Monday, January 31, 2011

Cupcake Party: Let's Bake Some Memories!

Once the girls at Mary Ashley's birthday party donned aprons and chef hats, it was time to get busy in the kitchen. I filled a bowl with a variety of cupcake wrappers and encouraged the girls to line our muffin tins with their favorites. Then it was time for more hands-on fun.

Part of the fun of this party was letting the girls take an active roll in the baking. Family friend Haley Scott brought her pretty pistachio Kitchenaid stand mixer, and the two of us set up baking stations at opposite ends of the kitchen counter.

The girls divided into two groups to help us make four kinds of cupcakes: vanilla, lemon, strawberry and chocolate.

We used Duncan Hines cake mixes for the party, and the girls took turns adding ingredients.

Yes, even our vegetable oil got dressed up for the party!

Batter up! Little Gracie takes a turn at the mixer.

Sweet Emma Cate fills muffin cups.

Little Lizzie came to me at one point -- her brow furrowed with worry -- to confess, "Missy Melissy, my apron got dirty." She was so relieved when I told her that the apron was to keep spills from staining her pretty dress.

Mary Ashley discovers one of the perks of baking.

And shares the idea with her friends!

What could be sweeter than licking batter off your finger?

Licking it right out of a measuring cup!

While the cupcakes baked, Mary Ashley opened her birthday presents.

Stop in tomorrow to unwrap gift ideas perfect for the little bakers in your life.

Photos used with permission of Allison Hilyer Photography


Joanne Kennedy said...

Looks like everyone had a blast! I can't believe you went so far as to dress up your oil! You could teach Martha Stewart a thing or two!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Awwww, what a bunch of cuties! Loved this, Melissa, and what a clever idea for a party. They will never forget this, and hopefully, they will develop a love, early on, for baking! :-)

Rach said...

Fun fun fun!! So funny you dressed up the oil!

Jan M said...

So much joy! Thank you for sharing and starting the week in such a fun way!

Meredith said...

I really love this idea for a cute little party! I might just do this for my little 6 year old!

Love Being A Nonny said...

Love that she didn't want to get her apron dirty! I'm with her...I love my cute aprons! Thank you for doing these step by step posts of the party! I look so forward to each and every one!

Tina Foster said...

Fun, fun and more fun...again! Melissa, do you know about this blog: Couldn't help but think of you.Have a wonderful afternoon.

Kristen@PrettySweet said...

Love these pictures!! They're so cute taste-testing. =) said...

I just discovered your blog searching for cupcake bakery birthdays, and it's so beautiful. I love it. I too am stay at home mom, with a blog, and I love to do women's ministry events. So nice to meet you! blessings, Dannyelle @

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