Vintage Tea Party Baby Shower

Throwing parties and showers is my kind of thing; I’m not trying to brag when I say it just comes naturally to me, so I get super excited when I have the opportunity to throw one…I just LOVE when friends and family get married or have babies!! I get excited about planning everything out…making lists–guest list, decorations list, food list, etc. And the implementation is the most fun part! When possible I do all the food myself because cooking and baking is my passion and I enjoy creating decorations too.

My best friend is having her second baby and this time around she’s having a boy. My friend, Laura Birney, and I had an awesome time hosting her shower. We chose to do sort of a Vintage Tea Party theme using a pink, gray and green color scheme with lace accents. And if I can say so, it turned out beautiful. I got to break out my platinum and white china and my crystal glasses. It had a very elegant look to it.

Classic tea party food was served for the most part, including chicken salad croissants, cheese straws and petit fores. Other items served were spinach and artichoke dip, raspberry jam straws and lemon cups. This was all washed down with pink lemonade with raspberry ice cubes.

The decorations included a banner I made from scrapbook paper that also had the cutest little home-made ruffled bloomers hanging on it (my mother-in-law makes them if you need some, just email me).

I also found a wreath on Pinterest that I duplicated–so cute and easy to do. Just get a styrofoam ring and lots of cute ribbons. Cut the ribbons in pieces and tie it on the ring until it’s fully covered. Paint a little wooden sign and include the baby’s name on; hang the sign in the middle of the wreath. We hung the wreath on the door and afterwards the mother-to-be took it home to put on her front door when the baby comes.

The table had a runner made out of ribbons and lace and was the perfect accent to all the gorgeous flowers. In addition to the main centerpiece arrangement, there were also sweet little arrangements sitting in tea cups scattered around the table. It was darling! Laura did the flowers and the table and she just did a fabulous job! She also created the most beautiful paper products, such as the invitations, the food labels, etc…contact her if you need any, she will create you beautiful ones.

Cake pops were the favors to take home; they were individually wrapped and tied with a pink ribbon. We also had a place for everyone to write a sweet little message to the baby. We played a fun game that involved matching up celebrities with their baby names…they sure do come up with the strangest names, don’t they?!

Most of my recipes came from the Paula Deen Celebrates! cookbook but here’s a link to the Raspberry Jam Straws recipe since I found it on Pinterest.

I hope this inspired you for the next shower or party you throw! Have to host one and don’t really have the time to plan it? Contact me if you’re in the Greater Atlanta area, I can help! Whether you need full party planning or just catering or cake pops, I’m here for you just email me at AnneRains@gmail.com.

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Baby Gender Reveal Cake Pops

These Baby Gender Reveal Cake Pops were such fun creating! You may be wondering, “what in the heck are Baby Gender Reveal Cake Pops?!” So let me first explain, the idea of having a Baby Gender Reveal party is catching on quickly I think. Basically, instead of finding out the sex of your baby at the time of the ultrasound, the nurse will put the ultrasound pictures and also a note whether the baby is a boy or girl in an envelope. Then the parents-to-be take the envelope to a bakery so they can create a cake that reveals what the baby is. On the outside of the cake (or cake pops in this instance) you can’t tell what the baby is, but the inside cake will either be dyed pink or blue…girl or boy. How fun is that?!

So one of my best friends is preggo with her second child and thought having a Baby Gender Reveal party would be fun this time around. She asked me to create cake pops for the party and I happily obliged. Oh what fun!

I made these cake pops with a dark chocolate coating to ensure the inside color would not be revealed ahead of time and then decorated them with adorable blue and pink polka dots. Each cake pop was individually wrapped and tied off with either a pink or blue ribbon. I wasn’t about to give any hints to spoil the big surprise!

The cake pops were displayed in a glass vase that the Mom-to-Be set out at the Baby Gender Reveal party. I loved making these cake pops and would love to make some for you too. Just shoot me an email at AnneRains@gmail.com and we’ll coordinate the details.

As you can see, this friend is having a girl. Which is pretty perfect since her first was a boy; how great to have one of each! I’m ecstatic for her and will be spoiling that little girl since I only have a son as of right now!

Cake Pops for Breakfast?!…Cinnamon Streusel Cake Pops

Are you a little surprised at the title to this post? I mean really, cake pops for breakfast?! Oh yes you can! Cinnamon Streusel cake pops (or cake balls in this instance) are perfect for breakfast…but then again I’ve never been opposed to a slice of cake for breakfast every now and then. (Oh, no worries, I won’t tell anyone if you’ve done that too!)

So these delightful little Cinnamon Streusel cake balls are so delicious. They are made with a cinnamon coffee cake mixed with your choice of vanilla or cream cheese icing. Outside is a vanilla candy shell and these little breakfast treats are topped with a sweet brown sugar mixture. I bet you can’t eat just one!

I took these on my Girl’s Trip to the beach this summer and they paired perfectly with a strong cup of coffee. They didn’t last long with my girlfriends!

Now’s the perfect time to savor these cake balls; cinnamon always brings out the coziness of fall and reminds me of the fast approaching Christmas season! Need me to make you a batch? Contact me at AnneRains@gmail.com for more information.

Bridal Luncheon Cake Pops

I had the awesome privilege of creating cake pops for my friend from Small Group Bible study. She wanted them for her bridal luncheon yesterday. Her only requests were that I incorporated purple in them, that they would be pretty and that they would be individually wrapped so she could set them at each place setting.

