Avery’s Donut Birthday Party

Saturday we celebrated Avery’s 4th birthday with family and friends. This year when I asked him what theme he wanted for his party, I was expecting some Disney character or sports theme like he requested in the past. So, when Avery shouted,  “I want a Donut Birthday Party!!”, I was excited and confused but not that surprised either. I know that makes no sense, right? It wasn’t what I expected him to choose since it was sort of out of the box, but the kid LOVES donuts and I have to admit, I was thinking to myself, “this could be fun for me to plan!” We had the party at 11am and I got away with providing just donuts, fruit, milk & coffee as opposed to the entire spread of food and cake/cupcakes like his first 3 parties. As much as I like doing the food part I have to say it was SO AWESOME not having to come up with a meal and do food prep for 35 people! We ordered 7 dozen donuts from Festival Foods and let Taste of Scandinavia do all the work! Well…other than those few donuts that I added blue drizzle to 😉 Here is details of the party in photos. Enjoy! photo 1

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I had my very creative friend, Jenny Bettendorf, design this awesome poster for the party! I gave her some ideas of what I wanted and she ran with it. I could not be more pleased with it!

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We were also able to find Gluten Free donuts for Uncle John & Aunt Dena at Festival Foods!

We were also able to find Gluten Free donuts for Uncle John & Aunt Dena at Festival Foods!

look at the size of those apple fritters!

look at the size of those apple fritters!

The only good thing about having a winter birthday is we were able to keep the milk cold in the snow outside our patio door.

The only good thing about having a winter birthday is we were able to keep the milk cold in the snow outside our patio door.

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I could not believe that Avery and his girlfriend from daycare, Kendal, picked the apple fritters. They must have thought bigger is better.

I could not believe that Avery and his “girlfriend” from daycare, Kendal, picked the apple fritters. They must have thought bigger is better.

I ordered some plain cake donuts for the kids to decorate themselves as well. Here is Avery's hot mess.

I ordered some plain cake donuts for the kids to decorate themselves as well. Here is Avery’s hot mess.

Donut Craft!

Donut Craft!

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party favor table

party favor table

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These cardboard donuts cost me nothing to make! I was able to use an old box and some paint I already owned.

These cardboard donuts cost me nothing to make! I was able to use an old box and some paint I already owned.

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Cupcakes {Here Fishy Fishy}

Just thought I would share some fun cupcakes I made for a friend’s daughter.  They are having her 1st birthday party at the lake & and requested a fish/beach theme.

Enjoy!

Pretty Pink Fish adorned with M&M's and candy fruit slices!

Pretty Pink Fish adorned with M&M’s and candy fruit slices!

Swedish Fish candy with pearl sprinkles for "bubbles" make for simple, yet colorful fish themed cupcakes!

Swedish Fish candy with pearl sprinkles for “bubbles” make for simple, yet colorful fish themed cupcakes!

If you want to make fishing cupcakes, you could add a pretzel stick as a fishing pole with some dental floss or some other type of string for the fishing line

If you want to make fishing cupcakes, you could add a pretzel stick as a fishing pole with some dental floss or some other type of string for the fishing line

I hope you like these next beach bear cupcakes, because I drove to 8 (count ’em) 8 stores looking for the umbrellas to go on top. Actually, I drove to 7 stores and eventually came home desperate and a little crabby, and then my dear husband went to 1 last liquor store and they had them!! Several stores such as Party City, Target & many liquor stores carry them but every single one I went to was sold out. I thought to myself, “Is everyone in Minnesota sitting next to a pool with an umbrella drink?!…and why am I not one of them!?” I got them. Crisis solved.

I used candy peach rings (one of my faves) for these lounging mini Teddy Grahams, as well as graham cracker crumb "sand".

I used candy peach rings (one of my faves) for these lounging mini Teddy Grahams, as well as graham cracker crumb “sand”.

And of course, baby's 1st smash cake!

And of course, baby’s 1st smash cake!

Photo courtesy of Callie V Photography

Photo courtesy of Callie V Photography

Photo courtesy of Callie V Photography

Photo courtesy of Callie V Photography

Photo courtesy of Callie V Photography

Photo courtesy of Callie V Photography