Monday, April 5, 2010

A Very Curious Party!

What a busy weekend!  With all the party planning and Easter preparations complete, I can finally pause for a moment and post the pics from the Alice party.

We had a wonderful time, and although I did not get as many pictures of the actual party as I would have liked, I did take many pictures of the goodies I made beforehand.

Harper the birthday girl, and one of my dearest friends Carrie (her Mom).

An idea I had early on was for a Queen of Hearts themed sugar cookie.  Luckily Carrie let me make whatever felt right creatively.  I drew the Queen's eyes with a Wilton Color Writer on pieces of thinly rolled and cut-out fondant.  This allowed me to place, adjust and adhere the eyes to the position that looked best. Her earring is a pearlized nonpariel, and her lips, a heart-shaped sugar confetti.

No two cookies were alike because I had to free-hand each face.  I kinda liked it that way!

I spent a lot of time thinking up ways to reference as many things from the movie as I could.  Since it was a "Mad Hatter's Birthday Tea Party" I just had to include the iconic Mad Hatter's big green hat!
This is a large marshmallow covered in green fondant.  The brim of the hat is a disc of fondant cut-out slightly larger than the width of the covered marshmallow.  The white tag is a piece of fondant penned with the Wilton Food Writer in black.

During a wild Google chase of Alice inspired sweets, I came across this which gave me the idea for a cute little blue caterpillar made of fondant.  I wanted him to look as smug as he does in the movie, but I'm afraid he just looks bored (hehe), but everyone loved him.  I made a tiny fez of fondant but didn't get an opportunity to get a good picture of him with it on.  Also, these mushroom cookies were a perfect pairing!  How cute are they?  I'm including the recipe for them at the end of this post because I had a hard time tracking it down initially.

I was amazed at how realistic they look!  The brown fungus-y underside and stem is made by dipping the mouth of a dampened cola bottle in cocoa.  You are supposed to lightly press the bottle into a small, round ball of dough but I wanted more definition.  I pressed pretty darn hard.  The stems were more prominent and I loved the result.

 
A few people dressed up for the occasion. Just look at how cute Tweedledum and Tweedledee were!


I was asked to make little cakes for the party, and my first thought was petit fours. I haven't had the best luck with poured fondant, so instead I opted for the cake-like Italian Layer Cookies I made last Christmas.  Instead of red, white and green I made them blue, yellow and red.   I also wanted to reference the talking flowers in the movie, so I put little fondant flowers on the cakes with royal icing eyeballs.  I found myself giggling at them. Everyone loved them (tasty too!).

The favors for the kiddos were lollipops of hopping rabbits.  I had a heart mold from Valentine's day and an Easter mold from my recent candy making endeavor.  I attached the "I'M LATE!" tags with a little Elmer's glue.


Mushroom Cookies

Very realistic-looking mushroom cookies!

See Mushroom Cookies on Key Ingredient.


There were additional items I made (last minute) that I didn't get to photograph.  I made a Sleepy Dormouse of fondant and placed him in a teapot.  (Harper kept smiling and saying "Mouse! Mouse!") I also made a giant chocolate chip cookie clock, some playing card cookies, and one grinning Cheshire Cat cookie.  The talented photographer Morgan Trinker was in attendance taking pics of everything, so when she posts party pics to her site I'll be sure to share the link!

I know the birthday girl had a great day!  In fact, I think everyone attending had a fabulous time. I sure did!

37 comments:

L said...

This is awesome.

Sue Sparks said...

WOW! You were one BUSY baker! You've outdone yourself this time with your amazing talent and creativity!!! I love it all! Can't wait to see the rest!

Bonnie said...

What great birthday treats. I think the Moms appreciated this more than the kids because they would realize the work that went into it.

April said...

This is fabulous! What great ideas, and so creative. Love it all!

tspegar said...

I am completely in love with this party and the massive thoughtfulness behind it! Everything turned out awesome! Thanks for sharing! LOVE it!

Kim @ Frostmeblog.blogspot.com said...

Super fantastic party! Over-the-top great on all the details! I have been wanting to make those mushrooms so I am glad to see they came out in real life! lol

Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
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April said...

How cute!!!

cookies and cups said...

Awesome, just awesome! Those Queen cookies are unbelievable and the mushrooms are so cool! What a lucky girl :)

Amy of Sing For Your Supper said...

The sheer cleverness and awesomeness of this party is completely astounding! You have outdone yourself!!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Mini Baker said...

this is amazing...

The Cooking Photographer said...

Wow. Everything is fantastic!

Cooking Rookie said...

What a nice post!

Kathleen said...

Heather I am totally blown away by everything you did! UNBELIEVABLE!!!! Seriously!

Ingrid said...

I knew it! Everything looks incredible! I can't wait to see the rest...be sure to give us that link to the rest of the photos! :)
~ingrid

whisk-kid said...

I'm so glad to see this project completed! You did an amazing job - it's all beautiful!

Chic Cookies said...

Every photograph is just STUNNING! I'm so beyond impressed. I posted a link to your party post at ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com. STUNNING!

Cristie said...

You made the cookies! It was fun to see the sketch and then the product. All is lovely!

My Man's Belly said...

How adorable!

Will you do my next birthday party?

rustykeloid said...

woww that's brilliant!! love the red queen sugar cookies especially. I admire all the work you put in all that baking!

Lisa said...

Heather, so much work and just gorgeous, every single bit! I can't even pick a favourite! Harper was a very lucky little girl to have such a beautiful party. You deserve a HUGE pat on the back!

AmberLee said...

the queen of heart cookies blew me away! such the perfect design and such an amazing likeness too. everything looks like such fun! Happy birthday to Harper!

Anna said...

This is SO CUTE. I love the mushroom cookies especially - they remind me of the mushroom meringues we made in pastry school for our buche de noels. As much as I love meringue these look easier and a lot more stable.

Su-yin said...

The mushroom biscuits are SO cute, I love them!

Julie said...

Amazing party treats...such detail. Love it!

Mara... said...

All of your creations are SPOT ON!! They are gorgeous! You really outdid yourself, i'm sure it was alot of work. But everything look absolutely fabulous. I can't wait to see more photos!!

Carrin said...

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Natalie... said...

Wow this looks such a good party, I love your queen of heart cookies!

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

Your photography is stunning!

Megan said...

What a fun party, I cant wait to see the rest of the pics! :)

Rainy Daisy said...

This all makes me so ridiculously happy! Eee!

Anonymous said...

You are amazing! So much detail...I love it!

Anonymous said...

I'm just a beginning chef and you have inspired me. I love this. Alice in Wonderland is my absolute favorite book in the world and you have captured it's essence beautifully. Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

Hey that's an amazing idea! really pretty cookies too (: do you have the recipe for the lollypops? Thanks!

Heidi said...

That is one of the most creative things I've ever seen. I used to think I did a good job with my girls' birthdays but you blew me out of the water! I am truly inspired!

Jenn said...

Wow, these are amazing! I absolutely love your blog. I am an aspiring cake decorater/baker and your blog is so inspiring. I would love it if you could check out my blog and share any tips that you might have!
http://jenn-icingonthecake.blogspot.com/
Thank you so much for doing what you do.

Srita Caramelo said...

I've never seen anyone cook like you, it's incredible! You have tremendous talent. Congratulations :D

Asmita said...

Unbelievable!

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