May 24, 2011

Sweet Shoppe Party - Part 2

Well, I'm sure I lost alot of you in the last blog because there was SO much writing so lets get down to some photos and details...
This was the main food table which (with a little help from my Mum) I catered all by myself! It actually wasn't as big an undertaking as it looks or what you think it might be - but it was still alot of work. This photo is also a little incomplete as the hot food hadn't yet been served.
Some of the food that we served included...
Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Sprinkles. I didn't have time to make the Cupcake Toppers so the lovely ToadallyCuteProducts made these along with an amazig Happy Birthday banner than hung in one of the Living Rooms.
Candy Stripe Jelly topped with pink and white sprinkles. It is essentially raspberry jelly and a special milk and vanilla jelly which is a really really old recipe my Mum showed me show to make. Everyone was amazed by it!
Mini Meringues and Fruit Puff Slice. Luckily for me, Madelines birthay will always fall around Easter so there will always be a huge range of products around to accessorise with. Here we also had plain chocolate eggs wrapped in red, pink, gold and blue foil.
Sweet Jars - A must at a Sweet Shoppe Party! These were such a great find. They were on special at Farmers for $4 each for the two large ones at the back and $3 each for the two medium ones in the middle. We served Jaffas, Heart Marshmellows, Fruit Runts, Giant Gumballs, Fruit Puffs and Toadstools.
Pinwheel Cookie Pops and Chocolate Brownie Cake Pops. It was the first time I had made either of these and they turned out so well. The Pinwheel Cookie Pops recipe was so easy and there is really very little to it but it makes such an impressive dish. Also being new to Cake Pops I followed this excellent tutorial from Little Miss Momma. They were super yummy and I will definetly make them again. Also in the photo below are tiny candy cups of Popcorn and Crackerjack Caramel Corn. The gorgeous pastel stripe Candy Cups are available at Little Housewife.
There was also a whole range of savoury food as well which was predominently hot so we didn't serve it until the last minute and didn't manage to get any photos :(
The birthday cake was a giant Cupcake that Mum and I made together using a Nordicware Cake Tin. The cake itself was a Marble Maderia Cake (strawberry, chocolate and vanilla) and was made in two halves and joined together by a rich chocolate ganache. We iced it using white and pink fonant and made a fondant cherry and fondant hearts as decoration.

The table decor itself was quite simple but effective when everything comes together at the end. I don't know about you but I can't seem to find fabric more than 112cm wide in order to make your own tablecloths. So I purchased some lengths of "Sugar and Spice" quilting fabric in 112cm wide and hemmed the ends. I laid one over a full size white tablecloth so it acted like a very wide tablerunner. It did the trick perfectly.
I covered some cardboard boxes in hot pink wrapping paper and used them to elevate a few of the plates on the table to make it more appealing to the eye.
Because we were having over 70 people to our house (eek!) we opted for disposable plates, cups and cutlery. I displayed the hot pink and bright yellow plastic cutlery in cardboard Popcorn boxes. These delightful pastel stripe Popcorn Boxes (which coordinate with the Candy Cups) are available at Little Housewife.
I used my Cricut Machine to cut out large polka dots which I bluetacked behind the table.
I visited our local greengrocer the day before the party and bought flowers for the vases on either end of the table plus a few others that were dotted round the house. I find the greengrocer a great and really cheap place to buy flowers.
And finally I made food tags for each plate and where possible gave things their old fashioned name - such as Lamingtons, when split opened and piped with cream are actually called "Apple Blossoms". Cute huh?
For the kids beverages we served personalised bottles of water
And Foxton Fizz which is a very old soda company in New Zeland. We offered Cola, Lemonade, Raspberry and Creaming Soda. How cool are those old retro labels? We tied a old fashioned paper straw to each bottle (which are available at Little Housewife) and topped each straw with a cut die cut topper.
Bubbles and beer were also available from the adults in a big old tin bath.
I think that just about covers this table but feel free to ask any questions :)


  1. Adorable! Where did you get the label for everything for?

  2. Hi Tara-Lee :) Thanks for your comment. I designed and made all of the labels myself. I based them on the invitations which you can see in one of the earlier Sweet Shoppe Party blogs.