winter wonderland explorer



Our littlest one is now THREE!

Given the abs madness of this year, I was FIRM on being ok with not having a big bday (party) for our youngest this year. That worked out nicely. Last minute mommy guilt= last minute small party for just our youngest daughter’s closest friends only. After thinking hard an idea was born.

This festive time of year + the fact that our daughter is very active and adventurous + she loves animals+ my style->very simple yet sort of classy/elegant= a magical winterwonderland explorer party for our daughter.

I kept envisioning something rustic yet elegant-Lots of white, splashes of gold, and lots of chocolate (her other fave sweet treat).

For five days I worked really hard to put this vision together.

Triple chocolate 5 layer cake

german, dutch, and dark chocolate


buttercreme frosting

smore pops in the making.

 the perfect winter treat and the colors went so well for the party

burlap banner with painted on letters

rice crispy chocolate and vanilla popsicles


paper flowers {made by jin song}~ for the treat take home boxes

gingerbread bears

gourmet salted ghiradelli double chunk chocolate chip cookies

the spread

a cake stand made out of a glass cake stand, water glass serving tray, and oldest daughter’s gold tutu.

personalized canvas backpacks with explorer goodies inside

triple layer torte shooters

Elle, I am so happy that you enjoyed your cake, and your birthday party.

I love you more than words will ever even be able to describe. I’m so proud of the girl that you are growing up to be. I love your adventurous nature, your sass, your spunk, and your bright little soul. You bring laughter into our house every morning, and every night. You are the biggest little ball of joy there every was~ and you complete our family.

하늘아, 사랑해. 생일 축하해요!

45 thoughts on “winter wonderland explorer

  1. Seriously, can I hire you to plan my parties!? This looks amazing. And how can it possibly be “thrown together” party!? You are one awesome mama!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  2. I CANNOT believe you put this party together last minute. You are a diva, Sooae!!!!!! The personalized backpacks?! Stop it, please!!!!! You did a wonderful, beautiful, elegant job. I am sure that Elle LOVED it!

  3. Jin :) says:

    Wow that cake stand made by 사랑이’s golden tutu!?
    Best birthday party ever :))
    Amazing mom!!

  4. Sooae, the decoration was Gorge! The goodie bags amazing. It makes me want to have a kid. OMG everything was beautiful. Happy Birthday to your little one, and I am sure she had a blast. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post.

  5. Cindy says:

    One word………WOW!

  6. lisa kiengkham says:

    wow this looks amazing. what a great birthday party!

  7. Audreysmommie says:

    Oh em gee! That is such a beautiful party. Happy bday Elle! I can only imagine how lucky she felt. You’re such an awesome mama!

  8. Pia says:

    Elle is the luckiest girl in the world to have you as her Mum! This is amazing!!!! So beautiful! Happy birthday Elle!!! xxx

  9. Mrs C says:

    That is some party! Wow, Sooae you are not only pretty, you are stylish, talented and a hands-on mom! Seriously you rock! Happy Birthday, Elle.. you are one lucky girl!

    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES (a fashion and life-style blog)

  10. Julie says:

    OMG you are truely fashionista, martha stewart, and the most amazing MOMMY!! You’re children are so blessed!! I’m so stunned by everything you do to go out of your way. Wish you lived near me I would make sure one of my kids were close to your daughters. LOL. 😉

  11. Oh my goodness … I am blown away by the beauty of the party you set up. You’re amazing. It’s like a dream party.

  12. OMG S! You’re a domestic godess!! Love it! Xo Caroline

  13. kelly says:

    u r awesome mamma !!!! seriously, i got no word to say…so sweet !!!! pls be my son party planner….hihi

  14. T. says:

    Wow!! Everything looks so amazing!!

  15. Miranda says:

    You have missed your calling as a party planner! Such a great setup 😉


  16. Charline says:

    Wahooo, that look amazing and so lovely!
    All the cakes look so yummy, congratulations 🙂

    See you xx

  17. hena tayeb says:

    oh wow.. that looks amazing..
    Happy Third!

  18. Happy 3rd, baby girl Elle!!

  19. steph says:

    wow you did an incredible job sooae! this is so amazing, elle is a lucky girl 😉

  20. Sam says:

    OMG, this spread is amazing. Love the personalized canvas. Wow Sooae, you are a great party planner/host.


  21. Meredith says:

    Yeah!! I was hoping you would do a blog post about this party. Seriously Sooae, I have never seen anything like this. You are beyond talented. I hope I can do something half as awesome when I become a mommy. (Or I’m just going to hire you 🙂

  22. AWWW what an AMAZING party:) and it all looks so classy

    Check out my new post…cool Xmas gifts from room99

    Have a fab day dear

    LOVE Maria

  23. Seriously you did this all ? You have done an amazingly awesome job on everything. Elle is so lucky to have you as a Mom. Very good eye for presentation.

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