Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cupcake Party: Wrap-Up

I hope you have enjoyed reliving Mary Ashley's 7th birthday party as much as I have. Many thanks to my friend Allison Hilyer for photographing the day.

Baking and decorating cupcakes with friends was the perfect way to celebrate turning 7.

Since posting for this party stretched more than a week, I am including this final post as a reference to all the great photos, projects and resources that made this such a memorable celebration.

The fun for this party started with the invitation: a sweet paper cupcake tucked into a cupcake box and finished off with ribbon and party information. Find the invitation here and directions for making paper roses here.

A soft color palette of pink, yellow and green created a soothing party space. Find more details on the party decor here.

For directions on making a silk floral cupcake centerpiece, visit this post.

Designer Katy Larson's adorable party printables were the icing on the cupcake at this party. Find out about her party-planning business here.

All the girls donned aprons and decorated chef hats when they arrived. More details about getting dressed to bake here.

Next we baked up some fun; join us in the kitchen here.

Decorating cupcakes was child's play here. And speaking of child's play ...

Unwrap gift ideas perfect for the little bakers in your life here.

Find sweet favor ideas here.

Thank you to the sweet little bakers who helped us bake some memories for Mary Ashley's birthday: (Top row, left to right) Gracie, Emma and Claire; (middle row) Emma Cate, Mary Ashley and Lynleigh; and (bottom row) Lizzie, Emma and Ann Welch. I hope you will join us in the kitchen again soon.

Happy Birthday, Cupcake!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this cupcake celebration. I hope you will all enjoy mixing up some cupcakes soon. We are doing our part by sending a cupcake surprise to the reader who left this sweet comment:
"What a breath of fresh air you are. A dear friend of mine sent me your blog and I have been captivated. I am a southern girl down to my magnolia roots and and have recently been transplanted from Georgia to a state that doesn't appreciate sweet tea, monograms, smocking or magnolia blooms at Christmas. My list could go on but I am trying to be thankful and not have a complaining spirit! When I read your blog it is like sitting on the front porch of my old house with a sweet friend and I can just smell the jasmine and gardenias blooming around us. It has become a treat in my day! I made the raspberry cupcakes this morning and have 'prettied up' a happy to send to my niece because she loves raspberries. They are wonderful! Just wanted to say thank you for appreciating so many southern traditions and for being a bright light in this world. I am changed for 'meeting' you!"
Thank you, Shea! Please let me know how I can contact you.
There is more loveliness to come this month with Valentine's Day just around the corner, so please drop in when you need a little love!


Joanne Kennedy said...

I think your invitation is the best one I've ever seen. I want to throw a cupcake theme party just so I can send those out.

Joanne Kennedy said...

I think your invitation is the best one I've ever seen. I want to throw a cupcake theme party just so I can send those out.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh -- I sooooo enjoyed the party! Thanks for letting me know about the scalloped circle cutter -- I've ordered one and can't wait to make some cute paper roses.

Rach said...

Fantastic party! The picture of you with your girls is so sweet.

Lori said...

Melissa, I so enjoyed your post of the party and would like to share it on my blog. If alright with you let me know and it will be my valentine gift to my followers and friends.


Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Sweet...Pink...Girlie and Lovely...what could be better! Happy Birthday! ♥

Granna said...

You sure know how to throw a party! Makes me wish I was a little girl again!

Deborah said...

Thanks for taking us on the "cupcake" journey. Love the ideas. Can't wait to do a cupcake party.

Jennifer Driver said...

It was a beautiful party! I wish we could have been there! :)

LadyV said...

Hi, I'm new here but just want to tell you that I love this post, I felt as if I was at the party :-)

Everyone is beautiful!

Sarah said...

Melissa, I popped over from Lori's blog. She shared your darling cupcake party. I'm sharing this link with my sister and friends. Each photo shows just how much these little girls enjoyed this party. I doubt that they will ever forget this experience. What fun! Thanks for all the tutorials for all the details.
I'm your newest follower. I look forward to visiting often to see more of your creative ideas. ~ Sarah

The Tablescaper said...

This looks so wonderful! I too love to have fabulous birthdays for my children - mine are a bit older. Come see my post about the Valentine Birthday dinner I just hosted for my daughter.

- The Tablescaper

Custom Comforts said...

What a great Mom you are!!! So much time and effort into making this a very special day. Everything is absolutely beautiful and charming. Those are very lucky little girls ~ a birthday party they'll always remember.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Those paper cupcakes are darling! So are the real ones, not to mention all those cute little girls!
A VERY sweet post!

Patsy said...

I have read your blog everyday for a long time and look forward to the new entries. After seeing the sweet doll your daughter received for her birthday, I felt I wanted to give something with you..since you share your world with all of us. You sew so beautifully, Liberty Jane.com had pattern to fix the 18" dolls, easy and beautiful..some are free...also ana-white.com has a doll bed to make that is pottery barn quality and step by step easy!...another farmhouse bed.. Just want to give to you one. Hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoy your site.

Patsy said...

Opps, I should have preview my post. Fits 18" doll and wanted to give to you once. My granddaughter and I are going to build the bed this summer during an "I'm bored day".. also use another day sewing bedding for the project...Thanks again for the wonderful site. I enjoy it very much.

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