{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} 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!

{Recipe Feature} Canadian Living’s Blueberry Upside Down Cake

I love this time of year.

So many fresh fruits and vegetables  are now available at our local farmer’s markets.

One of my favourite fruits, and something I look forward to each year is  blueberries.

What better way to use the first blueberries of the season than in a cake that I have been baking for almost 30 years.

The recipe  for this Blueberry Upside Down Cake comes from a 1983 Canadian Living Magazine.

This  cake can be baked in any size/shape 8 or 9 inch baking pan.

This time I baked it in a vintage Griswold cast iron skillet,

but a square or rectangle cake  or  springform pan also works.

A simple cake, but delicious,  very moist and delicate.

Wonderful  served warm or at room temperature.

With or without whipped cream.

Blueberry Upside Down Cake

Source: Canadian Living Magazine, August 1983

Often called gateau aux bleuets or pouding aux bleuets, this cake and its many variations are popular in Quebec. Taken warm from the oven and turned upside-down, it becomes a delicious pudding to serve with whipped cream; left in the pan to cool, it becomes a cake. Add cinnamon it you like a pleasant spiciness; omit for a plain white cake.

 

1/4 cup melted butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 cups blueberries (fresh or Frozen)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

3/4 cup milk

In 9 inch square cake pan, combine melted butter and brown sugar;spread evenly on bottom. Spread blueberries evenly over top. Sprinkle with lemon juice.

Cream butter; gradually add sugar, beating until light. Beat in egg and vanilla. Sift or mix together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon if using. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk to creamed mixture. Spread batter evenly over blueberry layer. Bake in 350°F oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Let cool 10 minutes in pan, then turn out on to large flat plate.

 

~Ann @ Thibeault’s Table

{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