Pizza Making Parties at Naples Ristorante in DownTown Disney

Naples Pizza Ristorante in Downtown Disneylast weekend my family was invited to a Pizza Making Party at Naples Ristorante e Pizzaria. it’s one of the fabulous Downtown Disney restaurants here in Orange County at Disneyland Resort. we were all very excited to attend because, besides loving pizza, we were going to get to make them ourselves. the boys have been obsessed with Master Chef Jr. and now have been begging for cooking lessons. so a pizza making party was right up their alley. i might’ve been just as excited as the boys!

Naples Ristorante e Pizzaria is an elegant, upscale, two-story Italian eatery and pizzaria, yet it’s casual enough to enjoy lunch or dinner every day of the week. it has the charm of Italy but the magical feel of Disney, with charming decor and a vibrant atmosphere. the first floor is a classic Italian pizzeria that features an open kitchen where you can actually watch the chefs assemble your pizza, there is a two-story glass enclosed wine cellar, and a spacious outdoor patio. the second floor features gorgeous views of the Downtown Disney promenade and our balcony offers an unexpected touch of elegance with its market lighting and a water fountain. Naples Ristaurante Mosaic EntranceNaples in Down Town DisneyNaples Ristorante PlatesNaples Ristorante Stone tile

Naples Ristorante e Pizzaria Hand-On Pizza Making Parties are private events which anyone can book. they are great for all ages and for parties up to 50 people. we arrived excited to get making some pizza! but first the kids and adults got outfitted in some genuine Naples pizza aprons. you don’t want to get your clothes dirty during all that pizza making.Lemon Stairs

then we were served italian sodas, with our choice of flavors like raspberry and vanilla cream. YUM!!!!! i have never had a true italian soda before…let me say…GAME CHANGER!!!!!Itallian Soda BarItalian Sodas at Naples RistoranteMaking an Italian Sodaafter we got our drinks, we all sat down and got a pizza making lesson from two of the talented Naples Ristorante chefs. we learned how to stretch the dough and even toss it in the air. that was the part i was ready to learn. i never seem to have luck with pizza dough.

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while the boys and i waited for our turn to toss our pizzas, we enjoyed some yummy fresh bread and salad that was perfectly seasoned. it was nice to sit back and relax, watching the people of DownTown Disney off the balcony of Naples. it was such a nice day, and it was nice to enjoy the breeze and sunshine since we were sitting in the open air part of the restaurant.Parties at Downtown DisneyNaples Ristorante Salad

then it was our family’s turn to make our pizzas! time for some fun. the boys did great, and the chefs were right by our sides to teach and help us with our dough.

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hilarious!!!

then we put our dough onto a wooden pizza tray and filled our pizza crusts with toppings. cheese straight from Italy, fresh veggies, gourmet meats, only the best toppings are served at Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria.Pizza Making Party at NaplesPutting On Pizza Topping at Naples PizzaFun Pizza PartyNaples Pizza RestaurantFresh Naples Pizza
and then into the oven they went. you should see the size of this stone-fire pizza oven. it was spectacular.

Naples Ristorante Pizza Ovencooked to perfection! the pizzas came out with melty mozzarella cheese and perfectly crisp crust. everyone was thrilled to eat the pizzas they had made themselves.

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finally, after all the yummy pizza we had…we had to figure out a way to fit some italian desserts into our tummies. not hard at all. traditional cannolis, tiramasu, and dark chocolate brownies – pure Heaven!

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i would have to consider the time we had at Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria was the perfect afternoon spent. this sort of activity is right up my alley. now i have been trying to think of all the pizza parties i want to have in the future. my birthday is coming up…so there’s at least one excuse to have a pizza party.

now it’s your turn to come and make a pizza. if you would like to schedule your own Hands-On Pizza Making Party at Naples Ristorante and Pizzeria, head over to the Naples website. they will be happy to go over the details and help you set up the perfect party for your family and friends. i know i will be, i’m now a customer for life!

