In a way The Baby’s first birthday was the first day of the rest of our lives for both Mr G and I. Playing around with icing, planning food, overcatering – my career hasn’t left any room for entertaining ever and I’m completely new at it. I bought the Australian Women’s Weekly Vintage Birthday Cakes books from my childhood and went all out on the number 1 cake.
Here it is, freshly iced with buttercream icing that I watched a million YouTube videos on how to do because I had no goddamn idea.
And here it is after I bombed it with a million decorations and spelled out her name (blurred) in silver balls that Mr G found in Woollies for me.
I also made Nigella’s Nutella Cake from Domestic Goddess. The ganache split but the hazelnuts hid it well.
I’d never had honey jumbles as a kid (nor heard of them) but found this attractive looking recipe on Taste.com so thought I’d have a crack. They were delicious and I’m told they were true to people’s childhood memories. They are basically iced gingerbread renamed for some reason. At some point when I’m less tired, I’ll start photoshopping my food photos to perfection like other blogs.
Here’s one heavily filtered with the Instagram filters. Those are peanut butter squares also from Domestic Goddess up the front. They taste exactly like Peanut Butter Cups – it’s frightening. And delicious. Note the copious amounts of cheese and glass of champagne, because as I quickly learned, the first birthday party is really for the grownups.
And here’s the baby taking off because the grass is full of far more interesting things than a grownup has to offer!
I can happily report that much champagne was drunk, the baby cried and fell asleep in her pram while the rest of us stuffed ourselves full of party food and reminisced about childhood and discussed handbags. The little things are so brilliant so sometimes.