Saturday, March 12, 2016

Ivy in Onederland

A friend of mine recently asked me to help her out with her daughter's 1st birthday party. I jumped at the opportunity because any reason is a good enough reason for me to craft. She asked me to make an outfit for Ivy. She sent me a couple of photos she found online and I blended them together and made one outfit. I used my Silhouette Portrait to design and cut out the image for the shirt then I just made the tutu with some tulle and elastic. She used the outfit for her cake smash photos and I couldn't believe how adorable she looked. Here is a sneak peek at some of the photos from that photo shoot. You can click here to see the rest. The photos were taken by a very talented photographer friend of mine here in El Paso named Tessa. You can see her work here

I fell in love with the party theme and basically volunteered to make Ivy's cake. I was pretty stoked when Lanya agreed to let me do it! I jumped onto pinterest to get ideas and instantly became super excited about this cake. 

I made 4 layers of yellow cake with strawberry frosting in between each layer. I added pink heart-shaped sprinkles to the frosting just because. I ended up having extra batter so I even threw in a dozen cupcakes. My cake design ended up being a blend of like 10 different Alice in Wonderland cakes I saw on pinterest. I started making the gum paste figurines about 5 days before the party. My imagination really ran wild with this cake. I love Alice in Wonderland and wanted to make sure this cake displayed as many little details as possible. I even made a little fabric Alice skirt and apron for the glass cake stand. 

The day before the party was spent baking the cakes, rolling and stamping the homemade marshmallow fondant, and hand painting the entire cake. I wanted to make the Mad Hatter's top hat look very worn and fabric-y, if you know what I mean. So I stamped the fondant and then hand painted all of it. The brim of the top hat was made of gum paste because I wanted it to be shaped a certain way that worked better when made with gum paste. 

I just got home from the party about an hour and a half ago and it was so much fun! They had a bouncy castle so my daughter lost her mind and had the time of her life. The food was delicious, the decorations looked lovely, and the guests were wonderful. A great time all around. Here are a few pics of the cake on the party table with the cake stand I made.

Happy un-Birthday to you, little Ivy. 

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