Over the years, Munch's birthday cakes have become a focus of her birthday parties. I spend a lot of time finding a design I love for her birthday cake. This year was no exception. I found 2 cakes I loved:
I gave Misty the color scheme and asked that she come up with a cake that was perfect for the theme. The thing about fostering a great relationship with great vendors is that they learn your taste and, over time, can do the work with minimal supervision.
Misty and I have that kind of relationship. She is an AMAZING baker. Super talented and super sweet. We have more than a client-vendor relationship; we're friends.
I love hugging her - what?! The chick smells like cake alllll the time. She crafts and bakes and sews and is amazing. Like, at her core.
If you want a good cake made by a good person, you must check her out and tell her I sent you.
Anyhoo, she is willing to go to the moon for me. On her busiest of days, I know Misty will do anything for me. Anything.
Munch and I arrived at 8:30 a.m.to pick up the birthday cake. I just LOVED it.
On my way out, I reminded her to send me the Paypal info for payment and she said, "what if I don't want you to do that?"
I stopped in my tracks and glared at her saying, "ok, cash then? I'll go get cash."
"Listen, you're my favorite client and this is my gift to Zion. " *turns to Munch* "Z, you look beautiful today, sweetie. Happy Birthday!"
Hugs. Kisses. Squeals.
See?! Toldya, she's amazing. O and so was the cake:
Misty put a lemonade stand on the cake! She made a mini Munch and even put $.07 as the price. I just love everything about it!
It was a great focal point on the dessert display.
Because the party was outside, I decided to keep the cupcakes and cake in my car until it was time to eat them. This beach was awesome because there were NO bugs... but still... I just didn't want the ONE bug on the beach to land on my pretty desserts so I chose to play it safe. Here's the layout:
Chef Joy made her yummy cake pops. The pink were strawberry and the yellow were lemon. They were a hit!
Chef Joy also made from-scratch pink lemonade cupcakes and they were amazing!
One of the challenges of our venue was the fact that there were no walls. I had pennant banners and signage that would NORMALLY be placed on walls. In this case, I had to get creative. I hung them on the front of tables - the food table had a triangle pennant banner, the lemonade stand got a banner, etc. For the dessert buffet, I knew I wanted to hang 'Happy Birthday' somewhere. I decided to use 2 of my tall jars to create an anchoring centerpiece:
I tied the 'Happy' banner around the jars and anchored the poms on top by tying a string around a lemon (inside the jar).
It worked out perfectly!
I was able to create the illusion of wall space in an open park setting - woot!
Just before the birthday song, Ryan and I ran to my car, grabbed the desserts and placed them on the table. A few quick pics:
... and it was time for the birthday song! Sure, we re-lit the candle *like* 3 times to make sure we got the pic but who's judging? Not my sweet Islanders :)
Tati and I cut/served the cake. The top tier was strawberry and the bottom was lemon. We wanted to be sure we cut both tiers so I moved the remaining chunk of the top to the side. I didn't realize it would become Munch's piece of choice.
Tati said it was Munch's birthday so she could have whatever she wanted with no judgment.
*rolling my eyes*
See you tomorrow for more party fun!