It was so much fun making these elegant cake pops. My goal was to make these cake pops pretty and classy, so I did a vine design on them. I was proud of how they turned out and she was excited about them when I delivered them to her. Each pop was individually wrapped in a clear wrapper and tied with a purple bow.

In case you’ve never experienced the deliciousness of a cake pop, they are coated in sweet vanilla (or chocolate) candy and inside is gooey moist cake. They are completely customizable with your choice of cake flavor, icing flavor and candy flavor too.

Cake pops are the perfect size treat and are great for any occasion. Bridal showers or bridal luncheons, birthday parties, baby showers, anniversary parties, engagement parties, baby gender “reveal” parties….really anything you can think of can be made even more special with cake pops.

I serve the Metro Atlanta and Greater Atlanta, Georgia areas…especially Dacula, Suwanee, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Grayson and Snellville. Please contact me at AnneRains@gmail.com if you have a cake pop need.

Have a blessed day!

Cookie Inspired Cake Pops

Not too long ago I had a request to make Oreo cake pops…without hesitation I said ‘yes’ because they sounded too yummy not to do. After delivering that order (it was a wife getting them for her hubby as an anniversary treat…great gift idea!) I was inspired to create other cookie inspired cake pops.

My family was celebrating fall birthdays the following week so it was the perfect excuse to try them out. Believe me, they were willing guinea pigs…I mean who doesn’t love gooey chocolate cake covered in vanilla candy and loaded with your favorite kind of crushed cookie?! Heaven on a stick if you ask me.

I’m now offering a cookie inspiration line of cake pops…your choice of Oreo, Chips Ahoy or Nutter Butter. Email me for details: AnneRains@gmail.com

Oh boy…what have I done? Now I’m craving cake pops!

A Pirate’s First Birthday

This post is long overdue seeing as this party occurred in July!! Ooops! Better late than never though right? My son, Preston, has been nicknamed “Preston the Pirate” since before he was born when I decided upon a pirate themed nursery…so, it was only fitting to make his first birthday party pirate themed as well.

I spent months working out the details for this party! (I’m kind of obsessed with planning and throwing parties!) Many nights I would be trying to fall asleep when a new idea would pop in my head and I would have to write it down right then…and sometimes I would even get out of bed, open the laptop and update the spreadsheet I created for the party. Yes, I did say spreadsheet! I’m a bit of an organized nut so I make spreadsheets for each party I plan with guest lists, decoration lists, food lists…basically anything I can make a list for I do!

Well, before y’all think I’m totally crazy, let’s get to the photos from the party…

I created a banner using ribbon, scrapbook paper and this Martha Stewart letter template.

Using styrofoam, some cute fabric, dowel sticks and laundry pins I created a photo display of each month of Preston’s first year.

The food table was so much fun creating! I’m in love with burlap at the moment and it’s very “piratey” in my opinion so I used it as the tablecloth. I created another banner that says “Ye Grub Station” and hung tons of ribbons from the chandelier. You can see the pirate flag and the pirate ship make up the centerpiece. Gold coins and necklaces were the treasure scattered throughout the table.

Cake pops are pretty time consuming to make but I think they really added an extra touch to the party.

I opted for cupcakes instead of doing a smash cake and regular birthday cake.

S’more kabobs…as you can see, I labeled all the food with silly little names to add more fun.

Fruit kabobs

Sausage Balls

Pigs ‘n a Blanket

Carrots and Celery with Ranch

Other food items included caramel popcorn, goldfish and fruit snacks.

Sweet tea and lemonade was served and guests could choose a mason jar to drink from. I created labels that they could write their name on.

I created a “Preston” banner for his chair and attached a balloon bouquet.

The favors were pirate rubber duckies, pirate tattoos and necklaces.

It was such a fun first birthday party to plan! He’s already almost 15 months, almost time to start planning birthday party number two…just kidding, kinda!

Don’t have the time or would rather hand off the duty of planning your child’s birthday party to someone else? Contact me for a free consultation. I serve the Metro Atlanta and Northeast Atlanta areas and would love to help!

Need help with a bridal or baby shower? Or maybe a milestone birthday party or anniversary party? I can help you plan those events too!

You can reach me at AnneRains@gmail.com

Beach Bum Cake Pops!

Well, sadly summer is almost over! Or actually, scratch that! I had a wonderful summer but I’m tired of the scorching heat and ready for the cool, breezy temps the fall brings…along with the rich colors that Autumn brings!

Summer was full of fun though; for one it was the start of my cake pops craze! I made so many cake pops this summer that I’ve begun to loose track! Some of the first ones I made were Beach Bum cake pops that I took to our Family Reunion in Navarre Beach, Florida.

These little guys cost me several precious hours to make but turned out so stinkin’ cute (and YUMMY of course) that it was well worth the time!

So, what do you think? Did these little guys turn out “beary” cute or what? Each teddy had a swimsuit drawn on (afterall, we weren’t at a nude beach!) and a face painted on…some I’m not gonna lie, they seem to be saying “Help me! I’m about to drown!” LOL! Regardless of their facial expressions, they were delicious and were consumed in no time. (P.S. Cake pops are delicious with a big bowl of ice cream, just sayin’.)

This is a picture from the Navarre Beach trip. Of course we did the classic khaki and white pictures that everyone seems to do these days! We did these in the morning when the beach was less crowded and boy was it sunny…the squinty eyes just couldn’t be helped!

Ok, well I hope you had a delightful summer as well. Oh and if you have a cake pop need…shoot me an email. AnneRains@gmail.com