{Party Feature} Super Train-tastic 2nd Birthday

It isn’t quite yet 6 months since we celebrated my little boy turning 2….and as the saying goes “better late than never”, so I’m proudly sharing some pics from his train themed birthday celebration!

Selecting the theme for his birthday was pretty easy this year – he loves trains.  He has a Thomas the Train wooden railway set that he plays with every day, so the thought of a train themed party seemed to fit right along his interests.

Train Birthday

Despite his birthday being in November, it had been a rather warm fall (Yes, we live in California) – so we opted to celebrate at the local neighborhood park.

For the cake, I decided to order a cake from the local grocery store and accented it with a train topper that I made from gum paste.  I got the how-to tutorial from this blog post and loved the idea of adding a couple extra train cars to carry two candles!

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For extra dessert (we can’t only have cake!), we had some chocolate cupcakes and marshmallow pops!

Train Birthday

I designed some  printable invitations, cupcake flags and and then with putting some bright blue tablecloths on the benches – it brought the park right to life! For the party favors, I used some clear boxes, filled them with some train themed goodies and tied them up with red twine and blue twine!

Train Birthday

All in all, it was a great day. My little guy was thrilled to spend the day with family and friends and enjoyed several rides around the park on the Choo Choo train!

Train Birthday

Happy Train-tastic 2nd Birthday!!

Train Birthday

~Anu

 

{Party Feature} Dinosaur Themed First Birthday

So this party feature is a personal one….Today I’m sharing my son Karsin’s first birthday! I have to tell you that this past year has FLOWN by! everyone always says to enjoy every moment, they grow so quick…and gosh, isn’t that the truth!

I thought about what kind of a theme would be fun and I came across a really cute dinosaur printable set, so decided to go with it as our theme. This meant a lot of printing and assembling – but it was totally worth it.

We had reserved the neighborhood rec center and ended up deciding to just have it in the adjacent courtyard since the weather turned out to be beautiful and sunny. Despite the bagazillion pictures from the party – we actually didn’t have one with just the dessert table all set up. So, yes, that’s me and Karsin there! HI! =)


For the dessert table – we had cupcakes, kettle corn, cookies, cookies, more cookies, and a cake!

For the cupcakes – I made half of them chocolate and the other half vanilla. I used tall brown cupcake liners which turned out really great because I wanted the cupcakes to have a bit more “cake”, but still was able to use my standard cupcake pans. For the frosting, I used Glory’s Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe. I have to say…it is a GREAT recipe. It looks fantastic when you pipe it and it tastes even better.

For the cookies – Norma from Deliciously Divine made personalized cookies with Karsin’s name and dinosaur footprints. Norma even matched the different colors in the birthday theme – so sweet!

I also ordered some Stegasaurus and T-rex cookies from Lacy @ Guilty Confections.

I also packaged up some oreo’s in small treat bags.

The kettlecorn was from the local farmers market & was served up in blue striped & lime green striped popcorn boxes.

For the cake – I decided to keep it simple and adorned the front with blue fondant letters that spelled Karsin and I created a small bunting banner using some of our blue stripe party straws to tie back to the theme and colors.

For the party favors, I wanted to do something personalized and when I thought about the idea of some simple dinosaur print art, I decided to go with it. I designed printables that were personalized for each of the kids. Basically every kid became their own dinosaur! =) Here’s how they turned out:

And on the back of the frame, I had the quote: “RAWR means I love you in dinosaur”.

I used small party favor bags to hold some other small goodies & they looked perfect next to the dinosaur frames.

Using some of the paper from the printable set, we made party hats for each kid:

I was super happy with the way it turned out and it was really great having our friends and family with us to celebrate!


~Anu

{Party Feature} Strawberry Shortcake Themed Birthday

I’m sharing a Strawberry Shortcake Themed party that I did for celebrating a 1st birthday.  Follow me while I take you on a tour…

I created these sugar cookies to celebrate the theme and the first year of Kaitlyn’s life. I used these cute pink honeycomb bags and punched a flower on both sides and inserted a plastic bag with treats for this great little favor bag!  You can use any type of punch with these bags to create any look for your parties!

The candy skewers contain marshmallows, chocolates and sour belts! Yummy!  This is a display of chocolate strawberry lollipops lightly dusted with edible glitter to give it that magical look.
I created labels for the small bottles of water and dipped some pretzel sticks in chocolate and added sprinkles. You see those chocolate dipped marshmallows with those cute straws?  I used pink polka dot paper straws, they really add that pop to personalize this dessert table! The clear cups are filled with strawberry and lime popcorn.  The popcorn was a great hit!
Tables were decorated with balloon topiary trees and the pots were filled with strawberry candy.  I also made some chocolate dipped spoons and embellished these cute popcorn containers with Strawberry Shortcake images.  Cake and cupcakes were made by Kaitlyn’s Grandma, Gerri, aren’t they cute?  The cake was so good, of course it was strawberry!  Pictured are a basket full of cookies in the shapes of strawberries and the number one.

