Saturday, May 23, 2009

Cupcake Par-tea!

Kara and I are happy to be your hosts! Be sure to check out more

cupcake craziness on Kara's blogs at Kara's Party Ideas and

Obsess much? YEP! We love cupcakes! Last time I was in Seattle, I caught cupcake fever and immediately called my friend Kara who was already burning up! We decided to follow in my mom and her Seattle-ite friends' footsteps and host our own cupcake party in Utah!

These aprons were super easy to make! I bought the apron at Ikea and added an iron-on rhinestone cupcakes (you can find them at Wal-Mart) to the top. Then I found the adorable cupcake fabric at JoAnn's and added a strip on the bottom to cover up the designs that came on the apron. Kara introduced me to spray adhesive to attach the fabric-definitely beats digging through my basement to find my sewing machine! They are great aprons-the straps adjust; they just pull through the sides of the apron!

I made some cupcake flip-flops to complete the look! I found the stickers at JoAnn's and just stuck 'em on!

Aren't the chairs cute with tulle tied on the back?!

Shown above are the Cupcake Par-tea cupcakes I made! Alpha-Bits cereal is SO fun to use to decorate because you don't have to bother with any icing! In the pot are mini-cupcake pops on Pixy Sticks. More fun than sucker sticks because there's more to eat!

Kara made this TOO CUTE banner to welcome our guests! Can you guess what the table is? It's my ironing board! Kara seriously needs to be a party planner-who else would have thought of that?

To start off the festivities, we did a little demo on how to pipe a cupcake. The cupcake chicks got to pick what decorating tip they wanted to try. We assembled the grape crush cupcakes I created and took them to our seats to begin girl talk! You're probably wondering how we "assembled" a cupcake...the bottom was basically a grape crush shake frozen in the bottom of nut cups, so we added our cupcakes and piped on the grape crush buttercream frosting! Stay tuned if you want to know more...I'll post the recipe inspired by The Vanessa Contessa soon! (After my fingers recover from this LONG post!)

The strawberry lemonade cupcakes with the umbrellas are THE BEST cupcakes I had ever had (until I tried the ones in the next picture!)! I found the recipe at Love and Olive Oil and just had to try it. I can't even DESCRIBE how amazingly delicious they were! I think the secret in the cupcake recipe was the coconut milk-they were SO moist! I cannot stop craving the frosting...which has strawberry puree and lemon juice and a meringue-y type addition that makes it so creamy and fluffy...have I raved enough yet?! Go to Love and Olive Oil to get the recipe! (If you think I'm exaggerating about how good they are, check out the comments from those who made them!)

Kara's amazing chocolate cream cheese cupcakes with peanut butter frosting! Go to

Kara's Cupcakes for the recipe. By the way, this cake plate is DIY...keep reading!

Here's we are enjoying the par-tay!

A place setting at our table-complete with cupcake lip gloss on the napkin ring holder, cupcake sugar cookies, and chocolate cupcake suckers! You can see Bakerella's cake pops in the background-we made sure to have all things cupcake! See Kara's blog for even more info!

I found some cupcake soap at Mini's Cupcakes...but I guess we should have served more beverages if we wanted the soap used...haha.

My mom sent us this super cute (I'm running out of adjectives for all this fun stuff!) cupcake table cloth that she made. I made the cupcake in the center and it was really easy. We served raspberry "tea" (lemonade)...we figured, what's a little more sugar going to hurt?

I found these lights at Wal-Mart and decided to make them into cupcake lights! It's simple! Just use a hot glue gun to attach cupcake liners to the lights. Then use the glue gun to attach little rhinestones to act as sprinkles. We hung them over the table-not that anyone looked up, we were too busy stuffing our faces!

In the background, you can (kind of) see the fun cupcake canvas my mom painted. It reads, "Got Cake?" Like how we covered our thermostat with a cupcake?

Fun cupcake towels on my oven!

I had to add a shot of my son trying the grape Crush cupcakes-he gave me an A+! (Of course, he'd give anything a high score-he loves to eat!)

Kara (faded out in the background) made this AWESOME cupcake cake with Wilton's pan!

Here's a close-up of the glasses and silverware. The mini-silverware is at Ikea near the mini-teasets shown below. Kara made the cupcake tags at the bottom of the glasses-what a great idea!

Here's our mini-cupcake placecards in mini-teacups! I think these are my favorite!

Here's the brownie pops I made for the party. I used rolled fondant to make the flowers and placed them in my chalkboard pot. I wrote "Cupcake Par-tea!" with chalk around the top.

Here's another view of my brownie pops...I used Pixy Sticks for the sticks and it turned out SO cute! I also sprinkled Pixy Stick on the brownie pops to decorate them and it was actually VERY good! The orange ones tasted like those chocolate orange sticks that you can get at the store. It made it look like a bee had stopped by my flowers to pollinate them-haha!

We had lots of prizes to give away: stamps, notepads, shopping lists, candles...and of course they were all cupcakey!

Katie...come on down! Here's Kara proudly displaying the winner of a cupcake stamp set! We used the place cards to enter everyone in a drawing for the prizes.

Kara made this adorable display to hold the cupcake polymer earrings she made for EVERYONE! How cute! We found the idea at Saucy's Sprinkles.

The paper cupcakes shown above and below held the darling earrings so the guests couldn't lose them on the way home!

My mom had a great idea to make your own cupcake plates-they are shown above. All you do is buy plates and candlesticks at your nearest thrift store and glue them together. Kara did a great job making one for each of the ladies to carry out their loot! She also made a large one to display cupcakes-a great alternative to spending your precious baking money on a cupcake tower!

After a lotta sugar and silliness, the gals got to take home cupcakes to their family in a cute cupcake box!

We had so much fun we decided to make it a yearly event to debut new cupcakes!

Note to self: I've had too much glucose-no more sugar for the rest of the week! (In my book, the week ends on Saturday...)


  1. Thanks for the comment on my blog. Love the cupcake aprons!!

  2. Wow, can I hire you two to plan my next party? Your photos are awesome! This would be so cute as a theme for a little girls birthday, thanks for all the great ideas!

  3. We love our cup cake parade! what a huge collection of ideas. we especially liked the little umbrellas and we were thinking maybe some Mai Tai CC's for grown-ups would be fun! Thanks for the creative post. Best, s

  4. Aahhh! This is a fantastic cupcake party (what a CUTE idea). You guys really went over and out for this, and it's fantastic!

  5. Oh my gosh Lyndsey, I just wanted to tell you how much I LOVE your blog! I wish I could have been a lucky gal at your adorable cupcake party! I've been really getting into the cake decorating thing but I have yet to try my hand at cupcakes! Thanks for sharing all of your cute ideas and be sure to keep them coming!

  6. wow, I mean, wholly molly. That is quite a post and party, soooo cool. Such great ideas, I love the plate candlestick one, among many others. You gals rock.

  7. Oooh! That is so lovely! I love the idea of a cupcake party and your "par-tea" cupcakes are just so delicious! Love your site! I'd love to guid foodista readers to your site if you won't mind? just add this little widget here and it's all set to go. Thanks! Alisa@Foodista

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  9. I wanted to say I just came across to your blog. I love it!. This party was perfect. Made me want to call all my girlfriends and have one. A girl any age would love that cupcake party. Great work!

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Sorry for the deleted comment. Had mispells and it drove me nuts.

  10. where did you get the white cupcake stand?

  11. The stands are Wilton and you can order them from their site. I've seen the 3 tier version at Walmart in their specialty baking/decor section, and the 4 tier at Orson Gygi if you are in SLC!