It was a scorching hot day and we ended up inside until all but the end, when we had the cake. Thank goodness for air conditioning - and yes, it was only the end of October, but we needed it already! And it was just as well I took the decorations down that evening as we woke up to rain the next morning!
The cake was a great success. I originally planned on cutting out an icypole shape, as per the invitation on the right, but realised it would have made for quite a small cake. I could have supplemented with cupcakes, but that would have made another job altogether. I compromised with the icypole template on top of the cake, forming the shape on the icing and sprinkling the rest with hundreds and thousands.
All done for another year and with decorations we can use again and again! I've actually left all the honeycomb ones tied to the silver ribbon - they unfold when you remove the paperclip that joins them, which is very handy. It will be like untangling Christmas lights to re-use them, but saves time putting the whole thing together next time!
Are your parties done for the year or do you have more to go?! My birthday is still to come and the jury is out yet as to what we will do, but big or small it will be marked in some way!