A Sweethaus Birthday

January 16, 2013

My good friend Kipton just had a birthday!


To celebrate, a group of her friends and family gathered at Sweethaus, a fabulous cupcake and candy shop here in Cville, for a cupcake decorating party.


Sweethaus recently moved locations, and this was my first visit to the new space on Main Street. They have tons of rooms for events and parties and are now quite the dessert destination in Cville. Plus their buttercream is the best I’ve had : ) 


I loved all the colorful décor



We sipped on coffee and lemonade while we watched platters blank cupcakes ready for frosting arrive



Oh to be this close to that much frosting!


We were given a quick lesson from Tara, the owner.


Of course her swirl was perfection


And then gave it a whirl ourselves


In addition to various flavors of buttercream, an assortment of sprinkles appeared to decorate the vanilla, chocolate and pistachio cupcakes. They had everything from glitter to chocolate to metallic.


I went traditional – vanilla on vanilla with a rainbow of sprinkles and glittery sparkle



I took mine home to share with Matt, who celebrated the big 3-0 birthday on Monday!



Happy Birthday Kipton!


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1 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat January 16, 2013 at 9:12 am

Those look some amazing treats! Love all the colors and textures!


2 Judy January 16, 2013 at 9:15 am

Belated happy birthday to Matt…..


3 emily January 16, 2013 at 9:19 am

Sprinkles! I almost want to make that fork frosting shot my background.


4 Tabitha (From Single to Married) January 16, 2013 at 9:19 am

What a cool place to visit – totally wish we had something like that around here!


5 Carly @ Snack Therapy January 16, 2013 at 9:23 am

What a fun idea! It’s like a kid’s birthday party for adults! I want to lick the frosting off those cupcakes.


6 Liv @ Life as Liv January 16, 2013 at 9:25 am

What a fun party idea! Those cupcakes look divine :)


7 Leslie January 16, 2013 at 9:29 am

Fun idea for a birthday! I might do an at home version with my daughter. I’ve got all the supplies–used to/still sort of do–rep for a bakeware company. And happy birthday to Matt too! What did Mazen do for his daddy’s special day?


8 Claire January 16, 2013 at 9:33 am

I think I might want to move to Charlottesville after school. Everywhere you go is so cute and right up my alley! Any dietetic internship in the area? I might reconsider applying for the on at Columbia in Manhattan.


9 KathEats January 16, 2013 at 10:40 am

Yes, University of Virginia!


10 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh January 16, 2013 at 9:40 am

Okay, that would be my dream birthday party!! Of course I would probably be found shaking in the corner from a sugar high covered with smears of multi-colored frosting and 5 empty piping bags.


11 KathEats January 16, 2013 at 10:40 am



12 Eating 4 Balance January 16, 2013 at 9:40 am

That looks like such a fun party! Tons of birthdays to celebrate. Happy 30th to Matt.


13 linn January 16, 2013 at 9:52 am

Hi, I am from Singapore and I have been following your daily post since last year.
Cant really expressed in words how happy I was when I saw this post.
Thanks! I really needed that!
By the way, the colourful lanterns look fab!


14 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 16, 2013 at 9:55 am

What a fun birthday idea! A friend of mine had a sugar cookie decorating station as a part of her wedding, it was so much fun! I think no matter how old we get, we still love decorating baked goods!


15 Annie January 16, 2013 at 9:59 am

Matt and I are birthday twins! I turned 30 on Monday, too! :)


16 KathEats January 16, 2013 at 10:39 am

Fun! Happy birthday!


17 Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run January 16, 2013 at 10:01 am

What a sweet bakery, too cute!


18 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles January 16, 2013 at 10:05 am

What fun!!!! I’m all for experiences rather than things so that would be great!!!! …..Happy Birthday to Matt! I hope he had a wonderful day! I’m sure you and Mazen made it perfect!


19 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux January 16, 2013 at 10:13 am

What a fun birthday party! I love Sweethaus’s mini cupcakes–perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth without going into a sugar coma 😉


20 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles January 16, 2013 at 10:23 am

I love it! Upscale cupcake decorating for adults…cool! :) I used to have cookie decorating birthday parties for one of my boys around Christmas. They are so much fun! Did you get to have one to eat at the party or just the two to take home?


21 Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body January 16, 2013 at 10:30 am

Yeahhh… I’m going to have to pretend like I didn’t see that.


22 Lynn @ the actor's diet January 16, 2013 at 10:35 am

I want a cupcake tutorial one day – frosting is love.


23 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries January 16, 2013 at 10:37 am

Yum! You can’t beat a good buttercream! It’s my favorite frosting!


24 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio January 16, 2013 at 10:38 am

What a fun birthday!! I love it when adults celebrate their birthdays out and about!


25 Anna @ On Anna's Plate January 16, 2013 at 10:55 am

I have that sweater in gray. :-)

This post is REALLY not helping with my new year’s resolution to eat less sweets. Sigh.


26 Alicia @ Wanna Be Ina January 16, 2013 at 11:04 am

Mmmmm! Cupcakes. I LOVE the color of the walls at Sweethaus. So bright and interesting.


27 Annette @FitnessPerks January 16, 2013 at 11:28 am

FUN idea for a party! Hope Matt had a good birthday!


28 Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin January 16, 2013 at 11:37 am

Cupcakes are probably my favorite dessert. I would love to go to a place where you can frost and decorate your own!! They look so fun and cute.


