Thursday, May 9, 2013
Whether we want to admit it or not, this year is just zipping right on by and summer is just around the corner. Living in the south we definitely get a head start on the warmer temps which I love! Although it hasn't gotten too hot just yet, the ice cream man has already been cruising through our neighborhood for well over a month now leaving me to think only about popsicles every time I hear his musical truck!
I'm sure you've all had a creamsicle at least once in your life right? Well today I'm taking this popular orange cream filled popsicle and transforming it into a cupcake! The recipe for these Creamsicle Cupcakes and step-by-step photos for assembly are over at The Cake Blog. These cupcakes are bursting with orange and citrus flavors and are definitely a must try this summer!
I found this adorable orange polka dot and stripe decorative tape at Michael's and made these cupcake toppers in just a few minutes using some toothpicks! Such a quick, easy and cheap way to add a little something special.
Hope you enjoy this recipe! And for all you moms out there I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!
Friday, April 19, 2013
Happy Friday Fun Day! This cupcake recipe can be summed up in one word...FUN! Combining my obsession of 2 things...sprinkles + cupcake liners I've come up with a Funfetti recipe that I've been wanting to make for a long time now! I love how this recipe turned out for so many reasons. It's loaded with sprinkles inside and out, it's bursting with color and it's absolutely scrumptious! More fun photos and the recipe for these happy little cakes can be found on The Cake Blog! I hope you've got lots of sprinkles on hand because this is one recipe you will want to try this weekend!
Aren't these stripe & polka dot forks adorable! Luckily I had a few left over from Sam's 1st Birthday Bash! I got them from Sucre Shop, it's only the cutest place to shop for hand painted wooden utensils! Seriously you need to go check them out now! They've got tons of amazing patterns in bright colors I really would like to order one of everything! But I contained myself and only ordered 4 things just a few minutes ago...more forks, spoons, popsicle sticks and mini wooden scoops! Let's just say when that package arrives it's going to be one fun mail day!
I hope you will give this recipe a try, it's definitely on the top of my list for all time favorite cupcake!
Thursday, April 11, 2013
I am so excited to finally be able to share with you all the details of Sam's 1st Birthday Party! We had such a fun day celebrating with family and friends. Our little guy sure is loved by so many people! Obviously if you've been on the blog recently then you know I've been showing you sneak peaks of the Tie/Bow tie & Mustache theme and today is the big reveal of how all the elements tied together to create one adorable birthday bash!
I apologize in advance for the photo overload, but there were just too many to choose from and I had a hard time narrowing them down. So below are a few (ok "a lot") of my favorites from Sam's special day.
So let's get started with the main attraction...the dessert table! I wanted the focal point of the table to be all about Sam, so we used the same DIY chalkboard from his invitation photo shoot and customized it with his name and a #1 tie! (Sam's daddy is the chalkboard artist in our house!) The backdrop for the table was created using the wood planks that I feature in a lot of my blog photos and then embellished with 3 hanging garlands of ties/bow ties, polka dots and mustaches. Paper medallions and balloons were used to create some bold pops of color to finish off the look. Mustache brownies, tie/bow tie cookies and cupcakes with mustache and fabric bow tie toppers were served for all the guests to enjoy. Flanking all the sweets were a larger chocolate polka dot cake (inspired by this fabric) and Sam's smash cake. The cutest polka dot & stripe forks I have ever seen were from SucreShop.
Adjacent from the dessert table was the favor/photo station. Pictures were displayed from an old vintage window I found at a local antique shop of Sam from birth to one. Candy was displayed in apothecary jars for guests to "fill their stache" in favor bags as they left.
Sam's party invitation and his first finger painting masterpiece were displayed as guests entered the party. I stole this idea from my friend Jamie. She had her son Jonah do this for his first birthday and it was absolutely adorable! I must say Sam has some great artistic ability!
Carrying on the tie/bow tie, polka dot and mustache theme from the dessert table, 3 more garlands were hung from this old 8 pane window that hangs above our couch. (Thanks Auntie Em for perfecting all the garland assembly!)
Lemonade was served in mason jars with mustache stripey straws!
Our dining room table was decorated with a lime green burlap runner and yellow ribbon and sprinkled with mustache and circle confetti. Simple spring flowers were placed in antique blue mason jars.
I found the idea for this #1 photo collage on Pinterest and immediately wanted to make this part of Sam's party decorations. Since we had his big celebration at the end of his birthday week, I decided to make the #1 out of photos taken only from his birthday week. If you look closely you can see him enjoying his mini cupcake from his birthday morning, playing in his crab sand box that we bought him for his present and driving around in his new cozy truck from Grammie. (Thanks Auntie Em & Gpaw for putting this together at the last minute!)
Sam's party was over Easter weekend so we decided to have an egg hunt for a fun activity with all the kids. How cute are these mustache eggs I found online at Oriental Trading!
All the outdoor tables were decorated with mustache and circle confetti and flower pots wrapped with bow ties and filled with Easter eggs.
Our backyard was transformed into a little play land with a parachute and balls (Thanks Jennifer for letting us borrow this from miss Cora!) and Sam's new crab sand box and slide. The kids had a blast!
We also created a photo booth area with props for the guests to have fun and be a little silly carrying out the mustache and bow tie theme!
Seth & Renie started off the photo booth fun!
Miss Jennifer & Sam's girlfriend Cora
Our friend's the Sasser's
Me & Auntie Em being silly...Sam is all serious in this shot!
I love our little family of 3!
Here are a few of my favorite pictures of Sam from the party showing off his absolutely adorable tie onesie from Chic Couture Boutique!
My dad founds this mustache pacifier at Cracker Barrel the morning of the party! I must say it finishes off his outfit and ties in with the party theme quite nicely!
Check out that yellow icing in his hair! Absolutely love this facial expression, he has definitely been smiling and laughing!
It was a perfect day and so many memories were created with our little guy! I hope you enjoyed a look into Sam's Tie/Bowtie & Mustache 1st Birthday Bash!
twine/mini wood clothespins/paper medallions - The TomKat Studio Shop
tie onesie - Chic Couture Boutique
polka dot & stripe wooden spoons - Sucre Shop
Mustache Easter Eggs - Oriental Trading
ties & bow ties/cake pedestals/colored Easter eggs - Target
invitation - Shutterfly
age blocks - Montana Vintage Greens
vintage wood photo frame - Coastal Charm
lollipops/polka dot favor bags/balloons - Party City
stripe straws/chevron bags - Michael's
garlands/cupcake toppers/#1 photo collage - DIY
chalkboard frame/ombre dresser/8 pane antique window - DIY compliments of Sam's daddy!
cakes/cupcakes/brownies/cookies - Crave. Indulge. Satisfy.
photography - Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. & Auntie Em