Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tinkerbell Birthday Party

Well lets start with the best part, shall we, the Tinkerbell cake!. Aunt Susan created another fabulous cake for my daughter's birthday. It was a hazelnut cake with chocolate filling. The cute little mushrooms on the cake are made with meringue. You can find a good tutorial on how to make the mushrooms on Joy of Baking if you feel like giving it a try.

I served the cake with vanilla ice cream and these cute little mushroom cookies (made by Meiji). It's all about the details.


For decorations, I always like to use two colors that relate to the theme. Since the theme was "Tinkerbell" I went with purple and lime green. I recommend staying away from the copyrighted party products. This will help cut down on cost and give a more sophisticated look to your party. For example, instead of buying paper plates with Tinkerbell's face printed on them, I used lime green plates. The only Tinkerbell product I did purchase was confetti. I used the confetti to decorate the birthday banner and some other items.

Flowers - I like to use carnations because they come in just about all colors, they're inexpensive, and they last a long time.

Giant Flower Pom Poms - I made these using the tutorial on the Martha Stewart Site. I purchased the tissue paper at the dollar store. Pom poms are a great way to make a big statement for a small amount of money. It cost me about one dollar per pom-pom.

To continue with the theme, I added some radishes carved into mushrooms to the veggie platter. I found a good tutorial on how to make these at Anna the Red's Bento Factory.


Since this party consisted of mainly adults, it was important for me to have a good menu. To cut back on prep time I purchased Vietnamese sandwiches (top right & bottom left pictures). Sometimes it's actually cheaper to purchase food rather than make it, seriously. These 12 inch sandwiches cost $2.50 each. I served this with two salads and fresh fruit, easy right? In the top left corner is a spring mix salad with poppy seed dressing. I'll be posting the recipe for that Friday. In the bottom right corner is a delicious sweet potato and poblano salad with honey and rosemary dressing. You can find the recipe at Epicurious.

* most of the pictures were taken by Uncle Danny

Have any good party tips? Feel free to share in the comments.

19 comments:

Household 6 said...

What a cute party, and happy birthday to the little one, but those mushrooms? TOO CUTE!!

Heather - CROQZine.com - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

What a darling girl!! I love all the little mushroomy touches. My favorite are the mushroom radishes, though! I agree w/you about just using plain decorations that go with the theme. Good tip!!

Kristin said...

WOW! Fantastic!

baballa said...

Is fantastic!!!!!! looks great, love the wish photo!!!

Evie said...

Wow! Everything looks amazing! I especially love those radish mushrooms! Now I'm getting hungry...

Okispice said...

What a fantastic cake!

*~kAy~* said...

I love tinkerbelle! <3
Aunty Susan is so talented! <3 look at that awesome cake!!!!
Thanks so much for sharing the links :)
Such a good idea to keep to the color theme instead of copyrighted party products...
Aww... happy birthday to Morgan! <3

Angel said...

What a fun party. That cake looks absolutely amazing!

Silvia said...

you're great!

HappyKATT said...

those mushrooms are adorable!

Vone said...

Very cute. Great idea with not going to commercial - which is one of the reasons I didn't do a tinkerbell theme for my girl's party. We did a rainbow theme my 4 year old's party.

Loralynn said...

What a lovely party! That cake is absolutely outstanding! I wish I had an Aunt Susan!!!

featherbed said...

wow! What an amazing cake!!! I love the veggie mushrooms too!

Marie {Make and Takes} said...

Oh, Oh, Oh! Soooo cute. Love the veggie mushrooms!

Alexis said...

Amazing all around! Happy Birthday Morgan!

tapmouse said...

This is great! The radish "mushrooms" really made the theme!

Stephanie said...

Happy Birthday Morgan! What a great party, you did such a good job.

Danna said...

That cake is beautiful....my daughter would love it. I also love those cute little radishes. Too cute...I'll have to start buying them more often.

Thanks! :)

Danna

Ayie said...

that's a very pretty party color and she looks so adorable!

i agree with buying foods, sometimes it's cheaper than doing and cooking from scratch like lasagna when you can buy a pan for such price and serve a lot too!

happy birthday morgan!

love those mushroom radishes!

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