So next is menu planning. I have learnt from Trelise's first birthday that simpler is better so I'm going to just go for really simple things to eat.



Katie said...

are you sure you dont want to make my wedding cake?

Jocasta said...

I could but it would have bright icing and lollies on it - probably not the look you are after!

jenni anne said...

holy cow, jocasta. those are seriously amazing!! i can't wait to see how the girls' first birthday party turns out! make sure you designate someone to take lots of pictures!! i always think i can do it all on my own and then end up with no pictures at all!

Jocasta said...

Funny that - for Trelise's 1st Birthday I didn't and I only remembered about half way through so after all that work we have hardly any pictures. We live and learn you know!

angie said...

Oh my goodness. You are a cake maven. They all look incredible, and I can't wait to see what you whip together for the pea in the pod theme. Are your girls really almost ONE? Geesh. Time flies. The invitations are really cute!

Good & Crazy said...

Holy Wow. You are dangerously close to crossing the line. The she's amazing mom line and has more energy than should be alotted to just one mommy. (At least you are willing to make the stuff yourself, and do it at home, cheers to that!)

Steph said...

What cool cakes are those bottles of wine I see in your fridge?? LOL

Kim said...

You are so creative, those cakes are awesome! I love planning kids birthdays,although I've never attempted to make their cake maybe this year I can try!

Churchill said...

Mmmm cake. Those look amazing. I may have to jump on a plane to New Zealand to come for a taste test.

girlytwins said...

I am right there with you on extraordinary birthday parties. I love to spoil my girls too with wonderful memories.

Your invitations are adorable. I can't wait to see how it all turns out!!!

Shannon said...

Holy smokes, those are amazing cakes!! I am so impressed! Moms never cease to amaze me.I cannot wait to see the girls' cake. I am sure it will be fantastic!!