My lovely little thing turned 5 yesterday. FIVE! Five years on the planet. Five years of being a mum. Five years since a labour that wrecked my body forever. Only five little rainbow years. She was very excited about the whole thing, about going to school and having everyone sing the birthday song, about being able to wear her sparkly shoes and about putting on her birthday badge and erm…. hang on, what now? Birthday badge??
This little bunny rabbit cake is an easy peasy bake. It would have to be, or I wouldn’t have been able to make it! I made it for my little Lilah’s 3rd birthday – because she is totally obsessed with bunnies. There were bunnies everywhere. This would make a fab centrepiece for an Easter Party too I think (check out our little video on throwing an Easter Party on our YouTube channel).
We thought we’d share with you how to make some easy peasy bow hair clips for you or your little ones seen as it is PARTY season! Having said that, we’re going to precisely zero parties. So… we’ll just have to wear them in the bath or something. Our kids have parties though! All under 5, all more popular than us. Life. These will take you about 10 minutes to make – super quick!
As you may have seen from my last post, Amelie had a unicorn birthday party at the weekend, so I had an urgent requirement for a unicorn cake. I did some research online and in books and I couldn’t find a single tutorial that wasn’t either scarily impossible or just… scary (seriously – google unicorn cake – there are some shockers!). So I went in blind and winged it, and I was very happy with the result.
Who doesn’t love unicorns! They’re Amelie’s favourite ‘Animal’ (which lead to a very disappointed trip to London Zoo a while back). So when she turned 4 this week, we threw her a big unicorn themed bash in our garden. She told me the night before that she’d changed her mind and now wanted an owl theme. So… yep. Great. I invited lots of her little friends and thankfully the sun shined bright the whole day, so it was all good. It would have been a disaster if we’d all been crammed in the house!
I wanted to make a teddy bear cake for Lilah’s 2nd birthday. When she was born she had to wear leg braces for 6 months, which pushed her legs out so that she looked like a little teddy. We’ve called her Lilah bear ever since, silly as it may sound – it’s just stuck. So it had to be a bear cake. She likes dinosaurs more but I wasn’t about to attempt that!
At the weekend we had a Peter Rabbit party to celebrate Harper’s 3rd birthday. As well as all the usual party games with a bunny twist and shenanigans you get at a toddler’s party, we also had a giant carrot piñata, because quite frankly I’m a big fan of them. The piñata was pretty straightforward to make in a few hours. The hardest part was choosing what to fill it with!
I went to my meet my friend Alice last week and, knowing that she is a big fan of meringue, I thought I would have a go at making her some mini rainbows to brighten up the grey wet that surrounds us right now. The fact that I forgot to take them with me was a bit annoying! I’m now left munching my way through these little gems.
As you can probably guess, crafting with the kids is one of our favourite things to do. So we thought it was only right to celebrate the festive season with a Little Buttons Christmas craft party where we all sat happily together and made our own sparkly hats!
These are great for kids to make by the way, make a simple cardboard crown and add two strips of double sided tape around the outside. Then fill the table with things to stick onto it and you have a sticky-fingers-free craft activity!
Life in Pictures is our mini photo gallery of all the things we’ve been up to in the week. This week we’ve been putting on our party hats and celebrating friend’s birthdays (luckily there was sunshine and cake!) More importantly though, it was a big one for us as Tia moved house, meaning that we are no longer one road away from one another. Sniff. So sad about that fact :-(. The week has been filled up with packing up boxes, unpacking boxes and then stuffing boxes into the corner to wait a year because we are so over unpacking boxes already! We did get the craft stuff all unpacked though. Phew.
Blimey, apparently I do! Amelie turned 3 on Tuesday (happy sad face). We celebrated with a little joint party with her friend Robin. They had a lovely day and the sun even decided to put his hat on, hip hip hip hooray.
So I have a 3 year old. I’m sitting here trying to think of something to say that isn’t a massive cliche, and I’m struggling. Its all true, I can’t say it another way. Time does fly, things do change without you noticing. That tiny little baby is a big, pant-wearing, sentence-forming girl and it has come out of nowhere. I’m terrified I’ll blink and she’ll be a teenager, how do I slow it down! Note to self: Start treasuring every single moment…
Today, my eldest Little Button turns two. Over the past year she’s blossomed from a tiny, helpless, mewling baby into a lively, boisterous, confident girl. To celebrate, we held a Peppa Pig party for her and her little friends over the weekend. She had so much fun eating far too much chocolate, running around after balloons, jumping in muddy puddles and playing pass the parcel (who knew it would take SO long to wrap the parcel up, let alone unwrap it!).
It was my beautiful god-daughter Poppy’s birthday a few weeks ago, and like many two-year-olds she’s got a bit of a thing for Mr Tumble. And why wouldn’t she? Everything in his world is bright and spotty! So I set about trying to impress her with a homemade Mr Tumble spotty cake.
For this cake you will need:
It was my lovely Mum’s birthday last weekend so I wanted to make her a yummy chocolate treat to celebrate. This cake has a chocolate sponge, white chocolate ganache frosting and is topped off with a dark chocolate decorative collar.
I saw a picture of a similar cake in this Great British Bake Off Book but as the book wasn’t mine I had to improvise.