4th of July Favors

My only serious complaint about summer is that it goes TOO fast!  (Well, that, and the 115 degree weather we sometimes get in Las Vegas).  I just can’t believe how quickly the days go by, and the 4th of July will be here before we know it!  SO, today… some crafts for July 4th that will result in awesome favors!

From Martha Stewart, a tutorial on making Rocket Favors!

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From the Hostess blog, a 4th of July photo album of red, white, and blue inspiration!

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From Something Turquoise, super cute flag inspired favors!

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And from Kara’s Party Ideas, check out the super fab POP Party favors!  Great tutorial and free printables are included! Push pop containers are now available at craft stores at at Kara’s.

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And we’ll leave you with a fun kids activity: making 4th of July cake pops.  Cooking With Sugar shows you how to do it with a step-by-step photo tutorial:

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Hanukkah Party DIY

If you are having a Hanukkah party this week, we have some last minute DIY Ideas for you…

From Parents.com… Marshmallow Dreidels.  Seriously, how cute are these!  The kids will love them, and they can even help make them!

From Catch My Party, some GREAT inspiration – a full album of favors and decor; make sure you scroll through all the pics!

From Martha Stewart, a count down for the eight-day Festival of Lights… love the envelope idea!  Actually – there are more than 10 Hanukkah crafts, including dreidel crafts, in this post so make sure you scroll to see them all!

How pretty are these star “wax catchers” on the candle holders?  From BHG, quick instructions: (once again – many crafts to choose from if you scroll through the post).

And from Love From The Oven, some adorable Hanukkah cake pops:

Hello Kitty Birthday Ideas

Are you a Hello Kitty fan?  My five year old daughter is totally enthralled with everything Kitty… and even though her “Fairy Princess Ballerina” birthday party was just a couple of weeks ago, she is ALREADY planning NEXT year’s birthday party… Hello Kitty style.  Here are a few fun Hello Kitty birthday ideas and favors I found when I did a quick search.

Easy to make Hello Kitty cupcakes, from Annie’s Eats.  The recipe calls for fondant which is way easier than you think.  Click here for a fabulous, easy and delicious Marshmallow Fondant:
Super cute Hello Kitty name tags (and other cute ideas too!), from House of Kitty blog:.
I love, love, LOVE the styling on this Hello Kitty party, on Catch My Party.  There are tons of great photos in the album, but this one is my favorite.  But make through you scroll through all 32 Hello Kitty party pictures – it will spark great ideas for YOUR party!:
The colors and designs from this party on The Cake Blog are so fun… and I especially love the brown craft boxes with Hello Kitty faces:
Yes, I think we’ll be able to find PLENTY of fun ideas for Martha’s next party… 11 months from now!

Cupcake Pops

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If you’ve never heard of cupcake pops, I’m here to spread the word!  These became wildly popular a few years ago when Angie Dudley, who authors the “Bakerella” blog, sampled a cake pop at an event, loved them, and then proceeded to come up with her own versions.  Her cupcake pops were an instant internet sensation and soon Martha Stewart came calling to have Angie on her shown  Recently Angie came out with her cook book, Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irristible Mini Treats. (if you scroll down on the link there’s a great little video by Angie explaining what she does).

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Instead of me writing out out the out to do these I am going to link you directly to Bakerella’s Cupcake Pops Recipe because she has wonderful step-by-step pictures.  But what I would like to offer are these tips and ‘lessons learned’ from my afternoon of making cake pops.

First of all – let me say for the record: “I am not a crafty person”  I don’t do a lot of crafts because my failures are far greater than my successes.  And although mine certainly do not look as great as Angies – they still worked out and were LOVED by family and friends.  If I can do it you can do it!

  1. Set a side a few hours to do these.  You will definitely need it.  But your hard work will be repaid with nearly 50 miniature desserts that will stay fresh for several days and that can also be frozen for future enjoyment
  2. If you don’t have the cute little flower shaped cutter that Angie uses, that’s okay.  Shape them with your hands like I did (I had actually bought some round cutters but they all ended up being too small or too large.).  I took the round cake balls and started to make a round cupcake liner of the lower half of the ball by shaping it with my fingers (basically pushing in and turning the cake ball to make the liner).
  3. I purchased candy melts (these can be purchased at most craft or baking supply stores) for the cupcake liner and frosting; I didn’t use bark.
  4. Make sure you follow the instructions for the melts and/or bark.  Otherwise they can burn or seize (yep – happened to me; I hadn’t followed the directions).
  5. No matter how I tried I could not successfully dip the ‘top’ of the cupcake in the candy melts.  It either wouldn’t coat properly or the whole cake pop fell into the melts.  Instead I just used a knife and ‘frosted’ them like you would an ordinary cupcake.  Sometimes I would have to frost over the first thin layer to fully cover up the cake pop.

And finally……

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Don’t be disheartened if you have a few flops along the way…they taste just as good as the others!

Turn to Diva Entertains when looking for the largest selection of Cupcake Favors.