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Do It Yourself: Pennant Flag Cupcake Toppers

There are many ways you can D.I.Y. with washi tape. From making wall decals to sprucing up your gift favor packaging to decorating cake pop sticks, the possibilities are endless. Here is an easy tutorial on how to make easy & adorable cupcake toppers.

 

TOOLS

  • Scissors
  • Baker’s Twine (or any cotton string will work)
  • 4 Toothpicks (or two short wooden BBQ skewers)
  • Washi tape colors of choice – We used our Summer Collection in this tutorial.
  • Glue (not needed if using BBQ skewers instead of toothpicks)

STEPS

  1. Take your twine and cut off a piece of about 3 inches long (or as long as you’d like)
  2. Use your scissors to cut a piece of tape 1-1.5 inches long and fold over twine. Make sure the twine is in the middle of the tape
  3. Repeat with the other styles of tape. Make as many or little flags as you’d like
  4. Glue the toothpicks together to create 2 longer toothpicks (skip if you are using BBQ skewers)
  5. Cut out a triangle with the point away from the twine to create a pennant flag.
  6. Repeat with other flags
  7. Once you have all the flags cut, tie each end of the strings to the top of the toothpicks or BBQ skewers
  8. Cut off excess twine.

Now you have unique cupcake toppers to complement your delicious cupcakes!

Helpful tips:

  • Before cutting your washi tape into triangle flags, draw them out with a pencil. This will help prevent making the wrong cut.
  • Use strong glue such as wood glue or hot glue (be careful!) to adhere the toothpicks to each other.
  • You can use this tutorial to create a pennant flag cake topper. Just use a longer piece of string, standard sized BBQ skewers, and create more flags!
  • Coordinate your pennant flag colors with our cupcake wrappers.

 

 

Planning Your Dessert Table

When planning your dessert table, there are a multitude of options to choose amongst.  From theme, size, location, color scheme, and of course which desserts to feature, the possibilities for a captivating dessert table are truly endless.  Though it is all about creativity, you need to start with a few dessert table “basics” – those pieces that will carry you through any dessert table scenario.  Whether a whimsical Alice in Wonderland theme or a dessert table paying homage to your favorite sports team, take a look at a few basic favorites below.

1.  Apothecary Jars and Vases – if macaroons, cookies, or even candy (gum balls, anyone?) feature on your dessert table, then you’ll need to showcase these treats in an appetizing yet fanciful manner.  An assortment of shapes and sizes of apothecary jars keeps your cookies and macaroons looking organized and presentable.  Instead of laying them out on a tray on the table, these jars are efficient (easy for your party guests to grab a quick cookie) and also save valuable space on your dessert table (which can be used for a masterful cake or scrumptious pie). Best of all, apothecary jars and vases are so versatile and thus easy to find a use in your home after all the guests have gone!

2.  Cutlery –  save the fine silverware for the dinner table.  When it’s time for dessert, it’s time to indulge the kid in you.  Bring out the mustache spoonsmustache forks, and polka dot knives.   For weddings, we love cutlery with words.  Whatever you choose, just remember that even small details like cutlery can have a big impact.

3.  Cupcake Stands – if you’re planning to feature cupcakes on your dessert table, then it’s likely that they’ll take up significant space on the table.  When space is limited and the cupcakes are unlimited, it’s best to go with a tiered cupcake stand. Or try a whimsical approach with a flower stand or spiral stand.  For smaller dessert tables, mini wooden cupcake stands beautifully showcase a single cupcake – a piece of art to be admired.

We’ll be back tomorrow with more of our favorite dessert table basics.  Be sure to check out our Pinterest board for more ideas!

Stylishly Chic Wrappers: Chevron Print

Looking to create a simple yet stylishly modern birthday celebration?  Then look no further than the chevron print. One of today’s  most popular patterns, you’ll find it everywhere from fashion to furniture to cupcakes!  This zigzag print is found in many forms of ancient art including in pottery and stone carvings.  More recently, if you’ve noticed a cool retro vibe to this print, it’s because chevron was especially popular in the 1970s.  These days chevron has made a HUGE comeback and can be seen everywhere – from adorning the latest fashions off the Paris runways to decorating trendy home furnishings.

