Fantastic Milk & Cookies Birthday Party

 I couldn’t wait to share this Milk & Cookies birthday party with you all! This was one of the finalists in the Most Adorable Kid’s Party at Creative Hostess. Designed and hosted by Anne Powers of A Party Style in Connecticut, this party is over-flowing with adorable and unique details. Anne is obviously a fabulous baker and cake designer, as she made all the cookies, as well as the amazing birthday cake (those are mini cakes on top, made to look like cookies). Although this is for a 1-year-old’s birthday, the ideas here would work equally well for a shower, engagement, or even a wedding.
Some of the wonderful details Anne incorporated are:
  • Cup tags made with a picture of the birthday girl (in a sepia tone) and attached using brown and white baker’s twine. Guests wrote their name on the back side to help identify their drink.
  • Repurposed Frappucino bottles used to hold milk with a bag of cookies attached. These were the favors and cleverly incorporated the number “1” in the labeling (1% milk/1-year old).
  • Also attached to the favor bottles were the to-die-for animal print straws!! These were a random find in the clearance bin of JoAnn’s fabric store. That’s what I call sweet serendipity!
  • Flip-top bottles were used to serve milk in, as well as an old family jug from the attic! Flip-top bottles can be found at some home stores, IKEA, or do what I do: I bought Lorina sparkling lemonade from World Market, TJMaxx, Trader Joes, etc.; after drinking it, wash and re-use the bottle to serve any beverage at another event!
  • This final trick is sheer GENIUS! Anne has stocked up on plain white plates and stamps them for each event to give them a personalized look. Here’s how – Using a new, un-inked stamp pad (making sure it has never had ink on it), she soaks it with gel food coloring (use a knife to spread it all over the pad). Then use a rubber stamp which coordinates with your theme (again, one that has never touched ink) and stamp it into the gel pad and onto the plate as usual. The key is to go straight down and back up so as not to smudge the image. If it does smudge it is easy to wipe off and start again. These are food safe and you will never have to buy a themed paper plate again!

Thank you so much Anne, for letting me share this party and all the great ideas!

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Kim @ says:

    This is by far the best milk & cookie party I have seen!


  2. Susan Crabtree says:

    I agree with Kim-so super cute!

  3. Party Box Design says:

    Crazy Fabulous! Seriously LOVE this entire party!

  4. jackie fo says:

    This is TOO CUTE! I love the theme – everyone likes milk and cookies :)

  5. unbelievable … it is the most original idea and best party layout I have seen for the longest time. I love it!!! I am off to get a stamp and an un-inked stamp-pad! Fantastic!!!

  6. Natasha @ Fête Fanatic says:

    This party is brimming with creativity! Love all of the details, especially the cake and the stamped plates! Thanks for sharing!

  7. What a great party! Thanks for tip on "stamping" the plates too.

  8. Chris @ Celebrations At Home says:

    Birgitte, I know, Right!! I've got to get a stamp pad just for stamping all my white plates!

  9. Anonymous says:

    It's amazing …Thanks for sharing !
    I would like to know the exactly name of pompom, … do you know how to make it ?

  10. Cari @ Socially Circled says:

    UNBELIEVABLE!!!! The cake is insanely cute! LOVE IT!!!

  11. Room to Inspire says:

    What a great party idea – I just love the execution!


  12. That is darling and I love the colors!

  13. Anne Powers says:

    Thanks Chris for sharing my party! And thanks to everyone else for such lovely comments!

  14. The Purple Pug says:

    Love that it is an unexpected color palette..and I love that even though it is the most kid friendly idea, it is perfectly polished for the adults to appreciate. Beautiful.

  15. Simply Creative Insanity says:

    Just precious! Maybe I need to have another one! Or borrow someones kiddo LOL! I love it!
    What a great party…and that cake!!! So cute!

  16. This is an Amazing party!! So cute. I love the plate stamping idea!!

  17. Ohhh wow!! This party is truly adorable and warm and cozy and everything else, lol. I had lots of fun seeing every photo.

    Also, I have a tunkables giveaway on my blog right now that I would love for you to enter if you haven't already. <3

  18. purplehomes says:

    Ooooo…wat a cute party…love all the details…

  19. Half Baked says:

    Thanks for sharing Chris! Could this party be any cuter? And seriously, that cake is just too perfect. Loved it so much, couldn't help featuring it as well.

  20. so cute..i love this!

  21. whoa….just a little too familiar! check this out..

    was published in cookie mag for this party. love when credit is credited.. :)

  22. Ebony of Sparkling Events & Designs, LLC. says:

    Cute cute cute!!!!!

  23. Ebony of Sparkling Events & Designs, LLC. says:

    Cute cute cute!!!!!

  24. Ebony of Sparkling Events & Designs, LLC. says:

    Cute cute cute!!!!!

  25. Aylee Bits says:

    Amazing! Love the little details like the photo tags, labels, etc.

  26. Jasmine Anderson says:

    Where did you find the label? I love the idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. The cake is really lovely! This is super creative! I’ve never thought of a milk and cookies party before and this is really a great idea! I love everything about this party♥


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