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A Doughnut Birthday Party

One morning last year my mother and I were out shopping, and around 10:30 she suggested we stop for a coffee-and-doughnut break.  Our beloved Krispy Kreme shop wasn’t too far down the road, so we headed there.  The plan was to have a cup of their decaf coffee and one doughnut each…that’s all.

Just one.


To say that my mother loves doughnuts would be a major understatement.  I knew that “one doughnut each” plan wasn’t very likely to be followed.  We pulled in. The hot light was on. Oh dear. (In case you aren’t familiar with Krispy Kreme and their hot light, the light is turned on when a fresh batch of hot doughnuts is ready.)  How can you eat only one when the hot light is on?? (At that point I had already conceded in my mind we would be splitting a box.)

But that wasn’t the only problem with our plan.  You see, my mother loves a good bargain about as much as she loves doughnuts.  It’s a good thing they don’t serve doughnuts at a yard sale is all I can say! Anyway, we walked inside Krispy Kreme, inhaled that coma-inducing sugar smell, and the first thing we saw was this huge sign over the counter that read…

Buy one dozen doughnuts. Get your second dozen for 79 cents.
(Our one doughnut each plan was a distant memory by now. 🙁 )

Yes, we each came out with a cup of decaf (which we needed) and a box of a dozen warm Krispy Kreme doughnuts (which we most certainly did not need.) And I am sure my dad appreciated them when my mother came in with her box, but my husband was on a diet.  So it was not a good thing for me to bring those delicious temptations home. 🙁

I tell you this story so that you will understand yesterday’s birthday party. Last week my sister and I were making plans for our mother’s birthday.  After discussing a number of options, we decided on dinner at a nearby seafood restaurant followed by birthday cake here.  I then starting thinking about what kind of cake I should bake.  It dawned on me that she would probably like doughnuts better than any ol’ cake that could possibly come out of our kitchen. (And they had to be Krispy Kreme doughnuts…not any other brand.) I got my sister’s approval just to make sure I wasn’t crazy in thinking of doing this, and that was the beginning of the Doughnut Birthday Party idea. 🙂

Using some very basic photo editing skills and a look-alike font, I was able to make a number of labels using the Krispy Kreme logo as a jumping off point.  I love the green, white, and red color scheme they use, so I made sure those colors showed up in all the spaces here. (Yep, even on the sofa pillows.)  Details people. Details. 🙂

 The color is going to be off in the next few photos since I tried to take these at the start of the party (lights on and sun going down outside. 🙁 )  For flowers, I just picked up a few pots of my favorite red geraniums at Home Depot and re-potted them in some old red containers from Target.

I stacked a couple of our white cake stands to use for displaying the doughnuts.

When I picked up the doughnuts at Krispy Kreme, they gave me a bunch of their paper hats..which of course I used in the table decor. 🙂 (My brother in law was playing with our lab when I snapped this shot. 🙂 )

I purchased their Brew Box for coffee (just because I thought the box was cute and it matched everything. 🙂 ) It came with 10 foam coffee cups with lids and full coffee service of bags of sugar, containers of half and half, and wooden stirrers.

For the non-coffee drinkers we set out a beverage bucket of ice with carbonated drinks, water, and bottles of milk. You can’t see it in the photo here, but I also purchased a number of their plastic cups for the cold drinks.

And finally, my new fondue pot (a Valentine’s gift) was also located on the island with the beverages.

The pot is electric which would not have been convenient on the table, but it worked great on the island. We used it for dunking doughnut holes and strawberries in melted chocolate.  That turned out delicious!! 🙂

Everyone enjoyed the party, and it was sooo easy to not have to cook but merely assemble all the party food (with major help from my daughter’s boyfriend on the day of the party. Thank you Bryan!!)  Take home treats were individual bags with a doughnut in them for each guest (pictured in the 5th photo of this post.)  My mother was more than happy to take home a box of them. 🙂

 And that was the Doughnut Birthday Party.
(I apologize if you are having a major craving for them now!)

