What if you could create a customized illustration of your own child?  Well, now you can!  We are very happy to announce our newest product, called Sweet’n Tots!

Sweet’n Tots are custom illustrations of your little ones where you can create an image to look just like your child! Start with building a basic Sweet’n Tot and then finish your design with accessories to match your child’s personality. You can even add their name and a decorative border to make a truly custom design!

Our new website is located at http://www.sweetntots.com

 

Have your choice of hair color and style, skin tone color, eye shape and color and many more features to make your Sweet’n Tots image truly personal.  Sweet’n Tots are high resolution images that can be used in a wide variety of products: invitations, stationary, cupcake toppers, cake toppers, favor labels, party decor, stickers, and even scrapbooking!

How It Works!

Want to see how it works? We put together a little tutorial on how to get started and what are Sweet’n Tots.


Sweet’n Tots Products

Once you design your custom Sweet’n Tot image, you can choose from different products to add your image to!  We offer DIY templates or let us do the work for you and have it shipped right to your doorstep!

 

  

Love our edible cake, cookie and cupcake toppers?  You can even add your custom image to the edible toppers, too!


Build Your Own Sweet’n Tot today!
 We would love to hear your thoughts about your experience and the quality of the images and products!
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!

 

 


August 17th is National Thiftshop Day!

I’m back to finding strange holidays and I guess National Thiftshop Day is a perfect way to start 😉

“Thriftshop” is an old term for stores that sell items deeply discounted merchandise.  It’s not always the highest quality, but the price is right.  It’s all about being crafty and creative on a budget!

You know these stores better today as Goodwill and dollar stores.  I personally love both of these types of stores since you can find great items that are inexpensive as well as gently used or even new items from department stores.  The shelves are overflowing with candlestick holders, mix-n-match plates, serving dishes, and linens.

How about making your own cupcake and cake stands? Very easy to do and a trip to your local thrift shop is all that is needed!

Repurposed Cake Stand

Thank you to Crafty Nest where I found easy instructions on how to make your own repurposed dessert stands.

BEFORE

 

Supplies & Tools

  • plate
  • vase, pedestal bowl, candlestick, etc. (look for a wide base and a flat top)
  • epoxy (I used Elmer’s epoxy cement)
  • craft sticks or Q-tips with the cotton removed from the ends
  • scrap cardboard or paper plate
  • paper towel or rag
  • nail polish remover

1. Clean and dry both dishes well. Find the center of the plate. Mark the spot if you need to. Mix the epoxy according to the package directions, then apply a thin coat to the top of your base using a craft stick. Don’t touch the epoxy with your bare hands.

 

 

2. Turn the base upside down, and place in the center of the bottom of the plate. Work quickly but carefully because the epoxy dries fast. While the glue is still tacky, remove any excess with a paper towel and nail polish remover.

3. Place a heavy book on top to hold the base down. Let dry overnight. These cake stands are not dishwasher safe, so gently wash them by hand.

 

AFTER

 

 

 

Another idea…

How about making a cute “cupcake” gift with washcloths?

 

 

You can find a wide array of colors and patterns. Add some matching ribbon and place into a cupcake liner to make a cute cupcake gift.  You can even get creative with the presentation and place it into a small single cupcake box that you can find at your local craft stores in the baking aisle.

Perfect gift for a bridal shower, baby shower, birthday or just because.  You can even use a baby onesie instead of a washcloth for the mom-to-be! My sister made one for her gift at my baby shower. It was one of my favorite gifts that day 😉  …she is so creative!

 

 

 

 

And this is just because … it made me smile 😉

 

 

I think I may need to find this sign and hang it in my office!

 

Until tomorrow, have a sweet day!

 


 

What a weekend! We celebrated our daughter’s first birthday on Sunday and I have finally had the chance to upload some of the photos from her special day!

 

The party theme and decor colors were pink and lime green polka dots with a mod monkey design. Everything came together just as I imagined 😉

 

Welcome Signs

My biggest worry for the day was the chance of rain since we were planning on having it outside. Luckily, it didn’t rain but we ended up with a hot and humid afternoon.

Table Centerpieces

Outside Table Centerpieces

Box of Ribbons Centerpiece

Dessert Table Decorations

Pom Pom Flowers Centerpiece

Pom Pom Flowers Centerpiece

Happy Birthday Pennant

A Happy Birthday pennant in matching decor colors hung in the dining room with all of the food and desserts.

First Year Photo Banner

Each month with a baby picture

I wanted to display Grace each month and see how she has changed over one year. I first thought about putting her monthly photo in small frames and putting them on a side table but came up with this idea that saved a lot of space.  Each photo was cut into a circle and the month numbers used the same design from the welcome sign. I connected each one with matching brown ribbon and hung it from one of our mantle shelves in the living room. I received so many compliments on it that day!

The Mod Monkey Edible Cupcake Toppers are NOW available on our website to purchase!  Choose from PINK, GREEN or BLUE.  The edible toppers are sold by the dozen and are $9/dozen.

CLICK HERE TO SHOP FOR EDIBLE TOPPERS

Cupcakes on Stand with Giant Cupcake Smash Cake

Giant Cupcake on the Cupcake Stand

For the main centerpiece on the table I made a 3 tier cupcake stand with Grace’s giant cupcake smash cake on top and standard cupcakes for the guests on the lower tiers. This cupcake stand was created with soup cans, cake rounds, wrapping paper, and ribbon! Saved a lot of money and barely took anytime to put together. I can use the stand again or I can change the color of the each tier by wrapping it in different paper! The cupcakes featured an array of toppers: edible cupcake toppers, printables and fondant decorations.

Edible Cupcake Toppers

3 Tier Cupcake Stand

Giant Cupcake Smash Cake

As for the giant cupcake smash cake, Grace LOVED it! I used the giant cupcake pan that bakes the cake in 2 separate pieces and then you put them together with frosting. I originally was going to cover the bottom with fondant but to be honest…ran out of time so I had to think of something quick and easier to make the base of the cupcake look clean. So I took some white chocolate chips, melted them in the microwave and added green candy dye. I took the cake pan to use as a mold and coated the cupcake bottom section with 2 layers of chocolate …let it harden in the refrigerator for 30 minutes and popped it out. I had to shave down the actual cake bottom to fit into the chocolate mold. Then I added the pink frosting with some chocolate sprinkles!

…and the finished giant cupcake smash cake!

Birthday Girl with Her Cake!

Grace was not shy at all to dig into her cake 😉

Favorite Photo!

High Chair Decorations!

What a great weekend! A lot of work but definitely worth it.

Until tomorrow, have a sweet night!