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.
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.