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When I first started to come up with ideas for this party, I tried to think about what makes Barbie so special to little girls and I realized that it is that wonderful element of make believe. You can pretend that you really are Barbie and be transported to a world full of fun adventures and fabulous fashion! I wanted the dessert table to help capture the children's imagination just a Barbie does. So, I tried to design it as though it was actually a place in Barbie's house.

For the background I found the perfect black and white striped fabric which called back to Barbie's original bathing suit. I chose a dressing table to display the sweets and used it as inspiration for many of the other elements.

First I found the most beautiful corset cookies in an Etsy shop called Lori's Place. And, inspired, I contacted Lori to see if she could use the same detailed icing work but create little dresses for me instead of corsets! Knowing, that if she pulled it off, each dress would look like a beautiful little doll dress and I didn't just want to just line them up on tray. So when they showed up and were just as lovely as I had imagined, I chose to stand them up like a wardrobe of gorgeous Barbie dresses and displayed them in and around a jewelry box.

I created a silhouette, inspired by the classic vintage Barbie silhouette, and used it as one of the icons for the party as I designed the paper goods. It was used on everything from the invitation to the framed picture above the dessert table, all the way to the thank you tags.

Trying to find even more ways to pull the silhouette into the decor, I contacted Angela at Queen of Tarts Cakes and asked her if she could make cookies which looked like little portraits. On the day of the party I displayed them on picture easels as if they were real pictures.

Renee at Bees Knees Creative made the most beautiful monogram cake pops which looked just gorgeous popping out of a makeup bag.

For the favor table, we found the perfect accessories in the Target dollars bins... pearl necklaces, bracelets, flower headbands, gloves and even little purses to hold all the goodies!

All of the party printables are available in my shop...
http://www.etsy.com/shop/GwynnWassonDesigns

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  • Gwynn Wasson Designs

  • Gwynn Wasson Designs

  • Lori's Place

  • Queen of Tarts Cakes

  • Bees Knees Creative

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5 comments

  • Gwynn W

    Gwynn W wrote:

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    Crystal L wrote:

    where did you get the large silhouette w the name on it in the background?

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    Claudia L wrote:

    where can I find the outline of the Barbie you used for the theme?

  • Gwynn W

    Gwynn W wrote:

    Hi Claudia! I designs the silhouette used on party items. You can purchase the items in my shop... http://www.etsy.com/shop/GwynnWassonDesigns Feel free to email me GwynnWassonDesigns{at}gmail{dot}com if you have any other questions.

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    Shanna G wrote:

    What did you attach the black/white striped fabric to? I'm wanting to have a backdrop behind my daughter's dessert table, but the party venue does not allow us to attach anything to the walls.