Friday, August 10, 2012

Nee-norr party

My creative space this week has been all about this little fella and his third birthday celebrations. He's all about 'nee-norr's lately (you know: ambulances, police cars, anything with a siren.. nee-norr nee-norr!) and specifically fire engines. So we had a fire engine party for him and his little buddies.

Looking for cake design inspiration I stumbled upon a great picture in a Donna Hay kids party cooking magazine. It looked perfect and not too difficult. The recipe suggested using cream cheese icing (which I was pleased coloured up to a very bright red ;-) and a pre-prepared fondant icing for the windscreen, which I hadn't tried before but loved - so white and smooth... although I did have a problem when half way through constructing it I turned to the cake to put the licorice on and saw the windscreen had slid down the front of the engine... nooo! Just when I was about to crumple into a ball at the thought of my melting cake and still lengthy list of 'to do's (with party goers arriving in just a couple of hours time) my lovely friend arrived to help out and things got back on track - phew!

To go with the theme I'd drawn a fire engine with his name on the number plate and used it for the party bags and also a game of 'pin the nee-norr on the burning house'. We set up a nee-norr station for when a bit of quiet play was in order (or not so quiet!) and cut out big shapes of flames and blue-tacked them to the wall, then added lots of red and yellow balloons.

And it was all worth it to see the look on his little face. Which I guess is why we crazy Gen X parents go through the enormous amount of prep required even for a small party.

So, here's to scrumptious 3 year old birthday boys and friends, big and small :-)

Joining in belatedly with these crafty folk.


  1. It was such a fantastic and slightly crazy little birthday party! Loved the "nee norr" theme, it all looked so gorgeous especially the cake! He looked like he had the bestest time and so did my little man! Well worth all the preperation I say :)

  2. Well done Mum, so worth the effort!!!

  3. Looks like a great party. Happy 2rd Birthday to your little man.

  4. What a fun party! My brother in law is a fireman and he brought the truck over on Roman's birthday. He absolutely loved it!

  5. Oh my goodness, that cake is AMAZING. My little guy would be so jealous (you should take it as a compliment that I'm going to make sure my little guy never sees this!). Awesome party and happy birthday!

  6. Cute! Awesome cake and decorations.


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