Dinosaur Hunter Fossil Dessert Table

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Calling all Dino Hunters! This dessert table is ROAR-tastic. I LOVE how it turned out. Touches of gold & bronze with a little kraft & khaki. It came together perfectly! Where to start!? How about the amazing center cake by Kathi of My Sweet Things. Kathi’s cakes are always amazing but this one has to be my favorite.  If you missed yesterday’s post, I chatted about my obsession with spray painting plastic toys. Gold Dinosaur = Best Cake Topper Ever.

I was so inspired by a couple of talented ladies dessert tables. The super talented ladies of Anders Ruff created this amazing dinosaur party and painted the awesome wooden fossil dinosaur skeletons. It was such a clever idea I wanted to include them on the dessert table. If you haven’t checked out Anders Ruff, I can’t say it enough – hop over and check them out. Amazing, Amazing, Amazing! I was also inspired my sweet friend Gretchen of 3 Little Monkeys Studios. Gretchen was kind enough to send over her amazing Vintage Dinosaur Hunter printables. Her idea of hiding a fondant fossil topper on a cupcake was brilliant. Not only is Gretchen a talented designer she is one phenomenal party planner / stylist / crafter & blogger so don’t forget to hop over and check out her work.

Back to the desserts! I was so lucky to have my sweet friend Maria from Love and Sugar Kisses create amazing fossil chocolate covered oreos. She even added a little gold glitter for me because like his mama, my son is all about the glitter. HUGE thank you to Linda of Frog Prince who created the cutest dinosaur fossil cookies! I love how she gave the cookies a vintage look and even added a touch of gold. Now, let’s talk about these fondant cupcake toppers by Brittany of Edible Details. Can you believe how detailed they are. Fossils, magnifying glasses galore. They looked so perfect on top of the peanut butter cupcakes from Jilly’s Cupcakery.

I love to include a homemade dessert on my dessert tables. I don’t always have time to make every dessert although I love to bake! This time I made s’mores in a jar. The easiest dessert ever. Grab any mini little container, in this case I used mini ball jars. The bottom layer is crushed graham crackers {you can crush yourself or just by a box pre-crushed}, then goes chocolate pudding {in this case instant jello chocolate pudding} then top with mini marshmallows. If you have a crème brule torch you can torch the marshmallows a bit to give it that burnt look. Easy peasy! The dessert table also had store bought French Macarons from Trader Joes. If you don’t have time, energy or desire to make your own macs then TJ French Macarons are your solution. They are SO delicious & inexpensive! I always get an extra pack or two when I’m at TJ’s to keep on hand. Final dessert on this table is the rice crispy pops. Store bought rice crispy treats + straw with paper flag = dessert perfection. The kids loved this one and it literally took me 2 minutes to put together. Highly recommend!

Thank you so much to Jennifer of Quench my Heart for capturing all the beautiful details below! Enjoy all the Dino-tastic desserts below!

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Don’t forget to check out Part 1 of my Dinosaur Hunter Birthday Party!

Vendor Credit || Event Design, Banner, Vinyl Dino, Styling: Deliciously Darling || Photography: Jennifer Le May, Quench My Heart || Printables: 3 Little Monkeys Studios || Cake: My Sweet Things || Cupcakes: Jilly’s Cupcakery  || Fondant Cupcake Toppers: Edible Details || Sugar Cookies: Frog Prince Cake & Cookie Design || Chocolate Covered Oreos: Love and Sugar Kisses || Plastic Dinos & Wooden Dinosaur Skeleton Puzzle: Amazon ||

Dinosaur Hunter Fossil Birthday Party

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ROAR! Sharing my munchkin’s Dino Hunter Party today!!! Last year my little man was obsessed with Dinosaurs and said he wanted to be a “fossil searcher” when he grew up. After seeing Gretchen’s amazing Dino Hunter Party {of 3 Little Monkey Studios} I knew that a Dino Hunter party was definatley in the cards. I wanted to stick with a neutral color pallet with some touches of gold {and lots of gold & bronze dinosaurs}. I just have to say plastic animals look so much cooler after a coat of spray paint! Ha.

Backing up a second to talk about the amazing printables by Gretchen. I can’t say enough about how awesome her printables are – from invitations, to banners, to activity page, to bottle labels, putting together this party was a breeze! Gretchen was even sweet enough to send me her fossil kit from her son’s Dinosaur party. The kids really enjoyed learning about the fossils and they couldn’t believe that some of the fossils were that old. The activity worksheet also kept them busy in between activities. The kids also really enjoyed the dino dig activity – a kit comes complete with a hammer, a chisel, brush and the dinosaur toy in a sand block. I repackaged them in kraft bio containers from Shop Sweet Lulu and finished them off with a dino hunter label. Just be warned this activity is a little messy and time consuming to dig out all the little pieces but the kids just loved it!!!!

