Livie’s Garden Tea Party in the Forrest and giveaway

Warning: This is the picture heaviest post I have ever done.  I really tried to pare it down but there were so many pictures that I wanted to share with you all, so here it goes.  All picture credits go to Alex and Co Photography…more on that later.
Cupcakes and sweets table.  To go with the garden tea party in the forrest theme I decided on of course china, lots of pretty glass and wood.  The vanilla cupcakes were filled with a raspberry cream, topped with cream cheese frosting and a fresh raspberry placed on a bed of moss on a beautiful china platter.
 I did not realize that the limbs of our oaks have gotten so high, in my mind I envisioned the tissue paper dahlias and butterflies hovering over our heads in the trees but really, they were waaaay up there.

the marshmallow pops were probably the easiest to do (and the kids favorites) and displayed on a log 

  super tiny toadstool mushrooms I have realized that I put toadstools on so many things that I have given up trying to suppress it and adopted them permanently in my life. The moss covered cupcakes were black forrest german chocolate cupcakes with raspberry jam filling and cream cheese frosting covered with edible moss.

 these “acorns” did not last very long, I saw people sneeking away with handfuls (tutorial coming this week)

 I had so much fun making the big paper lanterns that I made a few for the mini cupcakes
  Paper pinwheels, super easy (another tutorial is coming)
bubble wands (another tutorial) 
the girls get a visit from party friends 
My new tree swing (inspired by the amazing Kathleen Frances of Grosgrain Fabulous) which I added strips of fabric dyed with Wilton food dye.  Unfortunately, none of my pictures show the colors or the flowiness (is this a word?) of the ribbons.
my favorite place in our yard

front porch talk 
 kids fishing catfish down by the pond
 simple fun on a tire swing

 There were a couple of things I did different in this party that I have never done before. 1. I did not have any organized activities, kids were free to just play, they bounced on the trampoline, played in the loft space in the barn, played in the sand, the garden and down by the pond and a few soccer games popped up here and there.  2. I did not make a cake!!!!  This is huge for a cake designer. Instead I made one cupcake with a number 2 cupcake topper for the birthday girl.  I did not hear any complaints and the world kept turning.

Thank you for coming to Livie’s party.  Remember to leave a comment on todays or yesterdays post to win the toadstool and moss cupcake toppers kit of six cupcake liners, six tiny toadstool cupcake toppers and enough edible moss for six cupcakes.
Winner will be announced on Tuesday night, March 8th!
This Crunchy Catholic Momma’s giveaway can be entered by any ONE of three ways.  You get an entry for every one that you do.
1) By linking about this giveaway (to your blog, facebook, or any other site), you have to let me know you did and where you did.
2) By leaving a comment

3) By becoming a follower of my blog. There is a FOLLOW button at the upper right hand bar on this blog.  If you win and are not a follower, the prize will go to the next person : ( sorry!
Just remember to please leave me a comment telling me what you did so that I can go back and look for your entry. Either give me the link that you posted for the giveaway to or tell me that you began to follow me. 

Good luck to all my bloggy friends and thank you for joining us for Livie’s birthday party

44 Responses to Livie’s Garden Tea Party in the Forrest and giveaway

  1. Mom of boys May 10, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    Im not much of a crafter but would love to learn.Where can i find the tutorials and recipies for the lego party crafts and recipies?Love your ideas! Thanks!

  2. Tami March 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    Beautiful birthday!!! My son's birthday is next month and this would be a wonderful addition! Thanks.

  3. Linda March 8, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    Hi, I am a new follower…

  4. Linda March 8, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    Beautiful party!!!!!!!! Please enter me!

  5. Angie Crabtree March 8, 2011 at 2:41 am #

    LOVE THESE!!!! I got your link from the cakedecorating yahoo group. Your pictures are amazing!!!!Angie

  6. Tan Family March 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    What a lovely party! And, beautiful blog. I'll have to learn how to make those acorns and the little toadstools on the cupcakes sometime. Thank you for the nice giveaway. 🙂 –Jennifer

  7. Tricia March 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    Beach Chicken, borrow away! and I have no first communicants this year but maybe I will come up with some stuff!!

  8. Tricia March 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    To Lisa, My cow is a Dexter. A naturally miniature breed. She reaches me at my waist and is due to calve very soon. She is so pretty but not very nice, we have worked and worked with her but she does not like people so we will have to wait and see what happens. We hoped to milk her but that hope is fading. I am now praying that she has a girl but a boy Dexter would be fun too.

  9. Tricia March 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    To Nicole, Wow so honored to have you visit my little blog. You are a big inspiration to me. Congratulations on your little boy, you have been in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Ladybug Mommy Maria March 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    Beautiful party! Very creative and so pretty!I'll post on my facebook page and my blog, too.Thank you for the opportunity!

  11. Donna Marie March 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    I left a link on my fb page and I am now following you!

  12. Illya Gonzalez March 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    What a gorgeous party!

  13. ktgrrl March 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    I became a follower too.

