Sunday, July 18, 2010

Lilli's 6th Birthday - Fairy High Tea Party

Lilli and Sophie in front of the dessert table

My daughter Lilli is turning 6 next week and because we are such girly girls we had a Fairy High Tea Party to celebrate.

We had it at home and I prepared all the food (of course) well, mum made the finger sandwiches

I had a bit of help in the form of my lovely sister in law Terri who not only took most of these photos but she also made the cute food labels, wonderful party hats and gorgeous pom poms and set them up for me, thankfully as I don't think I could have reached that high.

Dessert table styled by Terri and I

I also had Tickle Pink Tea Party who brought along the beautiful tables, chairs, china and other high tea table decorations for the cute kids tables pictured below. They also kept the kids entertained with fairy dress ups, fairy craft, fun party games and set up and supervised the fairy high tea. Oh and best of all they stayed and cleaned up, wahoo!

Kids high tea tables by Tickle Pink Tea Party

Lilli's turning 6 Fairy High Tea Party Menu


Fairy Wand Cookies


Pink Macaron Tower



Butterfly Cake Pops


Fairy Dust Marshmallows


Strawberry and Cream Layer Birthday Cake



Fairy Bite Biscuits

Chocolate Macarons

Fairy Chocolates 



Lollies
Finger sandwiches
and of course Fairy Bread.

Served with Rosey Tea click here for the recipe for Rose Cordial

Bargain Party Decorating

I had a lot of fun finding things for the party. I bought these cute tin mini planters from the local thift store (reject shop) for $3 each and stuck floral foam in to hold the fairy cookies. The paper straw is recycled packing from a delicious fruit box of cherries I had delivered  last week from Snowgoose.



The glass jars were a steal also from the reject shop for $2.50.


I made these cake boxes from scrap book card I got from Riot (craft store) using a template from a plain cardboard cake twin cupcake box I already had.


Look they're even cute on the inside.....



Oh and what the heck, furry friends chocolates are not wrapped in silver paper anymore (well apparently have not been for many years I now know) but I think they look cute anyway. Just some pink paper I had lying around, ribbon, $2 worth of stickers from another discount store and the pictures are offcuts left over from the boxes cut into cute shapes with a scalloped shape cutter.


Shhh.... the pink spot tablecloth is a couple of meters of pink polka dot fabric from Spotlight that I haven't even hemmed. I was soooo going to do it the night before but opted for sleep instead. I'm hoping the food was a distraction and no one noticed.

Tutorials and recipes will be posted soon for the Fairy Wand Cookies, Chocolate Macarons (yum these were really good), Fairy Bite Biscuits and how to make the cute little flowers that were on the cake.

Thanks Terri, Tickle Pink and Mum, and all the gorgeous girls and their mums for coming along and helping to celebrate Lilli's birthday, we love you all.

Phew, wish I could relax but it's Sophie's Birthday in a couple of weeks. Can't decide between a super hero party or a Wizard of Oz. What do you think?


Finally here are some shots of the girly party fun. Lilli had a great time and so did I.


Linda Vandermeer is a blogger, baker, maker and author of the cookbook ' Sweets on a Stick': More than 150 kid friendly recipes for cakes, candies, cookies and pies on the go!. Published in the US the book is available at most online book stores:




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53 comments:

  1. Linda, this is a dream party for all gals even for me such an old aunty, I would love to have such theme party :). Lilli and Sophie both are so pretty and adorable. Happy Birthday to Lilli!

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  2. This is almost too pretty for words! I see you got to do a macaron tower after all. My favorites are the fairy wands. Gorgeous!

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  3. oh wow! That looks like a little girl's idea of heaven. You set the bar so high :D

    Happy Birthday Lilli!

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  4. Love LOVE... looks awesom and I can see everyone had a great time... amazing job with the decorating ladies!!

    everything looks so delish!

    Lilli... hope you had a wonderful day!
    oh and Sophie.... wizard of Oz party sounds brilliant!

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  5. I love the fairy wand cookies. SO gorgeous. Makes me wish I was a kid again!

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  6. What a fabulous kids party. O only had boys so never got to do fairy parties like this.

