St. Patrick’s Day Inspiration

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just for the Irish!  While my celebration of St. Patrick’s Day has changed over the years, especially this year with a 6 month old, I still enjoy a reason to get together with family and friends.  You can get creative, especially with March Madness going on at the same time this year, with  a beer tasting and Irish food items such as corn beef.  Below are some other creative and fun recipes, party ideas, and treats that are sure to please your guests.

1. No Bake Thin Mint Cookie Truffles/Six Sisters’ Stuff  http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/01/no-bake-thin-mint-cookie-truffles.html

2. Rainbow Oreo Pops/The Sweet Swiper        http://thesweetswiper.blogspot.com/2012/03/rainbow-oreo-pops.html

3. Shamrock Cookies http://thirtyhandmadedays.com/2012/03/shamrock/

4. Leprechaun Cookies/Sweet Sugar Belle http://www.sweetsugarbelle.com/blog/2012/02/leprechaun-cookies/

St. Patrick's Day Inspiration from Half Baked - The Cake Blog

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1.  Lucky Leprechaun Cookie Bark/Your Home Based Mom                  http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/lucky-leprechaun-cookie-bark/

2. St. Patrick’s Day Free Party Printables/Living Locurto   http://www.livinglocurto.com/2012/03/st-patricks-free-printables/

3. Rainbow Cookie Party Favors/Hostess With The Mostess    http://blog.hwtm.com/2012/03/rainbow-oreo-st-patricks-day-party-favors/

4. Shamrock Pops with Printable Flags/Oopsey Daisy    http://www.oopseydaisyblog.com/2012/03/shamrock-pops-with-printable-flags.html

Dexton Silver Racer 1st Birthday Party

From top to bottom, this was a fun and vibrant first birthday party to plan.  Tripp is one of the most happiest babies I know and was entertained by all the details!

Inspiration for the “Dexton Silver Racer” themed party came from Tripp’s parents Lory and Hampton, who had planned to give him the Racer for his birthday.  In addition, his parents wanted to do a desert bar themed party, which is perfect for this occasion.

Using the colors from the race car: silver, white, and black, we added a punch of red to make the event pop.   Color was in all the details from the dessert bar, to the red and white pom poms, to the flower arrangements, to the happy birthday banner, to the red Radio Flyer wagon which was used to display the gifts.  Even the invitation gave a preview of the color scheme.  We added red and white polka dot pinwheels to the food and drink stations to make the party whimsical as well as large red and white balloons.

In staying true to the Dexton Silver Racer theme we used tags such as “Start Your Engines” on the wreath at the front door, “Vroom Vroom Thanks For Coming” by the shortbread party favor cookies, “Refueling Station” by the drinks, “Concession Stand” by the vegetables and popcorn, “Finish Line” by the dessert bar, and “First Place” on Tripp’s high chair.

The menu consisted of an assortment of color coordinated candy, smash cake, chocolate, almond, and lemon pound cake, candy red apples, vegetable cups with hummus and ranch, popcorn, and shortbread cookies for the party favors.  Refreshments of lemonade, ice tea, and water were displayed in glass pitchers and served in red cups with gray and white striped paper straws.

Vendor Credits:

Event Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Floral Arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Chocolate, Almond & Lemon Pound Cake – Edible Art Cake Shop

Short Bread Party Favor Cookies– Edible Art of Charlotte

Popcorn and Candy Apples – Cromer’s

Smash Cake – Harris Tetter

Red and White Pom Poms – Sarah Sofia Productions

Happy Birthday Banner – Sarah Sofia Productions and Lory Cobb Interiors, LLC

Gray and White Paper Straws – Etsy

Red and White Polka Dot Pinwheels – Hobby Lobby

Red and White Polka Dot Straw Holder – Hobby Lobby