Wednesday, May 29, 2013

End of School Year Ideas .... Krazy KOOL Summer Gifts

One more fun gift that was super easy and cheap to make!  I made these for Cole's Classroom (he has 3rd / 4th & 5th Grade together).  I saw on pinterest a fun idea with Kool Aid in a fun cup (found on B.Jane Brewing for "Kool Summer") and then I saw some with Pop Rocks, I thought why not merge them together.  It came together great, except I couldn't find a printable that I like that had Popping and Kool in it.  So I went with a fun FREE Printable I found on A cupcake for the Teacher for Krazy KOOL Summer.


I hit up the Dollar Store and Winco and put together this project for less then $2 a piece!

Items Needed:
Kool Aid (I picked up 5 different Flavors) .10 cents each
Pop Rocks (3 pk for $1)
Water Bottle ($1)

Instructions:
Now hold on it's hard one ... lol.  Open the Water bottle cap, add in the kool aid packets and then top with one pop rock package.  Close the water bottle cap.  Print the FREE printable on cardstock cut with scissors or you could use a punch.  I took a hole punch to cut a hole then tied a ribbon to the water bottle.  YUP it was that easy!




Another inexpensive gift that I hope the kids will truly enjoy!  
Have a great day!!


Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

End of School Year Ideas ... Smartie Pants Treat Bags

I saw this really cute idea for Kindergarten treat bags on Ginger Baby Mama.  She made a cute note that she attached as usual I'm running around with several projects going on so I needed something quick and fast.  Thank you Google Search and I came across a super cute FREE Penguin Smartie Pants Printable on Nothing but Country.  I took my circle cutter and cut the tags out.  This was a super easy item to make, I hit the dollar store and picked up everything I needed.


Supplies Needed:
Clear Bags (25 for $1)
Ribbon ($1 - I thought I grabbed red but it's more a burnt red)
Pencils (12 pack for $1 - I bought 3 pks)
Bubbles (3 pack for $1 - I bought 3 pks)
Smarties (1 Bag $1)
Cardstock & Printer

What you do:
Take a clear bag add a bottle of bubbles, pencils and smarties.  I printed the cute printable and took my circle cutter to make a circle.  You could also use a punch with scallops or something fun!  I took a hole punch and punched a hole in my circle and added a ribbon.  Tied the bag with a ribbon and the tag!  Oh yes it was that easy, but so easy and I just know the kids will love these.




Simple and adored by the little ones!

A sneak peak at the Graduation Cap Cake I made for the Kindergarten Class.
I'm making 2 for a friend this weekend and had to make a practice one.
It's not perfect, but I think it turned out pretty cute!
Post to come next week!


Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.

Monday, May 27, 2013

End of School Year Ideas .... School's Out Pool Party (In our case a Lake Party)

We are looking at changing schools next year, which is really sad but something we may need to do (that story to come).  So I wanted to do something special for the kids and their friends that we may not see again.  So why not have a swim party at my parents lake front property.  I came across a free download on for a Pool Party Invite on Living Locurto.  Technically our's is a lake party but the invite was so cute I couldn't pass it up.  I took the wording she used and off I went.  She had a great PDF that I took to a local printer and had them print on cardstock and then I used this handy dandy circle cutter by EK Tools.  I picked mine up at Michael's for $14.99 and it was worth EVERY penny!  And I'll use it for other projects as we all know!  I printed the inside circle (4.7 circle) in word and played with the words to look right when the upper circle swiveled out of the way to reveal the inside.  (And yes I realized AFTER I put them together I forgot to switch out the word Summer to School (is near)


WHAT YOU NEED

  • Plain white cardstock and/or photo paper
  • Colored cardstock
  • Corner punch (optional)
  • Adhesive (glue stick or double sided tape)
  • Paper trimmer, scissors and/or a circle cutter
  • Fasteners such as brads or eyelets.
Alexis Notes: I used white cardstock, yellow cardstock, glue stick, circle cutter and I found some cute flip flop brads that were on clearance at Micheal's!!

INSTRUCTIONS


1. Print the FREE printable PDF file and trim the beach ball design from the paper just inside the yellow cutting line. (NOTE: be sure and set your printer options to “best quality” or “photo” printing for rich, vibrant color.
2. Cut cardstock (I used yellow for background card) to 5 ½” x 5 ½” and punch corners with a corner rounder if desired.
3. Format text for inside of invitation on computer within a 4.7” circle and print onto white cardstock…cut the circle out. You could also just hand write the inside for a personal touch.
4. Glue the circle containing party info to the center of the 5 ½” cardstock square.
5. Place the printed beach ball design on top of the text circle –centered on the card –and fasten to the card with a brad or an eyelet.