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70 Places to Have Birthday Parties for Kids in Orange County

Best Place to Have Kids Birthday Parties in Orange County

among one of the most asked questions i get from my readers is where to have Birthday Parties for Kids in Orange County. besides the great parks and beaches, Orange County has lots of places that will host your child’s birthday party. the best thing about these places is that they take care of the set-up and clean-up for you, so you can relax and enjoy the party with your child. may of these place offer upgrades or substitutions to fit your needs, and with over 70 choices, there is sure to be a birthday facility that will appeal to your needs.

Museum Birthday Parties in Orange County

Pretend City: Price starts at $375 for 30 guests. Includes: admission, party host, 1-hour private party room, free return ticket for each child, 10% off gift shop. // Irvine

Discovery Science CenterPrice starts at $425 or $375 (members) for 15 guests. Includes: admission, party host, 1-1/2 hour private party zone, pizza and soft drinks, live science demonstration, birthday pin for birthday child. // Santa Ana

Bower’s KidseumPrice starts at $275 for 30 guests. Includes: admission, party host, 2 hour private party zone, choice of table coverings, activities offered to general public, family year-membership for birthday child. Storytelling, face painting and crafts additional cost.  // Santa Ana

La Habra Children’s MuseumPrice starts at $225 for 25 guests. Includes: admission, party host, 1 hour private party room, birthday shirt and button for birthday child, name on birthday throne, 10% of gift shop. // La Habra

Environmental Nature CenterPrice starts at $375 for 30 guests. Includes: see website for different packages for each age group. // Newport Beach

 

Trampoline House Birthday Parties in Orange County

Jump Sky HighPrice starts at $240 mon-thur or $290 fri-sun for 10 guests. Includes: admission for 2 hours, party table for 2 hours, pizza and water, party host, paper goods. // Santa Ana

Get Air Surf CityPrice starts at $250 mon-fri or $299 sat-sun for 10 guests. Includes: jumping for 1-1/4 hours, 45 min. party room, pizza and soda, party host, paper goods, birthday shirt for birthday child. // Huntington Beach

Big AirPrice starts at $239 mon-thur or $269 fri-sun for 10 guests. Includes: jumping for 1 hour, 40 min. party room, pizza and soda, party host, paper goods, birthday gift for birthday child. // Laguna Hills OR Buena Park (Buena Park has $199 grand opening special)

Sky ZonePrice starts at $245 for 10 guests. Includes: jumping for 1 hour, 2 pizzas and soda, party host, paper goods, birthday gift for birthday child. // Anaheim Hills

 

Bounce House Birthday Party Places in Orange County

Jump’n JamminPrice starts at $270 for 15 kids/15 adults. Includes: see website for different packages. // Mission Viejo

Bounce UPrice starts at $189 mon-thur or $259 fri-sun for 10 guests. Includes: admission for 2 hours, private bounce area, party room, pizza and beverages, party host, paper goods and souvenir for birthday child. // Orange

Scooter’s JunglePrice starts at $225 mon-thur or $299 fri-sun for 10 guests. Includes: admission for 2-1/4 hours, private bounce area, party room and more. // Placentia

Scooter’s JunglePrice starts at $309 mon-thur or $399 fri-sun for 10 guests. Includes: admission for 2-1/4 hours, private bounce area, party room and more. // Alisa Viejo

Pump it UpPrice starts at $250 mon-thur or $315 fri-sun for 15 guests. Includes: admission for 2 hours, private bounce area, party room, pizza and beverages, party host, paper goods and souvenir for birthday child. // Anaheim, Irvine, Lake Forest and Huntington Beach

 

Kid’s Gaming Arcade Birthday Parties in Orange County

Howie’s Game ShackPrice starts at $285 for 10 kids. Includes: 3 Hours of Gameplay, Reserved Seating & Games on your very own gaming station, Pepperoni or Cheese Pizza & Drinks, Plates, Napkins, & Plastic-ware, Digital Invitations, Party Host, No Cleanup. Check website for details on upgrades. // Mission Viejo and Buena Park

Kid’s Play Center Birthday Parties in Orange County

Seascape Kids FunPrice starts at $270 for 20 kids. Includes: see website for different packages. // Anaheim Hills

