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Vintage Baby Shower

Several months ago a close friend and her husband shared some amazing news, that they would be adopting a little girl!  With much love and planning a few of us girls jumped right in to throw her a gorgeous shower that would celebrate the news of the baby girl that they would soon bring home.

Becky and I took an old pallet from the back yard and made the sign for Beth’s little girl.  It was our gift to her, and it currently hangs in her nursery:)  The dresser is a TRUE antique that I painted pink and distressed with sandpaper.  I have always wanted to make a mini fabric banner and hang it at an angle like we did, I think it turned out great!  Steph made this GORGEOUS cake for Beth, the rosettes turned out perfect, and it was an ombre cake on the inside!

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Here is a close up of the cake!  Steph truly is a talented baker!

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We added pink touches throughout the house! Silk and fabric roses on the lamp, real pink roses, and  a burlap wreath.

 

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We wanted something sweet and sentimental for Beth to show her little one someday.  Each guest left their thumb print on the tree.

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Shades of Pink on the Mantle!

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The Mimosa Bar was a huge hit!  We had all sorts of fun juices and toppings.

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Each guest had a champagne glass with a baby item tag.  It’s a fun way to keep track of glasses!

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Mason jars held the silverware.  We wrapped each set in a pink napkin and lace.  Then added a pink paper straw.

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Thumb printing in action.

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A few of the guests (and a few of my closest friends!)

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Becky, Steph, and myself.  We make a GREAT team.  I loved every second of planning this shower with you girls.  You are amazing friends, Godly women, and an inspiration to me.

(I also love that you can see the decorated mantle in the background!)

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Here is Beth on her special day.  Each women who came to her baby shower has been blessed by Beth’s friendship.  It was a privilege to honor and love her .

Beth, we love you.  We are so excited as you start this new journey in your life.  You and Mike will be amazing parents, and we are ready to watch your dream come true.

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Backyard Wedding

A friend of mine was married not too long ago, and I agreed to help with her backyard wedding.  It ended up being cold and rainy:(, so we had the wedding inside.  Mason jars and white flowers were the focus of the decor.  Here are a few pictures (by the amazing photographer- Sharayah).

Pink and Grey Baby Shower

This past weekend I helped co-host a baby shower for my sweet friend, Becky.  The shower was absolutely beautiful!  It took a small army of women to pull it off, but in the end we were happy to see Becky smile! I was blessed to have help from some amazing women, and here is what we did!

This is the SWEET table we had set up for guests to fill a bag of candy on their way out.  A simple way to say “Thank you”!

 

 

This cake is actually a cupcake creation.  It was made by the amazing Katie who flew in from CA for the Shower.  She is amazing!

 

 

It wouldn’t be a party without any of my banners!

 

 

There was a onsie decorating station, so we used my signature onsie as an example:)

 

 

The food was delicious!  I am thankful to have friends who can cook and bake, because I didn’t make any of the food!  Every dish was amazing!!

 

 

I re-finished this horse for Becky as a gift.  I will have to find a before pic and post it.  I just love how it turned out!!

 

 

I dressed up these vases with white burlap, fabric, and grey ribbon.

 

 

This wreath is made of pink and grey and white fabric strips.   We hung it above the drink station, but I didn’t get a pic of it at the party:(

 

 

We rimmed the champagne glasses with pink sugar crystals.  The raspberry punch was delicious!  The puff balls on each side were the perfect accessory  to each table, each one was hand made (thanks Anna!).

 

 

Here are all the girls who had a hand in making the shower perfect!  Thank you to all of you!  I am blessed to have met and made friends in the process:)

 

 

 

Girly Birthday Decor

For Audrey’s birthday dinner I wanted a few decorations that could be saved and used in her bedroom.  Everything I made and used is now in her room!

 

 

 

 

 

Katie’s Cupcakes Creations

Be prepared to be wowed in this post!  My friend, Katie, makes cupcakes look so good that I think she should write a book about her cupcake creations….seriously!  She is the kind of girl who gives everything when she tackles a project, she goes all out!   Below you will find her thoughts and tips about her baking and decorating.

