creative spider cakes

I just had to share these desserts; they really left me spinning! {wink} 

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This first set is from Not Martha. I love the simplicity and the creativity. Not too scary, but oh so much fun. You can find more pictures including details about how to make these for yourself on her blog.

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The classic web cupcake and black and white spider cake from Country Living are perfect for an elegant evening and will likely grace one of many dessert stations at my annual Halloween party. 

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And last but not least, Fancy Flours offers the perfect way to dress up your cake plate with paper spider webs. Lovely!

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pull-a-part owl cupcakes

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I was browsing through my many Halloween decorating books for inspiration staging my own Halloween party this year and I ran across this great pull-a-part owl cupcake from Matthew Mead’s 2008 Halloween Tricks and Treats book.

So many of us are into owls right now and not just for Halloween. I myself have three invitations in my shoppe sporting this nightly creature. As is, this guy would be perfect for my campout invitation and with a few color changes and maybe a nicer demeanor he could be perfect for my owl fun birthday party or owl couple baby shower.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 30 unfrosted cupcakes
  • 4 cans icing
  • 2 chocolate glazed jimmy-topped donuts
  • 2 black jelly beans
  • Orange, red and brown gel food coloring
  • Resealable bags (freezer weight) with couplers
  • #199 fine cut tip
  • #2 and #5 round tips
  • Offset spatula

And here’s how you pull it together {wink}:

  1. Arrange cupcakes on large round platter (shown at 16″ diameter)
  2. Spoon 3/4 cup icing into a small bowl and tint with 23 drops of orange food coloring and 10 drops of red food coloring, mixing until blended for the beak. Spoon 1/4 cup frosting into a second bowl and tint with brown food coloring for accents. Take out 2 large dollops of icing and then tint the remaining 3 cups with 30 drops of orange food coloring, 9 drops of red food coloring and 6 drops of red food coloring.
  3. Fit a resealable bag witha  #199 tip. Fill the bag with the orange icing. Cover the top of the assembled cupcakes with “feather” peaks as shown. For each peak, hold the bag straight up with the tip against the cake; squeeze the bag, keeping the tip in the icing until the peak forms; stop the pressure and reposition the tip for the next peak. Work from the center out, rotating the plate; refill the bag as needed.
  4. Place the donut tops on the frosted cake for eyes. Remember those two large dollops of icing you kept out, now pipe them into the center of the donuts for the whites of his eyes and top them with a jelly bean. For the beak, use a spoon to place 3 dollops of frosting on the cake: start with a largish dollop near the eyes, then add 2 dollops below it, each smaller than the previous. Run the spatula under hot water until heated, dry thoroughly and use to contour the beak as shown.
  5. Fit another resealable bag with the #5 tip and fill it with brown icing. Hold the bag at a n angle and pipe the brown outline onto the cake as shown. Change the tip to a #2 and pipe on the squiggle details.

Enjoy and make sure and check out Matthew’s 2009 Halloween book. You can see a preview at MatthewMeadStyle.com.

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oink & moo treats

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I ran across these little oinkers at the grocery store. They were on the cover of a Taste of Home kid-friendly recipies book.  You can read more about how to make these little cuties on the Taste of Home website.

And the other images are from a Stay-At-Home mommy blogger named Deanna. She did a wonderful job of making cow cupcakes, they look similar to the pig design, and fun barn favors in honor of her third child turning 3. You can read more and see more pics on her blog Just Deanna.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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introducing on the farm

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Each time we launch a new party theme I develop a new favorite. It’s likely because I spend so much time with it from idea conception to development to decor selection to the photo shoot to blogging about it to launch. Our “on the farm” birthday party theme is no exception.

And this time we took it one step further with a printable collection of craft templates for cupcake wrappers, cupcake picks, napkin rings and goody box tags. Each craft is as easy as print, cut and tape/glue and can be found with all the table decor in our shoppe.

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I personally think that the cupcake wrappers and picks will become a quick favorite for those of us who shudder at the thought of baking a themed birthday cake. And even if you don’t mind baking, these simple crafts take all the stress out of it with an adorable outcome.

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 Okay, so how cute is the cow (sheep and pig) napkin rings; I mean really. {wink} And last but not least, sweet little “thanks y’all” tag embellishments for the red gable goody boxes.

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And here are a few more items to round out the table: beverage bucket (bottles embellished with printable collection napkin rings), tractor cookie cutter and serving platter.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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oink! baa! moo!

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The photoshoot went very well this weekend. This one is of our new printable cupcake wrappers and toppers. There are four little animals in our design, a cow, chicken, pig and sheep, and they all get to be in the spotlight with their own topper and sound. Here’s a look at the rest of the collection!

