Paulette: So here are all the ideas I have for the games, decor, etc..
Me: Sounds amazing! So...um...what exactly are we supposed to be brainstorming when you already have an incredible party planned?
Paulette already had an astoundingly fun and well thought out party already in mind, but she graciously let me jump in and have fun helping with the dessert table. Paulette is a great cake decorator already, so we arranged cake play-dates. The girls played and had a great time, the moms played and had a great time, and in the end, we had a fabulous sweets display that could rival Honeydukes Sweet Shop any day.
This cake had more than its fair share of mishaps. Let me just say that making those stacked book cakes turns out to be way harder than it looks. We had to switch our design concept around on the fly the morning we started decorating based on the amount of fondant that we'd made, too. But I ended up loving having the two separate cakes on two different levels. And we managed to fool a few people into thinking that the stacked books on the bottom were real books (at least for a moment), so I consider that a job well done!
|Harry Potter Party Dessert Table|
|Golden snitch cake pops|
|Acid Pops from the Harry Potter Birthday Party|
|Chocolate covered popcorn.|
|Harry Potter Cookies|
I have very high expectations for myself when I make cookies. I somehow think that they should be as astounding as Sweetopia's, or Sweetapolita's, or SugarBelle's. I conveniently forget that I haven't been honing my cookie skills for very long, that when I was at this stage of experience in cake decorating, I sucked (not that I knew it at the time). I doubt and I worry excessively. But somehow, by the time I put on the finishing touches, I love them. Sure, they're not quite as perfect as those made by the cookie superstars. I have plenty of room for practice and learning. But I'm having fun and getting better each time I try. And when they're done, with a shimmer of super pearl luster spray and disco dust accents, even I am happy. Sparkle distracts beautifully and can cover a lot of mistakes. ;-)
|Sorting Hat Cookies|
|Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans, of course!|
|Chocolate Owl Pops|
Be sure to come back for tomorrow's post with all the details of the fabulous activities and fun had by all at the party.