Hope you had a wonderful weekend, and thanked a Vet.

Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.

Pause for Memorial Day

Just wanted to take a moment to thank all of those who have severed our country and all those family that have stood by their sides here while their loved ones were away!  Thank you for your service, so often we forget to Thank those that make it possible for us to have our freedoms like the freedom to write this blog, to say what I want to say with out the free of going to jail.   For our freedom to believe in God or for those who don't for their freedom to not believe.  Just think of those who don't have these simple luxuries we take for granted every day!  Make sure to thank not ONLY today but everyday for those who have fought and many who have given their lives for these freedoms!  Take a 60 seconds pause, only 60 seconds for all they do REALLY is that too much to ask for?

Friday, May 24, 2013

We End with the Boy Who Cried Wolf Play

Cole's class had their play last night they did a spoof on The Boy Who Cried Wolf.  It was very funny and the kids did great all the kids had speaking parts EXCEPT two.  YUP you guessed it Cole sadly was on of the two.  Talk about dreams stomped on.  We all know Cole is Cole he is very hyper, but if you give him a mission he will get it done especially to please an adult who is not his mom.  He was so excited for us to see the play, then when we got in the car he was so visibly hurt.  He said he was upset he just stood in the corner and didn't say a word in the play.  Poor thing thought if he was on his best behavior at school they may add in a line for him.  Almost like he is being punished and if he showed them he could be good he could have a line.  The mom in me of course wants to go yell at someone that every kid should have one line, come on class of 18 kids and 16 speak. But as we all know this is life, just sucks to learn it at a young age.  We hope and pray if we move Cole to a new school this coming school year he will maybe fit in a bit more, one can hope.

Now to the play pictures!  They did a great job building the set. 

Hope you all have a wonderful Holiday Weekend.  Not sure if I'll post on Monday, so I may see you all next Tuesday.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Where The Wild Things Are Kindergarten Play Night

The school year has gone in a blink of an eye and we come upon the last 5.5 days left!!!  I'm a little sad at how fast it has gone.  Caden has grown so much and he has been thriving in Kindergarten.  He is reading books all by himself and writing stories along with drawing me great pictures!  Our graduation will be next Friday so I'll try to hold the tears until then!  But I must be that crazy mom that shares some of the fun photos of our play "Where the Wild Things Go".  It only last about 10 minutes but the kids did great and where so proud of their hats they made all by themselves!

Sorry a little blurry didn't have time to download camera
you would think my iPhone did better pics but it never does :(

Hope you have a great day! 
And to any of my readers effected by the horrible weather my prayers are with you all!

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner ... Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken And Rice

So this is not a pretty looking meal but it sure was a pleaser for the boys!  I found this Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken and Rice recipe on Southern Plate.  It was a super simple recipe to make throw it in the crock pot and go!

Ingredients
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 large onion, chopped (I use Vidalia)
1 -8 ounce box Zatarain's Yellow Rice Mix, cooked according to directions
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 - 10.5 ounce can cream of chicken soup (regular or fat free)
1 -15 ounce can whole kernel corn, drained
Instructions
Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker. Scatter chopped onion over top. Spoon cream soup over top of that. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours. A few minutes before serving, add in cooked rice, corn, and cheese. Stir to combine. Serve hot.
ALEXIS NOTES:   I put the chicken in frozen (because I'm lazy like that). I used the brown rice I buy in bulk instead of the Zatarain's rice.   I put my rice in my rice cooker and right before it was time to serve I added the rice so it didn't get soggy.



Another yummy and quick recipe for a busy night!
What's on your menu tonight?

Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner ... Crock-Pot Italian Chicken

This was another simple recipe I made for the boys, it was just for the 3 boys and I knew they wouldn't be wanting left overs so I halved a recipe for Crock-Pot Italian Chicken on The Girl Who Ate Everything.  I even threw the recipe in my mini crockpot to have less to clean!  When it was all done I threw some spaghetti noodles on a plate and topped with the shredded chicken.  It smelled so good I wished I could have just a small bite, but I resisted (stupid diet .. lol).  So it's not the prettiest meal but packed with flavor.

