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Birthday Cupcakes: Adorable Toppers That Make Decorating Easy

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Not a cupcake decorator? My friend Kerry found a fabulous solution that takes the cake (sorry, couldn’t resist) on MeriMeri.com. For less than $13, you can order cupcake kits with wrappers and toppers in more than a dozen cute themes like trucks and magic fairies. Kerry baked vanilla and chocolate cupcakes, frosted them in orange and blue, and then added little truck toppers. The overall effect was polished and adorable, and the older kids got to keep the little trucks (they were affixed to toothpicks, which were too sharp for the little ones).

The bash took place at Kerry’s house last Saturday. She and her family have the kind of private outdoor space that most New Yorkers can only dream about–it’s a huge wraparound patio right off their family room with a toy shed, couches, and tables. It’s the perfect place to hang with friends and celebrate special moments.

The vibe was comfortable and low-key. In one area, the kids played in a sand box. Kerry also had lots of rideable toys out, as well as a mat with every kind of toy car and truck imaginable. And kids could get temporary tattoos (that’s Mason, looking tough, right). The kid-friendly eats were a hit with everyone–various hoagies, pasta salad, tossed salad, and chips with mango-pineapple salsaand I loved that snacks (pretzels, popcorn, and goldfish crackers) were on low tables so that the kids could just help themselves.

A fun afternoon for sure! And now I know where to look for cupcake decorations for Mason’s bash next year.

What are your favorite websites for birthday party-planning?

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Adorable Elmo-Theme Cupcake Stand

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

My friend Diane hosted brunch to celebrate her son Zann’s second birthday this morning. Like many tots, Z is Elmo-obsessed and Diane went all out to incorporate touches of the Sesame Street star into the party. There were Elmo balloons, wall hangings, favor bags, and finger puppets. Elmo himself stopped by to pose for pics with the kids. (Mason ran right up to him but his mood turned sour when Elmo picked him up–just look at that grouchy little face.) The brunch spread included egg casserole, banana bread, blueberry muffins, ham, and minted fruit, with juice boxes and milk for the kids and mimosas and coffee for the adults.

I really loved that tower of cupcakes. It had three tiers of chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet cupcakes. Twinkling blue lights, a photo of the birthday boy, and an Elmo balloon made it festive. And it was so easy for the kids to eat the small cakes with their little fingers.

We served cupcakes at Mason’s first birthday party, and after seeing this cool cupcake tower (and remembering how much I loved ours last year), I might have to go with cupcakes again at Mason’s second birthday party. I’ve been pretty set on making Mason a cake, but I could always convert a cake recipe into a cupcake recipe. Luckily I have three months to decide! I’m sure I’ll change my mind 10 times before then:)

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