How To Throw A Farmer's Market Themed Cocktail Party

by Jillian Leslie on

How To Throw A Farmer's Market Cocktail Party | CatchMyParty.comEvery Saturday, my husband, daughter, and I go to the farmer's market in downtown Palo Alto, CA.

I love everything about it: the explosion of colors, the smells, the tastes, watching as the fruits and vegetables change throughout the season, and saying hello to my favorite farmers. It's truly a special place for me.

So when Shutterfly asked me to try out their custom home decor collection, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to use the farmer's market as my inspiration for a fun cocktail party.

Up until now, I'd only bought photo books from Shutterfly, so I was excited to discover all their customizable home decor. And what impressed me the most, aside from the large selection, was how easy it was to personalize each item, and turn them into one-of-a-kinds.

To get my party planning off the ground, I took a ton of photos with my iPhone on my next trip to the farmer's market. Then I started customizing...

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How To Decorate A Farmer's Market Themed Cocktail Party

My first goal was to bring the spirit of the farmer's market into my dining room.

I used the Shutterfly Design-a-Wall to create this three panel mounted wall art. I featured closeups of red and green heirloom tomatoes, purple plums, and green artichokes.

I was able to create these images in minutes, and I LOVE how they turned out! They looked so professional -- you'd never know they were quick iPhone photos.

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To make hanging easy, Shutterfly sent a handy paper hanging guide, complete with level, to make sure the photos were straight and perfectly placed. This was such a help and I was able to hang the photos in under five minutes.

Next, I made two custom photo pillows. I created one from a photo of gorgeous purple zucchinis, and another from vibrant flowers. I wasn't planning on displaying the pillows under my photos, but when I randomly placed them there, I really liked how it looked.

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I'm also big into surrounding myself with affirmations, quotes, and "power" words.

I believe we all create our own narratives, so why not make the words we surround ourselves with as strong and positive as possible?

I incorporated four of my favorite words in my decor: "Happy," "Breezy," "Cheery," and "Jaunty." My old dog, Gertie, used to have a jaunty walk, so that word is near and dear to my heart!

I also created a personalized burlap table runner with my four words written down the middle, and I created two custom pillows with the words "Happy" and "Breezy" on them.

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Next, I personalized my glass decanter with the quote: "Wine a bit. You'll feel better." Seriously, what could be more apropos at a cocktail party? I thought it would make my guests laugh.

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And I repeated my favorite words on four wine glasses. If we are all suggestible, as I keep learning, what a subtle way to coax my guests into having a good time.

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Next I designed this "Let's Eat" desktop plaque to place on my table. Close by, I displayed a bowl of fresh farmer's market peaches. Again, my goal is always to create warm, welcoming, layered touches.

I personalized this cutting board with the saying: "Good food. Good life." This is a quote I live by, and is my philosophy when entertaining.

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I also personalized this glass jar with the words"Tasty Stuff," and filled it with caramel corn, for a playful touch of sweetness.

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And lastly, I designed this personalized serving tray using one of my sunflower photos. It added another bright pop of color, and I paired it with some real sunflowers for added punch.

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I love how my party turned out, with its bold colors and whimsical details. Here are some more photos for you to enjoy...

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How To Throw A Farmer's Market Themed Cocktail Party |

How To Throw A Farmer's Market Themed Cocktail Party |

Thank you, Shutterfly, for helping me create these beautiful, items with ease. And thanks for letting me bring my love of the farmer's market into my home. You've made one girl very happy, cheery, breezy, and jaunty!

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Cheers to a summer filled with good food and good friends!

How To Decorate A Farmer's Market Themed Cocktail Party |

If you want to give your home that stylish, personalized touch, check out Shutterfly's Home Decor Collections. They make it so easy for you to create your vision!

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This post is sponsored by Shutterfly, but all ideas, inspirations, and good vibes are mine!

Moana Birthday Celebration and More!

by Jillian Leslie on

Wait until you see the awesome parties added to Catch My Party this week. You are going to love the parties I've chosen as this week's favorites.

Moana birthday parties are still going strong and are such a popular theme for girls, especially over the summer months! So, brace yourselves, because you are going to love the amazing ideas at this one!!

My favorite parties this week include a Moana birthday celebration, a Italian summer party, a rustic cocktail party and a roaring 20's 30th birthday party |

My favorite parties this week include this wonderful Moana birthday celebration, a gorgeous Tuscan Summer backyard concert, a stunning ladies' rustic cocktail party, and a dazzling  Roaring 20's birthday party.

