A Bee themed birthday party

I’d like to tell you the story of my sons bee themed birthday party. It’s where I started with the fun cakes, and started lusting over styled childrens party.

When I asked my 22 month son what kind of a cake he wanted, he immediately said “mmm. a beeeeeee cake. buzzzzzz”. Eager to please (and desperate to redeem myself ‘phallic’ 1st birthday cake from the year before), I searched cake books and the internet, greedily searching for a bee cake. Enter the Australian Women’s Weekly More Kids Cakes. They have a delightful beehive cake which, at the time, looked completely unachievable. Naturally, I decided it was the one.

Having never cooked a fancy cake, never worked with fondant etc, I needed to purchase most of the materials. This project certainly wasn’t the cheapest DIY effort, but I gained a whole lot of confidence and a new hobby out of it, so I think it was worth the extra outlay. I learned a lot about baking, icing, time management and hostessing in the process.

I held this little party in my own dining area at about 2pm on a ‘school day’. I catered for about 10 adults and 10 kids for afternoon tea. Here are the photos. Apologies for the poor quality, they were taken with the iPhone. Won’t be making that mistake again!. Enjoy. x.

Bee Party styled by pixelsnpieces.com

Bee Party styled by pixelsnpieces.com

Bee Party styled by pixelsnpieces.com

Bee Party styled by pixelsnpieces.com

I baked/prepared all the food myself.
Savory: Cheese sandwiches, vegemite sandwiches, zucchini & corn egg tarts.
Sweet: Honey sandwiches, honey joys, banana and honey cupcakes, drowned bees (yoghurt with passionfruit pulp served in a shooter cup with a spoon), honey wheat cereal (milk optional) served in paper cups with spoons.
Cake: Baskos Gluten Free cake mix. I cooked it slowly so it was quite dense and very moist. The fondant was bought white and I coloured it yellow, I used apricot jam as a crumb coat.
Beverages: For the kids, it was water, milk and little juice pops. My offerings to the ‘Queen Bees’ included bees knees beer, bubbles, wine, tea, coffee and juice. We covered all bases!
Favours: I bought a bee pencil for each child guest and made stickers through Bright Star Kids that said ‘thank you for coming to my bee day party’ and secured them with little plastic bags and ribbon.
Decorations: DIY scrapbook paper bunting (took a few hours, but looked awesome), yellow and white paper lanterns, faux lace table cloth and paper doilies. I also produced some simple labels for the food to keep the bee theme strong.
Soundtrack: Songs from playschool – gotta cater for the kiddies.
Guest management: I used facebook events.
Inspiration: I used pinterest to collect the ideas I found. Here is the board.

So tell me, have you ever gone ‘all out’ for a party or do you prefer keep it simple?

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