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Pinwheel 1st Birthday Party Details

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Pinwheel first #birthdayparty - cookie pop cupcake topper| spotofteadesigns.com

We started dreaming up Brielle’s first birthday months before the big day. We knew a few things: a) we didn’t want a ton of people so we were going to the “family only” route b) we wanted to cater the food so we didn’t have to cook c) it had to include some DIY elements! So please excuse this photo overload post but I’m very excited to share the details of Brielle’s big day and her pinwheel themed 1st birthday party!

Invitations

Pinwheel first birthday party: @TinyPrints invitation #birthdayparty | spotofteadesigns.com

I knew that I would be doing a bunch of DIY craft projects for the party so when it came time to invite our guests, I decided not to design my own but instead went straight to the experts – Tiny Prints! After clicking through page upon page of 1st birthday invitations, I settled on a chalkboard like design called “Precious One” and ended up being so inspired that I added chalkboard accents throughout the party!

Decorations

Pinwheel first birthday party: DIY Pinwheel centerpieces with pool noodle foam as center #birthdayparty | spotofteadesigns.com

With a theme like pinwheels, I made sure there was a bunch on display. I made my own using this technique and hot glued them to wood skewers and paper straws. Yep they were for display only and did not spin. Look for an upcoming post with a little more detail about these guys.

Pinwheel first birthday party: Dessert Table #birthdayparty | spotofteadesigns.comThis dessert table became my main focus for the party décor. I was very lucky to reuse the polka dot garland Allie made for my baby shower as the background for Brielle’s dessert table. The top was also a semi homemade approach using a Martha Stewart garland kit that I altered to hide the curtain rod.

Pinwheel first birthday party: Faux Chalkboard Stats Sign and Pinwheel cupcake toppers. #birthdayparty | spotofteadesigns.com

I brought in the chalkboard look inspired by my Tiny Prints invitation with faux chalkboard signs. I used a metallic Sharpie on black foam core to freehand one of those trendy “First Birthday Stats” boards. I love how it came out and showed off all that my daughter was up to these days!

The center of the table showcased an old Martha Stewart Crafts cardboard cupcake stand I had from my days at EK, that I dressed up with some punched border pieces. Homemade cupcakes were lined up on top with yet more DIY pinwheel cupcake toppers.

Pinwheel first birthday party: Chocolate covered Oreo dessert #birthdayparty | spotofteadesigns.com

Pinwheel first birthday party: Smores desserts with yellow chocolate #birthdayparty | spotofteadesigns.com

Colorful homemade chocolate covered Oreos and Smores rounded out the dessert selection.

Pinwheel first birthday party: customized napkins and cookie pop #cupcake topper #birthdayparty | spotofteadesigns.com

If guests made a mess, they could easily pick up a custom birthday banner napkin that matched our pink, teal, mint green and bright yellow décor.

Pinwheel first birthday party: Monthly Photos displayed on dessert table in frames with @Krylon spray paint #birthdayparty | spotofteadesigns.com

Each month I had been taking photos of Brielle in monthly onesies on the pink rocking chair in her nursery. I displayed them in vertical frames throughout the dessert table that I spray painted for the party.

Pinwheel first birthday party: Drink Party station with signs to direct guests to other drinks. #birthdayparty | spotofteadesigns.com

Since we redid our garage last summer and added a second fridge, it became a convenient place for the drinks for a party.

Pinwheel first birthday party: Party Drinks Sign. Let guests help themselves! #birthdayparty | spotofteadesigns.com

I added a little drink station on Derek’s work table (which will be featured in an upcoming Garage Makeover Part II post) and made sure to include signs to direct guests to all the drink options available.

Pinwheel first birthday party: Look who's one faux chalkboard sign #birthdayparty | spotofteadesigns.com

 

Activities

Pinwheel first birthday party: @Shutterfly photo book with blown up photos on each page to serve as guest book #birthdayparty | spotofteadesigns.com

A Shutterfly photobook served as a guest book for everyone to sign. It included some of our favorite photos of Brielle blown up to fit the full page, which was fun to flip through.

Pinwheel first birthday party: One Highchair Garland. #birthdayparty | spotofteadesigns.com

Brielle enjoyed her second taste of sugar on her big day. (The first was a few days earlier on her actual birthday). A custom highchair garland was needed to capture this fun moment! And boy did she love that icing!

Favors

Pinwheel first birthday party: Kid favors #birthdayparty | spotofteadesigns.com

Each of the cousins who came to celebrate received a rolled up coloring book and pack of crayons for future coloring adventures! I love encourage crafty art time with the kids!

Pinwheel first birthday party: Favors #birthdayparty | spotofteadesigns.com

For the adults and older kids, I was VERY happy and honored when my friend Cherylin offered to make her adorable sugar cookies. You’ve already seen Cherylin’s cookie magic for my work bridal showerwork baby shower, and Brielle’s first Christmas and now you can see what she does for parties!

