Celebrations & Parties

A Space Themed Galaxy Birthday Party with Martha Stewart

Somewhere in a galaxy far far away…

The Spring issue of Martha Stewart Living features Martha’s grandkid’s “Interstellar” birthday party. I have been lucky enough to be asked to contribute to Jude & Truman’s birthday parties for a few years now (Our animal menagerie cookies from Jude’s 1st birthday are still one of our most popular cookie order requests). The Galaxy theme of this year’s party could not have been more inspiring to me. I have been a huge Star Wars fan since I was a “little Leia” and I grew up watching those movies on a loop with my brother. As a dedicated Star Wars nerd, my text ringtone sound is “happy R2“.

The invitation to the party featured an adorable sketch of Jude and Truman riding in a saucer like spacecraft. I designed a new cookie cutter based on the sketch and my friends at CopperGifts got right down to work in making this cutter extra amazing. We added a mini Saturn as cute cookie companion.

I iced Jude and Truman into the ship then added stripes, smiles and hair sketch lines using foodoodler food coloring pens.

 Of course party was incredible! Held at MSLO’s headquarters in NYC,  I was excited to duck in and even got permission to take a few photos…

Jude and Truman’s invitation graphic set as signage at the entrance to this amazing party.

 

Huge inflatable planets!

 

Coolest party decor ever!

 

The kids crafted DIY solar systems

 

Jude and Truman’s Spaceship Cookie Favors included the kiddos in a spacecraft, Saturn, Jupiter and a shooting star cookie. We couldn’t resist adding some extra star candies and some matching M&Ms to the boxes.

What I love about the parties Martha and Alexis design each year, is there’s always something for the kids to learn while they are having fun. At this party, the kids crafted amazing DIY solar systems and they went on a tour of the galaxies in a portable planetarium set up by starlab.com. The solar system cake Alexis baked was especially incredible! See the cake and the rest of the amazing details of this party here.

We have been having lots of fun with these cookie cutters ever since the party and are so excited to share more ideas on how to ice them. I could not resist adding an alien head to complete the set!

Greetings Earthlings.

 

Alien faces!

We are going to have so much “out of this world” fun with these cookie cutters! Here’s to many more SWEET galaxy adventures! Xo Dani

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Speaking of cookie fun, here I am delivering some intergalactic cookies to outer space! 😂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A 50th Birthday in “the Sticks”

Cheers to 50 years!

Cheers to 50 years!

Fahnestock State Park in Mahopac, NY was the absolutely perfect location and setting for our bestie Tom’s 5oth Birthday Party. My friend Tamara and I have joked for all the years we have been friends that I am the city mouse and she is the country mouse (who insists on living in “the sticks”). We had so much fun setting up this party for Tom even further up “in the sticks”. A beautiful day and love filled celebration followed…

What a gorgeous location!

What a gorgeous location!

SDB 50th bday outdoors_squirrel and choc chip cookie platter

Baked fresh the morning of, I plated up these mini squirrel cookies with my salted dark chocolate chip cookies for the ultimate cookie party platter! (love this quirky little squirrel cutter from IKEA)

Tamara mixed up her world famous G.O.R.P. (good old fashioned raisins and peanuts). We have been enjoying this snack mix at parties for years!

Tamara mixed up her world famous G.O.R.P. (good old fashioned raisins and peanuts). We have been enjoying this snack mix at parties for years!

For the centerpieces, Tamara filled mason jars with vintage photos of Tom and nature related materials.

For the centerpieces, Tamara filled mason jars (you might call them Ball jars) with vintage photos of Tom and nature related materials.

She topped the jar tops with adorable faux bugs and closed them to keep everything secure.

She glued adorable faux bugs to the jar tops and closed them to keep everything secure.

Sparkling Sangria

For refreshments, we made my fave recipe for Sparkling Sangria but substituted grapefruit for the lemon and lime. (get the recipe here)

I loved the way the festive Sangria jar looked next to these real deal Igloo coolers (one filled with water and the other filled with Tom's sister's fresh squeezed lemonade)

I loved the way the festive Sangria jar looked next to these real deal campsite coolers (one filled with water and the other filled with Tom’s sister’s fresh squeezed lemonade)

KF and I designed this custom party logo for Tom and Tamara had it put onto these amazing mason jar glasses which everyone got to take home. The squirrel is a long standing reference to life in the "sticks" and the leiderhosen is our fave reference to Tom's Austrian heritage.

KF and I designed this custom party logo for Tom and Tamara secretly had it designed onto these amazing mason jar glasses which everyone got to take home. The squirrel is a long standing reference to life in the “sticks” and the lederhosen he is wearing is our very fave reference to Tom’s Austrian heritage.

 

 

Tam's app game has always been strong... antipasto on sticks (pun not intended but amazing) were a huge hit!

Tam’s app game has always been strong… antipasto on sticks (pun not intended but amazing) were a huge hit! The ravi on the stick reaction was major!

We added a sign with Tom's BDAY hashtag and a bowl of pins for people to wear when they visited the food truck for lunch.

We added a sign with Tom’s Bday hashtag and a bowl of squirrel logo pins for people to wear when they visited the food truck for lunch. 

Above the snack table we rested a chalkboard sign we drew up the night before featuring fun facts about the year Tom was born

Above the snack table we rested a chalkboard sign we drew up the night before featuring fun facts about the year Tom was born

Tom looking out onto the lake just before the party started

Tom looking out onto the lake just before the party started

Extra large jenga was a huge party hit.

Giant Jenga was a huge party hit… 

... as was grabbing lunch at the food truck!

… as was grabbing lunch at the food truck- Greg’s Good Eats! Photo credit: Tamara Dilworth

Guests were also encouraged to check out the amazing park and landscape.

Guests were also encouraged to check out the amazing park and landscape.

Real live moss!

Real live moss! (maybe not the best shoe choice for this… ;))

I was really hoping for a Kermit the frog sighting!

I was really hoping for a Kermit the frog sighting!  

Time to set up the dessert table! Photo Credit: Nicole Boglivi

Time to set up the dessert table! Photo Credit: Nicole Boglivi

 

CHEERS to 50 years!

CHEERS to 50 years!

Amazing! Photo Credit: Hunter Jones

Amazing! Photo Credit: Hunter Jones  

Amazing candle blowout! Happy Birthday Tom! Here's to another 50 years of amazing friendship, fun adventures and big laughs! All good things always! Xo

Amazing candle blowout! Happy Birthday Tom! Here’s to another 50 years of amazing friendship, fun adventures and big laughs! Lots of love and all good things always! Xo