The last batch of little tiny cakes is in the oven. The house is relatively clean. (At least as clean as I'm going to get it for a small army of five year olds!) Party aprons have been purchased for each child and are waiting to get their names put on them. Gifts have been purchased. White and semi-sweet modeling chocolate have been made. A 9-inch layer cake has been baked and cooled awaiting leveling and frosting. Two batches of real buttercream icing are in the fridge. Modeling chocolate figures are in progress--a last minute addition to the big cake. A very very excited almost five year old is going bonkers!
A friend suggested that this party idea may be cute but overly ambitious--I agree of course but these are the types of activities we enjoy around here! The whole family is getting into it. Last night I leveled the small cakes that I baked yesterday by cutting off the curved tops, and I left the tops in a bowl for my husband to eat. He called me from work admitting that when he ate the curved top, it reminded him of a mushroom cap and he found himself thinking about covering it in red fondant and white polka dots and perching it on a fondant-covered cereal treat stem so it resembled an enchanted toadstool. We spent a few moments together also contemplating the tiny gnome family we could make from modeling chocolate to place around that toadstool home . . . .
Lots of work to do still tonight to get all ready--and in the meantime, it's Diwali today! We are probably going to celebrate by going to dinner at a local Indian restaurant then home to light diyas and do sparklers in the backyard. We've been celebrating Diwali more since we had kids, and every year our family traditions refine a bit more. Since Diwali goes by the Indian calendar the dates fluctuate--this year Halloween, Diwali and the daughter's birthday are all within a week--WHEE! Lots of work, excessive sugar, festivities and fun!
HAPPY DIWALI to all those who are celebrating!