Monday, May 2, 2011

Girlfriend's Neapolitan Party



For my Mom's birthday, we celebrated with a small circle of some of her girlfriends over some sweets and coffee.



Every detail, color, and flavor focused around neapolitan. Because, neapolitan represents the times when you can't just choose ONE good thing in life to savor, so you choose to enjoy all!

Chocolate?

Strawberry?

OR....

Vanilla?


hmmm, all 3 yes please.

Of course, this party couldn't be without the classic Neapolitan boxed ice cream.


I also made a 6 layer Neapolitan cake with whipped chocolate ganache between each layer and fresh strawberry jam frosting. I found this cake on the always incredible Sweetopia! Her recipes are amazing and styling is perfection.

My boys asked why I was making Grandma six birthday cakes instead of just one. They also LOVED watching the cakes get stacked.


All the boys made her cards but Cameron, my oldest, made her a TALL card that matched the TALL cake!

I discovered the ideal venue to celebrate at a proper Victorian coffeehouse called CUPS.

Cups Coffehouse is snuggled in the corner of a renovated Victorian house, called the Miller Homestead. They have a gift shop with unique treasures. They also serve up goodness on their mismatched, vintage silverware, plates, teacups, and saucers.



Doilies, Lace, Roses, Pastels, everything dainty and girly for this breezy afternoon celebration on the back porch.



I framed an antique dyed paper doily for her birthday message banner.



I made another paper doily garland, similar to the springtime garland I made earlier this season. Using paper doilies, I dyed them antique white, light pink, and mixed with some white doilies to include every color in neapolitan.


Clear scalloped plates over doilies made feminine place settings.


A short while ago, I received this fun package in the mail from France!

They were delicate napkin rings and worked beautifully for this party. Each napkin ring is wrapped uniquely in vintage lace from French Felt.


The back porch was decorated with soft & pretty roses and other flowers.

Sweet flowers topped the cake too...





These adorable homemade vintage lollipops are from Vintage Confections. They are flavored to taste just like Neapolitan ice cream!


Some were wrapped up as party favors to go too.

The ice cream cones were made delicate with wrapped doilies.


I also made a family favorite cookie in our home: our classic ribbon neapolitan icebox cookies!


The cake, of course, was the best of all flavors: strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate.


My Mom and a sweet circle of friends...

Polly, Katherine, My Mom, and Jill

Girl talk about pretty things, shopping, and just stuff...

One of the girlfriends: Jill

Cake, cookies, and ice cream is served.





The afternoon was spent enjoying
pretty moments with pretty hearts.
It's a blessed life we each get to live.



Happy Birthday Mom.

Thank you for making the moments of my life pretty.




Make a wish,


make a thousand,


that way for sure

one will come true!





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45 comments:

Kirsty said...

Oh wow! How beautiful and original. I love it! Your cake is so impressive and I am craving a piece of it and one of your pretty cookies too. Will you share the recipe? Your mom is blessed to have you, she is obviously a great mom too :)

Judy said...

This is precisely what I was talking about in my email to you: I was sitting at work, thinking about Mother's Day, and I just had a feeling that you'd have a sweet post on the topic! Happy Birthday to your beautiful mom! How truly blessed you both are to have each other.

I lost my mom to cancer when I was 17. I'm always happy to see moms and daughters sharing and spending time together. Life is so short ~ never forgot to take the time to make those special moments memorable.

Judy@cutest-little-things

Angela said...

This was amazing. What a gorgeous cake! What a lovely gathering. Your Mom must have been so overjoyed that you took so much time and care to make such a lovely celebration.

Everything was incredible.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

You always throw the most amazing parties! I love your attention to detail. Such a clever party theme Lisa!! It all looks beautiful! I'm sure it was a wonderful day for all the ladies and especially your mom!

Kelly @ Make It Sparkly Mama said...

Wowed as usual! Lovely, perfectly lovely!

Frivolitea said...

Oh, that looks beautiful - and delicious!

Kate said...

Hi Lisa
Well I must say you knocked that out of the park! Superb I loved all of the detail it was the perfect touch. What blessing to see what a gifted gal you are. Have a terrific week

xoxo
Kate

Lisa said...

So sweet and thoughtful. I loved all of the details. I am sure your momma loved it!

Cozy Home Scenes said...

