Friday, January 28, 2011

Cupcake Party: Dressed to Bake



I was so excited when Mary Ashley wanted to celebrate her birthday baking and decorating cupcakes with a few of her closest friends. Weeks before the party I made an apron for each guest. I hung them in a corner of our dining room with Command Mini Hooks and let the girls choose one when they arrived for the party. Sweet tags deisigned by Katy Larson and pinned to the aprons invited, "Let's bake some memories! Mary Ashley."




Here are six of our sweet little aprons hanging out, just waiting to be chosen. I made the girls' aprons using Simplicity pattern 0477, and two adult aprons using Butterick See & Sew pattern B5125. Fabrics used included several Nicey Jane fabrics by Heather Bailey; Ava Rose by Tanya Whelan; My Little Puppy by Kelly Tanner; and Hushabye Damask by Tula Pink.



"A daughter is a day brightener and a heart warmer." --Author Unknown

My dear friend Allison Hilyer took all the photos in this post. I treasure this collage she put together of me and my sweet girls.





The Birthday Girl got first pick of aprons.



We asked family friend Haley Scott to join us for the afternoon and had an apron waiting for her. The girls absolutely adore "Miss Haley." In fact, recently after Bible class Mary Ashley spotted me in the hall and cried "Mommy!" as she ran toward me. I stretched out my arms to hug her, but just as she was about to run into my embrace she noticed Haley beside me and turned at the last second toward Haley. Time seemed to move in slow motion as I bent over and hugged the air, and Mary Ashley embraced Haley instead. The humor was not lost on the crowd around us, and I had to laugh too!


I am truly thankful that my girls have such a beautiful young Christian lady who cares about them. And if I can take second place to a girl like Haley, I guess that's good enough.



After the girls donned their aprons, they moved to the next station to decorate a chef hat with markers and paper flowers.


Katy has proven a great resource for party ideas, and she discovered an adorable idea for decorating chef hats on the Amy Atlas blog. Find directions for embellishing baking hats with large coffee filter and cupcake liner flowers here.



Aren't they adorable? Here are our little bakers in their new aprons and baking hats -- ready to get baking!



Our favorite bakers: (top row) Gracie, Claire and Emma; (middle row) Emma Cate, Mary Ashley and Lynleigh; and (bottom row) Ann Welch, Emma and Lizzie.



The oven is preheated, and we hope you will join us each day next week to bake up some fun!


Photos used with permission of Allison Hilyer Photography.


(I'm linking this post to "Show and Tell Friday" at My Romantic Home.)

25 comments:

Joanne Kennedy said...

How cute! Once again you blow me away with your tallent and how much detail you put into everything. It's easy to see how much you really love and adore your children! They are very lucky to have you as their mommy.

Marie said...

What an adorable bunch of little bakers!

Ariadone said...

Such ahppiness, domestic style !

Lori said...

You know... you weren't hugging air, you just gave your Mom a hug. She is always by your side. She just jumped into Mary Ashley's space real quick!

Antiques & Uniques said...

What a great party idea and adorable favors and "extras"!You do a great job!
Carol in GA

The Martys said...

Oh my goodness, your aprons are adorable. I love the colors. What a fun idea with the bakers hats. So precious.

La Table De Nana said...

The whole post is priceless..Love the softness of your photos.. the look is great.

Kristen@PrettySweet said...

I think I would like a baking party for my next birthday! This looks like SO much fun!! I collect aprons, so I especially love that idea. I know they were excited to take them home. =) Decorating the chef's hats were a nice touch, too. Love the soft light in the pictures. Your Allison did a great job!

Vonda said...

Everything is so pretty! I can't wait to see more pics from Mary Ashley's special day!

Rach said...

Those are beautiful aprons! That looks like a really fun party for little girls.

Jennifer Driver said...

Adorable pictures!

Jan's Blog said...

You ALWAYS live up to your own high standards. Everything is absolutely adorable.

Rach said...

Oh just darling! Makes me smile.

Grammy Staffy said...

How precious simply precious!
They are blessed to have you!

Heidi said...

Simply adorable! All the aprons and all the smiles! ~Heidi

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How sweet! Your little birthday cupcake looks sooooooo happy!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Those aprons are so adorable! Now I have the urge to sew one!!! You are the queen of birthday parties in my book! I can't wait to see more!

Meredith said...

That is amazing! And beyond precious! What an absolutely delish idea! You amaze me! Well done!

Sue said...

Looks like a fabulous party! Can't wait to see more.
Blessings
Sue

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Amazing as always...not much time to comment lately but an still an avid reader.

Shel said...

So beautiful...the girls, the aprons,the setting...just gorgeous.
Shel

Patsy said...

Ah....just love your birthday party...such a cute idea...everyone looks so cute and they look like they are All the special one for the day...what a nice feeling for each and ever little girl..Happy Birthday Mary Ashley.

VintageCostumes said...

it makes me want cupcakes NOW

Anonymous said...

Just stunning! I can tell by the smiles on the faces that a good time was had by all. Many sweet memories were made indeed.

Thank you for listing the sources for the patterns and fabrics. I plan to do a little shopping based on your recommendations.

Have you ever done a post on your china patterns? They are so pretty and I am especially fond of the floral patter with scroll work, gold lattice and blue accents. Would love to know the name.

Free Pretty Things For You said...

Love Love Love Love Love Love Love Love this party !!! I am SOOO doing this theme when my little one gets older!!!

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