Grandbaby Cakes Launch Party

A behind the scenes look at the Chicago Grandbaby Cakes launch party celebrating my new cookbook.  Photos by Chuckstr Photography.

Grandbaby Cakes Launch Party venue

Last week was the official launch party of my cookbook (or my baby as I like to call it) Grandbaby Cakes at Room and Board  (thank you Zapwater Communications) in Chicago.  I could not have held my party at a better location than Room and Board.   It was beyond my wildest dreams amazing! YumSquared even won a special raffle of a $500 Gift Card from Room and Board.  Can we say beyond cool?

Grandbaby Cakes Launch Party venue with copies of the book and cakes on display

After spending months writing a book, it was so incredible to finally be able to celebrate the accomplishment and have a bit of fun.  And fun I did have.  The students from Le Cordon Bleu made the most delicious treats from the cookbook (thanks to Jewel-Osco and Safest Choice Eggs for providing all of the groceries needed to feed the insanely large crowd!!), and everyone raved about them.  Also a big thanks to Nielsen-Massey Vanillas for providing the beautiful gift bag items for the party as well!

Jocelyn Delk Adams posing with cooking students and her cookbook

These students are seriously talented.  Also see those gorgeous cake stands?  Those were provided by Nimble Well.

Attendee taking a photo of the red velvet cake with blueberry butter cream on her cell phone

Aside from eating cake, though we seriously did a ton of that….

Waiter handing out dessert samples

I took lots of photos!  It was so fun watching the selfies happen …….

Jocelyn Delk Adams posing for a selfie with an attendee

and then more selfies……

Two launch party attendees taking a selfie

seeing my dear blogger friends like my girl Kit of The Kittchen ….

Jocelyn Delk Adams posing with Afrobella at Grandbaby Cakes cookbook launch party

Or my girl Afrobella who happens to be a big time national blogger…..

Jocelyn Delk Adams posing with pastry chef at launch party

And Rachel of Rachel O Beauty and her lovely daughter who wants to be a pastry chef…

Jocelyn Delk Adams posing for a photo with two launch party attendees

And my Chicago food blogger pals Laura of Blogging Over Thyme, Nora of A Clean Bake and Kristin of Baker Bettie.

Jocelyn Delk Adams posing with three launch party attendees

Then I spoke to everyone.  It was such a joy to explain how much writing Grandbaby Cakes meant to me and what a labor of love it was.

Jocelyn Delk Adams gives a speech at her cookbook launch party

Sharing that joy with everyone was something I will never forget!  P.S. Do you see that crowd???  And double P.S.  Do you see that awesome Tracy Reese dress I’m wearing?  Thanks so much Rent The Runway for making me look so terrific!

Shot of many attendees at launch party from above

Then we had an old fashioned Cake Walk where 6 winners from the evening walked away with cakes baked from the Le Cordon Bleu students.

Grandbaby Cakes Cookbook Launch Party attendees lined up to meet and greet Jocelyn Delk Adams

As you can tell, this was seriously the most fun part of the entire evening!!

Jocelyn Delk Adams gives a high five to a launch party attendee

Though signing books was a super close second!

Jocelyn Delk Adams signing a copy of her Grandbaby Cakes cookbook

A big thank you to all of my loved ones that showed up and gave so much support including my big brother who I love so much!

Jocelyn Delk Adams posing with her brother for a photo

And of course the hubby!  I am so blessed to have him.

Jocelyn Delk Adams posing for a photo with her husband and a copy of her cookbook

Want to see more photos from the event?

Launch party attendees taking photos of pastry display with cell phones

Check out the hashtag #GrandbabyCakesBook on Instagram and check out the full album of photos HERE.  There are tons more!

Photo of attendees and pastry display

All Photos courtesy of Chuckstr Photography

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  1. Hi . I looked at your pics of your special day. I am so excited for you and your success .
    Your reciepes sure are wonderful. Please send me an email letting me know how I can purchase a
    granbaby cook book, please.

    I enjoyed your picture show and captions very much. Sue, Tenn.Cook

  2. It’s so exciting that you wrote and published a cookbook! That party looks like it was a lot of fun! And you look gorgeous!

  3. Congratulations! It looks like fun was had by all… and you are stunning in that dress! I purchased your cookbook last week and can’t decide what to bake first! 🙂

    1. Awww thank you so so much for the support Amy! I hope you love the book and I cannot wait to see what you bake!

  4. Jocelyn, that was an awesome party! I’ve been looking at your pictures and wish I lived closer to you, or perhaps another launch party in California? 🙂 And you look stunning in that dress! Super happy and proud of you,

    1. Wow a party in California would be absolutely fantastic! A girl can dream can’t she?

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