Sunday, March 27, 2011

Harper's Vintage School Inspired 1st Birthday Party!

Harper's Party has been featured on the following sites!

Click on the above links to see party pictures and details!

I'll add a full Party Post later this week!
I do want to send a quick THANK-YOU  to the following ladies!
They all contributed something special to Harper's Big Day!

All photos by KV Photography
Anders Ruff Custom Designs Invitations and coordinating party printables
Fort and Field Customized School house pennants, paper straws
Pretty Little Studio vintage style flashcards used for garland
Cross Creek Antiques large vintage chalkboard, serving pieces
Customized Alphabet Crayons Touch of Pink
Luxe Starling Vintage Party Dress
Bellasma Headband



Saturday, March 26, 2011

Cake Pops and Cupcakes: UNITE!

Things are getting back to normal around our house (YAY!) so I've had more time to try out some things in the kitchen that have been on my list!

I had a couple of different orders for Character Cake Pops, specifically Elmo and Cookie Monster. You guys know that these are some of my favorites to make. They all end-up with their own personalities and I always feel like they're smiling up at me when they're finished!

Well, I've also been cranking out cupcakes all week. Some were for my CCMC Members, some were destined for Birthday Parties, and others were 6-Pack Samplers (or as I like to say...after-dinner snacks).

So, today I had a few extra Cake Pops and a few extra Cupcakes and thought it was the perfect opportunity for these two, amazing-dessert-super-forces to UNITE!

I was inspired by photos I saw awhile back at The TomKat Studio. They featured some adorable Cake Pop topped Cuppies...I can't find the exact post...but you'll have fun looking through all of her amazing posts trying to find it ;)

Here are some of the Cuppies that made their way out of my kitchen this week...YES...Easter is coming! I've been bitten by the Bunny-bug so stay-tuned for more Easter-inspired treats ;)

Happy Baking!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Just keep poppin'....

So, the past two weeks have left me completely and utterly exhausted!

Harper's 1st Birthday Party last Sunday was GREAT...surrounded by family and friends celebrating our little Sweet Roll. I seriously CANNOT believe that she is 1 already! Where does the time go!?!? Everything came together for the party and I couldn't have been happier....

Flash to later that evening, my husband, who always bears the brunt of my party-planning schemes when it comes to heavy-lifting and general physical labor...noticed something wasn't quite right. Well, I guess I did him in because a visit to Urgent Care the next day confirmed that he had a hernia!

So this week around the house we've had two fussy kiddos, lingering ear infections and stomach bugs, I got the 24-hour flu mid-week, hubby had surgery on Friday and is now recovering but mostly immobile....oh and...I had orders on the books ;)

So here's what came out of the kitchen in my spare time:

Little Fishy Cake Pops
Chocolate Mint Cake Pops
Dark Chocolate Mint Cupcakes with Chocolate Mint Ganache
I know these aren't the prettiest cupcakes you've ever seen...but they taste AMAZING!!!
I used the extra Chocolate Mint Ganache to make Leprechaun Chow for the kiddos...BIG hit...huge!
Here's hoping that next week is less eventful!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Pencil Pops!

I've been CRAZY busy this past week preparing for my daughter's 1st Birthday Party! I'm taking a break from the last minute crafting, arranging, baking...yes...I'm still making treats (to the tune of about 6 dozen sugar cookies waiting for icing!)

So I'll keep this short....but very sweet!

Harper's party is a vintage school theme and I made these super fun Apple Cake Pops using pencils as the sticks. If you want a great tutorial on how to make the Apple Cake Pops I'll defer to the Queen of Cake Pops herself, Bakerella!

She also has a tutorial for those of you that have never attempted Cake Pops and need the basics...I'm not reinventing the wheel here...and she's so thorough you definitely need to go to her site if you plan on poppin' in the future ;)

Here's what you'll need for the Pencil Pops:
Prepared Cake Balls, formed into apple shapes
Red Candy Melts
Plastic Pencil Pop Tips (I got mine from Sweet Baking Supply)

If you like the cute tags I used to decorate the finished pops check out Fort and Field!