Nadia's "Chapter 2" Book Themed Party: Dessert Buffet. - Pretty Real

Nadia's "Chapter 2" Book Themed Party: Dessert Buffet.

7:00 AM


I honestly don't know how many parts there will be, but we should probably start with Part I right?  I'm sort of sad that it's taken me THIS long to share her party with you!  I was behind from Nadia's party.  Then my computer crashed and I was behind from that.  Then I was sick (and so were the kids) and I was behind from that.  Then I started attending a bible study requiring daily homework and am always behind in that (though it's a huge blessing).  I'm starting to think "behind" is just my typical state of being lately and I should just roll with it. Anyway, here I am ready to share some party deets.  Starting with the dessert table of course.  (Because that's my favorite part.  I think).


The colors were mint, orange, yellow, and pink.  In hindsight it's a lot easier to keep things clean and simple with fewer colors.  But I love color and just couldn't help myself.  Or exclude pink.  As for food, I wanted to keep it simple this time around.  

Dessert Buffet Menu
Birthday cake- I made it with a box mix and store bought icing using this tutorial.
Oreo tower- I tried to copy hers from this party but I think I should've used double stuff Oreo's.
Peanut butter no bake cookies- store bought
Homemade cake truffles- basically cake pops without the stick.  
Oreo truffles- using this recipe/tutorial. (I made these for Genevieve's 2nd party and they were a hit).
Sticky popcorn- a Pinterest recipe that was uploaded by a user (see this pin).
Animal crackers- store bought.
Donuts- I added icing and sprinkles to store bought donuts.  I meant to make this taller also but ran out of time.  
Helpful Hint: For any "tower" type dessert they seem to require more of the product than you think!
"bookworms"- i.e. neon gummy worms.
Rock Candy Pops from here.

...Note: If you'd like to view the images as a slideshow just click on one and scroll through...
Love this sweet shot of my Genevieve checking out the goodies.  She was asking all day to eat them and I kept asking her to wait and promising she could indulge once the party started.  This shot also shows my DIY scalloped tablecloth which I love!  Super easy-- Trace half a bowl on a plastic tablecloth (I considered using cloth but the budget wouldn't allow it) and cut.  So simple.

I loved using books as chargers.  I got this vintage Disney book from a thrift store.
I made the toppers for these the old fashioned way--folded a book page in half and cut half heart shapes. Then I glued them to a toothpick.  The pretty slotted plates I got from a thrift store.

I knew I didn't want to focus on the "nerd" or bookworm aspect of a book party but I couldn't help but throw in "book worms" as part of the dessert buffet. 
I am not great at making/decorating cakes but I was fairly pleased with how this one turned out!

This was one of my favorite parts of the party!  I loved using real furniture for the drink station and what better piece than a dry sink?  Best part- I borrowed the pretty drink dispenser and galvanized tin and already owned the pretty drink bottles, so this pretty set up was totally affordable.
 I lucked out and found the fun cups at Target in the kids' dishes section.  Score.
Can I be honest with you? I forgot to put the cute straws out?!  But how cute are they right?  I adorned a handful of them with titles of classic fairy tales and/or text from the fairy tales.  Loved the idea and a tiny bit sad that they never made an appearance!
One more photo of the water wrapped in book pages simply because I adore this idea!
The Big Picture.  SO sad that I didn't pull the blinds behind the window so my ugly plaid couch shows through...long story but I didn't intend to have the table in this spot and in my rush I didn't realize the "photographic implications" of this set up. In case you didn't know, "photographic implications" is very real.  and very serious.

Sources and DIY:
Event Styling: Tiffany DeLangie of TheTasteFullLife.com 
Photography: Captured NH.
Paper Labels: Christy DeLangie
Milk glass vases: thrift stores
Paper mache booksHobby Lobby
Cake Stand for Donuts along with slotted plates: Thrift Store
Cake Stand for Cake: HomeGoods
Cake Stand for Oreos: Christmas Tree Shop
Coral cupcake holders: Target
Wood Tray: A repurposed container that a toy came in.
Little glass ice-cream dishes (holding gummy worms): borrowed. My SIL said she paid .97 for them at Wal-Mart. I need to stock up on these!
Glass apothecary jar for rock candy sticks: Can't remember :/
Book Page "2" Cake Topper: DIY. Cut a book page into a "2" and glued to a skewer.
Glasses on Cake: Target
Orange Polka Dot baggies: Target's $1 section
Yellow Polka Dot cupcake liners: Michael's or here
Ribbon: Dollar Tree, and various leftover from other projects.
Heart Cake toppers: DIY using book pages cut into hearts and glued to toothpicks.  So easy and quick.
Vintage Disney Books used as chargers: Thrift store
Rock Candy PopsOriental Trading Company.
Polka Dot Straws: Jane
Book Page Wrapped Water Bottles: DIY.  I bought a book from the Dollar Tree (Little Women--how fitting) and wrapped the bottles then attached paper straws with washi tape.
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I think that's it! I owned most everything which really helped keep costs down...and helps me justify my "collection" of party stuff!



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6 comments

  1. Just love a book theme...and you pulled this off so resourcefully and prettily!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment and kind words :)

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  2. I read this on my phone yesterday and LOVED it! I don't know where to begin... the book cake, the book page toppers/sticks in the truffles, the fact that so much stuff was homemade (even the food), or how adorable the Nadia backdrop is. Too much! Love it all!

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    1. Friend! You know that means SO much coming from you! Thank you!

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