We recently hosted a party to celebrate the baptism of our baby boy. I had way too much fun planning this party and incorporating the theme (green and blue polka dots) into every detail I could think of.
A little O.C.D.? Yes. (But in a good way!)
Of course I came up with some clever uses for felt! I prepared a large dessert buffet (all homemade – yes… crazy, I know) – and made cupcake stands to create some height on the table and allow me to fit more food onto it as well. These are so easy and versatile. They really worked out well. Click here for a tutorial showing how to make them. You can use any combination of felt colors to match your party theme.
For the centerpiece of each table I cut out a 9″ circle of felt and set a plate piled high with homemade cookies onto the center of the circle. I then sprinkled paper confetti dots all over the table to add more color to them. Yes, the cookies have blue and green nonpareil “polka dots”!
Even the straws had blue and green polka dots!
For the take-home favors, I made cupcakes and packaged them in a plastic cup with a cellophane bag and ribbon tie. I looked all over the internet for instructions after seeing this idea on Pinterest. Nobody said what size cellophane square they used or what baggie size so I had to wing it. Here is what I did:
You need 9 oz clear tumblers; gusseted clear cellophane baggies that measure approx. 9″h x 4″ x 2″ (I got a package of 50 in the candy making aisle at Michaels); lengths of grosgrain ribbon about 9″ long; decorative tags (optional) and decorative paper cupcake liners.
Bake the cupcakes in plain white cupcake liners and let them cool completely. Do not frost them yet. Place a decorative liner into the bottom of each clear plastic cup. Mine had green and blue polka dots, of course! Insert a cooled, unfrosted cupcake into each cup/liner assembly. Now pipe your frosting onto the top of the cupcake, keeping it away from the edges a bit. Decorate the cupcakes with sprinkles or whatever extra bits you choose (or not). Now carefully insert the cup/cupcake into the bag (which is easier if you do not have “man-hands” like I do). Use a piece of ribbon to tie the baggie closed.
Attach a tag to the ribbon if you wish. I printed “thank you” dots onto cardstock, used a round punch to cut them out, then attached them to one side of the ribbon tie with these little metal brads I found in the scrapbooking aisle at Michaels. I used paper for the background polka dot on the tag but you could also use a coordinating felt color.
The Peanut Butter Cup Cookies were the first things to disappear. I got much of my baking inspiration from the fabulous www.bakerella.com.
Here are links to many of the shops I purchased items from to make my vision a reality.
Let me know if you have any comments or questions!
– SOURCES –
FELT: From my own shop, of course! www.etsy.com/shop/sweetemmajean
STRAWS, SPRINKLES, SOLID COLOR MINI CUPCAKE LINERS: www.etsy.com/shop/DKDeleKtables
TABLE COVERS, NAPKINS, PAPER PLATES, CUPS & POLKA DOT CUPCAKE LINERS: www.partycity.com
CHINESE PAPER LANTERNS: www.paperlanternstore.com