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Thursday
Jul072011

A Cake Party with New Friends

Hi everyone!  I have a bunch of lovely eye candy to share today.  I am so excited to finally post about a blogger's party that I was invited to by the ever-so-sweet Danni of Oh, Hello Friend (one of my favorite blogs ever) and hosted by Ruby of Cakies (super inspirational and crafty!!).  And lucky for those of us attending, this wasn't just any party, it was a cake party!

That's right, yummy cakes were the main course.  Everyone was asked to bring a cake (or cupcake) along with a pretty cake stand to share with the group.  Aren't all the cakes so lovely?!  Everyone did such a good job and everything was so delicious (I enjoyed the leftovers for a few days afterward).  

Ruby has such a lovely home, filled with unique and vintage treasures.  Danni brought along some of her own props too but she pulled a lot of the decor from Ruby's personal collection.  We gathered outside on the patio (under twinkly lights!) and dined around this beautiful rustic table, something I would love to add to my own personal collection (when I get a home someday).  

Eclectic, rustic chairs and each one was different.  Ruby has great style when it comes to these vintage pieces.  

My cake was the chocolate bundt cake you see in the first image.  It was actually a root beer chocolate cake (I got the recipe from Joy the Baker).  I absolutely love root beer so I would have liked more of that flavor but it was still delicious.  There was a consensus that the cake tasted like a tootsie roll, definitely not a bad thing.  The cake above was a funfetti cake made by Linda, who did a wonderful job on decorating it.  Funfetti cakes always bring me back to my childhood.

This purple cake was so mini and cute!  The lovely Myra made this one.  She has some stellar cake decorating skills.  She took a class apparently.  Her skills definitely came in handy for this party.

OMG yum!  Ruby made this strawberry shortcake and it was delicious.  She promised to share the recipe over on her blog soon and I can't wait.  I would love to recreate it.  The strawberries were so refreshing and it was super light.  A perfect summer dessert.  Our plates were all mismatched antique store finds.  Such a cute idea to have a bunch of unique dishes like this.  Matching dinnerware is definitely overrated.

So much cute stuff!  Danni and Ruby did such a good job putting it all together.

Ruby has three lovely daughters and two other girls joined the party so a kid's table was set up adjacent to ours.  They were having their own mini cake party complete with homemade play dough for after-meal crafting.  

Ruby with her girls, Soul, True, and Brave.

On the left are our napkins.  They were almost too pretty to use.  On the right is our dinner.  Ruby was kind enough to make us some sustenance with these mini pizzas.  They were so good...another recipe I wouldn't mind having.  The basil was fresh...from Ruby's garden...seriously she is super woman.  

We got little sprinkle favors to take home, with pretty calligraphy tags by Ruby.  Much too cute to eat.

And if the sprinkle favors weren't enough, Danni and Ruby set up this DIY station and everyone made their own mini cake stand.  Mine turned out adorable (I'll share pictures soon) and I plan to keep jewelry in it on my desk.  These crafty girls thought of everything and us guests were so wowed by their efforts.  Everything was so personal and special.  

Last image from oh, hello friend.

But when you mix super cute details with bloggers, this is what you get!  It was paparazzi style for about 30 minutes.  It was too funny (the neighbors probably thought we were freaks...and possibly the kids too) but everything was so lovely, it had to be captured on camera/multiple cameras.  

I can't thank Danni and Ruby enough for including me.  Even if you took away the yummy cake and pizza and the cute decor, I still had such a great time meeting all of these fabulous bloggers and creatives.  We chatted into the evening hours and it was so nice to have deep conversations about all things blogging, crafting, traveling, photography, and Anthropologie.  I can't wait for the next party!  Let's start planning friends!

Thank you to all my new friends that I was so lucky to meet: Lillian {unstitched}, Myra {double sided tape}, Henny and Lucy {utterly engaged}, and Linda {parked together}.  See some of the other posts about this party here, here, here, and here.

Do you have any get togethers with local bloggers and creatives in your area?  This was so fun and I would love to plan other meetups like this in my area.     

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Reader Comments (13)

So much fun *finally* meeting you, it was about time ;) Your cake was beautiful and I'm so glad you were able to come!! Love how all your pictures turned out! Even though we were all taking pictures, it is so neat seeing the different perspectives! Let's do it again soon! xo.

July 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdanni

Lauren! It was so wonderful to meet you!!! After this baby pops out we will definitely collaborate and have you come into Paper Crew and lead a workshop for us. From what I've read on your blog, you are truly a crafty young lady!!! I can't wait to get together again and have more cake :).

OmiGOSH, Lauren. This is fantasticness!!!!!! I'm drooling over the cake shots. It looks like it was such a fun time, and it makes me wish I was bicoastal.

July 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlison @ TKB

It was SO good to meet you, Lauren!! :) I'm glad we had a night of cake eating and lots of talking and laughs together :) I hope we can make this a frequent thing...;)
Love seeing all your beautiful photos (those photos of the chairs are gorg!) - so much fun, it puts a smile on my face just remembering it! :)

Looks like so much fun. The things that were put together made really vintage look and it's sensed on your photos. Nicely done.
Hugs.

July 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMädchen für alles

great pics! and this looks like so much fun. wish I was in socal! :)

July 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

I had so much fun! It was a lovely surprise to bump into you twice in one week! Lovely pics! I'll be blogging about this tomorrow, so watch out! Here comes the other paparazzi! Lol!

July 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHenny @ UE

I think this is just the most beautiful party ever! I love how perfectly simple it is...and those cakes...oh dear lord. yum! Sprinkles are the cutest favor idea I've seen...in those little jars. Gorgeous pictures L!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny @ Hank + Hunt

I want to throw a cake party after seeing this!! Sounds like you ladies had a fabulous time! I'm very intrigued with your root beer cake. I must make it soon!! :)

awe! looks like such an lovely party! i found you through lilian.. i love seeing the different pictures everyone got of the same party!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjozen

my comment dissappeared!

just wanted to say, that this party is absolutely lovely!

i love seeing everyone's photos of the same event... different perspectives and styles! found you through lillian!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjozen

I think you captured some of the best shots of the day! Lovely :-)

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRosalind

What a beautiful party!!! So happy ou had fun, my dear!!!
xoxo

July 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSofia@Brancoprata

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