Cake, Drunkenness, Food, Photography

Lizzie’s Steampunk Assassin 30th birthday

DSC_0060After much deliberation, Lizzie decided on a “steampunk assassin” theme for her thirtieth birthday party.  Once the theme was announced, construction of costumes and decorations began.  Lizzie got very excited when she ordered a bespoke cake from Glitter and Sparkle Cakes with a steampunk theme.

The day before the party, we had been in Dublin and the house was a mess from our various attempts at costume creation.  I had created a pair of embellished goggles to go on my top hat and a steampunked gun made out of some old planks of wood and Lizzie had created all sorts of jewellery and accessories adorned with beads and clock mechanisms and cogs.

My steampunk gun
My steampunk gun

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Detail on the side of the gun
Detail on the side of the gun

So Saturday until about 6pm was spent charging round the house tidying and hoovering and making sure that there was space for the guests.  Just before lunch time the cake arrived delivered by the lovely Tasha from Giltter and Sparkle and we spent a while oohing and aahing about how amazing it is.  After taking delivery of the cake, it was back to cleaning and decorating before people arrive.

Getting the balloons ready for hanging
Getting the balloons ready for hanging
John helping with the decorations.
John helping with the decorations.

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Lizzie decided that she wanted to open the presents from John and the rest of my family before the other guests arrived.

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Finally the house was ready and it was time to get into costume and welcome guests.

Lizzie Finalising her costume
Lizzie Finalising her costume

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Assortments of snacks
Assortments of snacks

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This tiny hat was a bit disappointing so Lizzie modified it with some leather and corset style lacing.
This tiny hat was a bit disappointing so Lizzie modified it with some leather and corset style lacing.
Detail on Lizzie's costume
Detail on Lizzie’s costume

Once everyone who we thought was coming had arrived, it was time to unveil the beautiful cake.  Everyone was very impressed with how pretty it was and how intricately made.  Lots of people took business cards for the Glitter and Sparkle Cakes company who made it for us. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a good overall picture of the cake but I did get a lot of detail ones and some later of us posing around it.  There are nice pictures of the cake on the Glitter and Sparkle Facebook page.  The first one below was supplied by Tasha.

Photo (and cake)  by Glitter and Sparkle Cakes
Photo (and cake) by Glitter and Sparkle Cakes
Unveiling the cake
Unveiling the cake

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Lizzie is excited about having her rats immortalised in icing!
Lizzie is excited about having her rats immortalised in icing!

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Cherry and Blossom, rat detectives!
Cherry and Blossom, rat detectives!

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After the unveiling of the cake, it was time to open presents!

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Finally it was time to cut the cake.  We had been asked by Tasha who made the cake to get some group shots of us all in costume with the cake so we spent a while posing for various shots before Lizzie finally psyched herself up to cut the cake.  It was such a beautiful creation that it took a lot of time for her to actually make the first cut but before long it was being distributed round the guests who all loved it.

Group shots
Group shots
Group shots
Group shots
Group shots
Group shots
Group shots
Group shots
Group shots
Group shots
Group shots
Group shots
Group shots
Group shots

Before cutting the cake I took some more shots of the cake detail.

Cake detail
Cake detail
Cake detail
Cake detail
Cake detail
Cake detail
Lizzie thinks about cutting.
Lizzie thinks about cutting.
Still thinking about cutting
Still thinking about cutting
Cake detail
Cake detail
Cake detail
Cake detail
Cake detail
Cake detail
Rats in hats!
Rats in hats!
This is the brooch I gave Lizzie for her birthday, goes nicely with the costume.
This is the brooch I gave Lizzie for her birthday, goes nicely with the costume.
Still thinking about cutting
Still thinking about cutting
Contemplating the beauty of the cake.
Contemplating the beauty of the cake.
Cake and knife
Cake and knife
Lizzie with her rat
Lizzie with her rat
Lizzie + rats in hats
Lizzie + rats in hats
Lizzie + rats in hats
Lizzie + rats in hats
Cake detail
Cake detail
Cake detail
Cake detail
Cake detail
Cake detail

And then it was finally time to cut the cake!

Cake cutting!
Cake cutting!
Cake cutting!
Cake cutting!
Cake cutting!
Cake cutting!
Cake cutting!
Cake cutting!
Cake cutting!
Cake cutting!
Cake cutting!
Cake cutting!
Cake cutting!
Cake cutting!
Cake cutting!
Cake cutting!
Cake cutting!
Cake cutting!
Cake cutting!
Cake cutting!
Cake cutting!
Cake cutting!

Once everyone had had a slice of cake there was much merrymaking, messing around with party poppers and bits of the cake decoration and even more cake (there was still the second layer to eat after all!)

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Dave in John's hat
Dave in John’s hat
Lizzie tries on the goggles
Lizzie tries on the goggles

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Flowers removed from the cake for safe keeping
Flowers removed from the cake for safe keeping

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Base of the cake is now ready for eating!
Base of the cake is now ready for eating!

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Steampunk Super Mario World map, essential navigation aid!
Steampunk Super Mario World map, essential navigation aid!
Cutting the base of the cake.
Cutting the base of the cake.

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She is the Walrus
She is the Walrus

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Interior of the bottom cake is just as delicious as the top one.
Interior of the bottom cake is just as delicious as the top one.

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My goggles.  Unfortunately the cogs kept falling off but the big heavy nuts stayed put!
My goggles. Unfortunately the cogs kept falling off but the big heavy nuts stayed put!

This is what happens when the contents of a party popper land on your lens.

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You can se the special purple streak in Lizzie's hair
You can see the special purple streak in Lizzie’s hair

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Something missing...
Something missing…

1/4 monacle

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Falling again
Falling again

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And finally the party came to an end.  People started to head home and the people who were staying over started to get ready for sleep.  In the morning many of us are meeting up again to eat brunch at a local pub.  Hopefully everyone had an excellent time, there were some amazing costumes and lots of great cake seems like the definition of a good birthday party to me!

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