Cupcake Creations (in general)
- I get many of ideas and creative juices flowing from other people.  This hobby started with inspiration from a book called “Hello, Cupcake” and its sequel “What’s New Cupcake?”
- I use Deluxe Moist White cake mix for all these examples – can’t seem to beat it.  After cooled I freeze them, which makes it easy to do these “big” projects in smaller steps.  When I’m ready to icing, I do not let the cupcakes defrost but rather put the icing right on, which seals in the moisture, making it extra good (a tip I learned from my sister-in-law’s mom)
- The icing is off the Domino’s confectioner sugar box – the split between vanilla and almond extract makes it the best I’ve ever tasted (learned from my mom!)
- Almost all the techniques used to decorate the cupcakes are VERY simple…they just take time
- The base is a big piece of cardboard with wrapping paper or fabric that matches the theme.

Star Wars Scene
- The Millenium Falcon (big space ship) has cupcakes double-stacked for a 3-D effect.  The silver “sheen” is cake dust you can “paint” on dry with a small brush (wait until the icing dries)
- How did I design it?  Found pictures on the internet and just tried to replicate it as best I could
- Note: graham crackers with icing make a lot of the upper level shape; mini Oreos are used
- The little Tie Fighters’ wings are sugar cookies cut in a hexagon shape
- You may not be able to tell from the picture, but the cardboard base was covered with black wrapping paper; I taped small boxes also wrapped in black paper to the base; draped a sheer fabric with rhinestones over it all to simulate “space”.  Some of the Tie Fighters were placed on top of the boxes to give the 3-D effect of battle in space

Fire Truck
- Cupcakes are great for large parties – it’s so easy to just pull off a cupcake, rather than cutting a cake
- I usually design my creations off of the theme for the party – hence the napkin next to the cupcakes
- Some decorations that may not be obvious:  the wheels are done in black icing and rolled in a plate of black sprinkles; the window and “Happy Birthday” sign are made up of graham crackers cut with a small pairing knife (very carefully, so as not to break them); the ladder is made of pirouettes rolled in corn syrup and then rolled in yellow sprinkles

Easter Scene
- This is another approach to cupcake creations – an “Easter” scene of chicks, bunnies, etc.
- The cross is made out of melting chocolate (you can get them from a craft store, like Michael’s) – melt in a plastic baggie in the microwave (per instructions on the bag), snip a corner, and squeeze onto wax paper in the shape you want.  I used a toothpick to swirl the yellow into the brown chocolate.  This takes a bit more technique, but a tip is to let the chocolate cool off a bit, so it more “slowly” comes out
- The “fuzzy” feathers on the chicks are coconut with yellow food coloring (put both in a plastic baggie and massage until coconut is evenly colored).  I icing the cupcake and then roll in the coconut.
- The heads of the chicks/bunnies are mini cupcakes; the eyes are mini chocolate chips; ears on bunnies are marshmallows; noses/beaks are pieces of molded Starbursts

Little Girl’s Bear Birthday
- You can also focus on individual cupcakes – each one has a unique “presence”
- I got the bears idea from “What’s New Cupcake”, using donut holes for the heads and caramels for the arms/feet
- The little presents were these new Little Debbie strawberry cake thingys that I cut in half and piped a bow on

I told you she was THAT GOOD!!  Thank you Katie for sharing your pictures and “how to’s”.

Steph’s Cakes

Steph is a good friend of mine who can really decorate a cake!!  You will see from the pictures below that her cakes are beautiful and creative.  I also must mention that Steph not only can decorate cakes but I have seen her throw parties and showers that are classy AND budget friendly.

Here are her cakes and tips.

  • Freeze cake before icing layers…especially if you are carving the cake into any shape. Freezing the cake minimizes the crumbs when icing it.
  • Make sure to use room temperature butter when making icing. This ensures that your icing will be smooth and fluff.
  • When making layered cakes, go easy on the icing between the layers. Too much icing will cause it to ooze out when you start stacking
  • Don’t be afraid to make a template when creating a specific design, shape, or picture on a cake. I tend to draw/print it out on white paper first. Then I use a toothpick to “draw” it on the icing. If I mess up, I can smooth that little part out and keep going. Then, I just the icing tips to trace over it.
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    Thanks to Steph for sharing her tips and pics.  The best news is that she is going to be making a 50+ lady bug cupcakes and she said she would e-mail me pics!  Woohoo!

    Beautiful Cakes and Celebrations

    The truth is that I have been blessed with the ability to decorate and make just about any old thing look good again, but I do NOT have the ability to bake.  Thankfully God has blessed me with great friends who really know how to make a cake look GOOD! 

    So I thought, why not share some of the beautiful cakes some of my friends have made!   That way the rest of us can admire and learn from their work.