Monday, September 1, 2014

Casino 50th Birthday

I co-hosted a surprise 50th Birthday party for my Aunt. 

We had Kielbasa Kickers

Jackpot Cherries
Texas Holdem Jalapeno Dip

Poker Chips

Roulette Balls
The sweets table 

The cake by Haute Cakes and Creations of Aumsville Oregon

We used playing cards, black red gold and green decorations, poker chips, play money and wrapping paper.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The life of a Cupcaketree

I love my Cupcake Tree. I has served me very well since our wedding 2 years ago. 
Our Wedding 
Cupcake details here. Special thanks to Tresha of Pink Princess Cakes for her help frosting cupcakes and the amazing job she did on our top cake and bride and groom cupcakes. 

The next wedding was Tresha's she did an amazing job on the wedding cake, cupcakes and grooms Reese's cake. This shows how a simple plain Cupcaketree can still be elegant.

The next wedding was my brother and his wife. The theme was all colors, a rainbow! 

I knew I wanted to use the Cupcaketree for more than just weddings so I devised this set up for our Superbowl party. Thanks again to Pink Princess Cakes for the football cupcakes. 

Next came Ellie's Ladybug 1st Birthday Party. The top cake was a no sugar super healthy cake by Pink Princess Cakes. she made cupcakes of the same recipe for all the other babies and toddlers and it was sooo yummy. 

A Lego Birthday Party for my nephew. I switched out the risers for posts made of Megablocks for the Lego Theme. The stickers on the rounds have the Lego logo printed on them to make it look like a building base. ( I cannot take credit for the adorable cupcakes or top Lego cake, they were done by my aunt)

The next party was an Around the World Amazing Race party for a friend's birthday. The Dessert table was Europe themed, so the German chocolate cakes got a German Flag inspired cupcake tree.

The most recent use was only 2 of the middle layers to make a platform for the Strawberry Shortcake house cake, also done by Pink Princess Cakes

For a nature-inspired simply decorated wedding reception

Most of these uses omitted the bottom level, what I love about the Cupcaketree is that it is flexible like that.

A few tips for decorating. A single table cloth can be used to cover the rounds easily when the bottom is not used, possibly with the bottom if you are careful. Just wrap and tape the plastic or paper onto the cardboard side of the rounds (not the white side). If you tape to the white side, and rip the tape off, it will show through some thinner, lighter colored table clothes the next time you use it. For the risers, I just lay them flat and wrap them like a gift and then cut the wrap for the tabs to stick out and tape to keep taut. The risers do not have to be perfect. Ribbon works well on the edges, just dab hot glue every few inches, spinning the round as you go. The cupcake tree can also be spray painted according to their website. They also sell end caps for the edges of the risers to cover the cut cardboard look. If you paint the cupcake tree, you will want to cover the edges with ribbon or something.

Buy it here:

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Watermelon Party

I failed at getting enough pictures of the Watermelon decorations, but here are the ones I got. I had some gingham decorations left over from last year's Butterfly Picnic Aunts Day to use.

The spread of food.
 Ham/cheese tortilla rolls, and watermelon/feta/basil/balsamic appetizers (and some with mozzarella)

Fruit salad, heavy on the watermelon
 Watermelon Cake
 Watermelon Punch with a slice of frozen watermelon floating in it instead of ice.
 Centerpieces, individual size watermelons, scraps of $1 shelf liner from dollar tree, some scrap red gingham, watermelon and ant stickers. Bowls of red m&ms with some chocolate covered jelly bellies mixed in (to look like watermelon seeds) and some watermelon Jelly Bellies

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Sprinkle Shower Decorations

I got to help a friend make decorations for a baby Sprinkle she was throwing for a friend. 

the cupcake holder came with the scallopped edge trim which we thought looked like clouds. the drops are hearts cut out with a cricut and folded in half. The umbrellas are also cut with the cricut. 

The diaper raffle ticket can 

a banner sign. we used the cricut to cut everything besides the large cloud.

these clips were for a baby shower game where you cannot say baby or someone steals your token, the guest with the most tokens at the end of the party gets a prize. similar to the butterfly ones I made for the Butterfly Bridal Shower

we made tissue paper poms for clouds and hung rain drops from the bottom with fishing line. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Super Mario Birthday Card (or Invitation?)

My **Favorite** nephew had a Super Mario Galaxy Birthday Party this year. This was his birthday card.
Instead of a vine piranha plant coming out of a ? block, it came out of a 7 block.

 I used my friend's Cricut Gypsy. She had the "rivet block" (I think that's what it was called), the leaf, the 7, the circle and the < shape. I lined up the leaves with dashes to cut out from a tag cut. I cut vinyl rivets out of leftover vinyl. The plant head was cut from polka dot paper and constructed using 2 mirrored heads glued together. The vine is dark green curling ribbon. I hand wrote the message. I cut 2 blocks out and sandwiched the plant in between, carefully taping them together so that the plant wouldnt get stuck.