We love chevron for its inherently simple yet eye-catching look. Despite its ancient origins, using chevron as a template for your party decor imparts a fresh and forward vibe!  Finally (just in case you need another reason to fall in love with chevron), you can decorate with this print year-round!  Whether your celebration falls in the midst of holiday cheer or during the long summer days, chevron never looks out of place.
Mix and match colors your favorite chevron colors! If you’re looking to create a chic party look, choose no more than two colors – perhaps one vibrantly rich hue like plum purple paired with a slightly muted color such as grey or yellow. Or if sparkling festivity is more your style, incorporate a rainbow of colors into your decor.  Despite the use of several colors, your decor will maintain a cohesive look because chevron print is inherently simple in form.  Go full out with chevron print on favor bags, personalized labels, stamped cutlery, washi tape, and of course cupcake wrappers!

How to Make Chocolate Cupcake Toppers

Take your cupcakes to the next level by adding an extra something special. Other cupcakes won’t have the same cupcake toppers yours do when you make your own chocolate cupcake toppers. These cupcake toppers are surprisingly easy to make yourself. Sure you decorate your cupcakes with paper cupcake toppers, edible sugar or special frosting, but why not make an edible topping instead?

{Cupcake Toppers Galore: Personalize Your Own!}

These cupcake toppers can be made into almost any shape you want. Try creating initials or numbers for birthday cupcakes. For a garden party, flowers are the perfect cupcake topper. There are so many different options, play around with your chocolate bag to personalize your cupcake.

Start by tempering your chocolate. For the real instructions and recipe, view the original recipe from Modern Mommy. She explains how to temper the chocolate without burning it. It’s important to cook the chocolate carefully or else you’ll have to toss the batch and start over. If you don’t temper your chocolate you risk losing the ‘snap’ that harden chocolate gives.

Fill a piping bag with the melted chocolate. The key is to pipe the chocolate before it cools. Snip the corner of the bag and pipe onto an aluminum foil cutting board. Make sure you have room in the fridge to set the chocolates and let them cool. Once they’ve hardened you can use them to decorate your favorite cupcake scenes! A few hearts might be the perfect accent for a Valentine’s Day or anniversary cupcake display. Combined with edible glitter and cupcake wrappers, these cupcakes are perfect for any special occasion.

You can easily create your own cupcake display for your wedding too! Why hire the expensive baker when you can make cupcakes, decorate with chocolate hearts and glitter cupcake wrappers and you’re good to go! This would be a fun activity to share with your bridal party a couple days before. Bake your cupcakes and pop open a bottle of bubbly instead of a loud bachelorette night out. Spend the night watching romantic comedies and decorating cupcakes with your bridal party girls. Would you consider making these cupcake toppers yourself for your wedding or would you rather hire a professional to do the work for you? Tell us, we love hearing what our friends and fans think about all the latest cupcake trends!

Cupcake Champions: Ultimate Cupcake Wars

Apparently, Cupcake Wars wasn’t enough! The ultimate battle for “cupcake supremacy” is on the Food Network Sunday nights. Cupcake Wars winners are being put in the ring to fight for the title of Cupcake Champion. The winner of the competition goes home with $50,000. That’s a huge stack of cash for some cupcakes. Those better be some outrageously delicious cupcakes! Here are our top favorites from past Cupcake Wars winners. Stick with any of these and you’ll be walking away a grand prize winner. (No guarantees, hey- we’re not the judges!)

{Cupcake Wrappers: Moroccan Sunrise Cupcake Wrappers, Lavender Filigree Cupcake Wrappers, Red Stripes Cupcake Wrappers, Green Trellis Cupcake Wrappers,  Ivory Spanish Tile Cupcake Wrappers}

