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A Caribbean “Surprise”

First post of 2014 and it’s going to be an eventful one, HAPPY NEW YEAR to all, I trust you over stuffed yourselves and indulged quite nicely over the holiday season – that’s what they’re there for!

My Mum’s Birthday is at the most inopportune time, TODAY actually, BIGGEST HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY to my amazing Wonder Woman Mumma!!!! It’s a time when everyone is still away on holiday or surviving on the lint in their pockets.

Aside from this big event we decided to host, I also kept my Business open during the holidays and that weekend just happened to be the one over filled with orders. Let me tell you now – “Sleep is for the weak” was either spoken by a Robot or they meant to say ‘Lack of sleep will make you weak’, DO NOT EVER sacrifice sleep, you will only get yourself into more problems.

So on top of all the cake orders, my brother and I and one of my Mum’s friends tried to plan a surprise party for My Mum which is stressful enough but then she found out when the marquee people called the HOUSE! When they came to set up they had the wrong size, it was too small, luckily they had a spare in the truck – crisis averted. The caterers were late and we were in a panic, at the same time I had to deliver three orders, on top of that it was 11am on Saturday morning and I hadn’t slept since Thursday morning, well actually, I went to bed at 7am on Saturday morning and woke up at 8am so technically I had an hour ‘nap’.

I wanted to make My Mum a Malibu bottle and thought I’d be smart and dowel the thing only because I just had to carry it downstairs… Everything was going wrong, the humidity was killing e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.

I baked a total of 8 cakes (to stack), cake no.1 was a disaster, it decided to get it’s gangsta lean on and just wouldn’t do what I wanted it to and eventually when it did do what it was supposed to, bulges started appearing like a growth that wouldn’t subside.

Umm…I got a little hungry, if you can’t already tell…it tasted amazing!! Vanilla and Summer Berries with white chocolate ganache. Looks like a$$ though.

Cake No.1

Cake no.2 WAS working, till I realised that I forgot to dowel the actual cake layers and went downstairs to figure out how to fix it only to return to a cake flopped on its side in pieces…

Cake2Cake 2











Although it may look like it’s still whole, when I picked it up it was crushed to death by it’s own weight…I really should have slept before attempting this a second time.

It was now 5am on Saturday, I and was no closer to the finishing of this freeeeeeeaaaaakin’ bottle cake. I was exhausted, my brain had actually stopped working, I would go down stairs to get something and had no idea what I was doing there, I don’t give up easily but this was a very rare moment where I felt I was out of options. My Mum woke up to me crying and we turned it into a Caribbean Island which looked more like Hulk Poop. I did add a few more things to make it look like a “joke” and I was too tired to care. Of course my Mum “Loved it” but only because she’s my Mum and THANK GOD it wasn’t for a customer although if it was I would have done a proper job.


The beautiful and colourful mini cupcakes in the back were made by #BabyPiggy


I’m seriously considering sending this into Cake Wrecks  or nominating myself for “sh!t cake of the week” with Cake Dame Ednah. My favourite shot is Jack Sparrow running away from Borat’s mankini clad body and Tom Hanks being all “Wiiiiiiilsooooooooooon” and Wilson’s all “I’m outta here!” because that’s how sh!t my Island is. I also just realised that my ‘rocks’ look like dog kibble… OH GOD! 

Glad to say I had a chance to fix things today on her actual Birthday with this fancy number right here:


I was actually supposed to be a pineapple but then I found out that my brother’s shrimp suit was quite good for hiding inside and taking a nap and so, a Prawn Star was born.


(Credits to Sarah Fo’Shizzle for the “Prawn Star” name)


Cheap & Free Party Decorations

WOW! First post of 2013 – I’m a bit behind, but I’m also a bit busy (that was probably obvious due to the lack of blog entries). This is most likely the latest “HAPPY NEW YEAR” ever, but I’m still closer to the start of 2013 than 2014, I wonder if there’s actually a time frame for when you should just not say ‘Happy New Year’…Hmm…excuse me while I Google….

QUESTION: When is it too late to say Happy New Year?

ANSWER: (My fav on Google) “It get’s ridiculous when someone says it to you in February or March…”  – So do I wait till April???


Ok, seeing as I’m ‘ridiculous’ Happy CHINESE New Year!!! (Soon my pretties, soon).

Anyway, this isn’t what I’m writing about today. I’ve been looking for all sorts of funky, cheap, fun, colourful, did I mention CHEAP ways to decorate the garage for a Birthday party, MY Birthday party. It’s not till March but I like to prepare in advance, especially if I’m ordering things from overseas. I’m having a “Fiesta” themed Birthday Party with a very dear friend of mine, mainly because I wanted to wear a giiiiigantic hat, wear a dirty moustache and for once look like a bad a$s with a fake cigar hanging out my mouth. I have discovered a world of “free” printable’s, cheap and effective decorating ideas and recycling ideas that would never in a million years cross my mind, so I thought I would share my top 5 with all of you!


In no particular order:

5. Home Made Photo Booth (say whaaaaaaat!?!): Get a refrigerator box, paint the inside, sparkle it up, stick material all over it, make a flower feature wall, whatever – let your creative juices spill out on the inside of this box, as long as it’s in theme. Find a nice little chair, or no chair and you have yourself a little photo booth.

Home Made Photo Booth

Alternatively you could just have a ‘feature wall’ as the back drop to your photos like this AWESOME Sequin Photobooth

Sequin Photo Booth

and print off some FREE photo booth props like these and stick them on skewers.  HOLY SMOKES! Look at how professional you look!

FREE Photo Props

4. FREE Themed printable’s (You heard): There are so many of these free ‘packages’ around, they mostly consist of Invitations, Bottle Labels, Cupcake Toppers, Little flags for drinks or food, “Thank you” cards (wow, there’s a word a lot of people don’t know how to say, teach them while they’re young!) and some even have food labels, like my fiesta one’s have margarita’s and guacamole labels…Mmm….Margarita’s….

FREE Themed Printables

3 & 2. Giant Paper Flowers & Paper Rosettes: In these two blog/tutorials, the flowers were used for a wedding and the rosettes were used as a backdrop – I’m thinking I should mix it up and stick a whole lot of both of these to the ceiling in the garage and turn the lights on, that way there’ll be a ‘glow’ to some of the flowers and just enough lighting for a party mood.

DIY Giant Paper Rose TutorialPaper Fan Rosettes

1. Just to add a bit more colour and height/depth – Streamer Chandeliers: Umm, yea, it’s pretty simple really and I don’t know why i’ve only JUST found out about this now. Look at how effective they are in that giant marquee in the photo.

Streamer Chandelier

I also just remembered another idea for cheap party lighting – balloons with glow-sticks  You can have these on the floor, floating in the pool, attached to string on the walls, hanging from the ceiling, wherever your heart desires that little glowing sack of air to be.

Go ahead, count up how much you’ve saved, you know you want to! And remember, these are just SOME of the money saving awesome idea’s I’ve found – If I have time to find these in between cakes and everything else, YOU have time to find yours.

The world is your canvas and you are the paintbrush – Ooooh how cheesy was that ;-)If you’ve got kids, get them to help out, if you’re a big kid (like myself) – get the other big kids to help out, I promise it’ll be fun and if you do end up making any of these, I would love to see them, so email them through to me and I may just slap it up here for the world to see…or on my facebook page – which is pretty much the world.