Oh My, Isn't This -Blue Butterflies- Cinderella Party Adorable?


Simply Adorable Blue Butterfly Cinderella Themed Birthday Party | DIY Dessert Table


Forget Comic Strip This Week and Let Me Show Off a little... :P

Remember that one time when I said I would concentrate on making comics but would also upload some personal projects on the side? Well, this is one of those personal projects. And pardon the title of this blog post, but that's exactly how I feel O(≧▽≦)O. Can you see that I put a lot of love into this?

For those who know me personally, they also know that I love birthdays. I really do. And that includes the idea of having this special day especially dedicated for you along with flowers, decorations, presents, good food and most importantly...very close family and friends! My family has always made me feel super duper special on my birthdays so I want my children to feel the same. This is how I express my love for them once a year. And being budget-challenged, I take pleasure in presenting beautiful handmade birthday dessert table for them. It also gives them a chance to get involve in the preparation level and make memories together. My eldest remembers the birthday parties I threw for her so far and has always recounted excitedly how she was involved in them. 

I will write more in detail about the DIY aspects of this party, but for now, it's show off time! I manage to take some nice pictures, so here is the first one.

Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | DIY Dessert Table

Again, simple dessert table. Everything I used here was from the dessert crockery I collected over the years or recycled box/basket from last Easter. The brown box at the bottom of the cake tier actually came from discarded packaging. Due to its strength and simplicity (no print or sticker) I kept it aside for this purpose. At the moment I'm still using it as a shadow box for one of my little figurines. Flowers from my garden and from our local supermarket, nothing fancy and lifted the atmosphere quite a bit. And I love how the fruits stood out visually. Plus that was one of the first things our little guests finished. I hate having heaps of lollies on my dessert table, so this is my solution. My dessert criteria are that they have to be easy to eat and light. At least we weren't left with too many sweets after the party. 

Another closer look...

Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | Dessert Table
Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | Dessert Table

That green plant in the bird vase is called Baby Sunrose, and it's a versatile kind. At a glance it seems like one of those easy to grow ground cover succulents, but it has the cutest hot pink pom-pom like little flowers, and when you put them in water it could last for weeks beautifully! All year round cut flowers at your disposal. I used Baby Sunrose for almost every event I hosted at home as it is very easy to grow and take care of. And talking about plant, here is a closer look at my party backdrop.

Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | DIY Floral Wreath Backdrop with Blue Bunting Banners
Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | DIY Floral Wreath Backdrop with Blue Bunting Banners
Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | DIY Floral Wreath Backdrop with Blue Bunting Banners

DIY by yours truly! :P The flower garland is not as complex as it looks, and it's inspired by this tutorial by Oh Happy Day! I decided to simplify it for the sake of my bank account and used the branches of my of my bushes. I cut blue glitter paper into triangle bunting and just add minimal amount of flowers. As for the butterflies, I bought them off Ebay. If you have extra time, you can even order them from China - super cheap but takes 2 whole months to arrive! The butterflies have magnets so after we finished with them we arranged some of them on our fridge and kept the rest for next time.

Why butterflies? For those who have watched the live action Cinderella, you know why! Little Miss E loves the live action movie even more so than the animation that it is only natural to design the dessert table after the live action version. Besides, who don't love butterflies? They're adorable!

The only thing I think I could do better is the paper banner. I wish it was a little longer and flowing. But still, the whole idea is so simple and cute! The tutorial for the paper banner is at Oh Happy Day! as well. Check it out! I'll create a tutorial for the simplified flower garland next time. 

Aaaanddd....here is the cake!

Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | Cake
Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | Cake
Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | Cake

...with edible lace. One of my closest friends made the cake this time, which is a huge help! I feel that as the years go by and I start designing and drawing again I have even less time to prepare for an event like this. She did a marvellous job, didn't she? I love how the tiny toddler Cinderella looks just at home on top of the cake.

What about crowns for our little princesses?

Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | DIY Lace Crown Headband
Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | DIY Lace Crown Headband
Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | DIY Lace Crown Headband

The kids and I had a lot of fun making the crowns. Okay, they might not be the best-looking ones out there (check out Girl Inspired for a concise tutorial), but they were definitely made with love. Honestly speaking, if I could do it all over again, I would choose a stiffer kind of lace like the ones in the first two pictures. The less stiff one was definitely better for the whole crown circlet around the head. 

Here is the rest of the details.

Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | Butterfly and Rumballs

Rumballs. Yum. And flowers.

Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | Roses
Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | Roses

And the crown plus some meringues.

Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | DIY Dessert Table

And finally, a picture of my birthday girl and I, she looking happy in her handmade lace crown. Isn't she adorable? Happy 3rd birthday, luv! Glad you enjoyed the day.

