Dessert bar? Sign me up! When Melody of MellaDramatic reached out to see if I’d be interested in helping with sweets for a baby shower I was in. I knew the concept of the shower would be darling from the get-go because it’s Melody. Look at her work and you’ll see what I mean, she’s a self-employed creative specializing in design and photography and she is talented across the board. It just so happens that I actually know her from back in the day, back before I could even drive and the momma, I’ve known her for years too. Did any of you ever write “notes” when you were a kiddo? Journey and I had boxes of them to and from each other. I always loved receiving her notes, she had the best handwriting and probably still does judging by her artwork. Shout-out to this painting because it ties into the theme of her baby shower -cosmic!
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Melody created a vision board emphasizing purples, grays, and golds mixed with a little bit of iridescence and I created a correlating Pinterest board filled with dessert ideas. In the end, she gave me free reign to pick whatever I wanted to go with this invite that she designed and printed -so pretty isn’t it?!
Invite was sent complete with a Diaper Raffle card too. You can see the clear overlay that she used to keep those iridescent little stars in -such a nice touch. This is the second invite I’ve received in the mail that has been designed by Melody and they are always like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Love!
We ended up with 6 different desserts, 3 of which were heavily inspired from Pinterest: Lemon Blueberry Mousse Parfaits, Dark Chocolate Raspberry Pie Bars, Mini Blackberry Cheesecakes, St. Dalfour Four Fruits Lemon Bars, Vanilla Cinnabon Drizzled Angel Food Cake, and Brushstroke Funfetti Cupcakes with a Chocolate Ganache filling and Black-Raspberry Buttercream.
Ohhh friends. If you could have seen me in the kitchen with these you would have laughed until you cried. Two nights before the shower, I went to put a springform pan into the refrigerator, filled to the brim with my mixture for what was supposed to be Lemon Blueberry Mousse Cake, a recipe I found over on Delish.com. When I’m doing a dessert bar, I try to do a few things ahead of time so I’m not stressed out the day of -here I was thinking I was getting ahead of the game. First mistake was over whipping the cream. It was not long after I salvaged the cream that I was carrying the springform pan over to the fridge…I must have not locked something correctly because it all started leaking out of the bottom…onto the floor, and even worse, into the cracks of one of our floor air vents. Ugggghhhhh I screamed! Desperate to save the half of the mixture I still had I stood in my kitchen pondering what to do. My good ol’ mini mason jars saved the day and what was supposed to be a cake turned into parfaits.
I simply layered the mixture from the original recipe with some crushed Nilla Wafers and topped with whip cream and the sugared blueberries. Despite the mishap, the parfaits were yummy. I’ll be trying for the actual cake again later this spring or summer, it’s the perfect light dessert and looks really pretty too.
Head on over to Deliciously Sprinkled for this recipe, I followed it exactly except had to Google a substitution for sweetened condensed milk, forgot that little jar at the store. The substitute worked like a charm and I’ve moved this recipe on over to a keeper for the future. It is embarrassing to admit how many of these I ate at the party and after…
This is the third dessert that I adapted directly from a recipe that I found on Pinterest over at I Heart Naptime -I did everything the same except used a mini cheesecake pan instead of a regular pan to make cuter serving sizes. These were a crowd favorite at the party, I only brought one home -a good thing for my jeans. It is no coincidence that I wore leggings to the party.
Lemon bars are perfect on their own, but these needed some added color to tie in with the cosmic theme. Enter St. Dalfour Four Fruits spread. Check back here soon for my full recipe on these lemons bars as well as the next two desserts. I am going to link them on individual pages for ease of reading!
Check back soon for a link to my recipe!
Check back soon for a link to my recipe!
Did I mention Chase and Jack tagged along to this baby shower too?
You might not be able to see them both here, but they had a grand ol’ time, I mean, who doesn’t like to hide out behind balloons? There was a wood star painting station that was right up their ally and a drink dispenser that Chase drained, “the girl who made the drink sure did do a good job,” he kept saying.
My boys aren’t the only ones who played around -what is a shower without some fun and games? Check out what Melody came up with below to get guests interacting.
She had beautifully wrapped purple themed prizes for the winners too, think fresh lavender scent. I was lucky enough to get one of these after the party because we were all so caught up socializing that we forgot about them! I’ve done this too many times to count, including at my own son’s birthday when I forgot to give out half of the treat bags!
This was such a fun collaboration with MellaDramatic and a theme I’ve never gotten to work with before. I loved the challenge of trying to find natural ways to bring in shades of purple to the desserts without having to use too many items advertised as “edible,” that still leave my mind wandering. Am I the only one who does this? Don’t get me wrong, I’ve used food coloring and the like, but if I can avoid it I do -fruit was my best friend this time around! St. Patrick’s Day I put spinach in my kid’s pancakes to make them green to avoid food coloring…see what I mean?
Anyhow, a fun time was had by all. I’d include a group photo of everyone in front of the backdrop that Melody made -but I don’t know all of the ladies on a personal level, and don’t want to put anyone out on the internet that does not want to be! In any case, a lovely group of ladies with some very talented singers I may add. Songs were sung and they brought tears. It was a beautiful baby shower, for a special momma and her little star that is soon to be born.
Pin the below image for later and feel free to contact me for any party/dessert needs you may have via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on any of my social channels in the top right-hand corner of this page! You can contact Melody via email at email@example.com or find her on LinkedIn here and Instagram here!
As always, thanks for stopping by!