The Little GymPrice starts at $350 ($325 for members). Includes: instructor, invitations, set-up and clean-up, balloons, birthday shirt for birthday child, lego activities and more. // Tustin OR Huntington Beach

We Play LoudPrice starts at $375 for 40 guests. Includes: admission, 2 hour party room, party host. // Lake Forest

Gymboree Play & LearnPrice (call for pricing for 20 kids). Includes: theme of your choice, exclusive use of the facility for 1 ½ hours, a Gymboree teacher, party supplies (plates, cups, napkins, spoons, candles, balloons), Gymboree party invitations, a special gift for the birthday child, take home gift bags for all guests. // Anaheim Hills, Fullerton, Irvine, Alisa Viejo OR San Juan Capistrano.

My GymPrice starts at $385 ($360 for members) for 20 kids. Includes: 2 hours of fun and games, exclusive use of facility, party decorations of balloons and streamers, trained staff running exciting games and special party events, set-up and service of refreshments, 2 party specialists, trained staff who run fun games, dances, and special party activities. // Yorba Linda, Buena Park, Tustin, Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita OR Huntington Beach

Kidz SpotPrice starts at $200 for 10 kids. Includes: 2 hours of party rental, play associate to assist to help set up and clean up, 10 juice boxes, admission for 15 adults, 1 (2-liter) bottle of soda, 1 large (cheese or 1-topping) pizza, birthday sign), birthday child receives a “FREE OPEN PLAY PASS” to come back, rawing for 1 child: to get a “FREE OPEN PLAY PASS” to come back. // La Habra

 

Animal, Aquarium and Zoo Birthday Parties in Orange County

ZoomarsPrice starts at $275 for 10 guests. Includes: admission, pony rides, feed baskets, train rides and party area. // San Juan Capistrano

Santa Ana Zoo: Price starts at $250 or $195 (members) for 25 guests. Includes: admission, train rides and 1-1/2 hour picnic area. // San Juan Capistrano

Ocean Quest OCPrice starts at $245 or $195 (members) for 30 guests. Includes: admission, party host, 1-1/2 hour private party zone, guided private tour of touch tanks, story time and ocean craft. // Newport Beach

Ocean Institute: Price starts at $10-20 per guest for 10-20 guests. Includes: admission, party instructor, private party room, story time. Ocean craft available for additional cost. // Dana Point

Jurassic Parties at The Reptile ZooPrice starts at $250 for 30 guests. Includes: admission, party room, presentation with 12-15 animals and photo opps. // Fountain Valley

 

Toy Building Birthday Parties in Orange County

RidemakerzPrice starts at $29.99 per guest (min. 5 guests). Includes: dedicated crew member to guide party, one-of-a-kind ride for each guest, surprise customization for birthday child, party favors, birthday photo. // Downtown Disney, Anaheim

Build A BearPrice starts at $12 per guest (min. 6 guests). Includes: Bear, add additional cost for accessories. Check website for details. // Downtown Disney, Anaheim or Shops at Mission Viejo

 

Art Birthday Parties in Orange County

Color Me MinePrice starts at $20-23 per guest depending on location (min. 8 guests). Includes: $16 item for each guest (larger piece may be selected if you would like to pay the difference), 1.5 hours of studio party time, instruction and guidance from dedicated staff members, and cleanup, unlimited use of colorful glazes, glazing and firing of pieces. // Brea, Costa Mesa, Mission Viejo and Tustin

Timeree Paint PartyPrice starts at $50 per guest (min. $400). Includes: 2 hour Private Painting lesson, downloadable invitation and party area. // Newport Beach

Fired UpPrice starts at $15 per guest. Includes: $12 item for each guest, 2 hours of studio party time, instruction and guidance from dedicated staff members, and cleanup, unlimited use of colorful glazes, glazing and firing of pieces. // San Clemente

Hidden Talents Ceramic StudioPrice starts at $20 per guest. Includes: $14 item for each guest, 2 hours of studio party time, instruction and guidance from dedicated staff members, and cleanup, unlimited use of colorful glazes, glazing and firing of pieces, and balloons. // Huntington Beach

