After 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.
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.
Lizzie decided that she wanted to open the presents from John and the rest of my family before the other guests arrived.
Finally the house was ready and it was time to get into costume and welcome guests.
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.
After the unveiling of the cake, it was time to open presents!
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.
Before cutting the cake I took some more shots of the cake detail.
And then it was finally time to cut the cake!
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!)
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!