29 Johanna January 16, 2013 at 11:49 am

Kath, what makeup/skin products do you use? Your skin looks amazing! Or are you just blessed with beautiful skin?


30 KathEats January 16, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Thanks. I use Alba Sea Minerals cleanser and moisturizer and Bare Minerals makeup


31 Laurie January 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm

I agree! You are just glowing!!


32 Madison January 16, 2013 at 11:49 am

That is SO much fun!!! I had a party once where the girls could decorate their own cupcakes–that was fun too and a big hit. It was actually less work for the host than preparing and frosting all the cupcakes. Win win!


33 Amanda, RD- The Nutritionist Reviews January 16, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I’ve never heard of a cupcake decorating party. What a cute idea!


34 Maryz January 16, 2013 at 12:09 pm

YUM! What a great idea for a party!


35 Lea January 16, 2013 at 12:21 pm

What a great idea! I’m making homemade funfetti cupcakes for my son’s 4th birthday party. I don’t know if I want to let a pack of toddlers decorate their own cupcakes though, at least not indoors. But for the grown-ups? heck yeah! I would do this as a high end-low end party- make it a wine-tasting, cupcake-decorating mixer with some funky blues playing.


36 Sara @ fitcupcaker January 16, 2013 at 12:21 pm

No way! HOw fun is this! I am sooooo jealous! I love decorating cupcakes way too much!


37 Angela January 16, 2013 at 12:55 pm

The cupcakes look amazing, but what I really want is that worn, rustic door behind you in the pic. :) HBD to Matt!


38 Mom January 16, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Can hardly stand it. Icing is my middle name!


39 Elisabeth January 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Happy 30th to Matt!


40 Katie January 16, 2013 at 1:16 pm

What a fun idea for a party!


41 Erin January 16, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Hi Kath,
After your Adaptation post I’m a bit surprised to see your first post in your blog evolution to be about a cupcake decorating party. Nothing wrong with cupcakes! I took it to heart when you said you were planning to commit future posts to answering the question about what it means to be healthy, through a series of topic-centered issues/themes.
I look forward to those posts. Less day to day, more quality/bigger picture topics.


42 KathEats January 16, 2013 at 5:05 pm

I think you misunderstood. I certainly HOPE to add more topical posts like this, but the main point of Adaptation was that I just needed to step away from daily life blogging and do more one-topic posts that aren’t always about what I eat. Adventures with my family like this cupcake post are part of that group.


43 KathEats January 20, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Erin, this response wasn’t meant to sound condescending…. Just a friendly tone of explanation. Best,K


44 Kristen @ Change of Pace January 16, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Oh my gosh what a fun party! That little shop is so cute :)


45 Kristin January 16, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Yum, I love cupcakes. Yours turned out cute, nice swirl!


46 [email protected] January 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm

It’s a frosting lovers dream!!! Very cute cupcakes! I’m a fan of classic combos too…though pistachio cupcakes sound good!


47 vidya January 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Happy Birthday Matt and Kipton. How did Mazen wish his dad? Glad to see you back Kath! It seems as if there was a gap of years! :-))


48 ~Christy January 16, 2013 at 2:31 pm

That last picture is all my style! You had me at Buttercream…


49 Averie @ Averie Cooks January 16, 2013 at 2:34 pm

I love everything about this post! And a decorating lesson from the owner, the Sweet Haus overall vibe, the cupcakes of course…oh what a fun time and happy Bday to your friend!


50 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance January 16, 2013 at 3:02 pm

YUM! That frosting looks amazing! Happy 30th to Matt!


51 Kerry @ Totes My Oats January 16, 2013 at 4:24 pm

That is the perfect way to celebrate a birthday! How lovely :)


52 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 16, 2013 at 7:41 pm

What a fun idea for a mini party! YUM!


53 Katie @ Real Food Katie's Way January 16, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Happy birthday Matt!

I absolutely love those glass canisters! I could see them in our cottage!


54 Verenique B January 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm

looks like a fun party! :) buttercream frosting is the best! :)
and happy belated bday to your husband! hope ya’ll had fun celebrating together!


55 Angel7 January 16, 2013 at 9:24 pm

I am not a big icing type of person. However, I absolutely love any kind of cream cheese icing! And if the buttercream frosting is not overly sweet, I love it as well.


56 Alyssa January 16, 2013 at 9:27 pm

That looks so fun! I bet a place like that would do well elsewhere too :-)


57 Katy January 16, 2013 at 9:59 pm

That looks like the happiest place in the world! :-)


58 Tara Koenig January 17, 2013 at 6:47 am

Your pictures are just lovely Kath, thanks for sharing! Kipton’s party was so fun, there’s nothing like watching grown adults settle into some good old fashioned nostalgia. Looking forward to when Mazen has teeth and we can watch him eat his first bite of a buttercream cupcake!


59 Susan January 17, 2013 at 8:05 am

I have missed your daily blog so much – as I’m sure we all have!! Surprising how much I looked forward to seeing your post every day so (creature of habit), it was a nice surprise to see the cupcake party! Keep those posts coming as best you can!


60 Shari January 17, 2013 at 8:43 am

What a fun idea for a party! :)


61 Jen May 6, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Oooh that cupcake looks just YUMMY! I love the frosting on it!


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