 

Bowling Birthday Parties in Orange County

Concourse Bowling CenterPrices start at $180 (up t0 12 guests). Includes: 1-1/2 hours of bowling, shoe rentals, pizza, soda, tokens, party table.  // Anaheim

Lucky StrikePrice (call for princes). Includes: 2 hours of bowling, shoe rentals, unlimited soft drinks. additional options available including family-style food, party favors and invitations  // Anaheim

Tustin LanesPrices start at $17 per person (add-ons available). Includes: 1 hour of bowling, 1 hour of table time, party hostess, a real souvenir bowling pin for birthday person, balloons, utensils, 8 arcade tokens per person, pizza (2 slices per person), soft drink (1 cup per person) and shoe rental.  // Tustin

Saddleback LanesPrices start at $50 per lane of 5 people. Includes: 1 and 50 minutes of bowling and shoe rental. Additional add-ons available. // Mission Viejo

Bowlmor LanesPrices (call for pricing). Includes: unlimited bowling, shoe rental, soda and juice, custom cake, signed bowling pin for birthday child and printed invitations. // Anaheim Downtown Disney OR Tustin

 

Amusement Park and Golfing Birthday Parties in Orange County

Adventure CityPrice starts at $21.95 per person. Includes: unlimited ride pass, petting zoo, pizza, soda, birthday train rides, souvenir for birthday child, party room, birthday host and more. // Buena Park

Camelot GolflandPrice starts at $134.50 for 10 guests. Includes: choice of golf, watersides, laser tag, tokens, pizza and place settings. Add-ons available. // Anaheim

Boomers: Price starts at $149.99 for 10 guests. Includes: pizza, game pass, golfing or choice of attraction and more. A-la-carte additions available. // Irvine OR Fountain Valley

Dave & BustersPrice starts at $17.99 for 10 guests. Includes: choice of 2 family-style entrees, french Fries and Unlimited soda, $10 Power Card (52.8 chips) per guest, birthday child will receive 300 tickets loaded on to the individual birthday card. // Orange OR Irvine

ESPN ZonePrices variesIncludes: restaurant and games available. // Anaheim Downtown Disney

 

Skateboard Park Birthday Parties in Orange County

Vans Skate ParkCall for pricing and details. // Orange

Etnies Skate ParkPrice starts at $250 for 10 guests. Includes: birthday cake, drinks, pizza, choice of music during party, decorations, personalized birthday announcement during party, in-party skateboard contest, table reservation, party host, and a thirty minute group lesson or demonstration, and a filming pass for parents to film the party action inside the Skatepark. // Lake Forest

 

Train Birthday Parties in Orange County

Irvine Park RailroadPricing is a-la-carte per guest (min. 8 guests). Options include: train tickets, pony tickets, meal tickets, bounce house, balloons, etc. // Orange

Orange County Model Engineers Train PartyPrice starts at $200 donation. Includes a special birthday party miniature train and train rides. Check website and call for more information. // Orange

 

Rock Climbing Birthday Parties in Orange County

Sender CityPrice starts at $26 per guest (min. 8 guests). Includes: 1 hour climbing, 1 hour party room. // Santa Ana

Rock City ClimbingPrice starts at $15 per guest (min. $300). Includes: 2 hour climbing, harness rental and party room. // Anaheim

RockreationPrice starts at $25 per guest (min. $100). Includes: 2 hour climbing, harness rental, party games and party room. // Costa Mesa

 

Roller Skating and Ice Skating Birthday Parties in Orange County

Holiday SkatePrice starts at $150 for 12 guests. Includes: admission, regular skate rental for each skater, reserved table for 1 hour, pitcher of soda, ice cream cups, 12 place settings, Balloons, 2 free skating passes for honoree. // Orange

Fountain Valley Skate CenterPrice starts at $13 per guest. Includes: admission, regular skate rental for each skater, soda, ice cream, birthday announcement, balloons, paper goods, 1 month of skating lessons for honoree. // Fountain Valley

