Gracie and John’s “Sweet as Candy” Birthday party and a Smucker’s Giveaway

My husband and my baby girl Gracie share the same birthday. I try to make a big deal about birthdays in our family but when there’s two of them on one day it’s an all out excuse to have a huge party.

My daughter has been the sweetest, easiest baby so my “Sweet as Candy” theme was oh so appropriate. And to gear the party for my husband I fixed his favorite appetizers and told all the men to bring their fishing poles so they could fish in the backyard.

The nice people at Smucker’s® asked if they could swing by and capture our birthday celebration. I was so glad they were there to capture all of the moments that as a hostess are hard to get when you’re running around the party.

IMG_8711Of course I fashioned the cake to match her party dress. Ruffles! It was was easier than I thought it would be and now I have a favorite way of decorating cakes.

IMG_9000My good friend Katie kept Gracie happy while I finished some last minute food prep with Kaela. Don’t you love friends that just step in and help where needed without being asked. I couldn’t thank them enough.

IMG_8790Kaela helping me finish up the wings and Strawberry IceBox Cake.

Smuckers-001Here I am putting the last second touches on the Strawberry Puffcake and a huge Strawberry Wonton salad (recipe coming soon).

Smuckers-003For the party we had a whole lot of appetizers to make my husband happy. We served Cowboy Caviar, Creamy Chicken Taquitos, Ham and Cheese Sliders, Wings with Sweet Red Chili and Peach Glaze, and Buffalo Chicken Dip.


I think these Wings with Sweet Red Chili and Peach Glaze were my favorite.


Making sure the birthday boy got to eat some wings.

IMG_8865I was a little worried that with 25 adults and 30 kids (my friends are good at multiplying) as our guests that the kids would get stir crazy so I tried to have lots of entertainment available. A bounce house…

IMG_8855 …face painter,

IMG_9064bubble gum blowing contest – because Gracie loves bubbles,

IMG_9045…and a candy bar.

SmuckersI love that two people I love so much share a birthday.

IMG_9135We had three birthday cakes: Gracie’s cake smash cake, chocolate coconut cheesecake for John, and good old sheet cake for anyone and everyone. And yes, I’m using a blow torch to light her candle because it was soooo windy that day.


She was a little gun shy at first…

IMG_9163  …but then she dove in and made her mama proud. IMG_9283IMG_9413This isn’t quite the whole gang. Some people were still out fishing here and some kids were enjoying the candy bar while their parents posed for the photo.IMG_9417

Smucker’s wants to help you with your next birthday celebration so they’re giving away the following to one lucky reader:

•        A variety of Smucker’s® Jams, Jellies and Preserves

•        A tailored selection of birthday recipes to try

•        $100 Walmart gift card

•        Birthday balloons and party decorations

To enter just use the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway ends February 11th at midnight EST.

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Speak Your Mind



  1. WOW the cake matches the dress perfect. You are so talented the photography is fantastic as well!

  2. That cake you made is gorgeous, and the party looks amazing! I wish this giveaway including you coming to help make the party look as awesome as yours does! Gracie is a doll! 🙂

  3. Maria Bennett says:

    Just wanted to mention… have not recieved not one recipe from this site… I put my e-mail address on here.

  4. My favorite is Smuckers Strawberry jelly! I use a lot of their jams and jellies to cook with. Thanks for the giveaway, hope I win.

  5. My husband and daughter also share a birthday. My second daughter was born on father’s day. It is a special time for us!! 🙂

  6. I especially love the picture of the cake and how the cake matches Gracie’s dress! Well done 🙂 One of my blogging goals this year is to attempt a three layer cake of some sort, and of course it’s going to have to be pretty!

  7. Chocolate Coconut Cheesecake???? That sounds like my kind of birthday dessert. I’d love a recipe for that!

  8. I have GOT to learn how to do the ruffle icing technique! It is too cute.

  9. What a great party! I love that cake too. Your daughter is beautiful 🙂

  10. I love the cake and I love her dress! What a cute little princess 🙂

  11. What a fun celebration! You did an amazing job, Christy! And your daughter is adorable. I love that dress.

  12. Looks like it was a really fun day! Happy B-day Gracie and John! Gracie looks so sweet!

  13. Why strawberry jam, of course.

  14. Please tell me where you got Gracie’s dress?! I love it. It looks like it was a super fun birthday bash, and the cake is just beautiful!

  15. too stinkin cute. i love that the ruffles on the cake match your darling little girl’s dress! you’ll have to share how you did the icing…i’m expecting a little girl in june so i think i’m going to have to learn the technique pretty soon!

  16. Cute party love! And I spy the Rowley family! How fun!!

  17. I love seeing the action shots of you in the kitchen! Gracie is so adorable, and it was fun to see some faces I recognized in there! 🙂

  18. gorgeous party!

  19. Looks like an amazing party and great appetizers too!

  20. Adorable party! I’m missing the cake-decorating gene….that cake is just beautiful!

  21. Gracie is a doll! What a cute party, where did you get her necklace?

  22. I just want to tell you that your daughters dress was absolutely adorable!!!

  23. Everything looks amazing!! And that cake is so cute!

  24. I absolutely looove the pic of your daughter standing in your husbands hand! an awesome capture! love your site 🙂

  25. Christi Eller says:

    Looks like it was a really fun day.

  26. Michelle Brown says:

    Your baby girl is such a doll!

  27. Such a gorgeous cake! It looks like an amazing party. Love the theme!

  28. Please tell us where you bought her adorable dress! I must have one for my little girl!! So cute.
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