Rainbow Sprinkles & Confetti FIRST Birthday Party!

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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!

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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. 🙂

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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!

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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!  😉

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DC Bakery Review #1: Sprinkles Cupcakes

Yay! I'm at Sprinkles!

Disclaimer:  These pictures were taken with my phone.  At night.  Sorry.

I recently took a whirlwind trip to DC to visit one of my best friends, Joelle.  I had already visited once a few years ago and got the full tourist experience–we hit up all the landmarks and historic places.  It was awesome!  So this time we did something a little different than most people do who visit DC:  we had one HUGE girls weekend with shopping and eating 24/7.  It. Was. Awesome.

One of my stated goals while I was in DC was to hit up a few cupcake shops that we didn’t have in little ‘ole Springfield, MO; namely Sprinkles and Georgetown.  These two are probably a couple of the best known bakeries in the country thanks to TV and I had to see what all the hype is about.  We also got around to Alexandria Cupcake and a bonus bakery that a random lady at Sprinkles told us about called Baked and Wired, but for now I’ll start with our least favorite of the four:  Sprinkles.

Picture of Candace with the other judges, host and builders from Cupcake Wars on the wall at Sprinkles.
Bakery case at Sprinkles.

Yes, I know.  How could I?!  Everyone loves Candace Nelson on Cupcake Wars.  She’s the pretty judge, the cupcake queen, the “founder of the world’s first cupcake bakery”, etc, etc.  But I have to be honest…I simply was not impressed with her cupcakes like I thought I would be.  They weren’t horrible, just not exciting and amazing.  The flavors were very reserved and honestly kind of boring (much like the small, two-table storefront!).  We chose Vanilla, Chocolate Marshmallow, Chai Latte and Cinnamon Sugar.

Sprinkles box with some of our goodies.

Cinnamon Sugar was the least favorite…I guess we didn’t get the memo it was sans frosting and more close in likeness to a buttermilk cinnamon sugar muffin.

Cinnamon Sugar

Next, Chocolate Marshmallow…the cake was a good, mild chocolate cake but it just barely had a dollop of marshmallow creme in the middle and a thick layer of chocolate over the whole cupcake.  It was just ok also.

Chocolate Marshmallow

Next the Vanilla, which was pretty good.  It had a nice vanilla flavor and the frosting was not too sweet, but all the sprinkles covering the top of it kind of ruined it for me.  I mean, there were ALOT of sprinkles covering that thing.

Vanilla

Joelle and I agreed the Chai Latte was definitely the best one with a yummy chai flavor throughout the cupcake and frosting. Oh, and those little dot things on top?  Definitely NOT edible.

So Sprinkles was indeed a bit disappointing but things only got better from there.  I’ll have three more reviews of the other bakeries coming over the next three weeks so stay tuned!  But before you go I have to ask–have you ever been to Sprinkles and if so, what was your impression??  Did you like it?  The best you’ve ever had or have you had better??  I’m curious!

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Banana Splits

Today is National Banana Split Day!  Woo hoo, get excited!  Personally, I’ve never really been a big fan of banana splits…I mean, if I’m going to have ice cream, I don’t want anything even remotely healthy going on or in it.  Give me the sugary, fatty bad stuff all the way.  But then I came upon these banana split inspired recipes and OMG I am drooling all over my keyboard.  Talk about decadent, over-the-top, gloriously evil, sweet temptation!

Enjoy!  And try to keep the drooling to a minimum.

Banana Split Cake

Banana Split Truffles

Banana Split Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Banana Split Ice Cream Cake

Banana Split Cupcakes

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