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Thursday, June 21, 2012

{Real Parties} Red & Aqua 40th Birthday Bash

In February I got to go back to beautiful Kansas City because my best friend Susan turned the big 4-0!!  I know it sounds trite but I can seriously remember our high school years like it was just yesterday...ugh!

In keeping with true 'Susan tradition', this party was elegant and oh so fun! It was great to see all the KC blondes and the Colorado brunettes that flew in for the event.

Initially, it was supposed to be a surprise party.  Susan's husband Johnny tried so hard to keep it a surprise but in the end, I'm glad that she figured us out because it would have been a nightmare to try to coordinate. So when Susan and I spoke party, she said she really didn't want a specific theme, just for it to be a gender friendly, red and aqua cocktail party.

Antipasti Island:  I used her full kitchen
island as the 'cheese board display'.  Since it
was a cocktail party with hors d'oeuvres only,
I wanted to try to make a big impact. 

goat cheese lollipop &, prosciutto wrapped asparagus

Some of the other hors d'oeuvres that were catered in from a
local restaurant...sooo yummy!

tortellini skewers with pesto dipping sauce

The cake made by a very beautiful &
talented gal, Rachel Sexton... this girl can
do it everything!  I gave her the colors and style
and she worked her magic!

Susan & Johnny
Happy 40th Suz!  Love you always!

A special thank you to Melanie of Scout for taking all these magnificent pictures...if not for you, all I'd have is my iPhone pics! (I seriously need to learn how to operate my big fancy camera)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

'Barbie' Style Cakes

These 'Barbie' style cakes have been around for as long as I can remember and it seems it's still a popular choice among little girls.  The best part is that it can be made as simple or elaborate as you like.

Here are a couple that I have made in the past:

Hawaiian Dancer Cake

Princess 'Mahika' Cake

Princess Cake

The doll toppers can be found at most craft stores and come in 3 or 4 different hair and skin colors.  The rest is all your imagination!