Happy Birthday! #SmartFinal140th

What do you do when you get the chance to celebrate a birthday?  Well, you throw a party of course.  And make cupcakes, and brownie balls and then you buy a cake.  You even call in a favor from a friend who makes amazing printables.  And this is what you get!  Fun decorations, the sweetest sweets and lots of fun.

Smart & Final is celebrating 140 years in business, and I got to celebrate with them.  No one from Smart & Final actually attended the party, but I’m pretty sure they would have had if they had seen the cupcakes I made in their honor!

Who knew that celebrating the 140th Birthday of a store (#SmartFinal140th) could be such a great excuse for some seriously cute decorations and deliciously decadent desserts?

Here’s what I made (recipes below):



Brownie Balls***

Once we were all set up with our Smart and Final Birthday Party desserts, we threw in some anonymous tasters (so they are not anonymous) and those decadent desserts were ancient history.

Here’s to you, Smart and Final!  Wishing you a wonderful ‘nother 140 years!


*Cupcakes:  Smart & Final Brand First Street Chocolate Cake Mix.  I followed package directions for cupcakes.  Love this recipe because it makes exactly 12 cupcakes, unlike traditional cake box mixes that make more than that and I’m left wondering that to do with the extra batter.

Cupcake Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 6 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla exrract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
Combine butter, cream cheese and vanilla.  Blend until smooth.  Add powdered sugar.  Serve as frosting on cupcakes.
I added a bit of strawberry puree to some of my cupcakes, and it didn’t work very well.  It was too runny.

**Cake:  So I didn’t make it.  I bought it.  At Smart and Final.  It was a fabulous Red Velvet Bundt Cake and it was under ten bucks.  Score.

***Brownie Balls:  I made brownies as directed on First Street Brownie Mix bag.  Once the brownies were completely cooled, I cut into squares, rolled each square in powered sugar and voila!  Brownie balls that look AND taste great.

The Birthday Banners and Cupcake Toppers were designed by Tricia at Trillustrations.  She has some really cute FREE printables on her site, and she also is getting ready to roll out a shop with printables for purchase that are adorable and really affordable!  When you stop by tell her I sent you!  Rumor has it she has some great Halloween Printables….

Disclosure:  This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #collectivebias.

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  1. Looks like a fun party. I’ll have to try the cake mix!

  2. Where’s the brownie mix you just bought? The girls want to make another batch of brownies!

  3. That looks like a party I would enjoy!! The desserts look SO yummy! (and I’m loving Jeff’s comment!)

  4. Geraldine Flavob says

    I love how you have the banner and cupcake toppers matching Smart and Finals logo colors!

    I had no idea Smart and Final had been around that long!

  5. Great PARTY!!! Love how wonderful everything looks!

  6. Brownie balls are ingenious! Love it – what an awesome party!

  7. And then there’s a place called Costco. Transfer cake/cheesecake to one of your own plates and TADA!

    Nobody is any the wiser.

  8. The banner is so cute, and I definitely have a craving for brownie balls for breakfast now 🙂

  9. Those desserts look divine!

  10. Love that banner!

  11. You had me at brownie balls!

  12. Adorable!! I love Tricia she is amazing!! Your party turned out soooo cute!