I've been racking my brain trying to pin point exactly when my cookie fetish started and I think I have finally figured out the answer. It was Christmastime when I seriously began exploring the cookie world. But as far as the party planning and being creative, well that goes all the way back to my parent's 25th anniversary party (Dec. 2009). Being my first real party, I hadn't yet learned all the cute and creative ways to throw an event. My parent's party had cute favors and good food, but not any of the little details that really make a party 'over the top'. For my first really, really big party, I knew I wanted to take it over the top, so I planned a Carnival type theme for my husband's 30th birthday (some circus stuff snuck in there too). And over the top it was indeed. Seriously, I couldn't stop planning and preparing.
I made labels for the old fashioned pop bottles.
Although I bought the cotton candy (super cheap at Sam's Club), I did make the cones and labels.
I ordered the carnival favor boxes from Oriental trading and made some tags to look like carnival tickets and stuffed them with all sorts of carnival goodies.
Water bottle labels were a must. Lesson learned: splurge and buy the actual water bottle labels so the colors won't bleed.
I wrapped the plasticware and made the labels.
My sisters helped make these chocolate picks for the funfetti cupcakes.
Colored oreo balls that my sister made. Which were super simple to make and super cute.
Chocolate lollipops and chocolate covered oreos my sisters and I made. They took the longest because they were the most detailed. The cuteness made up for all the hard work.
Saw this recipe about a week before the party and knew I needed to try it. They could have been cuter, but they were still delicious! Peanut Butter Apple bites.
From the very beginning I knew I was going to make popcorn cupcakes. I also made the popcorn liners.
My husband loves red velvet cake, so I knew red velvet cupcakes would have to be on the menu.
The whole candy table.
No carnival would be complete without a photo booth (which I made by punching holes out of colored cardstock and gluing them to the poster board) and of course clown noses were a must.
This was by far the largest party I have ever planned and it made me realize a few things.
1. I love anything themed. Even if it's just a simple color scheme.
2. I couldn't accomplish half of what I did if it wasn't for my family. My sisters in particular. They put in many, many man hours, ran countless errands and arrived early and stayed late.
3. How blessed we are (on this particular day, how blessed my husband is) to have such wonderful family and friends who traveled from WV, PA, and NY to celebrate Paul's big day.
4. My favorite part of it all was the food...the cupcakes specifically. In total we had funfetti cupcakes, red velvet, key lime, and traditional butter batter and white frosting cupcakes.
5. Life is too short to be cautious. All parties should be planned over the top.
And I couldn't wait for the opportunity to plan my next one.