Ingredients
4 chicken breasts
1 packet dry Zesty Italian dressing (Regular is fine but I like zesty better. Sometimes I use a packet and a half.)
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1-2 cans cream of chicken soup (depending how cream cheesy you want it)
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken in a crockpot and sprinkle Italian dressing over it. Combine cream cheese and cream of chicken soup in a small pot over low heat and pour over chicken. Cook on low in the crockpot for at least 4 hours. You can leave it in there all day. Once chicken is done you can leave the chicken breasts whole, cube it, or even shred it. I always cut the breasts into tenderloin size strips.
  2. Once you have cut up the chicken, throw it back in the crockpot and stir into the sauce. If you feel the sauce is too thick you can thin it to your preferred consistency with a little milk. Serve over pasta or rice.

Alexis Notes: I halved the recipe and used my little crock pot.  I put the chicken once it was cooked in my mixer and used the paddle to shred the chicken and put it back in the sauce and mixed it all up.  I served of spaghetti noodles.



Give this one a try it was so simple and you can even put the frozen chicken in and let it go!   You know me anything that makes my life easier is a winner!!  This will be one I make when I can eat real food again :).

What's on your menu tonight?

Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner ... Slow Cooker Chicken Taco's

We had our dinner friends over the other week and I knew taco's are always a big hit with all the boys (her one and my two).  I bought Chicken on sale so we had a week of chicken recipes.  I didn't want to do taco's with ground beef, so I wanted to go with chicken.  BUT I didn't want it to be just plain chicken so I found a easy 3 ingredient recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Taco's on the Six Sister's Stuff. Looking for a way to spice up Taco night well you found it!

Ingredients:
1 envelope taco seasoning (I used reduced sodium seasoning and it was still delicious)
5-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (mine were frozen)
1 (16 oz) jar of your favorite salsa


Directions:
Spray your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray for easy clean-up. Place chicken in the bottom, pour salsa on top, and sprinkle with taco seasoning. Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours. When done, the chicken should shred easily when stirred with a fork.

ALEXIS NOTES: I buy taco seasoning in the bulk section at winco and store in my plastic spice bottles.  I again use the mixer to shred the chicken!



Hope you give this a try it I swear took less then 5 minutes to put it in the crockpot, then before time to serve I put the cooked chicken in my mixer with the paddle and shredded the chicken and done!

What's on your Menu Tonight?

Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Suck it up Cupcake ...

Yesterday I stepped on the scale to be down 99.8lbs oh yes the scale is laughing at me just couldn't give me the .2lbs ... hehe!  I went and did a bonus exercise yesterday and step on the scale and nothing ... of course these last 14lbs are going to take their sweet time to come up.

I leave you with my new headband:


Isn't that great a nod to my bakerself and my old fluffy self.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Dad on the mend again ... We hope for good this time!!

A little update on my dad.  As many of you that have followed me for sometime know that August 2012 my dad was driving along one moment and then the next thing he remembers is a flash and waking up to someone trying to pull his door open.  Dad was in his F250 and a lady came straight at his truck from the oncoming traffic.  She hit him at such force she flipped his truck.  Fast forward to present time, dad has been having tremendous pain in his leg that had the broken femur that they put a rod in to replace and stabilize the bone that was broke (the largest bone in your body). 


Yesterday he went back to the hospital to get his rod taken out since it didn't connect like it was suppose to.  They went back in replaced his rod with a larger rode in length and width.  It's going to be another 8 weeks of no weight on this leg.  But thank God this time he won't be hopping around on a broken foot on the other leg.

The surgery went well yesterday, a lot of pain but hopefully this will lead to him able to walk around with out being in constant pain.  Thank you for all the prayers and thoughts we appreciate it so much!

The old rod removed

We hope to have him home by Friday!  I'll keep you posted on his recovery.
Thank you again for your prayers & thoughts!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Gift ... Thank you for helping us grow

Next on my list to do is actually one that I put together for our PTF president that is stepping down.  I wanted to do something memorable and something she could look back on years to come with a smile.  I saw several thumb print tree's for weddings but then I came across Plum Adorable that has a FREE printable if you don't want it personalized.  It is saved as a 8x10 but I took it to a print shop and had it blown up to a 11x17 since I wanted EVERY kid in the school put a thumb print on it.  We have 4 classrooms (K-8) around 80+ kids.  I gave each classroom a different color ink pad and then we had each kid put their init's below their thumb print.  


