Bug Birthday Party

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Hey there! I hope you all had a lovely Easter break. Mine was full of food and children and family outings – perfect! It was also my middle daughter’s third birthday, and all she wanted was a party with a ladybird cake. (And a doll with a high chair which I realised, too late, makes noises. These include crying – just what I want to hear when I have a real four-month-old baby in the house – and a creepy manic laugh. But that’s neither here nor there.) So, as usual, I took the ladybird cake request and ran with it – I love a good theme, I do!

I started with DIY bug headbands. So much cuter than those pointy party hats!

Bug Headband Supplies

I used the wooden skewer to make a hole in each pom pom, then pushed a pipe cleaner into the hole. Then I stapled the ‘antennae’ onto a strip of card and covered the staples on the inside with tape, and with little stickers on the front.  I measured each headband on the kids as they arrived, then stapled the ends together, so they all fitted perfectly.

Bug Headband

Next, I made a birthday banner.

Birthday Banner Supplies

Well, actually, I cut out the shapes and letters and let my kids do the rest!

Bug Party Banner

Then it was time for the party bags. I usually make pretty cool party bags, but this year I slacked off and just filled them with sweets and chocolate. I bet the other parents loved that – sorry guys!

Party bags

The kids ranged in age from one to seven, but most of them were two or three years old, so I didn’t bother with party games. I just let them play, and also planned a ‘create-a-ladybird’ activity, which was supervised by my eldest. We got some varied results, but all were works of art, of course!

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If you want a copy of the simple template you can download the Create-a-Ladybird template here.

Then all that remained was the food. I made ordinary party food – cheese pies, sausage rolls, salad, crisps, fruit, sandwiches … you can make anything butterfly-shaped, and anyway kids have good imaginations!

Bug Party Food

And finally, the ladybird cake itself. Served with vanilla ice cream because – yum.

Ladybird Cake

Make it!

(These are the quantities for a  20 cm half-ball pan).

One quantity Hershey’s ‘Perfectly Chocolate’ Chocolate Cake recipe, although for the ball pan the cooking time was adjusted to 1 hour 45 minutes.

One quantity chocolate butter cream from BBC Good Food.

Red, black, light green and white sugar paste to decorate, plus a wooden skewer cut in half for the antennae.

 

 

Easter Gift Boxes

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I made these cute gift boxes with the help of some silicon moulds, a brush, a makeshift piping bag and a lot of melted chocolate.

Easter Box

The moulds had the pattern on them, but I thought it was a nice touch to paint over it with a different colour chocolate.

Egg Halves

I also made and decorated little chocolates for an extra treat.

Chocolate Bites

Then I put everything on shredded tissue paper in a nice wooden box, covered with cellophane and tied with a red ribbon (the colour most associated with Easter in the country where I live).

Easter Boxes

Cute, tasty and made with love!

Craft-Passion-Meets-Chocolate Easter Egg

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I happened to see a tutorial for these sakura Easter eggs from Craft Passion the other day and I thought how pretty they were. But I’m less of a glue gun girl and more of a chocolate girl, so I started thinking how great it would be if they were edible, too.

Sakura Easter Egg

I used a regular egg-shaped mould to make the white chocolate egg (I used about 150 g of chocolate, I think, although I can’t be sure because I kept eating it!) Then I melted a couple of squares of dark chocolate and piped on the branches. By moving the bag back and forth as I was piping, I got a nice ‘tree trunk’ texture. Then I added some edible bronze paint, just because it’s pretty.

Sakura Easter Egg Collage

I used a little spring cutter I have to make pale pink sugar paste flowers, and gave them a slightly darker pink centre. I let them dry with the petals slightly curled upwards, then I stuck them on with a little water.

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Then all I had to do was keep my kids away long enough to take a photo!