The favor table was my favorite. I just loved how the mini mason jar favors turned out. Simply glue a plastic dinosaur to the lid & spray paint with your favorite color. I would use a stronger glue than hot glue because the dinos come of easily when using hot glue. These favor jars can be used for any theme, I’m actually making some for an upcoming safari baby shower. The favor table also included chocolate bars complete with a dino wrapper, diy linen bags filled with salt water taffy and of course kids got to take home their own dinosaurs.

Finally, let’s talk about the amazing burlap wreath! Bethany from Sweet Georgia Sweet was kind enough to send over a burlap garland & a burlap wreath complete with a gold dinosaur. I added a little straw flag from the printables to tie it all in but I just love this wreath. Thank you so much Bethany!

Huge huge huge thank you to my sweet friend Jennifer of Quench My Heart Photography who popped over to take some amazing pictures. Enjoy the pictures below & tomorrow it’s all about Dino Desserts! Roooooar!!

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Tomorrow, it’s ALL about Dino-tastic Desserts. Check out this adorable peek at the cookies by Linda of Frog Prince! Can’t wait to share tomorrow.

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Vendor Credit || Event Design, Styling: Deliciously Darling || Photography: Jennifer Le May, Quench My Heart || Printables: 3 Little Monkey Studio || Burlap Wreath & Garland: Sweet Georgia Sweet || Neutral Tassel Kit, Gold Plates, Napkins, Kraft Containers, Straws: Shop Sweet Lulu|| Plastic Dinosaurs & Fossils dig kit: US Toys || Hats: Michaels Craft Store || Vest, Skeleton Dinos, Real Fossils: Amazon ||

Sweet as Pie Dessert Table

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Desserts make me happy. Super giddy, crazy happy so I’m beyond thrilled to share this Sweet as Pie dessert table with y’all today! If you missed part 1 of the Sweet as Pie party click here to check it out.

There is always room for pie. Especially Key Lime Pie. This dessert table had so many pies to choose from: Key Lime, Peanut Butter Pie, Southern Pecan, Mini Berry Pies, Chocolate Cream, Banana Cream, Lemon Meringue and Turtle Pie. Lots of pie! How do you pick your favorite two or three flavors!? I couldn’t narrow down the list so I decided to get lots of different kinds of store bought pies versus going with only a couple of bakery pies. I’m so happy I opted with the store bought pies. They were yummy and everyone loved taking home slices of pie!

What’s a birthday without cake? Even though the focus was on pie, I couldn’t neglect cupcakes, sugar cookies and cake! The gorgeous water color strawberry cake was created by Cakes by Darcy. It was so beautiful and delicious! I love strawberry cake. On top of the cake was an adorable little fondant slice of pie created by Edible Details. She also made assorted watercolor cupcake toppers. I just adore Brittany’s work.  Kathi from My Sweet Things created the prettiest ruffle smash cakes ever!!! Two little cakes in shades of pink and shades of blue, I loved having two smash cakes {one for the party date and one for the day after which was her actual 1st birthday}.

Let’s talk about these sugar cookies!!! SO many sugar cookies! My amazing friend Sandy from Firefly Confections is the best. Not only did she come up with the Pie theme but was the best brainstormer ever. I just adore her. I’m so honored to be one of the few people she makes cookies for. She created the most intricate water color sugar cookies that matched the invitations. I can’t believe that she can write that small with royal icing no less. She also made adorable sugar cookie pies and slices of pie. Just darling.

What I love about creating dessert tables is getting the opportunity to work with amazing vendors. I was thrilled to work with Melissa of The Baked Equation to create a glittery pie-tastic set of cookies. She is beyond talented!!! These cookies were so pretty that at one point I was sad that they were going to get eaten. Especially the one with hand painted flowers.

If you are craving pies, cookies and cake just reading this then wait till you check out the pretty pictures below! Detailed vendor information is below. Stay tuned, next week I’ll be sharing a quick little DIY how to create your own glittered candles.

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Vendor Credit || Event Design, Glittered #1 Cupcake Toppers, Glittered Candle, Styling: Deliciously Darling || Photography: Zavier Aguirre Photography || Smash Cakes & Whoopie Pies: My Sweet Things || Large Cake: Cakes by Darcy || Pie Cake Topper: Edible Details || Pie & Watercolor Sugar Cookies: Firefly Confections || Glitter Sugar Cookies: The Baked Equation || Gluten Free Cupcakes: Gluten Free Cutie || Wooden Signs: Ten23Designs || Gold & Chevron : Sequin Linen: Candy Crush Shop ||

Sweet as Pie 1st Birthday Party

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SO excited to share my sweet baby girl’s first birthday today! And guess what!? I posted it in less than a year! I’m totally on a roll people. I just can’t believe a whole year has gone by and my baby girl is 1. For me the first year is the toughest, sleepless nights, nursing, teething, and just trying to figure out how to split yourself 3 ways. Now that the first year is over, it’s totally bittersweet, she’s now a sassy little toddler! I digress. Back to the topic at hand, the 1st birthday.

