“The Best Ever Birthday” And a Giveaway!!!

Hey Guys,

 

Right up front – I guess you could call this a sponsored post – it’s not a paid post but we did get two BEAUTIFUL books – 1 to review and one to give away to you lucky people! With many many thanks from NuffnangΒ and the beautiful book by Louise Fulton Keats at www.luluandharry.com.auΒ Now for the important stuff! I am going to take a bit of liberty with this post! I’m a bit of a story teller and I may waffle on a bit… just a warning πŸ™‚

 

I always wondered you know if you could have a bonus grandma who I would choose. I narrowed it down to two… Margaret Fulton or Maggie Beer. Either way i guess I am guaranteed a good Sunday dinner! Two real treasures of Australia if you ask me! So in came this opportunity into the email and I quickly shot it off to megs. The chance to review a kids cooking book and have one to give away to you our lovely readers – stay tuned below for more details on that side of it. We were thrilled to see we were chosen.

 

So when the book arrived I realised it was written by Louise Fulton Keats, Recipes inspired by Margaret Fulton! See louise really does have Margaret Fulton as a grandma! Now anyone who knows me, can attest my love of a party! Especially a kids birthday party! I already have plans for september and october this year πŸ™‚ I have good memories of birthday parties growing up. I remember flicking through the Women’s Weekly Parties book and deciding on a cake… I have memories of many ice cream cakes too… Well done on the fine negotiating skills of my mum, who managed to get me into an ice cream cake πŸ™‚ Well it can’t be denied the magic of a kids birthday!

 

I have been reading the book with Ruby (Miss 4) and she is loving it – I think she shares my love of food, and a good party! Although her 5th birthday demand list is growing by the day! I might have to start planning now πŸ™‚ Ruby decided that her favourite teddy comforter who is affectionately called “Sweetie Pie” Β was turning 4 today! And that a party was required! Luckily for her my brain was ticking over about this very post so I let her run with it! Next thing Nanna and Grandad were invited and we were all celebrating Sweetie Pie’s 4th birthday! I flicked through the book with her and we chose some recipes from a couple of the different themes. We settled on Pink Fairy Cakes, Chocolate Meteoroids and a Sparkly Green Frappe.

 

The book is BEAUTIFUL! The story is based on Lulu, Harry and there dog Nutmeg, trying to decide on what sort of birthday party for lulu to have. It’s fun and imaginative. And better still for all the mummy’s there are all the recipes at the end. Even a great butter cake and butter cream icing recipe. And then ideas and recipes for 6 themed parties. Outer Space / Fairy / Dinosaur / Circus / Picnic and Fancy Chef’s Party. And I have a sneaky suspicion they have a thermy as all these recipes work brilliant in the thermy!

 

Our Sweetie Pie’s Party!

Firstly I made the Pink Fairy Cakes. The recipe was great, I will spoil the other two but you might just have to buy the book for this one πŸ™‚ I thought I’d give you a couple of tips… I always have a pack of disposable piping bags in the cupboard. They are a couple of dollars from woolies and they make filling mini cup cakes SO much easier! You get an even finish and saves you a bunch of time! Better still you don’t need any of the attachments. Just stand it in the empty glass and then fill it and snip the end!

Ready to fill!

Filled all ready to rock and roll!

Now my other little tip! If your cooking with silicone. Double tray, meaning put your silicone onto a baking tray. This makes sure the heat reaches the bottoms and will cook evenly and give you a nice crisp bottom.

Secondly I made these beautiful Chocolate Meteoroids – now seriously these are a match made in heaven for the good old thermy! Simply add 100g stonded dates, 170g Raisins (i didn’t have 170g so I used half cranberries) Blitz speed 9 till well combined. Add two tablespoons boiling water and let sit for 1 minute.