Here are my 4 favorites below:

Party Lab Miami I's Emmie's Moana Birthday Celebration

My favorite details:

  • The awesome tiered birthday cake, made up of a pineapple, Pua the pig, and Hei Hei the chicken
  • The fantastic tropical dessert table with the stunning Moana and Maui backdrop and balloon decorations
  • The adorable mix of decorated cookies
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Brittany S' Tuscan Summer Backyard Concert

My favorite details:

  • The incredible dessert table with a lady in an Italian costume, as a centerpiece!
  • The delicious party food, such as the bite size spaghetti and meatball on a skewer
  • The beautiful outdoor table settings with fresh sunflower centerpieces
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Shaina B's Take Time to Toast 

My favorite details:

  • The amazing balloon garland made with a gorgeous palette of pastel pinks
  • The stunning floral runner in the center of the table
  • The beautiful fresh flower wreath hanging on the door welcoming guests
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 14 & Hudson /Paula Clemente Woods's Nicole's 30th Roaring 20's Party

My favorite details:

  • The stylish black and gold dessert table with the feather boa decorations
  • The wonderful cupcakes with chic black vintage wrappers and toppers
  • The incredible white, black, and gold tiered cake that just oozes the 1920's
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We're heading to San Francisco for a week. We're house swapping with my in-laws who live in San Francisco (how nice are they to give up their house!). My daughter is going to be a tinkerer, while David and I get to explore the city in our sweatshirts (because San Francisco in the summer doesn't feel anything like summer), and eat great food. Have a wonderful week!



Skinny Margarita Lime Jello Shots Recipe

by Jillian Leslie on

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Want a fun way to entertain your guests this summer? Check out this skinny margarita lime jello shot recipe!

They shots look like lime slices but are much more delicious. Your guests will fall for them. They are perfect to serve at a summer party or by the pool!

Skinny Margarita Jello Shots Recipe

  • 1 cup skinny margarita mix
  • ¾ cup blanco tequila
  • 2 packets unflavored gelatin
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened lime juice
  • Lime zest
  • Limes
Jello Shots Ingredients |

Tip: helpful tool is a pumpkin carving knife (who would have thought?!)

Optional: Add 1-2 drops neon green food coloring to make the jello shots pop with color!


Step 1

Cut each lime in half. Use the pumpkin carving knife to score the inside of the limes.


Cut the Lime in Half and Score the Inside |

Step 2

Gently peel back the lime pulp. I continued to use my hands to peel and remove the pulp, however you can use a spoon to scoop it out as well. Place the empty limes into mini cupcake tin.

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Step 3

Pour 1 cup skinny margarita mix into a small saucepan. Sprinkle the unflavored gelatin into the mix. Heat the mix and gelatin on low until the gelatin completely dissolves. Remove from heat and cool.

Add the ¾ cup tequila to the margarita mix. Add the 2 tablespoons sweetened lime juice (I just added sugar to the lime juice to sweeten it).

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Step 4

Fill each of the lime halves with the mix. Chill for 3-4 hours or overnight until the jello shots are solid. Sprinkle coarse salt and lime zest on the shot before you serve!

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Cut into slices and serve!

Chill the Jello Shots Overnight |

Chill the Jello Shots Overnight |

These shots are refreshing and fun for summer!

Ready to Serve Skinny Margarita Jello Shots |

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Parisian Ladurée Baby Shower and More!

by Jillian Leslie on

You won't believe how many incredible parties were added to Catch My Party this week. I had a really hard time picking out my 4 favorite because there were so many to choose from. Thank you to everyone that shared their parties.

Don't miss the wonderful vintage Parisian Ladurée baby shower that will surely inspire you. The dessert table cart is wonderful and adds such a gorgeous touch to the party.

My favorite parties this week include a Parisian Laduree baby shower, a summer camp party, a bambi birthday party and a unicorn of the sea birthday party |

My favorite parties this week include this gorgeous Parisian Ladurée baby shower, an awesome summer camp birthday party, an adorable Bambi themed birthday party, and an amazing unicorn of the sea birthday party.

