Sunday, March 1, 2015

Baby Elephant 1st Birthday

Such a cute theme for a special little boys first birthday! Sweet yet all boy! I loved the color ideas for this party and loved making this little elephant- I almost didn't want to let him go on the cake, he was so cute in my kitchen! All the kids loved walking by and trying to touch his little balloon!

Happy Birthday to little Noah!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A "Bird's Party" Feature

I was so thrilled that my daughter's Frozen party was featured today on "The Bird's Party"! Check out the feature and her website, so fun!!
Here is her write up, if you can't view it!
You can also see the rest of the photos from the party here.
 
A Magical Frozen Inspired Birthday Party Tuesday, February 24, 2015C Riches
Frozen Inspired Birthday Party

The Frozen Disney movie has been a hit with kids worldwide. My daughter is obsessed with Anna and Elsa, and can't stop humming "Let it Go..." :)

And so I am super excited to finally jump in the band wagon of the whole Frozen-mania 'round here...
Today's party will dazzle and wow you, as it did me! It has lots of DIY decorations, stunning details and clever decor ideas that stay true to this popular Disney film theme, without falling prey to using copyrighted images. And that in my book is super fresh indeed!

Hope you'll love all the details was styled and told by Tya Lynn Nelson from Padicakes ♥
Frozen Inspired Birthday Party cake
Frozen Inspired Birthday Party
Frozen Inspired Birthday Party Cookies
Frozen Inspired Birthday Party Cupcakes
Frozen Inspired Birthday Party
Frozen Inspired Birthday Party

Frozen Themed Birthday Party: Party Styling & DIY Decorations

My daughter always wants to have birthday parties that would be so fun in the spring or summer months, such as Alice in Wonderland, Minnie Mouse Bowtique etc. Unfortunately for her, having a January birthday makes those parties a little more difficult. Of course, I was thrilled this year when she wanted a Frozen Ice Princess Party, even though I think it's been done by every 5 year old girl out there. Finally, a perfect party for a winter birthday! 
 
Despite how much fun it would have been to actually do it in the snow outside, of course this January we had no snow. Instead we brought the snow inside and "froze" the interior of our home! 
I always try to do theme parties using as little of the actual "theme brand" decor as I can to keep it simple and classy. We tried to decorate with our own "frozen themed" décor rather than the actual Disney décor. I absolutely loved how magical it turned out by using tons of glowing lights and a simple color palette of white and shades of shimmering blues!
 
We cut hundreds of snowflakes and cotton balls and strung them over every doorway and archway we could find with clear twine, we added felt snow drifts and icicles, hundreds of white lights, snowflake lights and ice blue lights, turned down the house lights and VIOLA! Frozen Ice Castle in our own home! "It was absolutely magical" in the words of the birthday girl! We may have to decorate like this every gloomy January, it really was beautiful!
 

Frozen Themed Birthday Party: Party Games & Activities

Upon arrival the princesses, princess (and one snowman) received a crown or mask to decorate with jewels and glitter from the Trading Post. 
They also received a pom pom wand, a snowball and snowflake adorned gable box to store their goods in. 
Once they finished their crown, they were able to go to the next station where they made super cute, and super easy snow globes with stickers they picked, packing tape and of course tons of turquoise and white glitter.
 

Frozen Themed Birthday Party: Party Food & Sweet Treats

Guests were treated with "frozen" white hot chocolate and frozen fjord punch as well as glittery treats in the castle,  including Elsa's iced macarons, donut holes from Olaf's donut tree, Kristoff's jello ice blocks (which were set aglow from beneath with balloon lights, Sven's chocolate covered oreo snacks and ice and snow covered sugar cookies all served atop a snow covered table lit with white lights. 
Even the birthday girl's cake was lit and glowing. You can get a lot of mileage from those balloon lights!

Frozen Themed Birthday Party: Party Gifts & Favors
Later in the evening, there was a surprise visit from Elsa and Anna where the kids were given necklaces we made with "Elsa's Magic" in them, mini apothecary bottles filled with glitter and baby oil on a chain. 
After some interaction with the princesses, all the little princes and princesses were invited to build a snowman or have a snowball fight with Elsa and Anna with little sock snowballs stuffed with fluffy batting.
What a precious thing to watch as the children laughed while throwing snowballs with actual princesses! 
Truly a magical night to remember in our Frozen Castle!
 