This is off her site, two colors to choose from.
This is the FREE non-personalized version
Teacher Appreciaion Gift Both Trees

I also purchased one with that has Caden's Kindergarten teacher's name on it.  Plum Adorable was very kind and added a bible verse I wanted on there at no extra charge.  (I'll show this one later when I get all the Kindergartner's thumb prints on it).  


Supplies
Thank You for Helping us Grow Printable (Free or Personalized for $12)
Ink Pad
Pen to write name or init's
Frame and Mat (I found mine at Ross $14.99)

Steps

  1. IF you don't buy the personalized one (which is mailed to you), you need to print the template.  As I said above you can blow up to a 11x17 with out it looking pixelated).
  2. Press thumb into the ink pad and then press onto the tree, we stuck around or on the flowers so the thumb's looked like leaves.
  3. Add name or initials depending on the # of thumb prints.
  4. You can write a note on print or the mat if you would like. (optional)
  5. After all dry, put in a matted frame.

This really is my favorite thing I've made!
I can't wait to see the kindergarten Class one done.


Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Gift ... You've got the "WRITE" stuff!

For Cole's teacher I wanted to do something that was more manly ... LOL you can only give a guy teacher so many things for the classroom.  I found this easy vase glued with pencils on The Blackberry Vine.   She has a free printable that is so cute but I ran out of time when I was making this, I so wish I had printed it!  I also used ribbon I had on hand but her's is so much cutier but again I'm going with manly.  I filled his pencil vase full of snack size candy bars.

Supplies:
Glass Vase (Pick up Dollar Store)
2 1/2 boxes Pencils (Dollar Store - Around 37 pencils)
Ribbon (You can find School themed at Micheal's or plain at Dollar Store)
Wood Dye Cut School Themed (found at Micheal's)
Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
2-3 bags Mini Candy Bar's (Dollar Store has name brand candy, I've seen flowers and other things also.)

Steps:
  1. Take a pencil and put a strip of hot glue on it and then glued it down to the vase.  (I made sure the pencil label was the glue side, also make sure straight mine was a little crooked).
  2. Once all pencil's glued on tie a ribbon around it (I wish I used a thicker ribbon).
  3. Hot glue down some wood dye cuts on the pencils.  
  4. Fill to the brim with mini candy bars.




Another super easy Idea that is great thoughtful gift!


Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea ... Crayon Wreath

We celebrated Teacher Appreciation week about 3 weeks ago but I was in Star War's party mode and not able to post any of these.  I saw on Scrapping West a Crayon Wreath and just had to do it for Caden's Kindergarten teacher.  This was a pretty simple craft to make.  The only thing that I didn't do that would have been helpful was to line out the crayons to make sure I had enough.  I didn't have enough crayon's at first and had to open up another 2 boxes so I had to peel off a few crayons and that wasn't pretty ... lol.  I also skipped the embroidery hoops, I picked up a circle form they had at Micheal's that worked perfect and was so much cheaper too!  I ran out of town and didn't get to write her name on the wood apple I put on the wreath.  I may sneak into her room before the end of the school year and add it ... hehe.


Supplies:
  • 1 -8" embroidery hoop
  • 1 -12" embroidery hoop
    • Alexis Note: I found a Wire Circle at Micheal's instead.
  • 3 boxes of 24 ct. crayons (Alexis Note: my circle was larger I used 5 boxes)
  • 1 roll of 3/8" craft ribbon
  • 1 wide ribbon piece for the hanger (Alexis Note: I skipped)
  • various die cuts ie Wooden apple cut out (Alexis Note: I found pre-painted one's at Micheal's)
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • paint pens (for name)
Steps:

  1. unscrew the screw from both hoops and hot glue the ends together
  2. paint the hoops desired color
    1. Alexis Note: I used a wire circle that was already green so no unscrewing and no painting!
  3. lay all crayons on the hoop in the desired color order. This helps with placement when you begin to glue them all down.
    1. Alexis Note: I skipped this and regretted it, make sure to do it!!
  4. glue down each crayon. Make sure that all crayons are facing the same way, makes it look nicer.
  5. Thread craft ribbon in and out at the top of crayons and again at the bottom. Tie a knot behind the crayon to keep the ribbon tight.
    1. Alexis Note: I skipped the ribbon looping in and out. 
  6. Attach die cuts with hot glue. 
    1. Alexis Note: I skipped but you can laminated if you want.
  7. Tie large bow at the top making sure you leave a long enough loop to hang the wreath. You can add hot glue for reinforcement on the hoop.



