Posted on June 07 2018
I am so excited to introduce you to Claire, who did such an AMAZING job putting together her daughters 2nd birthday party. Keep on reading for all of Claires fabulous tips and DIY inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing x
This dessert table was for my daughters second birthday party in February at a local village hall complete with all the usual children's party elements, bouncy castle, ball pool, music, pass the parcel and 12 excitable toddlers. The initial theme came from the invites, I knew I wanted to have a colour palette of mint green and silver but after numerous hours of searching and finding nothing suitable I decided that I was going to have to design my own. A couple of sketches later I had a basic layout and left my husband to pull it together (I'm definitely no photoshop expert so left this element in the hands of someone that knew what they were doing). I think that any party/event or dessert table is really successful when attention is paid to even the smallest detail and this started with the silver and mint green heart stickers I used as envelope seals. I bought from a lady in America on Etsy.
With the colour palette decided and the invites ready to post I started to think about everything that was going to feature on the dessert table. All the parties, dessert tables or party bags that I have ever done have all developed over time and I do start thinking about them a number of months in advance. I knew I wanted to use a silver sequin table runner (you can never have enough glitter or sequins) and had been looking for one for a number of months. This was the first building block for the table but it did take quite a number of hours online to find one!! As with quite a number of the fashionable party elements they often start in America and this was the only place I could fine one. In December 2013 no one stocked a sequin table runner not even The Sweet Hostess was stocking them at the point!! Not one to be beaten and not wanting to pay for international delivery my search continued and eventually I discovered one in H&M and it was perfect.
Another feature I was really keen to include was a tassel garland across the front of the table. I wanted the garland to 100% reflect the colour palette and so bought white, silver, metallic and mint green tissue paper. Having never made a tassel garland I watched a tutorial on YouTube and thought what better way to learn than just give it a go and have a practice run. This practice run resulted in a gold tassel garland that I then used for my friends baby shower. With my new skill (if you can call it that) I knew I wanted a really full garland so spent a couple of evenings making the 48 tassels and I was thrilled with the result, it really lifted the table and provided real impact.
Now that I had some of the decorative elements I started to think about the desserts and knew my starting point was cake. Don't they say a party without cake is just a meeting?!? I've always made all my own cakes and desserts but knew that with all the other desserts and food I would be making realistically from a time point of view it made sense for the actual birthday cake to be made by someone else. I used a local lady who lives just up the road who has previously made Sophie's christening cake and 1st birthday cake and she's amazing. I wanted a two-tier cake with graduated ruffles and a glittery number two on the top to match in with the tassel garland and the sparkle from the table runner. The cake provided the perfect centre piece and Carol had perfectly interpreted my hand drawn design and it also tasted amazing.
To add even more cake to the table I made 32 large vanilla cupcakes topped with buttercream and edible silver glitter hearts and letter S' along with 32 mini vanilla cupcakes with glitter heart topper all arranged on tiered cake stands. I then wanted to add a miniature dessert and opted for mini cheesecakes, 22 mini Malteser cheesecakes sat perfectly off centre either side of the birthday cake and were a huge hit with both the children and the adults. The miniature pots I purchase from Baker & Maker online and were the perfect serving size - still allowing room for more dessert! The dessert table also had two small silver buckets from Homebase each holding 16 white chocolate cake pops made by myself and drizzled with white chocolate dyed mint green to continue the colour theme.
The dessert table also included biscuits iced in mint green in the shape of number 2's and S made by myself and my mum which were displayed on clear Perspex platters allowing the sequins to shine through. To complete the table I also made white chocolate number lollipops spotted with mint green chocolate once again displayed on a clear Perspex platter.
All children love party bags but it can often be difficult to find things that are age appropriate. Having always baked myself and now having an inquisitive 2 year old I decide that the party bags were going to be baking sets. Each white paper bag contained mini cupcake cases, a mini silicon teddy bear cake mould, brightly coloured plastic mixing spoon and spatula and a cookie cutter all finished with a silver fabric bow and a mint green glitter gift tag with each child's name on. Each of the items in the bag were sourced from various places.
The dessert table and the party as a whole we're a great success and everyone left happy having consumed a lot of cake and dessert. I'm always looking for new ideas to try and thinking about the next event whether it be a birthday, baby shower or engagement that gives me an excuse for a dessert table!!
I think the best tips for anyone planning a party or dessert table are to always keep an eye out for props and supplies in the most unlikely places. My table runner came from a clothes shop and my metal buckets from a DIY shops but these can sometimes provide the best options and often at a fraction of the price. I would also suggest trying to make things yourself and looking for online tutorials as guides. In front of the birthday cake I displayed a large glittery number two that I made myself using a cardboard number and applied glitter bought in a craft shop.
Many of the things I have done for parties I have initially seen online and your friends and family are usually willing volunteers to test new ideas on, I know mine are especially if cakes or desserts are involved. I am constantly researching new party trends online and mentally taking note of images and styles that I like ready for the next party!
Mini dessert pots - Baker & Maker
Sequin table runner - H&M
Mini silver buckets - Homebase
Heart stickers - Etsy
Cupcake supplies - Squires
Number lollipop mould - Lakeland
Perspex platters - Party Pieces
Cake pop sticks - Lakeland
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