Posts in the ‘Cake’ Category
This week's party photo comes from Lynlee B's adorable Cowgirl 3rd Birthday. As you may know from my previous post on edible cupcake toppers, I'm a huge fan of cute animals on cupcakes, so of course I had to chose this photo!
Check out the rest of this sweet and lovely cowgirl birthday! Great inspirational ideas here...
It's almost Christmas! Here's a way to get into the spirit with some more Christmas dessert table "eye candy." Enjoy... and have a very merry and safe Christmas!
Rebecca's Blake's Winter Candyland
Courtney's Pink Gingerbread House Tea Party
Nicole's Sugar Plum Fairy Birthday Party
Renee's Red & Blue Christmas Party
Rene's Wine & Cheese Open House
Stay tuned for New Year's party tables coming soon...
I'm obsessed with sweets in jars. It all started with my love of pies in jars and has branched out from there. Here are some of my favorite sweets in jars that would make great last minute gifts. Tell me these don't look delicious and... kinda cool.
Take a look at these seriously fantastic kids' parties we've seen on our site... I'm blown away by all the creativity.
Courtney D's Children's Gingerbread House Decorating Party - This gingerbread house is unbelievable and we love the candy cane Christmas trees. We haven't seen those before.
The Savvy Mom's Guides Gingerbread Play Party - The chefs hats and aprons are too cute, and there were two fun activities at this party: birdhouse decorating and cookie decorating.
Laura B's Crafty Kids Christmas Party - What a gorgeous table filled with candy canes, peppermint sticks, cookies, and snowballs and we love how Santa made a surprise appearance at the party.Snowman Children's Holiday Party - There are so many great details here from the snowball garlands to the big snowman centerpiece and little snowmen made out of marshmallows.
Laura M's Cookie Decorating Playdate - Such a pretty dessert table. We love all the red accents like the red sodas, red cupcakes and red backdrop.
If you throw a kids' holiday party of your own, please add it to our site so we can show it off!
(Enter our $50 CSN giveaway: Leave a comment here telling us what you want for Christmas. That's it!)
I love posting photos of the gorgeous cakes we get on our site. I'm continually blown away by the talent. Take a look and tell me which one is your favorite. I can't decide.
Brittany S's Casino 40th Birthday
Charynn O's Madelyn's 4th Birthday Party
Nicole W's A Magical Cornish Fairy Affair
Candace M's Janelle's Pixie Hollow Birthday
Brittany S's Super Mario Party
Frog Prince Paperie's Modern Dinosaur Birthday Adventure
Veronica B's Alice's Garden Party
Corrie S's Sophie's Everything Purple Baby Shower
Tonya S's Bears and Bees Birthday Party
Rebecca G's What are Little Boys Made Of?
Melissa and Kellie from Icing Designs gave me a sneak peak at their peppermint hot chocolate cupcakes.
I thought they were so cute and festive (like a warm cup of hot chocolate), I asked them if I could repost their tutorial and they so sweetly said yes! Wait 'til you see how easy it is...
- Make chocolate cupcakes
- Added a swirl of butter cream frosting
- Sprinkled some crushed peppermint and mini chocolate chips on top
- Add a mini candy cane for a handle
Here they even piped out little chocolate stars for the top... so cute!
To see more of Melissa and Kellie's party inspirations (and there are a lot), check out their blog. Also take a look at their beautiful parties on our site and at their Icing Designs Etsy shop where they sell gorgeous hand-illustrated, hand-glittered invitations and cards.
If you're thinking that you don't want to do a party in traditional Christmas colors this year, take some inspiration from these fresh wintery blue parties... Brrrrrrr.
Chris N's Let It Snow Ladies Night Gift Exchange -- I love the hanging silver snowflakes on the navy blue backdrop and the use of white and silver desserts.
Pamela S's Elegant Blues Holiday Party I love the use of the simple cake bunting and thosed iced mitten and present cookies are gorgeous.
Candace M's Winter Woodland Party -- Again I love the use of the hanging snowflakes, plus the silver dove, white reindeer, and white mountains as table accents give it a cool snowy feel.
Tiffany C's 2009 Girls Cocoa Party -- Again, hanging snowflakes, this time from the chandelier (great idea). Plus all the desserts are in white or baby blue, and simple teal ornaments and white snowballs give the table some visual punch.
To add a little inexpensive polish to your party, we're giving away a free Christmas printables collection designed by The Inspired Occasion that would fit great with a wintery blue party. The printables include Christmas party invitations, cupcake toppers/decorative circles, a large “Celebrate Christmas” bunting banner, food label tents/place cards, drink flags, and my personal favorite… a cake bunting banner.
If you throw a wintery blue holiday party, I'd love to see it. Please add it to our site so I can show it off.
I am loving edible cupcake toppers. They are so darn cute and such a fun, easy way to add finish to your party! They're not cheap unless you can make them yourself, but they are an unexpected twist on a traditional cupcake. Here are some examples from our site to inspire you...
