In the past we've done full meals for birthday parties. It gets to be a lot. It's also not how I grew up. In my family we just did cake and ice cream for the most part. I thought doing just a cake and ice cream party would cut down on my planning stress - for sure. Wrong. As soon as I got my husband to agree to a dessert only party, it occurred to me that we were having a Fancy Nancy party. So it couldn't be simple cake and ice cream. We were going to have to do cupcakes and parfaits (that's a fancy word for ice cream sundae)!
My husband used a mass produced invite as inspiration and whipped up a cute invite to the soiree, then we sent it out via e-mail.
I made four varieties of cupcakes in standard size and mini. The minis were great. It gave guests a chance to taste a couple flavors without the guilt of eating multiple cupcakes. We made Pink Lemonade Cupcakes w/ Pink Lemonade frosting, Key Lime Cheesecake Cupcakes w/ Key Lime Cream Cheese Icing, French Vanilla Cupcakes w/ Chocolate Frosting, and Red Velvet Cupcakes w/ Cream Cheese Frosting. I'll admit, all cupcakes were mostly boxed mixes. You just can't mess them up! The key lime goodness did require extra ingredients and steps. The chocolate frosting and cream cheese frosting were homemade.
|Cheesecake IN the cupcake. I'm so sad for anyone who didn't try this one!|
Choice of chocolate or vanilla ice cream, chocolate dipped cones, cups and lots of toppings - chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, homemade peanut butter sauce, marshmallows, Spanish peanuts, M&Ms, sprinkles, blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, whipped cream, and cherries.
|The person who came up with the rice idea is a genius!!|
Water, coffee, and Orange Dream Punch (with addition of vanilla ice cream)
We used Maris's birthday banner (seen above) - an old favorite by now. I had the great idea to assemble, frame, and display all her Fancy Nancy puzzles. They weren't a standard photo size (of course!) so we did have to do some work to get them to stay without harming their future use, but once we did, they were adorable!! As you can see in the pics above, we made our own cupcake toppers and 'menu' which also added to the decorating theme.
|1 of 5 framed puzzles and her Fancy Nancy doll.|
We had a dress up station called, Maris's Boutique. Lots of our guests came dressed up or with fancy accessories, but we were prepared for the ones who didn't! We filled her basket and coat tree with scarves, hats, ties, tiaras, necklaces, rings, bracelets, flowers, etc.
|Ooh la la, Darling!|
Lastly, you can't have a fancy party without fancy guests.
|The Fancy Family|
Happy Birthday Fancy Maris!!