Morgan’s “Sweet” Sixteen

 Between parties, pregnancies (not mine!) and special projects I’m working on, it feels like I’ve got a list
of secrets a mile long lately, but I’m so happy to finally be able to share this one with you guys!
Way back in November my Aunt asked me if I would help her plan my little cousin’s surprise 16th birthday party. Now I’ve mentioned before how I’m not exactly the best party planner, but when your family thinks you’ve got most of the creativity in the gene pool, you do what you can to help out. I was put in charge of the cake, and decorations, while my aunt handled the invitations, location, DJ, and food. We’ve been e-mailing and pinteresting all those months getting ready, and this past Saturday everything finally came together. 
Sweet 16 Birthday Party
I was absolutely positive that with all the social media out there one of these high schoolers would inevitably blow the surprise,
but she was genuinely shocked when she walked in the door and saw her family that had flown up from Florida for the party. 

Surprise Birthday Party
Morgan & her best friend Becca arriving at the party.
Sweet 16 Birthday Party
Morgan hugging her Mom (my Aunt Pete).
Sweet 16 Birthday Party
Father – Daughter dance with her step-dad.
Those are light-up balloons I got from Pick Your Plum. They kept blinking for almost 3 days!
Sweet 16 Birthday Party
Trying to teach these kids the Electric Slide…Wow, did I feel old!
Sweet 16 Birthday Party
We had originally planned to have the party at a different location, but about a month after reserving the site, they called to say they were shutting down. Perfect. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a place during prime wedding season in a tiny, middle of nowhere type town?!  I thought it would have been nice in the families giant back yard, but we eventually ended up at the local YMCA. Which was perfect since it decided to rain the whole evening. (That should explain the dumbbells in the pictures!) 
I’ll be making separate posts about all these later, 
but here is a list of the projects I worked on for the party…
When I write it all out like that it seems as if I didn’t have much to do, but I promise you there was plenty
of planning, prepping, and mind changing involved to make it take much more time than it should have! ;D 
Thank goodness we’ve got four more years to plan her little sister’s party!

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8 thoughts on “Morgan’s “Sweet” Sixteen

  1. Wow Toni, that cake is something else!! What a lot of pressure to get the decorations right for a sweet 16th, they look like they are super impressive and you put a lot of work into them. I wish I had a talented cake baker like you nearer, I love that cake 🙂

    1. Thanks Samantha! That's the problem with people knowing you're creative. They think just because you can do something means that you want to do it. My Aunt has already had a few people ask her if I'll make stuff for them, but I say it's a "relations only" bonus! I'm not a baker, just a sewer who knows how to make a cake. And even then it's only 2 per year. Ha!

  2. Wow, I love the cake! You did a fantastic job on the decor I've seen so far. What a HUGE job, don't sell yourself short! I know you had a ton to do, especially with two little ones at your feet all day. 🙂 I can't wait to hear all the details.

    1. Thanks Lynette! I guess it's just never what you picture in your head, and that makes it disappointing. We did only have just over an hour to set up though, so I can always blame it on that…this time. ;D

  3. Holy moly, that CAKE! You're awesome. It looks amazing, and I love the little lollipop topiaries, too. Awesome work, I can't wait to hear more about the process!

    1. Oh my gosh, It was all I could do to keep Reli from stealing the lollipops out of the topiaries while I was making them. Little booger! But did you have any idea the cake was going to be that big when I sent you the picture?

    1. Thanks Britni! I took a break from sewing between college and kids, and cakes were pretty much my creative outlet. They can be a lot of fun to design!

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