Four years ago, a beautiful little girl entered our lives. She was our Rainbow Baby and has grown into a healthy, happy, stubborn and mischievous little girl, known for that ornery twinkle in her eyes and her irresistible smile. She has such a big heart, and is always quick with a hug or to tell you how much she loves you.
Madeline’s favorite things are the color pink and animals of all kinds. So when I asked her what she wanted for her birthday, she chose a pink farm birthday … with chocolate chips. So with feedback from her, I designed a vintage pink collection for her in pinks, creams and chocolate brown, with lots of cows, pigs and chickens to round out that farm feel. To keep it feminine and girly, I alternated floral, gingham and striped prints.
I am not the best about sticking to a budget (just ask my husband), but I do try to use things from around the house and homemade treats whenever possible to keep costs under control. But, I also know when to delegate. You see, icing and I do not get along. At all. So I delegate cookies, cake and fondant work to some truly fab ladies who have mad skills. The rest of the treats are homemade or store bought (but jazzed up) treats, like the simple cake and cupcakes purchased from Whole Foods for $30 that were jazzed up with some toppers. So believe it or not, this did end up being a budget party.
Miss M requested lots of chocolate chips and cookies, so I made sure everything served had chocolate chips, chocolate or at least cookies in the recipe. I served sugar cookies made to look like cows and faux chocolate chip cookies by the fabulous Cookies With Character, store-bought cupcakes and cake topped with fondant cookies by Edible Details, homemade cheesecake shooters (see the recipe below), truffles, and homemade chocolate chip sandwich cookies, with many of the treats being dairy-free to accommodate my son’s dairy allergy.
For beverages, I served pink lemonade and chocolate almond milk (because of my son’s dairy intolerance). The milk bottles were actually Starbucks frappucino bottles that I removed the labels from, and then covered with “Farm Fresh” bottle labels from my collection and some chocolate brown ribbon. The pink lemonade was served in ordinary mason jars decorated with lace ribbon, daisy mason jar lids, paper straws and straw flags from my collection.
For decorations, I used a collection of antiques from my own collection and from my favorite flea market, Good Ju Ju. Flea market finds included a rustic, chippy old barn door placed on its side for my back drop, a vintage milk crate to elevate the cake stand, and a rusty metal cow. To bring the outdoors in, I used two vases from my milk glass collection and filled them with wildflowers found in our neighborhood, and roses and hydrangeas from the garden.
I wanted to decorate the table with a large “M” for Madeline, and imagine my surprise when I walked into Hobby Lobby and they had large brown initials on sale for 50% off. Score! That saved me a lot of time and mod podge. To make it more feminine, I purchased pink and green felt and made flowers and attached them with glue dots to the corner. It made the table pretty, and now Miss M has a pretty reminder of her big day.
I reused the doily bunting from my Grandmother’s party, which is simply old crocheted doilies folded over twine and sealed with a bit of hot glue. I used doilies picked up from flea markets and old, stained doilies from our family that were able to be given a second chance (folding over conceals the stains). I have also seen crocheted doilies at Dollar General, which would also work well in a pinch.
To give the food labels and milk bottle labels more of a vintage flair, I used a Doily Lace edge punch from Martha Stewart Crafts (picked up at Hobby Lobby). It really added a special touch and made an ordinary strip of paper look like lace. Loved how it turned out!
I created flag toppers for the cake and to give the sandwich cookies some flair. I used the straw flags from my collection, wrapped them around wood lollipop sticks from Confetti Sunshine, and used a bit of mod podge to the glue the ends of the flag together. While the mod podge was still wet, I scrunched the flag to make it look like a wavy flag.
For party favors, we gave away glassine bags filled with chocolate chip cookies at a treat bag topper from my collection.
See the full party feature on Pizzazzerie.
It was a wonderful party for Miss Madeline, and we all had a wonderful time celebrating her big day!
Printables | Three Little Monkeys Studio
Fondant cookies | Edible Details
Cookies | Cookies With Character
Cake and cupcakes | Whole Foods
Paper straws, glassine bags, plates and napkins | Shop Sweet Lulu
Custom Party Hat | Prop Shop Boutique
Photography | Draussen Photography
Lollipop sticks | Confetti Sunshine
Antique barn door, milk crate and cow | Good Ju Ju
Cookie Butter Cheesecake Shooters
Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
- 12 Anna’s ginger thins cookies, crushed into crumbs*
- 1 – 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 – 8 ounce tub frozen whipped topping, thawed
- whipped topping, optional
- Biscoff cookie crumbs, optional
- Sprinkle 1-2tsp of crushed cookies in the bottom of your shooter glasses.
- Beat the cream cheese and Cookie Butter on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla and mix to combine. Gently fold in the whipped topping until well blended and no streaks remain.
- Snip the corner off of a sandwich bag (or use a pastry bag if you’re fancy), and pipe the filling into the shooter glasses. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
- If desired, garnish with whipped topping and cookie crumbs.
* Anna’s ginger thins were purchased at Walmart. Cookie Butter was purchased at Trader Joe’s, but Biscoff spread could be substituted.