The Party with the Flower Wall: Cosette’s Pink and Gold Party

March 25, 2015, In: Events, Oki

First Birthday | Walking Through Wonderland
Could there be a more a picture perfect, All-American family in the world?? Well, I guess living in America would help with the latter, but picture-perfect… they’ve got in the bag.

First Birthday | Walking Through Wonderland When Brette hired me to do the cake for Cozi’s pink and gold party, I immediately said, “Ohhhh… do you need a photographer too?” I knew Brette well enough to know that everything about this party (including the birthday girl) would be off-the-charts adorable, and boy, was I right! Brette made all of the little “one” hats, glitter bows, banners, chalkboards… even her water bottles had tutus! She didn’t miss a single detail.
Pink and Gold Party | Walking Through Wonderland

Pink and Gold Party | Walking Through Wonderland

It doesn’t hurt that all of Cozi’s friends are adorable too. I didn’t even know where to point the lens with all of these blue eyes staring back at me! All of my friends seem to make the most beautiful babies! We’re a lucky group to have so many little dolls running around.

Pink and Gold Party | Walking Through Wonderland

A week before the party, I decided that in addition to the cake, maybe I should make a flower wall too. As if there wasn’t already enough pink to go around. So we did! Check out Monday’s post for all of the fun flower wall details. And thank goodness it was fabulous because the cake… well… it started out as a disaster.

Pink and Gold Party | Walking Through Wonderland

Kelsey is our resident baking master. When people order complicated (as in non-box mix cakes) she is the one who does the baking and then turns it over to me for the decor. Before she brought this cake over she called to warn me, “I don’t know what happened- but the bottom layer is only a couple of inches tall.” No worries… the top layer was going to be the star of the show, so it didn’t matter! I assured her it would be fine.

A few months ago when she decided to go with a pink and gold party for Cosette’s first birthday party, I ordered gold luster and gold air-brush liquid for the cake. I had grand ideas of the gold sequin cake I would make for the top tier. Unfortunately we live in the middle of the Pacific and it’s darn near impossible to get things here in a timely manner… yes, even with Amazon Prime!

The liquid came in, but the luster (which, as it turned out, was key) did not. “Oh well,” I thought, “I can achieve this look without it! I am a cake master!” False.

The Cake Disaster | Walking Through Wonderland

I did everything exactly as I was supposed to. Step by step, it looked exactly the way pinterest said it should. And then… I started brushing the gold liquid on to the confetti sequins. No luster powder, no problem. FALSE. Coat after coat, I prayed that this time it would start looking like gold sequins. Unfortunately, it did not. My version looked more like a cake covered in fruity petals that had been soaking in gold milk. By 2 a.m. I gave up, hoping it might turn into something pretty while I slept. It didn’t. Luckily I had set my alarm for 5:30, so I forced myself out of bed, peeled off the gloopy fondant mess, and started from scratch. The cake turned out fine… just not nearly as glittery as I’d hoped. (Note: The luster dust came in the week after the party. Naturally. I am determined to make this cake again and succeed.)

Pink and Gold Party | Walking Through Wonderland

Pink and Gold Party | Walking Through Wonderland

I really, really love these kids. Pink and Gold Party | Walking Through Wonderland Pink and Gold Party | Walking Through Wonderland

These sweet little ones too ;) Pink and Gold Party | Walking Through Wonderland

And as it turned out… Cozi didn’t mind the sequin-less cake a bit. Pink and Gold Party | Walking Through Wonderland


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    • Erin
    • March 26, 2015

    I love it! And I really love how you posted your Pinterest fail…I’m completely laughing right now! I think we should be friends!

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