Today's post starts with a confession: as much as I love a good party, I really don't like planning, catering for or throwing parties, especially if they're at my home! I'm not sure if it's because I'm a bit of a control freak who always ends up biting off more than I can chew, or if my aversion to hosting parties is due to the fact that they exhaust me, but the fact is, my stress levels always increase significantly when anyone in my family says, "Let's have a party".
This is one of the reasons (among several) why we only allow the cheeky monkeys to have a birthday party every second year. As it happens, this year is an appointed "birthday party year", and the monkeys are already planning what kind of parties they want, who they'll invite and, most importantly, what they want their birthday cake to look like.
Of course, since they're both born later in the year and their birthdays are still far off, their ideas keep changing and morphing, depending on their mood! Currently, we're all a little enamoured of paper wafer decorations for cakes, cupcakes and cookies. For someone like me, who has a bit of a love-hate relationship with the icing and decorating of birthday sweet treats (just ask Mr Cheeky Monkeys, ohhh the stories he could tell you!), the idea of using these gorgeous edible decorations appeals to me very much! The examples you see in this post are from three different Etsy stores that caught my eye, all of which, very importantly, ship to Australia for a reasonable cost. Have you used edible paper wafers in your cake or cookie decorating? If you have, how did you find it? Did you get the results you were wanting or will you stick to traditional decorating techniques in future?