Until next time..

p.s.  This post was not sponsored by Krispy Kreme.
We just love their doughnuts.

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Wendy in KY - March 26, 2017 - 5:28 pm

Er… I hate to tell you this, but it is quite commonplace to see Krispy Kreme doughnuts for sale at our local yard sales. Seems it is a great way for the homeowner’s child to glean sales. Of course, who can walk by an innocent child, with an endearing look on their face, just begging you to buy a KK? Not me, I tell you! Loved your party ideas, and thanks for sharing.

Nan, Odessa, DE - March 26, 2017 - 9:43 am

You are always amazing! Details, details.
You and your Mother are blessed!
As always, like the reds.
Give us details on the fondue pot, please.
Electric,, yet. Woo, Woo
Tell us what you are serving in it? What kind, type of chocolate? Brand of pot?
Could it work for a small group like 4-6?
Thank you Nan! The electric fondue pot is made by Cuisinart, and I believe my husband got it at Bed, Bath, and Beyond (with a 20% off coupon!) The chocolate for that party was simply 2 bags of melting chocolates..Ghirardelli I think…one bag milk chocolate and one bag dark. It certainly would work for a small party! Such fun!

Amanda C - March 25, 2017 - 5:17 pm

Such a thoughtful and wonderful idea for a birthday celebration. Who doesn’t love Krispy Kreme! Our daughter, growing up, did not like traditional birthday cakes, or any cake really. I often had to be inventive when planning her birthday dessert. She’s a big fan of cheesecake and donuts. We also used tiered donut varieties for her birthday once. After viewing your donut birthday post, I’m ready to do another one, but maybe for my own birthday next March.

Judy N - March 25, 2017 - 12:18 am

The cake plate of donuts was inspirational!! It was charming! In fact, the entire idea of that doughnut party was sweet( no pun intended). Once again, you’ve given me some inspration for birthday parties to come. And, of course, there are the geraniums. There is something so old fashioned and lovely about them . I have them at every table this time of year. Mine are really old fashioned, as they were propagated at the Edison /Ford Estate in Ft. Myers , Florida, from plants started by Mina years earlier. They are that vibrant red, synonymous with geraniums. Glad to see them at your party!

Leigh - March 24, 2017 - 6:21 pm

Yum! That is all, just Yum! 🍩🍩🍩

Shannan Harris - March 24, 2017 - 3:25 pm

Kelly, you are awesome.
I love the blog! I love details! I love red!

I wish we could meet for coffee someday!

Loved the party!

Jane - March 24, 2017 - 10:55 am

Nothing is better than a warm Krispy Kreme doughnut. Ran into your Mom at Peaches to Beaches yard sales, and she does like a bargain. Love her even more now that her affection for doughnuts has been revealed!Great job focusing on exactly what would make her birthday designed especially for her!

Garden, Home and Party - March 24, 2017 - 9:36 am

Happy birthday to your mom. This is such a great idea. I do love donuts.

Gina - March 24, 2017 - 9:19 am

What a cute idea for a party! Who doesn’t LOVE Krispy Kreme? Only crazy people. 😉 😛 I’m sure your mom loved it. Love the back story too! All the red and green accents are perfect and KK logo, boxes, etc. Adorable. Thank goodness I just ate breakfast and haha, thank goodness our closest KK is an hour and half away!! 😀

Bonnie - March 24, 2017 - 9:18 am

Such a cute idea, and so thoughtful for your mother! For quite a few years, instead of the traditional birthday cake, our family of seven children have often been choosing a different dessert on birthdays. My daughters made a homemade Boston Cream Pie for their dad one year. We’ve done ice box cakes (with graham crackers and pudding)topped with blueberry pie filling or chocolate frosting, or even fresh (in-season)strawberry pie filling. And, one of my daughters carried the option to choose to her wedding, when she and her husband had a tower display of various cookies…which they both like better than traditional cake. As always, Kelly, thanks for sharing all the little details that go into your careful thought and planning for a very special time.

