Saturday, October 18, 2008

Cupcakes Parties Are All The Rage!


Planning a cupcake-themed birthday shindig for your little, uh, cupcake? One of our favorite Southern hostesses with the most-ess-es has a bunch of tasty ideas for your treat filled party! Ready on for fresh fun ideas from our friend, Miss Stacy...

Invitations:
Make Paperlicious.com your one stop shop for all your cute-as-a-cupcake stationery. From coordinating invites to thank you cards and adorable party favor tags, the yummy cupcake design is the perfect “first bite” for your scrumptious cupcake social. Speaking of first, what could be cuter than one little candle in one little cupcake to announce the all important first birthday?

D├ęcor:
Turn the main table into a cupcake. Use a circle card table and cover it first with a long brown tablecloth. Next layer a tablecloth color of your choice to be the icing. Sprinkle confetti on top to represent sprinkles. Put a large cherry in the center. Most hobby/craft stores sell cupcake display towers of various styles. Use one or more to showcase the treat of honor on your food table. Cupcake napkins, plates, balloons, etc. are easy to find. Check with any party supply store or order online. We love www.celebratetheday.biz with its table products and wide selection of cupcake balloons.

Food:
Keep thinking “cupcake” and food for this party will be delightfully simple. Mini quiches can be purchased frozen, or if you prefer to cook, try www.cooks.com for anything from kid-pleasers to gourmet grown up food. Muffins can be a healthier option if you want to cut some of the sugar from your smorgasbord. If you’re offering several varieties of muffins or cupcakes, try baking in a mini-muffin pan so that guests can sample all the flavors. Serve drinks with a cherry on top and an old-fashioned soda-fountain style straw.

Activities:
Oriental trading carries blank chef’s aprons that would be super fun to decorate or paint them ahead of time to use as favors. Create a splattering of sprinkles with a fun relay. (Of course can be played cooperatively instead of as a competition) Use jelly beans for the sprinkles and fill a clear container. Give each participant a plastic or wooden spoon. The goal is to carry a spoonful of sprinkles across the room and fill an empty container with them. Another fun sprinkle activity is to toss them into a cupcake pan on the floor. Again, use jellybeans or other small colorful candies for the sprinkles. Play “leaning tower of cupcake” and give kids packs of mini muffins and containers of icing to see how high they can build a cupcake tower without it tipping.


Music:
Ever heard of the “Cuppy Cake Song?” Rumor has it Judianna and Buddy Castle wrote the song for a little cuppy cake as a special gift. Go to www.youtube.com for dozens of renditions of this cutey-patooty little ditty. The lyrics express all the love that drives a mama to create a custom party, which remembered years from today, will still serve as a reminder of her love. Enjoy!

“You're my Honeybunch, Sugarplum, Pumpy-umpy-umpkin, You're my Sweetie Pie. You're my Cuppycake, Gumdrop, Snoogums-Boogums, You're the Apple of my Eye. And I love you so and I want you to know That I'll always be right here. And I love to sing sweet songs to you Because you are so dear!”

It doesn't get any sweeter than that, folks!

Visit us again soon for our next sweet retreat: LOLLIPOPS!