March 28, 2010 § Leave a comment
I am so psyched about how these turned out. They were a ton of work but well worth it! Half the effort was making all the paper designs in Photoshop which could have been avoided by just buying the paper at Michael’s.
- Circus striped cupcake wrapper download the template here
- To make the clown hats I first printed this harlequin print
- I found the hat template here and used it to cut out the cones
- I glued on the gold ric-rac trim, mini white pom poms, and red pom (all from Joanne’s) with craft glue
- the flag was made with music notes paper and toothpicks (the music notes paper turned out blurry so I’m not going to give it to you!)
- the little glitter “E” was easy to make, I just drew the E with pencil and went over it with a glue pen, the immediately dusted with glitter
…aaaaand they tasted just as good as they looked. I used the vanilla cupcakes and chocolate buttercream recipes and added some extra fun by filling them with raspberry puree (1 cup of fresh raspberries smashed and whisked with 2 tablespoons baker’s sugar.)
I owe the gorgeous frosting job to my $15 decorator from Target which also came with a special tip for injecting the filling. It’s not at Target anymore but posted here if you want to try to find something similar. The best part is the trigger so you only need one hand to decorate.
If you are into the Vintage Circus party theme, Hostess with the Mostess had a great feature on a circus themed baby shower here.
March 26, 2010 § Leave a comment
Ever since seeing the gorgeous statement necklaces in Confessions of a Shopaholic I’ve been obsessed with them.
I stumbled upon a DIY posting for this super cute one made from two gold belts and some ribbon at the fashionista blog Behind the Seams. Click here to see the full instructions. I know what I’ll be up to this weekend!
March 23, 2010 § 1 Comment
After trying about a million guacamole recipes I found a winner. This stuff tastes EXACTLY like the kind they serve table side at Rosa Mexicana. If you are entertaining- the key is to cut and mash the avocado at the very last minute so it is as fresh as possible. Some recipes tell you to make everything ahead of time and store in the fridge to allow the flavors to meld- not true.
- 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped white onion
- 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 1/4 teaspoons jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more for seasoning if desired
- 1 ripe Hass avocado, pitted, peeled, and coarsely chopped
- 3 tablespoons tomato, seeded and finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon lime juice
- 3 large flour tortillas
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- chili powder
- salt to taste
To make the guacamole:
- Mix together the cilantro, onion, jalapenos, salt and lime juice and muddle with a mortar and pestle or just a spoon handle (you can do this well ahead of time)
- Add the avocado and mash into the mixture, making sure to leave nice big chunks of avocado
- Stir in the tomato and serve with chips immediately
To make the chips:
- Brush tortillas on both sides with olive oil and cut into wedges
- Add chips to a large skillet on medium-high heat and season with spices and salt
- Cook until golden brown, flipping periodically- remember to turn on the fan as the spices tend to burn!
For a healthier alternative, lightly spray tortillas with olive oil and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 7-10 minutes.
March 15, 2010 § 1 Comment
After seeing blogger Jeanne Benedict’s adorable St. Patty’s Day Cupcakes I had to try some myself. The great thing about it is now I have this handy little pattern to make cupcake wrappers for every occasion! To make the pattern all I did was cut the shape below and trimmed to fit the cupcake. Because of the tapered sides you don’t even need to attach a bottom.
I made the pot-o-gold wrapper out of this really cool black paper I found at Michael’s which had a rough texture that made it look like cast-iron. I next added gold sprinkles and a paper rainbow. If I had it my way I would have sprayed the frosting with edible gold spraypaint and made the rainbow out of a sugar cookie.
The cupcakes had to fit the theme so I found this great recipe for Bailey’s Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting. They were not as sweet as I would have liked but my family sure loved them!
March 11, 2010 § 2 Comments
Earlier this year I posted on my Mad Dinner Party with an Alice in Wonderland Theme which was an unbirthday for my real birthday. Now that the genius Tim Burton has taken the magical story into his own hands everyone seems to be throwing unbirthday parties and Mad Hatter tea parties and royal croquet tournaments. I have compiled my favorite ideas and saved the best for last (seriously it will knock your mismatched socks off)
Cute hand-painted oversized teacup tower makes a big statement- this is something you can make from teacups from the thrift store, some paint and a glue gun. This post came from a kids party featured on Party Wishes complete with a white-roses-painted red bush and a croquet court.
Classic Sir John Tennian style cupcake toppers from Fancy Flours
“One side will make you grow taller, the other side will make you grow shorter”– The Caterpillar. Mushroom cupcake how-to featured on Cupcake Decorating Ideas.
Seriously? You people and your darn creativity. See the full details on the birdcage bird at The Mama Dreamalogues.
“A” for authenticity! Alice in Wonderland decorating ideas from Instructables
The Queen of Class Amy Atlas had to join in on the fun. See the full posting here– love it!
Another darling kids’ party featured on Hostess with the Mostess, Japanese lanterns are key.
Ok here’s my all-time favorite and you’ll see why…
I don’t even want to know how much this cost but it leaves for fantastic ideas. See the full article at Trendhunter.
And of course we can’t forget the fabulous Miss Gwen Stefani’s take on the tale- so what you waiting for? (skip ahead to 3:30 to bypass the intro)