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  7. OK Linda please tell me you're starting a business for kid's parties! This is amazing! :o

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  8. Over the top party! I love all the pink and all the goodies, though my two favorite items are the fairy bite biscuits and the fairy wand cookies...I want some for MY birthday:)

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  9. Oh Linda, That is fantastic!
    I am so glad to have found you through Gastronomy Girl!
    I am not attending Masterclass this year (have a few years in the past) but going to Melbourne's Masterclass in March 2011 as part of their Food and Wine Festival!

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  10. Oh and I just LOVE your party! So glad to have found you.

    www.digella.blogspot.com

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  11. You are one talented chica! Such beautiful and perfect sweets (LOVE those macarons and fairy wand cookies) and what a dream party for your little girl!

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  12. You are officially THE queen of kids' parties! Love! love! love!

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  13. Linda this is one AMAZINGLY sweet and gorgeous (and very tasty!) looking party! What an awesome Mum you are! :)

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  14. Those cookies are AMAZING! They must have taken forever!

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  15. Well, nobody loves a tea party more than moi. What an impressive spread! Your daughter is a very lucky girl.
    *kisses* HH

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  16. Oh my - this is gorgeous. Thanks for stopping by my blog too! I am not going to the Hilton masterclass but am fairly jealous of you!! Have fun.

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  17. What a beautiful party! I love the macaron tower!

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  18. everything looks really lovely...the magic wands are so charming and the macaroon tower is fantastic! I love the cake boxes you made too - it really adds a personal touch!

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  19. Love everything about this party, it is gorgeous :) I have only just discovered your blog :)

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  20. What an outrageously fun party for pink fairies! All of your goodies are lovely, and I'm sure you made a merry memory.

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  21. What a beautiful party. I'm so impressed with all that you did. I'm founder of www.catchmyparty.com and would love to feature your party on our homepage in our Party of the Day. Please email me if you are interested at jillian@catchmyparty.com. Again, fabulous job! Best, Jillian

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  22. In awe of your work. Have you thought about doing these professionally? They're amazing!

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  23. so stinking adorable! I love all the little details! Glad I stumbled upon your blog!

    hugs! Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
    party inspiration

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  24. love it Linda, you're a one talented mum!

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  25. GENIUS! You're amazing Linda. The party looks absolutely heavenly; and I can't even believe that you aced the macarons. Just perfect. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  26. Oh, and you should definitely submit this to the Amy Atlas blog!

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  27. Cant wait for instructions on those little biscuits! The topping looks heavenly!

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  28. Hi, I stumbled across this and was just awe struck. You did a magnificent job !!! Happy b day to your daughter & wizard of oz sounds good for sophie. I would love to know how you did the hanging puff balls? did you make them out of coffee filters? the macaroon tower what was it made of and how did you get it that hot pink color? did you make the macaroons your self? They look amazingly delicious I am sure that the girls loved it. How did you get the stuff to stick on the marshmallows ? By the way those candy bars look amazing! You truly did anamazing job, it lookes absolutely divine.

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  29. Awesome!!!!!!!
    I just fall in love with your birthday party dear. I have no words to explain my delight. I wish if I could be a part of such impressive parties.

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  30. This just takes my breath away. You mustn't sleep at night thinking up ideas and preparing for such an event. OMG I'm so inspired.

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  31. wauww this is so nice. Hi i am Mirjam from the Netherlands. To bad that i live so far away because i want to have a pinkparty too LOL.

    It is awesome! Greetings Mirjam

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  32. Love the paper flower hanging decor!

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  33. I Love It!! Great work on the dessert buffet.

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  34. fantastic love it!!

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  35. i love this! wish i had one like this when i was a lil girl =D

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  36. i love this those kids are soooooo lucky and no offense but thy r spoiled
    i wish i had one like this when i was a little gurl toooo its soooo cute and the children are sooooo adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  37. Thanks everyone. I like to think of them as indulged sometimes not spoilt, as we have not ruined them yet ;)

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  38. Hi Linda!

    I love Strawberries!! so I loved the Cake!!! Thats incredible and blow up my mind as a mother! And as daughter...NO words come out! Awsoomee!
    I really hope some day to give to my baby (next 28 of April One!)At least the Strawberry Cake.
    Wish you send cakes to Saudi Arabia!!!;-)

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  39. Hi I'm Veronica! Me again! I can't to wathch the strawberry cake! ;-)
    Just to ask if you'll post the recipe in your Blog!?

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  40. I am inspired! So much gorgeousness. So much pink! Love it. Your little girls are privileged to have a Mum that goes to this much effort to create a dream party!

