Celebrations, Parties

Keira’s Snow White Picnic Party


This party was so much fun to plan and execute!  I love planning parties for my son, but there’s just something about the opportunity to use ruffles and bows that is that much more exciting for me.

The inspiration for her second birthday party came from some of Keira’s favorite toys – her Fisher Price Disney Princesses and Playsets.  I am not a huge fan of a lot of the Disney Princess merchandise out there, but I love the Little People versions because they are just so cute!  Santa brought her the Disney Little People Castle for her first Christmas and her auntie Erin ended up buying her the adorable set of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to go with it.  This past Christmas they came out with a Dwarves cottage and Ariel playset so she ended up getting the cottage for Christmas and she was excited to get the Ariel set from her brother for her 2nd birthday.

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Celebrations, Parties

Snow White 2nd Birthday Invites

In a few short weeks my baby will be turning two. I am a wee bit sad to be officially moving out of the baby stage, but excited to see the little lady she is blossoming into.  The invites are out so I am excited to share what I have come up with for her birthday invitations and party theme!

I love having a little girl because it means I can go all out with the bows and frills for the party.  Princesses are a pretty common theme for little girls so I wanted to take a stab at it, but wanted something a little less common.  Keira has a Fisher Price Little People Castle with all the Disney princesses that she loves and for Christmas she got the matching Snow White’s cottage.  We have the full set of Dwarves to accompany Snow White and I always thought they were adorable so I decided that Snow White would be the perfect inspiration for her party.

I drew up a graphic of the Little People version of Snow White to use on the invites and will be incorporating it on the cupcake toppers and throughout the party.


The only thing cuter then the Little People Snow White is my own Snow White!  Seriously, how sweet and adorable is she? (I may be a bit biased!) I picked up this Snow White costume at clearance after Halloween and was happy that she was cooperative enough to let me get a good shot for the invite.  I got a few other good shots that I think I will print and use in frames on the party tables.

My original thought was to have her wear the Snow White dress for the party, but I don’t think that is very practical for our playground venue. I ended up ordering this adorable custom shirt and can’t wait to have Keira wear it!


Be sure to check out MissDelaneyShop on Etsy to find this and other great princess or superhero shirts and dresses!

I still have lots to do for the party, but I am excited to see the details coming together.  The party will have a picnic spin with picnic type foods and, of course, lots of apples!  I can’t wait to share everything with you in a few weeks.

Be sure to check out my Snow White Party pinterest board for more ideas!

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Cakes: Machine’s and Monkey’s for Max


This weekend we celebrated my nephew’s 2nd birthday.  My sister and her husband just bought their first home so they have been very busy these past weeks moving in and working on home improvement projects.  She is also 7 months pregnant so I can only imagine how exhausted she is between chasing a 2 year old and unpacking.  Because of all this, and because I enjoy doing it, I offered to bake and decorate the cake for my nephew’s birthday party.

My sister has mentioned Max is into tractors and construction vehicles lately so I knew it would make a good theme for his cake.  I started with a 5 pack of small CAT toys I found at Target for $6 and decided to build a chocolately construction zone for them.  My cake decorating skills can still use some improving, so I loved that the mud and dirt on this cake didn’t require perfectly smooth icing to look good.


Finishing details included green icing grass and small chocolate rocks.  The “dirt” was Oreo cookie crumbs.  For the final touches, I printed out some construction style signs with the birthday boy’s name and age  to stick into the cake with the “2” candle.

I am not sure the birthday boy ate much of his cake, but he sure did enjoy playing with the tractors and trucks on it so I would call that a success.


The actual cake was from a mix and the icing was just a basic chocolate buttercream.  Inside was a delicious Oreo cheesecake filling.  I didn’t get a picture to show it in it’s full glory, but trust me it was tasty and definitely worth trying on your next cake.  I *may* have even eaten the leftover filling on it’s own by the spoonful.

Oreo Cheesecake Filling

  • 1 Package of cream cheese (8 oz)
  • 1 tub of Cool Whip
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 row of Oreo Cookies, crushed

To make filling, blend room temperature cream cheese.  Add in defrosted Cool Whip and vanilla extract, then mix until smooth.  Gently fold in crushed Oreo’s.


Max’s First Birthday Monkey Cake

I also had the priviledge of making the cake for Max’s first birthday last year.  I went with a monkey theme and ended up doing a large cake for the party guests and a small monkey just for the birthday boy.  To get the round cake shape, I baked the cake in my Pampered Chef batter bowl.  The cake was also baked from a mix and I used the same chocolate buttercream as the construction cake, with some banana flavored icing for the mouth and ears and melted chocolate for the mouth, hair and eye details.


I do enjoy cake decorating and love that this gives me a chance to both practice my skills and give my nephew something special for his birthday.  I am afraid I may have started a trend and will now be asked to make the cakes for all upcoming birthdays, but I think I am okay with that!


Celebrations, Parties

Chugga Chugga Two Two!

For Camden’s second birthday, I decided to go with a train theme. He had received a train set for Christmas so it seem like an easy theme to pull off between me working full time and being 6 months pregnant at the time.  There are all kinds of Thomas party supplies out there, but I opted to go with a more simplistic red and blue color scheme. There are all kinds of Thomas party supplies out there, but I opted to go with a more simplistic red and blue color scheme.

I designed the invite myself and used a boarding pass for inspiration. My favourite touch was the puffs of smoke coming from the train forming 2’s.

Scratch Ticket

Decorations mainly consisted of a train banner I cut out for the mantle and balloon garland I created and strung up throughout the main floor.  I also had some small circular hanging decorations I created using a train graphic I designed for the invitation.


We kept the food simple with ready-to-bake pizzas, wings, fruit and veggies.  Veggies were displayed in small plastic containers with paper wheels made to look like train boxcars.


My cake decorating skills are still pretty basic at this stage so I am very proud of how the cake turned out.  I am still scared to attempt working with fondant so using toys as decoration is a quick and easy way to bring your kids favorite characters onto their cake.  For those that didn’t want cake, I also had train shaped sugar cookies frosted with red and blue royal icing.


Please visit my pinterest planning board for more great train ideas.