Birthday: A Fairy Princess Garden Party

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My neighbor, friend, and fellow event planner, Nici threw an adorable backyard birthday party for her sweet girl, Maggie.  It was so fun even though it was blazing hot outside.  Nici bought them each a Fairy Princess outfit and once they were dressed, the party started!  They ate lunch, read a princess book, made necklaces and had a dance party to Choo Choo Soul. Nici’s husband, Jared made a killer dance stage where the girls got their grove on.  Maggie's BirthdayIMG_5904IMG_5901Maggie's Birthday2IMG_5918Maggie's Birthday1IMG_5896IMG_5916Maggie's Birthday3IMG_5913IMG_5936IMG_5893IMG_5910IMG_5941IMG_5973 IMG_5980IMG_5960Happy Birthday Miss Magdalene Elizabeth!

To check out more of Nici’s parties, head over to her blog Humble Hostess.

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Party: Zeda’s 4th Birthday Part 2

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Miss Z’s 4th Birthday was a hit!  We had such a fun day celebrating the wonderful girl she is and I had such a fun week after cleaning up the many many tiny sprinkles that were dropped. 😉  I am so happy with how everything turned out. However,  I’m not sure if I should call this a sprinkle party or a polka dot party, what do you think?  Either way, the outcome was great and my baby girl turned 4.  This was her third and final party of the weekend. By the end we were wiped and playing with a thousand Merida bow and arrows (from the movie Brave).  If you don’t know my little one, she would tell you her name is Merida.  There are many people in our neighborhood who don’t know Zeda’s actual name.  One of these days I’ll correct them. 🙂  Until then, we will call her Merida and party on like she has her mama’s crazy red hair (click here if you want to see what I’m talking about).

If you don’t remember her first party click here to check it out.IMG_5483 edits196IMG_5490 IMG_5494 edits197IMG_5498 edits198IMG_5536 edits199IMG_5540edits200IMG_5563IMG_5514

Look how excited she is about all those sweets!

Images by Becca Murdaugh

Menu:

Sprinkle No Bake Cheesecake

Cupcake Puppy Chow

Balloon Bunch Cupcakes

Funfetti Granola Bites

Orangesicle and Cotton Candy Fudge – Adapted from here 

Sprinkle and White Chocolate covered Oreos, Pretzels and Vanilla Wafers

Store bought – Sprinkle Ice Cream Cones and Chocolate Dough-nut Holes.

Cheers! Cake Batter & Sprinkles No Bake Cheesecake

IMG_5484For Zeda’s family party, I did a Sprinkle themed birthday.  She loved it because the amount of sweets that were provided and I loved it because of the plethora of options I had with sprinkles.  One of my favorite recipes of the day was this lovely cake batter & sprinkles no bake cheesecake I found on I’m Topsy Turvy (you can do this recipe without the sprinkles).

People loved it!

Cake Batter & Sprinkles No Bake Cheesecake
Crust
3/4 C Nilla wafers, crushed
1/4 C Ginger snaps, crushed
4 oz. butter, melted

Stir together nilla wafers and ginger snaps and melted butter in a bowl until well combined. Pour a few tablespoons into the bottom of your containers (I used Small Mason Jars) to make the crust. (You do not need to bake this.)

Cheesecake Filling
1 (8 oz.) block cream cheese, softened
4 Tbsp. butter, softened
3/4 C cake mix
1/4 C milk
1 (8 oz.) tub frozen whipped cream topping, thawed
sprinkles

Beat the cream cheese and butter together in your mixer, with your whisks or cookie paddles, on medium speed until smooth and well blended. Add in dry cake mix and milk and continue mixing until well blended.

Then gently fold in the whipped cream topping with a spatula. I keep the filling in a gallon sized bag, and pipped it on top of the “crust” just before serving! Sprinkle on the Sprinkles!

* The cups are from Target and the spoons were leftover from a wedding we had recently done. (I only had five so they were mere decoration.)

Cheers: French Macaroons

IMG_5420I realize I’ve recently blogged a recipe and another one might be a little over kill but I am beyond excited about these little babies that we made for my daughter’s birthday party.  I will post the whole party soon AND share my experience making the Petits Fours I talked about here.  They didn’t go as smooth as the recipe makes you believe, but I’ll explain later.

Today, I bring you…Basic French Macaroons.IMG_5429

I threw Zeda a little afternoon tea party with her closest girl friends.  In attendance were 8 sweet little 3-4 year olds and I realized they couldn’t come to tea without Macaroons.

I knew Macaroons could be tricky and I didn’t really have the time (or patience) to make the recipe over and over until it was right so I searched for a simple, well directed recipe and found this one on POPSUGAR Food.  Then I handed over the iPad and sent my hubby to the kitchen.  You see, my husband is a science guy and he follows directions to a T, never skipping steps or guessing amounts.  Since he actually likes to cook and he’d do anything for his little girl, he happily obliged.

Guess what?  They turned out fantastic!  The girls were happy, the mamas were happy and Jarrod was proud of his work.

Perfect.

Here is what you need:

2/3 cup almond meal or ground almonds
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 large egg whites at room temperature and preferably aged up to 3 days
5 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Click here to see the whole recipe and directions.

Cheers: Petits Fours

This weekend is big.  My sweet Zeda girl turns 4 and we have a few parties lined up.  First, a little Tea Party tomorrow afternoon with her favorite little girl friends.  I’m working hard today getting everything baked and organized and these little beauties are on the list!

They seem so easy and look so pretty; I’ll let you know how they turn out.

From Amy Atlas in Country Living:

“People will swear these are from a fancy bakery,” says Atlas of this tempting shortcut. To follow her lead: Use a serrated knife to cut the crust off a pound cake, then slice the cake into one-inch squares. Place them on a cooling rack with parchment paper underneath, pour icing over the squares, and let set for an hour. Atlas’s 60-second icing recipe? Mix four tablespoons of water to two cups of sifted confectioner’s sugar. Tint the mixture by stirring in a bit of gel food-coloring.

I’m off to start these Petits Fours!

Stay tuned, I’ll be writing much more about her birthday in the next couple of weeks.

 

Party: Ava’s Pinkalicious Party

edits182My sweet sweet niece, Ava, is turning 3 and this little spitfire is a total Princess.  What better way to celebrate her than a PINKALICIOUS party!

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For those of you who haven’t heard, there is a book series called Pinkalicious and if you haven’t guessed it; Pinkalicious loves PINK.  Here is a quick summery from Pinkalicious:

Pink, pink, pink! More than anything, Pinkalicious loves pink, especially pink cupcakes. Her parents warn her not to eat too many of them, but when Pinkalicious does . . . she turns pink! When the pink does not wash off, she is told by her doctor to eat only green food to get better. Instead, she eats just one more pink cupcake! Pinkalicious has gone too far this time and in order to return to normal, she knows just what she has to do.

This sparkling picture book celebrates all things pink while showing that being yourself is best of all.

It is such a cute book and makes for a great party theme.  Our little Ava doesn’t need to be pink to be beautiful…she already is and so was her special day!

IMG_5311edits185IMG_5309edits183The Menu:

Strawberries n’ CreamTaffy
Grapefruit Sours
Strawberry wafers
Pinkalicious Rocks
Strawberry Gummies
Pinkalicious Jelly Bellies
Raspberry M&Ms
Raspberry Meltaways
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Dipped Strawberries
White Chocolate Filled Raspberries
Pink Lemonade Fudge
Pink Lemonade Spritzer
Pinkalicious Cookies
Pink Marshmellows
Cream Cheese Mints

Pinkalicious Cupcakes : The Hot Chocolate