Add in 50g Almond Meal, 2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder, 2 tsp fresh orange juice (I just used half an orange.) 1/2 cup desecrated coconut and mix for 10 seconds speed 4-5. Roll into balls and roll through some extra coconut. Seriously this was sweet delicious and a great healthy substitute for chocolate! YUM! Big thumbs up!!!

Chocolate Meteoroids

And better still they will keep in the fridge for a week! If they last that long!

 

Next up we chose the Sparkly Green Frappe. It was yummy. And easy! Just add 4 kiwi fruits (Skinned), Small handful of mint leaves (I left these out, will use them next time!) 500g Apple Juice, 500g Lemonade. First blitz kiwi fruits speed 9 for 5 seconds. Add remaining ingredients and mix for 20 seconds speed 7. Serve. I would probably add some ice next time as it wasn’t super cold. It was a tangy different sort of taste and was quite nice! I reckon you could switch the lemonade for some champagne… probably not for the 4 year olds!

Sparkly Green Frappe.

One very happy and well loved Sweetie Pie!

COMPETITION TIME……………….

So now for the important stuff! I know you all want to get your hands on this brilliant book!!!! So here is what you have to do…

Comment on THIS BLOG POST and tell us about your best childhood birthday memory – maybe even the cake you had! We will randomly draw a winner using random.org entries CLOSE 8pm WST on 17th JUNE 2012 and is open to AUSTRALIAN residents ONLY. (Sorry πŸ™‚ ) Β – and the winner will be announced on Monday the 18th through this blog and our Facebook page so make sure your a liker to hear the big announcement πŸ™‚

The Best Every Birthday is available online HereΒ and is $29.99 I love it – will definitely be using it more come birthday season!

 

Oh and one last thing….. how cute is this πŸ™‚ Look’s like Ruby hit the Jackpot in the Grandma Stakes anyway πŸ™‚ Nanna and Grandad came to Sweetie Pie’s party with a present and a card πŸ™‚ LOVE IT !!

A 4th Birthday Card for Sweetie Pie πŸ™‚

 

Print Friendly

Subscribe

Subscribe to our e-mail newsletter to receive updates.

40 Responses to ““The Best Ever Birthday” And a Giveaway!!!”

  1. Renae
    June 8, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    I remember for my third birthday party (I’m now 30), we were living in the country, and so of course mum would consult the Woman’s Weekly kids birthday cakes book. I ended up with a cake that had pretty ballerina figurines on it, and the frangipani styled flowers made out of marshmallows, with cacou balls as well. LOVED it, that and my butterfly face mask!

  2. Alison
    June 8, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    My BESTEST ever bday was 13. I was old enough that I was allowed to have just my own friends – both girls AND boys – (and I didn’t have to invite all my little cousins, or my younger siblings friends). We were allowed to go into the ‘good room’ by ourselves and I was able to wear a long skirt (all the way to the floor). it was the 70s!
    AAAANNNDDD I had a surprise birthday cake. But my little sister was so excited about the cake that she could not hold it in and blurted out that it was an icecream butterfly cake well before cake time. Fairly unheard of where i grew up. Remote. Bloody hot and I got to have an icecream cake. Thankyou for this post, as it has been lovely recalling it all.

  3. Meredith Myers
    June 8, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    What an awesome book! I can see I’m going to have to buy a couple of those… I don’t seem to have a best birthday memory… I didn’t have many parties so I won’t be in the draw πŸ™ But I am currently planning my daughter’s 1s birthday extravaganza! (Pale pink and black, French chic themed), just wait ’til you see what we do!!

