I can't even fathom how this child is two already, but there it is, staring me in the face! Anyway, I had to embrace it and plan a party, so ahead I went. I wanted everything to have an aged, vintage appeal, so with that in mind, I planned a celebration full of home made baked sweets.
You must forgive the photos, as the day was dreary and very, very grey and dark. Welcome to spring in Vancouver!
Between Shirley and I, we prepared everything on this table except the cookies - it was just easier to pay someone else to make those!
Delicious, sweet and gooey. I made little signs for everything, so that it was easy to identify what guests were choosing for themselves.
Oh, Shirley's cream puffs.... these are deadly (and I just remembered I have a couple left in the fridge... hmmm...). She makes them first thing in the morning so they are as fresh as possible, and I could eat the entire tray without even trying... I don't even know how there were any left over!
I am sure you've seen the cake pop craze that's taking over the internet these days... but I am just not into all that work... so instead I bought Timbits (doughnut holes) and dipped them in white chocolate. Then, I had the best idea... take lustre dust, mix it with some vodka (this is what you do if you want to paint royal icing with it, because the alcohol evaporates and leaves only the colour/shimmer behind), and splatter it onto my treats, to mimic the splatters on all my paper goods!
I found these little cups at the craft store, and knew I had to use them since they so closely resembled the patterns I was already using. I didn't know what I would *put* in them, but... then I figured, since she's a little girl, Teddy Grahams were perfect!
And while there was of course birthday cake, I also made cupcakes to go with all the sweets! So I made postage stamp toppers to tie in with the postcard invitations I sent out.
If you ever thought making homemade lemonade from scratch was hard... think again. And I have the *perfect* recipe, because it makes a concentrate, so you get lots and lots for little work. And it's delicious!
To go with the lemonade, I made a pink punch:
So easy, and it was delicious also! I don't believe in hard work, have you guessed? *wink*
Have you grabbed onto the spraypainteverything craze? Pinterest is full of inspiration, which is where I got the idea to make these sprayed mason jars. Oh MY how I love them.
This tray was purchased for *so* little at the thrift store, and a coat of spray paint gives it new life. I may be addicted. Look at this neat dish full of candy, which used to be a sad little aluminum outcast:
The cake... oh the cake, I just loved it. I made the banner for the top, then I made the cake stand with a dessert plate upturned on the bottom, a vase, and an old tin tray. Fun, right?!
If you've been here before for one of my party posts, you know that I always make a banner:
And here is a close-up of the blooms I created to go between my pennants:
I also created some yarn lanterns... I'll re-purpose them for Emma's party later in the summer, because they look *so* neat:
I also usually create a party hat for my girls to wear, and this is the one I made for this party...
Mum and the birthday girl, getting ready to blow out the candle:
And her close-up:
Oh, how I adore her.
Finally, I made wraps to cover chocolate bars so we could give favours to all of our guests;
If you've made it this far, you're a champ! I had a lot of fun putting this party together (I always do, really), and seeing all the plans through... but I am glad to have a slight break before I start with the next one!
Thanks for popping by, and if you're interested in any of the recipes for the sweets and drinks I shared, or you want links for tips on creating your own custom cake plate or yarn lanterns, just leave me a comment or pop me an email - I am glad to help!