Thursday, January 10, 2013

Winter Wonderland Dessert Party

My niece celebrated her golden birthday this week; turning  8 on the 8th!  I have a twin sister and our daughters are separated only by 4 months in age and 125 miles in distance.  They are like mini versions of us and it is so fun to watch them grow up together.  My daughter wanted to host a special "set-up" for her cousin's special birthday.
Sparkling Snowflake Cookies
Tutorial here.
Sparkling Peach Pear & Sparkling Apple drinks with mini-hot cocoa cups.
Fruit Slices & Warm Caramel Corn
Caramel Corn Recipes & tutorial here.
Cake Pops using Babycakes Cake Pop Maker & Decoration Station:
Tutorial (coming soon)
We made Snowman Mini-Cakes last year for her birthday.  They were so cute and everyone loved them, so we made them again this year and dressed them up with cozy knit hats and scarves.  
4" white cakes with buttercream frosting.
Tutorial here.
She skied the day before the party.  Downhill Skiing Cookies tutorial here.
Snowman Mini-Cakes accessorized in black and white:
Winter Village Shop Sugar Cookies.  Bakery, Pharmacy, Toy Store and Pet Shop.
Snowman Brownie Pops
Tutorial here.
My daughter had the idea to string the mini bulb ornaments from our Christmas clearance stash to match the bright and shimmery winter wreath.
Winter Wreath tutorial here.
All of the fluffy winter white called for an Angle Food Cake topped with Cool Whip and fresh cut strawberries.
We made the birthday girl close her eyes as she entered the room.  It was so much fun to see her expression as she popped her eyes open and looked around in amazement.
The kids asked if they could have a cake pop or a snowman.  I told them they could have whatever they wanted.  I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when I was their age.  At 8, I put myself into that scene in the Chocolate Factory and imagined what it would be like to have a green light in a roomful of sweets.  I remember the feeling of just reading and imagining so clearly...28 years later.
I think that's why I get so much joy out of putting these sweet parties together.  Not only is it something I can do with my daughter- the planning, baking, decorating, and styling- but it brings me back to being an 8 year old girl imagining and dreaming.  It's my golden ticket...on a golden birthday.  Here's to always remembering what it is like to be 8!  Enjoy it girls & don't ever lose the wonder.

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  1. What an amazing party! Those snowman cookies are adorable!

  2. Pinned! You aren't kidding when you say it's "worth pinning"!



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