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Foodista: Stella’s 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats

I hope you enjoyed the little picTORIal peek into Stella’s fifth birthday party that I shared last week. We all had such a fun time celebrating with Buggy. As promised, today I am sharing all of the majorly pin-worthy dessert and food table details. In my opinion the dessert and food tables should be the focal points of any party—they are not just tasty and beautiful, but they also give you so much room for creativity within your party theme. When it comes to cupcakes, cake pops, and food it’s go big or go home in our family. So check out all the edible goodness below. But be forewarned, you may get a sugar rush just looking at theses brightly colored confections…

Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
My friend Jill Keenan of Babycakes helped me do an amazing dessert table—all garden inspired. We got white lattice fence from Home Depot for the backdrop, and used lots of gardening pots for dessert décor, and the “soil” was crumbled chocolate cake. Amazing cupcakes! And Ali from The Sugar Lab made amazing sugar flowers as cupcake toppers! Thanks to Instagram—that’s where we met!

Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
Jena from milkPOP drew the Stella’s Garden sign for me because she’s a fab artist with amazing penmanship.

Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
Girlie rainbow colors with a nod to gardening goodness was my inspiration

Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
One of my favorite décor details: planted wellies

Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
Cupcake, anyone? These amazing flower-topped treats were made by The Sugar Lab. The petals were all edible and all sugar.

Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
A good garden is an abundant one!

Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
More tasty sugar petal details mixed in nicely with fresh cut flowers

Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
Yes, they were as good as they look!

Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
The giant sugar peony Ali made especially for Stella (it’s Stella’s face flower) and she even sprayed it with edible peony fragrance! How cool is that?!?

Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
Stella requested rock candy as part of her dessert table.

Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
Hattie loved the cake pops!

Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
These special treats were created and made by the birthday girl herself. Stella, already a self-proclaimed Craftista and baker, came up with the recipe herself. Her vision was a fruit loop parfait in mason jars complete with yogurt and pink whipped cream. She made them all (with my help) the morning of her party, saying, “Mom, my friends are gonna love these special ‘Stella’s Treats.’” And they did!

Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
A close-up sugar shot

Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
It’s also a tradition in our family to get a cake from Hansen’s Cakesthe cake makers in Hollywood. I had a Hansen’s cake at every one of my birthday parties as a little girl, and I’m of course continuing the tradition with my four babes.

Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
Frosting, flowers and butterflies

Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
My girls enjoying their cake with the flower balls we worked all morning crafting. Such fun and fragrant centerpieces. We made these with floral foam balls sunk in water and then adding stemmed carnations until covered. The complete details are featured in my book, celebraTORI.

Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats<
Here’s the blooming food table backdrop that my friend Jess made. This fun DIY involved a canvas (repurposed from Liam’s last b-day), some blue fabric for sky, and paper flowers (typically hung at parties). Dean and I made all the food, and served it atop real grass in rainbow colored cups and boxes.

Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
Great food is great food but presentation is everything! Found these plastic containers in the $1 row at Target. Perfect Mac ‘n Cheese pots!

Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
Mini corndog flowerpots for the little ones and Brie bites with edible flowers

Who can refuse a mini corn dog on a stick in a bed of green coconut and a mini flower pot? Super cute for kids!

Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
Dean’s famous chicken salad with grapes (get the recipe here)

Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
All in the display! Love these flea market found crates

Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
The lemonade rainbow on a vintage bar cart. We had all flavors of lemonade including pomegranate rose, passion fruit, peach, ginger rosemary lemonade, minty limeade, Buggy’s blue raspberry lemonade, and lavender plum lemonade. I found the cute floral paper straws on Etsy.

Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
Foodista: Stella's 5th Birthday Party Treats & Eats
Zevia donated all their natural flavored sodas in all the rainbow colors. Looked great on table!

I hope you enjoyed all of these yummy and dramatic details.

Have you ever put together a dessert or food table for your little ones?

Let me know what it looked like in the comments below.

Love,
T

P.S Stay tuned for the documenTORI video from Stella’s birthday coming up soon.

  • MMKNOX

    So pretty! Love all the fun bright colors and flower themed desserts! I enjoy styling dessert tables for my daughter’s birthday each year – http://www.idoinvitationsbymichelle.com/2012/04/curious-camis-3rd-birthday-party.html

  • Ann

    I love that people like you are so crafty and creative! My brain just doesn’t work that way! The flowers in the wellies! The mini corn dogs on sticks! The rainbow of lemonade… I love it all! Oh… and that Hansen’s cake – TDF, of course!

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  • joanne marinaccio

    Looks like every girls dream party
    So creative. love it all

  • TETELLE

    whaouuuuu!!! que de magnifiques couleurs, c’est tr

  • susan murphy

    Amazing…wow! Love Hattie’s dress! Love the watering cans, mini corn dogs, love it all…xx PS. No one deserves it more than Stella! xx PPS. @Deanracer Chicken salad #yum!

