Last summer I made hot dog cupcakes for a summer party and they were a huge hit! I think any cupcakes that resemble savory food are just too much fun! As a kid I was the pickiest eater and hot dogs are one of the few things I would eat so I am very familiar with them. I know they aren’t the healthiest food but somehow I survived living off of them(and mac and cheese) until I was 12. Of course Keira is super picky too. She says she likes hot dogs but what she really likes is ketchup buns and eats around the actual hot dog. It seems that anything you did as a kid you seem to get back and then some as a parent, right?!
It’s almost time for Cinco De Mayo! I’m not sure if everyone does a big thing for Cinco but in Arizona we certainly do. Any excuse to eat more Mexican food is fine with me! I always have a Mexican blanket in my car so I am basically ready for a fiesta at all times. I wanted to do a little Arizona spin on CInco De Mayo. I made these fun little cactus cupcakes that would be perfect for a fiesta with kids. I can always find a way to make cupcakes a part of any occasion. I also made them wear candy sombreros You could just put the “sombreros” on the cupcakes without the cactus or just on a plate with no baking required. The cacti(for some reason I dislike the word cacti I am I the only one?) just make me smile especially with the silly faces!
With Earth Day this week I was thinking about my own carbon footprint and ways I could reduce it. I am constantly planning parties and making decorations. I try to use materials that will last and make decorations that can be used repeatedly. I am always working on ways to make parties more Earth friendly. I recycle as much as possible and hold on to any extra scrap of paper or tiny piece of ribbon. For any party there is a lot that goes into it and yes usually a lot of trash. I still try to implement the old saying we learned in elementary school reduce, reuse and recycle! See I still remember a few things from school ;). Some of this might be no brainers but it is good to consider the environmental impact of your event and do what you can to make the Earth happy! Here are 10 ways to make your party more Earth friendly:
Since Easter we have had a ton of extra Easter eggs lying around. My daughter still loves to put things inside them and hide them. The rest of the Easter stuff is all put away but a few of the eggs have stayed out. When getting ready for Cinco De Mayo I got the idea to make maracas out of the extra Easter eggs. I love getting extra use out of things I have around the house. It worked out really well and was super easy.
What you need:
plastic Easter eggs
dried lentils, beans or rice to fill the eggs with
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Today I am combining two of my favorite things cupcakes and flowers! That is the way to my heart, cupcakes and flowers. If I am mad at someone I will immediately forget if they bring me cupcakes or flowers(preferably both). I love springtime with all of the flowers blooming. I keep seeing these beautiful yellow flowers everywhere. That is probably why I am loving yellow lately! This is such a fun way to present cupcakes for a spring party or for Mother’s Day. If your mom is anything like me then she would love these flower wreath cupcakes. You could also make a bouquet but I thought a wreath would be fun.
Earth Day is coming up soon! In the past I haven’t really done much for this day. The last couple of years my daughter Keira was too young to really get into it. This year though we have some fun things planned. We are going to plant some fruits and vegetables at my parents house. We live in an apartment and despite my best efforts I can’t keep plants alive. It is better for the Earth if I don’t personally own plants. I am also setting up an easy recycling activity with items laid out to recycle and Keira can put them in the pretty recycle bin. I know one of the best ways to get Keira’s attention is with something yummy or a fun crafts. Like mother like daughter. I made these Earth cake pops for a party but they are perfect for Earth Day.
If you are not a Game of Thrones fan this post is not for you but to my fellow fans welcome! I’m obviously very excited for the Game of Thrones premiere this week. I might need to get HBO Go just to watch this show. That is how much I love it! I may or may not be dressed as the queen of dragons while watching. I also need to go back and binge watch all of last season before I start this one. With so many characters it is hard to remember where everyone was at when it ended last season. Plus my memory is about as good as a goldfish. I am just assuming goldfish don’t have a long term memory but I could be wrong.
Where I live there are hot air balloons in the sky almost every morning. It makes it a little easier to get up early when you can go out and see the hot air balloons. I am just not a morning person, what would I do without coffee! Anyways the hot air balloons are so fun and whimsical they brighten my day! They also make for a nice party decoration. I’m always looking for fun things to do with balloons to dress them up a bit. For the hot air balloons basket you can use a paper cup or a party hat like I did. This hot air balloon decoration is pretty and easy to make.
Hooray, easy floral backdrops! I love a pretty backdrop! For events a backdrop can make a huge difference for the appearance of a dessert table. They also are fun for pictures. With a pretty floral backdrop you don’t even need photo props. Now you could have really flowers and spend a ton for a floral wall or have complicated ones that take ten hours. That is not how I roll! These backdrops are seriously the easiest to make with simple tissue paper flowers and all you need are a few items from the dollar or party store. You could set it up at home for easy cute pictures or for a party.
Happy Friday! I am going to keep this post short and sweet. Peep and Cadbury Egg sweet ;).Sorry for the bad jokes I’m a little loopy it is past my bedtime. I like to live dangerously like that and stay up past 11. I made these fun little Easter gift tags that you can put on bags and hand out to your friends. I have some “peeps” and “chicks” in my life that I want to show some love to. Such an easy Easy Easter gift! Now I am officially ready for Easter. Luckily I got everything done a week in advance, which is something I rarely do since I am a procrastinator by nature.
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