Mason’s 5th Birthday

This was a whole lot of fun to do. I felt like a kid the whole entire time. Big kid at heart for sure. Enjoy!

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C.D. and treats: Tunky
Cookies by: Sweet Moments in Time
Pennant Banner and Cupcake Toppers: Gingersnap by Kristen
Lego Man: Mr.Russ H

St. Patrick’s Day

We always get inquiries about the cost of doing up a dessert table. And it’s not always cheap. Really. It’s not.
I’m one for simple is elegant. And with how many littles I have, cost is everything. With the right materials and a great photographer, you can make a simply sweet holiday setup with the stuff you already have at home.
Here is an example of St. Patrick’s day setup on a $20 budget.

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Backdrop: The backdrop was done with an extra piece of plywood board that I had in my garage. Then wrapped it up in gold wrapping paper leftover from Christmas. You can use any type of wrapping paper, fabric, etc to do up a simple yet elegant backdrop of any kind to match your theme.
For the hanging pieces, I got from the dollar section from Target. The shamrock ($3) and the lucky sign ($3) had a dimension to it that I thought would be great to place treats on. And it worked! The last piece of 2×4, was the final piece that I thought, hey, let’s put that to use. So I had left over spray paint (minty green to go with the St. Patrick’s Theme) and sprayed painted it to match.
The burlap banner (Target dollar section – $3) I cut in half for the top part of the backdrop then add the other piece to the crate below.
Screws I used to hold it up together was $3 and change.
Treats: The treats were SUPER easy. Only because all of the materials for that was at home with the exception of the candy.
The giant cupcake was made out of the Pillsbury fun fetti cake mix (used 2 boxes) and the frosting was done in Whipped frosting by Pillsbury. Colored the bottom frosting obviously with green liquid food dye to give it that rich green bottom. Top of the giant cupcake was done from scratch of shortening, powdered sugar, Vanilla and hot water. And that’s it. To get that rosette look, I used Wilton 1M tip.
The miniature jello shots, I had some extra shot glasses (don’t ask!), and made lime green jello ($0.74).
Candy: The little cork bottles (bought at Target dollar section again – $4) with the M&Ms in them was unopened leftover candy packages from Valentine’s we separated. The lollipop suckers were $0.10 a piece. And the candy kabobs was done by candy stash we carry in home. Really, my home is the hidden Willy Wonka Candy factory. The gold chocolate coins were 15 for $1.
Decor: Balloons was from my stash and the blow up cost was $1.50 to fill them up with helium. The super large shamrock up against the Plywood is left over from last year’s decor I got from the Dollar tree. And the crate was from Kristen’s photography studio.

The total set up cost $19.70. Not too shabby don’t you say.

Thank you to my photographer Kristen of Gingersnap by Kristen for taking these amazing shots. Could not have done it without her.

A Touch of Mystery

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Sometimes the best props are those you find unexpectedly. When trying to build a dessert table, back drop or even a filler for your themed celebration, the best places are those right in front of you. You don’t always have to buy NEW things all the time to get THE LOOK. You can perfectly execute your theme with some simple yet classic antiques.

We found this gem just outside downtown Norfolk, called A Touch of Mystery. This place has so much love and heart, I wish we got more photos to share. So many pieces to be used, we can not wait to showcase some of them in some of our tables!

Hey there! We are still here!

We are still here and still alive! Here is what we have been up to lately. Besides enjoying life, recovering from surgeries (Melissa) and having a ball. It has been a party up in here. Cheesy I know but the song came on and I just had to put it in there. From all the shenanigans we have been up to, to all the confectionery fun, did you know we have a tons more in store. Literally!
– Sarah

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2013 Overall

Overall, 2013 was pretty good to us. From our first party blog feature thanks to Capes and Crowns, to our first publications in Bird’s Party Magazine and then ending the year with another celebrity event courtesy of Gemma and team of Party Style Magazine and welcoming Tunky Monkey Productions, LLC to cap off the year. Our team learned a lot through the year and many lessons learned. We look forward to a new year, new do and an expanding team. Check out our highlights of the year.