dolphins right now.
dolphin party that wasn't a little bit on the cheesy end. I found a pack of color block napkins in shades of blue at Target, and was off and running. (Have you noticed this is often how it starts for me? I have no idea why that is.) I don't know about you but I love looking at other people's parties so I can borrow some good ideas and make mine a success, so I was all over pinterest, nabbing cute and often random ideas.
this gluten free cake recipe. We are celebrating both her and Adrain (yes, he gets to celebrate with a pretty girly cake. He promised he was okay with this and don't worry because I made him Indian food and a peach pie for dessert on his actual birthday.) and having two parties on the same day. I made a three layer 9" cake and a four layer 6" cake and tinted all the cake batter with the same teal food coloring, but used different ratios so that each layer is slightly different in color. 6" cakes are the cutest cakes on the planet. If you haven't ever made one, you should go forth and do so immediately. (Oh and remember this little cake platter that I made super gluing an upside down egg cup to the bottom of a salad plate? I love it so much.)
I ran out of frosting, (this was my crumb coat, above and Becky, this was the photo I was taking while on the phone with you!) so the finished tiny cake isn't nearly as cute as it should have been. Dangit!
not staged, parties.) My kitchen is now coated in a very fine dusting of powdered sugar.
fluffy aqua frosting to pipe pretty swirls onto her big cake.
edible star sprinkles on top. (Found at Michaels, in the cake decorating aisle.)
couldn't stop so I put some on the big cake too.
glitter on over the letter. Somehow it seemed fitting.
notebooks in the "dollar aisle" at Michaels. (Only they were $1.50. LOL)
a blue drink because everyone knows you can't just have water at a dolphin party, right? I loved the color of this cream soda (though I hate to think what makes it this color).
polka dotted straws. I got these straws at a local store, but I know you can find both the straws and the milk bottles here.
These are the dolphin shaped, Gluten Free vanilla bean sugar cookies. And they are fantastic. I piped some aqua royal icing on top. To be honest, royal icing is my favorite. I make one batch, tint it with coloring, and then split it in half. One half gets thinned slightly so that it flows to create a smooth top and the other batch becomes the edge. It kind of holds in the thinner icing. The whole thing dries candy-hard overnight and tastes amazing the next day. Dolphin cookie cutter found here. Royal icing for sugar cookies found here.
decorating the cakes. I used a Wilton 2D star tip and jumbo coupler. (Michaels Craft store) I used "Teal" icing color, also from Michaels. You seriously need the tiniest amount to achieve color.
The table full of blue pom poms can be created by using this photo from Pinterest. Ava chose musical chairs and pin the tail on the dolphin for her games. I love that. Adrain downloaded the theme song from "Flipper" for the musical chairs. I might have it in my head for the rest of my life.
Gluten Free Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies:
1 cup sugar
1 cup room temperature butter
2 egg yolks
1 vanilla bean, split down the middle and seed scraped out with edge of knife
2 1/4 cups Gluten-Free Flour Blend (To make this, combine 2 cups rice flour, 2/3 cup potato starch, 1/3 cup tapioca flour and 1 teaspoon xanthan gum. Combine and use what you need for this recipe.)
1/4 teaspoon salt
*Cream sugar and butter in large bowl. Add egg yolks and vanilla bean. Continue beating, until well mixed. Add flour mixture and salt. Beat until well mixed. Cover; refrigerate until firm.
Roll out dough on surface sprinkled with gluten-free flour, and cut in desired shapes. Place 1 inch apart onto parchment lined cookie sheets.
Bake at 350 for 8 to 12 minutes. Let cool completely and then remove from cookie sheets.
Fluffy Cake Frosting: (In my world, there really is no other. It is fabulous. And fluffy. Did I mention that?)
*Beat 4 1/2 sticks room-temperature butter and 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar until pale and fluffy. Gradually add an additional 5 1/4 cups powdered sugar. Add 1 1/2 tbsp milk and 1 tsp real vanilla extract. Beat until pale and fluffy.
And that's it folks. Now I'm off to party. Happy weekend!!