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Christmas - Desserts - Holiday Parties

Buttercream Santa Hat Cupcake Recipe – Perfect for the Holidays!

December 10, 2018

These Christmas Santa Hat Cupcakes are perfect for any celebration during the winter holiday season. Learn how to make your own and make your guests (or you) as happy as can be. christmas Santa hat frosting on cupcake

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Custom Christmas cupcakes are all the rage for holiday parties. Why not impress your friends or loved ones with these super cute with this Santa Hat Cupcake Recipe.

I was always the one who had to have a tag attached to everything or customize our treats. I feel like I spent my time doing things that other people don’t really appreciate. Santa cupcakes are super easy and you’re putting buttercream on top of your cupcakes anyways.chocolate cupcake with red buttercream frosting

I use the non-taste red food coloring gel and it does make a difference in the end. Your buttercream is still sugary and you don’t have the metallic taste that you’d get from other red food colorings.

buttercream ingredientsSupplies for your custom Santa Claus Cupcakes

Tip: Go to your local grocery bakery and ask to buy non-iced cupcakes.

Begin by whipping together your room temperature butter. I like using salted butter but you can have control over your salt intake by using unsalted butter and adding in a bit at a time – just to offset some sweetness.

Use an electric mixer to whip up your butter and then slowly add the icing sugar. Add a splash of milk to make it smoother and then at the end, split the icing 80/20.

Color the 80% portion with your red food coloring and cocoa powder and mix it really well. Put your red frosting in an icing bag or a Ziploc will work just as well and cut off the corner. Use a knife or offset spatula to ice the base of the cupcake in white. dollop of red frosting to mimic a Santa hat

You’re going to want to start at the bottom and press a large amount at the base and then pull up slowly to get a triangular shape of frosting. Cut the mini marshmallows in half and place it on top. Voila, you’re done!chocolate cupcake with red frosting hat

Santa Hat Cupcake Recipe
Prep Time
25 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Perfect for your Christmas get together, create these easy Santa Hat cupcakes using some delicious buttercream frosting.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cupcake, christmas dessert, christmas party food, cupcake, cupcake recipe, cupcakes, santa cupcake
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Lindsay
Ingredients
  • 12 of your favorite chocolate cupcakes
Butter Cream Frosting
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp red gel food coloring
  • 6 mini marshmallows
Instructions
How to make Buttercream Frosting
  1. In an electric stand mixer, beat together butter, sugar, and milk on medium speed, gradually increasing it to high.
  2. Once the ingredients are combined and form stiff peaks, your buttercream is ready.
How to make your buttercream Santa hat
  1. Scoop out about ¼ cup of white buttercream and with an offset spatula, frost each cupcake.
  2. Add cocoa to your remaining buttercream and mix on high. Add red gel food coloring and mix until completely tinted.
  3. Using a piping bag, pipe out a tall, triangular shape onto each cupcake.
  4. Cut each mini marshmallow in half and top the buttercream hats. Ho Ho Ho

Recipe Notes

Ensure your cupcakes are cool before decorating

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Cricut - Holiday Parties - New Years

New Year, Same Mess & More FREE SVG Files for New Years

December 4, 2018

Ring in the New Year but also don’t forget that you’re still a complete mess! Grab this and many other free SVG files for your next handmade New Years shirt. 

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Celebrating New Years is always something I look forward to. My husband is from Tonga and they’re right on the International Dateline so they’re the very first ones to celebrate the New Year.

We ring in New Years in Tonga at our local church meetinghouse. We grab lots of balloons and string and have the most fun time dancing around the sports court.  No lie, it’s one of the most fun nights we have on the island. Here is our Christmas tree that we have in Tonga and we had a craft night where all the kids cut paper snowflakes and we blew up more balloons for the tree. I remember my husband telling me that some Christmases all they got were balloons and they were so excited. Here is the family a few years back on our trip. We try to go to Tonga every few years but it’s getting expensive since we all require seats on the plane. It’s definitely a humbling experience going there and I tell you all about our trip to Tonga in this post.

But enough about Christmas lets talk about New Years and how you can get 12 free New Year SVG files!

