Thursday, February 27, 2014

4 Ways to Spruce Up a Store Bought Cake

Custom orders for cakes can cost a pretty penny. Did you know that you could save yourself a lot of money by taking advantage of your local grocery store?

Here are 4 ways to decorate a store bought cake to make them look like you ordered it from a professional bakery.

1. Flowers 
Fresh flowers are a great way to add color and elegance to your cake. Trader Joes has beautiful bouquets of flowers for only $4. 

One thing to note when using fresh flowers to decorate a cake is that you want to make sure not to stick the flower stems directly into the cake. The stems will leave a terrible after-taste in the cake. 
Here is a way to preserve your cake.

 Using a straw, cut about 3 inches. Fold up the end of the straw and wrap a piece of tape around it to create a flower stem holder. 
Insert each flower into each stem holder. Then carefully place each flower into your cake.

2. Skewered Banner/Sign
Using wooden skewers or toothpicks, create a fun banner or cut out letters to write out a message.

3. Ribbon
Adorn your store bought cake with a piece of ribbon to add a bit of style to your cake. 

4. Fruit
Dress your cake using fresh fruit. They are a great and inexpensive way to add color as well as flavor to your cake. Fruits like strawberries, blueberries, kiwi and citrus are perfect to use. 

* At my local Albertsons, the bakery department sells single layer cakes for $9 and a double layer cake around $14. You can also purchase additional icing for $2/quart to do any of your own frosting. You can also ask for a complimentary piping bag!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Pipe Cleaner Flower Rings

These cute flower rings are not only fun, inexpensive and easy to make, but they make the perfect creative activity for a bridal shower. Your guests will be addicted and will probably make about 5 each!

You'll Need:
-Pipe cleaners in various colors
(I purchased a couple multi-color packs with 100+ pipe cleaners for $4/ea at Michaels)


Select 4 pipe cleaners in the color(s) of your choice. 
Line them up and place your finger the middle. 

Twist the pipe cleaners around the finger you want the ring on twice.

Fan out each end of the pipe cleaners.

Fold in the end of each pipe cleaner

Roll each end tightly into the center

Repeat step five with the rest of the pipe cleaner ends

Finally, arrange each of the petals into a flower shape that is to your pleasing

Your guests will all have a blast with this activity and will even go home with a ring of their own!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Simple Valentine's Day Heart Backdrop

Here is a Valentine's Day party post for a simple and cute themed backdrop. 

-Four 12 inch and 8 inch (this size works best) Red Honeycomb Balls ($1.99-$2.99 each at Party City)
-Masking Tape

Step 1: Trace a heart shape onto one side of the honeycomb ball.

Step 2: Cut out the shape using a strong pair of scissors. 

Step 3: Fold out each honeycomb and trim the heart if need be.

Step 4: Cut small strips of masking tape and make a tape roll. Adhere the tape onto both sides of the honeycomb ball. 

Step 5: Arrange the honeycombs on a wall or backdrop.