When I first saw Taryne Jakobi post pics on her blog (here and here) from her daughter Sophia’s second birthday party, I sent her a Whatsapp basically saying I *needed* to feature the party on Rattle and Mum. Taryne, one of the nicest people ever, happily sent in some pics and party info, and I’m so happy.
For not only is Taryne really awesome, but she’s exceptionally talented as a cook, and food and decor stylist too. I’ve known her for a long time, and she even did the food pages when I was at Living and Loving magazine. She’s styled several cookbooks (including two of my favourites – Savour and For Good Times) and she makes the best orange chocolate ever (I even ordered one for my 30th birthday party years ago).
But over to Taryne: “Sophia’s birthday is the 2nd of August, and she would be turning two, so I designed the party around the dual theme of number two and poppies, my favourite winter flower.
August is such a dry dull month and I knew for a long time I wanted to have the party in our local park, which has fantastic facilities for children but at that time of the year doesn’t look very pretty. The giant paper poppies were the answer. Small bunches of flowers were not going to make much of an impact in such a large open space – rather I needed something to add the wow factor. I made more than 50 giant poppies out of tissue paper and cardboard, and scattered them around the table and seating area. I also made a streamer “curtain” out of crepe paper and stood it behind the table.
My husband made the number two-shaped photo booth and I made the pinata, all in keeping with my wish for a recyclable party. We literally made everything we could either from recycled material such as a saved cardboard box from a new washing machine or from material which could be recycled afterwards such as all the paper poppies.
I embraced the wintery outdoor look by using hessian as a table cloth and hay bales for seating. I ordered the hay bales from Kate’s Party Rental (011 886 2336 ) for our older guests who couldn’t manage to sit on picnic rugs on the grass.
The invites were custom designed by my clever friend Charne Casey (email@example.com). I asked her to design something with the number two and poppies, and I was so thrilled with what she came up with. She then designed the poster ( Sophia is 2) to match the invites, and I printed the big circles on cardboard and mounted onto sticks which I set in plaster of Paris in enamel buckets.
She also designed cupcake toppers but as I was making the poppy flowers for the cupcakes I printed the design onto rice paper (The Baker’s Warehouse in Hobart Centre did it for me) and I then stuck the edible transfers onto shortbread biscuits.
Lastly, I had the stickers that Carne designed for the favours and bubbles printed at RG printers in Hyde Park. The big gold no 2 balloons were from my fave shop, In Good Company, from where I also go the pretty floral serviettes, straws and cupcake cases.
I made the number 2 shape cake myself, although I’m by no means proficient at working with fondant icing I was delighted at my efforts. Last year for Sophia’s first birthday I ordered a cake from a well know bakery and was so disappointed, so this year I went the DIY route and was very happy with the result.
I hired the cake tin from The Baker’s Warehouse, baked my fav choc cake and the covered it in ganache and fondant. I ordered the lettering of Sophia’s name from Kadies as well as the coloured fondant icing ( they make it in large batches which saves time and energy on colouring white icing )
Pictures by Vanessa Lewis