  14. ktgrrl March 7, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    What a beautiful party…and yard! Thank you for sharing it with us

  15. Bianca March 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    I love your marshmallow pops! The cupcakes are gorgeous! I hope little Olivia loved them too! I wish I was a cake decorator too! I need some tips! 🙂

  16. March 7, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    i really love how you used edible moss. and i am sure the kids loved the texture. and the free play is awesome. i get so tired of organized activities at parties. you did and awesome jobs

  17. saskia March 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    You do a great job, what a lovely party and the property it is on is so beautiful

  18. Nicole Spring (Front March 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    What a magial party! Please count me in. My 2nd child's birthday is next month and this would be perfect!

  19. Monica March 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Wow, Tricia, these pictures are gorgeous! What an amazing party, in such a beautiful setting. I'm with Lisa; I want just one cupcake for breakfast, please. :-)Looking forward to all the tutorials you have lined up!

  20. beachchicken March 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    Any ideas for a first communion reception?

  21. amy g. March 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Sweet! thanks for sharing!

  22. beachchicken March 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Hi Tricia…great name(my daughter is Tricia as well)…I am Nana to 3 wonderful grandgirls. My oldest is turning 8 soon and I am traveling to her house for her special day…What wonderful ideas for a party! Hope you don't mind me "borrowing" a few…and i would love to be entered for your gracious giveaway…thank you

  23. Anonymous March 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    I just stumble on your blog, and was so happy, love everything you have done, I feel that at any moment little fairies are going to be coming out to play, you are an expert!!! Love everything and will be following to learn from you, how lucky and bless you are!!!

  24. +JMJ+ March 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    WHat an enchanting party! LUV the photos and the sweet offerings. It's like a dream.GOd bless your birthday girl and your family.

  25. De Ann March 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    Beautiful ! I so want to live there ! LOL

  26. Loads of Joy March 7, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    Beautiful! And I think not having a cake is fine – you had lots of different cupcakes which is more of a choice than cake would have been ;-)I also like a "go with the flow" party and just let the kids take the lead – they tend to have the most fun because there aren't parents trying to herd children to play games – I think one of the best parties with my son was a nature scavenger hunt we came up with on the spot! Glad ya'll had a good time!

  27. danga March 7, 2011 at 6:55 am #

    What a wonderful party. Great ideas. =)

  28. Christine March 7, 2011 at 4:58 am #

    Wow! Beautiful party! Thank you so much for sharing your GIFTS with us! Looking forward to tutorials! Happy Birthday Livie!

  29. Christine March 7, 2011 at 4:57 am #

    Beautiful party! You are so creative Tricia! Looking forward to those tutorials! Thank you so much for sharing your gifts with us!

  30. KEM March 7, 2011 at 4:17 am #

    I love looking at the pictures of the party. Such wonderful ideas and it looks like a fabulous day.

  31. Anonymous March 7, 2011 at 4:00 am #

    Wow amazing photos and such talent.Everything looks beautiful!!Sandra……MN

  32. Jenn in Bend March 7, 2011 at 3:52 am #

    A beautiful party! I can't wait for the bubble wand tutorial. You are one talented mommy.

  33. Jenn in Bend March 7, 2011 at 3:50 am #

    A beautiful party. I can't wait for your tutorials. I think the buble wands will become a party staple around here.

  34. Carol March 7, 2011 at 3:22 am #

    Everything is just beautiful!!!!! wish i had been an attendee!

  35. Ginny March 7, 2011 at 2:04 am #

    What a great party this must have been! Love the sweets table!

  36. Christina March 7, 2011 at 2:01 am #

    Oh my! This party was so deliciously crafty…Martha Stewart move over! Looks like so much fun.

  37. Patty March 7, 2011 at 1:57 am #

    I became a follower of your blog. I can't wait to see some of the upcoming tutorials.

  38. Patty March 7, 2011 at 1:55 am #

    I came over from the Yahoo Cake and Cookie group. I love the toadstools and the paper lanterns. It looks like a wonderful Birthday celebration!

  39. Karyn March 7, 2011 at 1:50 am #

    what a great looking party. thanks for sharing. looks like a wonderful place to live. wish we had a piece of land like yours! I came from the yahoo soaker group.

  40. Tricia March 7, 2011 at 1:48 am #

    mamasmiracles3, thank you and I will be posting the tutorial for the marshmallow pops and lots of the other things seen at the party in the next 2 weeks

  41. mamasmiracles3 March 7, 2011 at 1:48 am #

    I posted on my fb page too. So I did all three. contact me it if need to know more.

  42. mamasmiracles3 March 7, 2011 at 1:42 am #

    Awesome! I also came from your yahoo craft group. How did you make the marshmello pops? You have beautiful lil girl!

  43. Meg R March 7, 2011 at 1:28 am #

    so cute! Love the marshmellow pops!

  44. Lisa March 7, 2011 at 1:27 am #

    Hi Tricia, I came over from the craft group. I want to learn more about your cow. Scrumptious! I want a cupcake, just one. : ) They look sooo good. And everything seems so full of love. And picturesque, my goodness, so beautiful and what a magical swing! You must be in the South? Warm, big open space. Happy Birthday Livie!

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