Julia - March 24, 2017 - 9:02 am

Happy Birthday to your sweet mother! I love Krispy Kreme doughnuts and your party theme is so clever! I am showing your post to my daughters – with a hint, hint to them!

Donnie - March 24, 2017 - 8:30 am

This must be a new thing going around, last year I hosted a wedding shower and the cake was a tower of donuts, Krispy Kreme, of course. Then a wedding in Octiber, the cake was another tower of donuts, on a huge wooden stand built just for that purpose. As always, loved all your little touches, and you are right, it is the details. Have a great weekend.

Cheri - March 24, 2017 - 7:32 am

I love how all of your parties have just enough in the decorating department to not be overwhelmed. I saw so many donut boxes that I was sure you gave everyone a dozen to take home but I am sure they appreciated the individual bags better (at least their waist lines do). If you ever get up to Commerce, GA (we have Tanger outlets here) I would love to meet you.

Katrina - March 24, 2017 - 7:24 am

This post was oh so delicious! Krispy Kreme and I go waaay back! They are ranked my top two favorite sweet… ice cream sandwiches holds the number one spot…. pretty simple palate tastes here… haha!
I just love this post! You are so creative!
Have a great weekend Kelly!

K - March 23, 2017 - 11:40 pm

I loved your darling doughnut party and everything looks so festive!! We enjoy Krispy Kreme, too, so were thrilled when Betty Crocker brand Krispy Kreme cake mixes became available during this past Christmas season. Each boxed mix produces a tasty cake, complete with the doughnut shop’s glaze. Yum! Unfortunately, it seems to have been a seasonal item…or at least in our area. I always enjoy your blog! 🙂

Jo Anne Hayon - March 23, 2017 - 10:56 pm

So stinking cute! Your ideas are the best!! Love your style.

Anita - March 23, 2017 - 10:50 pm

Good thing I live too far away from Krispy Kreme or any other doughnut shop!! Lol. I’ve never seen a person or known a person who exhibits this much attention to detail! I love seeing your posts!

Vicki - March 23, 2017 - 10:48 pm

Krispy Kreme is THE BEST here in Alabama, however we have some serious contenders that are locals in some small towns. Love those Hot Now signs and seeing the car lines around the buildings. Will always be a favorite southern memory. I seriously cannot eat just one, so I cannot even stop at the store! Maybe they will be in Heaven, where we can eat doughnuts and not gain weight! Lol! Happy “sweet” birthday to your mom. She must be a wonderful woman to have raised such a sweet person as you!
Have a great week!

Kathy - March 23, 2017 - 10:33 pm

Omgoodness! How very clever! I really, really wanted to know how many doughnuts you ate. One day I want to see if I can eat a dozen hot and now Krispy Kreme Doughnuts! Do you think that would mean a diabetic coma?!?! NC State, where our daughter went to college, has The Krispy Kreme Challenge, where students eat a dozen doughnuts and run to raise money for charity. I always wanted to do that! I would like to know how you made your signs. They were perfect! I know your mom loved the party! Your details are the best!!!

Sandy - March 23, 2017 - 10:22 pm

This may be my very favorite party idea ever. It is extremely hard to pass by the hot sign. Almost impossible!

Leslie Anne Tarabella - March 23, 2017 - 9:13 pm

I gave my son a Krispy Kreme birthday party when he was five years old and have always wanted to go back in time and blog about it. If I find the photos one day I’ll have to do it. Love-love-love your party!!!

