We had been hoping to collaborate for some time, so when Carrie Spindler from GoodieBox Bake Shop- AKA: our favorite “cupcake lady”- invited me to work on a twin ballerina themed birthday party with her, I pirouetted at the chance! It had been a while since I worked on a really good ‘n’ girly party and ballerinas and pink (my fave) seem to go hand in hand!
The party was held at Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ which is a gorgeous venue on Liberty State Park that boasts exceptional views from all its spaces.
When Carrie and I discussed centerpieces, cookie trees immediately came to mind! They are super sweet, whimsical and a great conversation piece. The added bonus is at the end of the party, everyone un-decorates the trees and takes the cookie ornaments home as favors. My obsession with feather trees has grown over the years so I happened to have just the perfect pink and white ones to work with this theme. I was so excited to learn that my favorite cookie cutter source, coppergifts.com sells a set of ballerina cutters in 3 different poses. AMAZING! The ballerina, heart, and star cookies were all baked as ornaments (small holes punched into the chilled dough before baking) so we could hang them from the trees.
Being a birthday cake expert, Carrie loves the idea of custom party hats. I offered to take this project on selecting paper and punches from Martha Stewart’s craft line. Party hats are actually a lot more work than I expected- but I was so pleased with the way they turned out.
The cake table was our big collaboration and we were so excited about it. Carrie designed a tower of mini cupcakes with a ribbon iced pink cake at the tower top.
I provided “dancing” ballerina cake toppers and a few accent cookies.
We also dressed the table with a “Happy Birthday Shareen & Sameera” banner- a simple little sign of circles and ribbon that added a tons of whimsy and festiveness to the table.
We were finishing the last touches when Shareen & Sameera and their lovely parents entered the room… They were very pleased with everything- who wouldn’t be happy with a whimsical pink and white room filled with cookies and sweets!
Oh and did I mention the view? 🙂
My next SWEET collaboration with Carrie? …taking the dessert table world by storm! Woohoo!