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Big Top Birthday

Four years old.  My little guy, Maxwell, is FOUR YEARS OLD.  Enjoying the present, reflecting on the past, and looking forward to the future is all I can do at this point.  Where does the time go?  Okay, okay… enough sentimental stuff.  Let’s get to it.

I got the idea from my friend Chelsea who was throwing a Circus Theme party for her oldest daughter.  As I researched lots of previous parties with the theme, it was obvious how fun and inspiring this party would be for a party-planner.  So I went with it.

As with any  party I plan, I focused on desserts first.  I mean… why wouldn’t I?

 
The super cute “popcorn” wrappers and personalized cupcake toppers came from one of my favorite and inexpensive sites from etsy called Dimple Prints.  They have the best print-out’s for a fair price.  The only one’s who AREN’T priced fairly is Staples with their 96 cents per page colored copies on plain white paper.  Yeah, no thanks.  It’s cheaper to buy cardstock and extra ink to print your own treasures.  Screw Staples.  Off. Soap. Box.

Take a closer look…

 

That’s not real popcorn.  That’s a cupcake.  It’s my go-to recipe for a classic white (with a touch of almond flavoring) cake.  I iced it with cream cheese frosting and topped it with mini-marshmallows that I spent over an hour on cutting in half, marking an “x” in each side of said marshmallow, twisting, and sticking back together.  THEN, as if that wasn’t enough work… I put a few drops of yellow food coloring into some water and used a brand-spanking-new tiny paintbrush to give the illusion of butter on the fake and torturing faux-popcorn.

Then…

I made these little beauties.  It’s a spice cake that I inserted a cheesecake filling, smack-dab in the center of the cake.  Then I made a cinnamon cream cheese icing, dyed it a deep red hue, and piped it on top.  Cinnamon sticks were the “stem” (which also gave the icing a much richer cinnamon flavor) and a Basil leaf for, well… for the leaf one might see on a fresh picked apple.  Cute, huh?  Wish I could say I came up with this idea, but alas… I am a great googler and pinterester.  Here’s the original link.

I thought it’d be super cool to have a “photo booth”.  Soooooo, I hired Andria C. at Earlie Daisy Photography to do this task.  She. Rocks.  Just saying.  Look at some of the gems she captured:

 
Okay.  So this mi familia.  Birthday-boy Maxwell, Daddy-Matthew, Bubba-Isaac, & Your’s Truly.  This is soooo our Christmas photo this year.

Yep, cutie’s with facial hair and boa’s.  Oh, and clown noses.

Here’s the goods:

Wait on it…..

There it is!  So funny!  Great job Tyler!

We had peanuts, popcorn, veggies, fruit, cupcakes, chips, and a ba-jillion hot dogs.  Yes, a ba-jillion.  Interesting fact:  the fruit and veggies were the first to be eaten.  Great job generation ‘now’!!  (Honestly, I don’t know what we’re calling this generation.  I may have coined a phrase.)

It was awesome.  The party, that is.  Want a recipe or need some tips?  OR do any of you OKC peeps need to hire a party/wedding coordinator?  Post a comment.  That’s all it takes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New & Improved Strawberry Shortcake

If you are anywhere near my age, you remember the first (the original) Strawberry Shortcake.  It wasn’t until recently that I even knew that she had progressed with the times.  Well, good for her.  On one hand, I want S.S. to be the same sweet girl I knew and loved as a child, on the other hand I know that like everything in life.. “the times, they are a’changing” (thanks Bob Dylan).  I also understand that B.D. would never sing about S.S., but for a woman like myself, I am having a hard time with her new look.  I feel like she would ride in cars with boys, whereas the ole gal would maybe let a boy use her wheel-barrow.  I don’t know, maybe it’s just me.  Maybe I’m getting old, and it took the S.S. new make-over to show me.  Regardless, I was involved with a four-year-olds birthday.  And although I disagree with the new look, I went with it.  Want to see it?  Here we go..  I made a strawberry cake with strawberry buttercream icing.  Between the layers I placed fresh sliced strawberries.  I thought this was a mistake, because when the cake was out of the refrigerator for more than ten minutes, i could feel the layers trying to escape each other.  But once we cut into the cake and tried it… UNBELIEVABLE.  The best cake ever.  Hands down.

The cupcakes were Chocolate with Nutella Buttercream Icing, Almond-White with Strawberry Buttercream & Chocolate Buttercream.

I also made the fashionable skirt worn by the birthday girl.

Here she is with her cousin.

We ordered a package from Dimple Prints.  She has really good ideas, check out her Etsy Store too.  Here’s some of the looks:

Inside these cute paper strawberries are pink, green, and red M&M’s.

See the “Food” sign?  That too is Dimple Prints.  The tags next to the food is all Social Butterflies.

The Strawberry Crush (and other flavors) was a huge hit!  We took the S.S. paper logo off the party favors that you blow into, and the paper curly thing shoots out… what are those called?  Leave me a comment if you know.  Anyway, we tied them to the bottles with green ribbon.  Too cute…

My dad made a great bean-bag-toss, & I painted the “new” S.S. on it.  Check it out:

I also made the bean bags for the game:

The kids played other games, and there were prizes for all..

I’m pretty sure the party was a hit.  😉