An Old-Fashioned Garden Party – Amanda’s 6th Birthday
October 10, 2010
For her 6th birthday, Amanda decided she wanted to have an “Old Fashioned Garden Party”. This theme was inspired by a special program she attended this summer at the Baldwin Estate at Lake Tahoe. While at the Baldwin Estate, Amanda learned what it was like to be a child growing up in the 1920’s. With the aid of both a nanny AND a maid, she decorated her own hat, learned the etiquette of Gatsby era children and attended a garden party in a fancy gazebo. The girls ate cookies and drank lemonade…they even played croquet. The day certainly made an impression on her!
At our Birthday Garden Party, Amanda greeted her girlfriends with a curtsy. We sat on the lawn and decorated straw hats with flowers and ribbon. We served lemonade (pink of course!) and ate tea sandwiches. We didn’t have a nanny or a maid…although one could argue that I play both roles on a daily basis (wink).
I made a cake for the occasion – a square chocolate layer cake. I had my first experience with fondant – which was pretty fun. I’ve never liked eating fondant, but I really like way it looks – adds a really graphic quality to the decoration. I frosted the cake with a typical butter cream, but then adorned the top with daisies and ladybugs made of fondant.