inexpensive details.

Something extraordinarily beautiful happened today.

Linley and I had our first catering event and it went extremely well! Ever since Linley and I went to Florence together, we’ve had an entrepreneurial eye and it has been a dream of ours to cater and plan small events.

Today was Addy’s 6th birthday and she loves princesses and ponies, so we played off that with a vintage twist! We were in charge of the food and decor and all about the inexpensive details.

Such as these adorable Mason Jars wrapped in twine. They acted as perfect vases for the flowers we picked from the garden. So cheap and so cute!

We had a great spread of food too! Some for the adults and some for the kids. It’s interesting to see all of the different food allergies kids have these days. We had to make sure our cupcakes were gluten free and that nothing we used had peanuts in it. We made gluten free vanilla cupcakes with a vanilla buttercream frosting, which we decorated with some white and pink candies and a cute little paper flower.

I can thank Pinterest for teaching me how to ice both cupcakes and cookies….Tutorials are for the gods.

I used Gluten Free Goddess’s Vanilla Cupcake Recipe and Linley’s grandmother’s butter cream frosting. For the cookies, we used Land-O-Lake’s GF Sugar Cookie Recipe and The Sweet Adventure’s of Sugarbelle Royal Icing recipe. Please please check out TSAS…this blog is Ah.May.Zing. for cookie decorating! She has tons of tutorials and is really easy to follow.

We of course made two different batches of PB Balls: Dark Chocolate Sea Salt and Orange Coconut for the adults to munch on.

For drinks we did water and lemonade for the kids, and yummy yummy sangria for the adults.

How cute are these straws? Target sells them!

The birthday girl loved them! Happy Birthday Addy!

The other food we had for the kids was simple, such as these jam and butter sandwiches!

We also had turkey and cheese mini sandwiches, a bunch of snacks, and fruit. Craft time consisted of DIY sashes.

Why wouldn’t the girls want to look like Miss Minnesota and Miss Teen Minnesota? YES! The Princesses of Minnesota stopped by the party for a nice surprise!

Miss and Miss Teen Minnesota gave the girls a nice talk on how to be a princess and why being a princess is more than just beauty! Such a cool thing. Following the Princess Pep Talk was a book exchange! Another great idea on how to recycle old books.

For the goodie bags, we purchased simple white and brown bags and then added some decorative paper to give them some “inexpensive detail.” We used a cricket to make the ribbon.

Lin and I are excited for what the future has to come. We are stuck on finding a name for our business and I think we’ll know it when we feel it’s right. More on this topic later :)

Happy weekend!

What are your inexpensive details to use during party planning?


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    Am I mistaken, or did you have an earlier post about patty pan squash? I just picked some up from the farmers market & I need a recipe – I thought I had seen one on your website.

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