December 2013 marked our third annual Santa’s Secret Workshop event, put on by my friends Scout Masterson and Bill Horn of Marque Communications. Each December, the celebrity event benefits L.A. Family Housing, whose mission is to help families transition out of homelessness and poverty through a continuum of housing enriched with supportive services. Celebs gathered to kick off the holiday season with Santa Claus photos, crafting, and Jenny Cookies cookie decorating!
Celebrity guests in attendance included Tori Spelling, Busy Philipps, Sarah Michelle Gellar, DeAnna Pappas Denise Richards, Malin Akerman, Tiffani Thiessen, Sasha Alexander, Melissa Joan Hart, Phaedra Parks and many more.
We chose a glittered gold theme for our dessert table, complete with gold cookies, cake pops, cake, and cupcakes! In addition to all the treats guests enjoyed at the event, we sent them home with even more sweets, glittered cupcake favors.
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
Last month I had the opportunity to create a dessert table for Tori Spelling’s chic new kid’s and baby clothing line Little Maven.
Camp Little Maven was created to launch this new brand for JC Penney. It was beyond cute. Little Maven clothes strung across the entire venue from vintage clotheslines, a faux campfire for roasting smores, a fishing pond for the kids to fish, teepees to play in, bugs to discover, crafts to make, and of course lots of dessert to enjoy!
For the dessert table we had a banner, table runner, and mini tent made from Little Maven fabrics. I scoured antique stores and ebay for vintage camping items such as vintage camp stoves, lanterns, enamelware, and even a tin tackle box and picnic basket. Desserts were set atop real tree stumps and were given camp themed names, such as kumbaya krispies and campfire cake pops. We decorated sugar cookies like the 6 main Little Maven fabrics, and topped the table off with a two-shaded pink cake with a mini tent on top. It was such a fun theme, I loved Camp Little Maven!
See more of this amazing launch party on Tori’s blog EdiTORIal.
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!
Going back and forth last year working with Tori on her new book, I quickly became friends with Tori’s friends Scout Masterson and Bill Horn(AKA the Guncles). They adopted a gorgeous baby girl, Simone Lynn, back in 2010. I was fortunate meet Simone when she was still a tiny baby at Tori’s Back to School party in August of that year.
Time flew and suddenly it was time to start plannning Simone’s 1st Birthday. Scout called to see if I’d be up for creating Simone’s 1st Birthday cake and dessert table. As soon as he told me the theme and venue, I was more than happy to say YES! Modern Circus at the Santa Monica Pier Carousel? Cutest venue ever!! Plus of course, Scout just happens to be one of the sweetest, most genuine people I’ve ever met. Love him!
I loved this table for so many reasons. I bounced ideas off of Scout and he was happy to let me just go for it. That’s the best. I chose a round table since the venue had an amazing rounded out corner, covered in windows. Guests could then walk around the table and eat sugar from every angle! Above the table I put together a giant cluster of pink tissue poms and paper lanterns. The table was covered in pink linens, vintage pink cake plates and compotes, and overflowing with a multitude of pink desserts. Cake lollipops, cotton candy topped cupcakes, sugar cookies shaped in circus foods, caramel apples, and gobs of perfectly colored pink candies. The two tiered pink cake was topped with a gold carousel and horses decorated with fondant. Scout did have one request, he wanted a smash cake for Simone shaped like a circus tent. Done! She dug into that thing like a pro!
The party was wonderful, from the gorgeous flowers to the adorable Sweet Lucie’s ice cream cart, and of course the most beautiful vintage carousel and Santa Monica boardwalk as a backdrop. If I lived in Ca, I’d definitely be booking a party there!
Thank you again Bill and Scout for letting me be part of such a special day! Already looking forward to sweet Simone’s 2nd birthday! xoxo!