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Little Bette Donuts

I’ve been hearing some rumblings that “donuts are the new cupcake”. While I am not entirely convinced that anything can replace the icon the cupcake has become in the baking world, I have seen a big trend in donuts lately and have definitely enjoyed participating in it.

When my friend Amanda suggested ‘donuts!’ as the theme for her daughter, Bette’s, first birthday party, the ideas started flowing. Since the party was at 3:00 on a Saturday, it seemed like the perfect time of day to go over the top on designing a donut “Sweets Table”.

SDB Bette Donut Party sketch
The Bette Donut Party sketch outlined some of our ideas and put the table into context. Amanda and Kevin have a large, bright yellow hutch in their dining room so when planning a party in this space, its a great piece to play off of.

I enlisted my friend and partner in “sweets crime”, Carrie of GoodieBox Bake shop and we got right down to donut business…

SDB Bette Donut_donut cake
Of coarse a donut cake was in order! Carrie made this delicious glazed vanilla cake using a donut pan mold I found on line- I don’t know how she does it but it was so moist everyone was raving about it! Not to mention, it is, I mean was, ADORABLE!
SDB Bette Donut_mini cuppies
…and of coarse we had to have some of Carrie’s cupcake minis. These were great for easy grabbing while cake was being cut.
SDB Bette Donut Amanda w cereal treats
Amanda made the Fruit Loop and marshamallow “donut seed” cereal treats! (Get it? Fruit Loops like like teenie donuts! I got this idea from Pinterest)
SDB Bette Donut_full table view
We rounded out the sweets table with a platter of Carrie’s cake pops in 2 yum flavors and stacks of Amanda’s favorite apple cider donuts from Delicious Orchards. I sprinkled the table with donut confetti as well as some “Bette confetti” (made using different sized circle punches)
SDB Bette Donut_Bette Party Hats
I also used the “Bette Confetti” to make these simple, yet fun party hats- they were a big hit!
SDB Bette Donut_Bette Sweets Table and Banner
We hung a Happy Birthday banner on the opposite wall. Amanda had the idea to purchase a banner that could become a keepsake and could be used year after year… she found this one on Etsy (Bella and Teo Boutique) and ordered both kids names. It could not be a better fit for their style!
SDB Bette Donut_birthday candles
Bette’s cousins and her brother, Donovan, lead the Happy Birthday singing

I always say singing “Happy Birthday”is the very best part of a birthday party but at Bette’s party, there was another amazing moment…

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…and that was watching Bette try her very first piece of birthday cake! SWEET!

(You may have also noticed Bette’s donut dress! Another amazing Etsy find!)

SDB Bette Donut_SDB donut cookie favors
Everyone went home with a smiling Bette donut cookie favor! (how- to on these coming soon!)

Donut party success! I hope this fun theme inspires you- there are so many possibilities! Isn’t life SWEET?!  Xo Dani

SDB Bette Donut_Bette Amanda DBF
“Ma, Don’t look now but this donut cookie lady is REALLY into it!” -Bette


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Sweet Dani B is my small business and my mantra is Life Is Sweet! Both my business and life center around celebrating life’s occasions and making those occasions amazing. We design one-of-a-kind cookies, invitations, paper goods and pull them all together to deliver fabulous parties and events.

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