Mum, I don’t want to have a Big Party this year, I just want a few close friends and this year I would like all the family to come instead… Oh boy, little does Miss Almost 8 realise that family versus friends actually equals more work for mum! I love the fact that our daughter is realising the importance of surrounding yourself with family to celebrate special occasions like birthdays, and wants to have a few close friends there to be a part of it all. However, little does she realise she has now set the task of I would like an old fashioned ice-cream stand and having adults means lots of real food.
So, for Amelia’s 8th birthday it really was a family affair. Granddad was enrolled to help make a frame child size, that we could turn into an ice-cream stand. Nanny was called upon to source some bright fabric, and of course Pinterest is always a great source of ideas for food and styling.
For the Vintage Ice-cream stand we created a collapsible wooden stand, easy for storage later on. A bright orange solid piece of fabric was from the offcuts at Spotlight for $3 and placed over the wooden frame, and then we placed an old baby bassinette veil in confetti style fabric, over the top and tied the corners.
Food included cupcakes baked in ice-cream cones with buttercream swirls to look like a soft serve ice-cream. Chocolate mousse, cheesecake, crumble and fresh berries layered in mini glass mason jars. Pink Macarons with Berry jelly centres. Ice-cream styled shortbread biscuits. Mini meringues with sprinkles. Lolly buffet in colors to match the decorations. Plus of course hot and cold food to suit the age group.
Adult food is a whole other story, we chose to go with a slow cooked pork belly rolls with salad as the main, lots of platters of finger style food, and kept to the ice-cream stand for desserts.