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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Back In Time 50's Birthday Party

My daughter was really into Elvis a few years ago, so for her birthday we had a big 50's celebration with all the fun music from that period. To my surprise, the kids danced and danced!

I ordered fun decorations off of the internet and tried to make the counter into an old fashioned soda bar. We had root beer and orange floats to order! Of course hamburg, hotdogs and fries were served in red diner baskets!

I mailed all of the girls 50's style poodle skirts with their invitations from Oriental Trading costumes. The boys got cool 50's sunglasses in their invitation box.

The jukebox and Car came from ShindigZ party supply online store.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Prehistoric Halloween!

No bones about it......

A few years ago I put together a fun prehistoric Halloween party for my kids and their friends in the neighborhood. A small fire to keep our little cavemen warm also warmed marshmallows on the perfect stick hunted down by our little scavengers.

Treats were made to fill even the biggest dinosaurs!
Hunted down bones made from store bought refrigerated bread stick dough and marinara sauce for dipping were a big hit!

Cookies from a doggie bone cookie cutter were a fun way to enhance the theme. I used a sugar cookie recipe with my rollable cream cheese frosting recipe (see blog for recipe).

I made the girls their costumes from fabric store yardage of animal print fabrics. The girls found fun shell necklaces and dollar store plastic bones for their hair.

Always thinking of my next project, I made fun little tote bags for the girls and some of their friends from the recycled "animal skin" costume fabric!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Halloween Decorations...if you dare!

Decorating for Halloween is so much fun! It is the chance to break the rules, be creative and really pull out the kid fun in you! Every year I mix and match my Halloween decorations with some new inspiration from a magazine or theme idea. Here are some pictures of some Halloween pasts that might inspire you!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Hand Dipped Frosting Method

Making this cute little pumpkin cupcake is so easy! Hand dipping is a great way to frost cupcakes for a smooth flawless finish and only takes minutes!

I always measure my cupcake batter with a consistent measurer to create uniform cupcakes. This is the small batter scoop from Pampered Chef products. This batch is carrot cake flavor.

I melt the store bought plain frosting in a small crockpot, it keeps it warm and at a constant temperature. You must stir it prior to each dipping. You can not use homemade frosting with this method.
BUT I am working on some new recipes that don't have processed chemicals or preservatives and use less refined sugars to use for hand dipped stick with me for some results soon!

Dip the tops into the melted frosting, twist, hold to drain off excess and then allow to dry!

Decorate your cupcake with any seasonal topper or sprinkles you like!