After six years of successfully avoiding anything character themed, I finally had to put aside my own preferences and give one of my kids what they wanted–a Disney Cars themed birthday party. Oh the horror. 😀
Elias has become increasingly obsessed with the Cars movies, books and of course alllllll the toys that come along with them. So it wasn’t a huge surprise this year when he said he wanted a Lightening McQueen birthday party. I tried (but not too hard) to talk him out of it, but his mind could not be changed. So I decided this would be the least cringy character party anyone has ever seen and I have to say I actually liked the way everything turned out!
(How cute is this birthday boy?!)
Another year, another party and this one seemed like it came around fast! Avery turned the big SIX and her chosen theme was mermaid! Luckily the weather was great so we were able to have fun outside and inside–here are a few pics of the big day!
The birthday girl. 🙂
The kids…serious and silly!
Of course the cake table! I went pretty basic this year with stuff that didn’t have to be made…we had Pirate’s Gold (Rolos), Saltwater Taffy, Fish Food (Goldfish pretzels) and Clamshell Cookies (vanilla wafers with buttercream and a sixlet for the “pearl”). I was super happy with how it all turned out!
Birthday girl again!
Here are the links for all Avery’s parties thus far. Enjoy!
Rainbow Sprinkles and Confetti FIRST Birthday Party
Ice Cream Shoppe 2nd Birthday Party
Sparkle Princess 3rd Birthday Party
Kitty Cat 4th Birthday Party
Rainbow Unicorn 5th Birthday Party
There was no wondering what the theme would be this year for Eli’s 3rd birthday party–CARS! He is obsessed, particularly with the Cars cars…Lightening McQueen, Bobby Swift…the whole gang. But I wasn’t really down with having a Cars birthday party or even Hotwheels–not my style at all. But after a little Pinterest time, I stumbled across the vintage race car theme and LOVED it.
I went simple (at least for me) and did a couple of banners for decor, car cake, chocolate dipped pretzel rods that were “dip sticks” and mini chocolate doughnuts that were our “spare tires”. I actually loved how this one turned out and I’m finding that simple can be a lot better sometimes!
Here are some pics from the day…
Dipsticks! (aka chocolate dipped pretzel rods)
The Vintage Race Car Cake…
Some more of the decor…
And last but not least the birthday boy playing lawn games with his cousins. This must have been a good shot. 😉
Check out the link below for more party inspiration!
Alphabet 2nd Birthday Party!
We recently celebrated Avery’s 5th birthday party and I wanted to share a few pics of the festivities. I went super simple this year especially where the dessert table was concerned. I ended up doing Sixlets in her party colors, white chocolate unicorn pops and a unicorn cake. Time and budget were limited this year but it forced me to keep things simple which was a GOOD thing. 🙂
Here are a few pics! And if you’re interested in her previous parties, I have links to all of them at the end of the post!
Birthday Girl! 🙂
More table pics.
Unicorns taking a nap?? Or maybe telling secrets… 🙂
Birthday girl focusing hard on coloring her unicorn.
The pops and another table pic!
Check out previous parties!
Rainbow Sprinkles and Confetti FIRST Birthday Party!
Ice Cream Shoppe 2nd Birthday Party!
Sparkle Princess 3rd Birthday Party!
Kitty Cat 4th Birthday Party!
Believe it or not, I have ANOTHER kid…who I’ve never blogged about. 😀 Until now! I’m still in the process of digging up his first birthday pics but in the meantime we’re just gonna skip ahead to his SECOND birthday.
We did an alphabet theme for this one because the child knew his alphabet forwards and backwards way before he turned two. And boy themes are TOUGH…farm animals, cars, jungle, cartoon/tv shows…ugh. Not my style so much but the alphabet theme turned out cute! Here are a few pics from our fun day…
It was a fun party with beautiful weather and awesome friends! And a certain two year old ate WAY too many chocolate letters off of the chocolate chip cookie bars while mom wasn’t looking but hey, it was his birthday and c’mon chocolate is just GOOD. 😉 We love you E!
Since birthday parties are rolling around again, I thought I’d finally get around to posting LAST year’s birthday party pictures. I’m so on top of it! Avery decided on a Kitty Cat theme which was super fun to come up with all the decor and treats for. All the little desserts were made by me except the AWESOME cat cake. Goodies included chocolate cherry mice, feline faces, cat claws, meow mix and hair balls!
We had such a fun time! Hope you enjoy the pics!
P.S. If you want to see past birthdays here is her Rainbow Sprinkles and Confetti FIRST Birthday Party, Ice Cream Shoppe 2nd Birthday Party and Sparkle Princess 3rd Birthday Party!
The birthday girl in her black kitty cat dress with her bestie!
This year, Avery had enough of an opinion that SHE wanted to pick the theme for her third birthday party. I had the luxury of being in total control of her first and second birthday and honestly thought I’d have a couple of more years to decide party themes, but apparently not! I’m not upset though because doing a sparkle princess theme was actually a lot of fun and gave me a little challenge with the dessert table. I ended up doing Princess Popcorn, White Chocolate Castles, Crown Cookies, Royal Gumballs, Majestic Sixlets and Magic Star Fruit Wands! Oh and her cake was by Affordable Splendor Cakes and absolutely DELICIOUS.
Here are some shots from the day.
We had such fun at Avery’s party! Can’t believe she’s 3! Love our baby girl!
