Baby Shower Cupcakes

Cupcakes are  a new trend that you see more now at baby showers.  You can make creative cupcakes to go with the theme of your baby shower.  Here are some creative cupcake ideas that I have found.

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This Peek-a-boo Baby Cupcake and Baby Shoe Cupcake can be found at Cutest Baby Shower Ideas.

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These Safari Cakes would be great at an Animal Adventure Shower or with a  Noah’s Ark theme.

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Wilton has some great ideas for cupcakes like the Shake, Rattle and Roll and the Cute and Contented cupcakes.

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The most unusual cupcake that I found was the Pickle and Ice Cream Cupcake.  This one might be better to serve just to the expecting mother.

The display of your amazing cupcakes at your shower will be a topic of conversation for your guests!  Hope you enjoy!

Mardi Gras Party

It’s time to plan a Mardi Gras Party.  This year Mardi Gras is Tuesday, February 24th.  Start off with festive invitations from Paper Style.

mardigras-paperstyleAsk your guests to come in masks or crazy hats to get in the spirit.  Another idea is to have a costume contest.  Crown whoever has the best costumes as the Mardi Gras King and Queen.

The official colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold so use these colors to fill your room with decorations.  Plum Party has some great sale items right now for Mardi Gras.

15878-plumparty15725plumparty15714-plumparty Be sure to incorporate the traditional Mardi Gras beads into your decorations and use them as party gifts.

There is nothing like a great Mardi Gras menu to get everyone’s taste buds going.  Epicurious has some great recipe ideas like Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole and Crab cakes.  For dessert, you should serve the traditional King Cake.  Make sure to put a plastic baby into the cake and whoever finds it has to host the party next year.

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The Hurricane is the traditional drink served in New Orleans.  Try this recipe from Cocktail Times.

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Ingredients:
- 2 oz light rum
- 2 oz dark rum
- 2 oz passion fruit juice
- 1 oz orange juice
- 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 tbsp simple syrup
- 1 tbsp grenadine
- Garnish: orange slice and cherry

Shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a hurricane glass. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.

Be sure to set the mood with some great Jazz music that can be found on Amazon.

Get in the Mardi Gras spirit and have a great time!!


Host an Oscar Party

If you love the glamour and excitement of the Oscars, try hosting your own Oscar Party.  The 81st Acadamy Awards presentation will be held Sunday, February 22nd.

This Film Canister Invitation is a great way to invite your guests to a night of Hollywood fun.

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Turn your party into a red carpet affair and ask your guests to dress in their best attire.  Don’t forget to lay out the red carpet for their grand entrance and photograph your guests as they arrive.  Use the pictures as party gifts for a night to remember. Provide each guest with a ballot to pick their winners.  At the end of the night, determine who picked the most winners correctly and give them a special prize or award them with their own Oscar oscar-divagirl

Decorate with glitz and glamour by using color schemes with black, silver and red.  silvertinsle-plumparty

Plum Party Supplies has some great decorations to choose from.

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Have a first class buffet set up with items like Parmesan-Stuffed Dates and other great recipes found from Epicurious.

bacondates-epi Chocolate desserts are a must for this party.  Fill champagne flutes with chocolate mousse or serve chocolate truffles to end the meal.

Serve champagne from this Top Hat Ice Bucket tophat-plumparty or serve The Red Carpet Fizz barsm_redcarpetfizzfrom the Oscars website.

This party will be great to enjoy the glitz of Hollywood, discuss new fashion trends and try to pick the winners of the night.  I hope that your party is an award winning extravaganza!

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