Our preparations are currently well under-way for two very important summer birthday parties. Tiarnán will turn seven next week and Fionn is turning five in July. The excitement levels are rising and every day a different theme or plan is being hatched up, by these ever enthusiastic party planners. I almost always host the birthday parties at home; it does entail a lot of cooking and some amount of cleaning before and after the big event, yet I always feel it to be worth it. There are only the few short years when each child will really want to have the birthday party with all of the trimmings and if I were honest, I enjoy these party days nearly as much as the kids.
Tiarnán is the sportiest out of all my children, so it was no surprise when he decided on a 'Sports Day' theme for his big day, with some school fete ideas also thrown into the mix. I could certainly find a few boxes that would make perfect bric-a-brac, that the attending kids could take home for free, however, I'm not sure if the parents would be too keen on that idea. There are just so many great activities to choose from and Tiarnán wants them all. So from sack making to DIY wheel of fortune stands, our kitchen is starting to resemble a workshop, of some degree.
Naturally my interest tends to be more of the food planning side of such events. The kids and I love to scan through books and the web to find party food that will impress. At past birthdays I have made these ice-cream cupcakes and they are always a winner, especially with the kids. I use my Basic Bun Mixture and follow the same method, but bake in the cones in place of the muffin cases. Place the flat bottomed ice cream cones into a muffin tray. It is important to only fill the cones two thirds of the way, with the raw bun mixture, then bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool, on a wire rack, then top with some Vanilla Buttercream add sprinkles and finish with a mini flake. Delicious!
I was lucky to have the creative help of Jack & Tiarnán, who decorated the blackboard for this shoot, and didn't they do a great job!
If you are on either Twitter or Instagram you will find me there sharing lots of food photos and of course, next week, there will be plenty of party food photos. Do say hello!