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Recently, we attending a joint birthday party celebration for 2 brothers. Mikey was turning 5 and Charlie was turning 2. These boys were very lucky to have talented aunts who cut, chopped and baked their dessert table for the party.
Charlie, like most 2 year olds, loves cars, trucks and motorcycles. Aunt Christine made him a motorcycle race track cake, complete with mini motorcycle toys that later needed to be cleaned off immediately for play!
Mikey, on the other hand, had a summer beach party theme with an awesome cupcake stand, shark watermelon fruit basket and shark sugar cookies made by Aunt Anette.
Anette cut a watermelon like a shark with a large open mouth to fill with cut fruit and Sweddish fish. Insert some Barbie legs and the vicious and delicious dessert display was complete!
Check out these cupcakes! Can you believe the above shark design was made from a Twinkie?
Look closely and you’ll see that the people inside the donut tubes, were made from nilla wafers! The buoys were made with a mini cone turned upside down with a lollipop down the middle.
Nice job Christine and Anette! Happy Birthday Charlie and Mikey!
Working in a company of mostly women, you tend to be around a lot of great bakers and therefore great desserts. And office workers, men or women, love to celebrate birthdays with said baked goods! The other day I came across these adorable cupcakes in the aftermath of a birthday celebration in our kitchen common area… aka I didn’t make these!
These were made by a girl named Amanda and I thought they were so cute, I took a few pictures! (before snagging a sample for myself, of course!)
Basic explanation: Yellow cupcake with green colored vanilla frosting, topped with a flower petal surrounded Oreo cookie and an M&M on top that is frosted like a ladybug. How adorable is that? Besides getting down the flower petal technique using an icing tip, it doesn’t seem that hard of a cupcake design, so give it a try!
If you haven’t noticed from reading my blog, I love cupcakes! I think they’re cute as an icon and they’re yummy in the tummy!
Fact: I am more of a fan of the cake, not the icing.
Fact: I like cupcakes out of a box best, but I did successfully make Red Velvet ones from scratch.
This design was suggested by my good friend Allie. I already had a great selling Sweet Holidays cupcake inspired Holiday card design from a previous year so she suggested I adapt it to proclaim to all that I’m here for the cupcakes! It’s a great shirt for adults, looking for the sugary delights or the toddlers who have no idea why they’re celebrating someone’s yearly birthday except that they get cake in the end.
And wouldn’t you know, my best selling style/size is a on a maternity shirt!
As promised, here are a few more details from the Favorites Party!
Thanks for coming tags
I had been inspired by the paint chip crafts I kept finding on Pinterest, in particular this one by BellaCarla with a stamped image.
I grabbed a few paint chips from Home Depot with a fall palette in mind to make my thank you tags.
I cut them in half, stamped a polka dot pattern with Pigment Ink and did a little heat emboss action to add texture.
Add a printed phrase, a heat embossed owl and a ribbon and voila, a pretty thank you tag!
(supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Stamp pad - Color Blox, Materials - Inkadinkado Embossing Powder, Ribbon – Martha Stewart Crafts)
#13 on my 30 Before Thirty list included making cupcakes from scratch. I went on my favorite recipe site, AllRecipes.com, and decided on a Red Velvet Cupcake recipe from McCormick brand to be my first ever cupcakes from scratch. I think they turned out pretty good, but was surprised that the recipe really does make 30 cupcakes!
Decorated Dessert Table
#27 on my 30 Before Thirty List included making one of those fun coordinated dessert tables for a party. I always see them on sites like Amy Atlas Events and TomKat Studios and love them! I altered this concept to just be a coordinated party table, not just desserts.
I think it turned out pretty cute! With the thank you bags and basic serving ware on one side, the Chinese Lanterns and other fall items in the center and the cupcakes and snack items on the right, it turned out to be a functional, yet cute, set up!
Owl Candle Holder, White Cake Stand – Home Goods
Candy corn candy dish, Tablecloth - Kohls
Pumpkin basket, pumpkin decoration – Michaels
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Thus far, I’ve only ever worked at companies that sell consumer products. I worked either in the design, marketing or web departments, and so these are often very creative places. Come Halloween people tend to go all out in costumes and department decorating extravagance.
I tend to stand on the sideline and admire their creative craftiness for this fun holiday. Sometimes my personal Halloween costumes didn’t work in a corporate atmosphere (Hooters girl or 1/4th of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and sometimes I just wasn’t into it. This year instead of dressing up and decking out my desk in spiderwebs, I decided to at least do something else fun and I made my friends some adorable cupcakes!
I saw these Owl Cupcakes on the Me and My Tadpole blog and knew they’ve be perfect for my Halloween treat (only I made mine from a box mix instead of the recipe listed).
I baked the cupcakes and while cooling, prepped the other materials. The tip given on the Me and My Tadpole blog to microwave a few cookies for 5 seconds, really did help to keep the cream hole on one side!
I used Reeses pieces for both the eyes and the beak and I still think they look super cute!
I had these Martha Stewart Crafts Halloween Cupcake boxes for a few years that I wanted to put into use. Each box had a separate piece, that when slipped inside the box, would help the cupcake sit still and not wiggly around. Genius!
I slapped the coordinating label on the front with a “Happy Halloween” message and closed it with the skull and crossbones sticker.
Before making these, I had shared the link with a few friends, one of which made her own altered version! Mary has Sugargliders, so she altered this wide eyed treat to mimic her little pets when making cupcakes with her neice!
Thanks for letting me share, Mary!
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HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING!
Nothing too creative to share today, except an older photo of these butterfly springy cupcakes I made for a girls party!
Also if you have one near you Rita’s gives away a free Italian Ice today for the first day of spring so make sure to go get one!
This 2008 Christmas Card design was based on all the trendy icons I was seeing that year (and still seeing). Ms. Martha Stewart was continuing to inspire the visual display world with the stacked cake plate food displays. Television channels were flooded with all those cupcake/cake decorating shows like Ace of Cakes. I put the two trends together to make this Sweet Holidays Christmas Card.
Like in other years, I printed my card at vistaprint.com. I hand glittered each cupcake and used a corner rounder on the corners to make a personalized holiday greeting for my friends and family.