Gender reveal party!

This weekend was tons of fun! I had a great time creating these gender reveal cupcakes. I also felt pretty special since I was the only other person, besides Mum of course, who knew the outcome. Baby’s future big sister seemed to enjoy the icing the most. Congratulations to the happy family, it’s a boy!!Image

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Bow Bash for Bellah!

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This party was so much fun! I was so excited to have the chance to make so many pretty and different things. Not that I don’t love the weekly Frozen themed cakes but this theme just had that extra something.

I made two large bow banners out of 1.5 and 1 inch satin ribbons. Tying bow after bow for hours upon hours was actually kind of relaxing. I did two layer cakes with hand painted gold fondant details. The gold luster dust is really amazing and that little tube goes a long way. One cake was vanilla with strawberry cream cheese filling the other chocolate with raspberry filling. The pink fondant bow on top of the mint cake really made it stand out. 

My Cricut got a lot of use for this party! The gold bow toppers and #1 cake topper were cut with the Cricut from gold glitter paper. I found it at Michael’s for about $3 a sheet. The pink cupcakes were a variety of chocolate, vanilla and chocolate chip with soft pink icing. I did some halal marshmallow Rice Krispie treats and dipped them in chocolate. I also made tiny chocolate bows to add that extra interest. I dusted them with gold luster and did some white chocolate details as well. 

This Momma had some cute ideas and wanted little cookie jars filled with sugar cookies for party favors. I baked about 300 mini sugar cookies to fill the little jars. They came out very cute! Overall this was tons of fun.  Working for a sweet and adorable family made it even more enjoyable. I loved doing all of this for sweet Bellah and I am so glad everyone has such a great time at the party! Happy 1’st Birthday Bellah!

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Mother’s day, peony floral cupcakes with peach frosting

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I love mascarpone!! I love flowers!! I made mascarpone icing and these pretty flower cupcakes as a treat for moms everywhere…but mostly for myself. I was hungry. I wanted them to look like peonies but the end result was a bit more rose-ish. That’s Okay though, either way I liked them and they were pretty tasty. 

Good for 6 cupcakes –

4oz mascarpone cheese

1/4 cup of confectioners sugar 

a few drops of peach extract

I blended it until it became a bit thick and crumbly. I wanted the edges to look more rough for a peony flower effect. The floral liners added a bit of sweetness. Happy Mother’s Day everyone!! We moms deserve more then a day, I think we should have Mother’s week. I need a vacation 🙂 

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Tutorial-Dum Dum lollipop centerpieces and communion ideas

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Communion time is upon us!! Tons of fun cross cakes and flowered goodies are going to be flying out of my kitchen any day now. I really like when I get Communion/Christening parties. There’s so many fun things to create since you really can incorporate anything into this ceremonious event. We were doing flowers for the tables and I thought let’s do a fun centerpiece for the kids table. Something they can engage in and enjoy. I decided to do a version of  those Dum Dum lolly topiaries I’d been seeing around the web. It was super fun and the kids loved it. Here is the easy Dum Dum  lollipop bouquet tutorial,  anyone can make it!

You Will Need-

Styrofoam ball

2lb bag of Dum Dum brand lollipops

Tin bucket (check the $1 bins at target)

Glue gun and glue sticks

Start in the top center with one Dum Dum pop,  then continue to make circles around the 1st pop. It’s seriously that easy. If you notice holes here and there it’s OK. Just pop an extra Dum Dum in to fill the space. Finish with some ribbon, bows, baubles, or whatever suits your vision. I added some balled up tissue paper inside and then glue gunned the crap out of it. I used glue around the top of the tin as well to secure the styrofoam ball inside.  It’s a super easy and fun project that everyone will enjoy. To complete the look for the event I also did some white cupcake favors with custom labels in cups and some petite floral centerpieces in Mason jars. I really hope the family enjoyed the day. I know I enjoyed creating it for them!

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Mason jar of daisies and alstro

Baptism table

Mason jar of daisies and alstro

Mason jar of daisies and alstro

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Choo Choo Milo’s Two!

My son loves trains, I mean walking around all day going “trains and cars are good” kinda love. So of course I ran with it for this little train party. We did a cookie decorating station so the kids didn’t … Continue reading

Arctic Explorer Birthday for Milo!

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Having a winter birthday party in Brooklyn, NY forced a little extra creativity. Outside lavish garden parties with lovely tents and strings of lights just wouldn’t really be ideal in this climate. Although those are the kinds of parties I dream of throwing! I kept seeing winter party ideas but none of them really fit into my vision. I wanted something with a stronger theme to build upon. Then I had this idea of an Arctic Explorer theme!

I based everything off of an invitation I bought on Etsy. The vendor didn’t have any other printables that went along with it so I used Picmonkey and made the rest on my own. I found photos of Admiral Byrd, Nobu Shirase, Ernest Shackleton and a few other explorers to use on the cupcake toppers. I also used pictures of the Arctic ship Endurance and some other modes of transport for added interest. The cupcakes were Hot chocolate with Whipped cream Icing, I made white cake pops with white chocolate to look like snowballs and coordinating marshmallow pops with crushed candy cane topping. Snowman sugar cookies and S’mores brownies from recipes found on Pinterest rounded out the dessert table. You can find links/recipes at the bottom of the page.

