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bee themed baby shower dessert table and cake

BEE-utifully styled by Joanna Tutwiler of Queen Tut Events & Design, this gorgeous Mother-to-Bee Baby Shower is full of sweet-as-honey touches and charming details. Chic crossback vineyard chairs, luxe linens, and vintage glass vessels set an elegant tone for the party, while playful additions like a beehive cake, wooden BABY letters, and “Bumble Gum” favors kept things playful and fun.

My favorite idea, though, is definitely the awesome “honeycomb” structures that Joanna created from wooden hexagons… they definitely made for a dessert table backdrop that’s sweet as can be! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Natural wood chairs & honey-hued linens + Yellow “Bumble Gum” Party Favors
– Beehive cake by Simply Sweet Cakery + “Sweet As Can Be” Cupcake Toppers
– DIY Honeycomb backdrop fashioned from stained & stacked wooden hexagons
– Pretty vintage glass dessert stands and vases + beautiful yellow & white florals
– Spiked lemonade served in a beehive shaped drink dispenser

bee baby shower invitation

yellow rustic bee themed baby shower

bee baby shower favors - bumble gum

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Snickerdoodle Cookie Cup Sundaes

We’ve had a crazy round of heatwaves in San Diego this month, so when it came time for my latest Baker’s Dozen recipe for Krusteaz, it felt like a good time to whip something up that was both sweet AND cool. So between that and my current affinity for mini desserts (they look cute + make it easy to justify eating more than one!), these yummy Mini Snickerdoodle Caramel Sundaes came to be… and then proceeded to disappear quickly after, if you know what I mean. ;)

You can find the full, print-friendly recipe over on the Krusteaz site, but I also wanted to share a visual tutorial for the cookie cups, because they’re surprisingly easy to make and just might be your new favorite thing! I mean, just think of all the fun things you can spoon into these tasty little gems!

Snickerdoodle Cookie Cups - Big and Small

I used a mini muffin tin for this recipe/tutorial, but tested out a regular size muffin tin too. (Simply double the amount of dough per cup for a regular muffin tin.)

MAKING THE COOKIE CUPS
You want your cookie cups to bake up evenly, which means being extra precise with the dough. I’m usually an eyeball-it sort of girl for regular cookies, but I actually used a measuring spoon for these… just make sure the scoop is level, then run your finger around the inside edge to quickly scoop it out.

DIY Cookie Cups - Rolling Dough

Next, roll the Tbsp of dough into a ball, then coat it with the cinnamon-sugar mix included in the cookie mix box:

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country tea party dessert table with ripped fabric backdrop

From colorful rag tie fabric banners and pony rides to a buffet of fresh-baked sweets, this charming Country Tea Birthday Party  just looks like good old fashioned fun! Beautifully styled by Pilar Reichlein of Vintage Mingle for a 6th birthday celebration, I’m loving all the crafty touches and overall sweet, handmade vibe. My favorite detail might just be the clever hay bale tea party table though… what a fun way for the little ones to celebrate outdoors!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Rag tie fabric banner & dessert table backdrop made from thrift-store fabric
– Tea party table made from hay bales + vintage teacups & farmers market flowers
– Topsy turvy tiered naked cakes and colorful sugar cookies by Rosycakes
– Wood-framed chalkboard signage + vintage wooden serving cart for the snacks
– Pony rides by Snowball and Snowflake from Horse Haven Farms
– Candied apple party favors with apple tree branch sticks!

country horse party cookies

country tea party hay bale table

Horse Haven Farms pony rides

red white blue naked layer cake

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royal princess garden birthday party

Having kids with birthdays close together can be a tricky situation to navigate. Luckily, these adorable sisters don’t mind sharing one BIG, special day & their mom, LeLe Chan of LeLe Chan Designs, knows exactly how to pull everything together! This year, her girls requested a Royal Princess High Tea Garden Party, full of blushing bouquets, gorgeous watercolor stationery & tea party sweets fit for a Queen. One of my favorite details are the Disney Princess quotes at every place setting, which give the table a young, sweet feel while keeping with the overall elegant theme.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Floral decorated crystal chandeliers hanging from trees + tables under a white canopy tent with ivy
– Tea sandwiches, mini raspberry tarts & chocolate eclairs + chocolate dipped Rice Krispie hearts
– Stunning gold leaf & floral painted cake + simpler individual cakes for each birthday girl
– Hand painted flower & tea cup cookies, pink rock candy & gorgeous flower crowns
– Princess Sparkles makeovers & candy buffet table for the kids+ ‘sani-tea’ hard iced tea for the parents

pink garden tea birthday party

joint sister birthday party

floral and gold leaf birthday cake

floral decorated crystal chandelier

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Come and join me down the rabbit hole today, where a magical party full of wonderfully nonsensical details awaits! Of course, for fans of the classic fairy tale, I’m pretty sure these playful details will make perfect sense. ;) Cleverly styled by Juliet and Lucinda of The COOP, Alabama’s Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party draws inspiration from […]

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If you’re on the lookout for cute & approachable fireman party inspiration, then prepare to get FIRED UP! Mommy and co-founder of ComfortCam, Kelley Spoljaric, designed a red & yellow Fireman Birthday Party for her son Chase that’s bursting with playful details, crafty ideas, and personalized touches. Clever DIY tissue paper flames, rad fire hydrant […]

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