Have you ever been to a Disco Fiesta? NO? Me either….until this summer.
My good friends Scout Masterson and Bill Horn (of Marque Communications & aka Tori Spelling’s “Guncles”) asked if I’d come down and help throw Lisa Rinna’s 50th birthday party. I love any excuse to plan a party so Scout lured me down by texting ideas and asking my advice on everything from table linens to party decor. He’s a smart one. He knew I couldn’t party plan by phone and then not actually be there to execute. So two nights before the party, I booked an insanely overpriced airline ticket and jumped aboard the Disco Fiesta party train.
Scout was right when he said it was a once in a lifetime party. It was. I can remember thinking how are we going to pull this off? I couldn’t wrap my head around it. Disco-Fiesta? That doesn’t even make sense. But somehow we managed. With disco ball cake pops, sombrero sugar cookies, and the brightest buttercream icing I’ve ever made, it actually turned out pretty cute!
Jo Anne of Oh Goodie Designs custom created an adorable disco ball logo with Lisa’s name that transferred onto party hats, party favors and even sugar cookies. Minted sent fun signage, banners, and other party decor that we used around Lisa’s gorgeous property guiding guests to different areas/stations.
The best part about this party was that it was at least 108 degrees while we were setting up. I was worried my desserts would melt into a buttercream river meanwhile thinking I may have a stroke in the heat. Coming from Seattle, it felt like 150 degrees. HOT! We may have lost one bright yellow cake to the heat, but in the end, the dessert table was so full, it wouldn’t have fit anyway.
Thanks again Scout for talking me into coming. I loved being a part of your 50th birthday Lisa!!
Back in October, I had the pleasure of creating a dessert table for Tori Spelling’s youngest daughter Hattie’s 1st birthday party. Hattie, known as Hattie Cat by her family, is just an absolute doll. Tori chose a Mad Hattie Tea Party theme, with Alice in Wonderland accents.
For Hattie’s dessert table, we decided instead of a separate table for desserts, we’d use the tea party table as our actual dessert table. Tori has an incredible farm table that seats 16, which was perfect for this party. We used mismatched vintage chairs for seating and set gorgeous vintage china teacups at each place setting. The abundance of overflowing desserts made up our centerpiece. I made 5 different cakes, 3 different kinds of mini and regular sized cupcakes, cake lollipops, sugar cookies, brownie bites, rice krispy treats and more. It was a dessert feast! Paper lanterns hung above the table creating the tea party scene from Alice in Wonderland. It was more than perfect. I have to say, this was one of my favorite tables ever!
Happy 1st Birthday Miss Hattie Cat!
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of participating in the 2nd annual Santa’s Secret Workshop in West Hollywood, California. The incredible event was put on by my friends Bill Horn and Scout Masterson, held at the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood.
Stars gathered to benefit LA Family Housing and were treated to manicures from mom.me, photos with Santa from HP, crafts from Joann Fabrics, and cookie decorating with Jenny Cookies! In addition to our cookie decorating station, we created two dessert displays for the guests to enjoy. The mom.me lounge housed a chic white and silver dessert bar filled with snowflake sugar cookies, snowball cookies, sparkly cake pops, coconut cupcakes, and our signature rose cake. In the main room, we created a North Pole Bakery dessert table overflowing with holiday themed desserts such as red velvet brownies, candy cane marshmallows, Christmas tree rice krispy treats, holiday fudge, oreo cake lollipops, santa hat sugar cookies and more.
The event was so much fun. I had the chance to meet fellow Seattle-ites, Bachelor alums Jason and Molly Mesnick, and chat about their upcoming baby due this March. Pregnant Malin Akerman was just as cute as can be and even whispered the sex of her baby to me. Eek! So exciting. My sweet friend Tiffani Theissen came with her darling daughter Harper, who loved our cookie decorating station. Gilles Marini remembered us from last year’s event and left his family behind to sneak treats from our North Pole Bakery table. And my home away from home LA family, the whole Spelling/McDermott crew came out to kick off the holiday season with us. I always love seeing my girl Stella, the most fashionable 4 year old around!
A big thanks to Wilton for sending their fantastic products to create these tables and our cookie decorating station. We love Wilton!
All of the gorgeous cake plates and display pieces on our tables were provided by Minted and Vintage, a dessert display company in LA.
See additional photos and read more about Santa’s Secret Workshop on People.com
This pink and mint dessert table for Megan and Tyler Zimmerman’s wedding at Sodo Park was one my favorite tables I’ve ever done. The abundance of desserts complimented the incredible venue perfectly. From mini pies to oreo cake lollipops, this table had one of everything! Thanks Megan and Tyler for including Jenny Cookies in your special day!
Can’t believe a whole year has already passed since Simone’s 1st Birthday at the Santa Monica Pier Carousel. Sweet Simone is now 2, and as darling as ever.
We celebrated her 2nd birthday with all things pink and purple. From the ruffled ombre’ pink and purple cake, purple sugared cake pops, to #2 polka dotted sugar cookies, guests enjoyed the party on a sugar high.
Thank you Bill and Scout for including me in such a special event! Simone is one lucky little girl to be surrounded with so much love.
Photos: Frances Iacuzzi Photography & Jenny Keller
Last month I created a hawaiian themed table for a couple who escaped the rain to get married in Hawaii. They threw a fun reception here at the Everett Golf and Country Club, who were fabulous to work with. Most venues have so many restrictions on hanging, displaying, etc. They were fine with anything. Love that!
A week after I flew down to do Simone’s 1st Birthday, it was time to celebrate Stella’s 3rd Birthday, Hello Kitty style! To be honest, I’ve never been much of a Hello Kitty fan. In fact when Tori first told me the theme I cringed a little. Character parties are not my favorite. One, because you don’t want your event to look like you robbed your local party store, and two, because it’s hard to nail a licensed character in buttercream! But hey, I’m always up for a challenge.
To keep the dessert table looking Hello Kitty AND chic at the same time, I created Hello Kitty’s Bake Shop. Lucky for me, I happen to know the most incredibly talented seamstress who was able to whip up an adorable pink and white striped awning, to mimic an old fashioned bakery. I added Hello Kitty’s signature bow to many of the desserts including the white ruffle cake, coconut topped cupcakes, banana bread bites, and even attached mini bows to the dessert name tags. Gorgeous white milk glass cake plates and compotes were used to display all of the bake shop goodies. Suddenly, as I finished dessert after dessert, little miss Hello Kitty started growing on me. And after I conquered her signature face in a cake pop and sugar cookie, I decided I kinda liked her!
By the time the awning was hung, the cake plates were placed, and each dessert was set up and ready for the party, I realized Hello Kitty might be cute after all. Not just cute, She was adorable!
As pleased as I was with how the dessert table turned out, the best part of this birthday was that I had my daughter Ally with me! Tori had invited my family to come, but I decided to make it a special trip with just Ally and I. She was such a good girl while I was working, making friends with Liam and Stella, and enjoying all Tori and Dean’s animals. When it was finally party time, she jumped in the bouncy house, was given a manicure and feather extensions, had Cinderella painted on her arm, and ate way too much sugar. And as if the party wasn’t enough excitement, afterwards we headed to The Grove in LA to shop and dine at American Girl.
Thanks Tori and my favorite little Stella McDermott for inviting me to make all the sweets at your 3rd birthday party!! Hugs!