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Cupcake Bouquets

My youngest sister is the maid of honor for her best friend’s upcoming wedding.  This is the first time she has ever held this duty on her own, being a co-maid of honor in both my and my middle sister’s weddings.  Being in charge by yourself is a much more difficult task, especially when you are a typical broke young person.  Things are always harder on a tight budget!

So she called on her sisters to help out and, you know me, I love a good project!

One of the issues was flowers.  They cost so darn much and last for darn little.  We tried to come up with other options.  To take the place of real flowers we made various paper flowers (which I’ll include in another post).  We used my yarn ball garland (yet again another upcoming post).  But we still needed centerpieces.

Since I was in charge of bringing a dessert, I decided to try to combine the two into one.  I had seen a pin on Pinterest for a cupcake bouquet and thought I’d give it a try.  Fun!

I started with 6 terracotta pots from Lowes, which cost $1.60 each.  I then painted them in alternating bright colors, using acrylic paint.

Acrylic dries pretty fast but you still want to give it a chance to fully dry before putting food near them.  I let them dry overnight.  And voila!

Pretty!

On the morning of the shower I began putting the bouquets together.  I had baked the cupcakes all the day before.  The bride really likes Funfetti, so she got Funfetti cupcakes, straight out of the box.  Obviously you can make this as easy or as complicated as you like.  You can make cupcakes from scratch with homemade frosting!  Or you can do what I did and use box mixes and frosting from can.

Can you tell the difference?  I didn’t think so.

Since I had 6 flower pots, I bought 3 round styrofoam balls and sliced them each in half.  Each half was then placed in a flower pot.  Here is a picture of all my supplies:

You can see I had bamboo stakes out there, but I quickly switched to toothpicks when it was apparent I was making my life more difficult than it needed to be.

Place the toothpicks around the styrofoam in even intervals, angled slightly up.  Place one toothpick in the very top of the ball.

Then gently push your frosted cupcake onto the toothpick. If you’re struggling with getting it on, simply make a small cut in the bottom of the wrapper and slide the cupcake on to the toothpick through that hole.

It’s easiest if you leave the top cupcake for last.

Next begin the decorating stage.  This is both fun and frustrating.  It is the most time consuming but ultimately worth it.

Making marshmallow flowers:

Take your marshmallow and a pair of clean scissors and cut your marshmallow into five even slices.

The boyfriend was watching me in awe so I made him start taking pictures.  Then he volunteered to help cut the marshmallows after seeing how easy it is!  What a guy!

Here are your five slices.  Take them and layer the ends slightly over each other, forming a flower.  The tackiness of the marshmallow should keep them sticking together.  If not, use a bit of frosting as glue (though I doubt you’ll need to).

The natural stickiness of the marshmallow also makes it perfect for decorating sugar.  It will automatically cling to the marshmallow “petals”.  You can see in the photo above that several crystals had clung from leftovers on the paper already before I actually dusted this particular flower.  (Ignore the sesame seeds, I was trying to eat breakfast while doing this.  Not my smartest plan.)  Once you’ve heavily dusted the petals, carefully lift the flower as a whole and place it on to a cupcake, pushing into the frosting to ensure it stays put.

If you have the time or inclination you can decorate the center of these flowers with edible pearls or a dab of yellow frosting to complete the flower look.  I had neither desire or room in my deadline, so what you see is what you get.

Repeat the flower process for each cupcake, alternating sugars as you see fit.

Once each cupcake has a flower, you’ll want to create the “leaves”.  This is very simple and very quick.

Take a piece of green tissue paper and tear it into short strips.

Tear these strips in half again, twisting the joint of each strip to make a spiral.  This in turn will create a look of “leaves” from the paper coming from the spiral.  Next simply tuck these into any open space you see between cupcakes.

Repeat until each flower pot is full.

Your end result should look like this!  Fun, right?

(If you like you can tie a ribbon around each pot.  Have fun with this!  Tie bows or leave them flat.  Paint polka dots, write the names of the bridal party, have guests decorate them or sign them as momentos, whatever you like.)

Here they are as centerpieces:

This project was a lot of fun.  The displays got a lot of attention and many compliments.  I want to assure each reader how easy this was!  I promise you can make these yourselves!  If not, well just email me and I’ll walk you throw it.

Supplies:

36 frosted cupcakes

6 terracota pots

acryclic paints

paint brush

3 styrofoam balls

toothpicks

craft scissors

2 packages of jumbo marshmallows

colored sugar

green tissue paper

ribbon

a great helper!

