Father’s Day

Today is Father’s day in Australia, so Dad and the rest of the regular crew (nanna, aunt, uncle, cousin) came over for brunch: sausages, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, hash browns and croissants. And cupcakes for dessert, of course. I put my recent obsession with red and aqua to good use this week to create this small dessert table for the occasion. Hubby said the pom-poms weren’t very masculine and I’ll admit those at least were for my enjoyment more than my Dad’s. Selfish craft activities aside, I do have a super Dad and we had a fun meal.

Very cheap fabric – $2 per metre.

Frames from St Vinnies, painted red. Pom-poms thanks to this tutorial.
The window covering proved to be the hardest, as I didn’t have a single piece of fabric wide and long enough. I ended up improvising, with removable hooks, string, fabric and a red, paper “pelmet”. Not ideal but the best solution after a few failed attempts.

Vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting. Recipe below.

I need to work on my piping technique!

The gloss paint was from Bunnings and I still have plenty left. I’ll repaint the frames pink for my Girls Night In next month. The frames were $4 each from an op shop but I’m not sure that was any cheaper than buying new frames from a bargain store.

I already owned the large candy jars (from Brown Button Trading). The small aqua dishes were $1 each and the lidded jars about $2.50 each from a bargain store at Marrickville.

The blue jelly beans were from Georgiou’s at Petersham.

The table setting was a mixture of blue and red placements we already had.

Here are some of my favourite sites for inspiration on parties and dessert tables:

Kara’s Party Ideas

Birthday Girl

The Sweetest Occasion

Celebrations at Home

Mini Gaga

Swanky Tables

Sandra Downie

My Life – My Loves

Vanilla Cupcakes
This recipe was  passed on to me by my friend, Kym. I believe it comes from Commonsense Cookery Book. No detailed method was supplied so this is what I did.


125g butter
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 cup milk


Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating until mixed. Mix in vanilla.

Add the sifted flour and milk, alternating. Begin and finish with flour, beating until combined after each addition.

Spoon into patty cases. Fill each halfway. I use a Texas-size tray and make 12 cupcakes.

Bake at 180 degrees Celsius (160 fan-forced)  for 12-15 minutes, depending on size.


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3 Responses to Father’s Day

  1. Kim

    Wow! what a fabulous table and thank you so much for purchasing your jars from my shop – very exciting to see them being used. xxx

  2. Karen


    Can you please tell me how you did the icing? It looks brilliant. Did it stand up to the heat at all? My icing never seems to hold it’s shape. Thank you

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