Nuts with work.
Nuts with NaNoWriMo.
Nuts with kids parties.
It's that time of the year - a whole spell of birthday parties and so on and all of it culminating on November 30, alongside the end of NaNoWriMo.
Well here's the good news - I'm a NaNoWriMo champ. I did it. 50,000 words by 30 November. Just. The novel isn't finished, there's another third to go, but damn it, I've written a lot AND held down a full time job AND organised a kids party.
What was nice about the party thing is that it was a real creative project but using a different bit of the brain. I find that better than a spa visit for refreshing me and refuelling creatively. So this isn't a writing post, it's a baking post. But it all relates. Somehow.
And besides, this is about achievement. I did NaNoWriMo (AGAIN) YEAY! I delivered a party for 20 kids - double YEAY. It ain't a Nobel Prize, but damn I feel like a high achiever.
|Instead of party bags we had party boxes - filled with fish stickers, sugar foam prawns and jelly turtles.|
|Customised straws with foam fish cut outs!|
|My mermaid - made of marshmallow fondant icing, coloured with gel food colouring and decorated with edible glitter and sugar stars.|
|I love my octopus. He's made from a lollipop, wrapped in tissue, with pipecleaner legs and stick on googly eyes!|
|My mermaid cake was a three layer sponge with cupcakes for rocks. The icing is marshmallow fondant and buttercream, dyed with gel food colours and sprayed with edible lustre. When I served it, I surrounded it with golden sherbet as sand.|
|My seafood dessert platter was made from wafer ice cream oysters, filled with pink buttercream icing and stuck with white chocolate balls (as pearls) sprayed with edible lustre. I scattered the pearls all over and added belgian chocolate seashells.|
|I carved my shark out of water melon and with dried cherry eyes and surrounded him with chopped fruit. For full effect, he had an action figure dangling from his mouth.|
|A whole collection of octopi!|
I served my Under the Sea party tea on a table with silver plates and golden napkins, spread with sparkly green lametta and irriscent streamers for seaweed and sea foam. The best table decoration was giant scallop shells that I picked up on a beach a couple of years ago and painted silver with non-toxic enamel paints. I piled these high with golden sherbet - perfect for dunking lollipop octopi!