With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Keri Jill is 8 Garden Themed Birthday Party & Chocolate Piped Butterfly Toppers

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Keri Jill is 8 Garden Themed Birthday Party & Chocolate Piped Butterfly Toppers

Preparing a sweet birthday party for little girls isn't hard with a fun garden theme. Invite friends and cousins and watch their delight to see chocolate butterflies perched on frosted cupcakes, fruit skewers in rainbow colors and mini blueberry muffin bouquet treats. Ending with a fresh flower ice-cream sundae craft that doubles as a take-home party favor.

August is an unbelievably busy time of  year for us. Daughter, Jill and family headed back to New York last night but not before joining in the fun celebrating Keri Jill's 8th birthday with a party.

For whimsical and inexpensive decorations, I made tissue pom-poms and streamers. Pinterest was my inspiration. The pom-poms where reminiscent of my childhood when I would fold facial tissues, back and forth, accordion-style, then tie and form into delicate flowers. For these giant pom-pom's, I purchased gift-wrap tissue paper. Fold several layers of tissue paper back and forth in the same manner, tie with string in the middle and using scissors, cut a curve at both ends. Gently and carefully, to avoid tearing, separate the layers to form a huge pom-pom. Attach a length of string or yarn and hang from the ceiling.

Next, I went to my paper stash and used my one-and-only paper punch to make streamers.
After punching lots and lots of scalloped circles from solid color and patterned card stock, I simply machine stitched varying lengths to form streamers and then thumb-tacked them to the ceiling by lengths of thread. The dining room was readied the day before the party.

 The Birthday Girl arrives

along with these sweet little ladies, her special guests

  They ate, made a craft and had their nails painted in the prettiest shades of polish. Gifts were opened and then it was time for birthday cake!

Make a wish, Keri...

Hope all your dreams come true!

Little fingers could easily grab pieces from a large
 Cheese & Grapes Sunflower

I sliced a block of cheddar cheese into 1/4-inch slices and cut each slice diagonally.
I arranged  the cheese slices into a two-layer circle, the filled the circle with grapes. A piece of celery was added for a stalk. Super easy and fun!

All gardens need rain and if you are lucky, you might get to see a colorful rainbow afterwards.

 Rainbow Fruit Skewers
I cut wooden skewers into 6-inch lengths and threaded on a raspberry, Mandarin orange, pineapple chunk, green grape, blueberry and purple grape.

 Muffin Bouquet
Bake Blueberry mini muffins using two paper liners for each.
Using the same paper punched scalloped circles as those for the streamers, I threaded a circle and muffin onto a wooden skewer.  I added ribbon bows to each and displayed the bouquet in a flower vase.

 Cupcakes with chocolate piped butterflies

These are not at all hard to make and look really cute. The instructions sound way more complicated then it really is.

* First gather several pieces of cardboard or heavy paper.  Fold in half to form a V-shape that will form the butterfly wing shape. 

* cute several 5-inch x 8-inch (depending on the size of your shape) pieces of waxed-paper

*Draw butterflies (I used a google image) or whatever shape you like onto a piece of paper. ( I drew 3 2-inch x 2-inch butterflies, one below the other onto a strip of paper)

* Place the waxed paper on top of the paper with your drawn design. (you will pipe the melted chocolate onto the waxed paper)

* Place about 1/2 cup of melting chocolate disks into a microwavable bowl and melt per package directions.

* Fill piping bag fitted with a writing tip with melted chocolate and pipe onto the waxed paper following the  design. Being mindful of the delicate, lacy design, try to fill so the butterfly won't be too fragile and break.

*After piping the three butterflies, I placed the piece of waxed paper onto the folded cardboard making sure the center of the butterflies aligned with the fold.

*Pop the cardboard into the freezer or refrigerator of a few minutes until  firm.

*I 'glued' the butterflies onto the cupcake with a little additional frosting.
NOTE: The butterflies held up well but a few lost part of a wing when the room heated up. (It was a hot, south-facing room at 2 o'clock in the afternoon in Mid-August!) I don't think would be a problem any other time.

The butterflies will attach nicely if you place them on just after piping the frosting and while it is still soft. If the frosting has hardened, just pipe on a dab and gently press on each butterfly.

Chocolate butterflies all aflutter.

The girls loved making and taking home their ice-cream sundaes made with fresh flowers. A single blossom from a red geranium created the cherry-on-top and a plastic straw completed the craft.   Click Fresh Flower Ice-Cream Sundaes  for how-to instructions.

Sweet cousin working on her craft project.

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Snap said...

