super hero cape craft

kimbyerssupercapepicWe were recently featured on Homemaker Barbi for our super hero cape craft. You have to check it out and get the details. Here’s a small excerpt:

“Little imaginations soar at the thought of super powers. Watch their little eyes light up when you make them a personalized super hero cape of their very own.”

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Yard of light polyester knit
  • ¼ yard flexible vinyl (or you could use felt)
  • Velcro dots
  • Fabric glue
  • Wax paper (36×36 inches)
  • Pencil
  • Stick pins
  • String
  • Measuring tape
  • Make sure and visit Homemaker Barbi for all the “how to” details.

    Happy crafting!

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    bridal shower cookie cake

    showercakeThis cake idea is a beautiful way to shower your bride-to-be with something sweet. And if you’re not comfortable with tiers, this would also be very pretty as a one tier. Here’s what you’ll need:

    • 2 white cake mixes
    • 2 cans white icing {cream cheese is my favorite!}
    • Edible flowers (e.g., day lilies)
    • Sugar cookie dough {a roll/stick from the grocery works just fine; no need to make this difficult}
    • Gel food coloring
    • Icing tips
    • Resealable bags (freezer weight are best)
    • Tip connectors
    • Cake cookie cutter {scroll down the page for a cake cookie cutter and diamond ring cookie cutter}
    • Two 8″ round cake pans
    • One 6″ springform cake pan
    • 10″ pedestal cake plate
    • Freezer paper
    • (Note: You could also go with 10″ and 8″ pans depending on the number of people you’re planning to serve.)

    My advice, bake your cookies and decorate them a few days before the event so that you don’t feel rushed. As a matter of fact, you can bake your shapes and freeze them (without icing) up to a month in advance.  As for decorating your cookies, I’m not going to go into great length in this post, but if you’re not familiar with flooding cookies or baking sugar cookies for that matter, make sure and check out previous posts with my tips on how to make sugar cookies keep their shape and my tips on flooding cookies.

    As for the cake:

    1. Bake your cakes and allow them to cool completely before starting the icing process.
    2. Place freezer paper on your cake plate in two or three sections that you can easily remove after icing your cakes. This will keep your cake plate tidy.
    3. Place your first 8″ cake on your cake plate, ice the top and stack on your second 8″ cake. Now apply a thin crumb coat to the entire cake. Repeat this with your 6″ cake and allow both to set before icing your top coat. This will keep cake crumbs from appearing in your beautiful icing work.
    4. This cake has a very smooth icing, not fondant, but a skilled hand at a smooth coat. If you want this effect, use an icing spatula and work in one direction with even strokes. But, you could also have a more whimsical effect with your icing and it would look just as beautiful. Don’t be afraid to make this cake your own.
    5. Once iced, embellish your cake with your sugar cookies. If your icing has set, just use a fresh dollop as glue to hold your cookies in place.
    6. You could further embellish with edible flowers or you could even pipe on your own.

    Remember, don’t be afraid to be creative. Happy baking!

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    introducing “rock star”

    music-front-image-webIf you have a rock star, or even just a Guitar Hero, Hannah Montana or American Idol fan, living in your house, then you need to host a rock star birthday party!

    And in addition to our creative rock star invitation, we also have printable rock star party supplies!

    Thanks for stopping in!

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    microphone rock star cake

    micphonebirthdaycakeToday we’re launching our new “rock star” birthday party theme complete with cool and creative décor (that would be perfect for any American Idol party). In honor of this new custom invitation, check out this fun microphone birthday party cake. I have to say, parenting.com did an exceptional job with creating a series of super fun birthday cakes!

    Here’s what you’ll need for this one:

    • 12 colored ice cream cones
    • 1 large bag jelly beans, M&M’s, or other preferred small candies
    • 1 can (12 oz) whipped chocolate frosting
    • 12 baked cupcakes, paper liners removed
    • 1 ½ cups chocolate sprinkles
    • 12 (3-inch) lengths of black licorice laces

    Check out parenting.com for the how to! Happy baking.

