I’m excited to introduce you to a new guest mom blogger!! Meet Donna Collins the party queen!
Donna is a mom of three from southern California and owns a party planning business called Party Wishes. Donna is a lot like me and cannot let a day go by without doing something creative. We both agree that blogging has given us even more of an outlet to be creative. I’m very happy she’s agreed to share her ideas with us. You will be blown away by her fun parties!!
Donna caught my eye with a Chinese Tea party she threw for her daughter’s 8th birthday. Instead of sending boring old invites, she gave each guest a dress along with cute personalized notes asking them to wear it to the party. How cute is this??
Have fun reading about Donna’s party. I would have LOVED this when I was little! Her daughter is one lucky girl. Wait until you see the cake and decorations!!! Oh my….
I used my 100 year old Haviland china and wrapped the napkins with red Midori ribbon and beaded panda ornaments.
The guests wore the pink Mandarin dresses I passed out to them on Wednesday. They looked so cute! They even wore their hair back in buns. When they arrived, the girls practiced picking up grapes with chopsticks.
“Tea” time consisted of egg rolls, raspberry lemonade, PB&J, Fluffernutters, turkey roll-ups, chocolate dipped strawberries, grapes and veggies with dill dip.
The girls loved stuffing their own panda bears. They each made a wish on a wishing star for their own bear and then made a wish for Sheridan and put it in her bear.
Custom fortunes were inside…
When Sheridan opened her presents, each gift-giver got to sit next to her while she opened their gift. It makes the girls feel special. I asked one guest what her favorite part of the party was and she said “opening presents”.
The cake was a two tiered Devil’s Food cake with home made ganache. I made a double batch and whipped the first batch for filling and a crumb coat and left the second batch to drizzle over the rest. I chopped a total of 4 lbs. of bittersweet Belgium chocolate and used 1/2 gallon of heavy cream for it. The girls said it tasted like fudge.
The cake was inspired by a Martha Stewart wedding cake. I even bought the sugar cherry blossoms from Wendy Kromer, the same ones that are on the Martha cake. Martha used fondant but I found kids don’t usually like it. This is the Martha cake…
I love the rhinestone monogram on the top of the cake!
Sheridan and her guests had a fabulous time. All the many hours of planning paid off BIG time…it’s so nice to see my daughter having such a good time with her friends.
Thanks for sharing Donna. You really out did yourself! Can’t wait to see what other ideas you come up with next!
For more great party ideas go to my new party page.
Originally published on January 29, 2009. Last Updated on January 29, 2009 by Amy Locurto