daisy cupcake cake

I was wandering through the craft store about a week-and-a-half ago and saw these Wilton pleated cupcake liners. They made me immediately think of flower petals. I grabbed them up and this past weekend I whipped up this fun daisy cupcake cake. It would be perfect for Mother’s Day or a garden party!

You’ll need:

  • 16 pleated cupcakes
  • 4 regular cupcakes
  • yellow and orange gel food coloring
  • 3 cups white icing
  • resealable plastic bag
  • yellow, orange and green M&Ms
  • optional: 8 yellow flower petals cut from cardstock
  • Dairy free option: Use yellow Duncan Hines cake mix, white Pillsbury icing and Skittles

And here are a few tips:

  • Fill the pleated cupcake liners about 2 tsps more than you would a normal liner otherwise your cupcake will be short and you’ll have to compensate with a sugar rush of icing
  • For the swirl effect, tint two bowls of icing, one yellow and one orange, and then spoon them side-by-side into a resealable plastic bag (I used a gallon size) making sure both colors come down to one corner, snip the corner and swirl

And when the day was done… only crumbs were left. It’s funny because this little project made me think about when I was a little girl and I would pluck a daisy to see if “he” loved me. You remember… he loves me {pluck}, he loves me not {pluck}. Well I can assure you that my boys loved once I finally released them to snack these up! By the way, I didn’t let them eat them all… I pawn my sweets off on my mom’s office friends on most occasions. What?! Everything I bake can’t stay here! {wink}

Happy Wednesday everyone and so sorry for the mini hiatus! I was actually working like crazy on two new collections, a baby shower and a birthday, plus another mini collection and some fabulous Easter crafts. I’ll share everything very soon!

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DIY bird house favor boxes

Leoni of Just Call Me Martha posted a sweet note on my facebook page a few weeks ago and with a blog name like that I of course had to take a look. This fabulous idea for a bird house favor box was one of the first things I came across and I was totally smitten. Using a template from Torie Jayne’s blog she created six little treat boxes for her niece Jasmine’s birdy birthday party.

Make sure you hop over to Just Call Me Martha for all the how to details and to see more of the beautiful bird inspired party Leoni hosted for her niece! {Thanks Leoni for letting me share!}

As always I hope you’re inspired!

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lollipopping around

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There is nothing better than sugaring up your friends’ kids at a birthday party and sending them home… right?! {giggle} No really, I just felt inspired by the lollipop recently. It’s colorful and it can be very creative. Here are just a few lollipop inspired ideas from around the web:

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busy bee birthday

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Not all birthday parties have to be bright primary colors, especially before your little one is old enough to have his/her own opinion about the theme and decor {wink}. So if you have a very busy bee running (or crawling) around your house, consider some of these fabulous ideas:

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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fairy village cake

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It’s almost as if Family Fun magazine knew what was on my mind this week. These are shots from the March issue. How adorable is this cake idea!? And it goes perfectly with our new woodland fairy birthday collection, which by the way you’ll see lots of pics of tomorrow.

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Here are some close ups of the little cake houses. I’m loving the toadstool idea. I use Starburst for all kinds of baking ideas (i.e., my crashing witch cupcake boots), but I hadn’t thought of this one yet: red Starburst candy and marshmallows. Heat them up a bit and you can mold them into anything. Plus, since they come in so many colors, you don’t have to worry with food coloring.

Not only is this idea fun for the party, I know my kids would have a blast creating the scene. I can imagine it might be a little messy, but it would be quickly forgotten when I saw the smiles. Love it!

Get all the details, resources and recipes on Family Fun. Oh, and this isn’t all. They have more fairy birthday party ideas that I’ll share late this week or early next so if you don’t subscribe make sure and stop back in (and then go subscribe)!

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mad hatter tea party

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I won’t lie to you, this Alice in Wonderland mad hatter tea party took some serious effort by Donna at Party Wishes, but I think you’ll agree that the outcome was well worth it.

