happy birthday to me

here is how my finished birthday cupcakes turned out.

raspberry filled chocolate cupcakes decorated with chocolate frosting, a fresh raspberry and my custom cupcake topper.

and here’s me taking a bite out of 30!

you know that saying, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em?  well i’ve decided i’m going to embrace 30 and all that it has waiting for me.  after all, 30’s is the new 20’s!

waste not, want not

give me a sheet of 19.5″ x 27.5″ decorative paper and i will make sure to use every bit of it!

after using this decorative sheet of paper as envelope liner for my birthday invites, i kept the big pieces of scraps, like i always do, in hopes of using it for another project.

well this time around i decided to make custom cupcake toppers…

i can’t wait to get into the kitchen and bake the cupcakes for it!  check back in a few to see how the final piece turns out.

like the idea of custom “in a card” cupcake toppers for your next party???  drop me an email and we can talk details.

good things come in small packages…

… or, in this case, “little” packages!!!

i’ve started a new series of “little” invitations that are now available on my “in a card” Etsy shop. these custom invitations will make announcing your little one’s birthday real special!

“little cupcake invitation” by in a card on Etsy

“little super star invitation” by in a card on Etsy

“little sport invitation” by in a card on Etsy

i will continue to add new designs to this “little” series so make sure to check back often for new designs.

la dolce vita

i recently had the honor of helping plan my cousin joan’s 40th birthday party.  when an italian party was decided on, i immediately knew the theme would be “la dolce vita,” which translates to “the sweet life” in italian.  what a perfect way to celebrate a birthday milestone, with a night full of all the sweetest things in life… food, drinks, music, and an intimate party with your closest friends and family.

from classy invitations by in a card to set the theme and tone of the evening…


to a complimenting and really “sweet” party favor…



each party favor, by in a card, had a little thank you note tucked inside and was sealed with a picture of joan when she was a little girl to remind everyone that she is “fabulous at every age!”


for decorations, i arranged fresh flowers and candles throughout the house



freshly picked from the downtown L.A. flower mart that morning, with the help of joan’s husband, jonathan, who is also by the way the person responsible for throwing this fabulous party to honor his wife



5 different wines plus italian cream sodas to wet the palette while enjoying caprese salad, chicken parmigiana, lasagna and garlic bread from a wonderful local deli, claro’s italian market


and what party wouldn’t be complete without dots cupcakes (served with a side of cannoli of course, from claro’s)


it was a wonderful party enjoyed by all and hopefully a very memorable one for the, always fabulous, birthday girl.