the big picture:
The menu consisted of:
Black Forest Cookies, Oreo Truffles, Minnie Dipped Oreos, Minnie French Vanilla Cupcakes, Dipped Marshmallows, and of course a Minnie Mouse birthday cake.
The cake was made by my fabulous sister-in-law. She did a great job! The cake stand is from HomeGoods (I finally bought myself one after admiring it (and buying a couple for others) for years)! and the red ribbon was from Michael's.
I loved these "Black Forest" cookies. I found the recipe on BHG.com (via Pinterest) but after reading reviews adapted it a little bit. I eliminated the cherry preserves and instead added cherry extract to the chocolate frosting. I used a bag mix of chocolate chunk cookies (which tastes like brownies). They were so good and tasted like chocolate covered cherries. mmmmm.
I can't believe I'd never made Oreo truffles before! They are so simple and so delicious. I got the mini cupcake liners from Zulily for Nadia's party on accident-- I meant to order regular liners. So I was happy to be able to use them! The white tray was also leftover from Nadia's party. I lined them with red polka dot scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby.
These Minnie Oreos were adorable and fairly simple, though they did take a long time to make! I found one Minnie Oreo Tutorial that was really helpful. I couldn't find the heart candies that everyone in the blogosphere seems to use (for Minnie cake pops and cookies) so I had to improvise. I bought cookie decorating icing in a tube and cut the tiniest tip off so I could just make a bow with dots. I did the same with the white cookie decorating icing for the polka dots. Oh and I tried with mini Oreo cookies for the ears and it didn't work; they just weren't sturdy enough.
These may end up at future parties...they are so cute, simple, and easy to match any party. Genevieve loves marshmallows so it was a perfect addition to the buffet. I can't take credit for the idea. I got it from here. But I used big marshmallows rather than mini ones and m&ms instead of smarties. And a helpful hint--when using m&ms don't place them on the dipped marshmallow when the chocolate is too hot. If you do, the m&m will start to melt and the candy shell will crack. Just a heads up. You're welcome. ;)
I think these were my favorite part. How adorable are the bow and "ears?" The bow is made of fruit roll ups-- a genius idea I got from here. The "ears," are made of black vanilla flavored candy melts. I LOVE the cupcake stand and it will definitely make an appearance in future parties. I got it from Hobby Lobby.
And that's it! It was a simple menu of just a few delicious and pretty goodies. Stay tuned for part II!