Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Baby Einstein 1st Birthday

My little guy LOVES Baby Einstein , particularly the Baby Noah and Baby Neptune series. I'm not one to park him in front of the TV and I know watching them won't make him a genius, but I do love the fact that they are a simple and colorful thing for him to watch for the little bit of TV time I give him, if he has any!
That in mind, I was absolutely sure that Baby Einstein would be the perfect theme for a little boys 1st birthday! It's bright, colorful and would have characters he knew! I was not prepared for how difficult it would be to find things to match that theme, apparently I'm one of few out there with that theme in mind since I ended having to make most of the décor. That's ok though, I was thrilled with how everything turned out!
I kept all the colors to the primary colors with the exception of the purple, since its in the Baby Einstein caterpillar! The tables were covered in bright colors, each table held a box decorated on the outside with Baby Einstein characters, some colorful tissue paper and a handful of balloons. Each table also held 2 to 3 of the Baby Einstein hand puppets my kiddo loved. It was fun seeing his face light up as we walked him around to the tables and he saw his little animals all spread around!
The dessert table was kept simple and colorful. I was a little more conservative than I usually am with the desserts due to the 101 temps for the day, and the hamburger bar we had for the food! I did a mix of finger items little kids can eat easily with little mess such as cherry vanilla cake pops decorated and displayed like the Baby Einstein caterpillar, #1 sugar cookies, "Baby Christian" sugar cookies, summer strawberry cupcakes, vanilla mango cupcakes- which were a huge hit, and watermelon lemonade for a refreshing drink! I loved the bright colors and how they also made the cake colors really pop!
Upon entering the party yard, we had a number of different stations as well as fun "Baby Einstein" signs featuring our little guy in different roles of the dvd's. for the guests and kids to see as they went  to each station. We had a burger station for the dinner and water area.
We had Dr. Seuss book Happy Birthday to You! set out for guests to write a message to the birthday boy. which we will give him on his 16th birthday. It was really fun to read through them!
There was our Face Painting area, where the kids and guests could become one of the animal characters on "Baby Einstein Baby Noah"  (My little "Noah" was less than thrilled to take this picture! I think he was a little frightened by the giant reindeer!)
She was amazing and so fun to see with all the kids!

Our other activity station was the "Baby Einstein Baby Van Gogh" art area, where the kids were allowed to "paint" their own blank canvas . Coincindentally, it was Father's Day the following day, so it turned into a great spot for last minute Father's Day gifts from the kids!
Last, of course, was the cake for the smashing! I was excited about the cake, I kept both cakes a simple white background so I could make sure the bright colors and the caterpillar really stood out.
The birthday boy loved being sung to.
Eating the cake..... Not so much!!
 He mostly decided he'd had enough and ended up wiping it everywhere in the process of trying to wipe it all off his hands. A child of mine who doesn't like dessert! How is this possible!? Haha.
As a parting gift the kids were giving a bright orange bag filled with a color your own cup, a colorful silly straw and some sidewalk chalk! Perfect for the summer season!!
It was a great party and so much fun with all the colors! I highly recommend throwing a Baby Einstein party to anyone out there with a little one!

Cake, Food and Event Design: padicakes
Photography by: Amber Reverie Design
Baby Onsie: Auntie Donna's
Food Tent Labels: Easy Party Printables

Friday, April 17, 2015

HopeKids and Icing Smiles

I was pleased to have the opportunity to provide 4 dozen cupcakes for a HopeKids mom and daughter spa day this last Saturday, through IcingSmiles a group I am proud to be a member of. 