I have to send a big huge Thank You to Sandy from Firefly Confections & Fan Girls Cook. She suggested a Pie themed birthday and it was totally the perfect theme {plus created the most amazing pie shaped cookies & watercolor cookies for the dessert & favor tables}. ! I’m a huge pie addict, well dessert addict in general and I’ve been wanting to do a pie bar for while. Plus my baby is really as Sweet as Pie! For the colors, I wanted shades of pink with pops of blue & gold, gold, gold {naturally}. Added a few watercolor touches because well, I love watercolor everything and thought “I haven’t seen watercolor and pie and gold together” #winning.

Huge, huge, huge Thank You to my sweet friend Teresa. She sanded, painted and lugged over the gorgeous vintage cabinet that I used for Ally’s Pie Shoppe desserts. She also brought over the cutest vintage wooden high chair we used for the cake smash. Love you T!

Even though it was a 1st birthday, I had a lot of older kiddos so I created a little Shoppe Table where the kiddos can sit down and take Pie Shoppe orders. Yup, there is a gold Tee-Pee. Why!? Why not. Doesn’t exactly scream pie shoppe but it is the most adorable gold Tee-Pee from the Land of Nod so I just had to throw it in. The kiddos also kept busy at the craft station. I always have a little craft station at my parties because {secretly or not so secretly} everyone loves to craft. I wanted to pick a craft that would appeal to all ages, even adults: DIY Pie Plates. Grab some dollar store plates, mugs and oil based sharpies and you have a cute little keep sake to take home. I also printed off personalized sweets coloring pages from the talented Paper Glitter.

I almost always create a little favor table separate from the dessert table. I will be talking all about the gorgeous Pie Dessert Table in tomorrow’s post. So much to share that I had to give it a separate post! For this favor table backdrop, I created lots and lots of gold paper rosettes and glued them onto a board. The “Aaliyah” wooden sign was the perfect accent! Made by Lauren from Ten 23 Designs. I just LOVE working with her. She creates the most incredible custom decor items. She also made the “Sweet as Pie” Sign hanging above the dessert table. Love both of these signs so much they are hanging in Ally’s bedroom. The sequin table linen from Candy Crush Shop just makes my knees weak. I just love their sequin table clothes so very much and you will almost always spot a Candy Crush Shop sequin linen at one of my parties. Don’t you just love the beautiful white & gold chevron sequin table runners!? They are my new favorite. Kiddos went home with a little linen baggie with crayons, bubbles, chocolate, a sugar cookie and gumballs. They also got to fill a box with assorted sweets and pies.

For Aaliyah’s Smash Cake backdrop, I wanted to keep is simple. Gold fringe curtains & a light up marquee banner were just perfect and it’s super easy to do. It also made the perfect “photo booth”. I had a vase of wooden mustaches & silly wooden glasses near by. You can find the DIY Marquee lights {from Hedi Swapp} from Michael’s Craft Store. Love how easy they are and how customizable they are.

I feel blessed that I get to work with the most amazing vendors!!!! I love and respect all of these amazing party people. A lot more Thank You’s & Vendor Information down below! I hope you enjoy Aaliyah’s 1st “Sweet as Pie” Birthday and oh so adorable pictures of my little girl!

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Where do I start!? Let’s start with the Birthday Girl’s outfit! HUGE HUGE HUGE Thank You to Krystal from Atutudes who created the most amazing, fluffy, pink tutu! She looked so darling in it and I know she is going to wear it a lot over the next year. Her white Pie Applique shirt was made with love by Barbie of Sweet Pea A La Mode. I just love the adorable pie on her shirt. It’s the cutest! Aaliyah’s bloomers, birthday crown and bib are from Mud Pie.

Love the girls over at Petite Party Studio! Wish I totally lived in there city just to visit their adorable little Party Shoppe. They were so so so very sweet and sent over the adorable felt ball garland that I used to decorate the Tee-Pee. Fringe garlands, gold plates & cups, gumball tubes, so many sweet items to make your party perfect. I hope I get a chance to meet them soon.

Huge thank you to Mandy from Waiting on Martha who sent over lots of fringe garland kits from The Flair Exchange. The shades of pink and blue were just adorable. Large balloons and fringe garlands are my favorite. You are the best Mandy!

