Monday, June 21, 2010

Good Things Utah!

I had a blast sharing my orange cupcakes with the gals on GTU! More pics to come ;)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cupcake Camp Seattle!

I was thrilled to find out on a recent biz trip to Seattle that Cupcake Camp would be there at the same time!

Here are the happy campers...the line was super long!

Two awesome people I met in line:

While I was chatting with these two, we got word that the cupcakes were gone! Bummmmmmmer! But all the proceeds all went to the Hope Heart Institute. What is better than cupcakes and a great cause?

This was my fave! I LOVE orcas.

Thankfully, some kind folks gave me one of their cupcakes inside. But let's be real, I wasn't going in to get a cupcake, I wanted to meet Jessie Oleson of Cakespy!

Above a gal is modeling Trophy Cupcakes, except they had all been bought! Wouldn't it have been amazing to see the dress filled with cupcakes?! So sad I missed it.

Below is one of my fave cupcake vendors...although I have yet to buy some of their awesome "couture!" Check out more at Bella Cupcake Couture...they'd be awesome for a party!

These vendors were from Wink Cupcakes. I loved the cupcake headband! I need one of those!!

Last but not least, I can't help photographing children wherever I go (don't worry, I had permission from her mom!). And I loved her shirt. :)

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Friday, May 14, 2010

alphabet party!

Meet Max, the newly-turned two year old! He is modeling the alphabet shirt that grandma made for his party. I'm finally blogging his party...only a month after, not bad, right?!

The table:

The invites:

This was my plan for the invites...I sewed together two sides of the invitation with red yarn and put the name of Max's friend inside! Unfortunately, mommy wanted to invite her friends too, so I ended up just printing the invites on the front and back, but I loved the idea! I found these little wood letters at the dollar store to make the names.

Here is the party hat my mom and I made for Max...I am so in love with it that it is still being used as my table centerpiece in my kitchen!

Too bad Max hated it though...

His birthday cake! (See next post for a tutorial!)

These cupcakes were simple...but there is just something about piping up the frosting that makes them sooooo cute! I found the mini-letter tiles at Wal-Mart.

A couple of the party guests...

I made party hats with letters glued on for Max's little friends.

Decor...M&M's, letter stamps, alphabits, and letter beads.

My mom made this darling alphabet tablecloth for the party. Picked up the plates at Zurcher's.

My grandma found alphabet letter candy at Cost Plus World was a HIT!

Max's banner:

We decorated the floor with these alphabet tiles to match the cupcakes!

My favorite part of the party was these alphabet tater-tots! The party was at 10 am so we served them for breakfast. I found them at Harmons.

More decor...

My friend Kara found these AWESOME Dick and Jane style vintage letter books at Costco, and let me borrow the letters to Max's name.

My favorite quilt from my mom...guess what it has on it! Numbers! Just kidding.

We found these huge letters at Jo-Ann's and spray painted them blue.

I was going to hand out little bags of alphabits as favors with a letter stamp attached, but I ran out of time! (as usual...)

This is the thank you I sent out to the guests!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

alphabet party cake

Max's cake was a hit at his alphabet party! This is how I created it:

1. Make brownies in an 8x8 square pan.

2. Cut the brownie in half and form a T (Max's favorite letter!)

3. Frost with peanut butter frosting!

4. Make a white cake in the square pan. I added chocolate cheerios to the mix! YUM!

5. Trim the cake as needed and cut it in half. Put it on top of the frosting.

6. Frost the cake with chocolate peanut butter frosting. Decorate with M & M's! I used Alphabits cereal for the letters on the cake and as decoration around the cake. (They were sprayed with Wilton red cake spray!)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Wild Rumpus

Images copyright Caroline Drake/Armelle Jewelry

My Max turned two last week! I can't believe it has been a year since his first birthday party...

Anyway, we didn't have another Wild Things party, but since it is taking me so long to prepare my blog post about his Alphabet Party, I thought I'd share an amazing Wild Things party!
Both images on this post are hers, so cute, huh?

Check it out at armelle. Click on her inspirational "Wild" links too, there is some adorable stuff.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Cupcake Cupcakes!

Cupcake Pebbles, that is! This is my new favorite cereal:

I love Fruity Pebbles, so I was thrilled to find Post's new pebbles cereal. There is actually a recipe on the box for a "giant cupcake" made from cakes but it didn't make a lot of sense to me, so I opted to make plain old cupcakes.

Cupcake Pebbles Cupcakes

1 box Duncan Heinz Moist Deluxe Classic White Cake
Ingredients on box (water, veg. oil, and 3 large egg whites)
2 cups Cupcake Pebbles Cereal
Betty Crocker Strawberry Mist Frosting
Extra cereal for sprinkles

Simply follow the directions on the box and throw in the 2 cups of Cupcake cereal. Cook as directed on the box. I was feeling very lazy so I used store bought frosting. BUT it turned out being the perfect taste to match the cupcakes! Finally, sprinkle the cereal on the top.

By the way...does this gross anyone else out?! Is it common procedure to spoon the whitish stuff out of egg whites? Or am I just way too picky?

Here's the final product, complete with my new "cake plate." I found the two pieces at D.I. I think the bottom piece is actually for a light, but I liked the look.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Happy Easter to all my peeps!

For me, the excitement of a new year lasts about a day as I realize how much winter I have left to endure. But spring is something to celebrate! I love how everything comes to life again and how the weather is more mild.

Above is an idea to give a friend...don't worry, you won't be giving them isn't a "real" egg carton! I found the carton filled with chocolates for 99 cents. Just replace the chocolates with some chicks, add a card that says something like, "Happy Easter to one cool chick," and you've got a fun Easter present! You could even throw in some Peeps Lip Gloss! Don't you just LOVE Target's dollar section?!

Just adding pics for decoration...throwing Peeps on top of a cupcake is nothing special. ;)

How do you like my leaning tower of Peepza? (I hope you like it more than my lame joke.) Just take a row of Peeps, make a circle and push the marshmallow together. If nothing else, your kids will get a few seconds of enjoyment from it. ;)