Monday, May 18, 2015

Oliver's Our Little Duckling Adoption Party

Eight months have passed since Oliver was born.  Eight glorious, precious, life changing, beautiful (okay and unbelievably hard) months have passed since our curly headed, dimple faced baby boy bounced into our world, our lives, our hearts.  And it was high time we celebrated him!!!!  We threw a double celebration for Oliver commemorating both his adoption and his baby dedication.  It was a semi-small (our families are huge, so small never really happens) event held at the grandparents house.  It was a beautiful day!  And we had the sweetest of times.

For obvious reasons, the dessert table is my favorite part of any celebration.  And for other sweets lovers, it's your favorite as well; hopefully you exercise more than I do though.  THE CAKE:  I have this obsession with icing and two tiered cakes and Kathi (My Sweet Things) knew just how to make me swoon.  Look at those perfect vertical ruffles, that darling shade of soft yellow, and the yellow ombre layers.  THE CAKE POPS:  Little duckling cake pops.  Um, need I say more?  Have you ever seen anything so precious as those that Nicole (Bella's Bakery) made for us?  I am still crying sad little tears over the fact that I didn't get to taste a single cake pop!  While I was busy hostessing, every single one of those cake pops vanished.  THE COOKIES:  If you have seen some of our other parties, you will remember seeing cookies from Nicole (Crumbles) before.  Now with Nicole's cookies, I have wised up and I always stash away one or two for me to have after the celebration.  To say that her cookies taste good is a serious understatement; they are incredible!!!!  This year I discovered that Nicole also makes macarons; and well, macarons, are an indulgence that I don't get very often, so I knew I wanted to include those as well.  THE MARSHMALLOWS:  I have followed Autumn (Sparkling Sweets Boutique) on Instagram for a long time, and I just swoon at all of her yummy desserts.  When I asked for some light yellow marshmallow pops, Autumn created exactly what I wanted.  Aren't they beautiful?  THE FONDANT DUCKLINGS:  Make sure you oogle those itty, bitty fondant ducks topping the petit fours.  Brittany (Edible Details) crafted the most darling little ducklings; check out the little details she etched into them.  So precious!  THE CUPCAKES:  I'm not sure why I can't throw a party without cupcakes, but I just can't.  It's an impossibility.  And cupcakes need decorations too.  I fell in love with the cupcake toppers and wrappers (Loralee Lewis) that matched perfectly with our party invitation, so that was a must have for Mr. Oliver's first Mommy-thrown party.  THE DRINKS:  And, finally, it's not dessert, but it's an essential pairing to sweets.  Milk!  I am in love with those vintage glass milk bottles from Kate Aspen.  They were simply perfect for the children at our celebration, and I even caught a few adults sipping them down as well.

Since we celebrated outside, I wanted to make sure that all of our guests had places to sit and enjoy being together.  I created the centerpieces (Sweet Georgia Sweet) and offset them on either side with white flowers and greenery (Bloomfield Plantation.)  Each guests place was set with darling, whimsical polka dot cups and napkins (The TomKat Studio.)  Make sure you check out the detail on the straws (More Sprinkled Joy.)  I also hand crafted a wreath (Sweet Georgia Sweet) from yellow seersucker for Ollie's special celebration.  There are few things that say "Southern summer" quite like seersucker.  Lastly, Walker is always asking to match with his baby brother.  Their darling matching yellow gingham outfits were so sweet and blended beautifully with the party.

Lisa Housman of Party of 7 Photography

Party Styling
Bethany Farrar of Sweet Georgia Sweet

Cookies and Macarons - Crumbles
Marshmallow Pops - Sparkling Sweets Boutique
Fondant duck toppers - Edible Details
Bubblegum balls - The TomKat Studio
Cupcake toppers - Loralee Lewis

Invitation - Loralee Lewis
Wreath and Topiary Centerpieces - Sweet Georgia Sweet
Milk Glass Bottles - Kate Aspen
Fringe Garland, Cups, Napkins - The TomKat Studio
Honeycomb Balls - DecoPoms
Flowers - Bloomfield Plantation