Today we celebrated Tabitha’s birthday with a party. A wonderful time was had by all. She had requested a mermaid cake and I have to say I am pretty pleased with how it came out. I baked cake in a 9×13 pan and 2 9″ round pans. To figure out how I would cut the cake to the right shape I traced the pans on paper and then sketched what I wanted on top. Here is the baked cake laid out.
Then frosted with a crumb coat.
And a final frosting with starfish decorations in her hair (Starbursts rolled flat and sprinkled with sparkly sugar)
This cake was huge and did not fit in the refrigerator. Fortunately it was a cool morning so I put the crumb coat in the trunk of the car to chill, and then put the finished product in the basement.
We also played Pin the Tail on the Mermaid. I thought this was such a cute idea and the kids did have fun, but you know what? A game better suited to a few children rather than 15 all lined up and waiting and antsy for their turn!
The menu for this party was a bit different than usual. We decided to have what I like to refer to as a Sandwich Board. Is that a real thing? I have no idea. But that’s what I keep calling it. We bought cold cuts and I beautifully arranged it on platters with a variety of breads and condiments. There was also a spinach salad (yeah, that one I keep making with the mandarin oranges except this time I used toasted hazelnuts), curried chicken salad, and the perennial favorite of small children and adults alike-pigs in blankets.
After the lunch the weather was so nice that everyone headed outside to play and enjoy the zipline, rope ladders, see saw, and so on. I feel like we owe such a big thank you to Paul for making our yard a wonderland.
But the best of all was this:
Paul painted it and everyone had their picture taken in it!
Happy Birthday, Tabby!
Oh, I almost forgot! The party favor! I made these chocolate lollipops. Tabby kept saying “It’s me!” (She said that about the cake as well, was very pleased with hair color.)