Real Parties: Hello Kitty Lemonade

Happy Friday all! It’s been a nonstop few weeks for me but I’ve finally had a bit of down time, and the opportunity to edit photos from my daughter’s 5th birthday party. My sweet girl has had her heart set on a Hello Kitty party for the last 5-6 months, but to make it a little more summery we tied in the Lemonade theme for an sweet sunshiny twist.

Our party location this year was completely different from any of the parties I’ve done for her in the past, at a local water park, which the kids absolutely loved. It was quite an experience to get everything transferred and setup under such a short time-frame but it all came together beautifully and just in time!

I began with the invitations.

Hello Kitty Lemonade Invitation | Posh Little Designs

Then 1 month before the party, started gathering all of my supplies for the celebration. I’ve got a good amount of odds and ends on hand from previous parties that I’ve done, so it was nice to be able to  re-use! Such a great way to save money!

For most of my character parties, I choose to keep the details a bit more subtle. I usually start with a white backdrop because I love having a blank canvas to work with. I tie in my colors from there. We went with a pink and yellow scheme, with Hello Kitty hand printed designs throughout. I put an emphasis on hello kitty’s silhouette and bow and centered the prints around those 2 components. Everything from the invitations, to the bunting for the dessert table, lemonade stand and cupcake toppers and labels were all created and printed in photoshop using these details.

I’m kind of obsessed with oversized balloons these days as I love the look and feel they add to a parties, so I made sure to incorporate those in pink, yellow and white, along with a few Hello Kitty character balloons. We had plenty of mismatched mason jars that I filled with loose stem blooms in shades of yellow and white for a bit of a shabby feel. Many of the flowers I was able to use from my Mother-in-laws garden. Another great money saver!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

The kids had their own table in the center of the room with color coordinating placemats and a favor bag filled with themed goodies.

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

We chose to keep the menu as simple as possible but still a bit gourmet. We had a build your own sandwich station with plenty of options to choose from and my mom made her homemade fried chicken. We served it all alongside fresh fruit, side salads, and fresh chips and crackers with dips and antipasto.

We had a designated location for homemade lemonade which I made by hand squeezing what I think ended up being nearly 40 lemons with homemade simply syrup and purified water. We had mix-ins for the kids – fresh fruit puree’s and for the adults–homemade lavender syrup, rosemary and mint, in addition to other assorted beverages.

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

For dessert:

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

We served homemade lemon sugar cookies with royal icing, shaped like lemons, hello kitty’s face and hello kitty’s bow. I’ll have the lemon cookie cutters available for purchase in the etsy shop within the next week!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

The cookies were decorated with the assistance of my two lovely sisters! I also made homemade lemon bars using the recipe I found on Bakers Royale which turned out amazing! I highly recommend the recipe. I chose to make the crust dairy free and they were still so great…definitely worth trying!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Cupcakes were homemade with a strawberry lemonade buttercream frosting. Each cupcake was lined with a Paper Eskimo baking cup and then garnished with a pink paper straw and a quartered strawberry for a finishing touch! They turned out so pretty!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

In addition to the desserts, we had fresh lemon jelly wedges, yellow and pink sixlets and lemon drops displayed for our guests to enjoy. The candy was displayed in vintage milk glass dishes, miniature wood crates from Michael’s and mason jars.

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

The cute little miniature lemonade stand decoration seen on the dessert table was hand-made by yours truly. I’ll have DIY instructions up soon!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

I also  made a special bunting specifically for the birthday girl’s cupcake!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Here she is blowing out her candle! Happy birthday to our sweetheart!!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

and here’s baby sis enjoying her cupcake! I made a few dairy free for me, her and a few other guests to enjoy!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

We finished the party with pin the bow on hello kitty and gift opening. All of the kids seemed to have a great time and after the party was over, my daughter came to me and my hubby and told us that it was the best day she’s ever had!

Ahh, I so love these moments, and the fact that she’ll have the memories to look back on for a lifetime. It is truly a blessing to have such special daughters. They are my main source of inspiration and the reason I do all that I do. Seeing them happy is what life is all about.

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Thank you all for reading! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Much more to share soon!

xo

This specific Hello Kitty Lemonade invitation and party design is hand created and specific to Posh Little Designs, seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

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Celebrate – S is for Strawberry

If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, I’m sure you’re aware that my daughter is getting ready to turn 4 in just a few weeks! Each year as her birthday approaches we allow her to choose a party theme and this year she chose one of her favorites, Strawberry Shortcake. I’ve already started on the planning process and have many ideas that I’ll be incorporating to make her celebration special and memorable.

When I think of strawberry shortcake, the first things that comes to mind for me is the fruit itself, and when I think of strawberries, I’m reminded of everything we love about summer in the pacific northwest. The local berry stands that line the country roads, lazy afternoons in the backyard, fresh lemonade, the farmers market and an array of delicious fresh and local products.

