|The make-you-own banner my mum bought me, plus some pom poms and honeycomb balls|
I had this party at my apartment so I had to keep the numbers down as I cant fit many. So I decided just to go with uni friends, not all my different groups, and only invite those people that I knew would enjoy it and hopefully put in the effort to attend. In the end there were 18 people including me, which I think is my apartments capacity.
I baked all the cupcakes and made all the fondant decorations for it and had a ball! The party was on the Saturday, so I started making fondant shapes on Sunday and Monday (a public holiday) after buying all the fondant I would need on the Saturday. I made a bunch of custom cupcakes for people who gave me requests. I took Thursday off work and did all my shopping for ingredients. I spent a lot. And bought a lot.
|These are the decorations. Most of them I already had. I probably only spend $20 on extra bits like this|
|These were my roses and leaves|
|Here I have the injured dog for my vet friend, a rat, some nipples, flowers and a few other shapes|
|These were the flowers for my cake. I didn't even use half of the amount I made! Oops!|
|In my haste and excitement I forgot to grease the pan of giant cupcake! It didnt matter, though, I just iced over it|
I wasnt upset that only about a quarter of this got eaten. I'd rather people enjoy their food, and the cake was sadly a bit disappointing.
Friday morning I got up at the time I normally get up for work (6.45) and got to work (on the cupcakes!). I spent about 6 or 7 hours baking, and during that time I went to the supermarket to buy more ingredients as I'd run out of icing sugar and butter. I made a bunch of different flavoured cupcakes, but I'll admit, I used a packet mix for a couple to save time. I'll write out the recipes at a later date, but what I had on offer were Vanilla, Chocolate, Lemon, Orange and Poppyseed, Beer, and Caramel flavoured cupcakes. (Recipes are here now)
Here is a picture of nearly all the cupcakes I made before I iced them. I had over 260 in total.
|You can see a post-it note down the bottom there as I had to label them all so I remembered which were which!|
Next morning I woke up at 6.30 (15 mins before my alarm was due) ate breakfast and started on the icing! I didnt even bother getting out of my pjs. I made SUCH a mess making all the icing. I had a lot of cleaning up to do before the guests arrived, but it was fun. My bowls werent really big enough for the bulk size I was making so I had a fine layer of icing sugar over most of my kitchen when it came time to clean. And actually, a fine layer of icing sugar over myself too.
I didnt take any photos of MAKING the icing, so I'll just show you some photos of the end products and then my table ready for the party!
|lemon cupcakes with lemon cream cheese|
|burger cupcakes made with vanilla cake, chocolate cake, icing and fondant|
|popcorn cupcakes made with dyed marshmallows|
|chocolate BBQ cupcakes, with gummi bears on the grill|
|ice cream cupcakes, made in the cone|
|I bought a cute nom nom stamp for sugar cookies and fondant|
|cookie monster and elmo|
|These were meant to have a lot of swirls and decorations done in royal icing but I ran out of time and steam|
|caramel cupcakes with ganache icing made into a bouquet. I stuffed the bouquet up but it still looked ok|
|some of the personalised cupcakes|
|cupcake with a mini cupcake (mini reeces peanut butter cup with frosting)|
|beer n bacon|
|My little masterpiece|
I bought a heap of little cupcake boxes that hold 4 cupcakes in preparation for people to take some home too! My favourite part of the party was probably people taking a box and filling it, then I got to give them a little thank you to go with it. I was squealy with delight.
I didn't keep track of how much money I'd spent because that would take the fun out of having a party, but I am predicting it was in excess of $300. I did work out that it was about 4 kg of butter, 4 kg of icing sugar, 3 kg of caster sugar, 3 kg of self raising flour and 24ish eggs though. Plus the last of my aluminium foil, baking paper and glad wrap, and heaps of decorations and chocolate, cocoa, baking powder and bicarb, oil etc.
All these photos are before the guests even arrived!
I wont put up photos with my guests cos I haven't asked permission from anyone, but suffice to say we all ate too much, and had some massive sugar crashes later in the evening. I reckon it was one of my favourite parties!! It had so many of my close friends there and I got to do AAAAALLLLL the baking!!
Next post will be the recipes I used!
(Sorry about the un-even-ness of the photos, I still havent got the hang of posting photos)