Switching gears to talk about my little tablescapes. Don’t you just LOVE the kid’s place settings?! Custom wooden spoons by Sucre Shop are just everything. So true, there is always room for pie and these pie forks and spoons were a must. I am obsessed with these gold foiled napkins from Shop Sweet Lulu. I adore her store – from milk bottles to gold “for you darling” paper treat bags, so many items to pretty up your party. If you squint you can see the glittery handmade stuffed pies. Took many a night to cut and hand stich these adorable little pie pillows but so worth it!

Last year, my sweet friend Rebekkah from A Blissful Nest sent over a custom acrylic tray for Aaliyah’s room. I used it for Ally’s welcome baby party but didn’t get a cute picture of the tray. The tray is SO gorgeous, I couldn’t resist using it again. Strawberry milk served on the tray were just the cutest. So glad I have a cute picture of it! Thank you so much Rebekkah!

Let’s talk about these two cakes!!! Aaliyah’s adorable little smash cakes were made by Kathi of My Sweet Things. Ally totally went to town on her smash cake. She looked so cute digging into her cake. The huge watercolor birthday cake was created by Cakes by Darcy & topped with a gold pie from Edible Details. So much to talk about but I really want to talk all about desserts tomorrow. So here’s a teaser of tomorrow’s dessert. Can’t wait to cover every darling detail.

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Vendor Credit || Event Design, Styling: Deliciously Darling || Photography: Zavier Aguirre Photography || Pink Scroll Banner on TeePee: Loralee Lewis || Gold TeePee: Land of Nod || Smash Cakes & Whoopie Pies: My Sweet Things || Large Cake: Cakes by Darcy || Pie Cake Topper: Edible Details ||  Pink Tutu: Atutudes || White Pie Shirt: Sweet Pea A La Mode || Custom Wooden Spoons: Sucre Shop || Gold Foiled Plates, Cups, Gumball Tubs, Fringe Garland, Felt Bunting: Petite Party Studio  || Straws, Milk Bottles, Gold Fringe Curtain, Foiled Napkins, Treat Bags: Shop Sweet Lulu || Tissue Paper Garlands: The Flair Exchange || Wooden Signs: Ten23Designs || Gold & Chevron : Sequin Linen: Candy Crush Shop || Acrylic Tray: A Blissful Nest || Printable Coloring Page: PaperGlitter || DIY Marquee Light Kits: Michaels || Confetti Sunshine: DIY Pie Favor Boxes ||

Trick or Treat! A Kid Friendly Halloween

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Hey Last Minute Mama’s!!! This October has been a whirlwind hasn’t it? Between family fall fun activities and life, I feel like this has been one crazy month. So here’s some last minute inspiration for you and your little ones. In classic Halloween Orange & Black {Orange is after all the new black}. Super simple & easy to recreate with what you have at home. I absolutely love that this whole theme was inspired by a single roll of Trick or Treat ribbon from Michaels! Love it!

Last minute mama random thoughts & tips: don’t have fabric table runner? No problem, a roll of fun wrapping paper will make the perfect runner. No time to bake cookies?! Neither did I! Loved using this cookie decorating kit from Target, complete with sprinkles & frosting. One more last minute decorating tip: pumpkins are the perfect decor item. Mini pumpkins are fab. Not only are they inexpensive but they are everywhere. You can use them to decorate kids table or as a craft activity {just add glitter glue & googly eyes}.

Hope I’ve inspired you all have a fun lil’ Orange and Black! PS: Vendor Credits & Pin-able collages below.

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Vendor Credit || Dessert Styling & Paperie: Deliciously Darling || Pumpkin tree: Trader Joes || Sugar Cookies, Cupcakes, Plates & Napkins: Target || Wooden Spoons: Sucre Shop || Milk Bottles, black garland, orange chevron baggies: Shop Sweet Lulu || Trick or Treat Ribbon: Michaels || Halloween Tassel Garland: The Flair Exchange ||

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The Lego Movie Birthday Party

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My son is Lego obsessed. All day, every day – Legos, Legos, Legos. After watching The Lego Movie he knew he wanted it as his birthday theme. This year we kept it simple but just as awesome! Enjoy the pictures and check out the details below.
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Details
Normally mama goes all out for Malik’s birthday party, but this year was different. We had a new baby and so it had to be an easier party to put together. Throwing a party, however small is a challenge with a 5 week old and two big brothers! Thankfully, my sweet cousin Reema was there to help me bake & set up.

Malik really wanted to have his party at Lego Land Discovery Center. Having a party out of the house is definitely easier but I didn’t want it to loose that personal touch that at home parties have. Working within their rules, I was able to come up with a fun and creative The Lego Movie inspired party.