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    soccer ball cupcakes

    soccercupcakes_widrigI found these on about.com submitted from baker, Johanna Widrig, and wanted to share. The cupcake itself is not difficult, it’s making the fondant soccer ball that might take a little time and okay… some patience. But you have to agree that the outcome is awesome. Plus, your guests can just lift off the ball and eat the yummy cupcake!

    A tip on the ball, you can buy boxes of pre-made fondant at your craft store. Roll your balls by hand. Then, tint some black with gel food coloring (the other is water-based and won’t do as well). Roll out the black and cut out your shapes with an exactor knife. If you have to use a kitchen knife make sure it isn’t serrated. Now apply your black shapes with a touch of icing and connect them with a black cake writing pen.  

    Here’s what the baker, Johanna, had to say. “These are just a few of the soccer ball cupcakes I created for an 11 year old soccer fan’s birthday. I did both vanilla and chocolate, with butter cream icing using a Wilton grass tip. I made the soccer balls by hand using fondant. They were a labor of love, but the end result was exactly what I was hoping to create!”

    Happy baking!

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    candy pacifiers

    candypaciI came across these candy pacifiers, the perfect baby shower favor, today and just had to share them. Here’s what you’ll need:

    • Chocolate covered Oreos
    • Life Saver candies
    • Jelly beans
    • Melting chocolate

    Read all the how to details at designergirl007.com. Happy baking!

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    princess tier cake

    princessbirthdaycake_parentingThis idea for a princess birthday cake (have a look at our invites and décor) from parenting.com takes the cake. {smirk} A little decorating talent is needed, but mostly patience will be the key. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

    Ingredients:

    • 5 sugar cones
    • 2 Kids Cones (mini-ice cream wafer cones)
    • 3 pink ice cream wafer cones
    • 3 Tbsp light corn syrup
    • ½ cup pink decorating sugar
    • 1 (8-inch) round cake
    • 1 (9-inch) round cake
    • 1 jumbo cupcake, paper liner removed
    • 2 cans (12 oz) whipped vanilla frosting
    • 1 roll Bubble Tape
    • ¾ cup Smarties
    • Orange and pink Runts
    • 2 bags sour gummy Life Savers
    • 2 rolls Necco wafers

    Read all the directions and see a template for the cake sections on parenting.com. Happy baking!

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    graduate cupcake

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    Okay, so to the cupcakes. These were created by Melanie Hess and they are oh so cute! Here’s what you do. First, ice red velvet cupcakes with chocolate frosting. For the caps, turn a Reeses Peanut Butter cup upside down and top it with a Ghiradelli chocolate square. For the finishing touch, pipe a tassel in your graduate’s school colors (tint white icing and use a #2 tip) and top with a mini M&M for the button.

    Happy baking!

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    introducing “deep blue sea”

    deep-sea-theme-frontimageI’m soooooo excited about the addition of our “deep blue sea” custom invitation and party decor. When my oldest son turned one we celebrated with this theme and so as you might imagine it holds a special place in the collection. Plus, I have a ton of ideas I can’t wait to share in the coming weeks to round out your underwater adventure. 

    If you’re wondering what my former, or maybe other, “special” one is, it’s the “bugs and butterflies;” the theme we used to celebrate my youngest son’s first birthday. {wink}

    Check our new design out, and as always, we would love your feedback on this invitation design as well as any of our others.

    Plus, if you have a theme design you’re searching for and can’t find, we want to know that too! You can e-mail us at ideas@celebrationshoppe.com or post a comment here.

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    Notice not only the adorable lollipops, but the large candies in the background. Those appear to be Styrofoam on dowels that are wrapped in colored cellophane. Very smart! And what about the colorful pipe cleaner curly Q fillers. A centerpiece that would go great with our “sweet treats too” or “movie night” themes.

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