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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Chase's Birthday Favors

Today our son Chase finally got to celebrate his fifth birthday with his friends. His party was held at Nunley's Carousel and the kids had a blast. Recently, our family vacation enabled us to all ride an airplane together for the first time and now Chase has added planes to his fascination of transportation. I made his cupcake favors half planes and half rockets (all design credits to Lynlee (again!)) The party was great and it was so nice to see some of his Pixie preschool friends and share a beautiful afternoon together. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful son. His smile warms my heart and he was smiling wide today!

Happy Birthday Haley & Conner!

Repeat customer and friend, Nancy, contacted me because her niece and nephew's (twins) birthday was coming up. Haley plays field hockey and Conner recently started playing football. Both of them are very athletic and Nancy, told me stories of Haley playing on the varsity team and Conner scoring 3 touchdowns in his last game. Nancy is a very proud and loving Aunt! Haley and her teammates get together before games and have a pasta night....they were going to add these cupcakes to celebrate her sixteenth birthday. Her brother, Conner would be going to a NY Jets game and there were a few waiting for him when he got home. Happy Birthday haley & Conner! I love that Babycakes will add that personal touch to any gathering and make it a memorable time!

Way to go!!

Loyal customer, Colleen, called me because she wanted to show support and pride for her husband who ran in a race at SUNY ALbany. She asked me to make these mini cupcakes in the school colors and make custom banners. I love the fact that my minis commuted all the way to Albany as a reward at the finish line!

Peace Out Kate!

My friend, Suzanne, contacted me for her daughter Kate's Birthday. Kate wanted purple peace signs on her cupcakes for her classroom celebration. It was my pleasure to make them for her. I did not get them on the blog as soon as I had hoped to. Kate is a beautiful young girl and I hope she had a fun birthday at school!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Babycaking 101

Babycakes is excited and proud to announce the launch of CUPCAKE PARTIES! Last week, I was able to share the experience of my very first cupcake party at Julia's 9th birthday party. First of all, there's nothing quite like a house party. When I was a kid, it was how we celebrated just about every birthday. Babycakes came to the celebrant's home with everything needed to demonstrate frosting and fondant techniques with the guests. Each child got two "naked" cupcakes and had fun frosting the first one and got a little bit more focused decorating the second. They each got a take home box to boast and share with their families upon going home. The girls at Julia's party, browsed through my book and then we got to play with all the sweet goodies! The party guests all got creative using cookie cutters and experimented mixing different colors into their fondant. It was great to see some very focused while others sampled the fondant and frosting as they created their own designs. If you are interested in hosting a Babycakes cupcake party in your home for your child's special day or for a private tutorial, please do not hesitate to contact me here on the blog, my email. alicatesi@aol.com or Inbox me on Facebook. This was such a fun night and I know there are many in store in the future!

Forever 29!

My suto cousin Brian (aka Briaz) contacted me for cupcakes that his fiance Sally could take on her flight to Florida tomorrow. She is flying to celebrate her friend's birthday and since they have always baked cupcakes for each other, she wanted to keep the tradition going and asked me to bake her friend a dozen and she'd bring them with her on the flight. Brian let me know that Sally's friend was not too eager about turning 30 so he asked for Forever 29. I like the idea but didn't know how else to express the resistance via the toppers so I made pretty fondant roses and kept it simple. I hope Sally's commute to Florida is a safe and when she lands, her friends will clearly see that she is a true blue friend with such a sweet thoughtful gesture. You see people, you can say it with cupcakes!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Connor's Star Wars Cupcakes!

Connor is EIGHT years old and celebrating with his classmates! These chocolate cupcakes are adorned with homemade fondant toppers that I made trying to get as many familiar characters and custom for Connor's big day! I hope he and his friends at school will enjoy these as much as I enjoyed making them!

Double Strikes for Gina & Louis!!

My hospital roomie from FIVE years ago, Janet is celebrating her twins' Gina & Louis' fifth birthday with a bowling party! It was great to share the experience with her welcoming her beautiful babies into the world and so happy we've remained friends over the years that are racing by. Janet sent me pictures she found online to match the party's theme and asked me to alter them slightly with color and adding the number 5. Credit goes to hello naomi on Flickr. My kids are attending the party and very excited that I get to see first hand the guests enjoy the cupcakes for this special set of twins! Happy 5th Birthday Gina & Louis!!

Everything's Coming up Roses

These sweet little fondant rosettes were made for my parents who were planning on visiting someone. Weather changed the plans but they insisted on the cupcakes anyway! They took them to the parish they belong to instead. I love the way the roses turned out, first time I ever made an open rose!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Shannon's Sweet 16!

Nancy is a new customer. She ate a cupcake about 18 months ago from a party thrown for my cousin and kept my card for a special occasion. Her daughter, Shannon is having a classic beautiful party to celebration her Sweet 16! It makes me feel so good to know someone keeps me in mind for times like these. Shannon told her Mom that after the cake gets cut, everyone runs to the dance floor because it's almost like a cue that the night is coming close to it's end and no one eats the cake. With that in mind, Nancy decided to send home the dancing, hungry teen guests with that special portable cupcake to go! I baked up 9 dozen of these simple pastel cupcakes with a homemade banner. The venue was set right off the beach, the adults took home a sand castle so she asked me to keep the colors soft. Happy 16th Birthday Shannon! *Posted a week after actual event.