Could my oldest daughter possibly be 20?!? Man, time flies! I am O.L.D.
We decided on a Hawaiian / Luau themed party for family and friends, and while there are plenty of cheesy finds for a luau party, we were trying to escape the cheap look that plastic lei’s and paper flowers can bring to a special occasion. Since she’s clearly not a little girl anymore, we wanted to go with a more “classy” look. And, since I was dying to try my hand at gum paste flowers, it worked out perfectly. As it turns out, those little flowers turned out to be a blessing.
Amidst the party planning, we were completely blindsided by my 16 year old daughter being diagnosed with a rare brain disease. It completely rocked our world. For a week she needed me to be right by her side while recovering from several medical procedures. After the first day of lying next to her in my bed, crying, praying and worrying, I told myself I needed to be busied with something to keep my mind occupied. The flowers! So, I set myself up right next to her in my king-size bed with TV tray, gum paste, paint brushes, luster dust, wire, etc. and began to roll, press, cut, and mostly… escape. Several hundred leaves, stamens, and flowers later I found some relief. Creativity is therapy for me, indeed.
Three weeks later I used those flowers to create an easy, beautiful Tiki-Hut cake with Piroutte cookies affixed with buttercream icing. The party turned out great, and both of my girls are doing well!