Sunday, May 17, 2015

Book Party - Part 3!!

Hello peeps!

I had so much fun preparing for this party and then looking at the pictures, that part of me is sad to stop writing about it!  But "life goes on" and I also cannot wait to start blogging about my new projects!

After talking a lot about the decoration, entertainment and favors, let me tell you all about the food. Because at the end of the day, it is all about the food, isn't it?

I didn't want the cake standing all alone, so I put all of the sweets on the desert table. There were assorted types of candy, cotton candy, macaroons, chocolate covered Oreo cookies, cupcakes and brigadeiros!! And I wish I could have all of it right now!!

I placed the gummy candy in a vintage glass bowl, the jujube starts were in little glass slippers and the cotton candy was inside of glass jars.

Gummy Candy

One of the jars with cotton candy

I made the macaroons myself, following a great recipe I found on Pinterest. You can check my Macaroon Board here. It was my first time making them, and I have to confess they turned out pretty good! I also have to tell you that to say I was ecstatic when I saw the little feet forming, is an understatement! I also made the chocolate covered oreo cookies and they were just delicious and pretty!!

Raspberry, Nutella, and White Chocolate macaroons. They were good!

Chocolate covered Oreo cookies

Brigadeiros are a chocolate fudge like candy from Brazil. E.V.E.R.Y. Brazilian person you ever meet knows what they are and knows how to make them! They are a staple at pretty much any party, event or gathering!!

Coconut Brigadeiro

Milk chocolate brigadeiro

To make things a little more exciting for me, my daughter told me she would love to have a 3 tier cake. 3 TIER CAKE!! And that comes with 3 different flavors, of course!! She  doesn't really like chocolate cake (whaaaat??), so I let her pick which flavors she wanted. Do you want to guess what she chose? It wasn't vanilla, let me tell you!! Ha! After much consideration, she settled for almond, raspberry and pistachio, filled and iced with salted caramel butter cream! And I made that just for her!! I gotta say, I did pat my back for being able to comply with her wish!!

Crumb coat!

Inside view. Yummy!!

To complete the desert table, cupcakes! 

Those hearts are made out of edible paper!!

After all that work, we decided to serve peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruit and cheese for snacks. Of course, the PB&J had to be cut in special shapes. More specifically, cut in the shape of castles, flower, princess crown and butterfly.

The kids food was served on the dinner table, set up with book pages for place mats and a book centerpiece. They drank juice in tea cups, using golden paper straws and loved it!

I love these opportunities to meet the other parents, so I always let them know they are more than welcome to come and stay. So for that crowd, I had some chips and dips, cheese and crackers and cold cuts.

All in all, this was truly a great party to plan, execute and enjoy! I hope you liked it as much as I did!!
And I hope you come back to check on my other parties too!!

Tchau for now!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Book Party - Part 2

Once again my role as a stay at home mom takes over my new role as a blogger!
But  back to my daughter's birthday party!!

I wanted to really incorporate books all over the decor, so I used book pages for the table background and added "Once upon a time" in gold lettering to it. Thanks to the very sweet Stacie from Fancy and Fold (Here) who was able to understand exactly what I wanted and deliver it on time!! I had previously tried to purchase this from an Etsy seller, who just disappeared on me (Boooohhhuuuu!!)

For favors, BOOKS!! Big surprise, I know! However, instead of giving brand new books, Lia and I decided it would be a good idea to give "old" books a new home. So we went to our local library and local thrift store in search of good old books. A friend of mine who used to be a teacher also gave us a whole lot of close to new AND some vintage ones. Here now I have to confess, we kept some of the vintage books for our personal collection! They were so beautifully written and illustrated I just couldn't help it but keep them! I used some of the vintage ones to decorate the cabinet where we put the presents.

I put all the books we had (over 50!) on an antique desk I use for my sewing machine and inside a vintage picnic basket. The kids also got mini paper suitcases with nothing more than kisses inside (get it? kisses?Ha!), because you always travel when you are reading a good book (right?), pencils and writing pads. Every child could choose as many books as they wish!
On the same desk, I placed an old type writer with a few pages the kids could use to write a message to Lia. They were simply fascinated by that "new" contraption! I actually had a hard time trying to convince my 4 year old to stop playing with it three days after the party, as I needed to finally put it away! Big hit!

Vintage Books!

To continue with the book theme, my husband and I decided to invite Lia's favorite story teller to entertain the kids with his amazing tales. His name is Simon Brooks (here), and he is in fact pretty good at what he does! He was able to keep a bunch of 6 and 7 year-old glued to the same spot for about one hour!

He was being a ghost pirate!

Simon Brooks and I!!

Next post will be about all the food we served at this magical party!!
Tchau for now!
Fabi :)