Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Day 2280 - The Smartie Birthday Party

I love a themed birthday bash.

A Smartie themed birthday cake

When I created Darby's birthday invite it was done in a rush without any theme in mind.  With a January birthday we have to ensure we get plans somewhat sorted prior to school breaking up in mid December.  Plus we were getting ready for the US trip and all. So yeah, I didn't put a lot of thought into the party when I created the invite.

So instead of creating the invite around the theme, I've ended up creating the theme around the invite.

Birthday invite created using free Canva software
(Address and phone blocked out for purposes of this blog post)

So the theme, for what it's worth, is dotty colour!

What better way to create dotty colour than with a Smarties (or M&M's) birthday cake.

Kit Kats and Smarties and ready to roll icing

As you know I'm not a foodie, nor a cook, nor a baker.  So this cake is proudly presented to you with the help of Betty Croker (two chocolate cake mixes), some fabulous icing which I did create myself and a lot of help from Kit Kat and Smarties.

Plus a trip to the grocery store to grab some ready to roll out yellow icing, a bunch of star candles and birthday numbers to finish off the cake.

Star candles add a bit of dimension to an otherwise flat cake

To keep with the colour theme I ensured the food had enough "pop".

I use colourful wrapping paper as a place mat to add more colour

Plus I added enough fruit to make it at least look like I'm trying to be a responsible and civilised party host.

Let's not forget the balloons! Every party needs balloons.

Balloons are always essential

And lollie bags to take home. Might as well include them for another year or so before he gets too old for such things.

Party bags complete the theme

So that's it.

That's the themed party you have when you don't really have a theme.

Oh, and the icing recipe is half a block of Philadelphia Cheese, 60 grams of butter, a few dashes of vanilla and a whole bunch of icing sugar. I actually don't measure the icing sugar (which is perhaps why I fail as a baker), I just keep adding it until it tastes good and spreads easily.  I found that the secret to good icing is to just keep mixing, just keep mixing, just keep mixing ...


  1. Awesome party - my boys would totally love it. Lollie bags are always on the list even after 12 !

  2. Very colourful party, it all worked well together. Love the invites.

  3. I love the cake - looks delicious and fun! Our January birthday boy has never had a birthday party with his school friends cause they're always away on holidays in January (or else we are). I'm impressed!

    1. Yeah, it's not easy with a school holiday birthday. We tend to throw ours mid week because I've found lots of people go away for long weekends during the holidays, but many are still trying to balance with work so they are often about during the week. Out of the 11 people he invited only 3 were away. So it worked out OK.

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    1. Thanks Steph. It's super easy (which is a must for me when it comes to baking)

  5. We had a lot of last minute decorations to add, and the staff was eager and willing to help. The food was amazing. They have extremely unique and tasty food. Also the venues in Los Angeles have great views and beautiful big rooms.


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