I was invited to a "July in January" birthday party where we nibbled on summer hors d'oeuvres, drank fruity cocktails and wore Hawaiian leis. We didn't let the Chicago snow get us down!
I thought penguins having their own little pool party would be a fun addition since they love partying in the winter too.
On a bit of a side note, the birthday girl hosting the party adopted a shiba inu that my husband and I fostered last year. We first got him when he was just 2 months old and he was from a rescue organization that saved him from a puppy mill. Want to see how he looked when we got him?
Yup, quite the cutie.
He and his owner are perfect for each other!
His girlfriend even came to play. They are just so cute.
Adorable dogs, witty interesting people and delicious food with refreshing margaritas made it a fantastic party.
Anyways, back to the cake!
I created the penguins ahead of time. Everything is fondant minus the black dots of the eyes (that was created using an edible black marker).
Then the igloo. If I needed a cake that served more, I would have created the igloo out of cake as well. Since that wasn't the case, I just used a styrofoam base, covered it in a little frosting and then fondant. I then randomly made "blocks" around the igloo with a sharp tool.
I then created the base. Before icing and covering with fondant, I dug out a little bit of the cake on top so that I could make a "pool."
I then added blue food gel for the water and placed the penguins and igloo on the cake. Once I got to the party, the little cocktail umbrellas were added to give it a bit of beach festivity.