Earlier this year, my partner and I undertook a big fat mutha of a project in the form of turning my daughter’s 6th birthday party into a music video shoot for the Dr Glam kid’s song ‘Chocolate Spider’. It sounded simple enough, killing two spiders with one stone. Less expense (snigger) and less work (stage volume belly laugh).

It sounded so easy…and it was SO much work. Having zero budget really exercised my creative muscles. There was the spider costume, which my clever aunt helped me to make. We simply stuffed two pairs of black tights, attached them to my daughter’s black top, and segmented these legs with string. Then I tied the extra legs together with black elastic to give the costume movement and shape. It worked so well. Here’s a still from the shoot:

The set was of major importance and we used a great studio that we were so happy to get for a song, thanks to our friend Virginia. Luckily, there was a green screen already there, so I made a happy woodland picnic scene with branches, twigs, spider web, green fake fur and huge paper blooms. Thank you Martha Stewart for the tutorial!

Set - Work in Progress

My daughter Mia and I made an effective production line to create the party favours. These gold noodle boxes were perfect. Mia wrote each friend’s name on a little leaf and added them on at the end.

The party favours were gold noodle boxes decorated with felt daisies. each contained heart-shaped shortbread cookies.

These chocolate spider cupcakes were the stars of the food table.

Bite them before they bite you

I’ll add my best chocolate cupcake recipe when I manage to get my recipe section up and running. They were turned from mild-mannered, plain cupcakes into spiders by adding liquorice legs and spooky, yet comical icing eyes.

The whole day was an amazing adventure for the kids, and some of the fancy dress costumes were truly inspired. Special mention must go to my friend Kate’s homemade costumes; her son was a caterpillar with legs made from stuffed odd socks (now you know what to do with those widowed socks) and her daughter was a penguin complete with peaked cap beak. Ingenius!

Watch this space for the full music video in glorious technicolour…