DIY Blue Butterfly Cinderella Themed Birthday Party | Dessert Table | Birthday Girl
Simple and Adorable Blue Butterfly Cinderella Themed Birthday Party | Dessert Table | Floral Garland | Buntings
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Yummy and Scrumptious Marshmallow Ballerina Pops


Yummy and Scrumptious Marshmallow Ballerina Pops | Ballerina Themed Party Series

Hello! Welcome back to my ballerina themed birthday party series. This is the third post in the instalments. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, the Ballerina birthday party was a project collaboration that happened back in July for my cousin's daughter's 3rd birthday. I was responsible for creating the cake topper, dessert and baking the cake itself while my friend Maureen was responsible for creating the majority of the decorations, Do-It-Yourself way. For those who come right in the middle of the series, here are the DIY ballerina cake topper and the DIY Baby's Breath Floral Wreath that we used for the party, complete with tutorials and free printable templates. As for today, I would like to present you with my version of marshmallow ballerina pops. Mmmm....how scrumptious! 



So, here is what you need.

jumbo size marshmallows | strawberry-jam filled marshmallows | mini cupcake patties

pink marker | vanilla malt syrup |  cake pop sticks | pink-coloured sugar

Directions

  1. If you can't find ready-to-use pink polka-dotted cupcake patties, make your own by dotting the plain ones. If you can't find pink coloured sugar, you might also want to make your own pink-dyed sugar by following this tutorial here.

  2. Cut jumbo marshmallow half - dip one into vanilla malt syrup sticky-end first.

  3. Roll marshmallow in pink coloured sugar.

  4.  Stack the marshmallow in the following order: bottom half of white marshmallow - cupcake patty - pink marshmallows - sugar coated top half of white marshmallow.
    Note: if you can't find strawberry-jam filled pink marshmallows, any pink marshmallow will do. When stacking the marshmallows, be careful not to put the sticky bit of the cut marshmallows at the bottom.

  5. Skewer them from top to bottom with the cake pop stick.

  6. Tadaaaaa!!! You're done! Now you can eat ;-)

Yummy & Scrumptious Marshmallow Ballerina Pops Tutorial | Ballerina Themed Birthday Party Series

Very cute, isn't it? Best yet, this doesn't take a long time to make, and you can always change the topping according to your party theme. Drizzle it with chocolate? Oh yum! Totally coat the marshmallow? Yes, please!

Anyhow, I have to say I love how this turns out. So, what do you think? Here is a few more eye candies for you. 

Yummy and Scrumptious Marshmallow Ballerina Pops | Ballerina Themed Birthday Party Series
Yummy and Scrumptious Marshmallow Ballerina Pops | Ballerina Themed Birthday Party Series
Yummy and Scrumptious Marshmallow Ballerina Pops | Ballerina Themed Birthday Party Series
Yummy and Scrumptious Marshmallow Ballerina Pops | Ballerina Themed Birthday Party Series

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DIY Baby's Breath Floral Wreath + Printable Ballet Shoes Template

DIY Baby's Breath Floral Wreath + Printable Ballet Shoes Template

Hello, everyone! Today I'm returning with another DIY tutorial for my ballerina themed birthday party series. For those who are visiting for the first time, the Ballerina birthday party was a project collaboration that happened back in July for my cousin's daughter's 3rd birthday. My good friend Maureen, who was the mastermind behind the beautifully designed background and dessert table, has very kindly given me the permission to share a few aspects of her designs in my blog. In the first instalment of the series, I featured my DIY ballerina cake topper with the free printable template. This time I would like to present to you Maureen's beautiful baby's breath floral wreath and her ballet shoes silhouette. Here you will learn how to create the floral wreath and the ballet shoes silhouette, complete with free template. 

This floral wreath is not difficult to make, although I have to say you need to spare at least 3-4 hours the day before the event since we're working with fresh flowers here. Other than that what you need is patience and an eye for detail and a DIY spirit! For those who have no access to fresh baby's breath, you could also use artificial flowers. The beauty of this project is, you can use it for your home decoration well after the party is finished if you choose to use artificial flower. Another thing is you can also work with any flowers of your choice, but today's tutorial uses baby's breath. 



DIY Baby's Breath Floral Wreath Tutorial + Printable Ballet Shoes Silhouette Template

Floral wreath - You will need: 

 Florist green adhesive tape - bunches of baby's breath (or flowers or your choice) - wire (ours was 18 gauge) - strong scissors

Create tiny bunches of baby's breath, leaving about 5 cm of stem and wrap them individually with the green florist tape. Make sure the size of the tiny bouquets are fairly similar. Combine 4 strands of wire together for pliable strength and shape it into an upside down circular shape. Wrap the wires with florist tape. Arrange the baby's breath bunches along the shape to the same direction and tape it along, and you're done!

Tip: try to cut the stems of the first flower bunch as short as possible so that when you position it at the beginning of the wreath it is almost invisible. 

Now, you can put whatever you want in the middle of the flower wreath, but if you are interested in making the ballet shoes silhouette, here is the how. 

Ballet shoes silhouette - You will need: 

Ballet shoes template (A3 or A4/letter size)- cardboard paper - pink coloured fabric (apporx. 25x45cm or 10"x18") - glue stick - double-sided tape (I usually use Scotch tape, but this is optional if you want to use glue) - pencil - pen knife - a pair of scissors - pink satin ribbon (optional) - pva glue

Download the ballet shoes template and print. If your printer can handle printing A3 size, then download this pdf, but if not you can download this pdf instead and print it onto 2 separate A4 or letter size pieces of paper and join them. Trace your template onto your cardboard paper and cut the silhouette out.

