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Mar 31, 2012
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Auntie Helen’s 60th Birthday

A 60th birthday celebration is a very special milestone indeed, especially when it is for someone as special as Auntie Helen.  She is always the first to pitch in and help others, whether it is for her family and friends or even for her church; she’s always there to lend a helping hand.  With her usually being the one to plan events for others, her husband and son wanted to surprise her and do something extra special this year.

Not only did they want to surprise her once, but TWICE in one day to be exact!  Kudos to the boys for planning the dinner part of her day long festivities all on their own.  They found the location and invited all of their family and friends.  However, about a week before the surprise, they came to us and asked if we could plan something more intimate for Auntie Helen and her girlfriends.  The first thing that came to mind….tea party!

Fortunately, we were able to make reservations for a party of 20 on such a short notice.  We worked with the owner of the tea house to provide us with the food, but we brought in our own personal touches with colorful pom poms, personalized menus, cake ball favors to make it extra special for the birthday girl.  Since the tea house itself already has its own decors, we worked around their color scheme and just made it a bit more colorful for our party.

Bob tricked Auntie Helen and told her they were going to see an Accountant.  To her surprise, she walked into a room filled with some of the closest ladies in her life, from childhood friends to old coworkers.  The surprised look on her face was priceless and by the time she made it around to her seat, she was in awed by all the decorations.

At the end of the tea party, each lovely lady took home with her a take out box of red velvet cake balls to go along with their tea sachet. Everyone departed from the tea house, making Auntie Helen think that was the end of her birthday celebrations. Little did she know, she was surprised (once again) a few hours later by another group of 60, from her family to church friends, everyone was there to celebrate the special evening with her!  Tears rolled down her face as she was thanking us, but seeing her so happy just confirms why we love doing what we do!

Mar 3, 2012
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Beckett’s Red Egg & Ginger

 A Red Egg and Ginger party is an event when proud parents and grandparents introduce the new baby to friends and relatives.  In the Chinese culture, the red egg represent happiness and good luck in fertility, and the ginger represents the yin and yang (cold and warm) balance in the mother to keep her healthy after birth.  Beckett was born in the Year of the Rabbit (Dec. 2011).  Those born in the year of the rabbit are said to be friendly, outgoing, and prefer the company of others.  Beckett, we can see you are already going to be a sweetie, stealing the hearts of many girls!!

When we asked the proud parents if they had a theme in mind, right away, animals were out.  Their baby shower theme was animals, so they wanted something new.  With no other restrictions, we went on a hunt for cute designs.  Our first stop….Paper Source!  Dad felt strongly about having blue being a part of the color scheme, making sure Beckett had a “manly” party!  Right away we fell in love with the traditional polka dots…ideas of how to incorporate circles into the party got us excited, so we went with it!

Details…everything was all about the details for this red egg and ginger party.  From excitedly working on rabbit rice krispy pops to the finishing touches to vases, decorations, napkin rings, we had a blast planning Beckett’s Red Egg and Ginger Party! 

          

Guests wrote personal wishes for Baby Beck on “Well Wish” cards and tied them to the well wish tree.

Last, but not least, everyone’s favorite…dessert!  Accompanying the two cakes purchased at a local Chinatown bakery, we made rabbit rice krispy pops and traditional cake pops, dipped in chocolate to match the party colors!  THEY CAME OUT SUPER CUTE!!  What do you think?!

    

       

          

Nov 13, 2011
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Neapolitan Pops!

Being first time parents can already be stressful task, but when you
are trying to plan a party to celebrate the birth of your child on top
of that, can you imagine the stress the parents must be going through?
 By the time we were contacted, most of the planning process for their
daughter’s red egg and ginger party was already done….date set,
location picked out, but the missing piece of the puzzle was the
favors.
As much as the mom wanted to make something on her own, she simply did
not have the time or energy, especially when they were expecting about
250 guests.  We were more than happy to pitch in and help lighten the
load!  She wanted something edible and practical, but cute at the same
time.  After making them various samples of our cakepops and edible
favors, they fell in love with our neapolitan rice krispy pop.
Sticking with the traditional flavors of strawberry, vanilla, and
chocolate, we made each layer of the pops to represent each flavor.
250 edible favors is our biggest order to date, but we had such a
blast making them!  Individually wrapped with a personalized tag, the
parents were ecstatic when we made the delivery this morning before
their event.

Sep 19, 2011
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Mikayla’s Birthday Luau

The BIG luau we’ve been planning all summer came and went with a success!  I think we were more excited about yesterday more than Mikayla was!  You know that excited feeling you got before the first day of school every year??  We had that on Saturday night!  We wanted to make sure Mikayla’s 5th birthday party was not the typical luau, yet kid friendly and personalized…here’s how it turned out!Guests entered to see the favor table…homemade “arare,” or Japanese Chex Mix for the adults and buckets of little goodies for each “keiki.”


Cones of arare and Maui Onion Kettle Chips were laid out for guests to snack on.  All the cones were cut from Hawaiian print paper.


The tables were covered with table cloths of our themed colors (fuchsia and teal) with Hawaiian print table runners.  Janet was able to snatch these up (along with fabric for sarongs) at the Garment District during her trip to LA.  (Woohoo!  What a steal compared to Joann Fabrics!)  A big thank you to my mom for sewing them for us!  

The beverage table was my favorite!…full of bright tropical colors.  Homemade Hawaiian fruit punch, Izze’s sparkling fruit juice – dressed up with drink parasols and colored straws, Tropical Punch Capri Sun for the keiki, iced Kona coffee for the adults, and water.
         

The dessert table was covered with many yummy treats!  Haupia (coconut pudding) made in individual serving cups, Rainbow Jello (at the request of Mikayla “because there are lots of rainbows in Hawaii, Mommy”) mochi (red bean, strawberry, and red bean with kinako), hula girl cake pops, pineapple cupcakes with coconut frosting (thanks Bakerella for the idea!), and a white cake with vanilla custard and mixed fruit, courtesy of Enez from CakeaBakin.  Check her out the next time you need a cake foor any occasion…we love her, her cakes, and her prices!

        

        

To add to the dessert table, Uncle Yoshi ran the shaved ice stand, AKA “Yoshi’s Surf Shack,” decked out to look like a tiki stand.  Here’s Uncle Yoshi hard at work!


Onto the luau buffet line…white rice, spam musubi, kalua pork, chicken katsu, macaroni salad, potato salad, lumpia, BBQ chicken skewers, and a fruit platter.

        

                                                                                                                           

The keiki were kept busy with a lei-making table, a tatoo station, water balloons (perfect for the beautiful day it turned out to be!), and a hula lesson/performance given by Mikayla’s hula teacher.  The girls were dressed up in pareos (sewn by Mom!) and the boys with Hawaiian straw hats…SOOOOO CUTE!


Next task…thank you cards!