– Mustache and baby carriage topped cupcakes + nautical flag toppers & meringue ‘boats’
– Framed thumbprint family tree picture as a keepsake & photo booth with mustache props
– ‘Cheers’ party circle drink tags, blue tissue pom centerpieces & mustache & doily decorated treats bags
When hosting a baby shower for the first grandson of the family, me and my friend took our time choosing every detail that showed little man elegance but at the same time felt sweet and lovely. Coming into a family with an Italian background, we called it a Bambino Baby Shower. With the beautiful color scheme of Tiffany blue, mint and white, it was easy to add small details like black mustaches to set the elegant and chic tone.
The food and desserts were displayed on silver and white platters to add a touch of elegance and have the Tiffany blue really pop out. The cake was placed on a silver box elevated from the other silver platters holding cupcakes and cookies in blue with black polka dot treat bags. We incorporated the little mustaches and hints of black throughout.
For the buffet table, we used miniature chalkboard stakes with green apples as a base to label each food.
Instead of real flowers, we used Tiffany blue tissue poms on white vases as centerpieces. Each vase was then surrounded by the favor envelopes containing blue M&M candies and closed with a bright green label that read “Thank You.” The silverware was wrapped in blue striped napkins to add another hint of blue to the white table linens.
By the buffet table, we placed white square plates and added a hint of green by displaying green plastic cutlery for the little ones attending the baby shower.
Silver and Tiffany blue continued to be the color that popped in the bar area. Wine bottles and miniature apple cider bottles filled the silver buckets and we added a blue welcome drink for guests while they mingled and had appetizers.
Instead of having a guest book that later gets lost, we went with a Tree of Life where guests got to put their fingerprints as leaves until the tree was filled with aqua and lime green finger prints.
And no party would be complete without a Photo Booth. Our friend and talented photographer Jackie from “Photography by Jacqueline Reyna” created a colorful backdrop for our guests. Our mommy-to-be was a celebrity for the night.
Hosting a Boy theme party requires a bit more brainstorming than a girl theme party. Party supplies can be limited for those parents that like to go all out with the theme. Check out this creative Car Theme Party for a little boy turning 2!
Grand Prix Car Racing Black and White checkered flags and a Stop Light Color Theme of Red, Yellow and Green.
For every party the cake is always the center of attention of the buffet table. When planning your Halloween party try out some simple D.I.Y. Fondant cakes. You can purchase already made fondant at most craft stores or any cake supply store. Get creative and try something like Captain Hook inspired cake and have a Treasure Hunt to entertain the little ones.
To create the shape of the arm, first bake your cake on a loaf pan. You do not want to make it too tall to give it a more realistic look. Once cooked, let it cool completely before covering it with buttercream frosting.
Measure your cake’s height and width and determine the size of the fondant you need to roll by double the height and the width plus an extra inch. Next, if you did not buy already red fondant, spend some time mixing in red food coloring drop by drop into the white fondant wearing gloves to avoid staining your hands. Roll out your fondant to the required size.
Then Drape the rolled-out fondant over the cake that is covered with buttercream and begin molding it down into the cake leaving one of the short sides uncovered to later add the ruffles. The buttercream serves as the sticky substance that will keep the fondant on the cake. Mold each side carefully and gently lift and tuck back down where necessary. Smooth it out with the Fondant smoother tool or your own hands. Trim away the excess fondant with a knife or a pizza cutter leaving about an inch to tuck under to give the arm look.
Make the hook out of a wire coat hanger (just the top part, cutting the excess wire) and cover it with white fondant. Spray it with silver cake paint (sold in cake supply stores or craft stores) and let it dry.
Now cut a few long strips of white fondant and with the fondant ball tool (basically a stick with a little ball at the end) create curls on one side of the fondant strip. Cut the strip into small strips about 4 inches long, making enough to use as ruffles of the Hook Sleeve.
Before putting the ruffles, insert the hook on the side of the cake that doesn’t have red fondant. Dampen with water the edge of the strip that does not have the ruffles with your clean fingertip or a pastry brush and start placing the ruffles to cover the side with no fondant. Go creating a wave effect as you go placing the ruffles. You now have a Captain Hook Fondant Cake for your next Halloween party or Pirate party.
After hosting a few parties for family and friends, I’ve learned a few tips on avoiding the last minute running around before guests are suppose to arrive. As a host you should be relaxed and ready to party with your guests. You can still do the spontaneous dinners or cocktails with friends and still have fun at your own party.