Lynne - March 23, 2017 - 9:09 pm

Happy Birthday to your mom!! What a fun and creative party idea!!

jae - March 23, 2017 - 8:31 pm

I just love that coordinated party setting. And Krispy Kreme donuts…..the regular ones are good, but oh, those hot ones, those melt in your mouth bites of pure deliciousness……I nee dto make a donut run, now!
Oh dear. The post made you crave doughnuts! So sorry. Thank you for the compliments on the party though. 🙂

Dee - March 23, 2017 - 8:24 pm

What a clever idea! I love all that you did to pull it all together. It goes to show you a simple idea can create the best party ever. You need to come to Washington state and put on a class about entertaining. Well done!
Aw thank you so much Dee. Yes, a simple idea can be the start of a great party! I am flattered you think I could teach a class on party planning. I still had 2 more things to do for this party that I did not get to because I ran out of time! My planning normally has me sprinting to be finished in time for guests…and every time I say I will be ready sooner next time. 🙁

Carol Ann - March 23, 2017 - 7:54 pm

Cute, cute idea! I am from SC so I know all about Krispie Kreme and “the hot light.” I have made many U turns upon seeing the hot light come on and get in line for the delicious, melt in your mouth donuts. 😁
Thanks a bunch Carol Ann! Yes, if you are from SC you know all about the yumminess of those doughnuts! Better be careful with those U-turns (but I totally understand. 🙂 )

Louvina - March 23, 2017 - 7:41 pm

What a great party idea!! Loved the color theme! Simple decorations but put together with love and a special party lady’s touch. 😊 I got so hungry looking at all those yummy donuts!! The fondue pot with chocolate dipping was perfect!! Tell your lovely mother a belated Happy Birthday! 🎶🎂🎶 Kelly, you are just a Party Girl!! 🙂
Thank you very much Louvina! (Sorry it made you hungry.) Yes, the fondue really added to the deliciousness (and the calorie overload. 🙁 ) I will pass along your b-day wishes to Mom. 🙂 Thanks!

Anita - March 23, 2017 - 7:19 pm

Good thing I live too far away from Krispy Kreme or any other doughnut shop!! Lol. I’ve never seen a person or known a person who exhibits this much attention to detail! I love seeing your posts!
Yes, it is a good thing to not be close to them. Their doughnuts are soooo hard to resist! Thank for your sweet comment about the posts Anita. I am glad you enjoy them!

karen - March 23, 2017 - 7:16 pm

hahhaha Kelly that is so fun. What a par-tay! Having lived in Matthews NC for 6 years I know what that”light” entails. Namely a screeching halt for the driver.
I now live in Az we having something called Daylight Donuts here. They are in other states also. I’m telling you the scouts honest truth they are even better than Krispy Kremes. Ooh I should’ve told you to cover your eyes first.
We have a Daylight Donuts nearby, but I have not tried them. I feel a taste test coming on! Hmmmm….might have to have a battle of the doughnuts this weekend. 🙂 Glad you liked the party Karen!

Lynne - March 23, 2017 - 7:12 pm

I am planning a trip to KK tomorrow to get donuts for my grand daughters. And I could never go to KK without getting 2 dozen. One dozen mixed and one dozen of the glazed. Its a good thing that it is 20 minutes away from me! The birthday party for your Mother looks perfect!
If you are getting them tomorrow, I bet money they will come in a Power Rangers box. 🙂 That is their big push right now. Enjoy them! And thank you for your sweet comment on my mom’s party. 🙂

Carol Waggoner - March 23, 2017 - 6:53 pm

Love your donut birthday party!! Great idea. Happy birthday to Betty!
Thanks Carol! Mom will see your comment here, so she will send her thank you as well. 🙂

Tricia - March 23, 2017 - 6:53 pm

LOVE this idea, Kelly! Your Mom would be thrilled to bits. We don’t have a Krispy Kreme but Tim Horton’s would be our equivalent. Nothing better than a box of very fresh, glistening honey dipped doughnuts, a must on every road trip over an hour! And thank you, I do have a MAJOR craving now. A belated Happy Birthday to your Mom!
Uh oh! Sorry for making you want a doughnut. 🙁 My mom really did like the party (AND the box of doughnuts she took home.) Thank you for your comment and compliment!