Like I said above, New Years is always a fun time of year for us. But believe me, when I say, I’m the same mess that I was in 2017. I can’t get my act together so this New Year, Same Mess SVG file is perfect in describing me.

Supplies for your New Years shirt

Click on the link above to the free SVG file and save it to your computer. You’ll then upload it into your electronic software. To upload an SVG file into Cricut Design Space, follow these instructions. To upload an SVG file into your Silhouette software, Persia Lou has a great step-by-step tutorial on how to do that.

Next, cut your free New Years SVG file with your electronic cutter. Remember to mirror your image so that it cuts properly. I prefer using my Cricut and that’s just because I’m used to it. I haven’t used a Silhouette in a few years but they cut the iron-on vinyl just as good.

After you’ve unloaded your vinyl from the cutter, you want to remove any of the images that you do not want to go on your New Years shirt. Use a weeding tool or a safety pin and take off the vinyl. You now have your entire New Year, Same Mess image still attached to the carrier sheet.

Being by preheating your fabric to the suggested settings. Lay your iron-on vinyl on top of the shirt and then press for the recommended amount of time. Turn the shirt over and press again. Depending on what material of HTV you use, you want to check if it is a warm peel or cool peel.

Use this handy Iron-On Vinyl Guide to know what setting you should be using with your HTV.

What does it mean to cool peel or warm peel heat transfer vinyl?

It’s simple, cool peel means to allow your HTV to come back down to room temperature before you peel off the carrier sheet. Warm peel means to pull the carrier sheet off of your material while it is still hot.

A lot of foil iron on is cold peel. You want to allow it to cool down so that your foil HTV doesn’t wrinkle. You’ll have to use a little bit of force to take the carrier sheet off of the cool HTV but it won’t peel off your shirt.

What if I don’t want a workout shirt?

Easy, put this on any shirt you own to let your friends, family, and strangers know you are one hot mess! It looks super cute on this baseball shirt and quite frankly, you can wear it all year round.

You can use these free SVG files on anything. Make yourself a mug like I did last month with our Christmas SVG file hop. Follow the links below to grab your own and make whatever your heart desires.

Now for your other FREE SVG files, just click on the link and you’ll be taken to the blogs to download their own files.

Pop! Clink! Kiss

That’s So Twenty Eighteen

Champagne Squad and Rose Squad

Midnight Kisses, New Year Wishes

New Year, Same Mess

Kiss Me Now, Midnight is Past My Bedtime

New Years Resolution: Be Just as Awesome as I Was Last Year!

Kiss Me… at Midnight

This is My Year to Sparkle

Available for Midnight Kisses

Happy New Year 2019

Cheers Y’all

free New Years svg file

Christmas - Crafting DIY - Holiday Parties

Buffalo Plaid DIY Wrapping Paper with Deco Art Craft Paint

December 3, 2018

Buffalo Plaid is so trendy right now and I am here for it. Create the most glamorous Buffalo Plaid DIY wrapping paper easily by using DecoArt paint and stencils.

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Supplies for your Custom DIY Wrapping Paper

Use your Dove Grey first for the base of your buffalo check wrapping paper. Because this wrapping paper is white, I’m just going to use the grey and black colors to add to my design. You could use white tones and do this on black wrapping paper too.

When making your own Buffalo Check DIY Wrapping Paper, be sure that each color is dry before you move on to the next step.

Begin with your crosshatching lines using Dove Grey. Allow at least one inch in between the lines and do two coats. Once your first coat is dry, take your Lamp Black paint and where the first lines cross over, put a square of your black ink. I just dabbed around the square with my foam brush and then filled in the remaining area with my additional paint.

Repeat the steps now using your Neutral Grey and going over the crosshatched lines in black.

I wanted rustic looking squares for my DIY wrapping paper and so I wasn’t worried about getting lines straight. If you want lines straighter, use a painters tape and a thicker base paper and you should be just fine. 

What kind of paper do I need to make my own custom wrapping paper?

You don’t need anything special to make your own wrapping paper. I love using the kraft mailing paper that costs maybe $4 each. Add any stamps or marker to the paper and you have your own custom wrapping paper.