  1. Brown Sugar Caramel Creme Brulee Cupcakes: These delicious cupcakes are definitely one of a kind. Who doesn’t love a good crème brulee cupcake? These would be beautiful when paired with our ivory cupcake wrappers.
  2. Sweet Tea Cupcakes with Lemon Sweet Tea Frosting: If you’re looking for a basic recipe that can be altered to include any of the surprising Cupcake Wars ‘special ingreidents’ our vote is on this basic sweet tea cupcake. You can add fruit or spices to it and still create a delicious cupcake, beats using vanilla! Bring a variety of cupcake liners and cupcake wrappers to match your flavor colors. For sweet tea, we like pink cupcake wrappers or green cupcake wrappers.
  3. Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting: Here at Dress My Cupcake we love incorporating new tastes and vegetables into our cupcakes. Mind you we’re not nearly as good as the professional bakers on Cupcake Wars but we do love trying. These sweet potato cupcakes are one of our favorites. The sweet potatoes are soft and chewy and actually a lot sweeter than you’d think for a vegetable! These would be perfect with any of our brown Moroccan cupcake wrappers.
  4. Peach Berry Shortcake Cupcakes: You can’t go wrong with a flavorful fruit cupcake. These shortcake cupcakes can be made with peaches or berries. Any type of fresh fruit they offer you will do the trick. We really like the peach berry shortcake recipe but it can be mixed with any other flavors too. For berry cupcakes, we definitely recommend a soft pink or purple cupcake wrapper.
  5. Apple-Spice Cupcakes with Blue Cheese: Get their mouths watering with these unique cupcakes. They’re definitely outside the box. The apple spice cupcake recipe topped with blue cheese and walnuts is definitely enough flair to get their attention. Especially with a red cupcake wrapper!

Any of these cupcake recipes will make your cupcake a top contender. The season started May 13th and we’re excited to see what cupcakes make it to the finale. Who are you rooting for?

 

Summer Dessert Idea: Fourth of July Family Reunion Cupcakes

Family reunions are a great reason for a sweet tooth. For some families, family reunions are the only time they spend together each year. There are plenty of ways to personalize your own family reunion with snacks and treats. We attended a party last weekend where each guest received their own personalized cupcake—wouldn’t that be a fun idea for a family get-together? If you’re hosting the get-together at your own home, serve a cupcake dessert on each place setting. Frosting tips will help you personalized each cupcake with a name. If you’re having the family reunion at a resort or hotel, you can create special party bags to put in each room. Have a local bakery box up the cupcakes in cupcake domes for a personal treat created for each family member.

{Photo Source: Summer Cupcake Wrappers, Sprinkle Bakes, My Cakies, Red Cupcake Wrappers, Oprah, Martha Stewart}

If you are celebrating a family reunion for a birthday or anniversary, create anniversary cupcakes to celebrate the memorable occasion. Since most family reunions are planned on holiday vacations, it’s not uncommon to have a summer Fourth of July theme or a winter holiday theme. Red, white and blue cupcakes with red piping are a great way to decorate family reunion cupcakes. Theme park or vacation resort cupcakes are also a great idea. Family reunions are a great time to celebrate togetherness and create special memories. Some of our favorite times together with family happen on vacation, away from the hustle and bustle of work and school. Surprise your family with a special personalized dessert for a great way to show your appreciation for making the trip.

Something Sweet: Top 10 Ways to Decorate a Cupcake

Let’s face it, creativity and baking go hand in hand. When it comes to making an over the top cupcakes for a bake sale, creativity is what makes better profits.  Over the top cupcake decorations will make your home baked treats blow all the other moms out of the water. Whether you’re baking for a birthday party or a fun summer picnic, there are plenty of unique ways to decorate a cupcake that will make your sweet treats stand out. But never fear, we’re up to our ears with ideas for decorating cupcakes. Here are a few of our favorite ways to decorate a cupcake:

  1. Cupcake Toppers: These little labels are great for a cheeky phrase.
  2. Decorating Sugars: The large crystal sugars come in a variety of colors.
  3. Edible Baking Nonpareils: Available in multiple colors, these decorative balls are crunchy and sweet.
  4. Frosting Piping: Create flowers and swirls with decorative piping tips.
  5. Cupcake Wrappers: Not sure how to decorate? Slip into a decorative cupcake wrapper for an easy cupcake outfit.
  6. Fondant Topping: These pre-made discs can feature any theme.
  7. Sprinkles: Feeling lazy? Go crazy with multi-colored sprinkles for a quick fix.
  8. Candy: Any colorful candy can make a birthday party snack.
  9. Fresh Fruit: For a healthy cupcake, fresh strawberries and blueberries add color.
  10. Edible Glitter: Nothing says bling and sparkle like glitter!

{Photo Source: hummingbirdbakery.com, Fiskars, Maya Red Mini Cupcake Wrappers from Dress My Cupcake, TwoSugarBabies, Cupcake Toppers from Dress My Cupcake}

Speaking of glitter, nothing matches our glitter cupcake wrappers better than edible glitter! But if we’re being honest, cupcake toppers are by far our favorite ways to decorate a cupcake. Each sign has a sweet little message to surprise the eater. Whether you’re putting together cupcakes for birthday parties or a wedding occasion; pair cupcake toppers with cupcake wrappers for an easy cute look.

