I can’t get over these cupcakes…. Corn on the Cob Cupcakes by Martha Stewart. How cute would these be at your barnyard or county fair party?! Any guesses on how she made the “melted butter”? I had to hunt down the full recipe to find out. It’s Laffy Taffy! Way too cute! (Photo via A Ribbon at a Time)

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Pinterest, Oh Pinterest! So much cuteness! A few days ago, I spotted these adorable edible nests and thought they would be a fun food craft for the girls. I am homeschooling for pre-school and we are studying the letter N right now. We read The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman, “cooked” up our crafty nests and the girls loved it!! They were very tasty too! We wrapped up a few to share, and then it dawned on me… this would be so cute as a baby shower favor or little birdie party food! So, so easy to make (obviously since my 3 years old made them), tasty and cute! For the recipe and 3 step tutorial, visit Art of Dessert.

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>I just love ALL the possibilities of this new party collection! Check out Mallory’s 2nd birthday party and you’ll love it too! :) Awesome job, Jill!!! And a big thank you to my dear friend Holly for all the pictures and photo collages. You can see more of her work at Holly Kittle Photography!
Mallory’s very talented daddy made the cherry pie-pops! How good do those look?! You can find the recipe on Bakerella. The adorable popcorn boxes can be bought at Hobby Lobby and the checkered donut wraps were found at World Market. Pumpkin donuts…. such a perfect idea for a fall party!
Mallory’s creative momma made the fabric banner above the food table and used empty wrapping paper rods to display.
A mini banner for the adorable birthday cake! For those local to the Chattanooga area, the cake was designed by Piece-a-Cake bakery in Collegedale, TN.
Favor tags from the County Fair Collection along with a mini petting zoo for all the party guests.
Every county fair needs some fun games!! There was a ring toss game using glass bottles in antique Coke cases. Gold and Silver wrapped chocolates were hidden in the pile of cedar chips for the coin dig and Mallory’s daddy put together a barn of hay bales and boards. What fun!!
The tin can toss game was made by wrapping some empty paint cans from Ace Hardware and the adorable bean bag toss game came from Hobby Lobby. Love Hobby Lobby!

Mallory’s grandmother surprised party guests with pony rides! So perfect!
Happy Birthday Mallory! What a fun celebration of you!! Can’t wait to see what your momma dreams up next! :)

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We had the sweetest time celebrating the girls’ 3rd birthday!  This summer, my hubbie took the girls on their first trip to the ice cream shoppe and it has been a prized date with daddy ever since.  So I decided we would create our own backyard parlor and the girls loved every minute of it!  What a special time of celebrating our sweet girls with dear friends and family!!  
Thanks to a very handy Gramps, the girls had an adorable ice cream stand waiting for them in the backyard the morning of their birthday. 
The applique ice cream shirts were ordered from Gigi Babies and I just loved them! The ruffled edges made them extra girly compared to the regular tee. Christy, the shop owner, was so wonderful to work with and is already making some Disney shirts for our upcoming vacation!  Be sure to visit her adorable shop HERE!  
I just love pennant banners for that classic ice cream parlor setting.  With 50s music playing, soda jerk hats and striped paper straws, we had some retro fun! 
 
Once ice cream was served, we gave each kiddo a soda jerk hat from The Varsity.  For the non-Atlanta friends, The Varsity is the world’s largest drive-in diner and has been open since 1928!  It’s a classic Atlanta spot for diner burgers, frosted oranges and “What’ll ya have?”

One of the girls’ birthday presents was the wooden ice cream set from Melissa and Doug.  I bought it at Michaels with a 40% coupon and got it much cheaper than paying shipping prices.  They LOVE it and have been serving up ice cream cones for the last 2 weeks!
Sugar cones and the cutest mini cake cones were found at Walmart.  I ordered the polka dot cups, striped cupcake liners and wooden spoons from Shop Sweet Lulu.  A great online shop for paper straws, balloons, favor bags and so much more!
The ice cream parlor printable collection is available for purchase, but hasn’t made it into my esty shop just yet.  If you are having an ice cream party soon, simply email your requests for a listing.
Another sweet customer and new friend offered her ice cream glasses for the party.  I have a bazillion paper straws left over from another shower so I was glad to use them!
Fun red diner baskets that I found on clearance at Joann for a quarter! 
Printable water bottle wraps from the Parlor Party Collection.
My dad has the sweet tooth in our family so I had some Red Vine licorice and cherry sours just for him!  It’s possible I had a few too! ;)

IBC root beers, glass cokes and ice cream were on sale several times this summer at Publix and Kroger so it I grabbed them when I could save a few pennies! :)

I used the diner paper dishes for sandwiches and snacks.  The sweet manager at The Varsity gave me a whole stack after our last lunch visit.  Never hurts to sweetly ask!  The individual portions look cute and are great for kids!
This may have been the most enjoyable part of the party…. teaching 3 year olds how to run a relay race.  I laminated the individual parts of an ice cream cone, added velcro to the back of each piece and hung felt squares along the fence.  With a basket at the other end, the kids assembled their ice cream cone by running back and forth to add each piece.  Their sweet giggles to play such a fun “new” game were priceless!!
After a sugar filled morning, I thought it only fitting to send our toddlers  home with toothbrushes! Another friend and customer used the same favor for her daughter’s sweet shoppe party and I just loved it!  With peppermints for the parents, everyone went home happy.  The favor sign is also available as a printable with the parlor printable collection.
And one more fun idea that I spotted in my party planning…
As each guest left, I took pictures to create a party album for the girls.  They LOVE looking at pictures of their family and friends.  I have also started pre-school with them this week so it will be a fun way for us to practice letters as well!
Each guest held the blank card that I designed and I then digitally added their name.
All fun must come to an end eventually. The girls had the best time celebrating their special day!  We have pulled the ice cream parlor into the backyard several times since to re-stage our party fun once again.  My sweet Julia always has a hard time saying goodbye.  At least Anna Claire leaves you with a grin! :)  What a FUN day! 
Happy Birthday, Anna Claire!  Happy Birthday, Julia!  I love you dearly and am so proud to be your momma!  You are my favorite 3 year olds in the whole wide world!! I will always love celebrating you! Can’t wait to party again next year!  Until then, stop growing up so fast!!  All my love!!
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>Happy 4th of July!! I hope your day is full of patriotic goodies! :) It’s probably too late for today, but be sure to visit bakerella.com for tons of adorable cake pop ideas! These make the cutest treats for your parties and are soooo good!!

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