Place the silhouette right side face down on the back of the pink fabric and start tracing 2 outlines: one around 1 cm (or .5") outside the edge, and one right on the actual shape itself. This will give you enough material to wrap the pink fabric over the ballet shoes silhouette.

After you're done, put the cardboard aside and cut from the outer edge in to form small tabs. Glue the silhouette and carefully place it back right inside the inner outline, taking care to pull the fabric to smooth any wrinkle or folds. After the fabric is properly stretched over the silhouette, fold the tabs over the edge and fasten them on the back of the silhouette using glue or double-sided tape. Make two satin bows and glue them on as pictured and you're done!

To fasten them on the wall, we use Command's picture hanging strips for the silhouette and hooks for the floral wreath. Blu-tack is also an option if you're worried about the wall paint peeling off, but Command's are quite reliable. 

So, what do you think? It is really quite adorable, no? Here are two more pictures of the wreath and the silhouette together. Pretty cool for a little girl's room, too, don't you think?  

DIY Baby's Breath Floral Wreath Tutorial + Printable Ballet Shoes Silhouette Template
DIY Baby's Breath Floral Wreath Tutorial + Printable Ballet Shoes Silhouette Template
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DIY Printable Ballerina Cake Topper


Ballerina There Birthday Party | Printable Cake Topper

Yoohoo, people! How is everyone doing on this fine Tuesday morning? I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July for those who celebrate. I live in Australia, but all the pins and projects on the Fourth of July has brought in mind our very own Australia Day, which is the highlight of summer. It is cold and dreary where I am here at the moment, so excuse me while I'm dreaming of hot summer BBQ and riverside picnic for a moment. 

Anyway. Let's move on to the topic on hand - the ballerina party. Two months ago, my cousin has trusted me and a very good friend of mine - Maureen - to plan her daughter's 3rd birthday party. What an honour! Not only that, she also gave us full reign of the design aspects - within the theme and budget, of course. I was ecstatic! For those who haven't known me for a long time, planning children's party is a hobby of mine. It started with my own children's and somehow it expanded to include the children of my friend and family. 

Ahem..! SO, over the next few months, I am going to bring you some elements of the ballerina party. Maureen has very kindly allowed me to feature her beautiful designs in my blog. She was the master mind of the party, and she was in charge of designing the dessert table, while I am in charge of the cake and the dessert. 

So, what's in store for today? I thought I'd start with my own work and show you...the cake! Bear in mind that I'm not a professional baker, so it is not the cake itself I want to talk about, but this. The printable ballerina cake topper, which is available for download for all of you as a thank you for supporting me so far! The cake topper in the pictures below has been personalised, but the printable file just has a generic happy birthday in it. Unfortunately at the moment the Pdf is not available as editable.

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There are two important elements in this ballerina birthday party. The first one is of course, the ballerina herself, and the second is the baby's breath bunches. And since Maureen decided to create the beautiful baby's breath wreath as the backdrop of the dessert table, I decided to incorporate the baby's breath element into my design as well. I'm very happy with the way she looks. I love the softness and the sweetness of it all. 

So how do I make the cake topper? Here's how. 

What you need

Ballerina printable - bamboo skewers - card stock - pen knife - glue - 20x20cm tulle - heavy duty thread - big needle    

Ballerina Theme Birthday Party Cake Topper | Instructions

Print ballerina onto thick stock paper. If your printer can't handle very thick paper, put two stock cards together after printing so you will have a stiff backing. This is important so that your ballerina is strong enough not to bend under its own weight. After you print and/or paste it onto a second sheet for extra strength, carefully cut out the ballerina.

DIY Ballerina Theme Birthday Party Cake Topper

Turn the ballerina over and glue bamboo skewer. Take care to reinforce the arm and wrist area. If you're afraid that the arms will bend, the alternative is to reinforce the cake topper like this:

DIY Ballerina Theme Birthday Party Cake Topper

While waiting for the glue to dry, sew the tulle skirt. Take 4 strands of thread together and make a knot big enough so that it will not slip through the tulle. Fold the piece of tulle into a rectangle,  sew a straight stitch and scrunch it into a skirt. When the skirt is done, run through another 4-strand, but this time don't knot the endings. Tie the skirt around the ballerina's waist instead.  

DIY Ballerina Theme Birthday Party Cake Topper

You're done!

DIY Ballerina Theme Birthday Party | Cake Topper
DIY Ballerina Theme Birthday Party Cake Topper


Cute, no? What about some cake action? Don't look at the cake too hard. I almost died when the cake turned out like the Tower of Pisa.

Ballerina Theme Birthday Party | Cake Topper
Ballerina Theme Birthday Party | Cake Topper

Terms and Conditions: you're welcome to use the ballerina printable, but only as cake topper and for personal use ONLY. Please contact me if you would like to use it commercially. Also, sharing is always great, and I encourage my readers to share, but please share only one or two pictures and always link back at Tickled Pink Confetti. Thanks very much! 

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