But over the past week, I watched the weather forecast show big fat rainclouds and ugly yellow thunderbolts sitting smack on top of Wednesday, Stacey's 5th birthday party. The party that eleven Kindergarten girls were coming to. In the house that can't fit eleven kids.
I hung the tissue paper pom-poms (great tutorial here!) inside rather than outside under the pear tree, moved the furniture out of the way, and shoved our dining room table into the corner to give the kids room to play.
Miracle of miracles, that awful rain trickled to a stop and that crazy, gorgeous sun started melting the clouds away about an hour before party time! I mopped off the deck, hung the piñata in the pear tree, and set up the fairy scavenger hunt in the gardens. Game was ON!!!
The girls spent the afternoon decorating fairy wands, scavenger hunting, playing in the playhouse, playing Pin the Wand on the Fairy, eating junk food, and generally just scrambling around, in and out of the house.
I knew I couldn't top Stacey's Rapunzel cake from last year, so I went a different route. Each girl got their own little fairy cake, and I made a layer cake for the parents and brothers to enjoy.
The dolls were about four inches tall, so since standard cupcakes would be too small, I baked extra-tall cupcakes in a popover pan. The popover-sized cupcakes were still a bit short, so I cut a hole in each with my (rarely used) apple corer for the fairies' legs to fit into, and I torted and filled each cake with buttercream in order to provide a base tall enough to hold the fairies up. I used my offset spatula to smooth on each buttercream skirt, and piped on a rosette detail with a small star tip to complement the layer cake.