Friday, April 22, 2011

~ Cupcakes ~ BUNNY CUTE! Easter cupcakes for my peeps.



My daughters and I had some much fun making these cupcakes yesterday.  They turned out so cute, yummy and they were really easy to make. My daughters did most of the decorating, well actually my oldest daughter did, my little one helped, but to make a lot of mess. They sure had fun!


I got inspired by these cute cupcakes on the Betty Crocker website and couldn't resist to make some bunny cupcakes too.  I used coconut to give them a furry look and gave them some big bunny marshmallows teeth.

This is how we made them if you want to make them too:

- Cupcakes: When I'm baking with my daughters I prefer to use a cake box mix, it is just easier this way. I prefer the Betty Crocker brand and for these cupcakes I used the lemon cake mix, it tastes really good with the coconut and butter cream icing.

{I am not affiliated with Betty Crocker in any way, I just want to put it out there :) It's just my preferred brand of cake mixes}

- Butter Cream Icing: {I prefer to make the icing from scratch, Recipe below}

- Shredded coconut

- Marshmallows: mini and regular size

- M&M or smarties for bunny eyes

- Pink jellybeans for bunny nose

- Pink sugar for bunny ears


1.To make the bunny ears, cut one marshmallow crosswise and dip halves in pink sugar.


2. Frost the cupcake with butter cream and dip in shredded coconut. 


 3. Put a little bit of butter cream  under the marshmallows ears to stick them on the cupcake. Decorate with the rest of the candies for the eyes, nose and small marshmallows for bunny teeth.


 4. I had a few heart shaped candies and used them for some bunnies paws and tails, but they look cute without them too.





We had some Marshmallows peeps and made these ones too.



I put a few drops of green icing color in a Ziploc bag with a few drops of water and mixed in with coconut to make instant grass.  I colored the frosting green as well.

They are so adorable you feel so bad to eat them :)



Here is how to make BUTTER CREAM icing:

4 cups (500 grams) of icing sugar
3/4 cup (1 stick or 125ml) of butter, softened
1/3 cup (75ml) of milk
2 teaspoons (10 ml) of vanilla extract

In a bowl beat butter until fluffy, beat in sugar alternately with milk, making 3 additions of sugar and 2 of milk. Beat in vanilla.





HAPPY EASTER!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

~Party Printable~ Easter Collection {Water bottle labels, Invitations, cupcake toppers and Banner} & Tutorial



My daughters and I are hosting an Easter bake Sale for charity this week.
I just finished designing the party printable collection I will use for the treats and table decor.  You can use them too if you are planning an Easter or egg hunting party this weekend..  I will post pictures of our decorated table after the event next week.

This collection includes Water bottle labels, Invitations, Banner and circle tags that can be used for cupcake toppers and treat bags.  Click on the links to download and see tutorial below. I hope you can use them, and if you do; please share your party pictures with us!










Ever wonder how to affix water bottle labels?

Remove original labels from water bottles and attach new ones using double sided tape {This is the easiest way but only works if water bottles will be served at room temperature, otherwise ink will leak from the labels}

Now if you want to make them waterproof and place them in buckets with ice, an easy and economical way, rather than buying waterproof labels, is to use clear packing tape, the width of the tape is exactly the same size as the labels. Laminate both sides of the label with the clear packing tape and then use the double sided tape to affix to the bottle.  This way the ink won't leak. 

You can also just attach the label to the bottle with double sided tape and then go over with the clear tape, you will be saving one step but only the top will be waterproof, I've done it before and my bottles were fine when placed in ice, but I recommend to make a trial run and place your bottle in a bucket with ice to check if water goes through.  But just to make sure the ink won't leak with the last method, and you still want them in ice, just insert the bottles half way where the ice cubes don't touch the labels and the water will still be kept cold.

How to do cupcake toppers, treats and favors tags:

Favors tags

 {Take a look at this post to see how to make favors and treat tags using party circles}


For cupcake toppers, download and print file, cut into squares or use an scalloped or circle 1 1/2" punch and attach to 4" lollipop sticks {available at Michaels, Waltmart or Bulk Candy store} using tape or a small white circle label.  Place in the middle of cupcakes as you can see in the picture above.  

You can make napkin rings too.  Take a look at how I made these using party circles, ribbon and double sided tape.


How to make a banner using the printable file:

Download the file and print. Cut circles using a circle cutter or scissors and a steady hand :) Make two small punches at the top of each circle and thread the banner together using your favorite ribbon.

