How could we not have a fox party for our little man's birthday after Scout dubbed my growing belly Fox-le-bam for the entire pregnancy. We celebrated the first year of his life on a freezing cold Sunday in our back yard, something that was merely a pipe dream when Scout turned one.
After a last minute decision to pull the party table inside and fire up the old DVD player the weather gods smiled on us and we managed to get our backyard party after all.
1) I made the fox cake using this tutorial by Lyndsay Sung and it was actually pretty easy, you should totally try it, if all else fails you will have a cute orange cake and orange is basically the best colour ever. I bypassed the fondant ears and just used black cardboard stuck to tooth pics, I actually ran out of time on that one but I did add a lemon curd layer in the middle.
2) Lemon drop cupcakes (just vanilla with some lemon rind in the mix) topped with the same butter cream icing as the fox cake and a lemon bon bon and some Black Forest Cookies from the Baked cookbook.
3) Vanilla cup cakes with allsorts on top, a big jar of sherbies because, sherbies and more bon bons - best lollies ever!
4) Our little family, kids in matching clothes, my nerd mum status is official. How cute are their Milk & Masuki tops, the Little Cocoa Bean beanie and Mrs Millah bib! And he didn't seem to mind at all that the party was moved inside.
5) Hotdogs! Because there are only so many sausage sandwiches you can eat at kids parties.
6) Hotdog toppings because lovely people offer to bring things to parties and you can basically put anything on a hotdog. I made the mac and cheese and mum and my sister made the salsa and salad. It was pretty yum.
How to make your party planning less stressful?
I did a post in April about throwing a last minute dinosaur party that has heaps of tips so please check that out if you find party planning overwhelming. Baking everything yourself for parties can be pretty full on so I just did the some home made lemon curd, the cake and all the cupcakes the week before and then I froze them. On Saturday I made a huge batch of cookies, defrosted the cake and lemon curd, made icing, layered in the curd and decorated. Then on Sunday morning I defrosted the cupcakes and iced them, made some mac and cheese and bam, it was all done. Oh yeah, I also asked my friend to make the party popcorn with Scout so I could get some pics and actually brush my hair before everyone arrived.
The one thing I always lack at is taking pictures and video at parties, next time I will get it right.
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