Pink Hair/Birthday Flair
This year I felt like a bit of a blowout for my birthday and my inner 8-year-old demanded a party, balloons, pretty frock and an elaborate cake.
I left the baking of the cake to Mr Zissou who is an avid cook, and I did the “art direction”.
Cake in preparation
He used a red velvet recipe from Hummingbird Bakery’s Cake Days, and we added some blue colouring to give the signature cream-cheese icing a pale minty-blue colour. He created three pieces of cake in pots of successive sizes which we carved into a neat round shape for each layer.
Before serving the cake at the party we sprinkled on some Heston Blumenthal popping candy (from Waitrose) which was a huge hit with guests.
Red velvet cake with gold dinosaurs
The dinosaurs are just a set of plastic toys I bought from Tiger and spray-painted gold. They simply went with some sprinkles and matching gold candles. I say “simply” because the last time I decorated a birthday cake, this is what it looked like:
Last time I made a cake: Rainbowtown Candypalooza
Mr Zissou and I made this cake four years ago, and as you can see there were gnomes, doves, gold coins, zoo biscuits, a lollipop forest, clowns, and a pony playing soccer, so in comparison this year’s cake was much more grown-up.
Those of you who follow this blog will remember that I posed the question of which wig to get because I couldn’t decide. In the end I went for the blonde to pink fade thanks to your feedback.
I trimmed the fringe on this wig from Coscraft quite a lot because it originally covered my eyes and made me feel very claustrophobic. I also trimmed the ends to a more manageable length so hopefully it won’t get too knotty.
I must confess that I played around with pink eyebrows too which looked appalling (how does Jeffree Star make it work?). Mr Zissou asked if the pink on my eyebrows was medication; needless to say I ditched that idea!
The balloons were a bit of a saga. I had my eyes on these perfectly round giant balloons but they didn’t work out:
Giant balloons: too expensive to fill
I bought a pack of giant (36 inch) balloons off Amazon for a few pounds, but a few days before my party I realised that getting them filled was not going to work. I discovered a weird cultural difference between central London and at home in South Africa; here in central London the norm is not to have balloons filled up at a florist, but to buy a whole helium cylinder online. Aside from the fact that I hadn’t left myself enough time for another delivery, I calculated that the helium would cost about £20-£40 per balloon! It sounds insane, but remember that volume scales with radius cubed, so one of these big balloons is equivalent to about 50 regular balloons! In the end I decided it wasn’t worth it, and bought some foil heart balloons from a party shop which came to less than £10 with helium in total. I also learnt that besides being more resistant to punctures, the foil is much more impermeable to helium than rubber so they stay inflated for weeks rather than days. The latter point didn’t matter because the balloons were eaten and abused by my friends as the party wore on, and I have no idea what happened to them in the end.
Before the party I asked some friends (that awesome Binders Full Of Women couple from Halloween) to take a few pics of Mr Zissou and I. Conventional wisdom (i.e. Pinterest) suggests that you’re only allowed cutesy couple photos if you’re getting married, but to hell with that, I want them on my birthday. We had matching outfits, we played with balloons, and I might even frame them. Deal with it, Pinterest.
A few photos before the party
I didn’t think of getting some normal outfit shots for my blog, so here is an out-take where you can actually see what I’m wearing, notably my special tights that I wore last birthday too:
Dress: Hearts and Roses
Tights: Tattoo Socks
I bought this dress with a scalloped neckline from Amazon of all places, and surprisingly it fits like a glove. The brand is Hearts and Roses and the fabric is nice and thick with a tiny bit of stretch, and must be one of the only dresses in the world which properly fits my bust and doesn’t actually need a belt.
I was spoiled with some lovely presents including this playful cat necklace from my friends, who clearly understand my love of cats and jewellery:
Cat and ball necklace: a present from my friends
And these resin Gummy Bear / Jelly Baby pins from Mr Zissou. They look so realistic!
Gummy bear / jelly baby pins: a present from Mr Zissou