Delia's 5th birthday was celebrated the Dora the Explorer way!
Mommy worked for hours trying to get everything just right. I was grateful to have Daddy near by, and two of my dearest friends popped in the morning to help get everything ready for 2 pm.
Last week I posted on some of the preparations. Now here it is, the final result!
Backpack and Map treat bags:
Here is our version of the star pockets as per Nick Jr website instructions. I wanted the star pockets to be complete beforehand, so we did not do the coloring thing for the kids. We pasted some explorer stars on the wall with press stick for the little ones to pick off.
I added a piece of ribbon so that the star pockets can be carried like little handbags.
This is Delia's favorite star - Glowy. Estie Scheepers, my creative sis in law, did the polystyrene art as well as the balloon bouquets.
She also made the bracelet:
My biggest worry, and subsequently, accomplishment was the Dora birthday cake! I had a quick telephonic tutorial on how to work with fondant by Susan from Just Baking. It was a live saver! I feel like shouting: "We did it! We did it! We did it! Yeah!" I know it is not perfect, but this was my first ever cake I decorated using fondant icing. And most important of all - Delia was thrilled!
So, here is my version of a Dora birthday cake:
The birthday star of the day with the cake she wanted most of all:
A cake definitely is for eating!
The bottom of the cake I made from rice crispy treats and the top star is normal sponge cake. I gave both a good spread of butter icing before the fondant.
Some starry cupcakes:
My other angel...
Delia and I:
The granny and the birthday girl:
Some actions shots of the party and special guests:
It was such an exciting and exhausting day! We could not help but fall asleep on Grandma's lap...
Happy 5th birthday my precious Delia! Hope you will remember this day, as I fondly remember my 5th birthday.