Friday, December 22, 2017

Candy Poinsettias

These candy poinsettias are on Handmade Charlotte this week, along with a bunch of adorable Christmas DIYs!  Have a very Merry Christmas, friends!  I am planning some really fun DIYs for 2018, and I hope you'll stay tuned!      

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Gumdrop Swans-a-Swimming

If you're looking for a quick cake or cupcake topper this Christmas season, these gumdrop swans would be perfect!  They would also be sweet for a first birthday, baby shower, or any other swan soiree.  Follow the tutorial on Handmade Charlotte, and have a very Merry Christmas friends!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Caramel Reindeer Candies

Happy December!  Sometimes we're so busy getting ready for Christmas, that we forget to take it all in, and enjoy sweet moments with our kiddos.  This year I am really trying to be efficient, and stay ahead of schedule, so that I can really soak in the season without feeling stressed and frazzled!  I want my kids to have good memories of baking, watching Christmas movies together, and attending Christmas events.  We took the time to make these little caramel reindeer candies, and it was so much fun!  They're easy to make, and they look darling on cupcakes.  For the tutorial, head to Handmade Charlotte.  Stay tuned for more Christmas DIYs in the next few weeks!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Mini Turkey Roast Piñatas

Kids will love these mini turkey roast piñatas!  Fill them with candy or little activities to keep them busy while they wait for Thanksgiving dinner.  Make your own using the tutorial at Handmade Charlotte.  Happy Thanksgiving!  

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Bowling Ball Cupcake Toppers

At this house, most of us have fall birthdays, and the weather is pretty unpredictable!  Bowling is the perfect fall or winter party idea, and these marbled bowling ball cupcake toppers would be adorable in any color scheme.  If you want to make your own, check out the tutorial on Handmade Charlotte! 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Bubblegum Skull Cupcake Toppers

Skulls chewing bubble gum is my kind of creepy!  Be sure to file these cupcake toppers away for next October 31st.  For the full tutorial, head to Handmade Charlotte.  Happy Halloween!  

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Licorice Allsorts Gelatin Squares

This Halloween, serve some licorice-flavored gelatin squares inspired by the cutest licorice allsorts!  Find the full tutorial at Handmade Charlotte.  

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

DIY Moon Cake Topper

Whew!  I'm a little behind on posting around here, but fall is a great time for an outer space, stargazing, or astronaut party.  Be sure to check out the tutorial for this DIY moon cake topper on Handmade Charlotte.  You have plenty of time to make it for the solar eclipse of 2024!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Faux Rock Candy Magnets

Make these FAUX rock candy magnets for your friends and your fridge, using deco glass stones! Head to Handmade Charlotte for the full tutorial.   

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Mini Letter Board Invitations

Alphabet pasta noodles can be used to make the most adorable mini letter boards!  You can use them as party invitations, room decor, magnets, etc. Follow the tutorial at Handmade Charlotte, and I would love to know how you are going to use your letter board!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Inkblot Cupcakes

These inkblot cupcakes are perfect for your back-to-school or art party!  Be sure to check out the tutorial on Handmade Charlotte!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  My kids scored a day off school for the solar eclipse!  Are you planning a viewing party?  

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Peach Party Favors

If I ever happen to have another baby girl, her first birthday theme will be "Sweet as a Peach", and I will definitely be using these DIY peach containers as party favors.  Find the tutorial at Handmade Charlotte, and host your own adorable peach party!   

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Pool Party Eggs

If you're looking for a healthy snack to serve before your pool party or swim meet...look no further! These hard-boiled synchronized swimmer eggs would be perfect, and who could pass up a cute little egg in a swim cap?  For the full tutorial, head to Handmade Charlotte.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Rocket Pop Party Favors

These paper mache rocket pops would be perfect favors for a Fourth of July celebration!  Make your own using the tutorial at Handmade Charlotte.  Happy 4th!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

DIY Cookie Cutter Candy Pops

You'll never guess how we melted candies to make these adorable Cookie Cutter Candy Pops!  Find out at Handmade Charlotte.   

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

DIY Cherry Sweets

Learn how to make cherry sweets out of donut holes, and cherry sours!  ...Guaranteed to be a big hit at your next picnic!  For the tutorial, head to Handmade Charlotte.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

God's Eye Cupcakes

God's Eye or Ojo de Dios Cupcakes for your next crafternoon!

Serve some God's Eye (Ojo de Dios) cupcakes at your next crafternoon, camp party, or boho celebration!  Find the tutorial at Handmade Charlotte.  

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

DIY Edible Cactus Treat

Take your next "taco Tuesday" to a whole new level with this edible cactus treat!  You can find the tutorial at Handmade Charlotte.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

THURSDAY THEME | bunny brunch

The most adorable inspiration for a girls' bunny-themed Easter brunch!

