A Minnie Mouse First Birthday Party

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You may remember that my sister-in-law Lauren and I were due just two weeks apart but her little one came early and mine came late. These two girls, who live only 15 minutes from one another, may grow up more like sisters than first cousins. Just two weeks before Brielle's Pinwheel First Birthday Party, we celebrated my niece Brinley's milestone first birthday with a Minnie Mouse themed event! Lauren and Frank did a great job including little special touches and bigger efforts to accommodate their big celebration for their little girl. This party happened over 7 months ago but it's very appropriate to share today since its the first day that we are down in Disney with them! Decorations: Upon entering Frank's mom's backyard, guests saw a fun pink pinwheel display going up the ... Continue Reading...

Pinwheel 1st Birthday Party Details

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Disclosure: I am a Tiny Prints affiliate and was compensated with products for this post. While this post contains affiliate links, the opinions expressed are all mine! Note: I only promote and share products I personally use and recommend! To learn more, please review my disclosure policy here.  We started dreaming up Brielle's first birthday months before the big day. We knew a few things: a) we didn't want a ton of people so we were going to the "family only" route b) we wanted to cater the food so we didn't have to cook c) it had to include some DIY elements! So please excuse this photo overload post but I'm very excited to share the details of Brielle's big day and her pinwheel themed 1st birthday party! Invitations I knew that I would be doing a bunch of DIY craft ... Continue Reading...

Sand and Sea Cupcakes

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I've seen a lot of cute beach themed cupcakes on Pinterest lately (like this one that I pinned over two years ago). Since we were headed down the shore for our family reunion, I decided to make a set to bring down! Materials: ** Coupon mentions were live at time of posting Boxed Cupcake Mix and all the ingredients to create it Teddy Grahams Graham Crackers Fruit by the Foot or Fruit Roll Ups ($0.55/2 Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot/Fruit Roll Ups - doubled at Shoprite) Vanilla Icing Blue Food Coloring Mini Drink Umbrella Cupcake Liners (Reynolds $0.55/1 printable coupon - doubled at Shoprite making it free!) Ziploc Bag, Kitchen Towel, Meat Tenderizer Bake your cupcakes as directed on the box and allow to cool. Mix blue food coloring in the icing to ... Continue Reading...

Summer Beach Party Cupcakes

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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 ... Continue Reading...

Sunflower and ladybug Cupcakes

Sunflower Oreo Cupcakes with ladybug M&Ms | spotofteadesigns.com

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 ... Continue Reading...

I’m here for the cupcakes!

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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! ... Continue Reading...

Favorites Party – Part II The Details

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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) Cupcake Recipe #13 on my 30 Before Thirty list included making cupcakes from scratch. I went ... Continue Reading...

Owl Cupcakes

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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 ... Continue Reading...