Happy Labor Day!  We had a busy but great weekend with the highlight of a Barnyard Animal Themed Party!  We went to visit my cousin for her son’s, Nicholas, first birthday on Saturday.  My cousin did an amazing job with over the top decorations, food, and even a petting zoo for the kids.

 

The happy little family above: Farmer Nicholas, Jaime and Todd.

 

 

 

All of the decorations were so adorable and I really want to throw Grace a birthday party with this same theme…maybe in a couple of years though since I am still recovering from her birthday party a few weeks ago.  She created a cute Happy Birthday banner on red card stock circles and attached the letters made from black and white polka dot card stock.  Then hung them up with clothes pins! With the addition of the corn and cow balloons, straw hay bundles, corn stalks and matching tablecloths tied the theme together perfectly.

 

 

I was excited to make Nicholas’ smash cake for this big day! My cousin made the vanilla and chocolate cupcakes and added adorable barnyard themed candle toppers.  She decorated the cupcake stand with black and white polka dots ribbon and red paper.

The smash cake is a chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream icing.  The fence and letters are made out of fondant but the cool trick I used to create the realistic farm animals and barn is the edible cake toppers. I found images perfect for the theme and printed them on the edible frosting sheets.  Then I cut the animals and barn out with scissors and applied to the fondant to make a 3-D effect of the top and sides of the cake. The edible cake and cupcake toppers can work great on any cake, cookie or cupcake! We have a wide assortment of pre-designed collections or you can create your own toppers.

 

 

Nicholas got right into the cake and was covered with green buttercream icing!

 

 

And Grace loved her cupcake a little too much, too. This child will never turn down food!

 

 

Before the cake and cupcakes, Jaime and Todd had a petting zoo set up for all of the kids (and the adults, too). It was filled with goats, a bunny rabbit and little piggy (my favorite), sheep and chickens!  Everyone had so much fun with the animals and the animals were so gentle…especially with the younger kids.

 

 

What a great party!  If you recently had a party and want to share, I would love to showcase your party ideas for our next featured party!  You can contact me through the website or email me at sales@sweetntreats.com

 

Until tomorrow, have a sweet day!


Ahoy there! Let’s have a pirates party!

 

There are so many creative and fun decorations and activities to make for a pirates themed party.  All coordinating balloons, plates, napkins, cups and utensils can be found at www.birthdayexpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

To get the pirate theme started, find some great clipart graphics to make your own invitations to send to your child’s special guests.

 

 

Treasure Maps & Treasure Chest Favors

Instead of using favor bags for the kids, use treasure chest filled with candy, gold coins and even add an eye patch.  But the best part is to create treasure maps for the kids (and adults) to find the treats!  You can create your own map on construction paper.  Draw the layout of the party with markers and make a few different “X” marks the spot areas so everyone can find their own treasure chest. Give each party guest a map and let them find the treats! I’ve done this so many times for friends and family to find their birthday presents.

 

Party Snacks

In the photo collage above, a great party food are the “eye ball” deviled eggs! Prepare your deviled eggs as usual. The trick to make these look like eye balls is adding a sliced olive to make the eye and also roasted red pepper to make the eye look bloodshot. Display on a platter on top of some black beans!

 

Desserts: Pirate Cupcakes

 

How cute are these cupcakes! A nice way to incorporate the pirates theme with dessert.

 

Pirates Edible Cookie & Cupcake Toppers

Don’t have time to make these very decorative cupcakes? Try Sweet’n Treats edible cupcake toppers! We have a matching pirates theme that are very easy to use. Just remove the protective backing and apply the edible topper to the top of any frosted cupcake or cookie. It’s that easy!

The edible toppers are available at: http://www.sweetntreats.com/products/cctoppers/kids.html. You can purchase them for $9/dozen.

Printable Pirates Cupcake Toppers

Or maybe you’re crafty and want to make cupcake toppers!

Try Sweet’n Treats Printables! The same matching pirates theme for DIY cupcake toppers.  You’ll receive a template with 12 2-inch graphics ready to be used for so many party projects.  They are great not just for cupcake toppers but invitations, stickers, favor labels, banners, napkin rings, and even scrapbooking!

Not sure what supplies you might need or even how to make the cupcake toppers? Don’t worry, here’s some instructions: http://www.sweetntreats.com/products/freebies/index.html

DIY Pirates Eye Patch

Follow these easy instructions from ChicaandJo.com to make pirate eye patches for all of the party guests!

They also have instructions and templates to make flags, goody bags and more!

Until tomorrow, have a sweet day!

 

 


Cupcake Shaped Rice Krispies Treats

 

One of the cute ideas I made for my daughter’s birthday party were cupcake shaped rice krispies treats dipped in chocolate.  What a great response to this quick and easy treat!  I had so many people ask me how I made them and I’m even making some more this weekend for our friend who is having a birthday party for her daughter.

A little twist on a classic treat!

 

 

These treats are easy to make with very few ingredients.

What you’ll need:

  • Cupcake Cookie Cutter (or any shaped cookie cutter to match your party theme)
  • 1 1/2 cups White Chocolate Chips
  • 10 oz. package Mini Marshmallows
  • 1 tbsp. Vegetable Oil
  • 3 tbsp. Butter or Margarine
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
  • Sprinkles (optional)
Directions:
  1. In large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Add rice krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.
  2. Using buttered spatula (or wax paper), press mixture into 13×9 inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool.
  3. Cut cupcake shapes using the cookie cutter.

 

4. In small microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate and oil. Microwave on high for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.

5. Coat the top of the treats with the melted chocolate using a spoon.

 

6. Decorate with sprinkles or other candy before the chocolate starts to set.  Any remaining chocolate can be put into a piping bag to outline the bottom of the cupcake to look like the cupcake liner.

 

 

 

 

7. Place the treats on wax paper. Refrigerate until chocolate is set.

 

 

Once chocolate is set, remove from refrigerator and place on a decorative platter for your party! ENJOY 😉

This recipes makes 18 cupcake shaped treats.  If you use a smaller cookie cutter, than you can create more from this one batch recipe.

The possibilities are endless with this quick treat.  There are so many different cooke cutter shapes, you can use this recipe for so many occasions!  …birthday, baby shower, bridal shower, retirement, treats for the office or just because!

 

Until tomorrow, have a sweet day!

 


Last night I found an interesting website with unique and VERY funny, random days of celebration – not sure where they all came from but still interesting. Yesterday was “Peach Ice Cream Day” and each “holiday” has a brief description and note of origin.

 
Peach Ice Cream Party

I love the bottom left image of this creative peach ice cream party. They are actually cake pops made to look like ice cream in an ice cream cone…how cute!

So… my new blog idea is to post each day a random holiday for that date and relate it to cakes or cupcakes or something completely random…just like the holiday.

Here we go… let’s start with our first holiday: July 18th is National Caviar Day!