Time sure flies because little Simone Masterson-Horn is now 3 years old! It seems like we just threw her 2nd birthday party and now she is already a big 3 year old. I’ll be decorating her wedding cake before we know it.
For her 3rd birthday, Bill and Scout chose a Doc Simone party theme based around Disney’s hit show Doc McStuffins. I’m normally not a huge fan of licensed character parties, but I knew we could pull this one off without too much of the cheesy character look. Doc and her gang are actually pretty adorable characters.
Guests were greeted through the front gate adorned with a glittery pink & purple ribbon welcome wreath by She’s Kinda Crafty. First stop was the patient check-in area where little guests picked up their own “Doc’s big book of boo-boo’s” journal, custom created for us by Minted and placed on amazing custom “Simone” melamine trays by Oh Goodie Designs.
Kids crafted patient ID bracelets, tended to the stuffed patients in the “Operating Room”, and filled candy prescriptions in Doc’s Pharmacy. We found tiny prescription bottles in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop and miniature Doc McStuffins doctor bags from Piggy Bank Parties. We filled vintage medical glass canisters with pink and purple rock candy and rolled cotton candy “cotton balls”, in addition to all the other pink and purple candy filled apothecary jars.
Guests nibbled on food from our hospital “cafeteria”, complete with character named foods (Stuffy’s Stuffin, Hallie’s Taters, Chilly’s Chicken Bites), all made into miniature servings thanks to the adorable mini food containers from Kara’s Party Ideas Shop. At our drink bar, we served lemonade, and mason jar margaritas with darling daisy lids from KPI and party straws from Minted. Guests dined on our outdoor picnic tables decorated with pink flowers and custom party horns, and super cute Doc centerpiece flags.
So many fun details were included into this party but of course I’m partial to the dessert table. To keep the table looking chic and not too character cluttered, we had Jenny from Craft that Party create Doc McStuffin characters from wooden peg dolls which were placed on top of the 2-tiered Doc-inspired birthday cake (purple & white striped top tier, pink ruffle bottom tier, resembling Doc’s daily ensemble). Band-Aid, nurse hat, and prescription bottle sugar cookies filled the gorgeous purple and pink wood cake plates, among custom Doc Simone logo cookies. Sugared purple cake pops stuck out of a vintage medical supply box and while chocolate dipped pretzel “thermometers” were nestled into vintage pharmacy beakers. For the backdrop of our table, we leaned a gigantic clipboard holding Doc’s signature symptom checklist (found at Pottery Barn Kids), strung Minted’s adorable custom banners, and dangled a few pink and purple paper lanterns overhead. Without an overwhelming amount of characters, the table screamed Doc McStuffins!
With all the candy from the pharmacy and sweets on the dessert table, we thought we’d offer our guests some fruit, so we did an “Apple a Day” table filled with purple and pink chocolate dipped caramel apples. Of course not many were guests had room left to indulge in our apples, so they made awesome take home treats!
A big thanks to all the vendors involved in this adorable party and a huge thanks to Bill and Scout for including me again in such a special event. I just adore your family and love being a part of Simone’s life!
Read more about Simone’s big birthday bash on people.com!
Photography: Francis Iacuzzi, Jenny Keller
Last weekend we had the opportunity to create a dessert table for the famous French doll company Corolle. Corolle is known for their sweet looking (and smelling) baby dolls and darling outfits. Corolle hosted a Parisian Picnic in the Park “Adopt-a-Doll” afternoon for celeb families, held at The Grove in LA. Celebs such as Denise Richards, Ziggy Marley, Samantha Harris, and Lisa Loeb, (to name a few) attended with their children.
We worked closely with Minted to create party decor that matched the theme. We chose black and white stripes, zig-zags, pink polka dots, and an iconic Eiffel tower. To incorporate Minted’s design into the dessert table, we lined our table with a black and white runner, created Eiffel tower shaped sugar cookies, and iced our cupcakes in bright pink frosting. We strung 4 strands of their adorable garlands behind the table and placed desserts on pink, white, grey, and black cake plates.
Along with their adopted baby dolls and adorable doll clothing, guests were treated with crafting provided by JoAnn Fabrics, a nail station for kids by Hopscotch, delicious french cuisine, and a super fun caricature artist.
It was such a fantastic event, we were thrilled to be a part of it!
We are thrilled to announce that our Spring Cookie class has now been booked! We offer classes only 1-2 times a year, so this class will fill up fast. Come and learn how to make the famous sugar cookies that have been seen on dessert tables all over top entertaining blogs, magazines, and major media.
In class, you’ll learn how to make the perfect dough (every time!), bake amazing sugar cookies and the most fantastic buttercream frosting, combined with learning to use pastry bags and tips to decorate your cookies. Each student will have the opportunity to decorate their own spring inspired sugar cookies.
In addition to the sugar cookie creations they’ll take home, each student will leave with a no-fail sugar cookie and icing recipe that can be enjoyed for personal use, for many years to come. All supplies included in course cost.
Join us for a fun afternoon of baking, party planning and dessert table knowledge, ideas, and inspiration!
Don’t forget your apron!
A couple of weeks ago I designed a dessert bar for Neiman Marcus’s Spring Trend Event fashion show in Bellevue. It was so fun to pull ideas from their spring look book. Orange is the big call out color this season, with blue following right behind. It’s all about the prints, prints, prints, so I pulled patterns from different pieces from designers like Alice + Olivia, Brian Atwood, Akris and more, and made them into printed sugar cookies! The bright orange and yellow desserts were set atop blue cake plates, and the whole table was pulled together with the black and white striped runner on the white lacquer table. Such a great event to be a part of, fashion and desserts, what a perfect combination!
Photography by Annie B. Stills
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For Ally and Hudson’s class valentines this year, we went with what else but sugar cookies. Minted has the most darling stationary, from invitations, party decor, thank you cards, and everything else in between. I discovered their adorable line of gift tags and thought they’d be perfect to tie on to each cookie. Ally and Hudson chose their favorites, so we ended up with a red elephant saying “I’m nuts for you” and a pirate saying “me hearty belongs to you” (my fav, and SO Hudson).
I gotta say, they turned out pretty cute. Ally and Hudson can hardly wait for their classroom parties to hand out their treats! And who could order just the gift tags with so many adorable Valentine photo cards staring you in the face. After looking at every card and debating which one was the cutest (good luck with that), we chose this one.
You may have already chosen your child’s valentine, but there is always a birthday party, wedding, graduation party or baby shower on the horizon. Here’s where it gets good. Minted is giving away a $100 gift certificate to one lucky Jenny Cookies reader.
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