It’s still September 15th here in the States (well, it was—until I lost the internet and had to finish this late at night) which is the birthday of my dear bloggy friend Kate! She is out celebrating in the Scottish countryside (I think) but hopefully when she gets back into Internet-land this will be a bit of a second birthday celebration for her. This is for you Kate!
First we need to decorate the place—so I think some bunting is in order. First I’ve got Wild Olive’s customizable bunting, so I can have “HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATE!” on one wall…
…and then perhaps I’ll throw this cupcake bunting up everywhere else…
Now what’s the first thing when you get to party? Yep, grab a drink. I don’t know what your cocktail preference is, Kate, but I think pink champagne would do nicely. If it’s good enough for Deborah Kerr in “An Affair to Remember”, it’s good enough for me (besides, the bottle is pretty)!
Before we start the games, be sure to leave your presents of cupcake stands, mugs, Pampered Chef items and something with the birthday owl on the gift table.
Though we usually grow out of party games by our 12th birthday, I think Kate would appreciate the game I have planned. It’s very similar to pin the tail on the donkey. I like to call it “Plant the Kiss on the Barrowman”! Hahahaha, I’m sorry, I had to. It made me laugh.
After all the kiss planting, I reckon we have worked up quite the appetite. Good thing I decided to make one of my favorite recipes, tomato tarte tatin. Yum.
Now it’s time to sit back, relax, drink some more champagne and watch a movie. The choice is obviously yours, Kate, but I bet it would either be a musical….
….or Harry Potter. You can’t go wrong either way.
FINALLY, we have arrived at the best bit of the party—desert! I love to bake but don’t get the chance to bust out my skills very often, but for Kate, baker extraordinaire, I will go all out. First, a slice of simple yet heavenly Summertime Cake (golden cake with lemon custard)…
…and a cupcake….
…okay, maybe several cupcakes. Because I think everyone needs to taste the flavor explosion of the Frida cupcake from Sugar Mama’s: Sweet and spicy cinnamon Valrhona chocolate cupcake topped with a decadent coffee liqueur buttercream frosting and a generous sprinkling of cinnamon sugar. Perfection.
If we still have room, we can gorge on peanut butter cup cookies and a tall glass of milk.
There is only one left to do at this party—sing the birthday song, make a wish and blow out the candles!
I hope your actual real life celebration was just as wonderful (if not more so) as this online version. A very, very Happy Birthday to you Kate and here is to many more!