I’ve been told many times that I am an old soul and I choose to take it as a compliment. I’m sure it has a lot to do with the fact that I am a lover of ‘old fashioned’ things. One of which is my grandmothers’ weathered old recipe book which houses baked goods that adorn the memories of my youth and Sunday afternoons spent bent over the pages in hungry anticipation.
We used to have a book in our house, called The Australian Woman’s Weekly Birthday Cake book. It is actually still going strong and I have passed the birthday cake-selecting tradition onto my children. No birthday buildup was ever complete without flicking through the pages and selecting our very own birthday cakes and treats – clearly BP (before Pinterest!). My kids now do the same and have happily selected cakes and treats 3 or 4 birthdays in advance.
The chord these memories strike in me is one of nostalgia and has instilled a love for home made goodies especially for party time. I’m going to share some ideas (and recipes), which I’m sure you will all remember from your birthday parties as kids that I love using – no matter the theme. The kids love them just as much as I did and getting them involved in the party prep is half the fun.
Today’s parties are mostly an assortment of woolies bulk party packs or candy store buys – don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with that but I do long for some good old fashioned baking or at least an attempt at some home made goodies to add that special touch to any party table.
We did a Wild & Free party recently and our aim was to have everything home made. Have a look at the food table and some of the other decor elements we included…
I have included a party favourite below – hopefully they feature on your party table soon!
Toffee Apple Recipe
- 3 apples (either red or green)
- 2 cups of castor sugar
- ½ cup water
- 3 skewers
- Food colouring (if desired)
- Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
- Pierce the skewers through the apples, into the core.
- Heat the sugar, water and food colouring (if desired) in a sauce pan and let it heat up slowly. Do not, stir as the sugar will crystallize.
- Once all the sugar has melted, remove from the heat and dip the apples into the sugar making sure to cover the entrance of the skewer.
- Let the apples set at room temperature for 30 minutes.