Inspiration: Lilli’s 2nd Birthday – Ice Cream Theme {Part 1}

Hello! Ooh I am so excited to share ALL of these photos with you today. There are lots, so bare with me. Our precious daughter Lilli turned two last week and as we were not home on her 1st Birthday {read the post here}, I had to make up for it now {chuckles}. It all started with the picture of a cake I saw on Pinterest. It was a light pink cake with a ‘fallen’ chocolate ice cream on top. Now that I had my theme, all the ideas raced towards me and here is the end result:

The Invite: As an Evite the invite is square, however if it is printed; it is double sided, front to back and rectangular. {This Party Kit is also now available in my online shop here}

The Savoury Snacks: I tried to make nice and {relatively} healthy savoury snacks to try and balance out all the yummy sweet things {as if such a thing is possible}. There were colourful crudite served in shot glasses nested in a  spoonful of caramelised onion dip. Baby Marrow, Pea & Mint Soup Shots, served chilled.  We made small portions of nachos {hot and not ;-} in cupcake cups and Veggie and Ham baguettes wrapped in the ‘water bottle labels’ to finish of this section. 
The Sweet Stuff: Lilli was so sweet to help me prepare these ‘marshmallow pops’ and the ‘rice crispy treat cones’. It was quite a challenge for her not to eat it all and every now and then a marshmallow went a stray. 
Off course there had to be ice cream. I bought in the Belgium Chocolate ice cream, then made a dairy free Pina Colada Flavour. A heavenly Vanilla and Coconut and ended with Strawberry Frozen Yogurt that the kids loved! I set the ice creams in little tubs and in shot glasses to make small pops so that you could try more than one…

I baked a marble cake {yes, yes… to continue the colour theme.. hie hie} with a butter cream frosting. I found the recipe in my all time favourite magazine … Donna Hay. To make the ice cream ball for the top of the cake I made a big ball of the ‘rice crispy treat’ and dipped it in chocolate. After the cake was iced, I placed the ‘rice crispy chocolate ball’ on top of the cake, poured some more melted chocolate over to get the ‘melting’ effect and mounted the wafer cone….mmm and it was so delicious!
The Details: I just love paper lanterns. In summer with all our magnificent thunderstorms it is impossible to hang them on our balcony, however, August is perfect. Don’t you just love the pretty paper straws that I found at The Selection?
I read this quote by Voltaire… “Ice cream is exquisite, what a pity it isn’t illegal”. A-ha, new poster for the guest bathroom. Also,  I made a special poster for ‘Lilli {age 2} Loves’ with all the things she loves to do now and used it as the centre piece of the savoury buffet. To bring in a bit more girly pink I framed two of the Pink Theme Nursery pack posters available here
Tomorrow I will share the craft we did as well as the thank you favours!
Thank you so much Elsali for all your time, willingness to help and your lovely Soup Shot Recipe. You are so appreciated and we are very blessed to have you in our life.
Thank you Rainer for making all of this possible!
Love,
Liezel
Credit: Photographs by myself, Rainer Glaubitz, Debbie Buchanan & Claudia Warchal