Pictures from Our Alice in Wonderland Themed Tea Party!

I managed to take some pictures before the food was demolished by my family. Here’s some snaps that may bring a little inspiration your way if you are planning a tea party of your own…

I put my paper lanterns next to the mirror to make it seem as though there were more of them.

I added hand-written parcel tags to food items with “Eat me” written on.

I filled jars with sweets topped with gingham and ribbon and filled bottles with colourful water and added “Drink Me” tags.

Homemade lemonade is always a family favourite on a summer’s day at my house.

… and of course no tea party is complete without strawberries and doilies πŸ˜›

I find that a sliced baguette topped with ham, tomato and cucumber slices go down better than soggy old sandwiches.

I found some fab playing card coasters on eBay which are perfect for the Alice in Wonderland theme!

Teacups and saucers make great decorations if you have enough spare to dot around.

A very merry unbirthday to everyone!

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As Promised…

Here’s a picture of my Mum’s birthday cake that I made today…

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We’d love to see your own cakes, send your photos to us and we will include them in our gallery. You can email your pictures to us at

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Egg and Dairy Free Cupcakes

Handprint Keepsakes

Mini Bunting

Egg and Dairy Free Chocolate Cupcakes!

My eldest daughter is allergic to dairy and eggs, even the smallest amount can result in a nasty facial eczema which can be rather upsetting for her.

You can only imagine then how utterly delighted she was when I came up with this recipe through a fair amount of trial and error for totally egg and dairy free chocolate cupcakes (with butter-style frosting none the less!). My friends have told me that if I hadn’t said they would have been none the wiser.

So, to make a start on the latest section to the Lily P Chic blog ~ “Recipes” here’s my:

Egg-less, Milk-less and Butter-less Chocolate Cupcakes.

What You Need:

Ingredients (for around 12 cupcakes):

(For the cakes)

  • 1 and a half cups of Self Raising Flour
  • 1/3 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable or Sunflower oil
  • 1 cup Cold Water
  • 2 tsp vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Vinegar

(For the frosting)

  • 1/3 cup Dairy Free Margarine
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 and a half Cups Icing Sugar
  • 3 to 4 tbsp Soya Milk
  • Food Colouring
  • Sprinkles / Silver Balls / Decorative Items etc

Equipment:

  • Paper Cupcake Cases
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Whisk (Hand or Electric)
  • Measuring Cups & Spoons
  • Bun Oven Tray
  • Cooling Rack

Method:

Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees (gas mark 5)

Sieve all the dry ingredients for the cakes into a bowl

Mix gently and then create a well in the middle where you can add your wet ingredients (leave out the vinegar at this stage)

Mix everything together until smooth and silky. Add the vinegar and stir through until mixed evenly.

Spoon out equal parts into bun cases and pop in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes.

Allow your cakes to completely cool on a wire rack before topping with frosting.

To Make the Frosting:

Cream the dairy free marg, sugar, salt and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the soya milk to achieve a smooth consistency. Separate the mixture into a bowl for each colour you intend to make, add a few drops of food colouring to each batch and mix well.

Spread a decent spoonful of frosting onto each cupcake and let your children decorate.

My baby girls first birthday cupcake cake!

A batch I took to the Mother and Baby group on my daughter’s first birthday to celebrate. the kids loved them (and the Mum’s did too).

Later today I’ll be using this recipe to make a large cake for my Mum’s birthday – Once it’s finished I’ll add some pictures.

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We’d love to see your own cakes, send your photos to us and we will include them in our gallery. You can email your pictures to us at

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Flying Fish

Make Your Own: Towel Cake

How to Make Your Own: Towel Cake

A cute and unique gift that you can make yourself in a few simple steps from this free tutorial from Lily P Chic… Enjoy!

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What You Will Need:

  • One Small Bath Towel
  • One Hand Towel
  • 1.5m Cellophane (available from most reputable florists)
  • Florists Bow to Finish
  • 2 – 3m Length of 1.5″ Width Ribbon
  • Cardboard
  • Tissue Paper
  • Safety Pins
  • Sellotape
  • Scissors
  • Selection of Items to Fill the Towel Cake With

The items used in the example comprise a selection of pampering and beauty items but you can use anything depending on the person who is receiving the gift and the occasion. New born baby products for a birth, sexy underwear for a wedding night or valentines day, chocolates and bubble bath for Mothers Day, even football accessories for the footie season! The possibilities are endless!

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Step One:

Use a large plate as a template to draw around and cut out a cardboard circle. Do the same again with a smaller plate so that you have a large and a small cardboard circle.

Step Two:

Cover each circle in colourful tissue or wrapping paper securing it with sellotape or glue.

Step Three:

Place your length of cellophane on a flat surface and begin building your cake with the largest tier at the bottom. Start with your large cardboard circle and fold the large towel over until you have the desired height (around 4″ should be fine). Tuck the towel ends into itself and place onto the circle (secure with safety pins if you feel this will provide extra support).

Step Four:

Secure with half your ribbon and begin filling with your items.

Step Five:

Place the smaller circle on top of your first tier and build your second tier in the same way as the first. Secure with the rest of the ribbon and fill with your remaining items.

Step Six:

Loosely pull the four corners of your cellophane upwards into a bunch and secure with your finishing ribbon. Et voila… One Towel Cake!

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You can fill your cake with sweets for younger children:

Or use white cellophane for a bridal shower gift:

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We’d love to see your own towel cakes, send your photos of your finished pieces to us and we will include them in our gallery. You can email your pictures to us at

lilypchic@hotmail.co.uk

or add the Lily P Chic Facebook profile to your friends list, post your pictures and send us a note.

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