May 16, 2011

Butterfly Guest Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids

Scroll down for all of the beautiful pictures!

I adore this butterfly guest dessert feature that Nicole of Tradewind Tiaras created for her daughter Niamh, whose nick name is Tykki-dyw, which means “butterfly” in Cornish.  Because butterflies are so beautiful and graceful, it is something we often see incorporated into party design.  You’ll see below that Nicole is one talented lady, as most of this butterfly party {including all the desserts and that fabulous cake – more on that later} were all homemade!

Nicole was inspired by the butterflies, lush flowers, and glass paneled buildings in butterfly conservatories for this party design. To evoke that, Nicole set the dessert table in a small tent and surrounded it with soft tulle curtains.  She also hung beautiful antique windows embellished with paper butterflies, as well as a butterfly-adorned capiz chandelier above the cake.  Nicole used the Dab of Jazz fabric collection by Gail Fountain from Maywood Studio.  The sunny yellow, raspberry pink, and orange hues on the butterfly prints are so cheery and inviting.  Nicole made party hats using that fabric {love them!}, and hand-painted ribbon wands to coordinate.  Yellow parasols and butterfly-shaped fans were also available for guests to keep cool.  Paula from Frog Prince Paperie created a pretty printable collection to match the party theme, and Nicole embellished the tags with ruffled edges from more of the fabric.

Desserts included that gorgeous tower of yellow roses and butterfly cake centerpiece {if you are brave enough to try yourself, we’re providing a how-to tomorrow}, old world raspberry bars, flower-shaped lemon tartlets (with homemade lemon curd from the last of the lemons on Nicole’s tree), “nectar” made of layered strawberry/lemon jello, miniature sugar flowerpots, butterfly and flower shaped sugar cookies, homemade candy dots in pinks and yellows, and fresh strawberries.  Edible, sparkly, butterfly garnishes graced many of the desserts.

There were even more creative projects in the activities for the party…Nicole made (1) a diy butterfly badminton with a lace and ribbon “net” and  butterfly net “rackets” to hit a butterfly-filled clear balloon back and forth; (2) a ruffly pinata filled with Niamh’s favorite candy; (3) a “Chrysalis” toilet paper wrapping contest.  Frog Prince Paperie made custom crayon boxes for the kids to color.

Check back with us tomorrow for a how-to on that amazing cake and a giveaway of those beautiful party hats!


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  • beautiful!

  • Simply beautiful.Love it!

  • Gail

    This is so awesome….What wonderful theme

  • Aletta

    Just one word: STUNNING!

  • Leila from Puerto Rico

    That is just beautiful!!!!!!!!!!! Fine and elegant! Even the crayons boxes are beautiful!!!!

  • I adore this ! LOVE the sunny yellow and happiness it evokes!!

  • Taffy

    Wow! Love it, so pretty…

  • Awesome!! Realy wonderful!xx

  • Positively adore your work, Nicole! Every detail covered, and such beautiful handcrafting! I am always in amazement at your desserts, and this rose covered cake you made here is something truly spectacular!!

  • What an incredible honor to be featured on your blog, Amy! I’m so inspired by your work, and the beautiful work you feature.

    • Beautiful job Nicole, can you give a bit of info you the edible flower pots? Those are darling!

      • Thanks, Jo-Ann! I’ll have a tutorial for them on my blog sometime in the next few days. I used the same technique my grandmother used to use to make sugar eggs for Easter.

        • Fantastic I can’t wait they were beautiful!

        • Nicole, I am so excited to see the tutorials! Your cake is just gorgeous. Do you have any pics of you cutting it? I am curious how you dismantle such a masterpiece!

  • Oohh!!! I love the yellow and butterflies! SO gorgeous!

  • This is absolutely beautiful. I love that cake!

  • How absolutely beautiful! I’m so impressed!

  • So much to love with this post! I love the Window hanging above. To the edible flowerpots and so much more! 🙂

  • I adore this! Such happy colors!

  • Colorful, fresh.. and perfect for spring and summer! I think many of us girls have a love affair with butterflies, to a certain extent, and these photos just bring out the giddy little girl in me. And that cake! Don’t even get me started on that fabulous cake!

  • Richel


  • Sarah / Dreamers Joy Events & Design

    What a beautiful cake and backdrop! So many pretty details! 🙂

  • love the backdrop of windows, great ideas!

  • Wow. I just love that cake! I can’t take my eyes off of it. I love the window panes on the table too…nice touch!

  • I always gravitate toward pink and yellow parties. This one was done beautifully!

  • Absolutely gorgeous! That cake – amazing. I hope everyone clicks through to Nicole’s blog from her website. Even more fun, creative ideas! Beautiful job on this party.

  • Beautiful!

  • Grandma

    Oh how I wish I could have attended that precious party!

  • The colors and the details are amazing! Just beautiful!

  • What a nice work! This is really inspiring! I love butterflies!!

  • Very sweet

  • Absolutely marvelous and inspiring. Seeing this brings so much joy to my heart, seriously! I mean, what’ better than butterflies (at any age)???