Pinwheel first birthday party: Cookie pop favors with @TinyPrints thank you tag #birthdayparty | spotofteadesigns.com

She suggested (and I was on board) for pinwheel cookie pops with cellophane bags so I gave her the color palette and let her do her thing. A pretty Tiny Prints gift tag sticker completed the fun favor for their ride home. (NOTE: Even though I believe this sticker was originally designed for Valentine’s Day, it worked perfectly for Brielle to show her love to her guests!)

Pinwheel first #birthdayparty - cookie pop cupcake topper| spotofteadesigns.com

Cherylin also create a cookie pop for Brielle’s cupcake when we sang Happy Birthday. Look how cute this is!!!

If anyone in the Central New Jersey area is interested in using Cherylin’s cookie making services for you next event, check out her Flikr page to see her other work and contact her here: CherylinsCustomCookies(at)gmail(dot)com. Tell her I sent you :)

Thanks

Pinwheel first birthday party: @TinyPrints thank you card #birthdayparty | spotofteadesigns.com

While this will be a spoiler for most of my guests, I also ordered beautiful Thank You cards with another photo from our pinwheel birthday party invitation photo shoot. She’s actually clapping in this photo! :)

Overall, I was so happy with how the party decorations came out, but even more happy with the BEAUTIFUL weather that day and the fun Brielle had with all her family around!

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Sand and Sea Cupcakes

Sand and Sea Cupcakes | spotofteadesigns.com

I’ve seen a lot of cute beach themed cupcakes on Pinterest lately (like this one that I pinned over two years ago). Since we were headed down the shore for our family reunion, I decided to make a set to bring down!

Sand and Sea Cupcakes | spotofteadesigns.com

Materials: ** Coupon mentions were live at time of posting

Sand and Sea Cupcakes | spotofteadesigns.com

Bake your cupcakes as directed on the box and allow to cool.

Sand and Sea Cupcakes | spotofteadesigns.com

Mix blue food coloring in the icing to make an “water” for your cupcakes.

Sand and Sea Cupcakes | spotofteadesigns.com

Place some graham crackers in a Ziploc bag and place in between a folded kitchen towel and use the meat tenderizer to create “sand” crumbs.

Sand and Sea Cupcakes | spotofteadesigns.com

Apply a layer of blue “water” icing on the cupcake and sprinkle “sand” on one side.

Use kitchen food scissors to cut little strips of Fruit Roll Ups to make a little towel. Add a little bit of icing on the back and lay on the “sand”. Add a little icing on the back of a Teddy Graham and lay them on top. Insert some bears in the water like they’re swimming

Sand and Sea Cupcakes | spotofteadesigns.com

Add a mini drink umbrella and voila your fun sand and sea cupcakes are complete!

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Summer Beach Party Cupcakes

Recently, we attending a joint birthday party celebration for 2 brothers. Mikey was turning 5 and Charlie was turning 2. These boys were very lucky to have talented aunts who cut, chopped and baked their dessert table for the party.

Charlie, like most 2 year olds, loves cars, trucks and motorcycles. Aunt Christine made him a motorcycle race track cake, complete with mini motorcycle toys that later needed to be cleaned off immediately for play!

Mikey, on the other hand, had a summer beach party theme with an awesome cupcake stand, shark watermelon fruit basket and shark sugar cookies made by Aunt Anette.

Anette cut a watermelon like a shark with a large open mouth to fill with cut fruit and Sweddish fish. Insert some Barbie legs and the vicious and delicious dessert display was complete!

Check out these cupcakes! Can you believe the above shark design was made from a Twinkie?

Look closely and you’ll see that the people inside the donut tubes, were made from nilla wafers! The buoys were made with a mini cone turned upside down with a lollipop down the middle.

Nice job Christine and Anette! Happy Birthday Charlie and Mikey!

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Sunflower and ladybug Cupcakes

Working in a company of mostly women, you tend to be around a lot of great bakers and therefore great desserts. And office workers, men or women, love to celebrate birthdays with said baked goods! The other day I came across these adorable cupcakes in the aftermath of a birthday celebration in our kitchen common area… aka I didn’t make these!

Sunflower Oreo Cupcakes with ladybug M&Ms | spotofteadesigns.com

These were made by a girl named Amanda and I thought they were so cute, I took a few pictures! (before snagging a sample for myself, of course!)

Sunflower Oreo Cupcakes with ladybug M&Ms | spotofteadesigns.com

Basic explanation: Yellow cupcake with green colored vanilla frosting, topped with a flower petal surrounded Oreo cookie and an M&M on top that is frosted like a ladybug. How adorable is that? Besides getting down the flower petal technique using an icing tip, it doesn’t seem that hard of a cupcake design, so give it a try!

