I Dream of Parties Blog

Life's little celebrations.

Oh Toodles! Isabel Turns 2! November 23, 2014

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A couple of weeks ago a friend who is the mom of an almost two year old and a four week old asked me if she could hire me to take over her daughter’s 2nd birthday party.  She had a date, a guest list, a location and a couple of ideas about what type of theme her daughter would enjoy.  She basically had all the critical pieces but needed  a little crafty help pulling it all together.  That’s where I come in!  My hot glue gun and Silhouette machine were put to work!

Theme – Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

Decorations – primary party I used were red and black with a some blue and yellow accents.  One of the new ideas I had which I got from a neighbor was a large mouse silhouette made with tissue paper.  This project took about 6 hours total but the end result was worth it. I also took some simple store bought tissue fan decorations from the party store and added my own Mickey and Minnie decorations to personalize them for the party. The other decoration I made was a banner that spelled out “Isabel is 2”.  We’d seen something similar on Etsy and I knew that with my Silhouette machine I could make it myself.

Food and Beverage – For this party the mom already had a good idea about what to serve for the party so I just had labels created from Etsy to tie it in.  We served Annie’s Bunny Crackers, Hot Diggity Dogs, fruit cups, cheese cubes and of course sugar cookies.

Activity – The age group of the kids was 2-7 so we kept the activities minimal and offered Mickey Mouse coloring projects for the kids who we could get to sit still for a few minutes.

Favors – The party favors were an idea the mom had as well. Mini red gumball machines!  How cute is that?!?  See, I told you she had all the basics, she just needed a little help pulling it all together.  I helped take the machines out of their shrink wrap and tied favor tags with ribbon to tie them into the party.

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It’s a Manicures & Tea Party! November 16, 2014

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My neighbor asked me last week if I would have any time over the next few days to make cookies for her daughter’s birthday. The girls were going to the local nail salon for manicures and then heading to the cupcake shop to decorate cupcakes and have a tea party.  It just so happens I was thrilled to find time to bake up a dozen cookies because it was the perfect excuse to use my nail polish bottle cookie cutter I picked up several months ago.  For these cookies I used butter cream frosting so I was a little nervous about adding the girls’ initials on each cookie.  I was worried the black frosting would bleed into the white.  I got lucky!  The lesson seemed to be that if you let the white frosting dry before piping the initial in black you have less risk of the colors bleeding.  Good to know!

Happy Birthday E! I hope these cookies were a hit for you and all of your friends!

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Do you want to build a snowman? November 14, 2014

Filed under: Cookies — idreamofparties @ 2:42 pm
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For T’s 5th birthday she asked her mom for a Frozen themed party with cookies of Elsa wielding a light saber.  Well, Elsa and sabers are a bit too complicated for my skill level so I had to counter with something I felt I could commit to – snowflakes!  For these snowflakes I started out with a royal icing but the icing was a complete flop so I changed course and went with a butter cream style frosting.  Although this doesn’t provide the smooth glossy decoration that most people prefer, the taste is amazing and I know I can deliver a great product so I went with it.  To take these snowflakes beyond just a plain old snowflake I carefully piped the frosting and then covered with coordinating sanding sugar to give the cookies some sparkle.  I piped the detail in white and added little round details.  For the white and purple cookies where I didn’t have coordinating sanding sugar I used the shimmer dust. This was my first time using this product and I must say I am in love with it.  The very subtle shimmer on the cookies is beautiful.  Packaged in cellophane and tied with a matching ribbon and hang tag these cookies are the perfect sweet treat to celebrate T’s 5th birthday!   I love these snowflakes so much I think I might make them again to accompany my hand delivered Christmas cards for neighborhood friends! Special thanks to T’s mom, who happens to be one of my co-workers, for trusting me with this special request and giving me the opportunity to continue my practice of cookie decorating.

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