Bee Geometric Gift Box

 

Bee/ Geometric Goodie/ Gift Box

 
For Munchkin’s first birthday party I made up a suite of items that all fit with the Bee theme we’d set. I wanted them to be modern and sweet, without covering everything with flowers or running with a black and yellow bee theme.

On the day, I incorporated loads of fresh flowers and lots of little modelling chocolate bees into the decorations. But for the invitations, thank you cards and goodie/ gift boxes, we went with something a little more modern.

This was as we had lots of our friends around, not just Munchkin’s playmates. Starting next year, we’ll have much smaller parties with her friends and it’ll all be based around what she decides she loves at that time. So I’m expecting to have to create Totoro, Curious George or Winnie the Pooh themed parties!

The gift boxes were a hit. We filled them with sweets and chocolates. They also perfectly matched the cookies we gave away.
 

Bee/ Geometric Goodie/ Gift Box

 
The templates for matching invitations, thank you cards and their respective envelopes will be on the blog next week.

They’re cut out of A4 card stock (as per usual, the thickest you can get through your printer!). I used 200 gsm. And they make up a box 8cm (tall) x 9cm (wide) x 6cm (high)

I cut the goodie boxes out with my Graphtec cutter, but a little research has shown me that the Silhouette system now has all the same functionality. So if you have a Silhouette you can make these exactly as I have. If you want to change them, you can. Load up the file in Illustrator and modify it to your hearts content.
 

Bee/ Geometric Goodie/ Gift Box

 
For those of you without a cutting system, I’ve also included PDF files with the entire image printed on the top as shown below. One with the score lines marked and one without. This means it can be cut out by hand excluding all the intricate detail in the top of the box.
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Fresh flowers & bees; a 1st birthday cake

 

First birthday cake - fresh flowers, modelling chocolate bees

 
A few weeks ago we celebrated Munchkin’s first birthday with two splendid parties. For the first I made a Miffy themed birthday cake and for the second, we went with a fresh flowers and bees theme. For each cake, I made up a gluten-free vanilla butter-cake with a swiss meringue buttercream. Once you taste Swiss meringue buttercream, no frosting will ever taste as good! It’s silky smooth and, due to the addition of the egg white, is not as heavy or sweet as a traditional buttercream frosting.

I figured, if Munchkin was going to have her first cake, it should be a good one!
 

First birthday cake - fresh flowers, modelling chocolate bees

 
For the bee themed party, I made a naked cake decorated with a wild array of flowers. All designed to be perfectly imperfect! This went against the grain a little, as I love a perfect, smooth finish. At one point, just as the urge to ‘fix’ the cake became overwhelming, my husband took it away from me and demanded I not touch it again! At the time, I found this extremely frustrating. But looking back at the photos, I love it. It was just what I wanted.
 

First birthday cake - fresh flowers, modelling chocolate bees

 
I made up a whole heap of little bees with modelling chocolate and put them on floristry wire, then nestled them in amongst the cake and the flower arrangements.

To arrange the flowers, I wrapped each stem in multiple layers of floristry tape and pushed them into a 1cm thick disk of modelling chocolate that was set on top of the frosted cake.

Then, I added on simple little white candle. And it was finished! I adore the result. What do you think?
 

First birthday cake - fresh flowers, modelling chocolate bees

 

BASIC BUTTER CAKE

For Munchkin’s birthday cake, I made three batches of the butter cake (and the swiss meringue buttercream). One for each tier, and baked it in a 28cm diameter tin.

 

Ingredients

 

  • 125 grams of unsalted butter
  • 150 grams of caster sugar
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs
  • 210 grams of Schar Patisserie mix C or your preferred gluten-free flour mix
  • 1 teaspoon of xanthan gum
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 130 ml of milk

 

Method
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Lightly butter and flour baking tin.
  2. Cream butter, sugar and until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at at time, beating well after each.
  4. Add sifted flour alternatively with milk until just combined.
  5. Spread into a prepared pan. This quantity fills: 2x 18cm shallow cake pans or one deep.
  6. When skewer comes out of cake clean, it’s cooked (approximately 40 minutes). If you’re cooking your cake in a thin layer like I did, it will only take about 12 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool in tin for 10 minutes before turning out on wire rack to cool completely.

 

First birthday cake - fresh flowers, modelling chocolate bees

 

SWISS MERINGUE BUTTERCREAM

 

Ingredients
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 150 grams of caster sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 260 grams of unsalted butter, at room temperature and cut into cubes

 

Method
      1. Place egg whites, sugar and a pinch of salt into a heat proof bowl and place it over a saucepan of simmering water. Ensure that the water doesn’t touch the  bottom of the bowl. Whisk the mixture over the simmering water until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is hot to the touch.
      2. Remove the bowl from heat and using an electric mixer, beat until the mixture is cool, fluffy and glossy. At this point your mixture should be able to form stiff peaks. This takes about 10 minutes.
      3. Add the butter a few tablespoons at a time. Mixing well after each addition until all of the butter has been added and your buttercream is smooth.

 

First birthday cake - fresh flowers, modelling chocolate bees

 

Munchkin’s year on Instagram – in a box

Polabox

 

I very rarely do product posts. But I just received our first Polabox in the mail and I love it!

There’s something just so satisfying about holding physical copies of my Instagram photographs. We ordered a test box of thirty, containing photos of Munchkin’s first year to send to her Great-Grandmother in Australia. We’re so happy with the result, we’re in the process of ordering a whole heap more for her Nana, other Great-Grandmother, Aunt who struggles with things technical, Nono and a copy for us.

You can either download the app to your phone or select your photos etc online. You’re not limited to Instagram, any photo you can access on your device can be used.

Thirty photo’s in a cute and very sturdy box are 16.95 euro. They’re created in Paris and shipped toute de suite. Ours took just 5 days to arrive (over a weekend).

The box they arrive in is sturdy and wrapped in a bubble wrap package. But you could easily tape the box shut, add a shipping label and a stamp and send it on. The contents would be perfectly safe. And as the box is just 2cm high, this is a great option for those of us who live in Switzerland and are trying to cut down on shipping charges, 2cm is classified as a letter, not a parcel.

For those of you who want to try the service – here’s a promocode that will give you 5 euros off - NICPRN 

I’m now looking at printing photobooks. I really love the look of My Little Photobook, have you tried them? If so what do you think of the results?

In the interest of full disclosure, when you use this code, I also receive a credit on my next order. Otherwise this post is unsponsored.

Kawaii Halloween Frankenstein Gift Box

 

Kawaii Halloween Boxes- Frankenstiny

 
As promised, here is the 2nd in my kawaii Halloween series. This time a cute little kawaii Frankenstein to go along with kawaii Ghosty! They make really cute little gift boxes.
 

Kawaii Halloween Boxes- Frankenstiny

 
The boxes go together just like Kawaii Ghosty but are a bit simpler as they’re a traditional rectangle.

You’ll need 3 pieces of A4 card stock, the thickest you can get through your printer (I used 200 gsm) and your choice of adhesive (I used a Pritt stick)

Then just print and cut out each of the pieces in the PDF template at the bottom of this post. Scoring and/or folding along the dotted lines.
 

Kawaii Halloween Boxes- Frankenstiny

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