I put a LOT of effort into my birthday party and spent actual weeks baking and testing recipes before hand and came up with a lot of shiny new things for people to eat as well as repeating some of the old tried and true party foods.
The photos from the actual party I've stolen from other people as I was busy socialising with folk but the people I've stolen them from (sexygoldfish_uk and Simon) don't mind! :)
First up: Group food shots!
Table One. Left to Right: Cheese Scones, Chilli and Black Pepper Cheese Biscuits, Mustard and Thyme Cheese Biscuits, Ham and Horseradish Sandwiches, Sausage Lollipops, Strawberries, Rosemary and Sea Salt Cheese Biscuits, Flapjack.
Cake Stand Top to Bottom: Mega Iced Gems, Espresso Mini Muffins, Norwegian Black Pepper Biscuits.
Table Two. Left to Right(ish): Salmon and Cream Cheese Sandwiches, Custard Creams with Black Tea Cream Filling, Cinder Toffee, Vegetarian Scotch Eggs, Orange and Strawberry Jelly, More Mega Iced Gems, Sesame and Poppy Seed Crackers, Tzaziki, Egg Mayonaise Sandwiches, Cherry Tomatoes, Party Rings, Roasted Radishes, Cucumber Sandwiches.
Cake Stand Top to Bottom: Rainbow Cupcakes, Gingerbread Skull and Crossbones, Fondant Fancies.
Sausage onna Stick anyone? Farmers Marked chipolatas on skewers. Fun and super easy!
Custard Creams filled with black tea cream made with Morning Bell Assam and a piratical diorama of skeletal remains, pieces of eight and rats.
Vanilla cupcake with lemon frosting and Charlie and Lola cake toppers because I do love Charlie and Lola. People always exclaim when they bite into a rainbow cake, though I did feel a bit weird eating Lola!
Birthday Cake! This one was not made by me but by my mummy. Lemon sponge, yummy! There is nothing wrong with combining pirates and Charlie and Lola. :)
The next few photos are mostly from the test batches of baking as I didn't get many close ups on the actual day! This does mean some might be duplicates from earlier posts for which I apologise!
Teapot shaped Norwegian Pepper Biscuits. What's not to love about a sweet biscuit with a kick?!
Carrot cupcakes with honey, orange and cream cheese frosting. Can be messy to eat but moist and luscious!
Gingerbread Skull and Crossbone biscuits. Yarr!
Nutella and Malteser cupcakes. Why no one got picture of these in their stand I do not know for they looked excellent properly displayed.
Espresso Mini Muffins. I bought those little cups on ebay especially so they'd look extra amazing when put out. People approved.
There were other things there that somehow didn't get photographed: no one cared about capturing the crispie cakes with bonus cinder toffee in them (mostly they only cared about eating those!) or about getting pictures of the excellent and squishy brownies kate_se5 brought along but I can assure you they were not only there but delicious as well!
Over all I baked more than 180 cupcakes and goodness knows how many biscuits. We're left with a surprisingly small amount all things considered so people clearly enjoyed them!
Now I just have to remember that I don't need to bake in such big batches!