One of our favorite things to do during summer is to have picnics. We love to lounge in the sun and enjoy our surroundings, while also having a bite to eat. In turn this inspired me to create a picnic style strawberry shortcake party for my daughter! A less literal approach, but I still plan to tie in many strawberry shortcake character details.

From gingham to floral prints, polka-dots and doilies, a super girly celebration is sure to emerge, as sweet as the berry itself.

Strawberry party inspiration by PLD

Below is the invitation I hand created in photoshop. We just mailed them off to our lovely guests this week.

Strawberry Shortcake inspired invites by PLD

What are your thoughts on this party inspiration? Do you like the idea? If so and you’re looking to create a similar celebration of your own, I’ve provided the links below for all items shared in this post.

Sources: 1. gingham bunting 2. picnic packs 3. floral fabric 4. gingham washi 5. tissue pom 6. polkadot balloons 7. strawberry gummies 8. doilies 9. pink berry baskets 10. baking cups

strawberry watercolor illustration

Many of the items above came from my Strawberry Shortcake pinterest board. I invite you to join me there if you haven’t already. Let’s be friends!

xoxo

Sophisticated S’mores

Since Fall officially starts on Saturday I thought it would be nice to make an end of summer treat as a farewell to the season. In my opinion, nothing says farewell to summer better than the s’more, but since I’m not much for tradition, I’ve added twist to the original to make them ideal for a sophisticated celebration. Homemade s’mores using vegan graham crackers, vanilla bean marshmallows and dark chocolate with a touch of sea salt. The ingredients take these s’mores from ordinary to posh. They are truly a must try!


Sophisticated S’mores

Ingredients/Supplies~

Homemade graham crackers (see below for recipe)

Homemade marshmallows skewered and toasted over an open flame (see below for recipe)

Dark chocolate broken into squares with sea salt

Wood sticks or skewers

Open flame for marshmallow roasting.

Instructions

Sandwich toasted marshmallow and chocolate between two homemade graham crackers.

Enjoy!

Homemade Vegan Graham Crackers

Ingredients/Supplies~

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup Earth Balance coconut spread at room temperature (or 2 sticks of butter for non vegan)

3/4 cups light brown sugar

parchment paper

Instructions

 Add first 5 ingredients into a bowl, mix together and set aside.
Combine coconut spread, brown and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on medium speed for a few minutes until fluffy.
Reduce speed to low and add dry ingredients. Mix until combined.
Once combined place dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll to 1/8″ thick.
Move rolled dough to refrigerator to chill for 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Remove dough from fridge and cut into shapes using a cutter of your choice.
Bake for 10 minutes until the edges are golden brown.
adapted from Our Best Bites

Homemade Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

I made homemade marshmallows last year to go with my hot chocolate mixes. They are easily the best marshmallows I’ve ever had, and I’ve since discovered that they toast beautifully for s’mores. I love how simple they are to make and that they can be done in advance. Find the recipe for them here.

Posh little tip

Throwing an end of summer celebration? Set up a s’mores bar, with homemade graham crackers, marshmallows, and an assortment of chocolate. Your guests will not only love the idea, but they will love all the flavors and options they get to choose from.

For kid friendly s’mores, use milk chocolate instead of dark.

Real Parties ~ A Cinderella Birthday Celebration

For the last few years we have allowed our oldest daughter to choose a theme for her birthday celebration and this year she was adamant about having a Cinderella party. With theme in mind, and gathered inspiration, I created my interpretation of a Royal Ball. The day turned out to be nothing short of posh. In fact, just like Cinderella’s glass slipper, it was the perfect fit for our little princess!

All photography, food, decor, centerpieces, party favors, invitations, prints and just about everything else you see here, was done by myself with the assistance of my wonderful family! Such a perfect day filled with memories that will last a lifetime.

I created my daughter’s royal invitations by first photographing her in costume. I then edited them and used Photoshop to add some special touches, which set the tone for her celebration.

Here was the welcome message to guests as they entered the party.

Our color scheme of periwinkle blue and pink was displayed throughout the celebration. I opted for a mix and match of cotton and satin fabrics with bow accents. Decor consisted of glass slippers, fairy wands, a mini coach carriage, pumpkins, tulle, bows and simple rose and carnation centerpieces. I was fortunate enough to find free Cinderella prints from the fabulous Anna & Co. blog, and used them to accent the floral arrangements, dessert table, and Cinderella dress up table.

The labels and banner were created by me with the exception of the cinderella silhouettes and framed print which also came from Anna & Co, and reads “Every now and then, in the middle of our ordinary life, Love gives us a Fairytale.”

Tiara & Rose centerpiece and perfect bow accents.

The Royal Dessert Table was a mix and match fabrics in blue and white, with pink bow accents and bird decals for a finishing touch.

