Another Gabbi birthday party has come and gone; now we rest. In comparison to last year’s spa party this was lower key. Not to be confused with less fun and excitement, just less work and hoopla. The princess settled for a skating party since the beach, and Goth theme were nixed.
Charisse has a golden eye for picking the cutest outfits for Gabbi and this one was no exception. She looked liked she was ready for the runway rather than roller skates, but she rocked it!
Let’s talk about this cake shall we. As usual I have to consult with the birthday girl about the flavors, colors and style of the cake. Here we have a vanilla cake, baked in a skate pan. It was painstakingly covered with butter cream stars. The top of the wheels are black edible image cutouts. The base chocolate cake was only meant to be one layer, but it wasn’t high enough for me so I made another and spread chocolate frosting between them. This cake was huge and what I loved best about it was that it was a tag team effort between Charisse and me. She found peace sign buttons to use as accents on the base and applied the peace signs free-hand on the skate cake. Can you tell I’m proud?!?!!
While I’m beaming with pride here I have to also say thank you to my son Garlon who jumped right in and made the Happy Birthday banner for the cake. I am so blessed to have talented and thoughtful children.
At the last minute, more like a couple of hours before party time, Charisse decided on favor bags. Never mind I’d been pushing for them since the party was planned. Luckily I had some clear bags in my stash. I also had some pink card stock that I cut out with my scallop punch. There wasn’t much time for detail so I had Gabbi write a message on each one and we quickly filled and tied them with black and white bakers twine.
As party of the skating party package the kids had pizza and pop. Gabbi also got to go inside the money machine. She wasn’t able to grab enough money to allow her Mom to retire, but she was thrilled with the dollars she was able to grab.
Having parties at venues outside of home means you’re on a very strict time limit. By the time the kids ate, skated and played for a bit it was time to pack it up and leave. This meant Gab had to open her gifts at home. Poppa and I could hardly wait for that part, because our gift to her was a big girl bike. Sayonara 12” bike, hello 20”, she’s in the big league now.
I made a punchbowl cake for the after party festivities. It’s super easy to make and I shall the recipe/method with you in a few days. Hope you had a fun birthday week Gabbi, we love you!!