It is very obvious how loved your mother is for you to go to this much trouble. Looks like a great party. I'd take some of that cake if I was there, but I simply adore the ice cream cones with the doilies around them.

Rebecca said...

Love the doilies wrapped around the ice cream cones- such a cute touch!

Shana said...

Such a great idea!!!!

Our Italian Kitchen said...

Too cute! Love all your details! Those cones and lollipops are adorable!

Cara @ The Boys Made Me Do It said...

I love this idea! I might have to steal it for my birthday party!

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

Oh, wow! This looks absolutely delish!! Thank you so much for sharing!

Jami said...

I'm in LOVE with this party! Hands down its one of the most clever party ideas I've ever seen! Would love for you to drop by the Tuesday To Do party and share it!
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Smiles!
Jami

LambAround said...

What a lovely and fun (and yummy!) party! I really need to get myself some girlfriends :)

Shabby Soul said...

What a great party idea! I love the neopolitan theme & the idea behind it! Your use of doilies was perfect. I especially love the framed on!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

This is so pretty! I love how everything color coordinates :)

I'd love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday! http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/05/your-whims-wednesday-5-and-features.html

Kelly @ MillerMix said...

I love how you can take something "boring" and turn it into something magnificent. You have a gift!

Jane said...

Lisa, you've done it again! This party idea is wonderfully "girlie". And I am betting you had so much fun planning this non-little boy party. I know your mom and her friends thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Hugs,
Jane

Holly said...

You had me at neapolitan. It reminds me of my dad though. What a lovely a setting and the decor...so gorgeous!

Jessica Loukota Leimback said...

How fun and special you made that!

You amaze me with the things you find...Neapolitan suckers...
seriously...too cute!!

I would love the recipes for all the sweet treats :)

Debbie said...

LOVELY!!!

Dannyelle said...

What a pretty party. I love all your little details. Great job once again. Makes me want some cake ;)
Dannyelle @ www.lifeisaparty.ca

Char@The Starter Home said...

The party turned out beautiful. I love that you celebrated your Mom in such a sweet way!

Marlis said...

Love all the doilies.. they made everything look so pretty. Love all the neapolitan food items.. so cool.

ButterYum said...

What a fabulous party! Just get a load of that cake - impressive!! Love the cookies, ice cream, everything! Love, love, love it all.

:)
ButterYum

~Iffy~ said...

This is still a cute idea! How sweet. Thanks for linking to my Mother's Day party. Don't forget to follow me please. Have a great day, thanks for stopping by!
~Iffy~
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Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles said...

This look so elegant and beautiful!
Great!
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Maria said...

That looks lovely! I love those Neapolitan Cookies, I will have to add those to my file and try them out!

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

What a beautiful party!! I especially love your little birthday message on that doily. Such a great idea!

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Johanna said...

Helli Lisa,
sweet post with lots of nice photos. Wish you a wonderful Mother's Day, too.
Warmest regards, Johanna

Snap said...

Wonderful party! So many great ideas for your Mother's birthday. A Happy Birthday to her and Happy Mother's Day!

Diann said...

How fun! Everything looks so pretty. Happy Mother's Day!

d e l i g h t said...

This is just stunning! Love the use of doilies. Found you at Tablescaper and am a new follower. I invite you to visit my blog.

The Tablescaper said...

Wht a wonderful party for your Mom. I'm sure she must have been so honored. I love the Neopolitan theme.The cake is amazing and the cookies look great! Hope that you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Thank you for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

KK said...

i enjoyed this post. the flavors of neapolitan all go together so well...and the colors look so pretty together. you put it together beautifully.

{better than candy} said...

You already know how much I loved this idea.... and the cake is beautiful!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Amazing party for your mom, wish I was afriend of hers, such delish sweets and all the beauty and fun!
The cake is gogeous! Neopolitan thru and thru! I'm at BNOTP, MM.
Hugs
FABBY

WhoWhatLogos said...

Wow...too fun and super cute!

Wendys Hat said...

How fun! Wow what a cake!

PaperPoet said...

This is just so lovely. Such a classic idea, executed so beautifully! Thank you for posting. Lovely photos, too!

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Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Lisa - Love all the details you have put into this party. The Neapolitan theme is adorable. Simply beautiful. Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this. Hope you are having a great week ~ Stephanie Lynn
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