    • Cass
      June 8, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

      Of course I’ll put you in the running Meredith!!!! Pink and Black French sounds amazing!!! Make sure you share pics on the FB page after it πŸ™‚
      Cass xx

  4. Lisa
    June 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    I don’t really have any childhood memories of birthdays or birthday parties that stand out, early January is not the best time for birthdays. Every one is soooo over celebrating, Christmas, New Year, and most of my friends use to go away. But I have always wanted to Sky Dive and my husband booked me a ticket for my 39th, don’t know if he really wanted me to make 40 or if he was just being thoughtful, I’ll hope it was the latter, either way I made the jump on Mothers Day of that year and 4 yrs later still feel it was one of my most exhilarating birthday presents, and would do it again in a heart beat. I do love organising a party and our 4 kids have had some good ones. Home made cakes from the good old WW Birthday Cake Books. I’ve made a Cricket Bat, a lamington Castle, A Number 4, a Snakes and Ladders Board, Cup Cake Baloons, I could go on for hours. Nothing beats a good birthday party.

  5. Cristina
    June 8, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    This book looks awesome and looking forward on having one!
    My best memories when I was growing up was my mum cooking delicious cakes and savouries for my birthday parties full of my friends from school! Every year will be different and all great so can’t pick up one!
    Now that I’m looking forward to having my own kids I can’t wait to cook them delicious and spectacular birthday cakes…and also delicious meals on my thermie!

  6. Chiara
    June 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    I have lots of fond memories of my childhood birthday parties, but nothing specific. I just remember feeling special and warm (and maybe a little ill after all the party food). What I do know is that I want to replicate that feeling for my own children and so in the months leading up to their birthdays we pour over the old and new Womens Weekly birthday cake books until a decision is made (often changing at least three times!). It is a lovely time for all of us and while I may stress over the outcome, knowing they’ll be happy with whatever I produce is what makes it all worthwhile.

  7. Vicki
    June 8, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    Delicious goodies. Lucky Sweetie-pie!

  8. Pip
    June 9, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    Some kids have fairy bread at every party – I was too embarrassed that mum only ever had homemade brown bread so that was out for me. Imagine being embarrassed out your awesome mum who always made bread from scratch! Instead, every birthday party had to have Hedgehog Slice πŸ™‚

  9. Amanda
    June 9, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    My favorite birthday party memory is everyone playing pass the parcel:) And I’m looking forward to doing a pass the parcel for my daughters 3rd birthday.

  10. Susan
    June 10, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    My daughters birthday parties have become the time for my creative flair to shine. In the small town that I live in there is a bit of a mums competition to see who can create the most exoic birthday cake so once a year research all the cakes I can to find the most amazing cake possible. Last year I created a fairy princess cake with a full skirt and loads of frills. I was really proud of it and I learnt loads about cake decoating from the net. My friend then trumped me 3 months later with a pirate ship including islands, sea and a treasure chest. Very impressive. I have to say I am quaking in my boots as my daughters 5th birthday quickly approaches. Wonder what I will end up with this year. πŸ™‚

  11. samone
    June 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    ooh the pink faith cakes look yummo!

    The first and only birthday party I remember was with my school friends and their cabbage patch kids! To date its the only photo Ive seen of a birthday party with friends – all the others were ‘family only’.

  12. June 12, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    The best memories of my birthday are those shared with my Mum. Her birthday was the day after mine. We used to celebrate our birthdays together. At the time I didn’t think it was so hot “sharing” my birthday with my mum ha! but now that she’s passed I’ve missed them for the past 10 years…Now my best birthdays are my childrens and their joy x

    • admin
      June 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

      Hi Caroline you are our lucky winner can you please email cassie@thermovixens.com so i can arrange delivery of the book to you!
      Cass
      xx

  13. Vanessa
    June 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    My best kiddy party was when I was 22…or maybe it was 23….it was a blur those years, but these awesome friends of mine, who shall remain nameless, put on a kids birthday party for me complete with fairy bread and lollies and anything sugary and sweet. The thing is, we had to play netball that night, and the sugar rush resulted on our BEST GAME EVER!!

