Friday, February 4, 2011

Cupcake Party: Sweet Favors

The little girls at Mary Ashley's birthday party were delighted to take cupcakes home to their families. We baked four batches during the party -- vanilla, lemon, strawberry and chocolate -- and the girls decorated them with buttercream icing, sprinkles, roses and cupcake picks. There were plenty of cupcakes to go around, and the girls could not wait to share them with their daddies!

These Wilton 4-cavity cupcake boxes fit our soft color scheme and allowed the girls to take their pretty cupcakes home intact.

We wanted to share our favorite buttercream icing recipe with the girls, so our graphic designer extraordinaire Katy Larson designed this sweet little recipe card for us to send home with the cupcakes.

Beautiful baker Lynleigh looks precious in her chef hat and apron, both favors from our party.

At some point, the paper chef hats will probably be discarded, but I hope the girls will hold on to the aprons. They should get a few years wear out of them, so they will be perfect for joining Mommy in the kitchen. Then maybe down the road they can pass them to their own daughters.

Mary Ashley's Bake Shop was all about inspiring little girls to get in the kitchen to bake some memories, so we hope the girls left eager to make more cupcakes. To that end, Katy designed the label above and suggested I put together bakery bags for the girls.

These were so inexpensive and easy to assemble. I used white paper lunch bags and filled them with pink paper shreds, cupcake liners and sprinkles. And just in case the girls needed a little more inspiration, we had one more little surprise ...

A True "Mix CD"

Mary Ashley's Bakers Dozen features 13 of the Birthday Girl's favorite songs -- perfect for singing along with while decorating cupcakes!

We have a couple more surprises in store for the girls. Katy sent these pretty pastel marshmallow sticks along with pink and yellow cupcake lip glosses -- enough for all the girls to have one -- so we will be passing these out with thank you notes.

Thank you for joining us this week as we reflected on Mary Ashley's 7th birthday party. If you have not signed up for our cupcake surprise giveaway, take a moment to do that here. (Seriously, friends, if I haven't convinced you this week that you need more cupcakes in your life, I don't know what more I can do.) I'll be back Monday to wrap up our cupcake party and announce the giveaway winner.
Have a great weekend!

Photos used with permission of Allison Hilyer Photography


Hannah said...

I am blown away at the awesomeness that was that birthday party! Makes me want one. For me! :)

pudding 'n lace said...

how wonderful . . .I just did a post on charming cupcake stands by Jeanette Zeis. Have a read through and I invte you to follow my blog as well.

The Martys said...

What fun favors for all the girls. Again, very clever. I just love those pastel marshmallow sticks. You certainly have an eye for detail.


Kristen@PrettySweet said...

I just loved the whole shebang! Thanks for sharing all of the sweet details. =)

Vonda said...

It looks like it was the sweetest party for a very sweet 7 year old!!

Kirks Korner said...

There is so much sweetness here. I love it. I like the gifts given.

Anonymous said...

Just when I think you can't top do! I am a 61 year old woman who you make me wish my girls were still little ones. (Why didn't I think this when they were!) I love to follow you and your precious family whom it is evident you cherish.

Marie Arden said...

I have enjoyyed the party so much! I bet your daughter and her friends think you are the coolest mom ever! The CD and the recipe card are such delightful favors.
Please invite us all back for the next party.
Marie Arden Pink Living

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Oh! Yet another amazing birthday! You are truly gifted and blessed with wonderful ideas and creations...such lovely memories you are creating for your little ones!

Blessings & Aloha!
Happy, Happy Birthday!

Linda said...

Have enjoyed reading all your posts of Mary Ashley's cupcake celebration for birthday #7! Delightful & delicious memories that you've created to be treasured for a lifetime!

Our son & his wife chose some favorite flavors of cupcakes that they used for their "wedding" cake. He built a tiered display for it and the "cake" topper was their monogram. A little different, yet very much enjoyed by all the guests.

Thank you for sharing "a little loveliness" that brightens my day!

LeeAnne said...

Melissa, I'm just getting to sit down and enjoy all of the posts related to Mary Ashley's birthday party. I believe you have outdone yourself with this cupcake theme! Everything was so beautiful! What a wonderful memory for all the girls, especially the sweet birthday girl. Hugs to you all!

DreamgirlLisa said...

What a beautiful party! Those aprons are absolutely stunning! Would you mind sharing which pattern that is?

Melissa Lester said...

Sure, Lisa, the girls' aprons were made using Simplicity 0477. I have a little more information about them in Monday's post.

Shell in your Pocket said...

Your parties are you invite the whole class or just a few?

sandy toe

Smita Srivastava said...

Loved going thru ur wonderful blog n super gorgeous clicks !!!

- Smita
(fun food ideas for lil ones )

Melissa Lester said...

Sandy, for Emma's 5th birthday, we don't want to leave any of her preschool friends out, so we will invite all the girls from her preschool and Bible classes. As the kids get older, they seem to have fewer very close friends, so the group gets smaller. Mary Ashley invited her six closest friends to decorate cupcakes with us. I love both the big and small parties, but the smaller group allows me to do more (like making aprons, PJs, etc.).

Ruth said...

What a blessing to be able to share such special moments with your children--

I was curious, how do you document these beautiful events? Scrapbook, photo albums, this blog? ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi! My cousin referred me to your wonderful blog! I am wondering if you can tell me where you got those tiny roses that you decorated the cupcakes with, looks like white and lavender...I can only seem to find bigger ones. I would sooo love to get some!!Thanks!

Abbey (email is

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