Thursday, August 26, 2010

Luau Dessert Buffet

I am soooo excited to share this post with you today!

Glory from the amazing blog, Glorious Treats, was nice enough to allow me to show off her FABULOUS Luau Dessert Buffet




Dessert buffets are certainly the rage right now, but Glory has taken this trend to an entirely new level. 

The bright colors, tropical flower arrangements (that she made herself, by the way) and fun party lanterns just scream luau.  And I love how she used wrapped gift boxes to add height and color to the table.  Such a fun touch! 







But my absolute favorite element of this gorgeous table?  THE COOKIES!!! 



They are simply phenomenal! 

I am a cake-decorating kind of girl, but after seeing these cookies (and the cookies made by Cookie Mama that I featured in an earlier post), I have been convinced that I've got to try my hand at cookie decorating. 

And with Glory's fabulous cookie decorating tutorial, how can anyone go wrong, right?  ;)

Thanks, Glory, for sharing your post with us.  It's truly spectacular.

Make sure you pay Glorious Treats a visit and send Glory a little bit of blog love! 





Monday, August 23, 2010

Sweet 16 Zebra Print Cake and Cupcakes

Don't you just love it when things come together perfectly?

That's what happened with this super cute zebra print cake and cupcakes.

The birthday girl, a 16-year-old teenager, and her fabulous aunt, baked and decorated 200 cupcakes for this stylish soiree.  They each baked 100 cupcakes...separately...and asked me to make the top tier zebra cake...separately.

Now, I'm a bit of a control freak so I was a little nervous about how it would all come together.



Obviously, there was nothing at all to be concerned about! 

Doesn't this look great?!!

The birthday girl's mom bought this cupcake tree (which was just plain white cardboard),  then the birthday girl spray painted the middle column black, and adorned the sides of each tier with hot pink ribbon and little black ribbon bows. 

Pretty creative for a teenager, right? 

And how cute are all of those little animal print cupcake liners?!! 

I just love how this turned out!  What do you think???

PlatesAndNapkins.com Designer Party Supplies

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Polka Dot Party

Turn her love for polka dots into a fun party theme!

We threw this polka dot party for my daughter when she turned 12 and it was a huge success!


We had polka dots and circles EVERYWHERE!  Even the food was polka dots!



We served melon balls, cheese balls, Skittles, and of course,  Dippin' Dots ice cream! 

We used solid color paper plates to create a polka-dot-paradise...



We framed the doorways with dots and taped them all over the walls and windows.  It looked great and added so much to the party atmosphere! 



The cake was covered in polka dots, too!  :)

The girls had a blast playing polka dot games and were sent home with cute little favors that they loved. 

Monday, August 16, 2010

Fabulous Fruit Dip

On hot summer days, a light, refreshing snack is always a perfect way to beat the heat! 

This cream cheese fruit dip is one of my very favorite go-to recipes!


It's thick, creamy, delicious, and sooo easy to throw together in a jiffy...the perfect recipe for that last-minute get-together!

Serve it with your favorite fruits and enjoy!  :)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Pink and Orange Summer Party, Part Two

Yesterday I shared with you the vibrant orange and white monogram cake from this pretty summer party.



That cake was pretty much the statement piece of the entire party, but there were lots of other fun decorations, too!

The theme was pink and orange, but I added a splash of turquiose here and there just for the fun of it.  It really looked great! 

See for yourself:



The first impression of a party is always the invitations, so the mood was set with these fabulous pink and orange invitations from TinyPrints.com
I love being able to add a photo to the invites...I think it's such a nice, personal touch! 



I found this adorable pink and orange ribbon and secured it around glass bowls from the Dollar Store. 
It was a great way to make a big impact with a little price tag!
Pink and orange rock candy looked terrific in there.  :)





I also used ribbons on the flower vases and as a backdrop for the cake table, just to add a punch of color.



Pink and orange wrapping paper served as a backdrop for a photo collage of the birthday girl...another inexpensive idea with big impact!



We also just sat some photos around on the side tables so the guests could take a stroll down memory lane.




Scrapbook paper in fun summer colors was used to make this birthday banner.


Having everyone come dressed for the occasion made for a fabulous photo!  I just love the colors! 
(That's me in the front left) :) 

The party was a big hit and the birthday girl loved it all! 



Thursday, August 12, 2010

Pink and Orange Summer Party, Part One

You've been waiting patiently and now it's here...Part One of the Vibrant Pink and Orange Summer Party!

I gave you a sneak peek of the cake in the last post, so it seemed only natural that we start there.  Because the cake is almost always my favorite part.  And because it was positively delicious.  And pretty.  You get the idea.

So here we go!  This is the cake:


It was for my mom's 60th birthday.  Most 60th birthday themes are the black and gray "over the hill" themes, but that stereotype just doesn't fit my mom. 

My mom is fun loving and energetic, so I wanted a theme to match.  Thus this vibrant, orange cake.



The cake itself was chocolate-chocolate chip...a new recipe that I found on a fabulous blog, KevinAndAmanda.  Amanda vowed that it was the best chocolate cake ever, so being a devoted chocoholic, I just knew that I had to try it. 

Boy, was she right! 

It was sooo moist, and sooo chocolatey, and sooo incredibly yummy! 



Everyone just loved it! 

And it looked pretty on the table, too!


Here are the cake decorating instructions and the cake recipe on the site. 

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this fun party...the pretty party decorations...coming soon! 

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sneak Peek: Vibrant Pink and Orange Summer Party!

The full details are coming soon, I promise, but I just had to give you a sneak peek at this 60th birthday party that we threw for my mom. 

The colors were so bright and vibrant...absolutely pefect for a summer party theme!  Just look...


Doesn't it look so pretty?!! 

And let me tell you, that cake was scrumptious!!!  

I tried a new chocolate cake recipe and it is seriously to die for.   Mini chocolate chips...that's all I'm sayin.'  OMG!!! 

Stay tuned for lots of awesome pics of this fun pink and orange party, and that delicious cake recipe!!! 

If you're not already a subscriber or a follower of this blog, now would be the perfect time to join...you don't wanna miss this!!!

Happy Celebrating!
Jen
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