The Rinks Anaheim IcePrice starts at $144.95 for 10 guests. Includes: admission to a public skating session, rental of figure or hockey skates, customized ice cream cake, assorted soft drinks. // Anaheim

The Rinks Yorba Linda IcePrice starts at $175 for 12 guests. Includes: 1-1/2 hour admission, regular skate rental for each skater, decorated party room, soda, cocoa, 15 minute group lesson, party host, special gift for each guest. // Yorba Linda

Aliso Viejo Ice PalacePrice starts at $180 for 10 guests. Includes: admission, regular skate rental for each skater, decorated party room, soda, cocoa, 12 place settings, party host, special gift for honoree. // Aliso Viejo

 

Fashion Birthday Parties in Orange County

Fashion Camp OCPrice starts at $275 + $18 per guest. Includes: use of fashion studio, party host with fashion instruction, digital invitation and fashion show. Additional options available for sewing. // Tustin OR Mission Viejo

Anna & Elsa’s BoutiquePrice starts at $36 per guest. Includes: Frozen makeover, hair and makeup. Optional additions available. // Anaheim Downtown Disney

 

Laser Tag Birthday Parties in Orange County

Camelot GolflandPrice starts at $134.50 for 10 guests. Includes: choice of golf, watersides, laser tag, tokens, pizza and place settings. Add-ons available. // Anaheim

BoomersPrice starts at $149.99 for 10 guests. Includes: pizza, game pass, golfing or choice of attraction and more. A-la-carte additions available. // Irvine OR Fountain Valley

LaserquestPrice starts at $149.99 for 10 guests. Includes: pizza, game pass, golfing or choice of attraction and more. A-la-carte additions available. // Irvine OR Fountain Valley

Tustin LanesPrices start at $17 per person (add-ons available). Includes: 1 hour of laser tag, 1 hour of table time, party hostess, a real souvenir bowling pin for birthday person, balloons, utensils, 8 arcade tokens per person, pizza (2 slices per person), soft drink (1 cup per person) and shoe rental.  // Tustin

 

Fun Food Restaurant Birthday Party Places in Orange County

Powell’s Sweet ShoppePrice starts at $299 for 8 guests. Includes: 2 hours party room, includes 8 guests, freshly spun cotton candy, life-size Powell’s Palace Game (prizes included), old-fashioned sodas of guests’ choice, in-store scavenger hunt (with goody bag), hand scooped Gelato for the whole party, choice of one candy activity. // Laguna Niguel

Farrell’s Ice Cream ParlourPrice starts at $14.99 per guest. Includes: party table for 90 minutes, autograph table runner for guests to sign, party game at the table, 2 slices of cheese pizza OR 2 chicken strips & fries, unlimited soft drinks, Farrell’s famous clown sundae, special gift for the birthday honoree. // Buena Park, Brea, Mission Viejo

Medieval TimesPrice starts at $36.95 per child and $61.95 per adult + $7 per person for birthday extras. Includes: dinner and show, birthday announcement during the show, group photo, slice of cake, frozen strawberry slushie in a souvenir castle cup, cheering banner. // Buena Park

Pirates Dinner AdventuresPrice starts at $30 per child and $38 per adult (add-ons available). Includes: dinner, show, birthday announcement, fees and gratuity. // Buena Park

John’s Incredible Pizza CompanyPrice starts at $14.99 per guest. Includes: private room & party host, all you can eat buffet, unlimited beverages, balloons, games & music, use of TV & DVD player, gift for birthday child, personalized Centerpiece, Fun World credits, redemption tickets, rides. // Buena Park

Chuck E. Cheese’sPrice starts at $12.99 per guest. Includes: pizza, tokens, soda, paper goods and more. A-la-carte items available. // Check website for locations across Orange County

Goofy’s KitchenPrices range from $30 – $59.99 per guest. Includes: meal and character entertainment. // Anaheim Downtown Disney

Tea & Teacups: Price starts at $10.95 per child. Includes: pot of tea, lemonade, milk, assortment of children’s Sandwiches, chicken nuggets, fruit garnish, mini scone and dessert. Princess or Pirate add-ons available. // Yorba Linda