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I’m here for the cupcakes!

If you haven’t noticed from reading my blog, I love cupcakes! I think they’re cute as an icon and they’re yummy in the tummy!

Fact: I am more of a fan of the cake, not the icing.

Fact: I like cupcakes out of a box best, but I did successfully make Red Velvet ones from scratch.

hereforcupcakes thumb

This design was suggested by my good friend Allie. I already had a great selling Sweet Holidays cupcake inspired Holiday card design from a previous year so she suggested I adapt it to proclaim to all that I’m here for the cupcakes! It’s a great shirt for adults, looking for the sugary delights or the toddlers who have no idea why they’re celebrating someone’s yearly birthday except that they get cake in the end.

And wouldn’t you know, my best selling style/size is a on a maternity shirt!

Favorites Party – Part II The Details

As promised, here are a few more details from the Favorites Party!

Thanks for coming tags

I had been inspired by the paint chip crafts I kept finding on Pinterest, in particular this one by BellaCarla with a stamped image.

I grabbed a few paint chips from Home Depot with a fall palette in mind to make my thank you tags.

Thank you tags paint chip crafts materials

I cut them in half, stamped a polka dot pattern with Pigment Ink and did a little heat emboss action to add texture.

heat embossing on paint chip thank you tags

Add a printed phrase, a heat embossed owl and a ribbon and voila, a pretty thank you tag!

supplies and finished thank you tag made from paint chips

(supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Stamp pad - Color Blox, Materials - Inkadinkado Embossing Powder, Ribbon – Martha Stewart Crafts)

Cupcake Recipe

#13 on my 30 Before Thirty list included making cupcakes from scratch. I went on my favorite recipe site, AllRecipes.com, and decided on a Red Velvet Cupcake recipe from McCormick brand to be my first ever cupcakes from scratch. I think they turned out pretty good, but was surprised that the recipe really does make 30 cupcakes!

Decorated Dessert Table

#27 on my 30 Before Thirty List included making one of those fun coordinated dessert tables for a party. I always see them on sites like Amy Atlas Events and TomKat Studios and love them! I altered this concept to just be a coordinated party table, not just desserts.

I think it turned out pretty cute! With the thank you bags and basic serving ware on one side, the Chinese Lanterns and other fall items in the center and the cupcakes and snack items on the right, it turned out to be a functional, yet cute, set up!

Owl Candle Holder, White Cake Stand – Home Goods
Candy corn candy dish, Tablecloth - Kohls
Pumpkin basket, pumpkin decoration – Michaels

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Owl Cupcakes

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Owl Cupcakes

Thus far, I’ve only ever worked at companies that sell consumer products. I worked either in the design, marketing or web departments, and so these are often very creative places. Come Halloween people tend to go all out in costumes and department decorating extravagance.

I tend to stand on the sideline and admire their creative craftiness for this fun holiday. Sometimes my personal Halloween costumes didn’t work in a corporate atmosphere (Hooters girl or 1/4th of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and sometimes I just wasn’t into it. This year instead of dressing up and decking out my desk in spiderwebs, I decided to at least do something else fun and I made my friends some adorable cupcakes!

I saw these Owl Cupcakes on the Me and My Tadpole blog and knew they’ve be perfect for my Halloween treat (only I made mine from a box mix instead of the recipe listed).

Prepping the owl cupcakes

I baked the cupcakes and while cooling, prepped the other materials. The tip given on the Me and My Tadpole blog to microwave a few cookies for 5 seconds, really did help to keep the cream hole on one side!

Owl Cucakes

I used Reeses pieces for both the eyes and the beak and I still think they look super cute!

owl cupcake instead a cupcake box with stand

I had these Martha Stewart Crafts Halloween Cupcake boxes for a few years that I wanted to put into use. Each box had a separate piece, that when slipped inside the box, would help the cupcake sit still and not wiggly around. Genius!

Halloween cupcake box with label

I slapped the coordinating label on the front with a “Happy Halloween” message and closed it with the skull and crossbones sticker.

Owl cupcakes in cupcake boxes

Before making these, I had shared the link with a few friends, one of which made her own altered version! Mary has Sugargliders, so she altered this wide eyed treat to mimic her little pets when making cupcakes with her neice!

Sugar Glider Cupcakes

Thanks for letting me share, Mary!

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Spider Cupcakes

I’m no chef but I like to bake….cupcakes out of a box that is! Here are some photos of a simple Halloween cupcake decoration I did for a halloween party a few years back.

spider cupcakes without icing or decoration

bake (Supplies: Cupcake Wrappers - Martha Stewart Crafts)

spider cupcakes with only white icing

add white icing.

spider cupcakes

add orange and purple sprinkles. top with mini oreos and some icing for legs and eyes. YUM!

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