I will attempt to correct my earlier mishap post , which combined 2 different threads in one post. It was  was accidentally mis-posted uncorrected. I seem to be finding myself with this problem quite frequently. i took it for granted they were the fault of Windows, Word press or whichever platform I used. “Cursed be Windows or WordPress, how unreliable” was my battle cry..But lately I am noticing a pattern the common denominator seems to be me, in every case.

 Well honesty is raising it’s annoying little head shedding light and reason on the subject. I have to admit to an unpleasant thought which has occurred to me,  it is not the fault of Windows, nor is it the fault of Word Press, it certainly is not the fault of my computer. It might be me, oh of course it is me. So sorry dear readers, I am the source of these little mishaps.

I’m hoping you find this charmingly amusing,”Oh that Barbara Harms, she is such a nincompoop”. Yet you find yourself strangely drawn to read on anyway, even if it is only to be amazed at the level of  of ineptitude, surely this is not possible.  Perhaps it has become a little game, mark your calendar, “oh here’s another one, I can’t imagine any one person capable of so many blunders!” Soon you’ll begin to look for them, like a lively game of “Where’s Waldo?”. And don’t we all love that game? Of course we do!!

Here’s another opportunity, I am going to correct that post, with a long drawn out one [that’s a mistake in itself. Score one}. Here are a few cakes that I’ve made, for various parties.

 Bear in mind these were made by a nonprofessional cake novice. Tasting good was not a requirement, only did they add to the ambiance of the occasion?  Remember they all have their little side tilt and misapplied icing, but I love theme parties and cakes are a good way to pull together a theme.

 Now on to the post. This will be a series, I have just decided looking at the massive length already. These are thrown in the Obsessive entertainment style. By definition this involves never knowing when enough is enough,that’s my hallmark. I’ll show a couple today and save more for the series posts known as  Obsessive Entertaining, I style I love.


The first theme is cutesy or precious

Girls tea partyIMG_0066

I made little daisy wreaths for girls to wear

[ “You will wear this until I get pictures!” says one Mommie

to her cutesy child. It’s all about the kids.]

Table girls tea


OBSESSIVE, I MADE THE NAPKINS AND TABLE TOPPER. Please note the cute pink flower trim all along the bottom of the topper. This is an excellent example of the OBSESSIVE style, You never know when you are carrying your theme too-far. 

No one else will even notice, but you’ll know it is there.

Next theme, A Mary Engelbreit Tea Party

“The queen of everything and princess of quite a lot”

This is my interpretation of a Mary Engelbreit tea party

The kids will not know who Mary Englebreit is, but they will like the colors and tea pots. Many Mommies may recognize this adorable quaint style of Mary Englebreit. For the Obsessive hostess it offers a theme to rally around and center the entire party around. Finding as many ways possible to weave that theme in with every conceivable way possible is the point. The tinier the detail, the more satisfying for our hostess.

Mary tea party cakeMary Englebreit

 A few Obsessive touches. I made the place cards using paper dolls. The teapot cake was based on a Mary Engelbreit cake I thought was cute. I used a large ceramic baking casserole bowl to bake the cake in. Then I shaped as needed to look teapot- ish, with a large cake knife. Now with the “tea pot cake” body finished we will follow the same process for the lid.. The lid was baked in a smaller bowl and shaped with the cake knife. The spout, handle and lid tip were fashioned from fondant. I used a few toothpicks to stabilize them where they  attached to the teapot cake.

I made the table topper and napkins using fabric from a Mary Englebriet fabric line. You’ll notice the classic Obsessive Style, on closer inspection of the napkins, a strip of blue check fabric along the edges and blue rick rac .The napkin rings are from Mary Englebriet, tiny teapots. The cups along and luncheon plates were also from Mary Engelbreit.  

Mary  tea

Tea cookies

Cakes update for themed parties, more entertaining, part two

Themed Parties, Special Times!!!  More Entertaining, part two

Ode to the Cherry Blossoms

The thought behind this luncheon was based on a charming observance practiced In Japan. In appreciation for the natural beauty of the blooming cherry  trees, as each new variety begins it’s bloom cycle, the Japanese travel there. Enjoying the spectacular beauty while picnicking under the trees.  As the next variety of cherry tree begins it’s bloom cycle, they travel to see the next spectacular display of beautiful blossoms, this continues until the last trees lose their blossoms. Isn’t that such a beautiful tradition?

How do they know where to go and when the different varieties have begun their bloom cycle? Updates are announced, I imagine them like ski reports, “Fresh snow at Tahoe, good ski conditions”. I may be oversimplifying the cherry blossom tradition, I read about it in a book and was instantly delighted by the beautiful images it conjured in my mind.thought. I wanted  to have my own  tribute to the cherry blossoms, and this luncheon came from that idea. Ode to the Cherry Blossom!

