Batman Cupcake Decorations

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Our little M just turned 2! And since he’s been obsessed with Batman since my sister gave him a Batman board book for his first birthday, the party theme was sort of a no brainer. Per usual I did a mix of store (and etsy) bought and handmade decorations for the little backyard birthday party we had for him (one of the perks of being born in June is being able to have your birthday party outside!). I know doing all this crafting makes some people just roll their eyes “why???” so I decided to document just one, easy, fun thing that ANYONE can do to help customize a party to your theme!

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To make even the most simple cupcakes or cake on-theme for your party, all you have to do is create a little chocolate topper! First, find an image that fits with your party theme, for this it was, of course, the batman symbol. Print out the image numerous times, place your print-out on a cookie sheet, and cover with wax paper.

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Melt your chocolate (I used chocolate chips because I needed brown but you could also use those colorful chocolate melts from a craft store).  Transfer the chocolate into a piping bag, squeeze bottle, or heavy duty Ziploc with the tip snipped and trace and fill in each shape with the melted chocolate. Let harden in the fridge for an hour or better yet, overnight.

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Decorate your cupcakes putting the flat side showing (the side you pipe won’t be as smooth) and voila!

 

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PS. Other cute handmade batman decor! Fun party, here’s a quick glimpse of how the backyard was decorated…

PPS. I did this trick for Z’s first and third birthday parties too but felt it was time to post again!

Smiley Face Cookies

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To cap off M’s first birthday (see his smiley face birthday party here), we brought some party decor and smiley face cookies to our usual Friday Baby Bootcamp class and celebrated with his tiny friends. We had a couple of balloons, some bubbles, a few stickers, and best of all – cookies! It would’ve been easiest to just decorate round cookies with icing to make a smiley face, but since we were at a park and celebrating with very young friends I thought it best to leave off the messy, sugary frosting, here’s how I made them instead…

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I made my usual Martha Stewart sugar cookie recipe and cut into circles using a 3″ round cookie cutter.

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Using a straw I cut eyes into the face and used a paring knife to make a smile.

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Then I filled the eyes with chocolate sprinkles and pressed the sprinkles into the mouth shape and baked as directed.

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Cutest smiley face cookies I’ve ever seen!

A Smiley Face Birthday Party

My little M is about to turn 1 year old and while I’m not ready to really believe that, I am ready to throw him an adorable birthday party. Since he has always been the happiest baby ever I decided long ago that a simple smiley face would be the theme of his first birthday party (we had a very small party this past weekend for local family, his actual birthday is still over a week away). Of course I was willing and excited to make a bunch of the decor I was surprised that there was minimal options out there to buy smiley face decor. In fact, M and I spent a good 1/2 hour one morning traipsing through every aisle in a party store and came up empty on smiley face birthday party decor. So! Here is how to throw a smiley face birthday party with some handmade decor and some decor purchased from a store (well, Amazon actually).

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As with any good party, I sent a little handmade invitation to set the date AND the party theme.

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I found a roll of smiley face stickers on Amazon and made a few items…these plates where I simply found clear plates at Target (in the paper plate aisle where they were $6, not the party aisle where they were $15!) and taped a sticker on the bottom of the plate using clear packing tape.

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I made little toothpick decorations by sticking 2 stickers back to back with a toothpick in the middle.

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I ordered a shirt on etsy so he would coordinate with his smiley face theme. I couldn’t find a smiley face shirt so I worked with Jen, owner of the Bowdacious Baby shop and she customized one for us, it came out perfect.

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I made a cake for the adults and these little cupcakes for M, Z, and their cousins.

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My niece got really into the theme and helped me decorate with the smiley faces! With some balloons, a simple yellow pennant banner, and these pinwheels stuck in the ground, it was a pretty happy day…

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….I mean – cutest (almost) one year old ever, right?!

