Vintage Race Car 3rd 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)

 

Spare Tires…

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. ūüėČ

Check out the link below for more party inspiration!

Alphabet 2nd Birthday Party!

 

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Rainbow Unicorn 5th 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. ūüôā

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! ūüôā

More table pics.

Unicorns taking a nap?? Or maybe telling secrets… ūüôā

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!

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Alphabet 2nd Birthday Party!

Believe it or not, I have ANOTHER kid…who I’ve never blogged about. ūüėÄ 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. ūüėȬ† We love you E!

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Kitty Cat 4th Birthday Party!

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 table!

The birthday girl in her black kitty cat dress with her bestie!

 

More friends!

 

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A Sweet July 4th!

I can’t believe I’m already writing a Fourth of July blog post! ¬†This last couple of ¬†months have flown with my daughter turning two and having a baby…suffice it to say I’ve baked nothin’ in the last few weeks and don’t have any super-fabulous, totally-original July 4th recipe to share with you BUT I do have some past inspiration from my blog and others that are patriotic AND delicious! ¬†So here are 10 gorgeous red, white and blue desserts that you can feel proud serving this Fourth of July holiday! ¬†Enjoy!

 

Red Velvet and Blueberry Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

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Red Velvet Funnel Cake

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Cherry Star Turnovers

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Easy Flag Fruit Dessert

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Red, White and Blue Pinwheel Icebox Cookies

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Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

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Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

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Firecracker Popcorn

Firecracker Popcorn

 

Easy and Healthy Fresh Fruit Dessert Pizza

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Mini Fruit Tart Cheesecakes

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Ice Cream Shoppe 2nd Birthday Party!

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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. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†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!

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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!

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Donut hole “melting ice cream cones”!

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White chocolate dipped, sprinkle ice cream cone chocolate cookies.  Yummy!

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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!

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The gorgeous cake!

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Blowing out the candles!

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Beautiful birthday girl….happy SECOND birthday Avery Gwen! ¬†We love you SO MUCH!

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Leprechaun Hat S’mores

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One more last minute St. Patrick’s Day idea–Leprechaun Hat S’mores!¬† Courtesy of The Cake Blog, this treat doesn’t get any easier or yummier.¬† I mean seriously, how cute is this?!¬† Cookies and marshmallows??¬† I am SO there!¬† Thanks to The Cake Blog for this ingenious idea–we love it!¬† Get all the details on how to do it yourself here!

Leprechaun Hat S'more

 

 

 

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42 Valentine’s Day Dessert Ideas

I started pinning things for Valentine’s Day on Pinterest and couldn’t stop.¬† Thus, this blog post.¬† I knew there was no way I was going to be able to make everything I was pinning so I decided to just put them all into one massive blog post and let you decide what to make!¬† In my opinion, anything pink, red, strawberry, raspberry, cherry or chocolate says Valentine’s Day!¬† And that’s pretty much what you’ll find in this post.¬† Lots of pretty, delicious, Valentine’s Day-perfect treats and ideas!¬† How to choose?!¬† I hate making decisions.¬† Especially when it comes to dessert.¬† They all look amazing.

Enjoy!

 

2-Ingredient Strawberry Fudge

 

2-Ingredient Strawberry Fudge

Berry Banana Smoothie

 

Berry Banana Smoothie

Frozen Cherry Limemade

 

Cherry Limemade

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Popsicles

 

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Popsicles

Chocolate Dream Cupcake Bites with Whipped Chocolate Buttercream

 

Chocolate Dream Cupcake Bites with Whipped Chocolate Buttercream

Conversation Heart Cheesecakes

 

Conversation Heart Cheesecakes

Cupid Corn Cookie Bark

 

Cupid Corn Cookie Bark

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Banana Bread

 

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Banana Bread

Dreamy Mini Cheesecakes

 

Dreamy Mini Cheesecakes

Heart-Shaped Doughnuts

 

Heart-Shaped Doughnuts

Hershey Heart Pretzels

 

Hershey Heart Pretzels

Love Potion #9 Drink

 

Love Potion #9 Drink

Mini Chocolate Cake

 

Mini Chocolate Cake

Pink Confetti Cupcakes

 

Pink Confetti Cupcakes

Pink Lemonade Cake

 

