Minnie Mouse 1st Birthday

Here’s another one of our favorites! 1st birthdays are so special, and you have the opportunity to really go all out without anyone judging you 🙂

Minnie Mouse is a common theme for 1st birthdays, it’s cute and classic, and everybody loves it. I particularly like this version where we use the pink and gold color scheme.

 

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The party took place at the Burien Community Center, and they have an amazing space that is a complete blank canvas! So great to set up parties here.

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We made the centerpieces with our Silhuette Cameo machine, and they turned out great.

 

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The time came for us to really make an organic balloon arch, and we loved every minute of it!
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Some of the desserts included French Macarons (obviously), cake shooters, sweet popcorn, cake pops, and meringue cookies. We also brought back the brownie bites that were such a huge hit at our last party!

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We created this minnie silhuette with hoops and floral, and it was such a great addition to the table.

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Enjoy!

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Vineyard Wedding charm

Folks, there’s nothing quite like a summer wedding at a vineyard. Late sunsets, warm afternoons, and cheery people! Especially here in the PNW, these are welcomed feelings.

Let me set the stage for you.

Gilbert Cellars winery, a few hours outside of town (Seattle), will feel like a whole new world! If you’ve never been, please go there one day. It’s so charming and lovely! As we cross over Steven’s Pass, we already feel like a million miles away from the hustle of the city. Yakima welcomes us all with open arms and sunny skies.

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Cue our lovely, amazing, handsome, boujee couple, B&P. #bandpsittininatree are pretty much the loveliest people you’ll meet.

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I don’t have a wedding planning background, I have to be honest with you. But I love it, and I love making dreams come true! Because that’s exactly what this is. The stress and workload that comes with it, it’s all for one goal. To make the couples dream a reality.

Cue in incredible photographer Matt Rommel , who can capture the most amazing candid photos! The essence of that day can be seen through his lenses, much much farther than what you’ll see in choreographed poses and rehearsed timelines.

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So much detail! So much intensity captured in the moment.

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I have to be honest again, if you’re a local, you’ll know that the most common thing we will see in the summer in the Pacific Northwest is the massive amount of smoke from the wildfires surrounding us. And it was a very real thing we were concerned with for this amazing summer August day. But you know what? Somehow, miraculously, the smoke cleared out for the wedding, and the little that stayed behind helped bring some drama to the photos! The day after the wedding, it looked like we were on a different planet.

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And now, the desserts. Grooms wanted to focus more on variety on the dessert buffet then actually serving cake, so we went hard on the bite-sized options. French macarons, Brazilian Truffles (Brigadeiros), amarula cupcakes, meringue cookies, chocolate cake shooters, and cake pops for days. Check it out:

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You ready for the cake? ….

 

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We wanted to go with something modern and different. And this is what it came down to! The tall first layer gave us the opportunity to make a rare design with rice paper and edible gold. The ragged flakes of sheets reminded us of the mountain range that surrounded us from all sides.

Second layer brought in the bold navy blue of the wedding theme, as well as gold leaf as an accent.

And the top final layer was simple white fondant with thin gold stripes to add the modern touch. The flavor was vanilla with an Amarula buttercream (South African groom needed a touch from home. If you don’t know what this is, please stop what you’re doing right now and go buy it.)

 

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Also, have you seen these amazing Protea flowers? Native to South Africa, we wanted to incorporate this in the decor to honor one of the groom’s heritage. Talk about unique and striking!

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And as customary, here are a few more shots from this magical evening:

 

 

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1st Birthday, Vintage Carousel Style

Well, the day finally came. I have a baby daughter, and all bets are off! I must throw a party fit for a princess.

Funny how it reflects so strongly on me. I work on parties all year, for years now, but as soon as my daughter was born, the first few questions were related to her first birthday. “What’s going to be theme?” “Where will you do the party?” “What does the cake look like?” “I bet it’s going to be EPIC!”

