August 18th, 2011

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.

March 24th, 2011

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.

Can you spot all the owls on this table?

Photography by: The Pixel Studio

March 14th, 2011

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!

– Styling, styling and some desserts: Sweets Indeed
– Photography: The Pixel Studio
– Cakes, mini cupcakes, french macarons: Vanilla Bake Shop
– Shoe Favors: A Precious Memory
– Medallions and Popcorn Cones: Little Pumpkin Paper
– Vintage Dresser: Found Vintage Rentals