I am a big Tim Burton fan and an even bigger Nightmare Before Christmas fan! My original thought was "that's it! Me and Mr S are going to be Jack and Sally!" that was before I did some research into how much hiring a costume was. Wowee. Needless to say we went to the party as neither Jack nor Sally. Sad face. I did get to make the birthday girl a wicked cool Jack Skellington cake which I think more than made up for my lack of awesome costume.
I remember in high school most of my friends had seen Nightmare Before Christmas and talked about how scared it made them as kids, me on the other hand, I had never seen it! I decided to get it out on video (yes video, it was a while ago now!) and I fell in love instantly! I loved it so much, in fact, that I played it on repeat while working on my photography project (I failed photography by the way, I'm sure it wasn't because of the movie though). In later years I purchased a copy on DVD but now it has mysteriously disappeared, that's what happens when you go flatting! So while making this cake I was forced to find You Tube soundtrack playlists to get my Nightmare fix. My favourite song is definitely What's This? closely followed is This is Halloween and then Jack's Obsession.
I'm ashamed to say that I ended up going as Cat Woman for lack of a better costume, I bought a $2 mask and wore all black office attire. Mr S's costume wasn't much better, we put a jacket on him, scissors in his hands and attempted to make "scars" on his face with grey eye shadow all to make a very half-arsed attempt at Edward Scissor Hands. There were some amazing costumes but none stood out as much as my cute and tiny cousin, Kristina's. She was the real Corpse Bride!
I got so overwhelmed by exciting costumes and a couple of glasses of wine I completely forgot to take a photo of the cake once it was cut. I purposely made a red velvet cake with red buttercream filling which was carefully disguised under Jack's white face, just to make it a bit more spooky! My mum also helped out by bringing along some food, little did I know she made little Nightmare Before Christmas cupcakes! If you've ever wondered where I get my baking skills and love for all things decorated cake, it's my mum!