Girlie Parties!

So we are rapidly approaching March.  It’s by far our busiest month.  Two of my kids have March birthdays.  With an older boy and a girl just a couple of years younger, we have no choice but to have two different parties.  I love parties.  I love planning party themes, making menus, cakes, etc.  It’s easy to be intimidated by all the parties you see online that are so extravagant and over the top.  It’s a kids birthday party, why spend $100s-$1000s of dollars on a KIDS PARTY??  Seriously.  My kids parties are planned on a pretty modest budget because they are going to care so much more about having fun with their friends at the party than how amazing it looks in pictures!  So I thought I would share a few photos from our parties over the last few years.

Today I will start with Girl parties!

Let’s go back to March 2011.

The butterfly party.

I was in the first trimester of my third pregnancy.  I hated food.  All food.  Indiscriminately.  So this menu was simple.  Fruit, cupcakes, drinks.

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IMG_0158iWe cut out lots and lots of butterflies.  Large and small.  We used them to decorate around the room, on the straws, even on the drinks. IMG_0156iI used candy melts to make butterflies, there were a few free handed ones but mainly I used a candy mold to make them.   Easy peasy.

Next was March 2012.

The mermaid party.

It definitely didn’t scream mermaid, but she loved it.

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There were cupcakes and a small cake.  the frosting was supposed to be reminiscent of waves.  IMG_1176iiOnce again, candy melts and molds were employed for seashell decorations that were placed on the cupcakes.

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The cake had three layers, the pink layer matched the cupcakes.  I loved this color combination.IMG_1182iI found fish plates at Michaels of all places, on clearance for 25¢.  I used them to hold various things on the table.   The “ocean cups” were a combination of jello and whipped cream.  Of course we had to serve Goldfish!  Spinach artichoke dip and bread for the grown ups!  I had a hurricane vase that wasn’t in use, so of course it needed a betta fish and matching colored pebbles.  I admit, I didn’t really think that idea through too much.  We had a beta on our dining room table for a few months, until a friend took it to her classroom as a pet!

On to March of 2013.

The rainbow party!

2013-03-30 00.57.23iThe thing I love about “generic themed” parties is that there is so much room for interpretation.

I made a bunch of different colored frosting and let her decorate the cake.  She thought that was the best thing ever.

Rainbow fruit tray.  Yes.

Rainbow plates. Yes. 2013-03-30 00.58.06iRainbow Goldfish and skittles.  Of course.

Rainbow twizzlers.  Who knew they existed?!  (obviously I don’t venture past the chocolate section of the candy aisle.)2013-03-30 00.57.47i

I couldn’t resist buying lots of brightly colored tulle.  And then, what to do with it?!  How about make a rainbow like the picture on the plates.  Awesome and Easy!2013-03-30 00.57.54i

Oh Hobby Lobby.  Why do you have to have the most awesome selection of everything?

Rainbow bead necklaces.  Easy party activity, take home gift, and extra burst of color all in one!2013-03-30 00.58.01iFor favors and bingo prizes I made hair bows and rainbow hair clips.  We packaged rainbows and clouds.  Even a flavored lip gloss.  Every little girls dream, without spending a ton of money!!

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Sparkly Cupcakes Part 2

So…not quite as long between this and the last post, but wow.  TOO LONG!!!  SORRY.

So for those of you who’ve found your way here via pinterest, here is cupcake tutorial conclusion! (finally.)

IMG_7107Ok, So these pictures are old AND they were taken at night.  So please excuse the quality!

What you need to gather is…

  • a small bowl (wide enough to fit your cupcake, but not so wide that you have to use tons of the colored sugar)
  • Frosting
  • colored sugar
  • cupcakes (obviously)

IMG_7108Add a good amount of sugar to your bowl.  You want the bottom to be covered, and slightly deep, maybe like 1/4″

Start by piping a mound of frosting onto your cupcake.  Close to the edge, but not hanging over.  You’ll be smashing it to cover the entire cupcake, so be generous. IMG_7109Turn the cupcake upside down and dip it into the frosting.  Gently push the frosting into the sugar and  kind of smoosh it around until it covers the entire cupcake. IMG_7112See?  I didn’t smooth it out enough yet, my edges are still visible.  This isn’t a perfect process, so you can easily add more frosting and repeat until it’s covered to your satisfaction. IMG_7113Ah, much better!

Ok, now can you make variations?  Of course.

Don’t want vanilla frosting?  Want to try chocolate?  Will it work?  Did I accidentally stick my thumb in this right before I took the picture?

2014-02-11 01.51.11Yes, and yes, you can  it just changes the look a little bit.

Curious about how larger colored sprinkles would look?2014-02-11 01.51.41There were no complaints here.

They were sparkly and just right for this girl!

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