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Friday, January 25, 2013

Cupcake Decorating Party!

Some might think this cupcake decorating party idea is creative ... others may think it's insane. I mean, who in their right mind would invite a bunch of kids to THEIR house AND give them free range of as many sugary toppings as they want? This girl! 

The kids LOVED every bit of it and if you're brave enough to do the same ... here are some tips and advice to make your party run smoothly (I hope).

With that said, I did do some prepping before the party to make clean up a bit easier.   

* The cupcakes were already baked and iced, so all the kids had to do was decorate.

* I put the toppings in colorful containers with lids (I got mine at Toys R Us in the baby feeding section). It makes it real easy to close them off if the candy grabbing gets out of hand! I also had a tray handy for easy set up and take down.

* Only the older kids got the tubes of icing unless adults were there to help the little ones.

* I made sure the sprinkles weren't too small (you know, like the tiny ball ones that roll everywhere!).

* Each cupcake had its own big plate for sprinkle overload! 

* The candy toppings included easy clean up stuff (candy that doesn't easily mush into the carpet).We had marshmallows, M&Ms, Hershey bar pieces, candy corn, candy eyeballs and chocolate chips. I made sure I didn't have any peanut type candy because of allergies too!

* We put a painter's cloth under the cake decorating table (you could use a tarp or blanket). As soon as it was over, we folded the table up, bunched up the cloth and put it on the deck to shake out later.

Here are a few pictures to show how the cupcakes turned out!

Yep, that's my birthday girl! 


The chef aprons & hat:

After pinning lots of cupcake party ideas on Pinterest, I was determined to make our little guests personalized aprons! Plus the aprons also protected their clothing from the cupcake decorating war zone!

I started out with Google and found some decently priced aprons online. I found some cute ones on amazon (made by Chefskin -- lightweight white aprons for 2-7 year-old children) for $1.99 each (plus shipping). The aprons for older kids cost a little more. The fabric is great and you can't beat that price! 

I bought the PLAID felt iron-on transfers at JoAnn's Fabric for $1.99 each (originally $5.99 each, but I used 50% off coupons for each item. Oh yeah!) 

I bought cupcakes for girls and sharks or guitars for the boys.

I was amazed at how easy this was to make. All you do is buy the stuff and iron on! 

I also made my birthday gal a special chefs hat with more iron-on felt cupcakes and letters from JoAnn's. Super easy!

I decided the aprons needed a little sprucing up, so I bought fabric paint and added names and artwork.

And, apparently, the aprons can also be used as capes (with adult supervision, of course).

Treats and Games:

As if the cupcakes weren't enough sugar, I also made "cupcake" cookies. Yep, got a few stink eyes from parents at the party -- ha!

These are cream filled cookies dipped in melted chocolate. Then add red M&Ms for a cherry and sprinkles to the melted chocolate.

We did a pinata this year ($15 at Target). I decorated leftover wedding bags for the kids to keep track of their goodies. 

My daughter decided to give the cupcake pinata a good kick in the cupcake liner!

Decor and Favors:

After searching for the best price, I found all my cupcake decorations on Party City online. I made my own cupcakes to save money too.

To go in the favor bags, I cut out felt cupcakes and toppings for kids to decorate at home or on the go (no sugar added).

(For more on the felt cupcake, click here to read my previous blog about busy bags.)

And, as another heads up, get a group picture BEFORE decorating. If you wait until after -- you're little chefs will be so high on sugar you may not get a decent shot! See below!

Feel free to pin on Pinterest!


Kathryn :)

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

One Day Dresser Re-do!

First and foremost, let me get my true feelings out there ...

I "HEART" ANNIE SLOAN (chalk paint)!

Okay, now that it's out there, let me tell you more. My love affair all started with Pinterest. I found before pictures of old yucky furniture and after pictures of pieces you could find in a magazine. I quickly found the common thread -- all painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint. 

I fell in love at first sight and HAD to have the Duck Egg paint! 

Here's what I found about A.S. chalk paint:

1. The paint and wax is a bit pricey. The Duck Egg 32 fl. ounces cost $38.00 and each wax cost $28.00, but I still have paint and wax leftover for other projects. At this point, it was a need ... not a want! I couldn't get it out of my mind!

2. Depending on where you live, it might be difficult to find (I googled it and found a nearby antique store with a fairly good selection of colors.)

3. Last, but not least -- you don't have to prime or sand before painting. Yes, you heard me right! All I did was clean off the cob webs and dirt and paint.

4. You can seriously get a dresser done in ONE day!


I already had a free dresser from my sister.
It was a yucky mustard yellow piece (see below) from my grandparent's condo in Florida.  

This dresser survived Hurricane Ivan and years in my niece's bedroom, so I felt it could also survive my first dresser re-do! 

And it worked ... see below!

Here's what I did:
1. Cleaned off the cob webs and dirt with a wet rag.
2. Took out the drawers and all the knobs/handles. 
3. I taped off the top of the dresser because I wanted to keep it white.
4. Started painting with the chalk paint.

5. After it dried (it didn't take long), I took an old t-shirt and dipped it into the Annie Sloan dark wax. I rubbed the wax on corners and places where it makes it look antique.
6. I used another old t-shirt and rubbed the clear wax all over the dresser.

7. I put the original knobs back on and took off the tape ... DONE!

My original plan was to take out the top drawers and add cute baskets, but the original knobs looked so much better with a different color behind them. I ended up keeping all the drawers in! 

My obsession with Annie Sloan paint doesn't end here though. I started stalking my house for more things to paint because it's so easy!

Here's a clock I got for free from my mom's house. 

Instead of adding wax, I sanded some of the chalk paint away to give it a distressed look.

And, this is a picture frame I got at consignment for $3.00.

Again, sanded some paint away for a distressed look.

If my husband didn't stop me, our whole house would be full of Duck Egg pieces!

TOTAL COST = around $100.00 
(the cost of paint and wax because the dresser was free!)

Now, my sister wants the dresser back --- no way!

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