Tuesday, November 17

la petite boulangerie...

"la petite boulangerie" (which translates into "small bakery") officially opened and closed...all in one day.

yep...ella's first birthday party has come and gone...
the mini french bakery themed party was a success!
officially 3 days have passed since the monumental day!
and let me tell you...

it turned out to be SUCH a great day.
not just for me...having all of these birthday visions i've had in my head for months finally come together.

but for little ella pie.
she was surrounded by beautiful petite pastries...
...and more importantly, she was surrounded by people who love her.

wanna see how it turned out?
close your eyes....
don't peek...
now open your eyes...

here's the dessert table...

and from another angle...

the birthday girl's cake set on top of a tier of mini "potiron" cupcakes. (potiron = pumpkin)

here's a closer peek...
cinnamon cream cheese frosting with salted caramel drizzle...

creme puff anyone?

or how about a tulip cup?

a "bouchon" might hit the spot...

or a mini eclair if you like...

or these mini french macarons may be just the thing for you?

these petit cookies perhaps?

are you sure?

you could take some home with you using these adorable bakery boxes?

okay then...how about just a mini croissant filled with a delicious chicken salad?

you could wash it all down with a mini-sized portion of water...
i know...it's too pretty to drink. *wink*

my favorite picture of the day? (me & my three girls)

besides this one...(thanks dad...for making sure to document this part).

i could not have done it (and enjoyed the process) without the help of my family:
clara, ema, j, grandma angelotti, grandpa & grandma schnapp

so to all of you...and by all of you i mean the family that helped, lynn @ sweet things emporium that baked, the inspiration from tomkat studios, amy atlas, martha stewart, & lollipop workshop for various elements of the party, the friends that celebrated with us and to all of you who've followed along as i've planned, organized and posted progress...


"merci beaucoup"...thank you VERY much...



Renee November 17, 2009 at 3:07 PM  

To Jess and family,

Congrats again on Ella's 1st birthday! Thank you for the beautiful tour of what was surely a beautiful day for your family. The pics. are great. 'Love the family photos. Ella is such a cutie pie. Oh, can you give her a hug from me? Thanks! 'Wishing you and your family all the "sweetness" in life always!!

The Hip Hostess November 17, 2009 at 4:16 PM  

Oh my goodness and Oooh La La!! This is absolutely Exquisite. I have never seen so much lovely. Just amazing!

Catherine Avery November 17, 2009 at 8:44 PM  

I want to come to your next party! Magnifique!

Kim - The TomKat Studio November 18, 2009 at 11:24 AM  

I'm swooning right now. I LOVE this theme idea and your dessert table presentation is to-die-for!! May I repost for my readers?! It's absolutely gorgeous!!

Rhonna Farrer November 18, 2009 at 11:45 AM  

stop it right now!!!!
you are KILLING me!!!!
you are just too too tooooo amazing!
love every single bit o' this!

LiveLovePhotography November 18, 2009 at 1:49 PM  

um Yeah. Hungry now. LoVE pastries! especially ones all pretty like that!

Jamie@GiggledustParties November 18, 2009 at 3:18 PM  

Just saw this post over at The TomKat Studio. WOW! Amazing, amazing job!

pocket full of pink November 18, 2009 at 3:52 PM  

OH MY GOODNESS, I am slightly obsessed with your blog!! I am SO inspired! I want to change my whole blog to exude the same creative sensation I get just from looking at yours!! May I gloat about you and this party on my blog?? I LOVE IT!

Candi Ladwig November 18, 2009 at 8:20 PM  

I love, love, love it!! Now I am feeling a bit guilty about the "lack of" party for my 1 year old!! :) It all turned out so stinkin' cute!

Dana Matthews November 18, 2009 at 11:19 PM  

So amazing! love love it! fab idea! After reading i wanted to find out (crossing my fingers) if that bakery was close to where i live or better yet in my state....and looks like they are! Might have to take a drive to Mount Dora! lol

Angela Gerber November 19, 2009 at 12:36 AM  

You are amazing talented woman!!
Every detail is so so lovely! Please save me a jumbo cupcake. i will be by tomorrow to pick it up. *wink*. Thank you for sharing these. Happy Birthday to Ella!

Sweetly Sweet November 19, 2009 at 8:25 AM  

Amazing, there is so much talent out there! Love the theme, the sweets table, all the details, your family is beautiful! Congrats!

My blog: Sweetly Sweet

Madame Sucre November 19, 2009 at 10:24 AM  

fun fun fun fun!! this is amazing!! I absloutly think she would be a pastry chef when she grows up :) Love it !

Debbie,  November 19, 2009 at 1:26 PM  

So I'd love to see what the invitations looked like! This is the most adorable idea and it was excuted incredibly!!!! Great job!

Tammy November 19, 2009 at 1:57 PM  

WoW! This is incredible! I love pretty everything looked and the b-day girl is adorable!

this blessed nest December 1, 2009 at 1:01 AM  

such detail. came for a visit via party perfect. what a lovely party!!!

oh la la!!! i can't imagine how much work went into this. wow.

love your music - too!

Bambina Babe January 3, 2010 at 9:20 PM  

I LOVE this idea!!! I have a little girl turning 1 in a few weeks...would you be willing to share your invitation template? I just LOVE it. If so, let me know! nealylanzen{at}yahoo{dot}com.

Korinne at Swank Sweets January 13, 2010 at 2:28 PM  

I first saw this a while back at TomKat Studio...and it just too pretty not to post! Great theme and a wonderful birthday memory for your daughter!

Melissa February 4, 2010 at 7:27 PM  

Beautiful table! I love the details, colors, and mini desserts!

Karin,  February 21, 2010 at 10:12 PM  

Amazing table! How did you use to put your cake stand on? It is just a box wrapped in wrapping paper? I was worried about the weight of the cake. Also, can you explain how you did the feather centerpieces as well! Thanks for the ideas.

jess @ pen n' paperflowers February 22, 2010 at 6:15 AM  

Karin asked about what I have my cake stand on. It's actually a wooden tray - a STURDY wooden tray that I flipped upside down. I then just wrapped/draped some brown polka dot fabric to cover it completely.

The centerpieces are mini pompom flowers I made. I posted a tutorial on how to make the flowers here:

The glass jars the flowers are in were filled with custom picked coordinating jelly beans.

I hope that helps Karin...send any other questions my way. I'm glad to help! hugs!

Denise March 31, 2010 at 8:40 AM  

Found you through TomKat! I am your newest follower! FABULOUS blog!

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From Marriage To Motherhood August 18, 2011 at 10:37 AM  

Would you be willing to share the recipe for the cinnamon cream cheese frosting with salted caramel drizzle? I would love to make these for my daughter's 2nd birthday : ) Please visit my blog. Thank you!!

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