My original idea was that these could be invitations, but it was a little too time consuming for multiples. The envelop was a reused envelop from a previous card, I had leftover red polka dot napkin rings that I used to cover the previous name, and more ribbon to fancy it up.

You may see some decorations in the pictures re-used from Rachel's Super 25th  Party!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Blue's Clues Budget Birthday Party

This party was supposed to be a $0 budget. I told my BFF I could use entirely leftover or DIY decorations and  I ended up spending like $5 or $6 not counting food, (which was very minimal) and we would have eaten anyway at our regular play date game nights.
This was for my nephew's 2nd Birthday, just about everything was leftover from other parties. I decorated in under 2 hours, including finishing the cake and making the pennant banner.

Cake and Favor Table
The table runners were leftover from the Strawberry Shortcake Party. They remind me of Steve's shirt. The blue Polka Dot pennants were leftover from the Curious George Birthday Banner (the backside). 

Favors, everything inside was leftover from previous goody bags, the bags were extra from the Curious George party with stickers from my collection, The napkins were purchased for this party. cups and plates were leftover from other parties. I bought a package of paw print stamps on clearance with the napkins. 
Food Table. The tablecloth was leftover from the Strawberry Shortcake Party
we had hotdogs, potato and pasta salads and chips, all leftover from a party we had the day before for Daytona 500
The chip bowls are Dollar Tree dog dishes
The kids loved the hot dogs and had fun playing together!
another picture of the cake

Pail cups for drinks. we had the cups and I paid $1 for a huge bag of white pipe cleaners. 

As a guest book, we all wrote messages in a Blue's Clues book I found at a thrift store. 

Curious George Birthday

My daughter LOVES Curious George, and well I love him too, so it was perfect for her 2nd Birthday Party.

I made this sign for the front door: 

And this for the gift table:

Guest Book and Party hats. The sign says "When I'm older I'll be curious who was here, please write a message in my book" and "Please put on a hat". I loved the image of George floating with balloons so I wanted lots of balloons in the decor. 

I had my hubby pipe a blob of frosting on each (box mix) cupcake. I cut circles out of Wilton Sugar Sheets like I did for the Poke Ball cupcakes, used the scraps for the balloon-knot triangles and put them on the frosting blobs. I accidentally smeared white frosting on one and it looked like a shimmer on the  balloon so I added one to each of them. The ribbon was poked into the frosting after they were placed on the stand. After they were all in place, I gathered the ribbons for George's hand. 
I got the idea from Beth Kruse Custom Creations

we served these with a bowl of sweetened strawberries and whipped cream.

Oreo truffles
On the bottom were banana muffins with cream cheese frosting and banana candies.

Savory {Monkey} Bread

Hundley Hot Dogs
Can I just say I love our hot dog roller, easy to serve, cook more after some have had theirs and great flavor! 

Jumpy Squirrels Mixed Nuts

Ice Cream Bar (pre-scooped the night before and stored in the freezer until time into paper cups from a restaurant supply store- best idea ever!) Had all the toppings for banana splits, but called them Banana Chops instead because we were using the bowls instead of boats. 

Buffet table, we just lined up crepe paper for a table runner. 

A variety of pudding flavors, Banana/vanilla, strawberry/vanilla, banana/strawberry, chocolate, chocolate/banana, ect. 

Quint's Fish Crackers (from the surprise birthday party episode)

Pisghetti's Rooftop Garden Veggies

Hand Picked Apple Slices

Renken's Bee Farm Honey and Peanut Butter Sandwiches

I didnt get a picture of the lemonade but we served "Steve's Lemonade" 

and "Barrel of Monkey Juices"

 Ellie in her Birthday Dress her Grammie Made her and a (Man in the) Yellow Hat (yellow hat + electrical tape)
#2 wreath I made out of cardboard, crepe paper and curled ribbon.

Table settings with Yellow Hat cups/plates (as seen in many places on the web). The centerpiece is bananas and red shredded paper with balloons on sticks.

Banner and Favors
The banner was made similarly to how I made the Strawberry Shortcake one but with poster letters and banana/monkey cut outs from Dollar Tree. The balloon cut-outs at either end were also from the Dollar Tree, it was my sisters idea to make it look like they were holding the banner up. 

I found these balloon cut-outs at Dollar tree but didnt know what to do with them. Last minute I got this idea because I had leftover letters from the banner. The CG logos were cut from a couple boxes of CG fruit snacks. At the top is a paper chain made from cheap event bracelets. 

The bags were for older children, the bowls were for the toddlers and baby. Inside were lollipops, raisins, animal crackers, bubbles, stickers and fruit snacks. The baby got some monkey and zebra socks from Dollar Tree and some crisp dried fruit.

Each family got a coloring book and crayons to take home. 

As I did last year, I played a slideshow of pictures of Ellie on our projection screen. I also downloaded a bunch of songs about bananas to play in the background with the Curious George movie soundtrack.  
Overall it was lots of great fun.