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She had her hands full from making the croquet game complete with 4′ tall croquet wickets (out of 1/4″ plywood, painted both sides, supported by 1×1″ pieces of wood with rebar drilled into the bottoms), stuffed flamingo covered mallets and hedgehog balls (4″ styrofoam balls covered in paper and Mod Podge) to hand painting massive tea cups (from the L.A. Flower Mart) to setting a bright and beautiful table.

So creative and so well executed.

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summer citrus table

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If you’re planning a summer picnic or outdoor gathering, these are some wonderfully simple ideas from Country Living. I personally love the citrus name card. How smart!

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And what about this centerpiece?! They removed the handles of a shopping bag (Tiffany & Co. none the less) and cut out a square from each side of the flattened bag (creating a paper handle when the resulting strips are folded over and taped). Nestle small flower vases inside and you’re ready. They then placed these in the walkway pointing to the backyard with sidewalk chalk. Fun!

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flower pot cupcakes

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Tis the season for garden parties and I thought these two flower pot cupcake ideas were so super cute.

The first is from Georgia McDonald on flickr. I love the simplicity of them; simple, but very lovely. Just cupcakes with white icing, a fun sucker and gummy leaves with a little cookie or chocolate sprinkle.

The second set will take you a little more time. You’ll need to bake the sugar cookies (and make sure that the lollipop sticks hold in place well; make sure and chill your dough!). Plus, you’ll need to ice them, but I think well worth the effort for the outcome. Nice work Montreal Confections!

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pinwheel planters

pinwheelplantersThese oh so fun pinwheel planters are perfect decoration or favors for a spring garden party or birthday bash. This idea from Better Homes & Gardens Magazine touts a letter at the center of each pinwheel, which might be fun to spell out your guest of honor’s name.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Craft paper (preferably a thick stock that has different design on each side)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Straightedge or ruler
  • Aluminum screw posts (like those used in scrapbooks and photo albums)
  • Pinwheel template
  • ¼” dowel cut to 12″ in length
  • Drill
  • Potted ground cover plants (e.g., ivy)

And here are the simple instructions:

  1. Cut a square of craft paper to the desired size.
  2. With pencil, draw two light lines between the opposite corners of the square, using a ruler or straightedge.
  3. Make four cuts along lines, starting at each corner and stopping three-fourths of the way to the center of the square, as shown in the pinwheel diagram.
  4. Poke a hole through every other corner and through the center of the pinwheel. Be careful not to poke too close to the edge, or the hole may rip when the pinwheel is assembled.
  5. Fold the pricked corners into the center. If using a pin, push the pin through the pricked points, then through the center hole. If using a screw post, push the screw post through the underside of the square and then through the pricked points. Secure with screw.
  6. Drill a small hole in the dowel and insert the screw so that the pinwheel spins.
  7. Insert your new pinwheel in a fun planted pot and display.

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garden party cupcake tier

Garden party cupcake tierSo I guess it is obvious that I have Spring fever. I absolutely love this idea, not necessarily the cupcake design though. Here’s a much cooler sunflower cupcake, but what I wanted to show you was the display. This idea is fabulous (courtesy domestic diva Martha Stewart) for our bugs and butterflies birthday theme. You’ll need:

  • Three white cake plates, each slightly smaller than the other
  • Small clear glass (tubular is best)
  • Green crepe paper
  • Small watering can
  • Craft paper for the flower petals
  • Suckers

And here’s how you do it:

  1. First cut leaf shapes out of the green crepe paper; you’re going to need 50 to 60 so that they overlap.
  2. Next stack your cake plates and using double stick tape apply your leaves so that they overlap slightly and hang off the edge.
  3. Taking the craft paper, a thick card stock would be best, cut out a flower petal shape with five petals. Using a bone folder, crease each petal, and with a hole punch, place a hole in the center of the petal and insert your sucker. (You may need to use a small dab of glue or tape to hold the petal in place on the sucker stick. Just make sure it is non-toxic.) Finally place your sucker flowers in the small watering can.
  4. Arrange your flower cupcakes and top with your fun watering can. DONE!

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