Saturday, December 27, 2008
This is another type of centerpiece I created for the big first birthday bash. I saw this idea on the back of a bus once, although the ones I've seen are tiny, actual cupcake size. This arrangement was in a container 8" in diameter. I used all pink carnations to make the "frosting" and used shiny blue berry picks (which were readily available this season) for "sprinkles". The birthday candle is an 8" taper candle, and in the interest of safety, I topped the candles with paper "flames". They were fun to make, and just the right mix of whimsy and elegant for a kid's birthday party. Carnation cupcake as pictured, $30
This was the special Birthday Girl Cake I made for Baby Holland's first birthday party. It was a 4" cake topped with 2 cupcakes that made a little "Westie" dog. The dog was covered with piped icing and the face decorated with marshmallows, M&Ms, a Raisinette nose and a Starburst tongue. I also topped the cake with the obligatory "1" candle. Holland was very dainty as she dug in to her frosting-covered extravaganza! She sat and licked frosting off of her fingers for the longest time! Single person birthday cakes start at $15.00
Are these the cutest? I made these "pup"cakes for a first birthday party. The "fur" is made from homemade buttercream frosting. The ears & snout are marshmallows, and each has a Raisinette nose, M&M eyes, and a tongue molded from pink Starbursts. I made these "Westie" dogs because they matched the color scheme of the party (pink, white, blue, winter...see other cupcake photos) but I can do other types of dogs as well. I mixed these in with other cupcake designs for the party, but the kids seemed to all choose these first! Pupcakes start at $3.00 each.
I created these cookie pops to use as a centerpiece for my sister-in-law's shower for Baby Emily. The letters are separate cookies attached to the circle cookies. I hand painted all the terracotta pots filled with styrofoam and topped them with paper krinkles. They made a really pretty display on the desert table and a nice bonus gift to give to the mom-to-be. I have lots of cookie cutters...the possibilities are endless when it comes to customizing cookie pops. And I make each cookie and all the icing from scratch; I think they're delicious as well as beautiful! (Again, sorry for the not-so-great photo...old camera!) Custom cookie pops start at $3.50 each.
I made these cookie pops as party favors for my sister-in-law's baby shower. The crawling babies are made with two circle cookies and royal icing details. They could also have a written message on the baby's diaper. (My apologies for the poor photos...this was before I got my good camera!) Baby cookie pops start at $3.50 each
This was an invitation I created for my daughter's Elmo-themed first birthday party. It's a cutout Elmo head that opens up to reveal the party information. Elmo's face includes a paper nose and real "googly" eyes. I'd seen this idea on the Internet and recreated it myself. The birthday girl loved them, and the googly eyes gave it that extra "punch" that I love so well. This invitation idea could also be adapted to other Sesame Street characters (Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Grover, Big Bird, etc.)
This simple invitation was for a friend's 30th Birthday "Gala" where guests were asked to dress up as their favorite celebrity and come "walk the red carpet". The invitation was a white linen card stock, double mounted on silver and black card stock. The filmstrip overlay was hand stamped on vellum and wrapped around the invitation and the response card. The silver star motif was carried throughout. I'm a big believer in traditional, mailed invitations that set the tone for your event. Everyone was excited for this party before it began, and it was a real blast!
This is the Hawaiian Christmas tree that I usually put up in our family room as a second tree. Yes, a second tree is a little extravagant, but we always put the live tree in the living room and then spend all our time in the family room. So we purchased a fake flocked tree (since both my husband and I always wanted a flocked tree as a kid and neither of us ever got our wish!) and carried our "Tommy Bahama" home decorating style into Christmas. I love the copper and green color scheme and all the pineapple ornaments that we've collected over the years. I top this tree with a bow and stems of silk orchids and copper branches. It may be a few years before we see this tree in our home again, since all the bulbs are glass and Jackson (my 8 month old son) is already a handful!
Friday, December 26, 2008
Remember the sugar eggs we all saw (or nibbled on) as kids? I got a set of molds for creating sugar eggs and we went crazy. It turned out so cute, that I actually wrapped it up and saved it, and now I pull it out every Easter for our table. The molded sugar egg and the royal icing decorations all dry to a cement-like state, so it looks surprisingly good each year. I have varying sizes of eggs (this is actually a cake pan - the biggest egg size I have) and they can be made vertically or horizontally. It would be a fun project to do with kids too, if they have the patience (my 2 year old is not quite ready to help!)
Gingerbread! Every year we (try to) make a gingerbread house as a family. This piece from 2006 was about 2' x 3' (in total) and about 2' high. This is actually a replica of my own house, complete with our two dogs (piped in icing) on the front lawn. I created a template by taking photos of the house, creating cardboard templates for all the walls and the roof, and cutting & assembling each piece from homemade gingerbread cookies and royal icing. We used (to name a few) ice cream cones, candy canes, licorice ropes, mini m&m's, gumdrops and starlight mints to decorate. We even used green sugar sprinkles for grass, "nerds" candy for pebble walkways, fruit leather for the roof, and white and green royal icing for the details. We have done similar showpieces for Halloween, Easter and we're thinking about a Valentine's house this year (we just didn't get to our gingerbread this Christmas, so check back in late January!) They last for months (if you can keep little nibblers away) and they make the house smell fantastic. If anyone is interested in a complete custom gingerbread house, please contact me for pricing.