August 2010 archive

The {mini} Cupcake Craze!

There aren’t many things better than a cupcake (wouldn’t you agree?) BUT what about a mini cupcake that bakes in simply 8 minutes? This darling device called Babycakes — is like a waffle maker meets easy bake oven. You can even make brownies, mini pies… even mini quiches!

I immediately thought of making these cupcake skewers that Courtney from Pizzazzerie is known for.

She even gives you the simple DIY instruction on her blog. Check out how to make cupcake skewers here.

Or what about these mini pies from Not Martha? The possibilities are endless! What you YOU make first?

You can purchase Babycakes here.

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In a Flash! First Birthday Theme

When mom Stacey realized it was time to plan her little Liv’s first birthday, she realized how fast her first year flew by. All parents realize it at one time or another– they grow up “in a flash.” Stacey says, “The bittersweet thoughts about our last baby’s first birthday & the desire to capture this fun time in my little one’s life inspired the theme for Liv’s party: One Year Old in a Flash.”

If you are looking for a first birthday theme, we think this one is so unique. It would work for both boys and girls! Here are some details as told by Stacey:

Invitations are one of the best parts of party planning! They set the tone & get people excited about being a part of the celebration. I’ve worked with Ginger, of Beyond Design, on at least 5 parties in the past, & she always delivers way beyond my expectations! I told her the party would be centered around photos, asked her to make the invites casual & fun, and gave her the color scheme and party details. I couldn’t be happier with the invitation & two inserts she designed! She made some really fun graphics we ended up using for other aspects of the party too, incorporated photos of Liv on the “film strip” band that went around the invite, and even put a little frame on the envelope for the photo stamps that I ordered.

The décor for the party was pretty simple. The Cottage Market made 12 glittery clothes pins for me, in the colors of the party of course, & included some twine which I strung between two 3M hooks (3M hooks are my secret party weapon!) along the stairway. A picture from each month made for a sweet banner & a really neat way to see how much Liv had grown over the year!

*Can you believe this is the first dessert table Stacey has ever done? Great work Stacey! For all the little details, check out this post where she explains this pink dessert table in full detail.

More darling photos from this photography infused birthday. Check out the lips and mustaches that guests used to as props for pictures!

What a simple idea! Paint an inexpensive frame for a fun DIY photo shoot!

Stacey, already planning Liv’s next party ;).

Thank you Stacey for sharing this darling party with us. *For more great details and party pics (via Elemental Image) check out Elle Belle blog.

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Pink & Green Turtle Party

This Lilly Pulitzer inspired turtle party theme is so darling I am almost not sure where to begin. Kori Clark of Paper & Pigtails created this custom party for her own daughter who was turning 3. All the elements are perfect. From the pink and green party colors to the preppy turtle details Kori didn’t leave one detail undone. My favorite element of the party is that it was completely toddler proof! No glass vases to break, nothing to worry about except having fun at this pool party!

The kids’ table was set up poolside. This Lily Pulitzer table wear was the inspiration behind this preppy turtle theme. At the table, each child ate their personalized boxed lunch (love this idea- so simple!).

This pink and green themed dessert buffet was a perfect fit. You’ll notice that all the items on the table are plastic and won’t break. Because this party was poolside, it was important that Kori design it to be toddler-friendly.

These donuts are perhaps the cutest thing…. great idea for little fingers to grab.

Kori’s favorite elements? The taffy wands (shown on the dessert table) and these darling fondant turtles that perched atop the cupcakes. Her daughter loved the pinwheels and would often be found mesmerized — blowing them and watching them twirl.

Cool poolside sips.

Cookie favors carried this turtle party theme all the way through and gave guests a little something sweet to take home for later.

*All of the custom preppy turtle printables Kori created are available here.

Thank you Kori for sharing the darling details with us. Head on over to Kori’s blog to check out the rest of the amazing party photos and to browse a list of all the vendors who helped her create this darling party.

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{French} Tea Party

Who says big girls can’t have pretty parties too? This darling (yet sophisticated) dessert table was submitted by Glory of Glorious Treats. This would be perfect for a Paris or French themed party, bridal shower, or baby shower. Check out all the details below.

Love the black and pink color scheme- perfect for Paris!

I love hoe she incorporated different shades of pink roses for this Paris themed dessert table – lovely!

Glory also used ribbon throught as decor which I love!

What do you think? Would you enjoy an invitation to a grown-up tea party like this? I know I would!

For all the little details of this French inspired tea party visit Glory over at Glorious Treats.

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Wedding: Leela & Jeff

This wedding comes to us from Mike and Natala of Choco Studio Photography. You might remember their amazing work from this vintage white wedding we featured as well.

Natasha shares:

A short and sweet ceremony was held near a pool of water with overgrown with lilies. Following the ceremony the guests were invited to the Birch Garden for cocktails and encouraged to explore the nine acres of the garden and enjoy the art.

The wedding was just perfect – intimate and relaxed, with everybody having lots of fun! Here are some favorites:

The lovely bride Leela with her Maid of Honor and Groom Jeff with his best man.

The location: gorgeous cornerstone Gardens in CA.

Thank you Natasha & Mike for sharing your wonderful work with us. You captured the beauty of this great location and the pure love of Leela and Jeff’s perfect day.

For a list of the vendors used and more wedding photos, head over to Choco Studio.

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Girly Gecko {Beach} Party!

Have a little lizard lover in your life? Check out this girly gecko party that Lindsay of Bella Grace Party Designs threw for her daughter Giada’s 2nd birthday. It was at the beach and had a definity fun, thoughtful (but still simple) vibe to it. So fun!

Simple set up on the beach.

Cute kid on lizard raft, check!

darling beach/lizard favors. I LOVE the personalized sunscreen favors. Lindsay says,

“I had a great time working with Jessica of Pen N’ Paper Flowers creating the adorable lizard graphic. She did such a PERFECT job helping me create the great water bottle labels and Lizard lotion labels.”
We agree, it looks perfect!

These lizard shaped cookies and gecko topped cupcakes are perhaps my favorite party detail. Adorable! You must check out all the lizard party details over on Lindsay’s blog. And check out all the cool vendors who helped her pull this off. Great job!

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