Friday, August 17, 2012

Reptiles and More

What do all 7 year old boys love? Dirt, snakes and reptiles of course! We went all out to incorporate as many scales and 'slither's as possible. We even hired E&M Reptile Family to come over and bring some of their reptile friends. It was an amazing show that was a big hit.

My husband always asks me to keep the kid's parties simple. And I try, really I do. But I just cannot have a party anymore without a dessert table. Just a cake isn't enough. My version of scaling back this year was that I didn't do sugar cookies, and that was really hard to let go of...but moving on...

I of course wanted to do a great snake cake. I looked on Pinterest for ideas (the go to spot) and found several great ideas but liked this one best. I love how the snake is slithering up the cake. I even got candy rocks to make it look more like a snakes natural habitat.

I like our guests to have options so I also made bug cupcakes. I know, still cake but kids seem to gravitate towards cupcakes so I like to have them on hand. These were pretty easy, just found gummy bugs to put on top of the vanilla and chocolate cupcakes. They worked right into the table!

My son loves Jones Soda so I had to incorporate those into his dessert table. I used some labels I had custom made and glued them right onto the green & blue bottles.

For the goody bags I found some bug kits and filled them with gummy snakes and gummy bugs. The kids were able to take them home and catch some new friends of their own.

I wanted to have each guest take a picture in a photo area to include in their thank you card (a great idea of our photographer's)! We created a little area with some greenery and a banner that worked great for photos.

The party really got going once Eric, the reptile guy, showed up. He brought all sorts of fun friends along with him like lizards and snakes. He was so funny and the kids all learned a lot too. Most of the kids were pretty fearless when it came to handling the animals (they were braver than most of the adults)!

Overall it was a great party. And most importantly, the birthday boy had a blast. We love you so much Alex!

A BIG thank you to everyone who helped make this party possible!

Photography was done by Cristina DaSilva

The beautiful white cake stand used can be found at 44 Brookhill

The darling snake shirt my son is wearing is from OneRepublicApparel

All labels were done by Shutterbug Sentiments

The fabulous reptile show was done by E&M Reptile family (highly recommend if you live in Central CA!!!)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Red, White and Blue

With the 4th of July around the corner I'm gathering ideas for fun red, white and blue treats.  Of course Pinterest is my go to, and as usual, it hasn't disappointed.  I have found some really great treat ideas that range from easy to a little more difficult.

TomKat Studio's is always a great place to start for ideas and today she pinned these darling pinwheel cupcakes!  I just love them.  These have fondant pinwheels but you could also do paper ones if you don't want to do fondant.

Following the cupcake theme, I found this pin from Real Mom Kitchen.  I really like that these have fresh fruit on the top, with all this great summer fruit out there why not incorporate it into our desserts?

Bird on A Cake had this cute idea for mini star cakes for a patriotic treat.  This would be another fresh and light treat.  You could even do angel food cake to make it low fat, if you are into that kind of thing.

For my daughter's birthday this April I made chocolate covered popcorn for the first time.  It's an inexpensive way to fill up containers (which was the main reason I had made it) but I hadn't expected it to be so good!  It is the perfect combination of salty/sweet.  Bloom Designs posted this patriot popcorn bucket which would be perfect for the kids to munch on during fireworks! 

Hope these give you some good ideas for the 4th of July!  I'm going to start trying out some fun ideas so stay tuned for some of my creations!


Monday, June 18, 2012

Father's Day love

This Father's Day I took a 'sporty theme' towards the day and created some fun cakes just for those special men in our life. 

My friend Vanessa had approached me about making a Miami Dolphin's cake for her husband.  He's a huge fan so she she wanted to celebrate his special day with a cake that would be extra special to him.  It was a big hit I'm happy to report!

After we had designed her cake, I decided to make my husband one, but with a Fresno State (our alumni) theme.  He loved it as did several of our other friends who are Fresno State alumni!  I think this cake may be very popular come football season! 

A few people have asked me about the logo's - they are printed with non-toxic ink onto sugar paper and then I transferred them onto white fondant, cute them out and glued them on!  A local cake store in town prints them out.  It's a fun thing to have, the possibilities are endless!

Hope you all are baking up a storm out there - despite the heat!


Monday, June 11, 2012

Pink leopard print cuties

I thought these fun leopard print cookies would be a good follow up to yesterday's fun cake with zebra stripes.  Animal prints on desserts are very popular right now!  These cookies were for a baby shower and they fit in perfectly with the pink theme. 

This was the first time I had tried leopard print but it went pretty well!  The good thing about animal print is you don't have to stress about it being perfect.  Just like real animal print - all spots or stripes vary so each cookie can look different. 

Happy baking!


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Summer fun

School is out and the season of summer fun is here! I have been getting a steady stream of orders for all those summer parties and events. This cake was for a 4 year old's birthday party that was taking place poolside.

Of course with the heat rising I have to adjust my baking schedule - meaning it must take place early morning for best results. Last weekend I had frosting that was melting as I tried to frost cupcakes in a warm house. Since I live in the Central Valley, I anticipate a long summer full of early mornings. Hope you all are enjoying something fun this summer! :)


Monday, June 4, 2012

Tory Burch

Designer cake are all the rage right now!  Although I can't quite afford this designer label...I can appreciate and enjoy Ms. Burch's well known emblem on a bright pink cake. 

Funny story, I'm so unfamiliar with the Tory Burch brand (always admiring from afar) that I actually put the emblem on upside down at first.  I was rushing a bit to finish the cake so I could make it to my son's school award assembly and I didn't even realize I had messed up until I texted a picture of the cake to my friend ordering it and she pointed out it was upside down.  What a 'blond' moment on my part!  Reminder me to slow down a bit and double check my work....but as my friend pointed out - maybe upside down logo's can be my thing?  Hmmmm, something to think about but for now I'll stick to the original. 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Elmo loves to celebrate!

Elmo loves a good party! These cakes were made for a sweet girl who loves the furry red creature. A big cake for her guests and a smaller smash cake for the birthday girl. I like to think of them as Elmo and Baby Elmo cakes!