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a simple birthday party {and a really great gift idea}

My No. 2 turned six this month. September is usually a beautiful month around here and so we decided to do a party at the park again this year {see last year’s here}.

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But the day of the party was chilly and blustery, so we moved the party to our house.

Have you ever played cookie doodle? It is my boys’ current favorite ipad game. We based the birthday treats on the game and the kids decorated cookies.

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There were a lot of kids! And I was a little worried it would be out-of-control, but it actually turned out to be a really fun project {and yummy too}.

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{do you think my oldest has a sweet tooth?!}

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{she does too}

If you are looking for a simple party idea, perhaps you could try a cookie decorating party. I bought the sugar cookies from walmart for $2 a dozen, a few jars of frosting and lots of sprinkles, mini candies and sour gummy worms {a big hit}. Easy, inexpensive and lots of fun.

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At the party, one of #2’s best buddies gave him the most thoughtful homemade gift.

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My friend Rae {www.armommy.com} comes up with the best ideas … I’m especially in love with this one … a build a fort kit.

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For a family who builds forts daily, this is the perfect make-it-yourself gift.

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The kids love it.

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Rae has put together a tutorial with instructions for how to put together a fort kit of your own. You can learn how to make it at www.armommy.com

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holiday confections {the party}

I’ll keep this sort and sweet with lots of photos …

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{my sister’s cute house}

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{my favorite food group: appetizers}

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{toasted baguette with olive oil, cracked pepper, goat cheese & grapes … divine}

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{bags to take cookie packages home in}

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{yum}

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{a few of the sweetly packaged sweets}

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…  S O U R C E S  …

all packaging supplies were provided by GARNISH which has the most fabulous food-packaging

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glassine bags, white boxes, clear boxes, cellophane bags, loaf liners and more

They also have my favorite stripy straws

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these white containers that I want to use for something someday

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and simple lunch bags in white and brown

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take a peek at their selection {h e r e}

The ribbons are from my assorted collection of favorites. Most are from Midori, May Arts and Ribbon Connections

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The bakers twine is from Whisker Graphics

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The calligraphy was done by the talented Lindsay of Lindsay Letters

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The tags, stickers & labels were either created by me {and one by Rae} or came from the office store.

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download my collection {h e r e}

It was a wonderful party with delightful guests and I’m certainly hoping to do it again next year!

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the food

Are you tired of hearing about the Summer Boutique yet? This is the last post. I promise.

I don’t really think you can have a party without food & drinks and this event was no different. But I also knew that I couldn’t go overboard on the food because 1. I was so SO occupied with the store part and 2. I didn’t want it to be about the food, but just a nice accompaniment. 

So we opted for champagne

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Sparkling lemonade with berries and water with lemon slices {served with these cute paper straws ordered from a store in Maine, go figure.}

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And for sweets, we opted to join in on the cupcake trend.

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{Think I should have ironed that tablecloth? Oops}

For the cupcakes, we did three different kinds.

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Vanilla cake with french vanilla frosting and sparkling sugar.

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Chocolate cake with chocolate mousse filling and chocolate frosting with chocolate shavings.

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White cake with lemon custard filling, cream cheese frosting with yellow sparkling sugar and a blueberry.

Sounds ambitious, yes?

Oh, just you wait for my secrets.

Betty Crocker boxed cake mix. Instant Jello pudding.  A hershey bar.  Jars of frosting.

Seriously.

I made the cake according to the box directions but baked them as mini cupcakes.  The chocolate mousse & lemon custard were made with a box of instant pudding {chocolate and lemon, poured into glasslock containers with cold milk and shaken by my boys}. Then I folded in freshly whipped cream. That’s it. 

What makes the cupcakes look fancy is the piping bag {thanks Dee!}.

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My mom and sister filled the cupcakes using a little tip inserted in the top, then swirled on frosting and garnished.  The chocolate shavings were from a hershey bar that I took a vegetable peeler to.  So easy.

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So beautiful.

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And so yummy.

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I think I’ll go eat a leftover now.

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