make it a snow day

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Winter birthday parties in some parts of the country can be tough. Some families even celebrate half birthdays instead so that their little bundles of energy can have an outdoor party. Well we say, embrace the weather and make it a snow day!

Our fun “snow day” invitation and decor is perfect for a brrr… birthday party. Fill the day with building snowmen, sledding or even hitting the slopes if you have trails nearby. The kids will have a blast; just make sure you’re out of the way for the snowball fight. {wink}

Once they’ve worked up an appetite, serve these cool snowman donut treats (Very Heatherly, Family Fun),

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or these creative snowman cakes (Family Circle… not that you could have guessed, Family Fun),

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and maybe end the fun with something crafty for them to take home (Parents magazine, Kaboose, Family Fun).

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As always, I hope we’ve helped inspire your next celebration. Enjoy!

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all aboard sweets

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A choo! choo! train birthday party could be just the ticket {wink} if you have a little conductor in your midst like I do.  Here are a few DIY ideas on how to pull together the cake/cupcakes (starting in upper left corner):

Enjoy!

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hanukkah ideas

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Enjoy!

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north pole cupcakes

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As you might imagine I spend a lot of time in the kitchen with my boys, especially around the holidays. Yesterday we decided to decorate cupcakes and since we had some yummy soft peppermint sticks, we decided to use them as the North Pole. Lots of fun… and very sticky. Okay and there was a little bit of a sugar rush going on. Anyway, this was mine; I call it “snowelf standing guard at the North Pole.” Original right!?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • White icing (mine was cream cheese!)
  • Coconut
  • Strawberry malted milk balls (one slightly smaller than the other)
  • Red Starburst (one square will make a scarf and a stocking cap)
  • Snowflake sprinkles
  • Candy cane (mine are the old fashioned soft candy canes)
  • Optional: Print “North Pole” in red on cardstock and cut it out with scalloped scissors

And here are the simple steps:

  1. Ice your cupcake and sprinkle it with coconut and snowflake sprinkles.
  2. Insert the candy cane slightly to one side.
  3. Place the largest of the two malted milk balls on the cupcake.
  4. Add a small amount of icing, as an adhesive, to the bottom of the second malted milk ball and put it in place.
  5. Heat one Starburst square in the microwave for eight seconds.
  6. Roll half of the square out, very flat, on a piece of wax paper. Using a knife, slice it to look like a scarf and even add a little fringe like I did if you like. Peel it up and carefully wrap it around the shoulders.
  7. Reheat the second half for another five seconds or so (because it likely got hard again while your were working on the scarf) and mold it to look like a stocking cap in your hands. Add a snowflake sprinkle to the end and allow it to harden for 30 seconds or so. Finally, place it on your snowelf’s head.
  8. Using a small dot of icing, adhere the sign to the candy cane.

If you make them, or a version of, we would love to see them. Just send us an e-mail at customercare@celebrationshoppe.com with the subject line: North Pole Cupcake. Enjoy!

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melting snowman treats

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I found this cookie on The Decorated Cookie, I just love how she gives you all the how to’s, and bookmarked it to share like six months ago. This morning when I was preparing the post I found this melting cupcake on Nicisme’s Flickr portfolio so I thought I would give them both a little love today in honor of our first snow… which has already melted. {wink}

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

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turkey cupcake round-up

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You guys know me by now. I’ll have to create at least one turkey cupcake this holiday season (my neices and nephew are coming!) so I thought I would gather up some inspiration.

Here they are left to right: Martha Stewart, Family Fun, Bright Ideas, Family Fun, Bake Space, Betty Crocker.

Now let’s see what I can do. {wink}

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haunted house, spiders & more

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I’m so loving these bright ideas {wink} and wanted to share with those of you who haven’t visited the site before. Very cute, step-by-step instructions and lots of fun. Enjoy!

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all things witchy

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So the other day I was working up some spindly spider treats, well today I’m sharing all things witchy… perfect for our martinis & mayhem collection.

Check out these witch shoe favors! They’re adorable and could easy be converted into really great bachelorette favors too. {wink} Next are cheddar witch fingers! Yum!

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And what about these great witch hat cookies!? They’re super simple to whip up. And last but not least, a green witch cupcake.

Happy baking and don’t forget to let the little ones get in the kitchen too this holiday season… all the desserts don’t have to be perfect. This is as much a reminder for you as it is for me. {wink} Enjoy!

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barn cake with baby chicks

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When we launched our new “on the farm” birthday party theme, I blogged about pig and sheep cakes and cupcakes, but this one has a red barn and baby chicks! I love how easy the chick cupcakes are. They’re just yellow tinted coconut {yum} with chocolate eyes and a gumdrop beak (rolled and cut in the shape of a triangle).

The barn and other animals are really simple too. All the details are on BettyCrocker.com complete with a video. Enjoy!

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creepy mummy cupcakes

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Okay, so they’re really not that creepy. They’re actually kind of cute and oh so easy to make. You’ll need:

  • white icing (cream cheese is best!)
  • #46 icing tip
  • resealable bag (freezer weight)
  • connector
  • Skittles (for dairy free) or M&Ms

And here are the simple steps:

  1. Snip the corner of your resealable bag, insert a connector and fill with icing. Add the tip, you’ll be using the flat side, and connector ring. (You can find these in the baking section for a dollar.)
  2. Place your Skittles or M&Ms (AKA eyes) on your cupcake.
  3. Starting at the bottom, pipe rows of icing overlapping every once in a while to give it the appearance of strips of fabric.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. Happy baking! (Oh, and you can find the batty napkins in our Halloween decor.)

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