I LOVE LOVE LOVE it when a good plan comes together.
Whenever Gia and I start pinning ideas on to my Pinterest boards for themed dessert tables, we get so excited for all of the fun things that we can do together.
Truth is, Gia and I LOVE to be in the kitchen together…it doesn’t quite matter much if we are baking or cooking or dancing or listening to music. We really challenged ourselves this Halloween to come up with some nothing short of fantastic for the SoKids and their Mommas.
SoMom Kris of OC Mom in Manila had asked me if I could make some Oreo pops for our out of town “Trips and Treats” activity. Seeing this as an opportunity to have some fun, Gia and I started coming up with desserts that were easy, would look great on the table and that provided a variety of tastes and textures for everyone who would be attending our Halloween party.
Because we knew there would be a huge age range of participants enjoying the dessert buffet, we knew we had to keep the theme of the table playful and not too scary. I also had to stay within the prescribed budget (as we know DIY is always on a budget) as well as work as many OREO treats into our buffet as possible.
We also considered that the desserts we chose to make needed to be easy enough for us to prepare up to two days in advance, and that could keep that long as well. We considered the weather. If it turned out to be really hot, we might run into a problem with the chocolate covered desserts. After all, a dessert table isn’t a dessert table unless it’s overflowing with treats for everyone!
Here are some close ups of the treats that were inspired by this Pinterest board, which Gia and I were able to put together. Some of the pics that I took during the event, weren’t so clear so I was able to “borrow” some of my fellow SoMoms’ photos with permission of course.
See the cockroaches and ants munching on the OREO? Cai made a platform for the cake so that it would be a little bit higher than everything else. It was perfect to give the cake a little bit more height. Check out the cake stand…It’s two melamine bowls that I glued together with my handy dandy hot glue gun. It doesn’t look perfect…but I’m not sure anyone really noticed…
I also forgot to take a pic of the cake once we sliced it. Gia wanted to make a polka dot cake that would be orange and black when you sliced it. It worked, although, I think the next time we do it, we will add more cake balls…
I love the attention to detail that Gia has. She made this tombstone like display out of styro that she shaped with a bread knife. Then she covered it in board paper, painted it, and added the lettering details. Then we asked Nino to put the holes for the lollipops so that they would be as straight as possible. It then, became a clever way to bring height to the table in a different way.
Gia and I thought that the adults might want something different. I suggested she make a lemon tart. Truth is, we usually serve this lemon tart COLD. We realized since it had been left out of the fridge since earlier that morning that it was really sweet. Maybe next time, we can try making mini versions of this and cutting back a little bit on the sugar.
We can’t have all these treats without MILK! NOTHING goes BETTER TOGETHER with OREOS, than MILK!!!
How cute are these milk bottles decorated to look like playful mummies done by Cai?
See those little witch shoes? I picked those up at Uniwide for P15 each! I love it when I can work bargain finds into out themes!!!
When it comes to designing the printables that go on the table, I am at a complete loss. I only now learned how to use Lightroom and Photoshop to edit my photos…so you can imagine what kind of pickle I’m in when I try and create printables for a table. Asking a printer to design these tent cards, focal centerpiece and details in the shapes of stickers and tags can easily bring up the cost of a dessert table, so I enlisted fellow SoMom Tina Ong from The Phenomenal Mama to come up with designs in our color scheme.
She knocked it out of the park! The designs she came up with in between her own busy life and playing coach, driver, and cook to her three big kids were nothing short of fabulous. You can check out her designs on her blog. She even put together the files so if you would like to download them for FREE!!!
The decorations and other things were a facet of the table that I knew Cai over at Apples and Dumplings could totally handle. We discussed the colors, the possibilities of her working some of the straws and other things she carries over at The Paper Chic Studio to coordinate with our theme. She was even able to find some plastic mice and cockroaches that weren’t too scary…in fact they almost looked cute eating their own OREOS. (almost) She came up with the punched color garland, some bat cut outs, and incorporated OREOS into our BOO sign.
Putting this table together would have been impossible if it weren’t for all my friends who helped me BEFORE the actual set up on the day of the Halloween celebration in Hotel Kimberly in Tagaytay.
Thank you Oreo for supporting the SoMoms and our desire to become better people through our #BetterMe sessions. The Trips and Treats bonding session with our families was the perfect way to kick off our Semestral Break. Thank you Hotel Kimberly Tagaytay for having us and an all our crazy kiddos for such a fun celebration! Thank you YBS for organizing the entire thing, and thank you to Stan Ong, aka Photographer Extraordinaire for documenting it all. I can’t wait to see the shots you were able to get of the table…
Thank you Maricel from A Sweet Cottage for lending me your backdrop so that we could make our buffet spooky black with spider webs. Thank you Rowena for lending me all the fun paper punches, rollers, and dies in case I needed them. Thanks also for the banderitas that took center stage on the table and helped with bringing more color to our very orange table. Thank you Vangie for always being so generous with whatever supplies and advice you have in bringing a table and a party together. You are my DIY inspiration. Thank you Nenette from My Little Attic for always heeding my requests of paper and where to find and do things that I am not familiar with. You are a stylist that always comes up with classy tables and parties that I admire you and look to your creative tablescapes for inspiration as well.
And LAST BUT NOT LEAST…
Thank you to my darling daughter for being so smart, resourceful, and helpful in pulling together a fantastic TREAT table that we could share with our friends. Thank you for continuing to bake even when you were tired and when Dad and I had to leave for a little bit on Sunday for our inspirational talk. You are so much more than I imagined you would be. I LOVE YOU.
The Pastry Studio supplied the sugar cookies. You can reach them by text or phone (0917-5339275 and 633-0949) Their cookies are also sold in S&R.
The Bad Apple supplied the Ube flavored Caramel Apples. Check out their Facebook Page
Stan Ong Photography was our official photographer for the day.
Hotel Kimberly was our venue sponsor for the day filled with fun. I will write a separate post about all the fun things to do there! We will definitely go back. It was quite affordable AND a perfect place to stay with the kids because they will NOT get bored. Promise.