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new birthday designs

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I know I’ve been missing in action this week and I apologize, but I promise it was for good reason. Here’s a preview of the two new birthday party invitation designs that will launch early next week.

The first is brand new and I loving call “down on the farm.” Don’t you just love the little pig in his mud puddle?! And I can’t wait to share the creative table decor, goody box and cupcake wrappers.

And the second, “princess castle,” is an adaption of our “prince & princess” theme. This one has much more pink and yes, it is missing the fire breathing dragon!

I’ll post a big announcement as soon as they’re a go. Wish us luck with the photo shoot this weekend; my weather man says it might rain…

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farm animal cakes

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I’m really excited about the new farm birthday party theme that we’ve got in the works. I’m hoping to launch it on Monday, September 21, if the sun holds out for a nice photo shoot this weekend. {wink}

In honor of our farm animal friends, I went in search of some fun cakes and I have to say Kara of Kara’s Party Ideas had some of the cutest!

For the pig she used pink frosting, pink malt balls, pink snowballs, pink necco’s, junior mints, & M&M‘s. And Kara says the pig “did have a tail (string licorice tied in a not) but some little one got to it before this pic was taken :)…”

For the sheep she used chocolate and vanilla frosting, marshmallows, coco puffs, junior mints (for the eyes), a malt ball (for the nose) and string licorice for the mouth.

For the for the cow she used chocolate flavored skittles (who knew they come in cream & browns!), red gummy fruit slices for the ears, malt balls and string licorice. 

Oh, and the other picture some of the super cute favors she gave to her little guests. She has lots more pictures so make sure and stop over at the Kara’s Party Ideas blog to see the rest of her barnyard bash. Great job Kara!

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simply pink party

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Lindsey at the Pleated Poppy had a beautiful pink party for her little girl this summer. One of my personal favorites is the idea of adding height to your decor with non-helium balloons hung from the ceiling on clear fishing line. She combined hers with paper lanterns and embellished her chandelier with fun pink beads.

And not only was the decor pink, so was the food. Check out this fun treat table!

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And wouldn’t you know it, her fun ideas go perfectly with our simply pink invitation and decor {wink}. 

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Even if you’re not planning a pink birthday party or baby shower, make sure and take a trip over to the Pleated Poppy and read her post. It’s refreshingly honest on how sometimes all of our party planning can go awry and drive us crazy to eventually turn out fine in the end because we are determined to give our little ones, family and girlfriends all we have to make their special day the best we can. Good job Lindsey!

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new goody gable boxes

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We’ve had several customer inquires about the zebra print shown in our photography with our fuchsia pink and black decor (divine, blossoms, bubbly) so we thought we would add a cool zebra print gable box to our collection. These boxes are wonderful not only for gifting, but also for displaying food or creating a centerpiece with flowers (vase inserted inside to keep the flowers fresh).

And we’re also adding a new red and white polka dot gable box for our movie night theme and for Christmas. It could even be fun for our pirate themes (pirate ship and pirate skull).

Enjoy and keep the questions coming. If you want it we want to offer it!

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witch pretzels & frankentreats

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I have to admit I’m really getting in the mood for the spookiest holiday of the year. This weekend my boys and I started practicing our decorating skills with a few ghastly treats, namely these witch-on-a-stick pretzels and frankentreats from Parenting Magazine’s October 2008 issue.

Witch-on-a-stick how to:

  1. Cut off the tops of pretzel rods and set aside.
  2. Melt one cup of white chocolate chips, 1 Tbs shortening and a few drops of green gel food coloring and stir until smooth.
  3. Dip the cut end of the pretzels into the chocolate, covering the top 2 inches. Place the sticks on wax paper and sprinkles the sides of each with coconut  flakes to form hair.
  4. Top each with a Hershey’s Kiss and refrigerate until the chocolate has hardened. Draw on eyes, nose and mouth with black decorating icing (available in tubes) and fisih by covering the Kiss too with black or purple. Yum!

Frankentreats:

  1. Start wtih a packaged (or homemade) Rice Krispies Treat, and push each one into a wooken skewer; set aside.
  2. Melt one cup of white-chocolate chips and one Tbs shortening; stir in green or neon-green gel food coloring (colored melting chocolate is available at most craft stores).
  3. Spoon melted chocolate over all sides of the treats or brush them with a silicone brush then place them on wax paper, upright, to dry.
  4. Embellish them with M&M eyes and ears, gummy worm mouths, Jujubes neck bolts and then refrigerate them until the chocolate hardens.
  5. Top them off by drawing on hair with black icing and doting the eyes.
  6. Finally remove the skewers and serve!

Get ready for your Halloween bash with a few ghastly details of your own from our shoppe!

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