Cake and Succulents


Who wants a piece of cake? I made this vanilla layer cake this weekend for my daughters birthday party. I intended to make a Naked Cake but after adding all the layers I decided to just leave it. You can imagine I was afraid it might topple over if moved it too much. It turned out a lot taller than I expected but I guess that it what happens when you stack 8 layers with frosting and strawberries. For the top, I decorated with a banner and chocolate decorations that I made from melted chocolate coating.

And here is my sweetie in her birthday dress. She woke up from her nap after everyone had arrived and was a little overwhelmed. My hubby was trying to coax her out of the bedroom so he could take her picture.

Old And Exhausted

I enjoy parties but I always forget how much work they are when I decide to throw one. I made food over the course of 3 days for about 20 people. Lets just say I am getting old because I am still exhausted and it is 2 days later. My son’s birthday is in two weeks and I told him we are not having a party as I need a few months to recover. ๐Ÿ˜‰

New Plants

Since I am not sharing a craft related project today I thought I would share some of my plants. I love that the green brings a bit of spring to my house year round.ย I bought this bar cart recently from Goodwill (brand new from Target).ย  I visit Goodwill every week to check out what is new and I spotted this cart one week when I was low on cash. I kept thinking about it and told myself if it was there the next week I would buy it. That thought process went on for a few weeks and surprisingly 4 weeks later the cart was still there. So I broke down and bought it for a whopping $15.

Some of the plants I revived from Walmart and some I bought last summer at our local greenhouse.

As you can see I have my mug of tea hiding in the background so I can participate with Elizabeth for Tea Day.
Happy Tea Day,

22 thoughts on “Cake and Succulents”

  • That is one very tall cake and it looks GREAT! Parties are so exhausting. It takes me weeks to recover.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love my bottle tree too. It was one of the first garden projects I did when we moved here.
    Happy T Day!

  • what a cake – i wonder how you cut it… just taking layers from the top to the bottom?:)
    your Little one IS a sweetie!!
    have a nice week!

  • A wonderful cake, I bet it was yummy and little Tessa looks a real sweety in her beautiful party dress!! Love your succulents too, and $15 sounds a bargan to me,
    My kids are all in their 40’s now, so my party days are over, but oh how I remember the hard work they involved. Now I can just enjoy my grandchildren’s parties, where all I have to do is help out a bit, much better :). Happy T’day!

  • The cake looks delicious and looks filled with yummy frosting and fruit. Your daughter looks so sweet.
    Your plants all look so healthy and you seem to have got a real bargain cart, it would have been a lot more expensive here in the UK..
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  • Your little Tessa is cute. I hope she came round and actually enjoyed her party. The cake is amazing! I suppose you had to take it apart to cut it.
    That tea trolley was a good buy. It was there waiting for you to buy it. The plants look really good on it.
    Happy T-Day,

  • WOW! that cake is amazing!! Happy Birthday to your sweetest little girl! She is darling!
    I lol when I was reading about entertaining~ The tv shows from the 50’s-70’s made it look so glamorous,never having mentioned the work involved…We had thanksgiving for 16 this past year and I was down for a month and and a half recovering- heehee Looking forward to the next generation taking over!
    Jackie “)

  • Wow, that cake is amazing! I bet the party was a great success and your daughter looks so adorable in the beautiful birthday dress that you made her ๐Ÿ˜. I love your new plants too! Sending you Happy T Day wishes! J ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • The cake looks fabulous and your Tessa is darling. Hope she enjoyed the celebration. I don’t do big parties anymore- for the reasons you mentioned:) Your cart looks great with all the succulents on it. You were meant to have that cart! Happy T day!

  • I love reviving plants Kate! You reminded me of me! I’am not a party thrower but i can commiserate with how tired you are just from putting on the occassional Thanksgiving dinner.! That cake is so extraordinary i would have thought it was for a grown up and not a little girl.. My little girl was more of a ‘My Little Pony ‘ cake girl… but that was 25 years ago…lol Happy T day Kate! Hugs! deb

  • Your cake is simple amazing – and your sweet girl looks so pretty in her fabulous dress and your plants are just wonderful – and what a bargain this tray was – great- well done to buy it!
    Relax now… this was much work —
    Happy T-Day Kate!
    oxo Susi

  • That cake is a tower! The birthday girl is adorable ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not a fan of crowds (and 20 sounds like a crowd to me), so my parties are tiny and easy ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m glad to see your plants. It won’t be long until I’ll be putting them back outside. Happy T Tuesday

  • Amazing cake for an adorable little girl! Wow! I could have never managed a party for 20 people! I would need a couple of months to recooperate! Maybe next year a party for your son, and not your daughter. My daughter had three, and one got at a party each year, not every year! Oh, and I would have bought the cards, too! A bargain! Happy T- Day!

  • Wow Kate-what a cake. I wonder how you cut it it is so tall. But I bet everyone loved it. And what will you do for your son on his birthday? That cake and party sound like they will be hard to equal. Hope your had a restful T day. Hugs-Erika

  • I’m very impressed by the cake! – and a happy birthday to your wee girl, she looks totally adorable in her little party dress, and I hope she got over the overwhelm-ment, and enjoyed her party ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t realise your kids are so young, so I’m even more impressed that you manage to do anything creative at all! – your journal layouts are, as always, amazing, you can get lost in all the layers and texture and detail. And yes, I’m a hoarder too – got boxes full of cereal boxes, yogurt tubs etc etc – as the old saying goes, whoever dies with the biggest hoard, wins! Hope you are keeping safe and warm during this cold spell, take care ๐Ÿ™‚

  • WOW! That IS a CAKE!!! Your little one looks so sweet! I used to love having parties for my three boys but was always pleased when everyone left!! Your plants looks great on your bargain cart! Belated Happy T day! Chrisx

  • I am back from Missouri, where I spent two very sleepless days and nights. After returning, I crashed. Finally awake and drinking my first coffee of the day, I am thrilled to see you shared your T Tuesday Tessa birthday experience. She is such an angel and I loved seeing that TALL cake.
    I love your tea cart with the succulents on it. I have one I keep outside. I lost all my plants one year when I put them out too soon in April and we had a sudden freeze. I was sick about it, but have refused to replace them. Now I grow herbs and bring them in in the winter for a bit of greenery.
    Thank you for your contribution to T Tuesday this week. What a great way to share your mug of tea with us and there is green both inside and out this week. Looks like the snow has finally left your area.

  • The cake is amazing, Kate! It looks almost as tall as Tessa herself.
    The Goodwill bargain cart is perfect for your succulents. Your plants are lovely. A friend gave me an abundancia succulent for Christmas. I’m ashamed to say that it’s not thriving. I just don’t have a green thumb ;-(
    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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