I am a self professed Alice addict and I LOVE all things Alice in Wonderland and not just the Disney version, the original Lewis Carroll stories as well. When I was asked to design a sweets and treats station for an adorable 4 year old’s birthday, I was excited. When I learned it was Alice themed, I was ecstatic.
I started with one of our custom table tutu’s and had a pinafore made to look like Alice’s dress. Of course we had to hang lanterns over the top and 2 velvet chairs adorned the ends. Later, the birthday girl sat in the red one and blew out her candles.
I really wanted to create custom teacup cake stands so went on a hunt for the perfect pieces. You can find tons of white cups and plates at thrift stores, dollar stores and Home Goods. Use E-6000 glue to adhere the pieces together. It won’t foam up and after 24 hours, they’re pretty sturdy.
I did try painting them with all the approved and recommended porcelain and china paints but with them already being glazed, it was hard to get rid of the streaky look. I decided to adorn them using various stickers, ribbon and decorative scrapbook pieces. I loved how they turned out! You could use just about anything and make them match any color palette or theme! They quickly became focal points on the table.
The kids filled custom favor boxes with edible and non-edible treats. Of course you have to have “Eat me” cookies but I wanted them to look as similar to the ones that Alice ate as possible. I love how they turned out! We ordered the Mad Hatter Marshmallow pops from The Marshmallow Studio after seeing them at the HWTM launch party and thought they were adorable. I also had to have hedgehogs so I called upon Vanilla Bake Shop to adorn their mini cupcakes with little critter and design french macarons as “painted red roses”. They did an amazing job on the cake as well! Photo props and tart shaped erasers went home with all the guests.
That’s enough about that…on to the photos!! I’ll be acquiring party pics from the photographer soon but in the meantime, here’s our set up photographed by The Pixel Studio.
This colorful candy/dessert station was made for a super cute first birthday party. The party had a “Look Whoo’s Turning One” theme and little owls were popping up all over. We designed the table to match the peace and love themed paper goods and played off the funky fabric we found that matched! For extra girly-ness we made a custom tulle backdrop and table tutu.
One of my favorite little tricks on this table was the sugar cookies. If you aren’t good at decorating, transform plain cookies by adding a little food coloring to your cookie batter. I love the pop of color!
The owl cupcakes were made with Oreo cookie halves and Reeces Pieces for the eyes and nose. It’s that easy! The mother of the birthday girl made the cake herself using a giant cupcake cake pan. We made the cake bunting and birthday girl garland using a Cricut Expression.
Back in February, we had the pleasure of designing Paris inspired dessert stations for a very sweet 10-year old’s birthday. This party was recently featured on Hostess with the Mostess! Please visit the post here for design details, tips and tricks! We decided to break this up into 2 posts full of detailed photos and fun!
This post will feature the cake station. We wanted there to be a separate place for the big “Happy Birthday” moment, and set up a cake station inside the house. A whimsical tulle backdrop and hanging eiffel tower medallions created the perfect backdrop for the vintage dresser. We used custom, hand painted hat boxes to display each mini cake. Each guest took home a paper shoe favor boxes, custom popcorn cone and hat box. When it was time to sing, the birthday girl and her guests gathered around the vintage dresser for a big surprise. Each guest found their special cake and were completely immersed in the festivities.
We worked with the talented Vanilla Bake Shop on these cakes. From the initial sketch, to the final product, I am always impressed with the intricate detailing that goes into each. The girls were thrilled!
What little girl doesn’t love pixie dust, fairy wings, and sweets?!? This pixie party was created for the daughter of an uber talented illustrator. Sophie Hogarth is absolutely fabulous and we LOVE her. She hand crafts, paints, and decorates custom characters. She designed the hanging princess and cookies for our sweet station here, and decorated the custom cookies which can be seen on our farm party, and for our recent Halloween Sweet Station (which we’ll post more of soon!)
Sophie left no corner undecorated and did a fabulous job creating a kid friendly tea party complete with a fairy fortune teller. The party guests received a treasure box with a bumble bee friend and a ticket saving their place in line. They were so excited as they waited their turn to hear what the fairy fortune teller had to say. So cute! They also enjoyed face painting, and a bounce house!
For the sweet station, we used one of our Custom Table Tutu’s around the tablecloth and created a tulle backdrop. Custom fairies flitted over the table and adorned the favor boxes. For the sweets, guests enjoyed strawberry and lemon french macaron’s from Vanilla Bake Shop, mochi cookies and international edibles flown in from Europe. Chocolate hedgehogs, fruity mushrooms, coconut creme toadstools, walnut shaped cookies, glitter marshmallows, and butterfly topped Sweet Skewers were some of the favorites.
Check back tomorrow for a full post dedicated to all of the custom fairies that were seen around the party. There were so many adorable details.
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My baby girl turned 6! I cannot believe how fast the time has gone by. To celebrate, we threw together an intimate shin-dig complete with a balloon artist, swimming, and of course, a dessert station. About a month ago, we started working on designs for a signature line of Sweet Stations and decided to use the backdrop and illustrated elements from our Princess Sweet Station for Avalon’s party. Although this station does not contain all of the elements that our Signature Princess Station will, it is a sneak peek of things to come.
The birthday girl was thrilled to see all of her favorite treats. Complete with madeleine cookies, mini hostess cupcakes, marshmallow puffs, Unicorn Candy Kabobs, and custom decorated cookies, this sweet station was calling her name. We centered the Dessert Station around a hand crafted/illustrated hanging princess and custom sweet shoppe sign. The backdrop and detailed elements such as these are part of our Sweets Indeed custom branding and the birthday girl gets to keep personalized items as a memento. We also incorporated damask pink fabric into our custom Table Tutu.
The backdrop was created by covering a 4×6′ piece of foam core or gator board (found at most art supply stores). We covered the front of the foam core with batting (found at fabric stores) and stapled it around the back edge. Next, drape your fabric over the front, smooth out and staple to the back. Your staples won’t go all the way through the foam core. We used a hot glue gun to attach push pins or thumb tacks onto buttons. Measure equal distances apart for the buttons to go and mark each spot. Stick the pushpin buttons through the fabric, batting and foam core at each marked spot. This will give the backdrop a tufted look like that of a fancy headboard. Stand back and be proud of your work. It’s done!
We love to create custom candy or dessert stations for kids parties. It’s important to bring in the personality and favorites of the birthday boy/girl and there is always a new spin that can be created for any theme.
This is a perfect example of our “Something Sweeter” candy station with the addition of cupcakes and a “smash” cake. Custom candy labels and favor bag stickers added a little something sweet and our custom table tutu made it’s debut! Happy Birthday Gracie!