Our sweet menu consisted of Royal Lemon Sugar Cookies. Also on the menu were red velvet cake pops dipped in white chocolate, which I made to resemble white pumpkins, and rustic mini berry pies and turnovers which were made by my wonderful Mother.

The sugar cookies were cut into crown, glass slipper and ball gown shapes and decorated accordingly by my sister and I.

You can find the cookie cutters for your princess party available for purchase in my Etsy Boutique. Just click on the link or the “E” under “my follow and subscribe” section to check them out.

All candy matched our color scheme. We served berry blue jelly bellys, light blue M&Ms, Tiffany Blue Malt Balls, and Blue pearled sixlets, which were meant to look like Cinderella’s original necklace.

For lunch we had a Royal Feast which included Princess Punch (homemade blueberry lime-aid) with optional mix-ins, Cinderella’s caprese skewers, Jaq’s homemade mini mac -n- cheese, mini princess crown pizzas, fairy wand pb&j’s made with a mini star cookie cutter and pretzel stick, veggies, chips and dip, mini turkey burger sliders, Fairy God-mother’s fruit, Your Majesty’s teriyaki meatballs and Masala Chicken Wings.

This is the dress up table I designed using Cinderella’s original dress as inspiration, which included a lovely drawing that my Mom did a wonderful job creating for me as the focal point.

The girls enjoyed playing dress-up with the necklaces, bracelets, rings, mini fairy wands and mini tiaras. The sewing kit, bird accents and original fairy tale print from Anna & Co added the finishing touche.

We added blue and pink tulle bows to add a posh touch to the mini fairy wands.

The sewing kit consisted of odds and ends that I found at Jo-Anne’s.

Table centerpieces and tulle ribbon accents.

Coloring the castle was a hit with our guests. We also setup a table complete with place settings and a crown for decorating.

We searched everywhere for a “pin the tail” style game that would match our party theme but had no luck, so my husband came up with the idea to create our own. We had a colored photograph of my daughter blown up at Costco for $18.00 and I printed off some small tiaras via the internet for our game of Pin the tiara on the princess. This was one of the highlights of the celebration.

My husband and I also made the 2 tier birthday cake, which we decorated and draped in fondant that matched our color scheme. The 1st tier was a chocolate cake with double chocolate buttercream icing, and the 2nd tier was a coconut lemon cake with homemade blackberry swiss meringue buttercream frosting. We topped the cake with a tiara and glass slipper for a posh touch.

Our princess blowing out her candles.

and here she is again super excited for her brand new big girl bike.

Each guest was sent home with a party bag that I made using cinderella silhouette prints, tulle and ribbon. I printed the guests name on each bag and filled them with special goodies, which included my ring pop favors.

Be sure to check back here soon for my diy ring pop favor tutorial.

Happy 3rd Birthday to our beautiful little princess, who never ceases to amaze us and lights up our lives in a way that we never knew possible. We love you to the moon and back plus infinity.

THE END

Sweet Valentine ♥

February 14th is fast approaching and I couldn’t think of a better way to ring in the celebration of love, then with a little chocolate, sugar, sprinkles, and of course the color pink.

Here’s a little ‘posh’ inspiration to get you in the Valentine’s Day spirit.

The pink chevron fabric via Hawthorne Threads and Riley Blake Designs would be an adorable backdrop for any Valentine’s soiree. Match this modern pink and white color scheme with some ‘posh little’ treats such as cherry rock candy, pink chocolate spoons and pink chocolate s’mores and you’ll have a sweet celebration to remember. The homemade treats are super simple to make, (see recipes below) and would be perfect for a dessert table, children’s party, or even a candy display.

Recipes

Valentine’s Pink Chocolate Spoons:

Ingredients: Favorite white dipping chocolate, red gel food coloring, colored plastic spoons and sprinkles (you can also use Wilton’s Pink Candy Melts.)

Heat the chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave.

Add in a few drops of the food coloring until you get the desired color you are looking for.

Pipe melted chocolate on to spoons.

Add a ‘posh’ touch and decorate with festive sprinkles.

Chill in the fridge until solid..

These stir-ins are both festive and scrumptious with your favorite hot chocolate recipe.

Enjoy!

Valentine’s Pink Chocolate Dipped S’Mores:

Ingredients: Graham crackers quartered, jet puffed marshmallow fluff, pink dipping chocolate, and sprinkles and wax or parchment paper.

Spread a spoonful of jet puffed marshmallow fluff onto quartered graham cracker, placing another graham cracker on top to create a sandwich.

Dip graham cracker marshmallow sandwiches into melted pink chocolate.

Place on wax or parchment paper.

Add a ‘posh’ touch and decorate with festive sprinkles.

 Chill in fridge until chocolate has hardened.

Serve and enjoy!

I can find any reason to throw a party, or create something fabulous, but Valentine’s Day gives me the perfect excuse!

Stay tuned for more ‘posh’ Valentine’s inspirations coming soon.