Tablescape
The party room was so colorful. The tables and chairs were in bright colors so I didn’t need to add much. I opted for paper table runners. I love Targets party section. There are these rolls of wrapping paper that are $1.50 each. They are the perfect width for a table runner and come in fun colors and patterns. I used the orange diagonal  stripe paper for the tables.

I made simple center pieces using gumballs and yellow ceramic berry baskets. I added a homemade paper “Emmett” holding a flag that said “Happy Birthday Malik”. I would have loved to add some colorful balloons but balloons were not allowed in the party room.

I made lego men decals out of red glitter vinyl and put them on cute little milk bottles that I purchased from the Petite Party Studio shop. I also got the cool red plates from there. The red stripe wooden forks were from The Sucre Shop. I adore their wooden cutlery!

Finally, I added a crinkle taffeta chair sash to each chair. I have a box of chair sashes from parties past and thought, “why not”?!

Desserts
The Lego Discovery Center staff was so amazing. They let me set up a little mini dessert table. The most challenging part was to keep things simple. Simple desserts and super simple decor.

In the spirit of simplicity. I made only a handful of desserts. My cousin made the delicious French vanilla cupcakes topped with chocolate lego bricks. Chocolate covered marshmallows with mini chocolate lego figures, jello cups with chocolate lego figures and amazing Lego Movie sugar cookies {made by the always awesome Sandy from Firefly Confections}. Just to let you know how much I adore Sandy because she sends me texts like “I only work in black and sometimes very very dark grey”.  LOL. I heart her!

The blue butter cream cake was made by My Sweet Things. I know, swirls for a boy but I think it works so well. Malik really wanted a blue cake this year. I topped the cake with two lego movie character plastic figures {they are actually pens so “yay” for an added bonus of being useful} and a little Happy Birthday flag.

Favors
I’m a firm believer in useful favors. Each kid took home a personalized beach bucket filled with goodies. A Lego Movie sketch / sticker book, homemade lego crayons, a Lego Movie mini figure, and a pencil. I wish I was the genius who thought of the homemade lego crayons – that honor goes to Anders Ruff. They have an awesome tutorial on their site if you want to learn how to make them yourself. Warning, making lego crayons is totally addictive. I had plans on making only a few colors and that morphed into 6 colors.

I hope you enjoyed our “Everything is Awesome” Lego Movie party inspiration! Spaceships, Spaceships, Spaceships!!!

Vendor Credit || Dessert Styling & Paperie: Deliciously Darling || Photography: Lauren Nicole Studios || Cake: My Sweet Things || Sugar Cookies: Firefly Confections || Wooden Forks: Sucre Shop || Milk Bottles & plates: Petite Party Studio || Favor Buckets: Michaels || Notebook, lego mini figures, lego chocolate & crayon molds: Lego Store ||

 

Wreck-it Ralph Party – Sugar Rush Dessert Table {Part 2}

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Whooho for Part 2! Sharing the rest of our super awesome Wreck-it Ralph party today. The Sugar Rush dessert table. Side note, here’s part 1 of the Wreck-it Ralph party.

For those of you who haven’t watched Wreck-it Ralph, Sugar Rush Speedway is a racing game but based in a land where everything and pretty much everyone is made of sweets. That’s my kind of game! I tried to recreate the feel of the race. From the paper lollipops and candy in the grandstands to the awesome little race cars. In the Sugar Rush clouds are actually cotton candy clouds, donuts are police men and oreos are solders that guard King Candy.

I hope you enjoy my take on a Sugar Rush dessert table. Details & Vendor info below.

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Dessert Table Details

I am so fortunate to work with an amazing group of vendors – seriously amazing. Their work literally floors me. So let’s start with the cake! I found a gorgeous picture of a rainbow petal cake on pinterest & sent it to my sweet & uber talented butter-cream friend Kathi from My Sweet Things. Not only are Kathi’s cakes a work of art, they are incredibly delicious and the only cake my kids request for their birthdays. Kathi whipped up this beautiful rainbow petal cake.

My son, Jad, also requested a Ralph sitting on top of his cake. Maria from Love & Sugar Kisses created the most amazing fondant Ralph! He looks absolutely perfect sitting on top of that rainbow cake holding a little pie. Maria is so talented. I just love her. She also created those yummy gold chocolate covered oreos with Wreck-it Ralph characters on top. Ins’t Fix-it Felix so cute? On a side note, I have to set aside one chocolate covered oreo for mama to enjoy the day after the party with my coffee. Yum.