Here are my 4 favorites below:

Ashlynn C's Parisian Ladurée Baby Shower

My favorite details:

  • The wonderful Ladurée dessert cart with all the wonderful sweets
  • The beautiful tiered naked cake decorated with gorgeous fresh flowers
  • The stunning vintage table settings with the pretty floral arrangements
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Alison M's Sawyer's Summer Camp 5th Birthday Adventure

My favorite details:

  • The cute mix of merit badge decorated cookies
  • The fantastic s'mores tiered birthday cake
  • The fun scavenger hunt party activity bags
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Tiffany H's Lily's Bambi Inspired 3rd Birthday

My favorite details:

  • The sweet Bambi decorated tiered birthday cake
  • The adorable mix of Bambi inspired decorated cookies
  • The fun Thumper pinata
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Cassia D's Blakely's Magical Narwhal Birthday Bash 

My favorite details:

  • The gorgeous pink unicorn of the sea inspired birthday cake topped with a unicorn horn
  • The adorable narwhal party favor paper bags
  • The amazing mix of beautifully decorated cookies
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I went to Ladurée in NYC last summer and thought it was so beautiful. I felt Parisian just being there, plus the macarons were to die for! I'm excited that I got to show off this beautiful party.

Plus, we have our first narwhal party! My daughter is a huge narwhal fan. They're unicorns of the sea (actually whales with horns), but what could be cooler? :) I hope we get more narwhal parties. I can feel a trend coming.

We're having a lovely, relaxed summer. I hope you are, too. For us, we have about three weeks left until school starts. I'm not ready!!

12 Awesome Minions Party Supplies

by Jillian Leslie on

Minions & Despicable Me birthday parties, are so popular with kids and so much fun!! There's not a child who doesn't love them and with the movie Despicable Me 3 in theaters right now, you can bet Minions parties are going to be on the rise.

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So, if you're planning a Minions or Despicable Me 3 themed birthday party, make sure you check out these 12 awesome Minions party supplies.

We've got amazing ideas for invitations, cakes, party favors, cookies, decorations and more! Take a look...


Minions Party Invitation

Get your Minions or Despicable party off to a great start with this fantastic Minions party invitation!

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Minions Party Poster

Take a look at this fun personalized Minions birthday party poster which will look great on a dessert table or on a wall, and a is a fantastic keepsake for years to come!

Minions birthday party poster |

Minions Cake Topper

These mischievous Minions are perfect and easy way decorate a fun birthday cake. Just add them to a store bought cake and you've got it!

Minions Cake Topper |

Minions Cupcake Wrappers & Toppers

Finish off cupcakes with these awesome Minions cupcake wrappers and toppers to give your party that cute Minion look you're after. Make your cupcakes look like little Minions.

Minions Cupcake Wrappers & Toppers |

Minions Cookies

Guests love cookies and these cool Minions and Agnes' fluffy unicorn plush ones are no exception. They'll look great on a your dessert table!

Minion Cookies |

Minions Dessert Table Backdrop

Add some Minions fun to your dessert table with this cute personalized Minions backdrop. Sure to bring life to your party and you can get it personalized!

Minions Backdrop |

Minions Garland

You can't have a Minions birthday party and not have bananas, right? This bananas garland is so much fun and will look great either up on a wall or decorating your dessert table.

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Minions Party Balloons

Decorate your dessert table with these awesome Minions party balloons or simply have a bunch scattered around the room to make yours guests feel like they are in the company of actual Minions.Minions Party Balloons |

Minions Pinata

Kids will love to bash this Minion pinata. It's a great way to end your party! When the candy falls out watch how excited your guests get!

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Minions Photo Booth Props

Your guests will have so much fun taking photos with this great set of Minions photo booth party props. Mix and match all sorts of Minions for great photos and lots of laughs!

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Minions Tee Shirt

What a cool Minions party tee shirt for a birthday boy or girl! You could even treat your guests to one and give them as party favors.

Minions Tee Shirt |

Minions Party Favors

These Minions party favor packages are so cool and original! Personalize them with your son or daughter's name, and fill them with goodies so you can send guests home with a smile on their face.

Minions Party Favor |

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Reese's Peanut Butter Milkshake Recipe

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Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake Recipe |

This milkshake is perfect for summer and for those of us who LOVE Reese's Peanut Butter Cups!!! I could eat this every day. :)



Reese's Peanut Butter Milkshake Recipe

What you need:
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • ¼-½ cup milk
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Nutter Buddy
  • Waffle cones
  • Hot fudge
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Blender
Milkshake Ingredients |

Milkshake Ingredients |


Step 1:

Place milkshake glass or beer mug into the freezer for 30 minutes prior to making the milkshake.

