Last weekend we threw a surprise birthday party for my mom. We got her SO GOOD! She had absolutely no idea what we were plotting. My dad planned a shopping day in the States and the rest of us got to work on the set up. There were so many people who came to help and make the party a success. I think we had well over 40 guests by the end of the night! Both my parents are Dutch and my Mom has an extra special place in her heart for all things Netherlands. So naturally, we threw a Dutch themed party! Decorations, Dutch food (including salted herring and dropjies) and costumes. I wanted to design a special theme cake that incorporated lots of different Dutch accents. This cake had fondant tulips, wooden shoes, Dutch row houses, dropjies, flags, porcelain windmills and of course lots of red, white and blue. The bottom layer was Dutch chocolate with mocha buttercream and the top layer was red velvet cake with vanilla buttercream. LEKKER!