  14. Krishna ferguson
    June 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    My best ever birthday is coming up this September the big 50 can’t wait it’s gonna be great my kids have promised me a night I will never forget

  15. Jo
    June 17, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    I never had birthday parties as my birthday is in January, and most of my friends would be away on holidays. I do remember how excited I was when the phone would ring and it was an aunt or uncle ringing to say happy birthday. And my mum always made the day special with a delicious home made birthday cake, the tradition was a multi coloured marble cake. πŸ™‚

  16. June 17, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    My favourite birthday cake when I was younger was the good old dolly cake, pudding basin cake with the barbie stuck in the top, I loved it! Like Chiara, I now love baking the old fashioned cakes for my children and every birthday we pull out all the Woman’s Weekly birthday cake books. I just found another last week with cakes for older children. Now my eldest is 10 I’m sure it too will get lots of use :).

  17. Gina
    June 17, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    One of my best birthday memories is when I was about 10 and my mum was actually travelling overseas (won the holiday at bingo lol) and my nanna and grandma were taking it in turns looking after us 4 girls πŸ™‚ My mum sent a whole lot of presents for me which one of my older sisters unwrapped and showed me days before my birthday cause my dad didnt hide them properly lol and then on my birthday the power went out so we had no dinner but got to eat cheezels and all the other party food for dinner, great memories with my sisters, nanna and grandma πŸ™‚ Loving having my own girls to create memories with .

  18. Sam
    June 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    I have lots of birthday memories as my Mum does it special every time. I remember her telling my son the other day how she nearly dropped my birthday cake whilst trying to pose for a photo with a large cake she had made. I remember lots of kids in big back yards running around. think it must have been 5 or 6th birthday. TOoooo many years ago now…..

  19. Rebecca
    June 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    Definitely the numerous Dolly Varden (?) birthday cakes our neighbour made for me. Mum wasn’t a baker! This fabulous lady is now 94 and still a very important person in my life.

  20. Wendy Applebee
    June 17, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    i just remember one where we all sat around the kitchen table and had party food which i don’t remember but my mum would have made yummy stuff, i just remember big tupperware cups of raspberry cordial which was a big treat in our house. because my birthday mid year i would have received winter clothes which would have been special as the youngest of 3 girls i was used to handmedowns…i had neighbours from our small country town who would have walked down to our house by themselves…those were the days

  21. Nik
    June 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    My mum always made the best birthday cakes! But the best was the one that she covered with rocky road icing. yummmy

    • admin
      June 17, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

      Rocky Road Icing! I’m down with that πŸ™‚ xx

  22. Bec
    June 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    We didn’t get many birthday parties (4 kids under 4!) but Mum always made sure we had a yummy birthday cake. They weren’t always spectacular, but it was always fun celebrating with the fam.

  23. Sonia Ryan
    June 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    My favourite birthday memory was my fifth birthday party. I was so excited and my Mum said I must have butterflies in my tummy. I thought that was so cool! Butterflies in MY tummy!! Then to eat butterfly cakes at my party – well, that was the best birthday I ever had! I can’t wait to do the same for my daughter.

  24. Penny Busch
    June 17, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    Best memory… A surprise 21 st birthday with friends I hasn’t seen in years and a huge croquembouche, it must of fed over 100 people, all this 17 years before master chef made them fashionable!

  25. Mandy
    June 17, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    My fondest birthday memory is my 6th birthday party. My mum finally made my twin sister and I the “train” cake (from the women’s weekly kids cake cookbook, which we had asked for for years!) Party was is full swing, mum brings the cake outside and puts it on the fold out table, sing happy birthday, table collapsed, cake goes flying, cat races on in and eats the cake!! Didn’t know if we should laugh or cry!

  26. Sarah G
    June 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    My mum would always make either a round bday cake (with a hole in the middle) or a cake shaped as the age we were turning. She used an old family recipe and the iciing always seemed to be blue! The recipe wasnt that healthy (used a lot of shortening) but boy did it taste good!!