Welcome the Cherry Blossom luncheon


I made the obi and tied it- the internet, a wealth of information available
I made the obi and tied it- the internet, a wealth of information available



Cherry Blossom Luncheon-the cake I decorated
Cherry blossom limb made with fondant.
It's Raining Pink- detail
These cherry blossoms will will soon finish their spectacular display, then on to the next blooming trees.

                                                                                                                                                                                             A Party For A Special Friend 

Here’s a going away luncheon for a friend who was, you guessed was moving away. I wanted it to fit her personality. She loves cats, no she isn’t a quilter but does do many beautiful hand crafts, I believes she crochets as well.

She collects childhood memorabilia, that stir special childhood memories, like Raggedy Ann. Do you remember her? I sure do. Oh, the fun of imaging a world filled with fairies, trees that had little houses in them & candy growing on trees and dolls who had candy hearts. The book’s were from a gentler time, they contained the most beautiful illustrations that stirred a young girl’s imagination.

However, a problem I encountered, I just couldn’t find enough Raggedy Ann memorabilia  [ at least what I could afford] to support a tea luncheon. But her quilt [ of course there was quilt giving involved!] was old fashioned and fit that kind of childhood  memory.

I’m no pro but tried to make the cake cute. I made one in a style that I thought she would like. It had  to have a kitty on it! She loves her kitty cats .



Going away tea

Spring Tea Parties

Surrounded by Overflowing Gardens, Fragrance in the Air, Gentle Sun Light and The Romance of Yesteryear

My Annual Spring Tea Party, spring flowers abloom.

Here are a few cakes I made for my annual spring Victorian tea parties. Ladies who love to dress up in older romantic styles, big hats, lace tablecloths who are  surrounded by a spring garden overflowing with roses, foxglove and maybe a few late blooming peonies, pretty tea cups, tiny sweets and cucumber sandwiches, this is a party for you.

I know there are many quilters drawn to this sort of thing, not all of course, but quite a few. There are many gardeners among us & flower lovers. These proclaim a happy “Ouugh, that’s so pretty” when seeing a beautiful teapot. I’ve seen you on Pinterest and know my theory is right. Why, just judging from the many old fashioned floral fabrics and patterns, that proves my That much is obvious, because manufactures wouldn’t keep manufacturing them, if no one liked them. Look around at the fabric in popular quilt shops, and at the patterns. Thumb through a few quilting magazines, you’ll have to agree, even if your taste runs towards more contemporary,  you’ll still see my point. And by the way, you can like both styles,[ I know that I do].

Back to the topic of spring tea parties. I haven’t done a spring tea in a long time, just not up to it. But I love doing them, despite the massive work involved, maybe you would enjoy throwing one someday soon? Be sure to post the pictures, I would love it!!! And I think that many other closet romantics would as well.





So there you have it, a few cakes and parties I’ve thrown for several special occasions. I’m a self taught amatuer and it takes me literally a whole day to do one, not including the baking. At the end of the day’s work. my entire self, kitchen, floor and sink are covered with colored icing & powdered sugar. There’s so many discolored bowls, dishcloth’s and fingers tinted by the cake decorating colors that it looks like an unsupervised 2 year old was let loose, having the best unsupervised time of his life. Throwing sugar up into the air, pretending it was a snow storm. Painting the walls with icing, as he had observed daddy painting walls last week, but Daddy used a brush, he’d made due..Rolling in icing like Spot does on the lawn. Then painting his entire body with icing and making his own tattoos on himself, just like the ones his older teenaged brother had, but lots more. Of course his bro would never choose pink cake coloring as the ink color, but no matter, sometimes we must make due with what is available to us. The he finger painting with the food coloring, like the paintings his sister brings home from kindergarten. But he couldn’t think of any way imitate his mother’s eyes with lighting bolts coming out of them as soon as she saw this lovely mess, so he skipped her. But all in all, his unsupervised play day was a complete success and the most fun he had ever experienced in his whole supervised  life of 2 years. That’s my kitchen and me after a cake!

You’ve never seen such a mess!  I save it for only a few special occasions  I have to admit it though, it is fun, if it doesn’t turn out to be a flop that is. I take pictures of my masterpieces and force them on other people, at any excuse, just as I am doing now. But at least you have to option to leave my blog, just imagine if I had you corned in my living room, you’d be trapped with no polite way to escape me and my boring photos. Count yourselves fortunate, at least I haven’t drug out travel photos yet, but  don’t think for a minute I wouldn’t do it. I do have a miniscule amount of common sense, you can only  push a person so much, before they go postal on  you. And besides, I’d  lose all my readers for sure!