Wonderful party for Keri. Do you rent out? :D :D :D :D

Anonymous said...

Keri looks beautiful and it looks like a wonderful party with lots of unique touches. Thank you for sharing the fun with us!

NanaDiana said...

Lorraine- I think you are one of the best grandmothers I have ever known. Your love for those children just shines through everything you do...from the stitched hangers to the piped butterflies...what a labor of love.

I haven't been to Pinetrest yet-other than to pop in- I am afraid I will get "hooked"-lol But the ideas you found there are fantastic.

Your little Keri Jill is just a beautiful little girl..and what a great looking bunch of guests!;>)


Keri is so beautiful like her grandma! What a great birthday, wow! I'm getting ideas to make for my Victoria's 8th.,...maybe I should just hire you and be done with it! LOL! Beautiful, thanks for sharing. Happy b'day to your sweet Keri. FABBY

stefanie said...

what a beautiful party and beautiful birthday girl!!!!

Dayle said...

You did a wonderful job, Lorraine. What a special party and a special birthday girl. I'm officially in love with that "sunflower."

Ann said...

Isn't Pintrest the coolest place? Love the ideas you found. That looked like one fantastic birthday party. Happy Birthday to keri

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

What special touches for a "kids" party. I am sure they all thought it was just beautiful. I know I would have loved it and those butterflies turned out so pretty especially with that aqua blue frosting. What a good mom-mom you are.

Petra said...

When I grow up I want to be a grandmother like you! :-)

Tara said...

Cool beans! You did an A+ job on the entire party. I love Pinterest too.

The Procrastobaker said...

Your decorations are BEAUTIFUL! You are just so creative, and the cupcake toppers especially are magical, i bet the birthday girl was elated :)

Viv said...

i gotta say i havent seen such a beautifully organised party like this for a while...you're so talented lorraine! love the blue theme and blue pom poms and cupcakes (that butterfly idea is a keeper!)

Julie said...

What a lovely party! The sunflower is so neat!

podso said...

What a fun party! Lots of fun work on your part. It all looks special and I love the colors ... must try muffins on a stick!

Maggie Ann said...

You are the most!!! I love everything you did. The paper flowers are sooo pretty and I love the chocolate butterflies! Your Birthday Girl is adorable...I love the pic of her gettiing ready to blow out her candles. btw...is there any way of signing up for pinterest without going through facebook? I came across it recently but don't want to do the facebook thing.

Michele@A Quiet Gracious Life said...

You made everything so beautiful! I loved the cheese/grape sunflower. (o:

Julie Harward said...

What a bunch of cute and clever ideas here..that Pinterest is making everyone get so creative! Love all the hard work you did for such a little girl..that is sweet! ;D

amy @ Life in Pink Hi-Tops said...

So cute! What a wonderful party! Love those butterflies--exquisite.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Happy birthday to your grand daughter, Kerri! You made her such a special birthday party --the decorations and food and cupcakes are all delightful!

I am also big fan of Printerest! It is a nice way to save web links to good recipes, tips, tutorials, beautiful photos and fun food ideas like you used for Kerri's party. I have a link on my blog sidebar that links to my pinnings ...I'd love to join your pinnings, if you tell what name you go by.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I found you on Printerest and now I'm following you there :)

crochet lady said...

What a blessed girl to have such a fun party! Love your decorations.

Lallee said...

What a great celebration, which is just as it should be. I love all the party idea, and I can't help but think what beautiful memories they will be for Kerri. I love all her pictures, but blowing out the candels is my favorite. Happy birthday, Kerri!

Just a little something from Judy said...

I feel like I just opened my new Martha Stewart magazine and was eagerly turning each page. What a beautifully, lovingly, and creatively done party for a pretty little girl! I am sure she will never forget it. I am so impressed and so thankful you shared it all with us. Great post!

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

What fun!

Kim@todayismysome-day said...

Gorgeous color scheme! I love love love the chocolate butterflies! They made those cupcakes perfect! And your pictures are really well done. I love the one of the birthday girl getting ready to blow out the candle. Came over via FToes, where I posted a my daughter's Pinkalicious party. Check it out.

Adrienne said...

What a wonderful, magical party! I love the way you put it all together. You are an inspiration!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Cute party and the cutest cupcake topper. Thanks for sharing how to create them at WOW.

marie said...

I'm not sure how I missed this post...thank goodness for "linked within"!
You created a wonderful birthday memory with this party Lorraine. Everything is so fun...from the food to the decor. LOVE the sunflower and the pom poms and streamers. I'll be saving this inspiration for sure!


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