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  41. Wow... I'm in the process of org. my daughters 3rd birthday and happened upon your blog...so inspiring I can't wait to put of some your idea into practice. A new dedicated follower. Min

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  42. Hi Linda,
    I love these things for a birthday party decor ideas.
    I love those pink pompoms...
    I'm planning of using these party ideas in my baby's birthday this coming feb.

    Thanks a lot for this!

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  43. I would love the macaroon recipes. The chocolate and the tower.

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  44. Hi here are the recipes for chocolate macarons and the tower. The chocolate macaron can be temperamental, you must use a good quality high chocolate ratio like 70% dark chocolate, alternatively you can make plain, color them with brown food gel color and then fill them with the dark chocolate ganache and they will still taste super chocolatey: http://bubbleandsweet.blogspot.com/2010/07/chocolate-macarons-and-making-little.html

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  45. HELLO LİNDA..WHAT A WONDERFUL PARTY İS İT..LİKE A DREAM..I LOVE YOUR BLOG VERY MUCH..LOVE ALL POSTS...ı AM FOLLOWİNG YOUR BLOG NOW..I HAVE BLOG ALSO..COME VİSİT ME..LOVLY NURŞEN..nurlumutfakta.blogspot.com

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  46. This looks absolutely divine! Cannot wait to try my own version out. (:

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  47. waw!!i want the same party for my B day!!!you are really talented!!did you do everything by yourself??i can t believe that,but i m sure you did!!!
    your daughter is so lucky to have such a creative mother!!!
    congratulations!!
    i ve tried so many times to make macarons myself,and i finaly gave up,so hard to get them right!!yours are amazing!!
    just one question,please? when you plan a party like that,how do you manage your planning?i mean how many times ahead do you begin cooking and designing the table?do you get some help?do you freeze your cakes or treats in order to get everything ready the day of party.
    i ask you that because i ve never thrown a sweet table,but i dream of it,and i would like to give it a try,but i have no idea how to plan everything.
    it could be a good idea for a new post,don t you think so?
    happy baking
    vahiné island

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    1. Hi, thanks for your lovely comments. Yes I do make everything myself and I work out a plan beforehand. For example, everything non food related should be organised at least the week before eg printed labels, tablecloths, pom poms etc. All ingredients should be bought the week before (unless they must be fresh) Then the week before I would start baking. If say my party was on the Sunday I would bake my cookies on the Tuesday, decorate them on the Wednesday and they should still be good for Sunday. Also decorated marshmallows can easily be made that far in advance. Any fondant decorations such as pressed butterflies can be made a week in advance. By Thursday and Friday I would be baking the cakes for decorating and the macarons (I normally use buttercake for the kids if you are using mudcake and ganache you could actually start much earlier) and then the cake pops. I fill the candy jars the night before, and where possible sort out any decorations. You can see over the years the parties have become more advanced as I am able to plan better. Also my sister in law Terri is a great help and usually helps me set up on the morning when I am exhausted from a week of cooking. Plus I often outsource the entertainment (which I am not fond of) so I do not need to plan that. This past year I was a little sick and couldn't get everything done for Sweet's bird party so I improvised with fruit in the end. Here are last years parties: http://bubbleandsweet.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/pink-shabby-chic-princess-party.html

      http://bubbleandsweet.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/sophies-6th-birthday-sweet-birdie.html

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  48. thank you very much for your answer.
    i still believe it s a job to organise everything,you are great at it,so creative and talented!! and so generous to share!!
    i ve seen all your tables,and i love everything you do!!
    i keep on following this blog full of wonderful treats,ideas ,tips and recipes!!
    thanks for inspiring us and helping us in this passion.
    all the bests
    vahiné island

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  49. Hello! I was wondering how you made those pom poms!!!
    The pink and white puffy things!! My little girls 1st birthday is this weekend and am making decorations this week and would love to know how you make them or if there is a link to a site for a how-to make them!
    Thanks

    Cait

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    1. Hi, my sister in law made these but here is a link to a tutorial on how to make them yourself :) http://www.polkadotbride.com/2012/01/tissue-paper-pom-pom-tutorial/

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  50. I love your blog and this is just the cutest party!! I cant wait for you to post the recipe for the strawberry cake I stumbled across it and your blog via pinterest!!

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  51. how did your sister in law make those pink tissue paper pom poms hanging from the ceiling ?

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