The pressure!! Now I know I have no way out of this. My daughter’s first birthday has to be memorable. I have to give it my full attention, and hope I can find a theme that’s not too mainstream, but still classic and beautiful. Et Voila. The Vintage Carousel has been on my mind for quite some time! Check out what we did:

We must start with a cake smash! Obvi. I did this at home and baked the cake. If you plan on doing this yourself, a word of advice. Use very well whipped frosting, and keep the colors light! Dark colors look like your baby has eaten a wild beast and it doesn’t come out well in photos.

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Also, make sure you’re prepped and ready once you place her in front of the cake! That means the camera is ready to shoot, lighting is just right (this was mid-afternoon and the sun was coming in from the opposite side of the room), and you have cleaning material handy for when she’s done! I even had a bath running and ready to dip my buttercream covered child in it right away.

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We had the tutu especially made from L-Z Bee Embroidery

Now for the party.

First and foremost, I spent hours and hours looking for some real horses to add to the theme. Surprisingly, these are very hard to find, and if you find them, they are incredibly expensive! However, I was able to find these perfect horses here. They were PERFECT.

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Aside from that cake that I absolutely loved… we had many many other dessert options.

Strawberry cake shooters are one of my favorite things to add to a table, because they are so posh and easy to eat, portioned, and no plating.

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These Brownie Bites were so easy and added such an adorable touch to the table. I bought the flowered parchment paper here, and baked the brownies into mini-cupcake size.

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And this ferris wheel cupcake holder!!

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Our cake pops had chocolate carousel horses attached to them to add to the theme.

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Here’s a full look at the table!

 

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And a few more photos from the party below. It really was a dream come true, and I had such a blast putting it together! If you have any questions on how anything was made, just send me a quick note here!

 

Garden Party

So colorful!! This was for a 1st birthday for a super precious baby girl. Instead of opting for the usual light pinks, princess themes, this mama decided to go bold with bright colors and beautiful florals. I love it!

 

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We lucked out with their wall in the dining room, as it was painted red, so instead of adding a backdrop, we incorporated our colors to their interior decor, and it couldn’t have been better.

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With some beautiful paper flowers to brighten the space (you can find these flowers here: Tissue Paper Flowers

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With all the colors on the table, we decided to keep the cake nice and simple. Buttercream rosettes are perfect for this kind of set-up.

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On this next photo, you can see some cute Hello Kitty Cake Pops! We wanted a small incorporation of Hello Kitty here, that wouldn’t take away from the garden theme. Great idea!

Here’s a close-up of the cake pops: Hello Kitty Cake Pops

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And last but not least, Yours Truly cutting the cake like I own the damn place.

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Check out our Pinterest Page for more close-ups and ideas for your next party:

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Spring has Sprung!

This was such a lovely party to set up! An adult birthday, so we did our best to keep things classy without looking too girly or childish. We received one screenshot from our customer of the “vibe” they were looking for, and we rolled with it.

Starting off with creating these lovely wreaths for the backdrop… this was my favorite thing to create for this party! It created a minimalist look with very little effort.

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Our tall Eiffel vases were a great addition to keep the eyes moving up and down on this dessert table. Elevation is key.

Meringue cookies in the jars, mini red velvet cupcakes, and chocolate cake pops complete the vibe.

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And that cake! We opted to stick to buttercream for this one to keep the romantic look. Love how the ombre colors came out on this one.

Fresh locally grown flowers completed the look we were going for. We made the topper with our handy dandy Silhouette Cameo machine. It does wonders!!!

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What did you like the most about this set-up?

 

A Shower fit for a princess

We LOVE putting dessert tables together. This is my favorite therapy.

We had the opportunity recently to help the decor set-up for a baby shower, and it was a delight!

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Everything was perfect. The pink and gold princess theme is on the top of my list of favorite themes out there!

We start off by choosing which desserts would fit best for this theme and color scheme.

My go-to choices for dessert tables almost always include cake pops, french macarons, and cupcakes. They are beautiful, easy to match the theme, and everybody loves them. Everybody.

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When inserting cake into your dessert table, we like to think of other ways they can be displayed. Here we have a strawberry cake in a shooter glass.

 

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Anything gold goes! And any excuse to use Ferrero Rocher. Place one, eat one. Place one, eat one.

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