I almost can’t believe that I’m already posting about my daughter’s SECOND birthday party! It seems like just yesterday I was posting about her Rainbow Sprinkles & Confetti FIRST Birthday Party! This year I had a much easier time coming up with a theme because her tastes and likes are a little more formed now at the age of 2. 😉 And without a doubt one of her most favorite things in the whole wide world is ICE CREAM! So it was kind of a no-brainer to do an ice cream shoppe themed birthday party!
There were so many great ideas for an ice cream theme party on Pinterest and I had about 8 or 9 different ice cream themed desserts I was going to do for her dessert table, but in the end I realized my limit (thank God!) and just did two cute little treats along with an ice cream sundae bar and birthday cake. It was more than enough for everybody!
Donut hole “melting ice cream cones”!
White chocolate dipped, sprinkle ice cream cone chocolate cookies. Yummy!
We also had an ice cream cone pinata, ice cream cone garland and her very own ice cream shoppe stand! I tried to keep it as simple as possible and was still really happy with how things turned out. It was so much fun and she STILL sings happy birthday to herself almost every other day! Haha!
The gorgeous cake!
Blowing out the candles!
Beautiful birthday girl….happy SECOND birthday Avery Gwen! We love you SO MUCH!
I have been looking forward to my daughter’s first birthday party since the day she was born. And let me tell you…I spent WAY too much money and time on it! Hah! But I can also say it was totally worth it. 🙂 I LOVE planning dessert tables so Avery’s party was my excuse to go ALL. OUT. But first…a theme. Omg the freaking theme. I cannot tell you how many Pinterest boards and Google pages I searched for the PERFECT theme. Ya know, the one that someone hadn’t already done 50,000 times. Yeah…not finding it. Barbie, Paris, owls, hearts, rainbows, ladybugs, cupcakes…done, done and SO done. I was really wanting something unique but in the end I settled on Sprinkles and Confetti! Rainbow Sprinkles and Confetti. I figured it would be cute and fairly simple.
Ok, would have been simple if I hadn’t made it super complicated. I’m talented like that. In the end we had somewhere around 100 confetti filled balloons, seven different sprinkle coated desserts and one very happy birthday girl!
We had so much stuff dipped in white chocolate and sprinkles…Oreos, strawberry wafers, pretzel rods, strawberries, donut hole “cake” pops. And of course we had gumballs, homemade marshmallows and a gorgeous cake with a balloon on the top! It was fun seeing everyone enjoy all the treats but especially fun to see Avery eat her first homemade marshmallow! She loved it. 🙂
She also loved her second smash cake. Think she might have preferred the bad-for-you version a little bit more than my healthy one. Hah!
It was the best birthday party and even though I went totally overboard and she won’t remember one single thing, I’ll treasure it forever and obviously show her all the pictures from her fabulous party! 😉
A few weeks ago I was asked to do a dessert table for a little boy’s firetruck/firehouse birthday party. Of course I said yes! It sounded like so much fun. But then I realized…what kind of desserts do I do for a firetruck theme?! I have done plenty of dessert tables for weddings, baby showers and bridal showers but a boy’s firetruck birthday party? Ummm, no.
I immediately turned to Google for ideas and was able to come up with some fun stuff! I honestly am not a big decorator/detail person when it comes to desserts. I like to make stuff that tastes amazing and just looks good. Fondant and decorated sugar cookies have never been my thing. So it was challenging to find desserts that I could do that didn’t require crazy decorating skills. But I came up with a great spread! If I do say so myself.
We had Twizzlers to represent a firehose, fire hydrant sugar cookies, “flaming” yellow and red swirled marshmallows, red and yellow Jelly Belly’s and of course, cupcakes! I was SO happy with how everything turned out and so was the client (which of course is the MOST important thing). It was a fun challenge and more importantly everything was delicious!
A couple of weekends ago I had the extreme joy of hosting my little sister’s baby shower. I am beyond thrilled that she is having a baby…it’s just her and I in our family and she is the first to have a baby/grandbaby, so this is pretty exciting for us and our parents! In just a little less than a month we’ll be welcoming baby Micah into the world and you can bet he will be spoiled to death. And I will probably spoil him the most! At least I’m gonna try. Haha.
The shower was a brunch and held at my parent’s church. We did a delicious breakfast casserole and fresh fruit, along with a dessert table that I planned months ago. It all came together perfectly and everyone had a great time. So wonderful having the opportunity to bless the parents-to-be. Great memories.
The shower was themed after the nursery, which is going to be Treetop Friends. Think trees, bird’s nests, owls, etc…
Here is the AMAZINGLY detailed cake by Celebrations by Sonja. It seriously looked just like the invitation. This is all buttercream, no fondant and I can honestly say her cakes not only look fabulous but are probably some of the best tasting I have every had.
Now for the dessert table…
“Treeknot” Mini Cinnamon Rolls
A close-up of all the yumminess.
The macaroon “bird’s nests” were delicious and it was the first time I’d ever made them. I got the recipe here and just tweaked a little by omitting the Nutella, adding some almond extract and filling them with blueberries and drizzling melted white chocolate over the top. Yum.
Such a fabulous time…now we wait for baby Micah to make his grand entrance!
I love dessert tables. From the beautiful colors, creativity, attention to detail and mouth-watering sweets, I am truly inspired whenever I see them. These Valentine’s Day themed tables are so unbelievably beautiful…I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
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