This past summer when one of my best friends found out she was pregnant, she sent me a picture of a cake from pinterest and said, “When I have a baby shower, will you make me a colorful cake like this?” Well, obviously I said yes. Who am I to deny a pregnant lady? So a few Fridays ago, I set out to make a five layer purple ombre cake at the lady’s request. You guys may feel a bit of deja vu now because Colleen and I made another purple ombre cake two years ago and shared the how to and recipe here. Apparently I can’t get away from purple ombre. This time I one upped myself with 5 layers. This puppy was a doozy. I though I would share some pics of it and some we took at the baby shower, which took place at a local brewery. This may seem more like a bachelor party locale then a baby shower one but let me tell you, it was super fun and a great way to get people to want to come to a shower. The shower decor (which was not done by us but some of Caitlin’s other friends) was super cute with beautiful flower arrangements in mason jars and a burlap runner with purple food placecards to match. Really it was just perfect.
This cake actually turned out better than the last time. It was more moist and I think that is because I separated out the batter evenly into separate bowls for coloring earlier and so none of the batter got over mixed. I saran wrapped each layer when it was still slightly more than room temperature to the touch and kept in the fridge over night. Then I took them out and let them come back to room temp in the saran wrap so that the moisture stayed in. I also used those cake leveler strips that you wet and wrap around the edges of the pan while baking. Those things really worked well.
The adorable mommy and daddy to be…
There that’s better.
I wish we had gotten more pictures of the pretty decorations. They were so good. The “f” is for baby girl Frances. Isn’t that a sweet name?
Let’s finish with what was clearly the best shower gift. I only wish I had thought of it but I am glad someone had their act together.
Happy Friday everyone! I hope y’all have a wonderful weekend.
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Thanksgiving has passed once again, and we couldn’t be more thankful for being able to spend one of our favorite holidays with all of our family and friends. I’m pondering braving the crowds in search of Christmas presents later, but for now, I’m relishing a rare day off. Just in case you guys are still in pajamas and surfing the web like I am, I wanted to share a couple of pictures of our Thanksgiving table. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
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I wanted to make some quick and easy garland in a mint color for Colleen’s birthday game night and I remembered a garland that Colleen had made previously that used crepe streamers. The only problem was that I couldn’t find any crepe streamers in a minty color in any of my usual haunts and I had no time to wait for them to be delivered. So I improvised by buying a couple packs of lovely mint tissue paper from Hobby Lobby confident that I would be able to make something work. I am actually pretty happy with the way it turned out and liked how the slightly imperfect nature of the twisted tissue contrasted with the neat little circle garland that I had on hand.
What you’ll need:
- a few packs of tissue in the color of your choice
- white covered floral wire or something else similar to connect your links
What you’ll do:
1. Cut strips of tissue about 4″ or so in width. I made this faster by leaving the tissue stacked and cutting lots of sheets at the same time.
2. Leaving about a half an inch to an inch on either end, twist the tissue into little circles. Holding your thumb on the tissue in the middle of the circle helps them to form. Work down the length of your tissue.
3. Finish by using a small length of the floral wire to attach each link of the garland together. The links are rather small but it actually doesn’t take very long at all to make a long garland with your links.
Just a quick, cheap and versatile little garland idea if you are looking for a festive touch for your next party. Or maybe just your life. This garland is still up at my house and let’s face facts…there is no telling when it will be coming down.
Happy Friday everyone! Hope y’all have an awesome weekend!
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