We had such a great time celebrating Maddie’s 5th birthday with a cupcake bakery themed party. Today I want to share the food with you.
The drinks for the party were pink lemonade and bottled water, I found the mini bottles which were the perfect kid size and wrapped them in cupcake scrapbook paper.
Our kid friendly fare was hotdogs wrapped in crescent rolls, veggies and dip, a fruit tray and a favourite around here “Paula Deen’s crock pot Mac and cheese“. I tripled the batch and put it in the crock pot in the morning, by lunch it was ready and delicious, and left-overs were great too. If you don’t have a good Mac and cheese recipe this one’s great.
For the adults we made a nice salad and created a panini bar, with lots of different meats and cheeses, grilled veggies, and fun condiments like pesto, tapenade and sun dried tomatoes, along with all kinds of fresh breads from the bakery. Guests were invited to create their own sandwiches and then grill them on one of three panini grills we had set up. They were a great success.
Lunch was lovely, but it was the sweets table that we were all waiting for!
I think I set a new all-time record preparing for this party I used 3 dozen eggs and 5 lbs of butter! That’s a lot of baking!
The sweet stand inspired the whole party. My sister and brother-in-law made this great stand for my girls for Christmas. They had their eye on the Melissa and Doug market/lemonade stand in the catalogue, but Uncle Shaun decided to create his own version. My sister had the “Sweet Shop” banner created just for Maddie, and printed at a sign shop.
I wanted to fill all the fun baskets with treats so I baked three kinds of cookies, and marshmallow pops, and wrapped them individually so it would look like a real bakery.
These cupcake marshmallow are easy to make. I put the marshmallow on a stick and dipped the whole thing in melted milk chocolate. After it dried, I dipped the top in melted pink chocolate, and while it was wet added sprinkles and red smartie cherry-on-top. We wrapped them in little cello bags and tied them with simple ribbon.
I also baked chocolate chip cookies, one of the birthday girl’s favourites, and tied the bags with pretty pink bakers twine.
I also made a family favourite, jam jams. Find the recipe here. Don’t they look delicious with their raspberry jam filling!
The prettiest cookies were the cupcake sugar cookies. I iced them all in dark pink, light pink and white icing, with white and pink sprinkles. I love how they turned out and they were so delicious.
The wrapped goodies were a hit, and easy to send home with the guests after the party too.
Up on top were, of course cupcakes, and few other sweet treats.
I made the Barefoot Contessa’s Coconut with Cream Cheese Frosting, always a big hit with the coconut fans. I also made chocolate with chocolate frosting. I tried a new recipe from Martha Stewarts Cupcake book for chocolate chip cupcakes. I frosted some with vanilla and some with chocolate chips and sprinkled with white or chocolate chips. I also used the Barefoot Contessa’s Coconut cupcake recipe to make the vanilla cupcakes, just leave out the coconut, and they are my very favourite.
I made some sweet little cupcake pics for the party, using scrapbook paper, cupcake wrappers and some scrapbook embellishments. I love how they turned out!
Along with all the cupcakes I served some pink cotton candy in plastic shot glasses, served on sweet pink gingham paper boxes.
Also made home made chocolate pudding with vanilla whipped cream. I saw the recipe at Whipperberry a few weeks ago, and knew the party was the perfect occasion to try it out. I served it in sweet little mason jars, and it was delicious and very, very chocolaty!
After hours and hours of baking for the party, it was great fun to enjoy all the sweets with friends and family! On Friday morning, feeling a little overwhelmed with all the baking I had to do, I asked Maddie if she thought I was making too many sweets for the party. And her response, “there’s no such thing as too many sweets”! And that is why this was the perfect party for our little sweetie!
Happy Birthday Miss Maddie, you make our lives so much sweeter!
Check out all the other great posts from this cupcake bakery party:
- The Cupcake Birthday Dress
- The Pretend Cupcake Bakershop and Cafe
- The Cupcake Bakery Party DecorationsThe Cupcake Towel
- Cupcake Aprons made from Tea Towels
- Decorating Cupcakes
This post is linked up at Tatertots and Jello.