Casey’s CupcakesPrice starts at $14 per child. Includes: see website for packages. //Irvine, Newport Beach or Huntington Beach

Beverly’s Best BakeryPrice starts at $32 per guest (min. 10 guests). Includes: hands-on decorating of cupcakes or sugar cookies with icings and toppings, tea service and beverages, specialty cake for the guest-of-honor. // Yorba Linda

Perfect Circle CupcakeryPrice starts at $21.99 per guest (min. 8 guests). Includes: four cupcakes per guest to frost, decorate and share, beverage of your choice with full service from our staff for the duration the event. a unique, hand crafted apron for the guest of honor. // Old Town Orange

Sensitive Sweets (Allergy friendy-sweets): Price starts at $12 per guest (max. 12 guests). Includes: Each guest gets 2 cupcakes, one to eat and one to take home, sprinkles, toppings, and a cupcake box. 60 minute session. // Fountain Valley

Wonderland BakeryPrice starts at $30 per guest. Includes: 60 minute party, fully staffed, printable invitations, cookie decorating: 2 themed sugar cookies per guest, fun game or craft, enchanting cupcakes, wonderlicious water, Present Courier, Wonderland gift bag with sweet favor for all guests, Wonderland T-shirt for Guest of Honor. // Laguna Niguel

Tspoons Cooking PartyPrice starts at $435 for 10 guests. Includes: Party Set-up / Clean-up, 3 course customized menu – Appetizer, Entrée, Dessert, 1½ hours hands-on culinary instruction and food preparation, 1 hour dining party, All food items, materials and refreshments, Take home recipe cards and one dozen balloons. // San Juan Capistrano

 

Please Note: each of these facilities has different rules and regulations regarding food, drinks, decorations, etc. please read descriptions and contract carefully when planning your party.

Cupcake Decorating Parties at Casey’s Cupcakes Party Room

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a couple of weeks ago we were invited to a princess and prince party at Casey’s Cupcakes. you may remember me writing about Casey’s Cupcakes before, and how you can have cupcake decorating parties at their stores. that is exactly what we did at the princess and prince party. Casey’s Cupcakes Shops are fabulously decorated, fit for a princess, and are perfect for hosting birthday parties, showers and girls night outs.

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you should have seen these kiddie’s eyes as they walked into the Casey’s Cupcakes Party Room. the table was set with cupcakes, candy, frosting, sprinkles, cherries and all sorts of goodies. and everything was pink! yep pink. did my boys seem to care? not at all. outfitted with a prince crown, they sat down at the delicious cupcake table and got to work decorating their cupcakes. (but, i was told if you have a little boy who wanted to have a not-so-pink party, that Casey’s Cupcakes could help make that wish come true)

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so much fun, they loved every second of it. and while Kyle, my middle boy carefully decorated his cupcakes (yes, you can make more than one) my little Vann got right down to business shoving cupcakes into his face. and i can’t say i don’t blame him. they are really yummy.

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and while the kids feasted on cupcakes and juice, the adults enjoyed their own tea party right outside the party room. a win, win. i got to enjoy my favorite red velvet cupcake while my kids were fully entertained. oh happy day.

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the party was a big success, because after all, you only get messes like these when kids are truly having loads of fun. and me? anything is a success when i don’t have to clean it up. hey! i’m really, really loving the fact that you can have a fantastic party at Casey’s Cupcakes and not have to worry about cleaning the house up for guests…let alone, cleaning it all back up again.

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yep, i would have to say my boys had a great time. little Vann, who insisted on dressing up as a Power Ranger, had to get one last treat in.

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we couldn’t leave the store without one last peek at the fabulous display cupcakes.

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they are always available at one of the 5 Casey’s Cupcakes Stores (soon to be six). so if your sweet tooth is calling you, stop in to grab a treat.

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thank you Casey for the fabulous party. it was so much fun!

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for more information about having your own cupcake decorating party, bridal shower or baby shower at one of Casey’s Cupcakes Stores, visit her website.
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