I used this white postal paper and there is no sheen to it. It’s thin enough that it’ll crease well and thick enough so that you won’t see what’s inside. 

Did you also know you can make stamps with your Cricut?

True story, folks. Your Cricut can cut stamp material. You’ll need to use the Cricut Knife Blade if you’re cutting the thick orange rubber but Brother makes a stamp material that you can cut with the Cricut Explore models.

See how easy it is to make your own holiday wrapping paper using Deco Art Americana acrylic paints?! I did this on my dining table and had two going at the same time with about 30 minutes dedicated to drying. I’m definitely using this on meaningful gifts and not my kids’ because they don’t appreciate stuff like this. Head to your local craft store and pick up all these supplies and begin making this today! 

Cricut - Holiday Parties - Valentine's Day

DIY Ceramic Conversation Hearts used in a Table Setting

January 30, 2018

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These DIY ceramic conversation hearts are so easy and the perfect vessel to hold some delicious Valentine treats.Create these DIY Valentine ceramic conversation hearts and personalize them for the perfect Valentine place setting using your electronic cutter.

Supplies

Create these DIY Valentine ceramic conversation hearts and personalize them for the perfect Valentine place setting using your electronic cutter. You’ll first want to start by saving the free valentine .svg files to your computer. If you have the one I use, use this method. If you have a different brand, just use the suggested method of how others upload images.Create these DIY Valentine ceramic conversation hearts and personalize them for the perfect Valentine place setting using your electronic cutter. Cut your vinyl into the shapes. I used my favorite electronic cutter and I had to do a double cut when I selected the glitter vinyl setting. Weed your image and then place the transfer tape over your image.Create these DIY Valentine ceramic conversation hearts and personalize them for the perfect Valentine place setting using your electronic cutter. Next you’ll want to paint your ceramic conversation hearts. Choose an acrylic paint in the color or your choice. I used red, gold and white to coordinate with my American Greetings party supplies. It’s the perfect colors for a Valentines party and matching gifts.Create these DIY Valentine ceramic conversation hearts and personalize them for the perfect Valentine place setting using your electronic cutter. I chose to do two coats of paint on each heart. Once the paint is completely dry, place your transferred image and press the vinyl onto your conversation heart. Peel the transfer tape up and your image will stay on the heart.Create these DIY Valentine ceramic conversation hearts and personalize them for the perfect Valentine place setting using your electronic cutter. I paired it with these darling heart paper plates and placed each one of my kids’ Valentine card underneath. Grab these super American Greetings cards at Walmart.Create these DIY Valentine ceramic conversation hearts and personalize them for the perfect Valentine place setting using your electronic cutter. Giving gifts is important to me but it’s more important if it has sentiment. I love getting something that is store bought but personalizing it on your own. I have found that the Valentines Day American Greetings items at Walmart are the perfect items to do this with.Create these DIY Valentine ceramic conversation hearts and personalize them for the perfect Valentine place setting using your electronic cutter. I especially love their tissue paper. How cute are these X’s and O’s?! Then the heart wrapping paper is perfect for any time of the year. Close each envelope with one of their glitter heart stickers and it’s the perfect closure. Grab some fun pens and personalize each persons name on the envelopes. In fact, take more stickers and place them on he front of the envelope to jazz it up.Create these DIY Valentine ceramic conversation hearts and personalize them for the perfect Valentine place setting using your electronic cutter. After purchasing your American Greetings cards at Walmart, download the Ibotta app and get the offer of saving $1 after you purchase one card. The app is so easy to use and I save so much money by using it. Enter the Sending My Love sweepstakes below for a chance to win, ends February 13, 2018. For all the official rules, click here.

