Celebrating with a Summer Dessert Table
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Summer is in full swing around here, and Andrew and I have been spending a lot of time by the pool lately. His birthday is coming up FAST (where did the summer go?!) so I’m in full party planning mode and loving every second of it. I think I missed my calling, ha! To celebrate his summer birthday as well as all the others, I partnered with American Greetings to share how I decorated a summer dessert table for the occasion using my fav party products from Walmart. Not only do I get to share how I styled this fun table but I have several different DIYs and desserts you can whip up to celebrate a birthday or other fun summer occasion.
Let’s dive in! I think my favorite thing about the table is the tissue paper sun on the wall.
To decorate the table, I purchased American Greetings blue tissue paper and crumpled it on our large white table to look like water. It gives the table an interesting 3D look that really stands out once you put more things on the table, like a cake stand, gifts and other treats.
For the wall, I used a pack of light yellow tissue paper and double sided tape to create a tissue paper sun on our large white wall. It only took about 5 minutes to make!
Then I made a basic “Happy Birthday” banner using my Cricut Explore Air and a variety of cardstock that fit with the summer theme. I punched holes in the flags and thread them on a long piece of string to display with the sun.
You can see I also wrapped Andrew’s birthday gifts with pretty American Greetings paper sitting there in the corner. I’ll probably leave them sitting around the house until his actual birthday because I truly enjoy torturing him by making him stare at gifts he can’t open. MUAHAHA! It’s OK, he does it to me too.
I picked up a pack of gift wrap with a solid blue paper (his favorite color) and blue and green striped paper. On the solid blue paper, I simply used a large paint brush to add white strokes around it to give it some pattern. This way, I had that homemade look with the right colors.
This American Greetings birthday card seemed perfect. The last few cards we’ve exchanged seem to be cat related, ha! While I was shopping, also picked up thank you cards (always great to have in the house!) and a simple card for Sister’s Day. Did you guys know August 6th is Sister’s Day?! I’ll be seeing my sister this weekend, so it’ll be a “random act of cardness.” See more ways to #CelebrateAllSummer here!
I found everything I needed right next to each other at Walmart – the greeting cards and the gift wrap and party supplies.
Now, the dessert table obviously needs desserts! I made my semi-homemade pineapple cupcakes recipe and topped them with DIY sun cake toppers. To make them, I cut out the sun background and the middle from two different shades of yellow. Then I sandwiched them together with a toothpick and a glue gun!
For the flip flop cookies, I used a shoe cookie cutter and pre-made sugar cookie dough (see my favorite sugar cookie recipe here!). Then I used some simple royal icing tinted blue to pipe the shape of a thong sandal. Since the cookies are sweet on their own, there was no need for any more frosting than that!
To make the palm tree pretzel sticks, I laid the thick pretzel sticks out on a covered baking sheet. Then I melted dark green candy melts, moved them to a plastic ziplock bag, cut the tip and drizzled the candy back and forth over the tops of the pretzels to look like palm tree leaves. They took about an hour to dry completely.
Set it all up on a big table and let your guests enjoy all the treats! I think Andrew appreciated having an extra layer to his birthday with this project. Overall, I love all of the elements that went into creating this fun summer dessert table. It was easier than you think to find everything I needed to both make decorations and wrap my gifts with sweet cards from American Greetings at Walmart.
Enjoy what’s left of the summer!
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