Pink Lemonade Cake

Pretty Pink Cookie Dough Truffles

 

Pretty Pink Cookie Dough Truffles

Puff Pastry Strawberry Tart

 

Puff Pastry Strawberry Tart

Raspberry Coconut Scones

 

Raspberry Coconut Scones

Raspberry Confetti Kisses

 

Raspberry Confetti Kisses

Raspberry Lemonade Bars

 

Raspberry Lemonade Bars

Raspberry Party Punch

 

Raspberry Party Punch

Red Velvet Sweetheart Cupcakes

 

Red Velvet Sweetheart Cupcakes

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Reese’s Cupcake Topper

 

Reese's Cupcake Vday Topper

Skinny Berry Cheesecake Trifle

 

Skinny Berry Cheesecake Trifle

Skinny Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

 

Skinny Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Strawberries and Cream Popsicles

 

Strawberries and Cream Popsicles

Strawberry and Chocolate Nachos

 

Strawberry and Chocolate Nachos

Strawberry Angel Food Cake

 

Strawberry Angel Food Cake

Strawberry Cake

 

Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Strawberry Cream Pie

 

Strawberry Cream Pie

Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream

 

Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream

Strawberry Nutella Poptarts

 

Strawberry Nutella Poptarts

Strawberry Tiramisu

 

Strawberry Tiramisu

Sweet Swirl Cookies of Love

 

Sweet Swirl Cookies of Love

Triple Chocolate Cherry M&M Cookies

 

Triple Chocolate Cherry M&M Cookies

Valentine Love Letter Cupcakes

 

Valentine Love Letter Cupcakes

Valentine’s 5-Layer Finger Jello

 

Valentine's 5-Layer Finger Jello

Valentine’s Day Fruit Pizza

 

Valentine's Day Fruit Pizza

Valentine’s Day Pudding Parfait

 

Valentine's Day Pudding Parfait

Valentine’s Day Fruit Kabobs

 

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Fire Truck Birthday 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!

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Cupcake Themed Halloween

Obsessed with cupcakes? ¬†Who isn’t?! ¬†They are cute. ¬†So cute, that they are put on pretty much anything. ¬†Seriously…you could put a picture of a cupcake on a cow patty and it would be cute. ¬†While no one will be capitalizing on cupcake cow patties anytime soon, they sure are coming up with lots of other products to keep the sweet trend going. ¬†Check out these fun items…

Cupcake Halloween Costume from Pottery Barn

Chiasso Cupcake Doormat

Johnny Cupcakes Hello Kitty Tote Bag

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Pumpkin and More Pumpkin

I really enjoy finding recipes from other blogs to share with you guys. ¬†The only problem is I find so many that it’s hard to choose which ones to include without the post being incredibly long! ¬†So I managed to narrow things down to TEN pumpkin recipes. ¬†All look drool-worthy and absolutely freakin’ delicious. ¬†See if there is one you like and make it! ¬†If you do, please tell me about it in the comments…I truly would love to know what you end up making and loving!

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats

Pumpkin Butter

Mini Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecakes

Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Pretzels

Chai Pumpkin Spice Thumbprints

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pumpkin French Toast Casserole

Mini Pumpkin Doughnuts with Rum-Cider Glaze

Pumpkin Candy Cups

Pumpkin Scones

P.S. ¬†I guess I shouldn’t be worried about linking too many recipes–check out this blog! ¬†LOTS of pumpkin going on on this page! ¬†Wow!

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July 4th Cakes!

Happy July 4th! ¬†How are you celebrating today? ¬†We have zero plans today (except staying inside in the air conditioning!) and then we’re heading to a get-together our church is putting on with bbq, games for kids and of course, fireworks! ¬†I will say fireworks are making me extremely nervous this year with the dry conditions and potential for fire but I’m just gonna try to relax and not freak out and tackle every little kid I see with a sparkler too near to grass. ¬† Hopefully I’ve done enough preaching to all my friends and family on Facebook. ¬†I’m sure they just loooooove me and my paranoid ways right now. ¬†Oh well!

Anyway, onto a more pleasant topic: ¬†CAKE. ¬†I love cake…cheesecake, ice cream cake, cake-cake, cupcakes, cheesecake-cakes…you get the point. ¬† And these patriotic cakes are perfect for July 4th, whether you’re celebrating today or this weekend.

