December 20th, 2011

Cirque Du Eden: Sweet Endings – the dessert table ( Pt 3)

I’m back with the final post in the Cirque Du Eden series!

The most difficult part about planning parties for my 2 winter babies IS winter. Finding the right entertainment is a close second- which is why I was excited to book Silly Goose and Val to perform for the kids.


We sang. We danced. We laughed… and my house is still standing.

The dessert table featured an elephant topped chevron cake, macaron tower, elephant wars ( petite palmiers)cupcakes, chevron and elephant cookies and white chocolate mousse.

Chevron bags filled with a memory game, necklace, elephant shaped soap and and elephant shaped crayons were give to our guests as a thank you for celebrating with us.

 Now on to Christmas. Happy Holidays!


Vendor Roll Call

Macarons: Norweigian Wood Bakery

Cake: QueDeeCakes

Cookies: Haute Sabrina

Canopy Cover: Beau Melange

Elephant Crayons: Posh Paper Creations

Elephant Soaps: Mel’s Fun Suds




December 16th, 2011

Cirque Du Eden: The Party Decor and Tablescape (Pt 2)

Details! Details!

I’m back to share more details from our Cirque Du Eden birthday party! I have so many great elepments I want to share that I’ve had to break this party into multiple posts!


Today I have photos of the party decor and tablescape. I used lots of vibrant hot pink and orange with a dash of turquoise throughout.
The room was filled with  big lofty balloons and the walls were papered with sideshow posters ,ruffled  paper streamers and garland.

I used a tutorial by Nicole of  Tradewind Tiaras  to make fabric covered party hats for each of the kids  and set one at each place setting.

 Chevron is one of my favorite patterns . Once I saw how great it looked in Eden’s party dress, it was a no-brainer use the pattern as the backdrop for the dancing elephants.

Even the chairs were dressed to dance with tulle skirts.

We dressed up the tables with cheery pink and orange gerber daisies and added lots of ribbon and bling to the paper vases.

The best part to sitting down to the vibrant table was the food! Guests were treated to french crepes catered by the fabulous Matt of the Omelette Guys!

I ‘m considering adding a French spin to all of our party themes just so we can eat crepes more often.


Be sure to check back for part 3 of Cirque Du Eden! In the last installment I’ll be sharing the details of the dessert table and party favors :)


Vendor Roll Call:

Chevron table runner: Fine pillow Covers

Ruffled Crepe Paper Streamers: HoopDaLoop

Paper Garland : Swanky Rea Designs 

Party printables and styling by Haute Sugar







March 9th, 2011

A boy and his phone: Malcolm’s 4th Birthday Party

Somewhere between three and four years old my oldest became hyper aware of his birthday. Up until now we’d gotten off pretty easy with an over the top party every other year with quiet at home cake and ice cream celebrations filling in the years between those festivals du Malcolm.
We were especially committed to the idea of a party every other year once we had our now one year old daughter.
Eden’s birthday came and went with a fun celebration in honor of her first year. Mal had a blast and talked about it for weeks.
But then one fateful afternoon my husband and I showed up at school to pick him up. He was  waiting in his classroom excited as ever with no less than FIVE party invitations from his classmates.
I was perfectly okay with this right up to the part where Malcolm started talking about his party and which of his friends he was planning to invite.

This is where the needle scratched the record.
My feeble attempts to explain to the 4 year old master manipulator that this was not a “party year” fell on deaf ears. He already had a guestlist and possibly an outfit worked out.

And then the mommy guilt set in. I turned to my husband and announced we HAD to do a little something for him.
Just a friend … or 12.
Some cupcakes …maybe a dessert table. See the rest »

February 23rd, 2011

Time flies when you’re turning one: Eden’s First Birthday Party

I’m very excited to share my baby girl’s first birthday party!

Around the time she turned six months I started mentally working out the details of an über fabulous fête t o celebrate the milestone …and then I came across this photo themed party by Stacey of Elle Belle Creative. It didn’t take much to decide it was perfect for Eden’s first birthday.

I recruited my BFF from CoBennett Photography and she agreed to man the photo booth for fun guest portraits.

There’s something cheerful about polka dots  and perfectly suited to Eden’s sunny disposition so I tied them in with the red, aqua and dash-of-pink color scheme.

The dessert table featured a vanilla  dotted cake iced in white butter cream, strawberry marshmallows, cupcakes with fondant camera toppers, spotted number ones , camera cookies and adorable kid pops!

Even a 1st birthday party needs a DJ for the 1s and almost 2s…

Mustache and eyeglass cutouts, chalkboard thought bubbles and a bright colorful backdrop added character to my favorite part of this party- the photo booth.

Each adult guest received a frame with instructions on how to select their photos from an online album to be ordered and sent with Eden’s thank you cards. The kids went home with gable boxes filled with goodies such as satin slippers, bracelets  and light up yo-yos and handmade crayon rolls.

We had a great time planning and I’m very happy with how the party turned out.

We of course didn’t plan for the birthday girl to sleep  for a portion of the afternoon but it’s her party and she can sleep if she wants to.

She did perk up later-right around the time Mommy and Daddy were ready to collapse.


Vendor Roll Call:

Stripey straws w/ Flags: Fort and Field

Cake topper figurine: The Pretty Pixie

Camera cookies: The Cookie Jar

Fondant cupcake toppers: Topperville by LC Cakes

Glittered paper clothes pins: Fabulous finds Boutique

Cake pop Kids: The Cake Pop Castle

Custom Crayon Rolls: Grammies Quilts

Eden’s birthday hat: LahDeeDah2

Cake Garland: Potter and Butler

Paper Poms: Pom Love

Eden’s Tutu: Punkin Pie Couture

Our Matching shirts:  Sew Super Cute

Tip Junkie handmade projects