 

Cupcake Ideas: How To Decorate A Vintage Dessert Buffet

Old is new again. Everything vintage has become shabby and chic. Vintage weddings are very popular right now with style conscious brides. From the wedding ceremony to the wedding reception, everything has to be vintage and elegant. As you guessed, the dessert table is no exception. Creating a vintage cupcake buffet is easy with vintage antique cake stands, designer cupcake wrappers and a palette of pastels. Match a lace table cloth with yellow and pink cupcake wrappers to have a romantic feminine dessert display.

Photo Source: Hostess With The Mostess, The Sweetest Occasion, Cupcake & Cake Stands from Dress My Cupcake, Betty Crocker Recipes, marthastewart.com}

Imagine a beautiful table lined with a white palette and decorated with soft yellow cupcake wrappers. Each cupcake can have its own unique cupcake topper for a classic dessert decoration. Vintage decorations incorporate lace, pearls and white together for a simple shabby but chic theme. These beautiful white jeweled cake stands would create the perfect presentation for a vintage table with an elegant theme. These white cake stands topped with white cupcake wrappers can create a stunning cupcake display but might be too plain for some brides. If that’s the case, mix it up with tan cupcake wrappers and a burlap tablecloth.

If you’re having an indoor wedding reception and your dessert table has a backdrop, decorate with strands of pearls and tissue paper pom poms. A beautiful “sweet treats” banner hung on the backdrop or on the edge of the table will let guests know they’re welcome to indulge. And don’t forget these beautiful heart shaped favor boxes for party favors. Any favor box lined with a doily can have a vintage feel.

2012 Dessert Ideas: Neon Theme Party!

{Photo Source: Martha Stewart, Dress My Cupcake Glitter Cupcake Wrappers, www.eastonevents.com, Betty Crocker, Koyal Wholesale Mini Tissue Pom Poms, Green Cupcake Wrappers from Dress My Cupcake}

Neon is the ultimate trend for desserts, weddings and event colors. The bright colorful decorations are making headlines as the new trend for color combinations. Pink, green, blue and orange are among the best bright colors to use for dessert tables. Cupcake wrappers are no exception! The beautiful combination of neon pink and orange creates a playful dessert table that kids would love to dig into. Use favor bags to let guests take home a festive snack as a party favor.

We are all about this colorful trend and full of ideas for how to accomplish a bright neon dessert table. Here are a few of our tips:

  1. Rock Candy: this timeless candy comes in a variety of colors.
  2. Cupcakes: You can mix and match any color combination of cupcake wrappers with a white frosting for a uniform look.
  3. Macaroons: We’ve recently discussed our new love of macaroons with you; why not create a few colored versions of these treats as well?
  4. Layered Cake: Take a nice slice out of a layered party cake to reveal each layer has neon colored cake batter!

It’s hard to imagine a boring cake table when your wedding colors are bright neon! Any special event would be over the top with a unique dessert table dressed up with bold eye-catching color combinations. To decorate favor boxes, pair orange with pink, green with yellow and purple with blue for color combinations. A take home cupcake box of macaroons or cupcakes is the perfect edible favor that can be kept to indulge at home.

Honey Cupcakes For A Spring Time Soiree

Cupcakes are a great dessert for any occasion, but they can be a caloric splurge. We acknowledge that so every now and then we like to attempt to feature a healthier cupcake recipe. Healthy cupcakes can be made with low fat or reduced ingredients, or they might be gluten free cupcakes. There are plenty of ways to adapt a cupcake recipe to make it healthier for your diet. Vegan cupcakes use animal free products and dairy-free use dairy alternatives. Now, I suppose the clotted cream on these cupcakes classifies them as unhealthy cupcakes, but the honey and organic cupcake recipe overrules that.

Honey Cupcakes{Source: Off The Deep End}

Yellow Spanish Tile Cupcake WrappersCoral Polka Dot Cupcake Wrappers These would be beautiful for Easter cupcakes. A few golden honey cupcakes and any of our pastel cupcake wrappers would be a stunning combination. Our collection of Easter cupcake wrappers would be a great way to create a stunning display for the holiday. Mix and match them on a cupcake stand for a display that will distract the kids from their Easter egg hunt! Polka dot and Spanish Tile cupcake wrappers mixed together would be a funky cupcake display for a unique party table.