{Party Feature} Halloween Themed Dessert Table

HI, I’m Norma from Deliciously Divine and I’m excited to share this Halloween themed dessert table that I designed and created.  Hope that you enjoy!

Items used in this dessert table that are available for purchase at Bakers Stock:

Photography credit for these pictures goes to GilVel Photography.

These are some brownies nestled in colorful cupcake liners.

These skeletons can be made using a brownie base, chocolate covered pretzels and paper straws.


I filled these black and white chevron treat bags with some candy.

These are chocolate pudding ghost graves with gummy worms crawling through them.

Halloween skewers with marshmallow ghosts and Oreos. Yum!

Ghost buddies nestled in decorative cupcake liners!

Polka Dot Baking Cups filled with candy and tied with bakers twine.

 These monster hands are great fun


These witches brooms are made with using powdered donuts and paper straws.

 

These are great and colorful cupcakes using Halloween Cupcake Topper printables.

I had a great time creating this table and hope you get inspired to do your own!

~Norma @ Deliciously Divine

{Party Feature} The Very Hungry Caterpillar Theme

A few months ago I attended a party for a very special little boy.  He turned one and his mom threw an incredibly fun birthday party with a Very Hungry Caterpillar Theme.  Like the boy, the party was AHHH-dorable.

In addition to the clown, face painting and bubbles to keep the little ones busy, the mommy extraordinaire also bought this cute pool and filled it with plastic balls and the little tots loved it.  I don’t recall there being a minute when there wasn’t a tyke or five sliding, jumping, or playing there!

Not only was it fun but it also added a huge splash of color and helped bring the theme’s colors together even more.  The birthday boy was honored with a caterpillar banner showing how much he’d grown from birth all the way to his wise 12 months:

The food was catered and no table is fully complete without buffet cards and naturally that Hungry Caterpillar showed up here too (along with some adorable snail, ladybug and sunshine friends)!

 

The thank you gifts/goody bags were colorful bags tagged with each child’s name and inside, along with the goodies, were paper animals that the kids could use at the party craft table.  Each child could attach the name tag, along with the animals to a picture frame that they decorated with markers.

Uh ya…there were a lot of kids there!

Tables were set up inside and out and the centerpieces had lovely plants with caterpillars and ladybugs matching the buffet cards tucked inside.

 

This momma definitely put her Cricut to use and it looked fantastic!

The cake was delicious and featured a fondant caterpillar upon a very artistic leaf while the birthday boy wore a Very Hungry Caterpillar crown made just for him along with a “My First Birthday” onesie.  He smiled through the whole party – that’s what I call a happy birthday!

{Party Feature} First Birthday Owl Theme

Ever since the fad of these cute owl themes, I have been wanting to work on one for a cake.  So when I went on birthday express to see what theme I would be doing for my sons first birthday I was ecstatic to find a cute 1st birthday owl theme.

I had many ideas but I knew that I would be super busy preparing for this party especially with 3 year old twin boys and my soon to be one year old running around. So I kept it simple. Instead of a 3D owl I decided to create the same owl image out of fondant from the theme onto a cake I made.

This is what I used to complete the owl.

  • small balls of brown, yellow and light blue fondant
  • 2oz of white fondant
  • 4oz of light brown fondant
  • medium oval cutter
  • small round piping tool
  • knife/scriber tool
  • cutouts of the owl

Here I cut the owl image from one of the paper plates shown.

After this I double taped the owl image onto the parchment paper.   Using parchment paper underneath the owl image would prevent sticking on the fondant.   Once I rolled out the light brown fondant to a 1/4 inch thickness I placed the owl image over the fondant and used the knife scribing tool to cut/trace around.  I then lay the fondant body of the owl on a separate board with cornstarch underneath to prevent from sticking.  I used the white fondant and oval cutter to cut out the eyes. From the excess of the white fondant and brown fondant I rolled the two together to make a lighter brown fondant for the feathery part of the body. I then placed this on the body of the owl and used the piping tool to make half circles (feathery look).  I finished up the rest of the details for the eyes and added the beak.

Here was the finished product.

Now with my luck, on the day of the party it rained.  I couldn’t believe it.  We had great summer weekends prior to this and of course on my son’s birthday party it had to rain.  So when it stopped raining we quickly set up the table for a quick birthday song before it started raining again.  We have here the cake and cupcakes that I made.

I was too busy to make my own cookies so I ordered these adorable owl cookies from TS Cookies on Etsy.  They came individually wrapped with coordinating ribbons.  I just loved them.

Children theme parties are a lot of fun to do but when it’s your own child it can really make you crazy.  I would definitely do it over and over again.  And I would probably do it indoors just in case it rains.  🙂

~ Karen @ Frosted With Emotion