HopeKids believes that by bringing joy to these inspiring children and their families through an ongoing calendar of events we can help cultivate hope, acceptance and most importantly the will to live. All of these events are fun and exciting, and promote a deepening of relationships and friendships. In some cases, they provide a return to normalcy to a family facing a fragile and uncertain future. For others, they provide a much needed relief during a stressful and often scary time.  For all, they are surrounded by families who understand the journey they are on.
Their goal is to create a constant state of anticipation, of looking forward to the future with excitement and hope. Simply put, we want to give the child another reason to fight, another reason to want to live while the medicine and treatments are given the time needed to heal what is making them sick. What a wonderful organization! They have directly helped my brother and sister in-laws family as they have and are moving through the diagnosis of my niece, Charlee with Batten Disease.
Icing Smiles is a nonprofit organization that provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by the critical illness of a child.  We understand that the simple things, like a birthday cake, are luxuries to a family battling illness.  Our goal is to create a custom cake for the ill child, or their sibling, that provides a temporary escape from worry and creates a positive memory during a difficult time.
Memories have magical powers.  Long after the cake is gone, the memories linger - memories of the kindness of a stranger, of the art of the design, of the sweet smells of a special treat, of the smiles and laughs, of a normal childhood experience so often stolen from these children.  These memories are why we say, "It is so much more than a cake."
It's much more rewarding to bake for a good cause than for yourself (and much less calories as well :)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Buon Viaggio Italian Themed Birthday- Holy Cannoli!

I was asked to do a dessert table for my niece's surprise birthday party, Italian themed since after the party, they were off to Italy- what a fun birthday! I want! What screams Italian sweets better than Limoncello cupcakes and Cannoli's of course- besides maybe a great gelato-if I knew how to make that, I think I'd be a few pounds heavier, mmm! I haven't made Cannoli's enough to be an expert, but since was for family, I figured it was a good time to get some more cannoli practice in,  they're usually pretty forgiving if you show up with yucky burnt food, right? Haha, maybe not. Luckily, after much patience, my tongs and I were able to turn out a pretty good batch of yummy cannoli's! 
Try something new and keep at it till you can do it well, I say!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Happy Rainbow Jell-o cookies and A to Zebra Celebrations

I was happy to have my rainbow jello cookies featured on an awesome party website today! A to Zebra Celebrations. She has super cute party ideas! Go check out her site!  and if you'd like the recipe to these fun cookies... click the pic!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Burlap, Buttons & Lace Baby Shower

I was thrilled to plan and host this Burlap, Buttons and Lace baby shower which was inspired by the simple but classy invitations that the mother to be fell in love with. I absolutely loved the colors and the options currently available with the burlap theme being so popular.
I wanted to have the shower be an open house style shower, but wanted it to be more interactive than the typical snacks, gift and leave agenda they can follow. To keep the guests feeling casual, but wanting to stay and visit for the afternoon I planned a number of different activity areas that flowed throughout the house, eventually landing the guests in the kitchen so that they were always brought back to the food table. Let's face it, that seems to be where everyone ends up mingling anyway!  The different activities included headband and hairclip making, burp rag decorating, advice and suggestion writing, a diaper raffle and a blindfolded diaper changing contest which ended up being one of the more popular activities.
Since we wanted everyone to feel like they could come and go throughout the shower, I planned the food to be finger friendly with things like mini pancakes, bacon skewers, min quiches, an assortment of sweet breads and rolls, cake pops, salted caramel macaron's and cookies all in the light shades of the invitations.
left: mini pancakes on a toothpick, right: mini cinnamon roll pieces
salted caramel macarons
mini quiches- perfect brunch food
the best brunch juice ever!!!
We decorated the house in a variety of textured fabrics including burlaps, lace ribbons, shredded fabrics and tulle around the balloons and kept the rest of the table linens white to keep the focus on the simple colors and décor. One of my favorite decorations were the baby layettes on satin hangers held up on "invisible" wire stands, they looked so delicate and tiny throughout the house. It was truly a sweet little touch for a sweet little baby to come!
 Upon leaving, all the guests were given a little mason jar wrapped in burlap, filled with orange flavored sugar scrub soaps as a favor. All went beautifully, it was a perfect way to host a non- typically cheesy shower with a few simple ideas and decorations!
Event Design, Décor and Catering: Tya Lynn Nelson of padicakes; www.padicakes.b;ogspot.comFloral Design: Amber Dickson of  Amber Reverie; http://www.amberreverie.com/Invitations and Printable Sign Designs: Wallflower Events; https://www.etsy.com/shop/WallflowerEvents