Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Bring out the bunting, it's party time!..........

How do you keep seven 7 year olds quiet for 40 minutes? Give them chocolate bars to decorate!

Yesterday we had Jack's birthday party. His birthday falls in the middle of summer so we always hold his party when school starts again. Jack decided after visiting the Roald Dahl museum in summer (worth a visit by the way) that he would like to do chocolate decorating at his party this year. It worked a treat! We let them decorate a small bar and then eat it as a "trial", and then they did the real thing. I know the results aren't quite up to the standards of "Chocolat" but it was a great success, I'd highly recommend it, anything which keeps five 7 year old boys under control is worth trying!


We had a "pin the nose on the Gnipper" game and then played pass the parcel WITHOUT the treat in each layer - I was playing dangerously! I'd written a funny message on each layer and it was probably the best pass the parcel I've witnessed yet. The children all got into the spirit and were so excited at each wrapper coming off they totally forgot about the treats.

The cake theme this year was pirate ship. As usual in my totally disorganised way I'd left it until the last minute ie. Sunday night to even start thinking about it. 2 hours and rather a lot of wine later it was still in the oven looking a bit frazzled to say the least. An early rise on Monday, a mess like this...............(I've never been a tidy cook!)


and a few pounds of butter icing later we had this.......................

Not bad for an amateur, ok, ok so it's not very ship like, more like a box with sails but it did the job. I topped it all off by setting fire to one of the sails on the way up the stairs and entered the kitchen blowing frantically, singing "Happy Birthday" and grinning in a slightly manic way all at the same time! The party guests weren't too sure if it was supposed to be on fire so looked on with a mixture of terror and excitement! We then had the mad rush to get as many malteser cannonballs and Cadburys' fingers planks as possible which left the ship looking rather wrecked!

I knew the whole event had gone down well when Jack, who is a master of understatement said before he went to bed tonight "Ta for the cake and party, it was really good". Makes it all worthwhile, until next time!..............

21 comments:

Ali said...

Torching the cake sounds like a stroke of genius to me (and so does the choccy decorating)!

I keep meaning to tale Mark to the RD Museum, but we still haven't made it.

Ragged Roses said...

Sounds like a great party, love the cake and chocolate decorating idea. Hope you managed to have the odd glass of wine afterwards to recover.
Kimx

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

It looks like it was a great party!! Your kitchen is to die for Julia, and I'd want to leave all those lovely decorations up all year round!! I'm glad your son enjoyed his special day..bet you needed a glass of wine afterwards!!! Have a lovely weekend away too!xx

Curlew Country said...

Oh how fantastic! The brilliant cake makes my annual hedgehog cake look a bit paltrey! My oldest is 4 and has a growing obsession for playing pirates. Hope you don't mind me squirreling this idea away for next year!
Love your kitchen too, what a wonderful homely feel it has.
Stephx

Suzie Sews said...

Oh birthday parties are such fun (as long as Mom has a bottel of wine near by...)
Suzie Sews

Mary said...

Fab bunting. Looks like a great time was had by all

Amy said...

oooh looks fun! My children all have loads of fun at their parties too :-)

Lucy Locket said...

Oh wow! I LOVE your kitchen - it looks so fabulous and friendly! I'm jealous! Lucy x

Rubyred said...

Phew it's making me feel worn out reading this post!You've been so busy!My kitchen surface is worse than that if I've made a cake.Your kitchen looks fab and what a great party!

mollycupcakes said...

LOL that sounds like the best birthday a 7 old boy could ever want. My Molly just screamed with delight when she saw his pirate ship cake. And then lots of I want one, came after that, do you take orders? hehe!
The bunting looks gorgeous and your kitchen is so lived in. I can't stand these show house ones, mines just like yours, but sadly with out the table in it. No room:(
Here's my email honey. Look forward to hearing from you.
catherine@mollycupcakes.co.uk
Hugs.
Catherine x

carolyn said...

Happy birthday to Jack - great cake.

vintage twist said...

What a wonderful party, Gnasher & Gnipper and a pirate cake, I had to smile to myself at the thought of you and the burning sails.

Faye 'Country Chic' said...

Oh what a great party!
One I'm sure Jack will remember, and as for setting the sail alight.. all the better, I bet they were all talking about his party the next day at school:)
xFaye

Vanessa said...

The party seems a great idea, must remember that one!

Got to say your kitchen looks fab, a proper family kitchen with lovely decorations.

Vanessa x

Alchamillamolly said...

Oooh I love your kitchen its perfect, a real home. I miss those cake days - and I was always last minute as well. I remember at school having to cut a mars bar with lots of clothes on - does anyone else or have I imagined it!! So what will you do next year!!

buttercup & roses said...

Sounds as though you had a great party!
The bunting looks fabulous, I think you should have it up all the time! x

dottycookie said...

Decorated choccy bars? Genius!

Louise said...

I love the cake story - hilarious and I'm not surprised the kids were in absolute awe. Your kitchen is to die for - seriously it all looks so family friendly and cosy.

claire said...

Wow, the cake is amazing and I bet it tasted great.

your kitchen looks so cute with all the bunting.

Bunting rules, i say!

janet clare said...

Fab pirate ship! Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm adding you to my favourites list!

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