  27. Lisa s
    June 17, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    It was my 5th birthday and remember having two parties. 1 at home with 5 friends(cause I was 5) and one at kindly with my play dough cake. It was such a fun time with all the special treats and my bike and bright yellow helmet as a present.:)

  28. Steven W
    June 17, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    Its quite appropriate as today is my birthday. Looking back over the years I’ve had 47 of them so thats a lot of cakes. Passionfruit sponges are always a favourite but the ones I really remember are the old fashioned ice cream cakes. I can remember an ice cream ship from when i was very young and an ice cream football cake. Mum also made me a football ground “MCG” sponge cake complete with mini tiger footballers. Today I didn’t have a cake. My wife is away and there didn’t seem much point. But with the birth of our first child in a few months, I hope I can recreate the memories (and cakes) for my little boy or girl..

  29. Donella
    June 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    My best childhood birthday memory was for my seventh birthday I went out for afternoon tea with 4 friends. It was like a high tea with lots of yummy little treats to sample, and we all put on our best dresses and felt very grown up!

  30. Karen
    June 17, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    Any birthday where my mum made me a passionfruit sponge – wish she was going to be here next Saturday to make me one.

  31. Karen Deane
    June 17, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    Not sure about my own birthday parties, but I do remember going to a party when I was about 7 or 8 and instead of a Lolly bag, we were all given a real live baby chicken. One of my brothers came with Mum to pick me up so he got one too. Not sure what we were supposed to do with them, although this was in the Phillipines, so thinking back, maybe we were supposed to wait a few months and have them for dinner. Thirty years later, I have 4 chickens running around in my backyard. Best pets and great with the kids. If I don’t win the book will definitely have to buy it. Thanks.

  32. Rebecca
    June 17, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    I have had so many wonderful birthday memories it too hard to pick one! I remember as a child picking a cake out of the Womans Weekly Cookbook every year when I was young and was always so exciting to see what my mum (and helpers) would create.
    I have now got the joy of letting my kids pick their cakes and the enjoyment of seeing their faces when they see their cakes we create.
    The book looks great!!!

  33. Lisa Gutte
    June 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    I think I was about 9 and my cake was a Dolly varden type barbie cake. I had a party with some of my friends, and we played all the great party games like donut-on-a-string, and musical chairs, and pass-the-parcel. And remember that those were the days before the ‘every child wins a prize’ parties, where only ONE child won each game, there were no little surprises in each layer of pass the parcel and EVERYONE WAS STILL HAPPY! Oh for the good old days πŸ™‚

  34. Deonie
    June 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    i fondly remember Gran getting out her cake books(,she did cake decorating as a bit of a hobby), and me picking a cake. Humpty Dumpty sitting on a wall, and then mum tearing her hair out building it, when Gran got sick. I don’t know how many eggs I watched mum trying to blow to get the shell for Humpty!!.
    And then years later and sadly without my Gran, my daughter looking through Grans old books and picking the same Humpty Dumpty cake. I’ve copied many of the pages as I’m not sure that the books will last for my grandchildren to look at, but page 1 is Humtpy Dumpty…

  35. Tanya
    June 17, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    My best childhood memory is that every birthday I was able to choose my style of birthday cake and my mum would make it from scratch.. Everytime. Thanks mum, i can only hope to hold that same tradition for my little munchkins. T

  36. Michelle
    June 17, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    My best ever party was at the bowling alley with 10 friends! Not very exciting but that is the only one I can remember. I also remember spending numerous hours year after year pouring over the WW birthday cake cookbook trying to decide what cake I wanted that year. I still have my mum’s original copy now and my 4 yr old son loves looking at it to πŸ™‚

  37. June 17, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    Seems like the “womans weekly cake book” was a MUST HAVE for mums when we were kids! I remember every year choosing a cake from the book that mum made, one year I chose the castle cake (remember the one with cones covered in frosting as turrets?). Well…I promptly ruined that party as I laughed/sneezed in some weird way, inhaled a mountain of frosting up my nose, and had to be taken to emergency! Ah…the joys of turning 7 πŸ˜‰

Leave a Reply