Camp Out

One of my favorite themes we prepped for a birthday was for my nephew’s first birthday…Camping!  It was so much fun to bring nature and outdoor living to the home.

First thing first…we start with creating the decorations:

Then we put everything together:

Then….it was time to make the desserts and dessert table (which is the most fun part!):

And the overall look of the dessert table:

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Great event to craft for…fun and very versatile.

The chocolate covered pretzels, Oreos and marshmallow treats were

created by  Ronda’s Sweet Treats !

Big Top Circus and Carnival Party

With summer quickly approaching, I can’t stop thinking about the fun party themes that can be done in my backyard.  Currently, I’m leaning towards a Big Top Circus and Carnival theme for my son who turns two in July.  After researching on the internet, I found some really amazing sites where moms really knocked it out of the park.  I think I will be drawing inspiration from them this summer!

Cristina Riches from Bird’s Party threw an amazing joint party for her two kiddos which included great food, decor, and even carnival games!  You can purchase party printables and supplies from her online store.

 

Carol from Partylicious also put together another wonderful party filled with bright decor, amazing balloon art, and fun carnival games.

Alice In Wonderland Birthday

In terms of themes, I don’t think you can get more whimsical than Alice In Wonderland, and Via Blossom took that terminology to a whole other level.  The decor was inspired by the book and the movie.  The bright flowers and large cutouts really brought the magic out in this wonderful fairy tale tea party.  The gorgeous party supplies were created by Via Blossom and can be purchased from their online shop.  These pictures have provided great inspiration for my next party!

 

 

 

My First Attempt at a Full Sheet Cake

So, this morning I completed my very first full sheet cake.  A friend of the family wanted a one-layer beach-themed cake for her wife’s 60th birthday party today.  Needless to say, I was very nervous about getting it done, being that I’ve never done anything this large before.

I baked the cakes last night and put them in the refrigerator until this morning.  I had to use 4 boxes of cake mix for each flavor to fill the pan (thanks for the sale, ShopRite!).

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I used a bread knife to even out the two halves, and then created a crumb coat with a butter cream recipe from Betty Crocker (Link to Recipe).

I added more frosting and used my spatula to create texture between the two halves. The left side was wavy (for the water) and the right side was smooth (for the sand).  I then added blue food coloring to clear piping gel and applied it to the left side and used a mixture of ground up Nilla Wafers and Keebler’s Graham Cracker Crumbs for the right side.

I then decorated the cake with items I bought on Amazon.com:

Wooden Adirondack Chairs and Fence

Minature Fairy Garden Beach Flip Flops

Timeless Minatures-Books

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I used my Cricut machine to cut out the 60 and attached it to toothpicks. The couple also likes to collect sea glass, so I purchased rock candy and laid some on the “sea foam” and in a thimble by the chairs.

All-in-all, it wasn’t a crazy project.  There weren’t as many hiccups as I usually have when doing something for the first time.  But now I must go and clean my kitchen!

My First Pinterest Attempt

My first attempt at replicating something I saw on Pinterest was six years ago.  I wanted to create an owl cake for my daugther’s first birthday.  The cake on the left is from Pinterest, and the pink cake on the right was my attempt. Not too bad for my first try!

Pinterest Link