I found a vintage fisher-price circus train at an antique store, which acted as my inspiration for this party. I wanted to create a bold and colorful dessert display utilizing the vintage train as a centerpiece. I threw this party on a tight budget, so everything was DIY. I created the three cake pedestals from thrift store candlesticks I spray painted glossy candy colors and glued a plate to, which I used for the cake and dessert pops. I made hundreds of those little yarn pom-pom balls to hang behind the table and spruce up the wall. I found the oval ornate frame at Ikea, painted it green and painted the inside with chalkboard paint as the center wall display. I love taking inexpensive items & jazzing them up with the help of the craft and hardware store! All the brightly colored bunting flags I created for super cheap! I bought 8.5x11" pieces of felt in each color (they're only 29 cents each!) and some white string, cut the triangles and stapled them onto the string. I created the "3" photo collage with photos documenting big milestones in Micah's life, being a newborn, first time walking, trips to Disneyland, potty training. I printed them all from my inkjet printer at home on glossy photo paper. This was another very affordable decoration idea that kept guests entertained looking through the timeline of Micah's life. The invitations and all the paper goods and signs I designed and printed myself, even the envelope liners!
The food and dessert was the main event. I wanted to keep everything miniature...mini sliders, mini hot dogs, mini donuts, and such. I collected soup cans for months to serve individual orders of seasoned tater tots, which were a huge hit! For dessert I made rice krispy pops drizzled with icing and sprinkles. I bought wooden dowels from the craft store and cut them to size for the candy popcorn balls, and I created the little flags too. The cake,which was one of my favorite things, I colored with actual fruit which added moisture as well as flavor to each layer. I loved that each layer had a flavor...strawberry, blueberry, lemon, orange. I also did a layered rainbow jello in mason jars, which took a long time but was well worth the effort. Who knew you could create white jello with gelatine and sweetened condensed milk?! I'll be using this technique for years to come.
Overall the party was a giant hit and everyone left in a giant sugar-induced coma :)
What People Ate
Mini cheeseburger sliders, mini hotdogs, tater tots
What People Drank
Lemonade, Rum punch, Jarritos
6 layer rainbow cake, Cake pops, Rice krispy pops, Rainbow jello, Miniature donuts, Candy corn