Have a safe and fun holiday!

July 4th Bundt Cake

Berry Star Cheesecake

Hidden Flag Cake

Red, White and Blue Sprinkles Cake

Simple Star Cake

Berry Vanilla Ice Cream Cake

Flag Ice Cream Cake

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Dad’s Like Cupcakes Too

And cookies. ¬†And cake. ¬†And brownies. ¬†And…well, you get the idea. ¬†Sometimes dad’s even like to get in the kitchen and show-off their baking skills! ¬†If your dad falls into any of these categories, may I suggest some of the following gifts and ideas, perfect for Father’s Day?

I think every dessert-loving dad should own this shirt. ¬†Ok, scratch that–every REAL MAN should own this shirt.

Real Men Can Bake apron.  Says it all.

These beer themed sugar cookies are soooo cute. ¬†Oh, maybe cute is the wrong word…probably not very manly. ¬†Oh well.

He likes pancakes? ¬†And bacon? ¬†And beer? ¬†No problem–he can have all three for breakfast! ¬†Nothing says “love ya, dad” like Beer and Bacon Pancakes.

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The Next Big Thing…Pudding?

Banana Pudding Photo by Bakerella

So, the word on the street is that pudding (yes, pudding) is going to replace cupcakes as the next big dessert trend. ¬†Now in the past, predictor types have also foreseen pie, whoopie pies and macaroons dethroning the almighty cupcake but so far…hasn’t happened. ¬†This article mentions a couple of new pudding¬†restaurants¬†that have popped up in New York where alot of trends start.

Don’t get me wrong I do love pudding, ESPECIALLY totally-from-scratch butterscotch pudding, but I really can’t imagine saying to my girlfriend during girl’s night out, “Hey! ¬†Let’s go get some pudding!” ¬†I mean, it’s going to either be ice cream (if we want something cold) or a cupcake. ¬† And I really don’t see mom ordering a big ‘ole bowl of chocolate pudding for little Mary Sue’s birthday party anytime soon.

Chocolate Pudding Photo by Smitten Kitchen

But hey, what do I know? ¬†Do you think it could be the next big thing? ¬†Should cupcake shops start diversifying now and slap pudding on their menus?? ¬†Something to think about…

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McDonald’s Mash-Ups

McDonald's Hotcakes with Berries from their Fruit n' Yogurt Parfait, topped with their Granola and Syrup.

Ok who hasn’t at least once dipped their fries from their favorite fast food joint into some soft-serve ice cream?? That’s right, no one! ¬†My favorite part about going to Wendy’s when I was a kid was dipping those hot, salty, crisp french fries into a cold, chocolate Frosty…no wonder I was a fat kid! ¬†I also loved dipping my chicken nuggets from McDonald’s into honey–it’s good people, trust me! ¬†Needless to say I got a total kick out of this food writer’s experimentation with some shall we say, unique dessert creations at McDonald’s. ¬†Click here to see a slideshow with all six sweet monstrosities from the home of the golden arches.

What is YOUR favorite dessert mash-up from a fast food joint??

 

 

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Romantic Valentine’s Day Dessert

Despite the title of this post, I’m not really sure desserts can be classified as sexy, romantic, etc. ¬†I mean, what defines that exactly?? ¬†Is chocolate inherently sexy?? ¬†Is it the shape of the dessert?!? ¬†Is it the way the candlelight bounces off the glistening, sugary crust of your cr√®me br√Ľl√©e into the deep and yearning eyes of your one and only true love??!?!

These are the important questions people!!

Ah well, regardless of what you think of the umm, sex appeal (?) of sugar, these desserts are touted as perfect for a romantic evening and sure to get you…uhh….in the mood…for…dessert?? ¬†Yeah, let’s go with that!

Cupid Cakes (plus many more from Woman’s Day)

Chocolate Souffle

Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding with Raspberries

Individual Brownie Sundaes

Cr√®me Br√Ľl√©e

Almond Praline Cakes (see more desserts for two from Taste of Home)

Lemon and White Chocolate Mousse Parfaits with Strawberries

Cherry-Ricotta Doughnut Holes with Chocolate Sauce

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Red Velvet Crepes

Chocolate Fondue

Strawberry Zabaglione

Mocha Pots de Crème

 

 

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