Happy Labor Day!  

The last weekend of the summer before school starts and the weather gets a little chilly. I love the summer months – walking in the grass bare foot and enjoying time at the park with my little one but definitely looking forward to some cooler weather this September. We are lucky enough to have the windows open during the fall and enjoy watching the gorgeous leaves change color.

We have a busy weekend ahead of us by celebrating a special little boy turning one tomorrow as well as the fun of draft day for fantasy football on Sunday.  I’m working on a cute smash cake for the birthday boy today.  It’s a barnyard/farm animal theme party and I cannot wait to celebrate with our family and friends. My cousin has worked so hard to put this together and I’ll be posting photos from the party this weekend.

I thought about making some fun foods for a little BBQ on Monday – probably just for me, my husband and daughter though… Put some steaks on the grill and enjoy a bonfire later that night.


I googled “labor day food” and found some great ideas that are perfect for a bbq. Easy to make and easy to eat.



Melon Fruit Pops

Melon Fruit Pops from Bakers Royale require only fruit, lollipop sticks and cookie cutters. Cantaloupe and watermelon are cut with a round and flower shaped cookie cutter and then put on a stick.



Naomi from Bakers Royals mentions a few tips when making these fruit pops.

  • Use metal cutters over plastic cutters. You need a thinner sharper edge that metal ones have over the plastic variations.
  • You can pre-cut the fruit into their chosen shapes, but insert the popsicle sticks prior to serving or they will become soggy.
  • Avoid overly ripe fruit, as they will get mangled when you try to cut them with a cookie cutter.
  • Fibrous fruits such as mangoes and pineapples do not work well as they require the sharp edge of a knife for cutting.
Strawberry Fruit Cups
My daughter loves fruit and her favorite are strawberries. What a great presentation! Another great idea from Bakers Royale – Strawberries filled with fruit salad! Cut the bottom of the strawberry to make it stand up and fill with other yummy fruits.
Quick and easy! These would be great at any party.
  • Use the largest strawberries you can find.
  • Your filling, your preference – chopped cherries, nectarines and a very interesting (and very good) fruit hybrid called a Mango Nectarine.
  • Hull your strawberries, then use a grapefruit knife and carve a hole in the center, then fill it with your preferred fruit.
  • Cut the bottoms flat to stand your Strawberry Fruit Cups upright.
These would be great for Strawberry Shortcake Cups. Instead of fruit, add small pieces of angel food cake and then add a little bit of whipped cream on top. Yum…
LadyBug Appetizers
Thanks to Taste of Home for the Ladybug Appetizer recipe. These are perfect for so many parties that use ladybugs for a theme and decor…birthday, baby shower, bridal shower, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day parties!
Here is the recipe to make these adorable ladybugs:
Maybe I should have a ladybug themed party just to use this great recipe!  If you do decide to pick ladybugs for your theme…wouldn’t these edible cookie and cupcake toppers match perfectly?
Add these edible designs to the top of your frosted cupcakes or even apply them to sugar cookies as party favors!  They are available at Sweet’n Treats and come in 12 different designs.
Have to get my day started…it’s a busy one! But first, need to put the little monkey down for her nap!
Until tomorrow, have a sweet day!

My cousin is putting together her son’s first birthday party this September and she picked out the Barnyard Farm theme! I love the decor and there are so many great ideas she has already thought of to make this party so amazing.



She is going to make cupcakes with cute barnyard animal toppers to display on a cupcake stand and I’m going to make his “smash” cake to be on the top tier. I’ve been experimenting with different smaller cakes lately since my daughter’s birthday was just a week ago but found some very cute ideas for the inspiration.


John Deere Tractor Cupcake Toppers

How cute are these toppers made out of fondant to look like a John Deere tractor!


Barnyard Animal Cupcakes




Barnyard Cupcake Stand

What a cute display of cupcakes and I love the smash cake.  It may be out of my league to make a cake like that but definitely inspiration!

…and another cute display!

This pulls the whole theme together! With the hay scattered around and the barnyard animal toppers, this looks too good to eat!

And my favorite smash cake idea… 

So cute! Child’s name is around the bottom created with fondant and the frosting is simply piped with the grass tip. Add the chicken cake topper and this is perfect for a little one year old to dig right into for their birthday cake!

So many barnyard ideas but need to brainstorm a little more to find the perfect cake for my cousin!


Until tomorrow, have a sweet day!




What a weekend! We celebrated our daughter’s first birthday on Sunday and I have finally had the chance to upload some of the photos from her special day!


The party theme and decor colors were pink and lime green polka dots with a mod monkey design. Everything came together just as I imagined 😉


Welcome Signs

My biggest worry for the day was the chance of rain since we were planning on having it outside. Luckily, it didn’t rain but we ended up with a hot and humid afternoon.

Table Centerpieces

Outside Table Centerpieces

Box of Ribbons Centerpiece

Dessert Table Decorations

Pom Pom Flowers Centerpiece

Pom Pom Flowers Centerpiece

Happy Birthday Pennant

A Happy Birthday pennant in matching decor colors hung in the dining room with all of the food and desserts.

First Year Photo Banner

Each month with a baby picture

I wanted to display Grace each month and see how she has changed over one year. I first thought about putting her monthly photo in small frames and putting them on a side table but came up with this idea that saved a lot of space.  Each photo was cut into a circle and the month numbers used the same design from the welcome sign. I connected each one with matching brown ribbon and hung it from one of our mantle shelves in the living room. I received so many compliments on it that day!

The Mod Monkey Edible Cupcake Toppers are NOW available on our website to purchase!  Choose from PINK, GREEN or BLUE.  The edible toppers are sold by the dozen and are $9/dozen.


Cupcakes on Stand with Giant Cupcake Smash Cake

Giant Cupcake on the Cupcake Stand

For the main centerpiece on the table I made a 3 tier cupcake stand with Grace’s giant cupcake smash cake on top and standard cupcakes for the guests on the lower tiers. This cupcake stand was created with soup cans, cake rounds, wrapping paper, and ribbon! Saved a lot of money and barely took anytime to put together. I can use the stand again or I can change the color of the each tier by wrapping it in different paper! The cupcakes featured an array of toppers: edible cupcake toppers, printables and fondant decorations.

Edible Cupcake Toppers

3 Tier Cupcake Stand

Giant Cupcake Smash Cake

As for the giant cupcake smash cake, Grace LOVED it! I used the giant cupcake pan that bakes the cake in 2 separate pieces and then you put them together with frosting. I originally was going to cover the bottom with fondant but to be honest…ran out of time so I had to think of something quick and easier to make the base of the cupcake look clean. So I took some white chocolate chips, melted them in the microwave and added green candy dye. I took the cake pan to use as a mold and coated the cupcake bottom section with 2 layers of chocolate …let it harden in the refrigerator for 30 minutes and popped it out. I had to shave down the actual cake bottom to fit into the chocolate mold. Then I added the pink frosting with some chocolate sprinkles!

…and the finished giant cupcake smash cake!

Birthday Girl with Her Cake!

Grace was not shy at all to dig into her cake 😉

Favorite Photo!

High Chair Decorations!

What a great weekend! A lot of work but definitely worth it.

Until tomorrow, have a sweet night!