I recently helped a good friend of mine (Amy) put together a “Pink and purple princess tea party” (as requested by the four year old birthday girl). The birthday girl’s mommy and I had lots of fun planning the party many months in advance, and collecting lots of girly, pink and purple goodies!
Welcome to Princess Adison’s 4th birthday party…
I made pretty pink cupcakes and topped them with custom toppers from The Tomkat Studio.
Amazingly beautiful dipped Oreos from Sweeties by Kim (photos above and below). I expected these to be beautiful, and they were… but I was surprised by how delicious they were!! I’ve been craving them since the party!
Bite sized pink and purple heart cookies (above) made by me.
Favor bags (above) included princess stickers, nail polish, dress-up rings and bracelets, and a pink star shaped sucker.
One of the first activities of the party was finger and toe-nail painting (by the birthday girl’s older sister and friends). After their toes were painted, each guest received an adorable pair of glittery flip-flops. These cute toes belong to my youngest sweetie. =)
Above the tea party table hung a frame (designed by me, made by hubby, originally used for THIS party) full of pink and purple ribbons. It took my friend and I the better part of one evening to set it up, but it makes such a special statement!
Personalized place cards (from The Tomkat Studio).
Lunch included fresh fruit, cheese (cut into butterfly shapes) and crackers, pretty little sandwiches, fresh veggies with dip, and mini muffins.
Activities that filled the afternoon included nail painting, lunch, a princess crown pinata, crafts (including ribbon princess wands), and of course enjoying a few treats!
Above are some of the adorable guests along with the birthday princess herself Adison (bottom left).
~ All the details ~
Party styling, cupcakes, cookies and photos by me (Glorious Treats).
Custom cupcake toppers and place cards by The Tomkat Studio.
Custom dipped Oreos by Sweeties by Kim.
I love pretty packaging. A bit of extra care in packaging can turn even simple treats into a special gift. I packaged up a few of the Halloween cookies I made last weekend, as special treats for my nieces. These little bags would be super special treats for lunches, adorable favors for a Halloween party, or sweet little gifts for friends.
~ Supplies and Directions ~
1. Cut a piece of patterned paper (I used some of my scrapbooking paper) the width of the cellophane bag you’re using and about 3 inches tall (my bags are 4″ wide, so the paper is 4″ x 3″).
Fold the paper in half lengthwise.
2. I printed out some party circles from The Tomkat Studio’s Halloween collection. Cut using a 2″ circle punch. You could also use a sticker or other embellishment.
3. Fill your cellophane bag with treats, and seal bag (the bags I used have a self-stick seal, but if you’re using bags with no seal you could use a sticker or staple the bag closed).
4. Use double sided tape to attach the prepared paper to the top of the treat bag. Add party circle, or other sticker or embellishment.
Share some treats with the sweet people in your life!
Last weekend I got a kid-free day to spend as I chose…
It didn’t take me long to decide that the day could be best spent decorating cookies! It was great to have a day to just play, with no real expectations or requirements. And no pressure… if they didn’t turn out, I can always just send them to work with hubby. My husband’s co-workers are always glad to take cookies off our hands (or in my case… hips).
The photo above is a set of Halloween cookies I made last year. But I liked them so much, I stuck with some of the same designs this year. Cute, fun and not too spooky.
No tricks, just treats =)
Want to make some fun Halloween cookies of your own?
My sugar cookie recipe is HERE
And a simple decorating tutorial to get you started is HERE
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I can’t wait to see how you use your beautiful bunting!
One of my blogging friends, Tracey Lau
, recently tagged me in a little game called “7 Random Things”. I don’t normally post “random” things on this blog, but I thought I could make an exception just this once. I mean, how can I say no to a person who is so incredibly talented that she can…
take photos like this…
make desserts like these…
and set up a dessert table like this…
So here are 7 random things about me…
1. I married my high school sweetheart, and 13 years later am still very glad I did!
2. I’m 5’11″ tall, and have been since I was 13… yes, the phrase “jolly green giant” was tossed my way a time or two.
3. I was homeschooled until 8th grade… and I think I turned out pretty o.k. =)
4. I am currently training for a marathon (my first, and most likely only!). Last week I ran 10 miles (at once!) for the first time. When I started training in January, I couldn’t run 1/2 mile. I don’t look like a “runner”, but that may have something to do with my other hobby… baking cupcakes!
5. I made my own wedding dress… hey, these are supposed to be “random” so that’s what I’m doing!
6. My favorite indulgences (to buy)… Starbucks, ribbon, cake stands, glassybaby
7. I won first place (and $50.00!) at the county fair when I was 12 for a homemade Lemon Meringue Pie. And again the next year for a Chocolate cake.
That’s it! Seven random things. If you enjoyed them, you can thank Tracey
. If not, well I promise I’ll get back to sweets, crafts, recipes and parties next week.
Either way, do yourself a favor and head over to Tracey’s blog, Tracey Lau- Art & Soul
, it’s full of all things sweet and beautiful.
Have a great weekend!
* All photos in this post by Tracey Lau
, and are being used with permission *