Friday, August 17, 2012

Simple Food Ideas for a LIttle Girls Party and a Pretty Party Table

Thanks goodness a girl has a birthday party but once a year.  Believe it or not I absolutely love putting this kind of thing together, but I always run out of time at the end.  So I made it as simple as possible by purchasing things such as, ready made frosting, packet cakes, popcorn, strawberries and pretzels. 
I got the idea for the netting from Deanne over at Five Brothers One SisterYou can see the inspiration shot here

I made the doily cupcake wrappers only this time for smaller cakes.  If you'd like to see how go here.

The pretty liitle cupcakes became the birthday cake, which I arrranged on a cup cake tree and placed on a pink wrapped box. If you want some other easy birthday cake ideas that kids will love, go here Looking at the shots, I could have tied a ribbon around to box too.  Next time people, next time!!!!!  Believe me there is always another one of these parties just over the hill or so it seems!!!!

I'm a sucker for bunting and this time I used some beautiful crochet bunting I picked up from Crayon Chick for the front of the table

The popcorn looked cute in these little Smick containers.  Our local $2 store is holding more and more of the Smick party ware, which I love.

I have been wanting an excuse to make cake pops for a while now and I thought they'd be easier than they were.  Luckily there were only 7 little guests, and after putting 10 of these together, I decided to use the remainder of the truffle like balls I originally made for the cake pops, to make the cupcakes on the tree stand instead.  We absolutely go for simple here Beach Dwellers. The truffles were easy to make and there was no need for a cake pop maker, as you just roll them onto balls. The tricky bit was getting the chocolate not to slide off the ball once it was on the pop stick. The way to overcome the chocolate getting gluggy and sliding of the cake ball, is to put a dash of cooking oil in the chocolate so it stays smooth as it cools.

I thought the little bows were a pretty touch.

I made these pizza roll ups and pretzels dipped in white chocolate and sprinked with cashous, which were an easy addition to the table

Pizza Roll Ups
3 sheets puff pasty
70g pizza sauce
150g bacon diced
3 cups of grated tasty cheese
1 egg lightly beaten to wash pastry

Preheat oven to 180C/350C
Line 2-3 baking trays with baking paper.
Spread pizza sauce over the thawed pastry.
Spread bacon evenly over the pasty sheets
Spread 1 cup of cheese per pastry sheet evenly
Roll up tightly.
Cut into 8-10 pieces per roll
Brush the rolls with egg wash before separating
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown
Recipe source: Northern Beaches Cooks

I also had a bowl of strawberries on the table to counter all the junk.

As for the cake pops ingredients,  they are as above
For the Truffle
1 moist cake mix
1/2 can of Betty Croker chocolate frosting
For the decoration
Choclate melts
Hundreds and thousands
cake pop sticks

Make the cake and then crumble by hand.

add the 1/2 the tin of frosting and mix together with your hands.  This bit can get messy. Roll the balls using about a heaped teaspoon of mixture,
Lay the balls out on lined baking.  Dip your stick in the chocolate before inserting to help the cake stay on the stick.  Insert the stick about half way into the ball.

Do not insert the cake pop into melted chocolate to coat it, rather hold the cake pop over your bowl and drizzle it with chocolate that has been cooled slightly, using a dessert spoon.  This will help to avoid any sticky messes with your chocolate mixture and the ball falling into it.  

Don't forget the dash of cooking oil in your drizzling chocolate as I mentioned above, so the chocolate does not turn gluggy as it cools.

Sprinkle with hundreds and thousands and stand on baking paper to dry.  To dress, tie a ribbon around the stick and serve once the chocolate is hard.
I made these the day before the party and stored them in the fridge, to no ill effect. but if you are in cooler climates being out of the fridge is a better way of avoiding moisture, which can damage the chocolate.

I used a collections of bottles and jars for the drinks

And lets just say this little party girl was very happy with the whole set up.

Happy Birthday you sweet little thing.


  1. Carolyn,
    this is aMaZiNg!!! ;o)
    Sooooo lovely.
    I use the cheaper brand of that same icing. It's at least $2.00 per pot cheaper and tastes exactly the same(I'm pretty sure it's right next to it on the shelf at Woolies)......that way you can makes more ;o)
    Tania xx

  2. What a beautiful party! Found you from a linky party and am loving your style. My favorite picture from up above is your daughter with her fabulous headband!

  3. What a lovely pink and girly party, Carolyn! So perfect for that beautiful young lady!Thank you for sharing the party and the truffle at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

  4. Looks lovely! Such a beautiful party for a beautiful girl! I have always wanted to try cake pops, but a few people I know who have made them have said they are not as easy as they look! and I really must do some of those doily cake wrappers too!

  5. It looks delicious and fantastic! She is a doll...what a cutie!

  6. happy birthday to your girl! she looks happy.
    what a sweet party. love the red star cups and the bunting especially.

  7. Looks wonderful - such a terrific selection of achieveable ideas. Great effect and not too complicated. Birthday girl must have been thrilled. Particularly love you cake pops - always wanted to give those a try but always too afraid.

  8. Carolyn, everything looks so sweet and girlie! You are a very talented chick and that's one cute little kidlet you've got there too :) Glad she had a happy day.
    Enjoy your weekend!
    Cas x

  9. The netting looks awesome - and is perfect for an outside party. Great Party!

  10. I love the party! It is so beautifully decorated!

  11. Wish I had reason to do the cute cupcakes but I will be attempting the pizza rolls.
    Your little miss is stealing the show again.

  12. Adorable! I had to pin your perfect cupcake (link to your post) as it is so mouthwatering! Love love love your perfect pink party. Happy Pink Saturday!

  13. Congratulations Carolyn! So many great ideas. It looks lovely.
    Beth x

  14. Happy Birthday to Miss BHB!!! She really is a lovely little thing, so well behaved and sweet! Well done for making cake pops too, I keep wanting to give them a go and then chickening out at the last minute! xx

  15. What a great party! I love all your pretty touches...that popcorn looks so good right now!

    HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!
    Mrs. Sarah Coller

  16. Very cute! Looks like a super party! Would love for you to come visit my Get Social Sunday link party and show off your awesome blog!

  17. Your party looks so very pretty!

    I would love to invite you over to my Link Party at The Purple Pumpkin Blog Hope to see you there!

  18. Wow Pinkalicious!! Looks amazing Carolyn... as a mum to boys I am swooning vicariously through your pics! ;) Jo xx

  19. Everything looks great. I love the little individual cups of pop corn. Great idea. Jodi @

  20. This is just so precious! Any little girl would love to be at this party! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday on my blog.

  21. So cute and simple, not overloading with crazy prints and all, like some other crazy over-decorated parties, I LOVE it!!! This is exactly the style I'm looking for for my upcoming daughter's 3 YO party. Thank you so much!!!

  22. Thanks for sending me to this!! Got some great ideas for this Sunday - Em x