It was my son’s 4th birthday last week. Incidentally we ended up cutting 4 cakes!!!
First one on his actual birthday, 2nd in his preschool, 3rd and 4th for parties at home with friends and family resp.
Now coming to the theme, my son loves peppa pig and george pig, the adorable animated british tv program for children especially for preschoolers.
So when it came to thinking of a theme for the birthday party, it had to be peppa pig. Now there was only one slight difficulty and that is I live in the US and peppa in UK. So understandably with around 2-3 weeks for the planning, I could not get all the decorations etc off the counter here in US. I could order them online, but those would take around 4 weeks.
So I had to be creative and am glad I did.
I found a website which offered free printables of peppa pig and I downloaded them and made banners. Lots. I had to cut each triangle and then join them together by ribbons hoping they wouldnt tear till after the party was over!
Next, I ordered cupcake rings of Peppa and george, a pinata and a giant balloon from amazon. I got all those within 2 weeks.
I also ordered peppa pig books as favors for the children from amazon.
For games, we had two:
1. Putting the tail on peppa pig
2. Jumping on muddy puddles
For the first one, I printed a large picture of peppa pig and used the tails you get in the tailing the donkey game. For the second one, I cut out neat puddles out of a black table cover!
I put on a compilation of peppa pig songs video on tv, made the kids jump in the “muddy puddles” and stop when the music stops, if they continued jumping even after they were out! At the end of the games, I handed out “winner” medals to each kid. they were ecstatic 🙂
Now comes the important part of any party 🙂 Food
Most of the food we got catered from outside, apart from one sandwich which I made inspired by Manju’s chicken sandwiches. http://manjuseatingdelights.blogspot.com/2014/08/chicken-salad-pinwheels.html
I made some changes i.e. used the basic ratio as mentioned of the sour cream and mayonnaise. Mixed the two and added Ranch dressing mix to it. Added one chopped celery and maybe half a chopped white onion. Spread it on the breads and cut them out in triangles and stored in the fridge cling wrapped. Everyone loved it.
The special part of the party was the cake! I made it from scratch this time even the icing which I’ve never done before. I was scouring the internet for recipes for 10″ pans and came across Manju’s reference to banana chocolate cake and cupcakes as shown on joyofbaking.com. Manju further instilled in me the hope that I could do it ! 🙂 Thanks Manju!
So here they are
The big cake was cut on the day of the main birthday party event and the second cake you see was cut with the close family members party! I was in a cake coma!! The cakes were yummy. I will do a separate post on the cake just so that I record the process for me in future and for anyone who has any questions like I had prior to baking these!
All in all it was a great party, the kids and adults loved it alike, I hope 😉
We sure did :))