November 8, 2012

My father in law turned 60 last month. I wanted to make him a masculine cake, something different from my usual fluffy, pretty, buttercream cakes.

I headed to the nearest Cabella’s and found this camo “G”, and picked up these plastic deer at Michaels. For the cake, we did a german chocolate cake, then coated the sides in chopped walnuts.

It turned out super cute, and definitely masculine! Happy 60th Grandpa George!

September 17, 2012

My sweet little Hudson turned 4 a few weeks ago, which I can still hardly believe. FOUR? My baby is FOUR? That not only makes me feel old, but also a little sad that he’s growing up so fast.

We celebrated Hudson’s fourth birthday by throwing him a Peter Pan party. He was thrilled with his invitations we sent out in bottles, and could hardly wait to wear his Peter Pan costume. He was a little disappointed though when he discovered the costume didn’t make him fly. Trust me, he tried jumping off the bed. (Thank goodness it was just the bed.)

The first few years of our children’s birthday parties, my husband would frown, roll his eyes, and think I was out of control. We don’t fight very often, but it was a given that we’d land ourselves in a fight the night before one of our children’s birthday parties. I’d be stressing over all the last minute things I needed to get done, and he’d be annoyed wishing his wife would just come to bed like a normal person. Miraculously though, after six years of over the top parties he’s had a change of heart and has really gotten into it. So this year I just about died when he suggested he dress up as Captain Hook. WHAT?? So the Kellers became Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Wendy Darling, and Princess Tigerlily for Hudson’s big day.

His party took place on the beach at Kayak Point State Park. We woke up to rainclouds and sprinkles but by the time we got out to the beach the rain had stopped and the sun was shining. It was a birthday miracle. (If you know me, it rains about 75% of the time I’m planning an outdoor party.)

The kids had a blast at the beach. They had a Peter Pan picnic on a pirate ship table, dug for buried treasure, sword fought mean Captain Hook, had their faces painted, and of course ate more sugar than their parents would have agreed to.

After the party was over, everything was cleaned up and we were finally driving away, Ally said from the backseat of the car “Mommy, that was the best party you ever did!” Hudson chimed in and said “I want to have my party there next year too!”

Those sweet little comments make every ounce of work worth it. Sitting in their car seats, Ally wearing green fairy wings and a face covered in pixie paint, and Hudson with crazy messy hair, a body covered in sand and black lips from too many pirate cake pops, both beyond exhausted from all the fun. That’s my definition of a party success.

August 29, 2012

We loved these beachy nautical desserts we did for a little boy’s birthday party. Such cute colors and fun theme! Happy 3rd Birthday Bennett!

August 27, 2012

Summer has been so busy, I’m just now getting to blog the fantastic dessert tables I was able to do over the last two months. From wedding tables to baby showers, corporate events to birthday parties, it’s been a very eventful season!

In June I was asked to create a 50th birthday Golf themed dessert table for a very important person at Microsoft. What a fun table this was to put together! We did a green cake with a hole in one at the top, golf ball cookies, cake pops, and cupcakes. The team at Microsoft was incredible to work with. Happy 50th Birthday Brian!

May 28, 2012

I am discovering more and more ways to make buttercream as appealing and even more gorgeous than fondant covered cakes. Using fondant is sometimes necessary to achieve a certain look or concept, but there is nothing like sinking your teeth into a cake covered in buttercream.

Loving this blue ombre cake we did for a boy baby shower. Just because it’s a blue doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty! We did batman in buttercream, which could have been completely fondant covered, but instead we just used the fondant as accents to decorate Gotham City. The pink ombre cake was for a sweet 16th, and Barbie was made trendy covered in ombre pink buttercream roses.

December 6, 2011

I had such a fun time putting together a Ghostbusters themed dessert table for Tori Spelling’s son Liam last March. The party was set in Tori and Dean’s backyard, complete with a haunted house, bouncy house, face painting, slime green candy bar, and the most incredible silly string shooting proton packs for each kid, handmade by Dean. It was an amazing party!

October 3, 2011

A couple of weekends ago my friend Jennie’s little boy Bennett turned 3. Jennie contacted me in August about Bennett’s party and dessert table. I had a wedding booked the night before but since a fire station party has always been on my “want-to-do” list, I said yes.

A great big thanks to the Arlington Fire Department for letting us use their station to hold the party. We set up fort in one of their bays, with fire hoses as my table backdrop, and a vintage fire truck for the kids to play on. All the kids had such a good time.

Happy 3rd Birthday Bennett!!

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