Dec
19

I love the Nutcracker ballet and it is a yearly tradition of ours to go see it but this year we just could not get it fitted in our agendas ( which was just as well as the day we were hoping we would go but had another engagement we turned out being in a stomach flu). Regardless we did have the theme in our minds a lot lately as we hosted Cotton Candy´s 8th birthday with it.

The lovely music was playing in the background and if it would have been up to me we would have had a huge Christmas tree as the party centrepiece. We served supper of jerusalem artichoke soup, fresh bread & butter, salad and a warm smoked salmon. Afterwards there were desserts. Ballerina gingerbread cookies, nougat, candy, macarons, marzipan, panettone & a pavlova wreath. The children also had vanilla ice-cream  sundays with fudge sauce, whipped cream and fresh raspberries. Here are some photos from the party. All the guests got to take a small wooden Nutcracker ornament home with them.

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Dec
11

Ballerina birthday cake

by Sofia   -   in Cooking  Party planning

I hate being so behind on my posts! We had the most magical Nutcracker party on Saturday but you will have to wait for those photos for a little while longer ( well I have shared a few ones on @lattemammanblogi Instagram).

Today I wanted to share the little cake I made Cotton Candy to bring to her room on her breakfast tray. It is a ruffle cake with a ballerina on top. It looks very unfortunate which it is as a little accident happened to it and I had to re-do half of the cake and then re-pipe the edge of the top which completely ruined the look. But I figured it is more important to be the kind of mother who takes the time to bake a birthday cake for her daughter that to be a perfectionist. So no crying over a ruined cake here. It´s made with love and it looks kind of cute but not very professional ( like all my cakes tend to). I hope you look at it with kind eyes.

Joko joulun lähestyminen on lisännyt stressikierroksia? Tein suurimman osan jouluostoksista Pariisissa ja muutenkin nautin aina tästä vuodenajasta ilman sen suurempaa stressiä. Siivooja hoitaa meillä joulusiivouksen ja tänä vuonna vietämme itseasiassa vasta tapaninpäivän brunssin meillä joten mitään kovaa ruokastressiäkään minulla ei ole. Menu on jo lähestulkoon valmiiksi suunniteltu. Mitä nyt olen syntymäpäiväjuhlien järjestelyiltä ehtinyt miettiä asiaa.

Lauantaina vietimme meillä Hattaran kahdeksanvuotisjuhlia mm. kummien ja setien kanssa. Pähkinänsärkijä teema oli juuri sopiva tähän vuodenaikaan. Jaan teille kuvia juhlista kunhan ehdin katsoa ne jonain hetkenä läpi. Tänään kuitenkin ensin minun hieman epäonninen kakkuni jonka tein Hattaralle hänen syntymäpäiväaamiaiselleen Marraskuun lopulla. Se on siis hieman ressukka, mutta ehkäpä kuitenkin ajatus on tässä tärkein. Lapsi tuskin muistaa vinkuraan menneitä kuorrutuksia, mutta toivottavasti muistaa kuitenkin sen, että äiti leipoi hänelle oman kakun sänkyyn tuotavaksi syntymäpäiväaamuna…

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Nov
23

Mermaid pool party

by Sofia   -   in Party planning

Cotton Candy´s 8th birthday for her school friends was on Monday. She had a flamingo pool party the year before last and it was a huge success so she wanted to do another pool party. She is very in to mermaids at the moment so she picked that as her theme. As we have the sauna & pool area in our building we just rented it out. I had smoothie bottles & straws for the girls for the pool but this time I set up the snacks upstairs for them.

We had ice-cream instead of a cake and Cotton Candy made mermaid bark ( from candy melts & sprinkles) for her guests. She was in charge of the menu so we also served some candy, potato chips, gold fish, cookies and regular sodas. On top of making the bark she also crafted the mermaid tales, from scratch and by her very own idea, for the straws. I only helped with the names. I found the perfect party favours in New York from Sugarfina. Fish & shell shaped ” fruits de mer” candies. I also bought a little bag for each girl with matching tissue paper from there as they were the right colour & the illustration looks like mermaid tale or waves.

All in all it was an easy and super fun party. The girls are so much older now they just take care of themselves. No pre-planned party games needed. They even arranged a spin the bottle for opening the presents. I think next year the party planner is ready to spread her wings and do everything by herself. I will however still be in charge of the family birthday parties for a s long as I can as I love the planning so much.

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For the mermaid tales Cotton candy painted an aquarelle paper with the watercolours in the shades she wanted. The she cut them. I wrote on them with a glue pen and added glitter. we attached the tales on the straws with double sided tape. They were even prettier in real life.

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Cotton Candy made the mermaid bark from 3 different candy melts and mixed srinkles & sugar pearls. It tasted as good as it looks! Here is the super easy how to.

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