Here is all the inspiration you need to start planning the most adorable "bunny brunch" for your favorite little ladies!  Wouldn't this be a fun Easter tradition?


1.  BUNNY BRUNCH INVITATIONS  The most adorable FREE printable invitation you ever did see! | Emma Trithart

2.  BUNNY COOKIES  You're going to need a bunny-themed snack...and these cookies are darling! | Handmade Charlotte

3.  DIY NO-SEW BUNNY EARS  Guests will love being able to make (or at least wear) their own pair of bunny ears. | Live Free Creative Co.

4.  BUNNY TOTE  Some adorable inspiration for your favor bags... | Cotton On

5.  BUNNY BREAKFAST  Isn't this the cutest bunny food art EVER?  Make your own using pancakes, cherries, bananas, etc. |  We Heart It / @ivanavai  

6.  EASTER PRINTABLES  These are the sweetest FREE printables, and you can use them to make cupcake toppers, pancake toppers, garlands, stickers, name tags, etc. | Emma Trithart  

7.  BROWN SACK BUNNY MASK  This would be another simple party craft for young guests. | Oh Happy Day!  

8.  ARM-KNIT BUNNY  So, it might be a little extravagant to make enough bunnies for each guest to keep, but if you're feeling ambitious, one or two would be cute to have lying around at the party. | The Style Files 

9.  RABBIT FABRIC BALL HAIR TIES These are a must for the favor bags. | Rare Rabbit   

10.  HARD BOILED BUNNY EGGS  The perfect side to go with those bunny pancakes! | Parents

11.  DIY BUNNY EARS TWIST TIE more fun craft or favor, depending on the age of the guests. | The House that Lars Built

12.  BEAD BUNNY BOOKMARKS  Such a cute DIY!  Party activity or favor? | Small for Big

Thursday, March 23, 2017

THURSDAY THEME | farmer's market

Now that Spring is officially here, I am anxious to hit up our local Farmer's Market!  I love seeing the fresh flower bouquets, and my kids like to go along for the honey sticks.  Even my hubby enjoys picking out some fresh produce, and it's just fun to shop outdoors and be a part of the hustle and bustle early on a Saturday morning.  Well, I also enjoy sleeping in and eating donuts...but not on Farmer's Market day!

It's the perfect time of year to start planning a Farmer's Market party!  I gathered a bit of inspiration, but there are soooo many ways to get creative with this theme.  Agggghhh, I seriously need an excuse to throw this party!

Click on the captions for links...LEFT to RIGHT:

1.  VEG LIFE PATCH  Hannah has the cutest merit badges, but you just have to keep watching her blog and site to see what's available.  I LOVE her veg life patch!  It would be adorable on your Farmer's Market tote, or on a little cotton favor bag.  

2.  DIY FLAGS  Oh the possibilities!  The link includes a tutorial for no-sew bunting, as well as these cutie-patootie flags.  I can see them in vases with flowers, stuck in the ground lining your driveway or sidewalk leading to the party, or just in the favor bags as a cute little decoration.

3.  STRAWBERRY TOTE  Can't you picture adorable little girls running around a Farmer's Market with this darling strawberry tote?  It would be cute to come up with a DIY version with an iron-on strawberry for the party favor bags!

4.  CARROTS + HUMMUS  The perfect (and even healthy) party snack!

5.  PRINTABLE JAR LABEL There are several designs to choose from, and they're FREE!  Who doesn't love a good freebie?!  You can print them on sticker paper, and label party favors in jars, or make cake or jam in jars to send home with guests.  Those lucky ducks!

6.  FRESH BOUQUET  This would be the perfect centerpiece!

7.  FARMER'S MARKET BACKDROP  This party is the BEST!  You have to check it out for oodles of adorable inspiration.  Love the backdrop!

8.  DIY STRAWBERRY CASCARONES  These babies are packed with confetti for an instant party! If you're looking for a good selection of berry baskets, try Shop Sweet Lulu.

9.  FABRIC FLOWER BOUQUETS  Follow the link...waaaaaay too cute! Depending on guests' ages, this might be a fun party craft.

10.  PRINTABLE VEGGIE SNACK CONES  Another adorable printable! Print...roll...serve veggie sticks!

11.  FLORAL CAKE TOPPER  I think this is my all-time favorite cake.

12.  DIY CLAY FLOWER VASE NECKLACES  Oh my goodness!  This would be an adorable party craft and favor!

13.  DIY CARROT SURPRISE BALLS  Another darling favor idea!  Disguise your favors in a carrot surprise ball.

14.  FRUIT HAIR CLIP  Oh dear.  I saved this hair clip on Pinterest a while back, and it looks like the shop is currently closed for maintenance.  I sure do hope it returns with this "holly berry" hair clip.  The guest of honor definitely needs to be wearing it!