Natalie R's Reach for the Sky Toy Story Party
Khaliah G's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Candy Buffet
Nicole W's Under the Sea Tea Party
Angela C's Fire Truck Birthday Bash
Kate G's A Yankee Baseball Bash
Chris S's Bumble Bee Baby Shower
Candace M's Janelle's Pixie Hollow
Bree H's Colbi's Giraffe Party
Kate A's Under the Sea Birthday Bash
Melissa C's Thanksgiving Cocktails and Dessert Party
Rebecca G's Cian's Wild First Birthday Party
When I first saw Kate A's Under the Sea Birthday Bash, I was blown away by all the amazing details.
I see a party like this and I want to know the story behind it. So I approached Kate and asked if I could do a spotlight feature on her party. I sent her a list of questions, and here's her story...
Who was the party for and how did you come up with your theme?
The party was to celebrate my son’s 3rd birthday. He has been an avid fan of sea life all year, so it was a natural choice for him.
How long did it take to plan?
I choose the theme and starting gathering ideas and products 6 months out. I know! That’s a long time. But since it was always a constant thought in the back of my mind, I knew to grab things when I saw them. For instance, I bought the favor buckets from the dollar section at Target in April. And they set the tone for the party colors and paper products.
What was your overall budget?
Well, that depends on who you ask. ; ) The truth is, party expenses can escalate quickly. I like to think that I limit the expense to the best of my ability without sacraficing the end result. The "Fish Kabobs" for instance were a find at my local grocery store for $1. I cut off the cheesey looking tag and tied them up with ribbon instead.
Did anyone help you put it together?
My husband was my saving grace for this party. He did the waves on the ceiling, the sea life decals on the walls, carved the watermelon shark, etc. Remind me to kiss him on his face again for all of that!
What was the most fun part of planning it?
The details! I love taking a party one step further. As I drive along or have quiet time to myself (HA!), I focus on different aspects. For instance, with the “Octopops” I thought, “how could I incorporate something with an octopus?” Or I’d think, “what looks like a sea urchin?”
What was the most difficult part of planning it?
Time management. Isn’t it always? You have to know what you are capable of, and when you’re asking too much of yourself. Jackson is 3 and I also have an eighteen month old. Each time they napped together, I swear the clouds parted, the sun started to shine, and I knew the Party Gods were looking down on me. (hehehe)
What DIY elements did you do?
Everything was homemade with the exception of the cookies, cake, and wall decals. But if you really look at the details and break them down, you’ll notice it’s all easily done. The jellyfish paper lanterns simply required me to tape ribbons to the inside of the lantern. I actually lack any artistic ability. So if you see something at a party of mine, just know you could totally do it yourself too!
What was your favorite DIY element?
The Octopus in a Blanket. That’s probably not the answer you were looking for, huh? At "Ariel’s Grotto" in Disneyland they serve Octopus hot dogs on top of macaroni and cheese. I loved that idea but wanted something quicker and easier for little hands, so I created Octopus in a Blanket. My older sister passed on that little nugget of Disneyland wisdom, but I think it’s incredibly smart to research something like that. If you do any kind of themed party relating in any way to Disney, investigate what they do and serve. They are the very best, after all!
What food and beverages did you serve?
All of the food was themed, which just meant I gave silly names to everything I served. Seaweed spread was artichoke dip, Pop Chips became Sand Dollars, etc. The party was at 11am on a Friday morning, so I served bottles of water, “Freshly Bottled Ocean Water” and Izze, “Sparkling Octopus Ink” to drink.
What, if any, activities did you have?
The kids “fished” in a blown up kiddie pool and made mini oceans to take home. If you try the game, I recommend leaving the balloons out of the pool. It was hard enough for the kids to “fish” without the balloons in the way. I thought the craft project was a total success. It was quick and easy. And I think the kids really enjoyed that they were able to customize their own ocean.
What was your favorite moment during the party?
You know, having nothing to do with the theme or effort involved, watching my little guy blow out his candles gets me every time.
Any lessons learned from planning the party (things you might do the same or differently next time)?
Two things: First, I made the rookie mistake of cutting my fabric into strips before ironing it. That meant the backdrop for the dessert table had creases in it. That makes me cringe every time I see a picture. And, I think for the first time I realized what my limitations are in the baking department and hired professionals to do it. Taking that stress off of myself was worth every penny.
Any final thoughts about the party?
Coming up with really thoughtful details is easy when you’re reading books, watching shows, singing songs and talking about the “theme” with your child daily. When you pick a theme that they really love, the details come naturally to you because you become an expert on the topic too!
Thank you, Kate, for sharing with us all about your awesome party! What a great job you did! To see more of Kate's parties, check out her gorgeous Pinkies Out! Tea Party on our site and if you want to learn more about Kate, please visit her blog, CupKate's Event Design.
This week's party photo comes from Frog Prince Paperie's Gingerbread Christmas Cookie Exchange.
What a gorgeous dessert table and this gingerbread house is the absolute show stopper! Check out the rest of this party with the adorable printables. Plus, check out the other fabulous Frog Prince Paperie's parties on our site.