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Amazing Birthday Cake!

Wow, a little boy who loves Disney had a special treat when his mum had this fantastic Birthday Cake custom made just for him. Look at the detail. It’s just like Neverland!

Neverland Birthday Cake

Captain Hook and the Neverland Birthday Cake

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Birthday Cakes To Steal The Show

Magnificent Birthday Cakes

Cup Cakes for a Birthday Party

Cup Cakes are very popular

There can be no doubt that birthday cakes have become more elaborate these days. Some birthday cakes I have seen could only be described as  magnificent!

To buy or make your own?

When I was a child most mums made the birthday cake themselves. It would be covered in marzipan and then iced. Next it would be  sprinkled  with hundreds and thousands or lots of those little silver things that reminded me of tiny ball bearings.  The top of the cake would be decorated in some way and generally it was surrounded by a fancy, colourful paper wrap. Finally the requisite number of candles would be added as the finishing touch. Most birthday cakes were fairly similar.

In those days most mums were housewives and stayed at home whilst the men went to work. They were used to baking and cooking and had more time on their hands. Now many mums have busy jobs and so time is in short supply. Fortunately the supermarkets all offer ready made cakes and there are plenty of specialist cake shops who will make a cake to order.  So for busy mums buying a cake is the best option. For those who can afford the time and who have the necessary skills then the internet can provide a wealth of ideas to fire up your imagination. You can also order up all of the necessary tools and accessories online. It’s all there at the touch of a keyboard.

Types of cake

It seems to me that birthday cakes can be grouped as follows :

  • Simple : Round or square cake with simple decoration.
  • Fancy : Round or square with lavish decoration.
  • Themed : Non standard shape, custom design and decoration.
  • Cup cakes : individual cakes usually on a special stand, can be simple, fancy or themed.

Most popular birthday cakes for boys

  • Pirate birthday cake
  • Cars and tractor birthday cake
  • Super hero birthday cake

Most popular birthday cake for girls

  • Princess birthday cake
  • Female characters such as Cinderella
  • Pets and animals

Clowns are also popular with boys and girls.

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Pirate Cakes In Fabulous Fairy Castle

Pirate and Princess Birthday Cake

Stunning Birthday Party Display

Pirate birthday cakes displayed in pink fairy castle

Pirate and Princess birthday cake.

This  amazing display was created by Angela Turner for Benjamin and Bethany’s 5th birthday party.

The individual chocolate cakes were all carefully decorated and then arranged inside the fairy castle. The five cakes at the front all had sparklers in them and there was even a big number five at the top of the castle which was lit up with flashing lights.

Ben’s very own toy pirate ship stood at the side of the castle.

Everyone who came to the party loved the display and said how fantastic it was. Angela also decorated the party bags, food boxes, bunting and table decorations to match the theme.

What a treat for the children!

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Tractor Birthday Cake

There are some very clever mums out there! This birthday cake was made by Caroline Kipling for her son Thomas’s 4th birthday.  She said it took her ages to make but what a great job she did. Thomas loved it, he’s very into tractors. His Dad told me he had helped too, but only making the mud.

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Tractor cake

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Tips On Taking Photos Or Video At A Children’s Party

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This is just a short post with a few tips about taking photos and videos at children’s parties.

I’d like to start by saying that I do believe birthday parties are important and happy family occasions which should be recorded. You should take lots and lots of photos so that you can look back in years to come on what is sure to be a wonderful experience.

One of the things parents often say to me after a show is how much they loved seeing the children laugh or how they loved watching them smiling and having fun. I was thinking about this today and it dawned on me that when parents video my shows they are nearly always doing it from the back. In other words they never film the most important part which is the expressions and reactions of the children. It occurred to me that you really need to have two cameras. One at the back filming the show and the other at the front filming the audience. By having two cameras you can capture all the action. The funny bits in the act and the children laughing or joining in. You might have to borrow a second video camera or sweet talk a friend or relative to help out but I’m sure it would be worth it.

The same goes for photography. Try to take shots from both directions.

I also think it’s worth either buying or borrowing a tripod. You always get much better results when the video camera is firmly supported compared to hand held.

If you are booking an entertainer have a word with them about the show and find out when there will be some good photo opportunities and then you can be ready to snap away at the right moments. Make a few notes to remind you of what to expect.

If you are planning a party I hope these ideas are useful.

If you are keen on photography and have any useful tips please post a comment below. Thanks, Ron.

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Birthday Cake Ideas

Birthday Cakes come in all shapes and sizes these days. Are you looking for inspiration. Go our  photo gallery to see what other people have done. A children’s party is a special occasion. Some people buy a ready made cake from the supermarket whilst others make their own cakes. There are also plenty of shops who specialize in party cakes and cakes for anniversarys and weddings etc.

Pirate Birthday Party Cake

Pirate Ship Birthday Cake

The above Pirate Ship Birthday Cake was made for a little girl who wanted a pirate party. In fact her mum booked the Jolly Good Productions Pirate Puppet show. The cake looks just like the ship in the show.

Do you know any really good cake suppliers? Share their details using the comment section below, thanks, Ron

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Joel’s Amazing Pirate Cakes

Every now and then I see something that really tickles my fancy. Today I went to York with my Pirate Puppet Show to perform at a little boy called Joel’s 5th birthday party. Usually there is just one birthday cake but Joel’s  mum had gone to a lot of trouble to make the party special. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of these amazing cakes which Joel’s mum had carefully and lovingly created. As you can see each one is decorated as a pirate and every child received one in his or her party box to take away  at the end. What a lovely idea. I think Joel’s mum was pleased with her pirate cakes but she did tell me that it had taken  her ages to do them. It was however a labour of love and well worth the effort.

Pirate Birthday Party Cakes

Pirate Cakes

I didn’t get a chance to sample one of the cakes but I am sure they were absolutely delicious. What do you thing of Joel’s amazing pirate cakes? Let me know what you think.

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Magic Show For Magic Family

There was Magic in the air yesterday when a family in Barnsley gathered at the Golf Club to celebrate a 90th Birthday Party. There were four generations represented and Gran became the star of the Magic Show which took place after the buffet. Magician Ron Wood from Jolly Good Productions performed a series of routines involving magic wands, a banana, a mouse and a piece of cheese, a disappearing handkerchief and balloons. The highlight was when 90 year old Gran ( The Birthday Girl ) showed she had the magic touch by transforming one card into another with the wave of a magic wand to the amazement of the entire audience. All of the children got to go inside a giant bubble and won prizes too. It was a lovely afternoon.

The Birthday Girl ( 90 ) and the Magician

Birthday Girl ( 90 ) has " The Magic Touch "

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Have You Ever Been Bubbled?

Have you ever been “bubbled” for something you didn’t do? Getting ” bubbled ” took on a whole new meaning at a birthday party recently. One lady decided to join in the fun during the Magic and Bubble Show by asking to go inside a bubble. Magician and Children’s Entertainer, Ron Wood, from Richmond, North Yorkshire, was happy to oblige. Children and adults gave rapturous applause at the sight.

A lady standing inside a bubble

Joining in the fun!

Can you describle a novel exprience of your own?