Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sweet Shoppe Party

REMEMBER, you can click any photo to make it larger. ;-)

There is a tuturial for the party hats here... PARTY HATS
Finally, I'm going to share Peyton's Sweet Shoppe Party with you!  I don't think I've had this much fun planning a party in a really long time! Maybe since the twins were 4 or 5.  At the beginning of January, Peyton wanted to start talking about and planning her party.  We checked out a few party blogs and she really like the sweet shoppe theme but she wanted to mix ballet and tutus with it.  Since I couldn't find any rules against that, we thought it would work just fine.  You know, like a ballet class took a field trip to a candy store.  I brought Delilah down out of my room and she donned her tutu and stood at attention next to the table to try to tie in the tutu theme. Or something like that!
There are so many things here to share that I'm not sure where to begin!  If you've been following my blog a bit, I've already given you a few glimpses into the party decor.  For example, I bought some ugly plastic frames at
Goodwill and gussied them up here. There is a bit more detail infor here as well.   I did a lot of DIY for this party to not only keep the cost down but it was a totally fun process!  I sewed the buntings, the pink polka dot table runner and the sweet little cake bunting.  I also made Peyton and my niece Grace party hats but then decided the other girls might want one too.  I didn't have enough festooning to go around the edges of the extra party hats so I bought a 1/4 yard of fabric and ruched strips of it in my machine and hot glued it on the other hats I made. You can read about the cake bunting and the other buntings here.

I felt like the table was a little too crowded but I really didn't have room to add my leaf.  I think it would have been prettier if I could have spread everything out a bit, but I'm still happy with how the table turned out.

If you are anything like me, then you probably want to know about the SWEETS!  I put lollipop sticks into Oreo Cakesters and dipped them in white chocolate.  YUM! I love how they look in the white hobnail milk glass!  I made fun chocolate mustaches and puffy lips for the girls to hold up at the photo booth and to EAT!  My mother in law was sweet and made these lovely little ballet chocolate lollies for Peyton.
chocolate covered oreo cakesters

ballet slipper pops
 Let's talk CAKE!  The cupcakes are an extremely yummy coconut cake with seven minute frosting dusted with more coconut.  A great trick to keeping your cupcakes (or cakes) moist is to brush them with a buttermilk glaze, (it's a Southern Living recipe) it also adds a really yummy flavor.  The cake itself was the vanilla cake off of the back of the Soft As Silk cake flour box.  I was a bit dissappointed in the recipe because even with the buttermilk glaze, I felt the cake was on the dry side.  It did have delicious frosting.  I love Swiss meringue buttercream and I found one that used strawberries in the recipe.  Perfect!  It's not the easiest frosting to decorate with but it's so yummy you won't care.  Those little cheesecakes are delish!  It's a Martha Stewart recipe and I think it's the best mini cheesecake I've ever had!

dancing retro ballerinas on coconut cupcakes

fun striped straws from bake it pretty in recycled starbucks bottles    I LOVE THESE STRAWS

All of the girls had so much fun with the "photo booth" which is actually just a sheet covering a window! A basket of dollar store props like crazy glasses and wigs kept the girls amused for a long time.  I'll definitely do THAT again!  I'd also have Karioki at a girls party too, they LOVED singing and dancing!

Kara and Callie

my sweet niece Gracie
love her hair do    or is that a don't?

beverage station

These little Martha Stewart flags helped the girls know their own drinks.

my little poser

me and my sister Brandy
Even some of us moms got into the photo booth mood!

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.  I could go on and on but I don't want to bore you!  I really had a blast planning this party and Peyton really loved it.  She's still talking about it!

Sources:  Bake It Pretty and Layer Cake Shop plus my local candy store, Stephanie's Sweets. The fabulous vintage vibe invites shown here are from Etsy seller B. Nute
my dear friend stephanie and me

singing AND dancing

make a wish!

twirl baby twirl

twirl twirl twirl

party hat cake topper

Peyton's blingified, vintage look party hat

party hats

birthday bouquet in antique ironstone

bunting and poufs

Well, that's the party.  Now my little one is a whole year older, it's her last year in the single digits!  I wish I could slow down the clock for all of my children and make the years go a bit slower.  Well, a lot slower actually!

I joined several parties, please check out all the lovies on the right under parties!


Cap Creations said...