Don’t you just love the Ralph inspired Fondant toppers by Lynlee’s Petite Cake? I am so grateful that Lynlee took time out of her super busy schedule {if you didn’t know she’s working on her first book, can’t wait to get my hands on it!} to create these cupcake toppers which featured: Sonic, Ralph, Vanellope, Cherries, Sour Bill, Qubert and lots of other Ralph-tastic movie icons. Brittany, from Edible Details created the most amazing fondant hero medals, hammers & humongous pies! I just love how real her toppers look. The detail on the medals is incredible!

Let’s take a minute to talk about the Sugar Racers Sugar Cookies by Sandy of Firefly Confections. Seriously Amazeballs! The detail on her cookies is astounding. So intricate and such a work of art, I literally have a hard time eating her cookies. Not because they aren’t super delicious it’s because they are so incredible, too pretty to eat.

The darling “You’re My Hero” Sugar cookies were created by Deb from Yummy Delicious Cookies. Deb is so so so sweet and her cookies are beyond delicious. My kids {and I} just love them.

My sweet friend Stacy from She’s Kinda Crafty added some awesome to the Sugar Rush Dessert table. She created the “Start / Finish” Line. I just LOVE the glitter card stock and was honored she said she added the glitter just for me. Giggle, she knows me well. Glitter makes everything better. The race cars look so good on the yellow felt racetrack next to the starting line!

In addition to all the above the dessert table also included: rainbow jello, oreo cheesecakes and cotton candy cupcakes. So what’s my favorite part of this dessert table? I have to say it’s the paper oreo’s protecting the chocolate covered oreos. I swear, sometimes I only do things to make myself laugh and I found this hysterical.

As always, thank you thank you thank you to my incredible photographer & friend Lauren. She captures everything so perfectly and makes me look good. Thank you Lauren!

Vendor Credit || Dessert Styling & Paperie: Deliciously Darling || Photography: Lauren Nicole Studios || Rainbow Petal Cake: My Sweet Things || Fondant Ralph & Chocolate Covered Oreos: Love & Sugar Kisses || Sugar Rush Racers & Ralph/Felix Sugar Cookies: Firefly Confections || Fondant Cupcake toppers: Lynlee’s Petite Cakes || Fondant Pie, Metals & Hammers: Edible Details || Heart Sugar Cookies: Yummy Delicious Cookies by Whimsical Originals || Start / Finish Line: She’s Kinda Crafty || Confetti Forks: Sucre Shop || Chocolate Covered Oreo Pedestals: The Pastry Pedestal || Gold Doilies: Knot & Bow || Race cars: Disney Store || Brick Paper: Michaels ||

Wreck It Ralph Birthday Party {Part 1}

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I’m Gonna Wreck-It! So excited to share part 1 of my son’s Wreck-it Ralph Birthday party with you all today. My son Jad, whom we joke is “Jad the Distroyer” loves to wreck stuff. Lego buildings don’t stand a chance when Jad’s around. So when we went to see “Wreck-it Ralph” in the movie theaters I instantly knew Jad would want a “Gonna Wreck-It” birthday party. Sure enough, a few months later he asked mama for both a Ralph & Sugar Rush birthday party.

What I love about the Wreck-it Ralph movie is there is so much inspiration to pull from: The Fix-it Felix Jr Game, Game Central Station, Sugar Rush and Bad Anon where just a few of the elements I brought to life. I hope you enjoy the pictures and details below.

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Tablescape

My son equally loves Fix-it Felix Jr & Ralph so I wanted the tables to reflect that. My inspiration came from the Fix-it Felix Jr Game. Lots of reds {for Ralph} and Blues {for Felix}. The building centerpieces were created to look like the Nicelander’s building that Ralph wrecks every game. Each building had 40 little di-cut windows & doors. The centerpieces were finished off with large blue balloons and amazing custom balloon tassels from The Flair Exchange. I love the shades of blue, gold, white & red in the tassels. They really brings the colors together perfectly.

Each plate had a bright blue bottle of Fix-it Pop. The labels & printables were created by Piggy Bank Parties. Not only are they a joy to work with but Team Piggy Bank is incredibly talented. They took my “vision” and perfectly turned it into reality. The Felix bottle labels are my favorite! Let’s talk about the custom cutlery by Sucre Shop! I seriously squealed when the “Gonna Wreck It” forks & spoons arrived. Custom cutlery just makes any event that much better. 

Game Central Station 

In the movie, Game Central Station is the terminal in which game characters can go from game to game. I really wanted to kids to feel like they walked into Game Central Station. We have Tappers, the root beer float game complete with actual root beer floats. I just love the Tappers stickers!