How to Throw Your Toddler a Character Themed Birthday Without Too Many Characters, Part iii

I have one last post for this series on Z’s Minnie Bowtique birthday party! And with this one you’re going think I’m totally nuts, but I can live with that. The last step of every party is write thank you notes! Z received awesome, thoughtful gifts from all of her “fwends” so we thought we’d send out on-theme thank you notes to thank them for their gifts and for coming to her party and making it the best. day. ever. Here’s how I made them…

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I used blank white cards, washi tape in pink polka dot, black polka dot, and silver and a thank you stamp with silver ink.

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I stuck the tape on first, then stamped the thank you message.

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Voila – quick easy thank you notes to coordinate with the Minnie Bowtique party theme!

Ps. Minnie Bowtique party hats and invitations and Minnie Bowtique Cupcakes

How to Throw Your Toddler a Character Themed Birthday Without Too Many Characters, Part ii

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So last week I told you about the invitations and party hats for Z’s birthday party and today I thought I’d share the little cupcakes I made for the party. We had her party at a local dance studio where they have all sorts of fun games, songs, and activities for the kids to do. It’s one of those parties where all you do is show up with your cake and favor bags and the place does everything else (a parents’ dream!). So, I knew I could focus my attention on making some adorable Minnie Bowtique cupcakes because there wasn’t much else for me to do. Instead of attempting to draw Minnie’s face on each cupcake I decided we’d focus on her head, ears, and of course the start of the show – the bow. Here’s how I made them:

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I used the Trader Joe’s vanilla cake mix and baked the cupcakes in pink polka dot liners. I made buttercream frosting from scratch and once frosted, I used crushed oreos to coat the top to make Minnie’s head. I put the oreos (chocolate cookies only!) in a baggie in small batches and used a rolling pin to crush. Then just rolled the frosted tops in the cookies. Ps. It was surprisingly easy to scrape off the white center of the oreo and it often came off in one piece. My husband made some quadruple stuffed oreos so they didn’t go to waste. =)

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For the bows, I printed out Minnie’s bow and put it on a baking sheet covered in wax paper. I then piped pink melted chocolate into the shape of the bow and let set in the fridge for a few hours.

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Then I put them all together using mini oreos for Minnie’s ears. *Note – the weight of the crushed oreos on the frosting made them sag a little so I suggest popping them right into the fridge once decorated to harden up. I think they came out pretty cute…

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…and they tasted “yummy in my tummy” as Z told me. 😉

 

How to Throw Your Toddler a Character Themed Birthday Without Too Many Characters

Z is about to turn 3! And with that we’re throwing her first friends-only birthday party. We’ve been talking about it daily for MONTHS – MONTHS people! To say the very least, she is so very excited and wants to be involved in every aspect of planning. As I always say, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree… Anyway, the past 2 years I’ve gotten away with coming up with the theme for her birthday party but not this year. From the start of birthday party discussions (that started in July) she knew she wanted a Minnie Bow-tique birthday party (in case you’re not familiar, on the show Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Minnie Mouse owns a shop called Minnie’s Bow-tique where she sells hair bows). So! I dove right in to plan a Minnie Bow-tique party without everything being covered in Minnie Mouse’s face (no offense Minnie). Here are a couple details (more to come post-party):

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Simple invites this year. I used Photoshop and typed the lyrics to the Minnie Bow-tique theme song and drew a simple Minnie Mouse shape. Once printed I used foam sheets and cut out bows to make the front a little 3D. I did a hand stamped back to the invite and wrote in the details of the party.

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One must on Z’s birthday party list has been party hats.

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For these, I just ordered black polka dot hats from amazon. I cut out circles from black construction paper and taped them on the sides of each hat to create Minnie ears.

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Then I used the same foam sheets to make bows. No free-hand drawing here, I traced a downloaded “official” Minnie Bow-tique bow to get the cartoon-y shape just right.

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Voila – party hats that aren’t too character-y but still look like the Minnie Bow-tique theme. More to come next week!