Monday, April 18, 2011

~Party Trend~ Paris inspired Parties

I would like to say that I inspired Kim {Tomkatstudio} when she planned the fabulous Glamour Girl in Paris party for her daughter Kate a few weeks ago. It was adorable with lots of details and help from a lot of talented vendors. Exactly one year ago I designed an Ooh La La! Glam Girl A Pink Poodle in Paris to celebrate my daughter's 6th years old.   I was already obsessed with Paris after a trip to Europe a few years ago and at that time the Barbie in a Fashion Fairytale movie had just been released. I just wanted to recreate a Glamour Fashion Show in Paris and my daughter being the little fashionista she is, absolutely loved the idea.  I'm sure Kim doesn't read my blog, because she is pretty occupied serving up fabulous party inspiration over at her blog!
 Anyways I still want to believe she got inspired by my daughter's Ooh La La! Glam girl a Pink Poodle in Paris party... 

Did you know that my daughter's Ooh La La Glam girl a Pink Poodle in Paris is the most popular post in my blog?  Over 1000 unique page views in only 3 months, over 800 just last month ago.  It seem everybody is looking for some french inspiration these days...


Here are I leave you with some eye candy and more fabulous Paris inspired parties... 

{Kate’s 4th Birthday Party} Glamour Girl in Paris…. A Barbie Inspired Party!













If you are planning a French inspired party make sure to check my boarding pass invitations to Paris, they were a hit at my daughter's party and I'm offering them now at my recently launched Etsy shop.  

Monday, April 11, 2011

~ Birthday Party ~ Maria Laura's Tea Party



I love every detail of Maria Laura's second birthday party.  Lucia from ideiachic and Maria Laura's mommy {another creative Milena J} designed  the most adorable tea party to celebrate  Maria Laura's two years old.   Just look at this gorgeous table set up and balloon backdrop:



The color palette for this party was pink and brown.  The Tea pot cake was adorable and  the tablecloth was adorned with hot pink bows and wooden spoons...
What a clever idea!  


Handmade cloth cherry cupcakes.   I bet you thought they were real?  I did at first.



The Party favors were little blenders and mixers and candy filled tiny jars.
 Aren't they cute?




All these treat boxes were made by Lucia using the Cricut machine.   



Tiny tiered cakes, petite cupcakes, miniature tea cups, little tea pots.  
This is the Sweetest Tea party!




Thanks Lucia for sharing with us. Simply Sweet!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

~ Party Trend ~ Cake POPS!

WARNING!! If you are new to Cake Pops then better Stop here and don't read the rest of this post. And don't even imagine on clicking here or here, it will be dangerous, I'm telling you, these two sites are highly addictive. 



by creativecakebites.com

If you clicked there already, don't say I didn't warn you! 
Basically Cake pops are small cake balls on lollipop sticks. They are made by mixing cake crumbs with icing, rolling into balls, dipping in melted candy, popped on a stick and decorated into many different cute shapes.



Basic Cake Pops Recipe:

1 box cake mix
12 oz of icing
Candy melts  {1oz for each pop}
Lollipop sticks
Styrofoam block
Colourful candy or sprinkles to decorate


1. Bake the cake following the box directions in a 9x13 pan, let it cool and crumble in a bowl.

2. Mix cake and icing together

3. Shape mix into 2" balls {just like making meatballs but cake balls}, place them on  a baking sheet on parchment paper and let them chill for 30 min in the freezer to firm up and transfer to fridge.

4. Melt candy in the microwave, in a deep and heat proof bowl, 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between or use an electric chocolate candy melter.

4. Dip a lollipop stick on melted candy and insert into cake balls.

5. Dip in melted candy, make sure cake ball is all covered, let the excess to drip on bowl

6. Insert in Styrofoam block and let dry, or..

    Cover with sprinkles and then let dry, or...

    Let your creativity go wild .. After they are dry, you can decorated them using edible markers or decorating with all kind of candies to make them into any shape you like.  The possibilities are endless.


I have seen so many delicious creations...
Here are some of my favourites:


Mrs. Potts Cake pops.  Pure perfection!!

 

Ice cream Pops also from Bakerella

These look so yummy, just like real ice cream.




I can't stop singing after looking at these.
 "Under the sea
   Under the sea..
  Darling it's better
    Down where it's wetter
   Take it from me"


I am not fan of Sushi,  but I will love these for sure!






These will be perfect for a Strawberry Shortcake themed party.


Aren't these Hello Kitty pops adorable?  I wish I had seen them before, they would have been perfect for my daughter's Hello Kitty balloon dreams birthday party.


How to Display Cake Pops

I came across this display from Wilton, while I was looking for lollipops displays for my oldest daughter's birthday.  I really like it! First of all is inexpensive, only $6.99 at Michaels { and you can always use a Michaels 40% off coupon} and it can be decorated to match any theme.  




These cake pops gift boxes, also from Wilton, are very cute too!




 Arrange your cake pops together in a pottery for a more sophisticated look!
Perfect for baby or bridal showers.


Look at this gorgeous Cake pop Tower display made out of Styrofoam.





picture by hostessblog.com

Another great cake pop display is a Vase filled with Candy. A cool trick is to take any vase {not glass or see through}, put some Styrofoam or floral foam inside, and  fill just the top with jelly beans. 

I hope these ideas will be helpful in planning your next party!


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