Cricut - Holiday Parties - New Years

New Years Photo Booth Props with your Cricut Maker

December 13, 2017

New Years Eve is always a celebration. Learn how to make these New Years photo booth props with your Cricut. Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post. Head to the bottom of the post to win your very own Cricut Maker!New Years Photo Booth DIY with Cricut

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Photo booths are a must have at a party with a lot of guests. Not only is it time that they’re spending with you, it’s time that you don’t have to spend thinking of what to occupy them with. Photo booth props are easily made with your Cricut Maker or your Cricut Explore.New Years Photo Booth DIY with Cricut

Supplies

Remember that you don’t have to cut everyone of these shapes if you don’t want. All you have to do is click on the eyeball that is next to the shape and it’ll disapear, or just delete it. I don’t want you paying for a shape that you’ll never use. Or buy the Cricut Access program and get over 30,000 shapes available to you.New Years Photo Booth DIY with CricutI’ve used the subscription services when I had my Silhouette and now that I use Cricut. I’ve gotten a better deal out of Cricut. I’ve been able to find a lot of shapes that I’ve been able to manipulate and give me the look that I want. It’s a great addition and only $10 a month for something that you’d get a lot of use out of.New Years Photo Booth DIY with CricutI used the standard grip mat and chose the intricate cut setting for Cricut cardstock. If I am using any cardstock thicker than the 80 lb. weight, I’ll usually just hit go again and it’ll give me 4 swipes of the blade. This will insure that you don’t have any tears when lifting your paper from the mat. For the glitter cardstock, do the intricate cut but have it pass through 4 times. When choosing intricate cut it’ll pass through twice for each press of the go button.New Years Photo Booth DIY with CricutOnce all your shapes are cut, just assemble them according to the image. I always like to separate my image cuts into piles so that I don’t get any pieces missed. My favorite adhesive for cardstock is this one by Tombow. It dries quick and it’s also great for 3-D projects.New Years Photo Booth DIY with CricutI let all the New Years photo booth props dry overnight and then I adhere the skewer to the back. I just use hot glue for this part because it’s the best and most durable for photo booth props. Once all your sticks are adhered you’re ready to go.New Years Photo Booth DIY with CricutI like to have these in a jar just to the side of the booth. In the past I’ve used lots of different photo backdrops but my favorite thing to use is this sequin fabric. It pops and is perfect for ringing in the New Year.

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Desserts - Holiday Parties - Holidays - Party Time - Recipes - St. Patrick's Day

St Patricks Day End of the Rainbow Cupcakes

March 3, 2017

These rainbow cupcakes were such a dream to make and they look so fun with the color variations on the inside. Your kids will be going crazy for these delicious rainbow cupcakes and asking for more gold once they’ve eaten them all gone. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Rainbow cupcakes are such a fun addition to any party or any part of your day. Celebrate sunshine with these easy to make rainbow cupcakes.

Supplies

Make these fun Rainbow Cupcakes for a party or for St Patricks Day. So delicious and easy. Only on frenchiewraps.comWhat I used is the Duff Goldman Tie Dye mix and just mixed it according to package directions. I separated the batter into 6 different cups and added the included color drops as directed to the cups. I used my 1 Tbsp. scoop and added them into the cupcake wrapper in the order of the rainbow .Make these fun Rainbow Cupcakes for a party or for St Patricks Day. So delicious and easy. Only on frenchiewraps.comI preheated my oven to 350 degrees and baked them for 20 minutes or until you press down in the middle and they bounce back up. Allow them to cool completely and then ice them with some of my secret weapons, bakery bought cream cheese icing!

I topped them off with some gold coins from the dollar store but you could even get more fancy and use the gold coin chocolate. That’ll send you into more of a sugar high!Make these fun Rainbow Cupcakes for a party or for St Patricks Day. So delicious and easy. Only on frenchiewraps.com This recipe is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day party food or even a Rainbow themed kids party. I know it’s technically a tie-dye mix but change it up and add a little sunshine to your life.

End of the Rainbow Cupcakes

Make the perfect St. Patricks Day Rainbow cupcakes or use them for a rainbow themed party. They're so fun!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cupcake, dessert
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Ingredients
  • 1 box Rainbow Cake Mix
  • 2 cups prepared Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 package gold coins
  • 1 package gold cupcake liners
Instructions
  1. Make the cupcakes according to the package instructions. Scoop out a tablespoon at a time into each cupcake liner. Try and keep the colors as smooth of a transition as possible and try not to let the colors bleed into one another.