Tips:

Make sure your marshmallows are fluffy and not smushed in the package.  This made cutting the blue flowers very difficult and sticky.

Wash your hands regularly during the marshmallow process as your fingers will get sticky on the tips, making each flower creation harder than the last.

Remove the cupcakes from the bouquets for serving as guests will be hesitant to take them from centerpieces…unless you want to go home with 36 cupcakes, then just leave them.  *If doing this for a child’s party, you probably won’t have this issue, but better to remove them for the sake of the toothpicks.  We don’t want over-zealous children chomping down on pointy wood pieces.

Have fun!  These can be as simple as I made them or as dramatic as you want.  If you need ideas for alternate ways to decorate, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

Enjoy!

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Busy day and Summer is almost here Cookies

Today was a busy day.  It was the first day Connor was back at school in a week and the first time in five days I’ve been able to hear out of both ears and breathe through one nostril, a huge improvement.

Also my teeth have stopped hurting! Yay! This fun symptom has never happened to me before.  It felt like eight cavities had erupted in my mouth simultaneously.  I have pretty good teeth so I figured the chances of that actually happening were pretty low.  I concluded it was somehow associated with my cold.  I can happily report that now that my hearing has returned, my painful cavity filled mouth has been downgraded to merely achy gums.  I know, I know! “Stop talking, you’re making us cringe.”  I can’t help it.  This blog is like a stream of consciousness thing sometimes!

Anyways…I finally felt well enough to do stuff today that I’d been putting off for the last week.  That means laundry, cleaning, changing sheets, washing dogs, catching up on filing, school paperwork, etc.  I was on a roll!

Until Connor’s school called at 1:30 to let me know that my child had fallen asleep in class.  He had spent the morning alternating between whimpering, enjoying himself, and tantruming.  No he didn’t have a fever, stomach/potty issues, or a runny nose.  He was just out of sorts.  Of course.

So I picked him up from school and plopped him on the sofa with Up while I sorted the laundry/finished the rest of half-done chores.

For whatever reason, Connor was fine as soon as he got home.  Happy, playful, energetic, he was content to play by himself for about an hour.  He even left the movie and went to his room to play with his stuffed animals.  All Connor asked was that I turn on some classical music for him.  Of course my darling!  Whatever you wish!  I will always happily turn off the tv in favor of Beethoven!

I decided a reward was in order.  A reward in the form of a cookie.  A s’more cookie!

*Side note: Since Connor started preschool I have been cooking up a storm.  I love that I have the time to plan meals and execute them.  However, cooking something new every night has produced quite a bit of leftovers.  So the boyfriend has forbidden me from cooking any meals this week.  My only cooking options were desserts! hehehe

I’ve decided to include a recipe or two a week for those of you who are looking for something easy and yummy (my specialties).  I’m no Pioneer Woman so there will be no step by step beautiful photography or anything absolutely from scratch.  I will take both shortcuts and bad pictures.

I’m calling this the Sneaky Mommy Eats section.

Summer is almost here Cookies, otherwise known as s’more cookies.  Yum!

(If you don’t like butter or gooey goodness, you’re not going to like this recipe.)

Ingredients:

2 cups Graham cracker crumbs

1.5 cups Chocolate chips

2 sticks of no salt butter

1 bag of large marshmallows

1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease a 9×13 baking pan. Melt 1.5 sticks of butter in microwave. In a medium bowl mix graham cracker crumbs with melted butter until none are dry.  Using your fingers, push graham mix into the bottom of the pan, creating a crust.  Bake for 10 minutes.

In a small sauce pan melt the remaining butter with the chocolate chips, stirring frequently.  Add vanilla extract.  Once smooth, pour over the graham cracker crust. Resist the temptation to eat immediately.

It does look good though, doesn’t it?

Top the chocolate with marshmallows, covering as much of the chocolate as possible.

Then bake for 20-30 minutes depending on how dark you like your marshmallows.

I opted for a light golden color.

Allow cookies to cool completely (which I didn’t do). And enjoy!

Oh Mama!  That is some rich, buttery, chocolately goodness! I was torn between having another piece and drinking some milk.  So…I did both.  First the second piece, then I was so desperate for milk I drank it straight from the carton (don’t tell Connor).  I’m going to have to force people to come over at eat this so I don’t eat the whole pan.

Any volunteers?