Live the fancy life

A blog dedicated to making every day fancy. Party planning, event design, DIY projects, home design, shopping and parenting.

Jessica is a winner of Top 25 Party Planning Moms - 2013

What's the most creative dessert idea you've come up with for a party? Please share a link if you have one.

I recently put together a modern black, white and green cow party for my son’s second birthday. I think several desserts were amazing! I knew we had to have cow cake pops because my son loves cake pops and I wanted something quirky and fun. We also had a traditional birthday cake. But I added in Trader Joe’s Joe-Joe cookies and piled them up high for another dessert that would go a long way with toddlers and kids.

This was a big hit and is a very inexpensive option for budget-conscious mamas!

I also think the necktie cookies my sister-in-law whipped up for my son's first birthday were fun and a bit unexpected.

What's a cool DIY project you would recommend for party decorations?

I always recommend the same thing when friends ask what I consider an important element. The best DIY project for a party is a backdrop for a food or dessert table. I have featured many options for dessert table backdrops under $15 or even under $5 in some cases, on my blog, so I really believe that anyone can make it happen for any party.

A backdrop makes everything come together, takes the food table to an entirely new level and adds the wow factor. My favorite backdrop that I’ve done is a ribbon backdrop-you simply create stripes with thick ribbon from a craft store in as many colors and styles as you want for a big bold statement piece on a budget.

What are some of your favorite kid-friendly party snacks that are healthy too?

We are huge fans of healthy party snacks for kids in our house. A few of my favorites are cheese sticks sliced into small pieces and served in a cute cupcake liner or cup, popcorn in mini popcorn boxes, fruit skewers with yogurt dip and we love doing bento box style snacks using paint trays from Dick Blick or other craft/art stores. Ice trays work too.

Kids often love hummus, whole grain crackers, guacamole, any fruit and cheese options.

A post with one of our food tables: