Saturday, October 31, 2009

Caden's 2nd Bithday

Caden turned two and what a cool party he had! I love fall birthdays! What a great time of year to get to celebrate. He loves tractors so his party included a hayride, pumpkin patch, painting pumpkins and lots of fun riding toys. The party was also photographed by Lynn Stanger Photography. She does such a great job! Of coarse his cake was a tractor! This was the 1st tractor cake that I have attempted. I was afraid it looked more like a jeep than a tractor, but I think the John Deere green gave a hint that it was a tractor.

Young Love!

What a cutie he is! His adorable birthday shirt was made by Elise Claire Designs. You can check out some of her work on the Personalized Bow Holders link on the side of my blog.

The Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin painting requires deep concentration! A work of art is in progress here!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Kenzie's Sweet Celebration

I couldn't wait to post this! Shannon did an outstanding job creating this party for her little girl. Every last detail was just darling! The cake was fun to make too! What a lucky little girl:)

Here are the adorable invitations that Shannon made:

The birthday girl and her cake

Cute cupcakes made by a family member (love the toppers!)

The party decor.....

Shannon created the sweetest slide show of Kenzie's pictures from birth until now.
(Of coarse the background music was all "sweet" and "sugary" themed!)

She made these from wrapping paper tubes and fill them with candy.

One of the funniest details-toothbrush party favors to justify all that candy!

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Fakery Bakery

I found these felt goodies on etsy. I thought they were too cute not to share. She even makes poptarts:) Here is the link:

Friday, October 2, 2009

A Baking Birthday Party

This party was created by Colleen at I was thrilled that she gave me permission to share it. I thought some of you girl mommas might like to use this idea.

Last November I threw my oldest daughter a baking party for her 9th birthday. Here are the details...

The Invitations: My favorite feature? The envelopes were clear plastic and I threw in some adorable cake sprinkles as confetti. What a delicious way to be invited to a party!!

The Decor: Some of my favorite details that saved me money and looked fabulous...Perfectly matching wrapping paper rolled out on the table to serve as a table cloth...Oatmeal, hot chocolate and peanut canisters covered with coordinating fabrics and papers to hold baking utensils... felt flags with bits of leftover fabric from the aprons...last but not least, a party is not a party in my world without lanterns tied with ribbons!

The Party: The girls made cookies and decorated their own mini cakes. I made each girl an apron and a chef's hat. The chef's hats were easy to make and oh so cute! You can make them by going HERE.
Tips: I made all the sugar and gingerbread cookie dough in advance, rolled it out onto wax paper and piled them up in the freezer so the dough was ready to go when the girls were. For next time, I would borrow cookie sheets so that each girl has her own place to plop cookies when ready for the oven to avoid cookie mix ups!
I glued white cups to white plates and provided paint and crepe paper in the party colors (I'm a bit of a nut case when it comes to party colors...MUST STICK WITH THE THEME!!). While the cookies were baking the girls decorated their own cake stands.

The girls each got to decorate a 6 inch cake. Next time, I would provide smaller cakes. this felt like way too much sugar by the end of the party!! Again, wanting to stick with the theme at all costs, I pre-mixed the icing and even pre-matched a base color and a piping color so each cake would turn out looking cute-ish. This was my plan but by the time the kids were done piling their cakes with candy and sprinkles, I'm not sure my careful calculation mattered much!!Once the cookies were cooled, the girls iced and candy-fied their cookies as well. I packed the cookies neatly into the adorable pink cake boxes and tied them up with teeny baking utensils. The box of cookies, aprons and cakes on stands were their "goody bags".I had two sisters at the house helping me. This is crucial when running this type of hands on party with this age!!!