Name cards and vintage jars for a 60th Birthday celebration at the Midland Hotel

Hours of Fun now offer stationary and table decorations for your wedding, party or event.  I have such a love for paper crafts and table name cards are lots of fun to make as I get to use my Sizzix machine and my imagination.

These cards were embossed using my Sizzix machine with a small, cute bow.  The colour scheme was pastel pink and blue, so incorporating a coloured bow fit in with the colour scheme perfectly.

For the centre pieces; jars were decorated using lace ribbon and the pink and blue cord that was used for the bows on the name cards.  I also added a couple of buttons to each jar as the finishing touch.

They looked gorgeous when in place and filled with flowers.  The venue was a beautiful, sunny room and the vintage theme worked really well.


Handbags and Shoes, a cake for a 60th afternoon tea birthday party

I was asked to make a cake for a handbag and shoe lover – in fact the birthday girl just loves shopping for all things!  I haven’t made a shoe for a few years so it was good to revisit the skill.  I first learnt how to make a flowerpaste shoe in the cake decorating course I completed at college.  You need flowerpaste and a template which you can draw yourself or pop it into the google search and find one to print off, and time to allow the shoe to set.

I used edible glitter to give the shoe a shine and used some edible lace as decoration which I painted silver using edible silver powder mixed with rejuvenator fluid.

The handbag was made from rice crispie marshmallows, with pipped roses covering it.  I again used some edible lace as decoration to tie it in with the shoe.  The handbag strap was made from flowerpaste which was allowed to completely set before it was glued to the bag.

Vintage handbag and shoe themed 60th birthday cake (3)

The cake was an 8″ gluten free vanilla sponge with jam and buttercream filling.  Covered with white icing and decorated with edible lace.  It was the first time I had used lace on a cake and only the second time I had made it.  I still can’t believe how simple it is to make and it looks so effective.  I left the lace white however you can colour it by either adding gel colouring to the wet mixture before you make the lace or by dusting or painting the lace once it’s set.  The top of the cake was covered with a circle of blue icing which was embossed using a patterned rolling pin.


Vintage handbag and shoe themed 60th birthday cake (2)

The finishing touch was Happy Birthday Jane in blue bunting using my bunting alphabet mould.

Vintage afternoon tea hen do with a cupcake decorating session


I was asked by Victoria Rose Vintage Crockery if we could get involved with a vintage hen party, with a cupcake decorating workshop and cocktails in the tea pots – I jumped at the chance and got my friend Karen involved.

We worked with Vicky to plan and organise the day and arranged to pick all the crockery and food up and set up at the venue – a fantastic room at St Marys Church  in Wavertree.

We set up the vintage style tea party which looked amazing, as Vicky as some gorgeous crockery and table decorations.  The cupcake decorating workshop was also set up ready for the hen party to get creative decorating cupcakes, keeping in with the vintage theme.

The Hen party were a fantastic group and made some spectacular cupcakes, trying different techniques using moulds, piping bags, embossing tools and adding glitter, sparkle and much more.

We played some fun games, the bridesmaids did the classic Mr and Mrs quiz and they also played pass the parcel.  The afternoon tea table was full of delicious sandwiches, homemade cakes, cocktails, tea and juice.  After they had filled up on food and drink we got them up and into groups to make a wedding dress.  They made some amazing and very varied wedding dresses and was the perfect game to work off the afternoon tea ready for their evening of fun at an ABBA tribute night

We wish Liz all the best for her wedding and hope she had the best weekend ever!