This was a super easy project, just be careful you don't burn your fingers from the glue gun.  And let it set up before moving it!  I made this mistake and a few crayon's fell off! I had to do a quick re-glue and go!

Hope you all have a wonderful day and were able to relax some this weekend.


Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Have a Wonderful Mother's Day

Well my weekend hopeful will be relaxing maybe I can read a book? LOL I know I'm laughing at that one too!  I'm just happy to be done party planning.  Well that is until next month, I had the brilliant idea to have a End of School Year Swim party at my parents lake propery for the kids and their classmates. I'm telling myself that I won't go over board ... hmmm may want to tell that to my crazy other side of my brain that created a Pinterest board for a summer themed party ideas ... teehee!

I can't help it check out these cute Cards I found & will make this weekend.
We get out of school crazy EARLY 5/31! YIKES
I found these awesome FREE Printables on Living Locurto Website!

Oh and then July is Caden's birthday party ... hmmm well maybe I can relax in August?

Since I can't hold it in I will also be working on these Cards for Caden.
Since his party is in July I need to make cards to give to parents BEFORE school ends.
I found this idea on Catch My Party (Just a picture but I'm sure I can figure it out!)

Hope all you Mother's have a wonderful day and also Everyone give a little extra love to the Mother in your life!

I so want to make this eCard found on Mecards.com

Have a Bless Weekend!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Star War's Party ... Bring on the Cupcakes (Hold on to your cloaks we have 6 characters)

I warned you yesterday that today would be a long post, we have 6 cupcakes to get through so hold on!  I know stop shaking your head at the screen I can't help myself I just want to try everything and then I end up over doing it.  And then of course you have to make 12 to 15 of each so then you end up with like 80 cupcakes ... hehe!  I had enough to give everyone at the party one, one in the gift bags and then left overs that BOTH Cole and Caden's class got one for lunch on Monday.

I made a very simple Moist White Cake recipe found on Cooks.com for the cupcakes (click the link for the recipe didn't want to overwhelm you with recipes ... lol).   I made a batch of my Sturdy Buttercream that we tinted orange, green, black and of course left some white (click the link and it will take you to the recipe I posted a few weeks back).


Cupcake invasion
Can you believe it took us 6 1/2 hours to frost & decorate all of them.
WHO am I kidding of course you can.
STOP shaking your head at me ... lol

My favorite Cupcake The Ewok Cupcakes

So I have to start with my favorite cupcake, just because it was so stinking cute.  I found this idea for the Ewok cupcake on My Clutzy Cooking.  I think our's turned out so cute and by all the kids that asked for this one I know it was a hit!

What you need:
Cupcake
Orange Frosting
Crushed Oreo's (or generic like me because I'm cheap)
Mini Oreo's
Black frosting for eyes & nose (you can use candies or brown icing)
  1. Frost cupcake with a knife to make a smooth finish.
  2. Crush Oreo's with a food processor (or in a bag and crush with rolling pin). Pushed some crushed Oreo's on as the face.
  3. Pipe on hood-line (we used a grass tip to look like fringe). 
  4. Put two mini Oreo's in as ears. 
  5. Pipe some black frosting eyes and a nose on.


Next was my runner up for favorite cupcake, it really turned out fabulous!  My friend April made a REALLY simple Rolled Buttercream Fondant found on food.com which was then dyed green and we used the cookie cutters I bought to cut out Yoda's.  I was so going to go with one we made his face but I must say this was so cute and the fondant was so FREAKING easy.  Compared to the marshmallow fondant I made for the Lego Party last year that had marshmallow goo all up my arms and hands.




First start with the Rolled Buttercream Fondant

Ingredients

    • 1 cup light corn syrup
    • 1 cup shortening
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, clear
    • 2 lbs confectioners' sugarWilton's Gel Food coloring

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the shortening and corn syrup. Mix in the salt, food coloring and vanilla flavoring, then gradually mix in the confectioners' sugar until it is a stiff dough. If you are using a stand mixer, use the dough hook attachment. Otherwise, knead by hand. If the dough is sticky, knead in more confectioners' sugar until it is smooth. Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
  2. To use, roll out on a clean surface that has been dusted with confectioners' sugar until it is 1/8 inch thick or thinner if you can. Drape over frosted and chilled cakes and smooth the sides down, or cut into strips to make bows and other decorations.


What you Need:
Cupcake
Green Frosting (I used my favorite Sturdy Buttercream I posted about)
Rolled Buttercream Fondant (dyed Green)
Yoda Cookie Cutter (I found a 4 piece set on Ebay)

Once your fondant is rolled and ready to go take your Yoda Cookie Cutter and punch out the Yoda's.  We had a lot of fondant so we ended up with around 20 Yoda's ... lol they were so cute so we went with it!


