Birthday + Halloween Dessert Night {New York City}featured

 

Happy Birthday Lynda!  I love any excuse to throw a party, so I was particularly excited when my friend Lynda’s birthday fell very close to Halloween. I just had to throw a Halloween-themed dessert night in her honor. I handmade all the desserts (because I’m crazy like that), and the birthday girl brought homemade pumpkin sugar cookies to decorate (adults love it too!), and some delicious Italian sipping cocoa. Lynda loves Dr. Pepper, so we made sure it made an appearance for our guests too.  Homemade caramel favors were probably my favorite of all the treats.  I had to bag them all up as soon as they were wrapped so I wouldn’t devour each and every one myself. 

I made my go-to White Almond Sour Cream Cake, and then used this tutorial from Oh Happy Day for the scalloped design with the frosting.  I happily discovered this cake recipe just after I moved here, and it’s truly the best homemade cake I’ve ever had.  I always use cream cheese frosting and it’s just amazing. This coming from someone who doesn’t even like cake!

And all the fabulous serve ware is from Old Town Imports, of course! 

I need to find more reasons to throw parties. I’m turning 30 this year, and I’m beginning to not care about how pathetic it might be if I plan my own party 🙂  I love the creative process, all the details, the hubbub the day-of, I just love it all. It’s amazing how even the most simple parties take SO much work, but it’s such a fun process. I can’t even believe the level of crazy some people go to for parties, and in comparison, my parties are rather simple.  But I loved this party because the candle-lit ambiance was wonderful, and there were enough fun little details and homemade touches to make my heart smile.  My sister Erin was in town at the time, so with her extra pair of hands hard at work I was able to get some shots of our setup before everyone arrived and before it got pitch black out before dinner.  This time of year is pretty depressing because the day fades away far too quickly!

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