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06-19-2010, 11:14 PM
I was thinking about doing something fun for Midsummer Night's Eve tomorrow night. Has anyone held a fairy party or celebrated in any way? I googled but didn't find much and would appreciate some ideas. Ce Ce is 7 so watching A Midsummer Night's Dream is not a good idea. I have a child's adaptation of the play I plan to read. I was going to make some little fairy cakes but other than that I'm drawing a blank.


06-20-2010, 01:08 AM
Midsummer's Eve?! But summer is only starting, isn't it? I'm confused...

Anyway, here is a Squidoo lens with fairy party ideas (http://www.squidoo.com/childrenspartyideas)but I'm not sure if that's along the lines of what you were looking for...

If you lived closer I'd let you borrow my Fairy Cooking (http://www.amazon.com/Fairy-Cooking-Childrens-Rebecca-Gilpin/dp/079450633X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277010491&sr=8-1)cookbook...

06-20-2010, 04:09 AM
Nathalie, Midsummer is based on the agricultural calendars of old. For example, the Winter Solstice is also known as Midwinter, even though we consider it the first day of winter in modern times. The Celts, for example, placed the beginning of winter at Samhain (October 31). :)

Ashley, a fairie party sounds like a great idea! You might also craft Dream Pillows (found in "Circle Round" by Starhawk): make a sachet filled with dried herbs (especially lavender, which is very soothing) to promote good dreams. We always had a few themed tea-parties each year, and Midsummer is a nice time for one. We did a chocolate theme one year, and wore fairie circlets on our heads.

06-20-2010, 07:24 AM
We've always just let the kiddos stay up as late as they want, usually catching fireflies. Sometimes a campfire in the back-yard. It's more of a relaxed sort of thing for us. (And, YES, my teen & pre-teen STILL like to catch lightning bugs!)

06-20-2010, 08:46 AM
Theseare wonderful ideas. Thanks, everyone!

06-20-2010, 09:32 AM
Nathalie, Midsummer is based on the agricultural calendars of old. For example, the Winter Solstice is also known as Midwinter, even though we consider it the first day of winter in modern times. The Celts, for example, placed the beginning of winter at Samhain (October 31). :)

Hey Wendy, thanks for the explanations! I thought that maybe Ashley was being facetious seeing that it's been so darn hot for a long time already down here in Florida, lol. It shows what I know, right? Not much. Speaking of hot, campfire and catching fireflies sounds like so much fun, Carol, and I wish we could do it here. I've been hankering for a firepit for a couple of years now and I might just have to get ourselves one this year.

Have fun with your party, Ashley!

06-20-2010, 11:57 AM
I did a cake for that theme a couple of years back...


06-20-2010, 12:01 PM
I also did not know about the Midsummer dates, so thanks for enlightening me, too. Nathalie, you seem like a really neat person, but I have to say, I am a bit concerned that you eat fairies. (You have a fairy cooking book.) Those poor little things! Makes me wonder how you catch them! :)

06-20-2010, 12:02 PM
Awesome cake picture btw.

06-20-2010, 02:02 PM
I am a bit concerned that you eat fairies. (You have a fairy cooking book.) Those poor little things! Makes me wonder how you catch them! :) LOL. You have a twisted mind, I like it!

Mommykicksbutt, that's an awesome cake! You did that?!? What a talent!

06-21-2010, 08:28 AM
thanks Snoopy, I've got a few culinary arts competition wins under my belt. Cooking school, cake decorating school and classes, the works. My sister and I studied the sugar arts together at the same time but as we advanced we diverged; she delved into the fancy ultra traditional and I went into the nontraditional, modeling and sculpting. She's now a pro and I just do it for friends and family. The groups my son belongs to gets all the best cakes for their celebrations! For example: first cake is my sister's, the 2nd I did last year for back to school for our hs group, and the 3rd I did for competition (I won 1st in me category).




06-21-2010, 08:51 AM
This is amazing! Noah does NOT believe that the cheeseburger platter is a cake! "That can NOT be real, mom!" lol. You and your sister are both very talented. We are in Asheville usually around the holidays and every year they have the National Gingerbread House Competition (http://www.exploreasheville.com/what-to-do/seasonal-fun/holidays/gingerbread-competition-videos/index.aspx)at the Grove Park Inn, which we have loved visiting a couple of times (you have to time it right because they take the best ones to NYC to show them on Good Morning America or some show like that, grrr!) Maybe we'll see your creations there at some point?

06-21-2010, 09:07 AM
Noah is basically right! The cheeseburger combo is not all cake but rather mostly "candy." Only the bun is would be cake (covered in fondant). The cheese is candy clay, the patty is chocolate, real sesame seeds on bun, olive and pimento are fondant, lettuce is gum paste, tomatoes are candy clay and piping gel with sesame seeds, onion is fondant, pickle is candy clay, fries are marzipan, root beer is gelatin and the ice cream is white chocolate. The category was a mixed sugar media. The reason I stated 'would be cake' is that for decorating competitions real cake is not used for the simple reason that the cakes are on display for 4 days. Styrofoam dummies are what is used. All decorations must be edible, no plastic figures etc. All sugar art creations for competition done with Styrofoam must be able to be reproduced in real cake, obviously the bun would be very easy to do in the real thing.

06-21-2010, 12:02 PM
Wow. That's amazing. I am so not letting my son see these pictures. He's always giving me a hard time because his cakes don't "look like the picture."

06-21-2010, 01:28 PM
The party was lovely, thank you all again for your suggestions. My 4 yo ds woke up this morning and said, "Did the fairies come?"

That cake is incredible. What talent!!!

06-21-2010, 01:31 PM
WOW! I can't believe those cakes!

06-21-2010, 05:59 PM
Glad to hear that the party went well, did you have cake? ;)

06-21-2010, 06:04 PM
More info on Midsummer (Summer Soltice) here:


06-21-2010, 06:08 PM
No, we didn't have cake. The kids made fairy bread and I think they had more fun doing that than with the party itself. I got a double bodyslam of a virus in my eye and a nasty, nasty cold which has stolen my voice and my energy. I had a much grander celebration in mind but this was all I could muster. The kids loved it anyway, and that's all that matters. Ce Ce has been talking about the summer soltice all day, so it certainly made an impression on her. I think we've discovered one more family tradition!

06-21-2010, 06:10 PM
And if I HAD made a cake I certainly wouldn't show it here after looking at your work. I'd be ashamed of my pitiful attempt!!!!LOL

06-21-2010, 06:15 PM
How adorable is the back to school cake with the little mice learning their letters???? Wow, really well done!! Love the pumpkin house too. Very creative!!

06-21-2010, 06:15 PM
Holy cow, MKB, those are gorgeous!

06-22-2010, 01:36 AM
WOW, those cakes are awesome! Edible Art, simply amazing.

I used to decorate character cakes for the kids birthdays when they were smaller. Now, I'm lucky if I can frost a cake with store-bought frosting!

06-22-2010, 11:04 AM
I love cake art, and cake decorating. My grandmother baked and decorated cakes, right now I'm working off a few things that she taught me. I'd really love to take a class though. I have no experience with fondant. I have made every one of my daughter's birthday cakes though (Grandma made almost everyone of mine).
Anyway your cakes are beautiful. I love the burger and fries too, that looks really neat, just like a real burger.

06-21-2011, 12:21 AM
wonderful idea thanks for your sharing..
especially i like your cake for that theme a couple of years back...
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06-21-2011, 08:12 AM