Wednesday, August 31, 2011


      
       This year for the Fourth of July I treated my guests to something special before our annual fireworks spectacular... a deluxe dessert table cheerfully decorated with a “Stars and Stripes Forever” theme!

A two tiered marble cake with buttercream frosting was the star of my dessert table! It sparkled with a topper I made using tinsel garland, a paper straw and a giant party circle I purchased from The TomKat Studio. The cookies were delicious and so easy to make. I dipped store bought sandwich cookies (Oreo Cakesters!) into melted chocolate and jazzed them up with red, white and blue sprinkles. They looked extra fancy when laid out on a platter lined with holographic scrapbook paper! 

      I made super sweet edible firecrackers by dipping jumbo marshmallows into melted chocolate and embellishing with patriotic sprinkles. These were such a hit with the kids, my 3 year old, Ella loved them! They were displayed in red glitter boxes with foam inside to keep them standing, I added the blue metallic tinsel to cover the foam insert. 

My “Stars and Stripes Forever” dessert table was a huge success and I hope you’ll try creating a few of my tasty treats at your own Labor Day gathering! 

                     
My July 4th Dessert Table!

Glasses with Paper Straws

Ella Enjoying A Sweet Firecracker






Handmade Popcorn Boxes

So Sweet and Super Easy To Make!



Sources:
Graphics Package: etsy.com/The TomKat Studio
Paper Party Straws: etsy.com/The Cupcake Social
Cupcake Tower pieces used to create drink dispenser base and cake stand: The Cupcake Tower.com

Thursday, August 18, 2011








  When my little sweetie Ivy Belle was turning one I knew I wanted everything to be special. I fell in love with the "Sweet Shoppe" themed party collection from The TomKat Studio and turned the party into an outdoor candy inspired wonderland.

  We had a face painter, a homemade ball pit,  an army of giant rainbow colored gingerbread men (each one hand made by my husband!), a "Gumdrop Pass", complete with sacks of gumdrops for the kids to discover, and of course a big candy display!

  I decorated the trees with more than four dozen party coordinating honeycomb tissue balls and made table displays that looked like shopping totes. Even the music was candy inspired kids and their parents rocked out to "Lollipop", "Sugar, Sugar" and "I Want Candy". Kids took home jelly bean machine favors and bags of their favorite treats from the candy bar.


  The party was a big success and kids of all ages loved it! My three year old Ella Rose was the best "customer" for the face painter, Karen Doyle, by the end Ella had her face and arms completely covered! (That's Ella with the blue unicorn on her face!)  And Ivy was lucky enough to have THREE great grandmothers in attendance. Guests traveled from all over the state to be together to celebrate our Ivy's first birthday and that's what made our party truly sweet.
Gift Display
Ivy In Her Party Hat

Sweet Family and Friends!

Centerpiece With Portrait
Gumdrop Pass





Invitation



Sources:
Graphics Package: TheTomKat Studio
Baby Portraits: Julie Andress Photography
Party Hat: Shoplissy
Pettiskirt: Jerry’s Pettiskirts www.etsy.com/shop/jerryspettiskirts
Face Painter: Karen Doyle, www.karendoylesart.com
Cupcake Liners and Straws: The Cupcake Social, www.etsy.com/shop/CupcakeSocial
Candy Machine Favors: Beaucoup.com
Cupcake Stand: The Cupcake Tower




Wednesday, August 17, 2011


      


      
Hi There!


  I think party recipes should be easy to make, use ingredients that are can be found at most grocery stores and coordinate with your event! My recipes will make you a star at your own party!
  
  Please give one a try and send me a picture, I'd love to see what you've created!


  Have Fun! Emily

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