Step 2:

Remove glass from freezer. Using a spoon, spread the hot fudge around the rim of the glass. The hot fudge is thick and will not run down the glass; it also holds the candy on the rim really well! Roll the rim in coarsely chopped Reese’s Pieces. Place the glass back in the freezer while you make the milkshake.

Hot Fudge Over the Glass Rim |

Hot Fudge Rolled Over the Glass Rim |

Step 3:

For one milkshake, scoop 4 scoops of vanilla or chocolate ice cream into your blender. Add 3-4 of the larger Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or a handful of the mini cups. For extra peanut butter flavor you can add 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Ella and Annie added a handful of the Reese’s Pieces too! Pour in the milk and blend until smooth.

Tip: when adding milk, do so in small additions until you get the desired consistency.

Rest Of The Ingredients Blended Together |

Step 4:

Remove your glass from the freezer and line the glass with chocolate sauce. Pour in the Reese’s milkshake. Top the milkshake with an additional scoop of ice cream.

Step 5:

Drizzle chocolate sauce over the scoop of ice cream. We added a Nutter Buddy and pieces from a waffle cone for added deliciousness! Chocolate Sauce Drizzled Over the Milkshake |

Delicious Peanut Butter Milkshake |


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Pink Angel First Birthday Party and More!

by Jillian Leslie on

So many wonderful parties were added to Catch My Party that I can't wait to share them with you!!

You really don't want to miss this stunning pink angel first birthday party with it's gorgeous winged birthday cake and fun donut board. Seriously!

So, have a look through this week's 4 favorite parties for  many great ideas for parties you'll be hosting soon!!

My favorite parties this week include a pink angel first birthday party, a secret garden party, a carousel party and a modern safari birthday party |

My favorite parties this week include this gorgeous pink angel first birthday party, a stunning Secret Garden birthday party, a adorable vintage carousel birthday party, and a cool modern safari birthday party.

Here are my 4 favorites below:

Mandi T's Alora Mae's First Birthday

My favorite details:

  • The wonderful white and green fabric floral backdrop
  • The stunning angel wings birthday cake
  • The gorgeous white wired donut board used for serving them
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Maricris A's Vyshnavi's Secret Garden

My favorite details:

  • The amazing pink tiered birthday cake covered with many gorgeous woodland details such as a door and a wreath
  • The pretty mix of beautifully decorated floral cookies
  • The amazing rustic garden dessert table made of used white painted wooden palettes
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Silvania D.'s Pastel Carousel Birthday Party

My favorite details:

  • The gorgeous pink vintage dessert table designed to resemble a carousel
  • The amazing carousel decorated 3 tier birthday cake with a cute horse topper
  • The beautifully decorated candy apples with little carousel horses
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Dream A Little Dream P's Wild at Heart

My favorite details:

  • The modern 2 tiered birthday cake decorated with a fun giraffe and topped with the words 'Wild at Heart'
  • The cute bright yellow cake pops decorated with colorful sprinkles
  • The fantastic geometrically shaped animal cookies
Modern Safari birthday party |

Hope you all had a great week! We've got a stomach bug at our house, which is no fun. :( Thank goodness it's a lazy summer Sunday and we all got to spend the day recovering.





11 Fun Minions Party Ideas

by Jillian Leslie on

With Despicable Me 3 in theaters, Minions & Despicable Me birthday parties are becoming even more popular on Catch My Party!

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So, if you're looking for inspiration for a Despicable Me or Minions themed birthday party, you must see these incredible party inspirations! Here are some of the best Minions party ideas from Catch My Party!

You'll find ideas for cupcakes, dessert tables, cookies, decorations, party favors, and so much more...


Minions Dessert Table

This Minions dessert table is incredible! I especially love the balloons, birthday cake, treats and party favors.

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Minions Cupcakes

These cupcakes topped with Minions are so cute! I love the different expressions and the evil Minions.

Minions Cupcakes |

Minions Cake Pops

Wow!! What an adorable bunch of girl Minion cake pops at this fantastic girl Minion birthday party.

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Minions Cookies

These Minion cookies are beautiful. Looks like cookie icing, edible markers, and grey fondant circles for the goggles.

Minions Cookies |

Minions Birthday Cake

This Egyptian Minions cake is incredible. I love the special touches, like the King Tut and Cleopatra Minions, plus I like the sphynx with Minion goggles!

Minions Birthday Cake |

Minions Drinks Bar

Here's how to dress up your drink dispenser and turn it into a Minion. Just use orange juice and some paper Minions clothes!

