Monday, January 30, 2012

Chocolate Themed Birthday Decor!

This weekend we celebrated Lee's 36th Birthday!!!
We threw a Chocolate Themed Dessert Party, with a couple of skulls to make it more "Lee"!

I started by making a banner in our party colors (Chocolate, black and Cream), it was SUPER easy.

First - I cut out triangles.
Second - I ironed on interfacing (this is super important, it keeps the triangles stiff  and stops the edges from curling around.
Third - I cut the edges with pinking shears.

Last - I sewed the interfaced triangles to quilt binding . . . Both banners took me Less then 30 minutes to make!


Next I tackled the Pom Poms for the light. I tried to make them as manly as possible, so I chose Black, and Chocolate Brown (I wouldn't call them masculine . . . but they're about as manly as a pom pom can get).
I used THIS tutorial They were SUPER easy to make! and cost about 50 cents each! :)

We attached them to the chandelier using string,  and the ones on top were just thrown up there! I like the look so much they're still up there today :)

I made a batch of Lee inspired cupcakes . . .

Rainbow Sprinkle cupcakes with Black Buttercream icing and tiny sugar Skulls on top! (I probably wouldn't do black icing again . . . because everyone who ate a cupcake had black lips and teeth . . . oops), but the buttercream icing made them so yummy most people still had two!!


Next I added, in no particular order, :
  • Nanaimo Bars
  • Brownies
  • Rocky Road bars
  • Key Lime Pie
  • Black Forest Trifle (It's when the black forest cake your making doesn't want to stop leaning to the left, so you cut up the cake and make a trifle instead.
  • Peanut Butter Cups
  • Chocolate Mousse 

  • Double Chocolate Cookies 
  • Chocolate Cookie Straws

  • Bowl of Maraschino Cherries (My Favorite).
  • and a Dish of Raspberries and Strawberries!

 Overall we had a GREAT time!! A lot of Prep work but totally worth it!! The Party was a chocolate success and Lee had not only his fill of chocolate but his fill of GIN too . . . I think next weekend is going to be a stay at home and sip tea while watching PG movies kind of weekend :) haha.


24 comments:

  1. Wow! What a great party. Love chocolate paired with berries. But, I would eat the cherries in one sitting no problem! My fav!!!Too funny about the black icing. Elie had a black and white cake for her 16th and they too all had black teeth! Hope Lee is feeling better today ;)

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  2. Looks absolutely fabulous Ashli !! I love the little skulls, they are very neat. Lee looks like he enjoyed himself :-)

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  3. I am drooling over here! Looks amazing... I wish I was local so you could share some leftovers with me :)

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  4. Sooo many yummy looking treats! Does Lee have a sugar hangover today though???

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  5. Looks delicious. now reveal desk!!

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  6. Yummy! i love the white dishes. makes everything stand out. what's that sticking out of the mousse? great job!

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  7. Everything looks amazing! I am in awe!

    xo
    -Lisa

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  8. Okay Ashli my 40th bday is on the horizon...... Can you throw a party for me? Lee is such a big kid, love it!

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  9. Totally laughing imagining the black stained teeth. Looks like a great spread!

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  10. Oh my gosh all those sweets look amazing! Lucky hubby!

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  11. looks great...don't you just love that buttercream icing ...umm as for the black that would have been interesting mixing it up. Love the banner...I need a pink one for my daughter..will check out the tutorial. Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  12. It's all good enough to eat!!...even the decorations! :)

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  13. That banner is cute, but mostly I want to eat EVERYTHING!!!

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  14. Your husband is a lucky and loved man, what a great party you threw for him. It all looks soooo yummy! My teen daughter LOVES chocolate, I may have to do something similar for her 16th!

    Louise

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  15. It looks great! I had the same problem with blue frosting... no one could smile. It was funny, but terrible all at the same time. New to your blog. Can't believe I didn't find you sooner!

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  16. What a glorious, casual party. I love everything! I too have white dishes but have never seen the 1/2 plates. Where did you find them? Also, can you please tell me what you used for your interfacing on the banner? Can't wait to see your new "office"

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  17. Lee is a lucky man, Ashli...all the chocolate he could want!! What a fantastic spread of fruits and treats, wonderful decorations; WOW!! When we finally finish our house renos and we host our Open House party, you HAVE to come and help me with the event planning!!!
    Victoria

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  18. OMG I am drooling all over my keyboard. that just looks divine. I might have to do this for my birthday ;)

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  19. Hi Jane . . .
    Sorry I have NO idea what type of interfacing I used! If I remember correctly the woman at the fabric store said it was to do shirt collars and stuff!!
    I know I had to iron it on . . . if that helps . . . it probably doesn't help though :)
    Sorry!!
    Ashli

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  20. Can I ask you where did you get your slipcovers for your chairs? They are beautiful

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    1. Sorry I didn't see this comment earlier!!! I had them custom made!
      Sorry again!
      Lots of Love
      Ashli

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    1. They were a homegoods find a few years ago.
      Sorry, If I find them again, I'll make sure to do a post on where you can buy them!
      Lots of Love
      Ashli

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