  2. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting them.

  3. Use a large, round tip and a piping bag to get a smooth finish on your buttercream.

  4. Top with gold coins and maybe gold sprinkles!

Christmas - Holiday Parties - Holidays - Kids - Party Time

Mini Gingerbread Houses with the Kids

December 21, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HoneyMaidHouse #CollectiveBiasHave a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersChristmas came early this year for my kids. I try to stick to holiday tradition but it not always the easiest or most convenient but for us, gingerbread houses are a must.

We usually get the pre-made box kit and use hot glue to hold it together (we don’t eat them in our house). I decided to give the kids something whimsical to do and so we used Honey Maid graham crackers and some classic white frosting to put them together. I’ve seen them put together ahead of time or allow them to be made right before decorating. I can tell you with this experience, glue them ahead of time. They’ll be sturdy enough for the kids to add some more frosting and not have to worry about it falling over. Have a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersGo non-traditional too and use some things that are unexpected with your candies. Mix it up because it’s all about making this a fun and memorable experience with the kids. Have a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersHave a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersI headed over to Wal-Mart and grabbed all my supplies. I stuck with the traditional Christmas color palate and let my daughter choose some fun candy of her own. I have these jars left over from my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party that I got from TomKat Studio.  Mini jars are a must for any party and any cooking just to make things a bit easier for the kids. IMG_9423As you can see, Freddie had a hard time with his staying together so naturally, he ate it. We invited some neighbors over to make them with us and they had so much fun. Siaki thought he had the best one and Leila just decorated her Santa. Siaki gets my OCD when it comes to making things just the way they’re supposed to be rather than just letting things be how they turn out. As I’ve grown older, I’ve been able to let go of this but seeing him as a kid, I definitely see how I struggled with this growing up. Have a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersHave a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersChristmas is such a great time of year for children who believe. Freddie told me the other day that he knew I was Santa because of the wrapping paper but he just knows St. Nick is still real. I’m trying to be better about following traditions for my kids. I remember those were the things I loved so much when I was a kid that they need to have more consistency about it around the holidays. Have a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersTo give you more ideas on this fun idea for kids, head on over to Honey Maid site and check them out. What kinds of candy would you use for your house?

Christmas - Holiday Parties - Holidays - Party Time

Cookie Exchange Party

December 11, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiftDeliciously #CollectiveBiaseasy christmas party ideasI love a good party and I love all the great company over the holidays. I’m going to show you my set up for a Cookie Exchange Party that doesn’t incorporate any homemade cookies at all. I’ll show you ideas for set-up so that you can just grab and go. I’ll show you some fun center pieces to make using the boxes the store-bought cookies came in and I’ll show you how easy an elegant set up can be.Easy ideas to throw a fun and woodsy Cookie Exchange Christmas Party.Easy Cookie Exchange party setupAll it takes is some printables from Etsy and half the work it already done. My favorite printable shop is Whit Prints. She’s affordable, they’re available for instant download and she’ll change the colorway if you don’t like what she has. I’ve gotten quite a few prints for Malakai’s room and I can’t wait to show you. I’ll be doing a giveaway for one of her prints so be on the look out.Easy ideas to throw a fun and woodsy Cookie Exchange Christmas Party. I went to Walmart and grabbed some of these small packs of cookies available in a variety of flavors:

I grabbed a few of each because A. I love all these flavors and B. I wanted an assortment of sizes to create my gingerbread houses. The boxes were used to make some gingerbread houses for craft time! Just get some Kraft wrapping paper, scissors, tape and washi tape. I used the Chalk Kit from Hazel and Ruby and it’s magic and on sale for a crazy price. Easy Gingerbread House DIY

Easy Gingerbread HouseGifts are so much appreciated during the holidays but we don’t all have time realistically to make everybody something homemade. These boxes of cookies are great because they’re easy and unexpected by being wrapped in the gingerbread house styling. I love these as a stocking stuffer and you can even use this tutorial to make an ugly sweater themed stocking. Check out this #GiftDeliciously website for more inspiration.Cookie Exchange Party IdeasTell me, what is your favorite part of this party?