Party Pressure

April 2, 2016 15 Comments
Superhero Cake

My little baby boy turns 3 tomorrow (can’t believe it!) and we had a little party for him today. I say little party, but the amount of preparation and pressure building up to the party was unreal. I have a feeling though that the pressure to have the perfect party is only going to get worse as the kids get older! Here’s how our little party went today..

Party Pressure

Oliver chose a superhero themed party, slightly coerced by his daddy!  I felt a bit of pressure with this one, it would be Oliver’s first proper birthday party, and our last party for Isla went really well and got rave reviews so I felt I had to deliver once again.

My first stress was the cake.  I love baking and make loads of cupcakes, but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, sugar paste just isn’t my forte.  I really should just accept that it is not a skill I possess.  Never the less I set about making a sugar paste masterpiece.  It started off OK, but the cake that I had planned to cut in half and fill with buttercream wasn’t quite thick enough, so I made another, which made a monster of a cake.  Then the dreaded sugar paste covering! It was a complete nightmare, sticking to the board, rolling pin and me! No matter what I did I couldn’t get it even and big enough to cover the cake.  It was starting to look a mess and nearly ended up in the bin with a mercy dash to Tesco planned. However I persevered, and with strategic placing of ribbon and decorations I think I may have just got away with it (as long as you didn’t look to close!). The birthday boy loved it, so it made the effort worth while.



The monster cake

Cake fail

Cake decorating disaster!

The ribbon is hiding a multitude of sins!


Superhero Cake
The finished masterpiece! (Don’t look too close)

The cupcakes were more successful. I  added some blueberries to my basic cupcake recipe, and used good old Betty Crocker lemon butter icing.  I had loads of complements on the cakes, but mainly about how wonderful the butter cream was- oh well!

Blueberry cupcakes

Blueberry cupcakes

Superhero cupcakes


Next party pressure was the party bags.  Do you think there is judgment on the quality of the party bag? I think so, and you can spend a fortune on plastic tat that ends up in the bin.  So this year I decided to buy on-line, and continued with the superhero theme, but honestly I don’t know what kids expect these days! The gliders seemed to go down a treat with my kids anyway, and you cant beat a bag of Haribo!

Party bags
Superhero themed party bags

The catering was yet more pressure.  Whilst I kept it simple and just stuck to sandwiches and finger food, I discovered that 2 of the children coming were dairy intolerant.  I’ve been very lucky, and both my 2 can eat anything, but when faced with it do you know how many things contain dairy! It’s unreal, even a simple ham sandwich took some planning.

We hired the local village hall, and an old school friend of mine provided a bouncy castle, and modeled some balloons for the kids so entertainment sorted.  We thought we’d up the anti and have a special guest, and the real Batman made an appearance! However the kids saw straight through it with Isla saying immediately ‘Is that you Daddy in your batman outfit?’ I think secretly James enjoyed playing the role of a super hero though (big kid that he is).



After a crazy 2 hours of super hero mayhem, several spilt drinks and a few tears shed (mainly bouncy castle related incidents) all in all the kids seemed to have a great time, especially my little birthday Batman, which is the main thing.


My little Batman!

Happy Birthday Oliver x


So what are we going to do next year to top it? Who knows but bring on more party pressure!


Happy Birthday Oliver xxx

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday


  • April 2, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Can we have a copy of the 3 of them wearing bunny ears please?
    Can you email it?

  • Jaylan - Diapers at Dawn April 3, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Happy 3rd birthday to little man! Your cake and cupcakes look amazing! My little man turns 2 in June and the planning has already commenced. The hubby keeps saying we have ‘ages’ (men!) but like you said I don’t think they realise the pressure of having to plan a birthday party. I love that your hubby dressed up I bet he enjoyed it more than the kids, who wouldn’t :o) x #KCACOLS

    • Kerry April 3, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      No I don’t think hubbies do realise what’s involved, I did delegate to him music and doing the party games so I could concentrate on the catering. Thanks for stopping by x

  • Fern April 3, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Happy birthday 🙂 the cake looks awesome! Looks like everyone had fun though!

    • Kerry April 3, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      Thank you, it did look better in the pictures than in real life though! x

  • Lola April 3, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Wow my son would love this party!! I’ve managed to swerve the party pressure so far thankfully. My oldest is going to be 6 this summer and will be having a small gathering (see I avoid the word party!)
    The cake looked great btw!

    • Kerry April 3, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      Thank you! I think I may have created a rod for my own back as they will be expecting bigger and better i’m sure next year! Thanks for your comment x

  • tracey bowden April 3, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    I hear you! I recently wrote about my 7 party planning nightmares! This was my daughters 10th and last big party and I was so stressed the amount of work that goes into planning a party is unreal isn’t it! I couldn’t even manage the cake myself though so well done yours looks amazing! #kcacols

    • Kerry April 3, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you, yes it’s unbelievable amount of work for 2 hours of mayhem! Not to mention the tidying up afterwards, I think my kitchen only just looks habitable again! Thanks for your comment x

  • Clare April 6, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Sounds like a really great party Kerry! There is a lot of pressure on parties these days isn’t there? I’m doing the boys a joint one this year as their birthdays are 2 weeks a part. I’m almost ready to start planning…it isn’t until September lol! Thank you so much for linking up to #KCACOLS Hope you come back again next Sunday xx

    • Kerry April 6, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      Thank you, the birthday boy had a great time, so that’s the main thing. I think I will start planning a bit earlier next year to try and relieve the pressure! x

  • Victoria (Lylia Rose) April 15, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    WOW! That cake is incredible! The whole party sounds fantastic and I’d try not to put pressure on yourself as kids have a fantastic time just running around being together playing 🙂 I bet they had an awesome time at this party though!

    • Kerry April 16, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Thank you, my little boy loved it so that’s all that matters. Thanks for stopping by x

  • Kira | A Better Life Lived June 4, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    I have to agree with Victoria. Don’t our so much pressure on yourself! I also love giving my little guy parties with lots of character and details on theme, but it’s just a kids party. I never had anything with a theme when I was a kid even! What happened to old fashioned cookouts or pizza with lots of fun and some cheap party favor? The cake looked wonderful and it looks like they had a blast!

    • Kerry June 4, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      Thank you. I do enjoy it, but I am my own worst enemy! However if I keep upping the anti every birthday, goodness knows what I will do when they are teenagers LOL!

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