This Chevron & Polka Dots 1st Birthday Party was so much fun and one of my first really complicated parties. (Read to the bottom for a great collage you can Pin!)
Well, complicated is maybe the wrong word.... it just had a lot of different sweets - all of which I had done before - but not all at once, for one party. When Summer asked me about doing this party... I was really excited but also intimidated!
Her party inspiration came directly from this Chevron & Polka Dots Party shared over at Hostess with the Mostess. She loved the colors and the cake... but she also asked me to add in some different elements that weren't identical to that party.
So... first is the cake. The design credit goes to Love & Sugar Kisses. Summer wanted the cake to be as close to the original as possible including having 3 tiers, but she didn't need lots and lots of servings, so I used 6", 7" and 8" round pans to minimize the amount of cake.
I used my chevron cutters and plaque cutters from CheapCookieCutters.com to do the bottom tier and the plaque on top. I used my FMM Ribbon Cutter on the top tier as well... and some small round cookie cutters to do the polka dots on the middle tier.
For the number on top, I cut it out and let it dry (as explained in my how to make fondant number toppers tutorial) and used a lollipop stick on the back to stand it up. The tiny flowers were cut out using the flower punches from the Wilton Gum Paste Flowers set.
For the cookies, I cut out the 1's and circles, then used buttercream to attach fondant to them. I piped on the "E" monogram with royal icing. I used my favorite roll out sugar cookie recipe for these.
Then there were petits fours. I used an almond cake recipe from Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook for the petit fours cake. I've used that recipe several times now and it's pretty godo! I dipped them in a glaze that I sort of made up. I'll have to write down how I make it next time and see if I can share the recipe! (UPDATE: Here's my FAVORITE Petit Four Recipe and Petit Four Icing Recipe)!
To decorate them, I drizzled them with royal icing to match the party!
Another thing on Summer's wish list for her party was marshmallow pops! These are sooo easy to make and really fun and versatile. To make these, stick a marshmallow on a lollipop stick (dip the end of the stick in chocolate before putting it in the marshmallow to hold it on), dip it in white chocolate and then roll it around in sprinkles. Done!
I first made these way back when for Christmas and that post for Peppermint Marshmallow Dips was one of my most popular posts ever! You can see details of how to make them there!
For this little smash cake, it was simple... covered in yellow ombre buttercream roses. You can see a tutorial from Amanda on how to pipe Buttercream Roses here.
And that's everything, I think! I'd love for you to Pin this party... here's a collage for you:
Do you have any questions about this party? Please leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer and help out!
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Sweet Bakes Of Mine By Yaneri Rodriguez
Turned out GREAT Rose!!! Love the colors!!! Your link to CheapCookieCutters.com doesn't come up. Did you use a cookie cutter to make the Letter E tag?
Thanks so much Yaneri!! I fixed the link (I think)... and I used a plaque cutter from that same site! 🙂
Very cute! I have a question on your cookie cutters used. What size chevrons do you like, and which did you use on this cake? The plaque with the initial is really cute too. I'm assuming it is the bigger set vs. the small set of cutters. Thanks for your help.
I think I used the 1.5" chevron cutters for this cake!
Wow! Thanks for such a fast answer. I also love your Orange Chevron cake on your post about your 10 favorite cake tools. Love your tips especially since I'm pretty new to fondant and the way you write. Thank you for sharing your talent. I'm always discovering something new & cute on your site.
Wow! This is amazing! i am in year 9 and for my my project i have to make french food i have decided to make petit fours and your website helps a lot