Judith Reteneller - March 23, 2017 - 6:52 pm

Krispy Kreme should sell fresh fruit with a small container of their chocolate icing. Yum!
Oh Wow! What an excellent idea! Wish they would because their chocolate is sooooo good! (The chocolate ones are my favorite. 🙂 )

Judy - March 23, 2017 - 6:36 pm

I’m like Anita above, I had to scroll fast past those photos, I love Krispy Kreme! Now here’s a heads up for you and/or your mom next time you visit Gulf Shores, a few years ago my husband and I discovered a wonderful dessert at Lulu’s in Gulf Shores called Hot Fun Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding…..oh my! It’s absolutely heavenly and as good as it sounds. You could maybe find the recipe on line as I’m partial to Lulu’s shrimp salad and found the recipe after we got home on the WWW!

Off to eat my tuna sandwich……
Tuna sandwich doesn’t quite cut it as a replacement for a doughnut craving Judy. 🙁 Lulu’s sounds like a place with some wonderful food. We have a very good local restaurant (that also caters) which makes a Krispy Kreme bread pudding that too is divine…and glory is it rich!! Two spoonfuls and I am full (which is a good thing.) I had egg drop soup for dinner, so I am off to have….a doughnut now!

Julie - March 23, 2017 - 6:32 pm

Krispy Kreme rules!!!!!
Yes it does Julie! 🙂

Karenann - March 23, 2017 - 6:31 pm

Your Krispy Kreme party is truly an inspiration! I love everything you did. Truly amazing and fantastic!!
Gosh thank you for such wonderful compliments Karenann! You are too kind!

Anita - March 23, 2017 - 6:24 pm

I must admit I scrolled down very quickly so that I would not have a sweet tooth craving lol!Very sweet table setting!
Thank you Anita. 🙂 Yes, you were smart to get quickly past those tempting treats!

Donnamae - March 23, 2017 - 6:16 pm

So clever Kelly! And delicious I am sure! 😉
Thank you Donnamae. They most definitely were delicious!

Gwen - March 23, 2017 - 6:06 pm

This is darling! Perfect for the doughnut lover. The only doughnut that comes close to Krispy Kreme are those made by the Amish! Let’s just say it’s a good thing that it’s a 2 hour drive for my family to get those! Your mom would love them!!!!
I bet she would. The Mennonite farms are about 20 minutes from here, and they make delicious breads and cakes. I would bet if they made doughnuts, they too would rival ones made by Krispy Kreme. Glad you liked the party Gwen. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

Pamela Wells - March 23, 2017 - 6:04 pm

Hey Kelly!

As always, you managed to “pull off” a special and unique party for your mother! Fantastic idea which your mother must have loved…I know my mother would have loved it, too! Cheers and happy belated birthday to your mother!
Hi Pamela!
Thank you for the belated birthday wishes for my mom and for your compliments on the party. It was a fun one!

Marianne in Mo. - March 23, 2017 - 6:02 pm

What a great idea for a birthday party! And you did it up to the hilt, as always. Wish someone would throw me a donut party – sometimes cake is overrated! And the fondue pot was also such a smart thing to do – I love it!
Glad you did Marianne. It was an easy one to pull together, and yes that chocolate in the fondue pot was an extra treat!

Cindy - March 23, 2017 - 6:00 pm

Kelly: What a great idea; I like the idea of your Mom’s birthday dessert being something that you knew she would love. Of course, I love how you themed the party…right down to the sign on the wreath! A belated Happy Birthday to your Mom! Cindy
Thank you Cindy! When you start with a great logo with colors you like, it is an easy jumping off point for the party paper goods. (Just wish they had plates I could have purchased.) Thank you also for mom’s birthday wishes!

Susan W - March 23, 2017 - 5:52 pm

What a great idea for a party Kelly. The way you pull everything together is so creative. Love your posts!!!
Gosh thanks Susan! Glad you liked the party idea. Anyone could do this doughnut party with a little bit of planning and a run to the doughnut shop. 🙂 (Kristy Kreme did the hard work – preparing the food!)

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