Frozen Themed Birthday Party: Party Credits

Styling & Design, Catering and Cake: Tya Lynn Nelson from Padicakes 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Fancy French Party

Michelle came to me from a good friend whose "tea party" I baked for recently and she had the cutest idea for her daughter's 10th birthday party that I just couldn't say no. The theme her daughter wanted was a very girly, blingy fancy French themed party, in shades of pink, red and black! How fun!! Wish I got a party like that anytime!! It was fun to collaborate with her to make her daughter's party as "blinged out" and still edible as we could!  Here are some fun shots from Bethany's special day!
 mini s'mores cupcakes with a crunchy graham cracker bottom
 chocolate bling cake pops (top), almond petit fours with raspberry filing
 super yummy orange zest scones
 Paris themed Eiffel Tower cake, lemon filled with white chocolate ganache
 Bethany the birthday princess!
"glitter lips" a popular thing at the party!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A Frozen Affair

My daughter always wants birthday parties that would be so fun in the spring or summer months, such as Alice in Wonderland, Minnie Mouse Bow-tique etc. Unfortunately for her, having a January birthday makes those parties a little more difficult, so I was thrilled this year when she wanted a Frozen Ice Princess Party even though I think it's been done by every 5 year old girl out there. Finally, a perfect party for a winter birthday! Despite how much more fun it would have been to actually do it in the snow outside, of course this January we had no snow. So, we brought the snow inside and "froze" the inside of our home!
we strung cotton balls and snowflake cutouts on fishing line, cheaper than craft twine.
Table skirt was made same as a tulle skirt- with MUCH more tulle. Here is a cheap place for tulle.
we purchased a few strands of white lights and strung them on top of the table under cotton batting and underneath to make the skirt glow. The effect was beautiful!!
We cut hundreds of snowflakes and cotton balls and strung them over every doorway and archway we could find, added felt snow drifts and icicles, hundreds of white lights, snowflake lights and ice blue lights turned down the house lights and VIOLA! Frozen Ice Castle inside! "It was absolutely magical" in the words of the birthday girl! We may have to decorate like this every gloomy January, it really was beautiful!
Perfect decoration! Freeze the house with Ice crystal spray on the windows and mirrors!
Upon arrival the princesses (and one snowman) received a crown or mask to decorate with jewels and glitter from the Trading Post. They also received a pom pom wand, a snowball and snowflake adorned gable box to store their goods in. We also made little glass fairy jars on necklaces filled with glitter and turquoise liquid, which was "Elsa's Magic" in a bottle, Elsa gave on to each child later in the night.  Once they finished their crown, they were able to go to the next station where they made super cute snow globes with stickers they picked, and of course tons of turquoise and white glitter.
Elsa's Magic in a bottle
Making crowns
Snow Globe Station
after the glitter and stickers were in, we filled them with baby oil and glued them shut, this was by far the cheapest place to get tons of oil!
They were treated with "frozen" white hot chocolate and frozen fjord punch as well as glittery treats in the castle including frozen iced macarons, donut holes from Olaf's donut tree, Kristoff's jello ice blocks (which were set aglow from underneath with balloon lights, Sven's chocolate covered oreo snacks all served atop a snow covered table lit with white lights. Even the birthday girl's cake was lit and glowing. You can get a lot of mileage from those balloon lights!
we set Kristoff's ice blocks aglow from below with balloon lights, as well as the cake and a few other decorations around the house!
 
"frozen hot chocolate" was just white hot chocolate mix with blue gel color and lots of melted marshmallows on top.

Later in the evening, there was a surprise visit from Elsa and Anna where the kids were given necklaces we made with bottled "Elsa's Magic".  After some interaction with the princesses, all the little princes and princesses were invited to build a snowman or have a snowball fight with Elsa and Anna with little sock snowballs stuffed with fluffy batting.
What a precious thing to watch as the children laughed having a snowball fight with actual princesses! Truly a magical night to remember in our Frozen Castle!
Styling & Design, Catering and Cake: Tya Lynn Nelson; padicakes- www.padicakes.blogspot.comPhotography: Tiffani Linn Photography: https://www.facebook.com/tiffanilinnphotography
Anna: A.C. : Alexis Christine
Elsa: Winter Hawk Cos.