Next we have Bad Anon. In the movie the bad guys go to a Bad Anonymous meeting where they say their pledge & talk about taking it one game at a time. Chairs with Ralph, Saitine {aka Satan}, Zombie & Zangief were set up around the ridiculously awesome Bad Anon poster by Piggy Bank Parties! Seriously, it’s amazing. I actually laughed during the party when I noticed that some of the kids came over and just started hanging out in “Bad Anon”.

All the sweet Sugar Rush characters make an appearance in Game Central Station. For more Sugar Rush cuteness you have to check back tomorrow when I’ll be sharing the whole dessert table set up.

Activities

Since Jaddy’s birthday is in the summer we always go with a water party. The kids had the most amazing time playing in the various pools, water tables & huge inflatable slip n’ slide. Mama had to fight the urge not to slide down with the kids. They had such a blast.

The kids also had fun with the homemade Wreck-it Ralph game. I wrapped 8 large boxes with Brick paper then added windows and a door. Using Ralph hands, also from the Disney Store, the kids wrecked the building. They had a blast trying to see if they could knock the building down with one punch. It was a fun activity.

The kids also had a chance to sit down & craft a little. Cardboard hearts with string, that resemble the “You’re my Hero” necklace from the movie, were decorated with stickers, glitter and crayons. It’s a fun and inexpensive craft.

Favors

Each kiddo took home their very own gold bucket that contained a Sugar Rush plush, gumballs, skittles & a lollipop. I actually sprayed the buckets gold and then added a little gold glitter because everything is better with glitter. *wink*. The buckets were finished off with a Sugar Rush inspired label that says “Everyone Loves an Adorable Winner”. As for the stand all the favors are on – it used to be green, fast forward 3 cans of spray paint later – it’s gold & glittery & perfect.

Vendor Credit: || Event Planning, Invitations, Wreath, Styling: Deliciously Darling || Photography: Lauren Nicole Studios || Printables: Piggy Bank Parties || Tassel Garlands: The Flair Exchange || Wreck It Cutlery: Sucre Shop|| Plates & Napkins: Petite Party Studio || Straws: Waiting on Martha || Inflatable Slip n’ Slide Rental: Astro Events || Brick Paper: Michaels Craft Store

Sugar Rush Sneak Peek

I really hope you enjoyed part 1!!!! Part 2 is all about our Sugar Rush inspired dessert table! Until then I’ll leave you a little bitty sneak peek of the cake – just wait till you see the whole thing. {Cake is by My Sweet Things and Ralph topper by Love & Sugar Kisses.}

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Monsters University Party

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My kiddos love animated movies. I’m actually not sure who loves these movies more, the kids or mama. We wanted to celebrate the upcoming Monsters University movie with a little MU Play Date. Inspired by The Celebrations Shoppe, Lynlee’s Petite CakesLaura’s Little Party instagram post, I decided to put together a sweet little dessert table for my kiddos play date.

So why do a dessert table on a couch? Answer: Why not? I’ve always wanted to set up a dessert display on a couch. This couch is perfection – white & leather so it’s easy to clean post play date. I wanted a simple, inexpensive & easy dessert set up. I opted for dressing up store bought cupcakes with monster eyes & using store bought sugar cookies. How perfect are the sully & mike cookies from Target? Chocolate covered oreo pops & brownie push up pops, sparkling fruit water were also featured. Wrap a few books in scrapbook paper and washi tape a Mike Wazowski to the couch and you have an instant party.

“Scream Like Monster”. I did a little research and loved the “Scream like Monster” tag line on the marketing posters for Monsters University. I fought the urge to insert an “A” into the banner while making it. Just before the play date, my son Malik walks up to me and says “Love the banner mom but you forgot an A. It should be ‘scream like A monster’ not ‘scream like monster'”. LOL. You never argue with a soon-to-be 1st grader when they are correcting you on your English.

I just couldn’t say no to the adorable Monsters U letter Jackets my kiddos are sporting. I know it’s like 100 degrees outside but they are going to be perfect for the fall when they return back to school.

I hope you enjoy & are inspired to put together your own “Scream Like Monster” party.

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Vendors: || Style & Paperie: Deliciously Darling || Push-up Pop Containers, Straws & Juice Bottles: Shop Sweet Lulu || Jackets, Mugs: Disney Store ||Monsters University Cupcakes & Sugar: Target ||

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Inspired Birthday Party

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So excited to {finally} share my son Malik’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party! Let’s rewind back to September 2012. Malik was watching Saturday morning cartoons and saw a commercial for the new TMNT cartoons. He then turned to me and said “Mama, I want a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party for my Birthday”. In my head I’m thinking “Wow, he’s an early planner like his mama. A chip off the ol’ party planner’s shoulder”. Then he continued, “I think everyone will want a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Birthday Party so I want to have one. It’s going to be Epic”. I actually stopped sipping coffee at this point and laughed for probably a solid 3 minutes. LOL, He’s such a trend predictor. So his 6th birthday party {that’s a good 7 months away} needs to be Epic & have lots of Turtle Power.

