May 16, 2011

Butterfly Guest Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids

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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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