We decided to do rustic style food that would fit the explorer theme and be favorable to babies taste buds as well. I made yogurt with fruit in baby food jars and called it Sno-gurt. Little finger sandwiches in the shape of airplanes and fresh fruit kabobs. The rosemary mashed potato snow balls with cheese baked in the center were a hit with kids and adults alike. For the main course we did baked beans and shredded beef sandwiches with some baked kale chips, all made by daddy! Peppermint ice cream party punch and chilled hot chocolate in mason jars topped off the tasty delights.

Party games, although awesome, seemed a little too old for the babies to enjoy. I decided to make a photo booth where everyone could dress up and have their picture taken. I made some mustaches, glued paper beards on pacifiers and rustled up some scarves, hats and other props from around the house. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and I used the pictures to make the thank you cards. Win-win situation!

Each baby took home a goodie bag with a golden blossom honey bear painted white to look like a polar bear. I added a little party hat made from scrap paper and cotton balls then added a thank you label. Two lollipops and peppermint tea bags. Tiny airplanes made from a piece of gum, peppermint lifesavers and a tootsie roll. then decorated the bag with a recipe card for honey S’mores that mommy and baby can make together!

I made all of the banners with scrap paper from Michaels and used Picmonkeyhttp://www.picmonkey.com/ to edit all of photos. Luckily I have two good friends with great eye who shot all the photo booth pictures. Thank you Ben Riley and Andrew Smith!

Oriental trading had cheap sets of paper snowflakes which I used for the photo booth backdrop. I also found cheap lollipops which were very inexpensive and had them personalized for next to nothing! http://www.orientaltrading.com/

By the end of the day we all had a great time and Milo really enjoyed himself! Can’t wait for the next one!

Smore’s Brownie recipe- http://blog.emeals.com/2012/09/smores-brownies/

Hot Chocolate cupcakes- http://www.thecakeblog.com/2011/12/peppermint-hot-chocolate-cupcakes.html

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I happily accepted this dragon and princess party given to me at the very last minute. I love all things fantastical, medieval and renaissance faire inspired. I had to use what I had on hand, no time for a shopping trip or online order. Luckily, I had some green fondant so I figured I’d run with it.  I made little triangles to mimic the scales on the dragons back. Then I cut some fondant circles reminiscent of Puff the magic dragon. I made some purple buttercream icing as it would be cute with the green fondant.  I lopped the icing on top of the cakes at first. I let it chill for about 30 mins then smoothed the buttercream by hand into little domes to look like dragon backs. I added the fondant pieces and hoped for the best. It actually worked! They were pretty cute and they family was very happy with them. Hope the little princess has a great birthday party!

 

Texas Style 30th Birthday Party!

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Texas style 30th Birthday Party

What People Ate

Brisket, Texas caviar, Kale chips, BBQ tofu sandwiches

What people Drank

Iced tea, Beer, Water

Dessert

Root beer cupcakes with whipped cream icing, Chocolate chip and toffee cookie dip, OREO pops.

Budget

Under $150.00

Party Favors

Cupcakes in a plastic cup with lid and thank you brown paper bags closed with clothes pins.

The crazy tissue decoration I made for over the table was really easy.  Here is the link to the simple tutorial that I used.

http://www.alannageorge.com/2012/03/15/how-to-bunny-party-tissue-paper-decorations/

The best place to edit/create printables and photos is Picmonkey! It’s fun and easy to make the graphics for your event on your own. It does take a little time but the end result is worth it. You can make exactly want you want and save money.  Some of the party printable sets I’ve seen online are so expensive!

http://www.picmonkey.com/

Root Beer Float Cupcakes:

2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 2 teaspoons root beer extract
1 cup boiling water

*Makes about 30 cupcakes*

Icing:

2 cups Heavy cream

1/4 cup Confections sugar.

DIRECTIONS:
For the cupcakes, preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin cups with paper baking cups. In a large bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add eggs, milk, oil, vanilla and root beer extract; using a handheld electric mixer or an electric stand mixer, beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water. The batter will be on the thinner side. Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full Then bake for 18-23 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs. This recipe makes about 30 cupcakes. So you may need to bake the cupcakes in installments if you only have 1 or 2 muffin tins. Let the cupcakes cool completely on a wire rack, after removing them from the muffin tin.

Icing, Just whip heavy cream until soft peaks form. Next sift/add the confectioners sugar while still mixing the cream. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and add your sprinkles of choice. I used bat sprinkles which I found around Halloween to honor the Austin South Congress bridge bats.

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Winnie the Pooh 2nd Birthday Party

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Oh how fun, it’s a Pooh themed 2nd birthday party! This was a super cute party for an adorable 2 year old girl. Mom went all out with the crepe paper and hired an amazing face painter as well. The kids had tons of fun singing and dancing the day away.

I was excited to have a vegan cupcake order for this event. I tried out a new vegan buttercream icing which was pretty divine. The non-vegan chocolate chip cupcakes seemed to be a hit as well. Smiles all around!

The Pooh paper crafts were so enjoyable to make. There were a lot of classic Pooh graphics around the web for free use. The party hat was my favorite as I love bedazzling anything I can find.

Hope you find some inspiration here for your next event! You’ll find the vegan butercream icing recipe below. Thanks for reading!

Icing Recipe

  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon almond milk

Directions:

  1. Using an electric mixer beat together vegetable shortening and vegan butter in a large bowl.
  2. When smooth, gradually mix in powdered sugar one cup at a time.
  3. Mix in vanilla extract, then almond milk one tablespoon at a time until it reaches the consistency you desire. I needed mine pretty firm to shape the beehives so I added about 1/4 cup extra powdered sugar.
  4. Beat on high for 2 additional minutes until it’s fluffy and light.
  5. Try not to eat them all at once!

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