I was so excited about this theme! My hubby & I grew up on the old school TMNT cartoons. I even remember the show where they tried to make the turtles “real” by having guys wear costumes. I digress. It became the question of which route do I go? The edgy new turtles or the adorable old school turtles? So fast forward to April 2013 – Malik had his Epic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party, with both old school turtles references & new school turtles. Best of both worlds. I totally hope you enjoy the radical pictures below dudes! Cowabunga!

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Tablescape

My son loves pizza and well Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles love pizza so naturally I had to add the pizza element in thus “Malikangelo’s Pizzeria” was born. The apple green plates fit so perfectly with the green linens & apple soda. A “shell-tastic” muslin drawstring pouch held the most adorable stamped cutlery from the Sucre Shop. I just love how adorable the forks are. Hobnail vases filled with orange & yellow ranunculus and finished with a sewer cap pizzeria sign made the perfect centerpieces.

Dessert Table

Keeping with the Pizzeria theme, I wanted the dessert table to feel like you were in the sewer. I found the perfect brick fabric that served as the backdrop. Glittered PVC pieces came together to form a really cool looking sewer pipes. The first thing that catches my eye is the amazing cake! Two amazing vendors came together to create straight up gorgeousness. Brenda from Sugar High Inc is such a talented artist. She created the huge Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cake topper. Amazing right? Kathi from My Sweet Things made the delicious & equally adorable ombre petal cake. Intricate TMNT cookies from Firefly Confections were incredible. The Marshmallow pops, created by Alejandra from the Marshmallow Studio were the hit of the party. I just loved the adorable little chocolate covered oreos with turtles on top. The dessert table also featured: pizza sugar cookies, oreo pudding cups, ooze push up pops {aka lime jello}, chocolate turtle lollipops and cupcakes with amazing fondant toppers.

Craft Activity

I have to have a craft at each one of my parties. What better craft then to decorate a little green backpack? Thank You to Mariah from Giggles Galore for helping me brainstorm & suggesting the craft at Blissdom. The little backpacks had shell stencils ironed on to them so the kids then brushed on the fabric paint, peeled off the stencil then added their own touch. It was really cool to see all the different backpacks the kids created.

 Additional Activities

In addition to crafting the kids had such an amazing time on the Inflatable Obstacle course. There may or may not have been a few parents sprinting through it at the end of the party. That may or may not have been me.

We ended the perfect party with a Ninja Turtle Pinata  A pinata that was made by Mama. Back-story: My son came into my studio and requested a Turtle Pinata. The thought of kids with bats kind of terrified me so I began the search for a pull string pinata  Unable to find one that Malik & I liked he asked me to make it. So adorable how he thinks I can make anything. Challenge accepted. I think it turned out pretty awesome. There will totally be a blog post tutorial on how you can make your own pinata.

Favors

Each kiddo took home a Pizza box filled with goodies. I’m a fan of useful party favors so the TMNT coloring books, pen & stickers were just perfect. The kids also filled their pizza boxes with TMNT cookies, marshmallow pops and bottles of gumballs from the dessert table.

That’s a Wrap

I hope you loved the gorgeous images, from the talented Lauren of Lauren Nicole Studios. HUGE thank you to my amazing vendors. You guys make me look good. The level of talent seriously amazes me and I’m honored to have a chance to work with them. Also, please don’t forget to pre-order The Marshmallow Studio’s new book so you can learn how to make amazing marshmallow pops too: http://martshmallows.com/

Vendors

Event Design, Style, Floral & Paperie: Deliciously Darling || Photography: Lauren Nicole Studios ||Sewer Cap & Pizzeria Printables: Frog Prince Paperie || Cake: My Sweet Things || Cake Topper: Sugar High Inc || Chocolate Covered Oreos & Pudding cup weapon toppers: Love & Sugar Kisses || Fondant Cupcake toppers: Edible Details || Marshmallow Pops: The Marshmallow Studio || TMNT Cookies: Firefly Confections || Pizza Cookies: Yummy Delicious Cookies  || Catering & Pizza boxes: Bella Italia Restaurant || Straws, Plates, Treat bags, Gumball containers: Petite Party Studio || Stamped wooden cutlery: Sucre Shop || Yellow Cake Stand, mama’s bracelets & cupcake wrappers: Waiting on Martha || Inflatable Obstacle Course: Astro Jump Events || Mama’s TMNT Nail Art: Chateau De Nails ||