Minions Drink Bar |

Minions Decorations

Here's how to make a Minion out of balloons! I also love the balloon wall behind the dessert table. This is such a great way to greet your guests.

Minions Decorations |

Minions Photo Booth

Here are some easy Minions photo booth props! Your guests will have fun playing around with these and the photos will be awesome!

Minions photo booth |

Minions Pinata

Here's a great idea for a party activity -- letting your guests smash a Minion to pieces! What kid wouldn't love this?

Minions Pinata |

Minions Table Settings

What a great way to decorate your party table, and also give your guests great party favors to take home. A plastic Minion hard hat and Minion goggles for each kid is a great idea and they can all dress as little Minions during the party!

Minions table settings |

Minions Party Favors

Here's an easy idea for party favors. Use a yellow paper party favor bag and dress it up with goggles and a tag.

Minions Party Favors |

For more inspiration, check out all these amazing Minions & Despicable Me parties on our site, and check out these Minions & Despicable Me party supplies from vendors with listings on Catch My Party!


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Salted Caramel Crackers Bites

by Jillian Leslie on

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I'm such a huge fan of sweet desserts with a touch of salty. The combination of sweet and salty makes my mouth light up! So I'm excited to be sharing these salted caramel cracker bites with pistachio.

The cracker and pistachio give them salt and crunch. The caramel gives them sweet and chewiness. And the chocolate give them... well, delicious chocolateness!

See how easy these are to make!

Salted Caramel Crackers Bites

  • Ritz Crackers
  • Caramels
  • Semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon coconut oil
  • Chopped pistachios

Preheat oven to 325 ℉. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place Ritz crackers on baking sheet and place one caramel on top of each cracker. Bake for 8 minutes.

Bake Ritz with Caramel on top |

Remove pan from oven and cool slightly. Using your thumb, press down on each caramel. Melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl in 40 second intervals. Stir with each interval until chocolate chips are melted. Add ½ teaspoon of coconut oil to the chocolate chips for a smoother consistency.

Put the melted chocolate into a ziploc baggie. Cut the tip off the baggie and drizzle chocolate over the crackers.

Drizzle Chocolate over the Cracker |

Sprinkle finely chopped pistachios over the top of the chocolate. Place crackers in the fridge to chill.

Sprinkle Chopped Pistachios |

These are to die for!

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Tasty Caramel Candy |

They make my mouth sing! Salted Caramel Crackers Bites |


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Chocolate Caramel Apple Pops

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Vintage Soda Shop Party and More!

by Jillian Leslie on

Our community has added so many fantastic parties to Catch My Party this week, including this gorgeous must-see vintage soda shop party all the way from Australia.

The party is so original and retro, you don't want to miss it!

My favorite parties this week include a vintage soda shop party, a Peanuts birthday party, a Shabby Chic birthday party birthday and a giraffe 1st birthday party |

My favorite parties this week include the stunning vintage soda shop party, a fun Peanuts birthday party, a wonderful communion and 1st birthday party, and an awesome giraffe birthday party.

Take a look at my favorite party details below!

Dream A Little Dream 's Cherry on Top

My favorite details:

  • The amazing hand drawn illustrated black and white soda shop backdrop
  • The large cute cupcake birthday cake with smiling face and the rectangular cake with fondant cherries
  • The fun cherry decorated cookies
 Vintage Soda Shop Party |

Maricris A's Eli's Peanuts Themed Birthday

My favorite details:

  • The fantastic Peanuts themed dessert table with the colorful paper lanterns and colorful banner
  • The amazing comic illustrated tiered birthday cake
  • The cute Peanuts inspired cupcakes topped with Charlie Brown and friends fondant figures

Susan A's First Birthday and Communion

My favorite details:

  • The gorgeous shabby chic dessert table
  • The 2 beautiful naked cakes topped with pink fresh flowers
  • The pretty religious themed cookies
First Communion and Birthday party |

 Ms.laine Events' Giraffe Theme Birthday Party

My favorite details:

  • The giraffe patched birthday cake topped with a fondant giraffe
  • The cute cupcakes with yellow frosting and little giraffe toppers
  • The awesome giraffe balloons
Giraffe 1st birthday party |

How was your July 4th? And can we discuss how fast this summer is going? I just realized we are halfway through, and it feels like it just started.

I'm really enjoying this summer. We have no major travel plans, which I thought I'd be upset about, but it's had a more relaxed vibe. It feels nice to be home, enjoying family, friends, the great weather, and definitely great food.