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Cakewalk Baking - Eight is Great - modern disco party (31 photos)


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I am so thrilled to be
sharing my son, Graham’s eighth birthday party photos. When we
started planning his party the one thing he wanted to do was
“dance, dance, dance!!!”. I liked the idea of a disco party, but
I didn’t want to go with the traditional 70’s look. I was really
inspired by this party by Bash Please
( and hoped to
create a fun, but sophisticated and modern look. Working with a small
budget, this was definitely a DIY affair. I considered renting a space
for the party, but decided to keep it at home to save money & also
give me more time to decorate and personalize the space. I purchased
silver fringe curtains for a backdrop for the dessert table and also
to transform our deck into a dance floor. I used silver fringe,
handmade tassel garlands and honeycomb balls to decorate both our
dining room (where the dessert table was) & deck. I. I also created a
lighted marquee letter “G” for the dance floor. I used my
Silhouette Cameo to create the "Eight is Great" banner that hung above
the dessert table. Giant clear balloons filled with metallic glitter
– some filled with helium, some not – and a silver eight balloon
rounded out the decorations. A helpful note: Command strips &
the day for this party. They held up all the decorations inside &
without damaging any surfaces. They were amazing!


I asked my dear friend, Becca of Cake./ Events + Design ( to create the invitation and was absolutely thrilled with the results. I knew I
wanted the basic color scheme to be hot pink (Graham’s favorite
color), mint and silver. When Becca added the midnight blue
background it really gave design the sophisticated look I was going
for. We added the caveat “No one over 21 allowed” because with 20
kids coming, there wasn’t going to be room for all the parents on
the dance floor.


What’s a dance party without a DJ? We are incredibly lucky to have
an amazing DJ, Chip “Mancub” Corwin as a fabulous friend. Not only
is he a top 10 DJ in San Francisco (he was playing at a major music
festival the next day), but he also loves kids. Chip made a huge
‘hit’ (no pun intended!) when he showed up in his human piñata
costume. As Graham hit him (gently, I promise) he ran around tossing
candy for the kids. He also led a conga line and let the kids jump all
over him in the trampoline.

Dessert table

As a pastry chef, putting together the dessert table is always a
passion for me. Since I knew the kids were going to be inundated with
piñata candy, I tried not to go too overboard. I created a 2 tiered
fondant covered fresh strawberry cake, mini vanilla cupcakes, glitter
dusted truffle pops and milk chocolate mousse cups. For the first
time, I asked another baker to contribute. I am so happy I did! Sarah
of Bird Treats created the most exquisite and delicious G & 8 sugar
cookies. It was really nice to take one thing off of my plate! I
already own a ridiculous number cake stands and platters, but I just
had to buy the acrylic risers to complete the modern, clean look.


Kids received their favor bags when they arrived because I wanted them
to enjoy the fun at the party. They contained mini custom buttons,
finger lights, flashing flower rings, glow bracelets and little lip
balms. (Funny story: Graham was so excited the morning of the party
that he activated all 150 glow bracelets at 6:00am. I didn’t think
they would make through the party, so I sent my husband to run out and
buy more. Well, they had much longer staying power than I anticipated,
so we A LOT glow sticks! Oh well – no one was complaining!). I also
made confetti poppers inspired by Sharon of Cupcakes & Cutlery
They were so much fun and yes, I will be vacuuming confetti for the
rest of my life! It has become a party tradition to create a CD of
Graham’s favorite music as a parting gift so the party can continue
at home too!

Vendor Credits: Concept, styling and baked goods, nighttime
photography: Cakewalk Baking –

Photography: Sherry Hack Photography –

Merry Happy by Cake: Invitations, CD labels, custom buttons, heart
stickers -

Sugar cookies: Bird Treats –

DJ – Chip “Mancub” Corwin -

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