princess cupcake castle video

I had a great time on NBC4i’s Daytime Columbus this week. Gail Hogan is a very gracious host and lets me just talk and talk, which of course I love to do. {wink}

Here’s the video to go with our step-by-step instructions I posted earlier. Happy crafting!

 

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princess cupcake castle

 

Princess Cupcake CastleToday on Daytime Columbus I’ll be creating a princess cupcake castle. For all you moms who want to bake and decorate the birthday cake of your little girl’s dreams, this is for you. Here’s what you’ll need in addition to your cupcakes:

  • 3 cake plate sizes (these are 12″, 10″ and 8″)
  • Craft paper
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Sugar cones
  • Pink melting chocolate
  • Tooth picks
  • Curling ribbon
  • Cloth ribbon
  • Glue gun
  • Silicone brush

Simple steps:

  1. Cake plate embellishing:
    • For the bottom tier, using a scallop ruler cut out the design on thick craft paper (DCWV green embossed polka dots shown). Apply to the cake plate with a glue gun and then trim with a fuchsia ribbon. (NOTE: Apply the glue to the paper, not the plate. To clean up, simply pull it away.)
    • For the top tier, apply the same ribbon as the bottom tier using hot glue.
  2. Castle towers – melt pink chocolate (available in the baking section of craft stores) in a double boiler and apply to sugar ice cream cones using a silicone brush. (TIP: Place the cone on a lollipop stick so that you can ice all the way to the bottom of the cone.)
  3. Castle flag – using the same craft paper as the scallop, cut two rectangles (1 ¾” x 5/8″) and then trim a triangle out of one end. Pipe hot glue to the inside of the paper; insert a toothpick and then top with the second rectangle.
  4. Princess scepter/wand – take a lollipop stick and apply a dot of (non-toxic) glue about 1 ½” from one end. Apply an end of green curling ribbon and then roll the stick in your fingers to stripe it like a candy cane to the top of the stick. Apply another dot of glue to secure the ribbon. Curl 6″ strands of green, blue and pink curling ribbon with a pair of scissors. Starting with the green and ending with the pink, layer the curling ribbon on top of the stick.
  5. Embellishing cupcakes – ice each cupcake with pink icing and sprinkle sugar around the edges of each. For the cupcakes in the middle tier, tie them with the fuchsia ribbon. (TIP: Apply the ribbon before icing.) Insert your princess scepters in every other cupcake on the bottom and middle tier, alternating positions. (Do not insert scepters in the front facing side of your tier.)

Rather watch a video of how to pull this one off? Here you go!

You can find the cupcake tins, crown cookie cutter, princess invitations and so much more in our shoppe. Happy crafting!

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guest on Daytime Columbus

Gail Hogan from NBC’s Daytime Columbus has asked us back and this time we’re channeling our inner princess. Since the cake can be the most expensive part of your planning if you go to a bakery and the most stressful if you try to make it yourself, we decided to demonstrate how to pull off a beautiful fairytale princess castle without even mentioning the word fondant.

This craft will focus on embellishing a three tier cake plate design with pink chocolate covered sugar cone towers, magic wands and scalloped edges.

If you’re in the Columbus Ohio area, please join us at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday January 21, 2009, on NBC. And if you’re not, no worries. We plan to post the video here on our blog by Friday.

Visit our shoppe to see our princess birthday decor and custom invitations.

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Texas Longhorn cowboy cookiesFor your next Wild West hoedown, stock your chuck wagon with these fun Texas Longhorn, sheriff badge and cowboy boot cookies. Not only are they cute, but they’re a very economical way to decorate and pull your theme into your table. Plus, they can be a delicious goody bag surprise. Visit my post on flooding cookies for tips on how to pull off this icing. It’s much easier than you might think, especially with the right instruction. {wink}

You can find these cookie cutters, along with our Wild West invitations and décor in our shoppe.

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Chair placecardI love this idea from Southern Weddings magazine. We always put the placecard in the same place. Makes perfect sense; it goes on the table. Right? Well it doesn’t have to. This idea is perfect when you’re having a gathering:

  • with more than one table,
  • where everyone knows each another already, or
  • when you have limited space for each place setting.

Think outside, or in this case off, the table.

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cowboy’s (saw) horse

Cowboy Sawhorse EntranceWe love this idea so much (and again from mommawants1more on flickr; yes, I’m a fan) that I’ll likely use it for my own son’s birthday this summer. We firmly believe that fun invitations are the beginning to getting your guests excited about attending your bash (see our wild west invites and decor), but don’t stop there. This extra fun idea gets the kids excited as soon as they arrive. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Lumber
  • Sawhorse joints
  • Black paint
  • Bandanas
  • Straw or cowboy hats
  • Hula skirt/long straw
  • Hay/straw cubes
  • Letter template

And here are a few easy steps:

1.       Break out the hammer and create a standard sawhorse using joints. Then add a head as shown in the image, rounding the ends like nostrils.

2.       Paint signs using a letter template. These say “Fixin’s” and “Saloon.”

3.       Using a grass hula skirt, hot glue a tail on your horses and trim another short for the mane.

4.       Attach your signs to a piece of lumber and hammer into the ground using the hay to secure it into place.

5.       Finally add the bandanas and hats to your horses and your entry way is complete.

We love to see and share fun ideas. Please share by posting a comment or sending an e-mail to customercare@celebrationshoppe.com if you have images. (By submitting you’re giving us approval to share with our readers, and of course giving you credit.)

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pirate flag how to video

Thanks to everyone who watched me craft a no sew pirate birthday party flag on Daytime Columbus with Gail Hogan this past Wednesday. And for those of you who didn’t catch it, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a clip. Please leave a comment. We would love to know what you thought of the segment and what you think of the craft idea. And here’s the materials list and step-by-step instructions. Happy crafting!

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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!

Happy crafting!

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Daytime Columbus guest tomorrow

pirate flagFor those of you in the greater Columbus area, I’ll be a guest on Daytime Columbus with Gail Hogan tomorrow demonstrating how to make our pirate flag craft.

Check it out and then post a comment to let me know how I did and what you might like to see when I go back on Jan. 21. I’m thinking a safari adventure.

Here’s a link to Daytime Columbus, as well as materials list, tools list, templates and step-by-step instructions for the pirate flag craft.

See you there!

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