  • Mauigirl09

    You really are so creative! I love your designs!

  • tyevfi123

    OMG! Everything is so amazing…Stella must have loved it!

  • lulusfolie

    Hattie is gorgeous… the colors are so fun and vibrant! I hope Stella had a terrific bday!!!

  • Kyla’s Mom

    Can you tell me where you got the darling “fence” for the centerpiece? I’m doing a garden theme for my daughter’s 5th bday next year… Everything is SO inspiring!

  • Tami Hass

    Beautiful party Stella! I really loved your special treats that you made all by yourself! I bet all your friends did too! But Tori… You skipped the traditional “Hanson” cake this year? Don’t get me wrong the sugar petal cupcakes were amazingly gorgeous! I loved the theme too! Deans chicken salad recipe sounds delicious, making it this weekend for company! Zebus drinks are my families new favorite soft drink, we love them all and I don’t feel guilty letting my kids have a soda now and again. I even carry some in my mini van just in case we stop for a fast lunch, I don’t have to feel bad saying no to the sugary sodas ! Just open zebra and pour into the kids cups with ice, pop the lid and straw in, their happy and so am I!

  • Jackie C

    Beautiful! I’m hungry for a cupcake now :)

  • Coco

    I love ya honey but trying to out do yourself every year will be tough. Her 16th birthday there better be a Porsche in the driveway 300 people and a million bucks! My fifth birthday was 3 friends and some M&M’s in a dixie cup and it was a blast! You ideas are amazing take from a lady that learned the hard way thank goodness mine are now grown :)

  • KTelli

    What. Fantastic idea! Tori I so admire your creativity. I have been brainstorming for my little ones party. Was thinking of doing a cupcake decorating party but this may work too! I am so excited!!!! I am glad I saw you pictures. Your children are very lucky to have such a wonderful Mommy!

  • Isabellesmom

    Incredible! Stella must have been over the moon! What did the kids go for the most? Curious. Happy Happy Birthday Stella!

  • Lory Ann @OurMasonsJar

    Thanks for sharing, Tori! Loved all the bright happy colors—screamed celebration for a Princess!!! The Garden sign is too sweet & of course I love the Lemonade Rainbow in MASON JARS. I will definitely do something similar for my son, Mason, on his First-YAY-Birthday in Sept!!! (thanks for the idea, so glad we share a love for Mason Jars—lots of inspiration here-xo)

    My “Honey Bunny Sprinkles-Mason Jar” onesies are always a big hit with those who have a LOVE for Mason Jars or Baby Masons <3...like this Momma!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/161541992/honey-bunny-polka-dot-sprinkles-mason

    Stop in for a peak, have a sparkly eve,
    Lory Ann

  • Lory Ann @OurMasonsJar

    Thanks for sharing, Tori! Loved all the bright happy colors—screamed celebration for a Princess!!! The Garden sign is too sweet & of course I love the Lemonade Rainbow in MASON JARS. I will definitely do something similar for my son, Mason, on his First-YAY-Birthday in Sept!!! (thanks for the idea, so glad we share a love for Mason Jars—lots of inspiration here-xo)

    My “Honey Bunny Sprinkles-Mason Jar” onesies are always a big hit with those who have a LOVE for Mason Jars or Baby Masons <3...like this Momma!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/161541992/honey-bunny-polka-dot-sprinkles-mason

    Stop in for a peek, have a sparkly eve!
    Lory Ann

  • miriam saura

    That beautiful birthday party, I love them ! , Here I will do them to my kids! The party Stella is very nice , thanks for giving us fantastic ideas to celebrate birthday ! ♥ kisses ♥

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  • Susan Grayson

    I cant believe that Stella is 5 years old already. She is so beautiful and bright little sweet girl. All of your Stella’s birthday pictures made me drooling over yummy foods… Wonderful job, Tori!!! All of them look so beautiful!! Thank you for sharing this with us…

  • Lia68

    E’bellissimo!!! Happy Birthday Stella!

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  • Lemon Meringue

    InspiraTORIal as ever! And always a pleasure to see pics of your own McDermott-bunch!
    In our household is always a tradition to have as many cakes and sweet treats as possible, it’s a bit of our signature thing because it is not that common in this area. Every one of us picks a favourite (with three children, my husband and me) so we have a good start with five, than we add the usual suspects like poundcake, fairycakes and applepie and a new bake on the block which gives me the opportunity to try something new (and a good excuse for a few hours of grazing Pinterest). Than a few bowls of M&M’s and marshmallows and a few good sprinkles of edible glitter to top it all off. People think it’s over the top (and they are completely right) but they love it at the same time. It’s eat as much as you can for the guests, sending them home with doggybags, than treating the neighbours and the best part is the next morning: having breakfast with leftovers!
    I know it’s OD-ing on sugar, and I definitely do not want to know the amount of butter we take in on these days, but the rest of the year we are healthy eaters and snack on fruit.

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