Wow everything looks fantastic! The sweets look soooo good! What fun!

Thank you so much for your Scentsy donation to the Brady giveaway! Have you had a chance to come check it out? Giveaway ends March 23 and is going pretty well.

Gail said...

Seriously awesome looking party? Do you do this for a living? If not, maybe you should consider it!!!!
What a dream party for a little girl, great job....:).

Tania said...

It looks like so much fun, I have 2 boys and oneday would love a girl. It looks beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Wow, wow, and wow!
Everything turned out fabulous!!! I am so impressed!
Have a wonderful weekend.

ashley morgan said...

Beautifully done! I have a 2.5 month old daughter and can't wait to do these kinds of things for her (but I'm not rushing it!).

Ginger said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and looking at my banner and guiding me over here. WHAT CAN I SAY, I looked at the very first picture on your post and hit the FAVORITES button. What a lovely blog and a beautiful post. Your daughter is one lucky girl to have such a talented Mom like you. Beautiful party. Ill be back but right now I have to look at your other posts. Im in heaven here.

Cindy Lew's Studio said...

WOW!!!! I can't decided which one I like the best! Love the pinks.

Have a wonderful Pink Saturday!

Warm Wishes, CindyLew

xinex said...

This is such a fun party. Everythig you have done is so adorable, the decor, the food, the accessories. The girls look so happy....Christine

Terri Morse said...

What a fabulous birthday bash! Your daughter is one lucky little girl. You just might have all the moms in the neighborhood asking you to plan parties! Have a great weekend! Terri

Tammy Neal said...

Hi Robyn!

My mom asked me to check out your blog (her name is Ginger@glitter and roses) and I am so glad she did. You have such a beautiful blog and I absolutely love this post with the pretty pinks and the sweets and the darling party hats. You are so talented and creative and the girls looked like they had a great time! I hope you will check out my sweet blog. It is nice to meet you! I will be back soon!
Blessing to you!
Love Tammy

Renegades said...

What a very pretty party.

Lolly Jane said...

What beautiful touches to every detail. I'm sure your little ballerina enjoyed each minute!

we would love it if you could link up w/ us this weekend :)

Honey at 2805 said...

Oh what a cute Birthday Party and yummy cakes and cupcake goodies!

So happy you found me. I must have been totally lost in blogland for me to not know about you! Everything here is so lovely! I am following you too! Thanks for entering my Giveaway and posting it on your sidebar. Looks great there. Many thanks!

oldgreymare said...


Peyton will always remember this day and when she is a bit older she will understand all the love you put into it because of all the love you put into her.

From one Mom with older kids to another- it carries on. The efforts of love they see around them in their lives, continues on. I see mine care about their personal spaces, and plan special gifts for those they love. We really do teach by example and you are one wonderful teacher Mom.


Jori said...

Thank you SO much for commenting on my pink kitchen scale!

Incredible party! I am absolutely smitten!! I am now your latest follower!!

Amy said...

Hi! I clicked over from urbanfarmgirl. Love your blog! I have 7 kids and am constantly trying to come up with party ideas. These would be great for my older girls! I will for sure be doing some these for their parties. (My oldest is going to be sweet 16!) I just started blogging so I will take some great tips from your blog!

Vær våken said...

Wow...what a great party!!!! I love every detail! Thanks for entering my giveaway and good luck! Your blog is lovely and I'll definitely be back :)

Kristin xo

Manni said...

That looks amazing!!! Absolutely love your blog :)
Have Happy Pink Saturday :)

Olivia said...

What a darling party! Your blog is to cute and the girls look like they are having a blast!

Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State said...

That turned out adorable! Love all the details, especially the milk bottles & paper straws!

Unknown said...

Lovely party! I want to use the bottles & Straws for my daughters garden party this summmer. Where did you buy the painted pink picture frames? I want similiar and don't know where to look.

Unknown said...

Wow! What a great party! I love all your ideas and hope to use some of them myself someday (for a granddaughter, maybe!) Thanks for sharing all of this.

Unknown said...

Beautiful party and lovely pics!

abby jenkins said...

What a fortunate girl to have such a fabulous party!!! A dream come true bursting in pink and icing.
I love the bunting and the poufs, the hats are priceless...especially the birthday girls and those little ballerinas atop the delicious cupcakes bring me right back to my childhood jewelry box.

Well done Mom!