Springtime Cookies and Cupcakes

I don’t know about you, but once Valentine’s Day is over, I start dreaming about and planning for SPRING!  I also start feeling like trying something new and making fun projects with my kids.  It’s probably a “getting past winter” surge or something.  Anyway, I thought I’d start collecting some fun spring cookie recipes and tutorials for cookies(cupcakes too!). And of course, I’m sharing them with YOU!

From Martha Stewart, Spring Cupcakes with Sugared Flowers… oh yes!  Make sure you click through the links in the post to learn how to make sugar flowers (so easy!).


From my favorite cookie maker, Sweet Sugar Belle… check out these Sweet Little Lamb Cookies.  This is actually a guest post on her site from Marian of Sweetopia.  Both Sugar Belle and Sweetopia write the best tutorials, and they really make me believe I can do this!

 

Found these adorable Spring Flower Cupcake Cones on an OC blog… love the idea, and I can think of lots of variations for using the cones as flower pots! She gives step by step instructions and photos on how to make flower cupcakes.

Check out the super cute Spring Cookies from Pink Little Cake, using fondant instead of icing… I KNOW I can do these!

Aren’t you in the mood for SPRING now??

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And we have a couple more customer photos for you today from Tanya showing off zebra party bags and more!  Love her pink zebra top – she looks so fab!

Planning for New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve planning often gets left to the last minute around here. I get all caught up in holiday parties, and menus, and buying and wrapping presents, and I forget that I might should plan a little for the NEXT week!  Thankfully this year, we are having overnight guests for New Year’s Eve and that has forced me to plan better than usual.  Here are some fun ideas I found while doing some of that planning!

First, from Martha Stewart… a gorgeous idea for your table centerpiece, using gold baubles and champagne flutes:

From Momtastic, a tutorial on how to make glitter candles.  Can’t go wrong with glitter on New Year’s Eve!

We need hats for New Year’s Eve, right?  It’s a requirement, I think!  From Cathie and Steve, check out these FAB diva style hats, and directions on how to can make party hats too!  Everything you need can be purchased inexpensively at a craft store.

From Oh Happy Day, a tutorial for designing a sequin photo booth or backdrop.  This one might take awhile, but WOW, what a fabulous backdrop for your NYE photos!

For the kids (or kids at heart), you can make some fab New Year’s Eve Poppers – check out the tutorial on HOW To Party Poppers on Make and Takes:

How will YOU be celebrating New Year’s Eve?  We’d love to hear about it!

Party Popsicle Style

Did you know popsicles aren’t just for kids anymore?  Impress yourself and your friends with these homemade popsicle recipes for you to enhance your warm summer evening get togethers!

From ModClothBlog, a pina colada popsicle recipe:

From LilSugar, a YUMMY looking fresh fruit popsicle recipe (and these ARE ok for kiddos too!):

From HWTM blog, a quick and easy way to add popsicles to cocktails...

Endless Simmer has a HUGE list of “pop-tails” recipes… which are popsicle/cocktail combos.  I’m pretty sure my favorite will be Strawberry Peach Vodka Collins Popsicles… but you can click through the link and find YOUR favorite!

And finally, if you are really popsicle-ambitious, you need to check out IcyPops.com for a whole SITE-full of great popsicle ideas. There are DIY recipes for fun shapes, flavor combinations and more!

Bring on the POPS!!