Happy Birthday Grandma!

Monday, September 12, 2011
This weekend we celebrated my grandmother's 75th birthday party. She may get on to me for putting her age on the internet...but it is a big milestone and deserves to be celebrated!

The first glimpses of cool, crisp air and the return of pumpkin spice lattes at starbucks can only mean one thing...that autumn is just around the corner. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year and it makes a great party theme.

I made the invitations with some cardstock and puff paint. I don't think I have played with puff paint since I was about 8...so that was a fun trip down memory lane... I copied the tree image from some a set of really cute cookies featured on HWTM (hostess with the mostess blog).

Cookies to match. The recipe for these cookies is amazing...it is a spiced sugar cookie...great for autumn. You can find the recipe here.
I usually cheat and make cupcakes because they are simpler to decorate...so I was rather stressed over how grandma's cake would turn out. But I am pleased. It was chocolate fudge cake (from a box mix) with homemade peanut butter buttercream frosting. Yum.
I can't remember where I saw this edible acorn idea...but it is super cute. All you need is hershey kisses, small cookies (i used 100 calorie pack shortbread cookies), and some icing (to stick it together and give it its stem).
Leftover cake batter = cupcakes.
The dessert table. For the centerpiece I took branches and hung pictures of grandma when she was little, as well as pictures of other members of the family. It is our family tree. : )
Food table centerpiece
Favors. Another HWTM idea and very simple to put together. The party mix is just made of chex mix, chocolate covered pretzels, and reeses pieces, but it perfectly matched the colors of the party.
Place settings. It was a great chance to use the beautiful silver that grandma bought for me several years back. Thank you grandma! And who needs expensive placecard holders when you can use fresh fruit and straight pins?

Happy Birthday to You!
It was a great party! And most importantly it was a great chance to celebrate my wonderful grandmother and all she means to me! I love you grandma!

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