Happy 1st Birthday, Parker!
Just a super fast post! I made these cute toppers for a bachelorette party held at the Round Barn Winery & Estate in Baroda, MI. I’ve saved my design, so if you’d like them made for your party (in any color combo), let me know!
Digital Image: $4.00
20 Constructed Toppers: $14.00 (for USPS)
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For Rosie’s 1st Birthday, Mommy requested yellow and grey chevron patterns, sweet bumble bees and touches of turquoise.
Sea Salt and Olive Oil Popcorn Sacks
Chevron Cupcake Toppers
Custom High Chair Decoration
“Wishes for Rosie” Cards and Mini Table Vases
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Designed and delivered these custom invitations for Mason’s 3rd Birthday party within 48 hours! Also ordered :: Custom Birthday Banner and Mini Pennant Flags for the cupcakes.
I’ve saved the template if you’d like something similar…otherwise, I can design something for you on-the-fly.
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Free Cupcake Circle Templates for you to use for your boy baby shower.*
*Pastiche Events does not claim to own the rights to the “Owl Family” graphic. Since the client provided me with the invitation image, it is considered to be for personal use. Please only print this template if your intention is to edit it for your own personal use.
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I was very pleased to have created these party favors for a dear friend’s milestone birthday dinner. Below, are details on how to make these delicious Chocolate Chianti Jarcakes.
Inspiration: Dinner at Cooper’s Hawk Winery. Birthday Girl is a lover of red wine, chocolate and all things pretty.
Feeling inspired, I turned to Sprinkle Bakes, the blog I browse anytime I want to attempt anything exceptional. Heather Baird always seems to have what I am looking for – here is her amazing recipe for Chocolate Chianti Cupcakes.
The recipe was near perfect, but I did find that when I was blending the cooked-down Chianti into the buttercream (ohhh, that buttercream…) I didn’t have to use the full amount the recipe called for. Maybe I did something wrong, but if I would have added the full amount, the frosting would have been too watered down. I was glad I decided to add less and taste-test as my kitchen-aid did its work. The frosting was so unbelievable that I double layered the chocolate cupcakes (I make them smaller so they fit the jars) just so I’d have an excuse to add more frosting! After the assembly, I placed the jars in an old wine crate to tote them to the restaurant. Cute, right?
Click here for how to prepare the cupcakes, the embellishments and the jar. Let me know what you think!
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Recently, I was asked to make party favors for my niece’s First Communion. Her name is Cassidy. She is sweet, smart, stylish – I adore her. She told me I could be as creative as I wanted but whatever I made had to be “cute and pink.” Easy enough.
To justify my addiction to Pinterest, I scoured the links for something I have never made before. I came across a few different versions of these cupcakes in a jar and couldn’t wait to make my own. While they are easy to make – there are several steps involved which made them a little time-consuming. If you must know, I totally missed the church! But to my defense, I did have to make 48 of them and I do have a job, a child, a dog, etc. Don’t judge me.
Assuming most people won’t have to prepare that many, I have included a recipe to make exactly 24. Plan on at least two hours of your time – more if you have a small child at your knees like I did – and spending around thirty dollars on the supplies.
You will need:
24 Quilted Jelly Jars (Ball) – Only $8.47 for a dozen at Wal Mart
Circular Paper Punches* – I used 1.75″ and 1.25″ for my two layers (Bottom layer can be a color or a pattern)
*Free Printable Template for your 1.25″ Circular Paper Punches: 1.25 Inch Circles
Satin Ribbon, Yarn or Twine - Approximately 40ft, cut into 10″ strips or longer (personal preferences for what kind of knot or bow you want to make)
Extra Large Craft Glue Stick
24 Colored Plastic Spoons
1 Pillsbury Cake Mix** – Makes 24 Cupcakes - Strawberry was used here
For the mix: 1 Cup Water, 1/3 cup Olive Oil (it’s my preference), 3 eggs
**If you want to be fancy, you can also buy an extra box of cake mix and double layer your jars to look like a parfait. Either way, the finished product looks enticing. However, if you decide to do this you must double your frosting recipe.
Wilton Decorating Bag – 12″
Wilton Extra Large Tip 2A
Sprinkles, Sugar Crystals or Candy – Pink Sugar Crystals were used here
- Coat your cupcake tins with cooking spray and DO NOT USE CUPCAKE LINERS.
- Fill each tin only half-way so you have enough mix to make exactly 24.
- Bake at 350° according to the directions on the package.
- Cool completely before you try to remove them from the pan. You may need to use a butter knife around the edges to loosen them up.
- Once cooled and the little guys are free, squish a cupcake to the bottom of each jelly jar. If you are all fancy and want to layer, you will obviously need to reserve two cupcakes per jar.
- Assuming you have already made the frosting, use your Wilton Decorating Bag (buy the biggest one!) to pipe in your frosting. Get your swirl on. Start at the sides and work your way into the middle.
- Top the frosting with your Sugar or Sprinkles.
Decorating your Jars:
- Print your circles using the above-mentioned template.
- Use a glue stick to adhere the smaller circle to the larger circle and the larger circle to the top of the jar.
- Tie your pre-cut ribbon anyway you like underneath the rim of the jar – make it tight with barely enough room to tuck in the plastic spoon.
- Spoon it!
- Take a picture.
- Be proud.
The assembly takes a little time, but in the end you will receive nothing but compliments! These make excellent favors for any event and I will definitely be making them again…the possibilities of colors, flavors, themes are endless.
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In July, I was lucky enough to plan a unique event for a really great couple; John and Jan B. John’s lovely wife, Jan, had recently graduated with her Masters in Poetry and he wanted her to celebrate her accomplishment with all of their family and friends…but perhaps more importantly, he wanted her to relax and actually enjoy herself!
I met with John and we got the ball rolling right away. Fun details included: a catered dinner by Moe’s Southwest Grill, Mexican Hot Chocolate and Tres Leches Cupcakes from a local Chicago friend – Amy of Doozy’s Desserts (Poetry Cupcakes – see below!), a Giant Magnetic Poetry board and a poetry reading at dusk (courtesy of Jan’s impressive list of literary friends and colleagues, as well as her wonderful family).
John and Jan have stated again and again that the party was a success and I hope to help them with their next big event soon. They truly are one of the most wonderful families I have ever met. Please peruse the gallery and feel free to send me an email if you’d like help creating anything similar for your event.
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