April my amazing friend perfected the Princess Leia Hair and they came out so much cuter then one's I made for the classroom party. She actually added some frosting then laid the black licorice rope down, instead of trying to put frosting on each end like I did and did a hope and prayer that it would stay down (insert face palm).   I also used the white melts this time instead of the almond bark and I must say they were so much smoother and nicer looking.

PREVIOUS Princess Leia Cupcakes

NEW Princess Leia Cupcakes

What you Need:
Frosted Cupcake
Oreo's - White chocolate dipped if you can find them
White Candy Melts- if you can't find the chocolate dipped oreo's
Mini Oreo's
Black Candy Melts
Wilton's Black Licorice Strings
Wilton's Edible Pens (MUST be the Candy Melt Version)
  1. Dipped Oreo's in melted White Candy Melts (IF you can't find white chocolate coated Oreo's).  Put on a silicone mat in fridge to firm up.  
  2. Dip a mini Oreo in melted black candy melts.  Put on a silicone mat in fridge to firm up. 
  3. When White Chocolate is firm, Add the licorice strings for the hair. Added a dab of chocolate ONTO the dipped Oreo to hold them down and just made it look like hair.
  4. When the licorice is set, put in fridge if you need to help firm up.
  5. Add a dab of frosting to the chocolate covered mini Oreo.  Add one to each side of the face (to resemble buns).
  6. When everything has set up, take a edible Pen, use black to make eyes and red or pink to make the mouth (you can make a heart and it's a cute mouth).


The Storm Trooper was a super simple one to make!  Well let me take that back at first I tried to use edible pens to write on the marshmallows but it sucked! So I put marshmallows in the freezer thinking that would help.   It kind of helped but then my friend came up with plan C.  Food Coloring + Vodka = paint!  Don't worry the vodka evaporates and just leaves the food coloring!  It was brilliant and it comes out looking so much nicer then the hand drawn ones!  We took inspiration from the Storm Trooper picture on Kitchen Fun With My 3 Boys.


What you Need:
Frosted Cupcake
Extra Large Marshmallow (Campfire One's)
Wilton Black Gel Food Coloring (stick a knife in and grab a few drops)
1/8 cup of Vodka
  1. Poor Vodka in small Cup
  2. Add Black Gel Food Coloring
  3. Take paint brush and paint on the Storm Trooper Face.
  4. Let dry add to the top of a frosted cupcake.


The R2D2 was a very simple one, just melted some blue melts into my R2D2 mold I purchased on Amazon.


What you Need: 
Frosted Cupcake
R2D2 Mold (find on Amazon or Ebay)
Blue Wilton Candy Melts (Craft Store, Walmart or Target)
Cooking Spray or Wilton Cake Release

I put the melts in the microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes, don't let them burn!  Stir them around and then put a glob in your greased mold (I use cooking spray or you can use Wilton cake release). You can put in the fridge for 1/2 to 1 hour or if a hurry like I usually am put in freezer for 10 minutes.  Be careful when taking out of the mold, they can break!  I broke off a few of the R2D2 legs by rushing.


And last we end with the Darth Vader Cupcake.  I actually made extra when I did the classroom cupcakes that I kept in the freezer until the party date so this actually was the easiest of them all ... lol.


What you Need:
Frosted Cupcake
Darth Vader Silicone Mold
Candy Melts (black)
Cooking Spray or Wilton Cake Release

I put the melts in the microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes, don't let them burn!  Stir them around and then put a glob in your greased mold (I use cooking spray). You can put in the fridge for 1/2 to 1 hour or if a hurry like I usually am put in freezer for 10 minutes.  Be careful when taking out of the mold, they can break!



So there you have it!  All Cupcakes once decorated were put into a clear plastic cup with a clear plastic bag and tied with ribbon.  I hit the Dollar Tree (well actually 3 because I swear it must be the season for parties because it was slim pickings) to pick up the clear plastic cups (10pk $1), clear plastic bags (25pk $1) and ribbon in coordinating colors ($1 each).  We did brown ribbons for Ewok, green ribbons for Yoda, teal ribbons for R2D2, white ribbons for Princess Leia and black ribbons for Darth Vader & Storm Troopers. The party had ups and downs but that was just because of the pool and poor organization on their end.  




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