15.  EMBROIDERED VEGGIE BAG  This link includes a free PDF project, so you can stitch your own Farmer's Market tote bag!  If you don't make these for the party, you could definitely make one for yourself, right?  So cute.  You could even just stitch one fruit or veggie on little cotton favor bags.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

THURSDAY THEME | "camp unicorn" part two

There are too many brilliant unicorn ideas to fit into one post, so I split it into two.  Be sure to check out part one for even more unicorn party inspiration. ...Then come back next Thursday for a new theme!     


1.  DIY UNICORN BALLOONS  Studio DIY came up with a fun way to dress up some plain pink balloons!

2.  CAMP UNICORN PENNANT  This was a custom order from Chic Baby Rose.  I am SO in love! It would be so fun to run with a "camp unicorn" theme! Isn't it inspiring?

3.  STUFFED UNICORN BALLOON ANIMAL  It would be fun to make enough unicorns to hand out as party favors.  Click the link for the tutorial on Little Inspiration.

4.  PRISM PARTY PLATES  These just look unicorn-ish, right?

5.  UNICORN POOL FLOAT  How about a unicorn pool party?!  You would definitely need this float.

6.  UNICORN MOTEL KEY CHAIN If you're hosting a unicorn sleepover, the girls will need a key to the unicorn motel!  This would also be a fun party favor.

7.  UNICORN CAKE This naked watercolor cake has the perfect magical look for a unicorn theme.

8.  UNICORN RING  The hostess should definitely wear this Kate Spade balloon animal unicorn ring!

9.  UNICORN DONUTS  These are actually edible "spray paint" donuts inspired by Lisa Frank, but they look perfect for a unicorn party!  Find the tutorial on Aww Sam.

10.  UNICORN BUTTON  Shop Sweet Lulu has the most adorable buttons for sale!  You should browse the entire collection, once you're done buying the unicorn!

11.  UNICORN SUSHI  The perfect party dessert.  Find out how to make this sweet treat on Poppytalk.

12.  UNICORN TERRARIUM KIT  If you need an activity or craft, this would be perfect!  You could probably create a very budget-friendly version on your own, or you can buy this adorable kit.

That's it, folks!  I may gather enough photos for a third board at some point, but for now, be sure to check out PART ONE!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

DIY Lucky Charms Sushi

Top o' the mornin' to ya!  You didn't think that I would let St. Patrick's Day slide by without a good ol' Lucky Charms DIY, did ya now?  I have to admit that this sushi didn't turn out exactly how I had envisioned it, but it's cute enough to eat, nonetheless! 

Every year my kids look forward to a bowl of Lucky Charms on St. Patty's Day!  It's our favorite March 17 tradition.  These Lucky Charm Kabobs are probably still one of my all-time favorite posts on this little blog, and you have to check out the Lucky Charm Pinatas as well.  This's SUSHI!  Lucky Charms sushi!  Actually, I realize they look like Lucky Charm patties, but sushi sounds cool, and a lot more appetizing!       

I have seen a ton of cool candy and cereal sushi ideas this year, and decided to make a St. Patrick's Day version for my kids.  They LOVED it!  

So, if you want to make some of your own...


  • Lucky Charms Treats (see recipe here)
  • Extra Lucky Charms marshmallows
  • Icing
  • Wax paper
  • Butter
  • Knife
  • Strawberry milk + tiny bowl
  • Chopsticks (optional)
  • Sanding sugar (I used peach)


Step 1

Rub butter all over both hands, and flatten a ball of Lucky Charms Treats on a piece of wax paper.  

Step 2

With freshly buttered hands, roll the piece into a log, and flatten the ends.

Step 3  

Pour a pile of sanding sugar on your piece of wax paper, and spread it out. Roll your Lucky Charms "log" through the sanding sugar, until it is completely covered.

Step 4

Using a knife, cut the log into slices, making each slice about one inch wide.  

Step 5

Once you are done slicing your "sushi" pieces, spread a small circle of frosting on the top of each piece.  

Step 6

Add a couple of Lucky Charms marshmallows to the top of each piece, and you're almost done!

Step 7

Now you will need to pour strawberry milk in a small bowl, to be used as dipping sauce.  

Enjoy!  Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Rainbow Balloon Cake Topper

The tutorial for this fun cake topper is up on Handmade Charlotte!  This would be perfect for St. Patrick's Day, or a unicorn party?  Happy Weekend!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

THURSDAY THEME | "camp unicorn" part one

Unicorns are still going strong!  In fact, there is so much inspiration out there for a fabulous unicorn party, that I had to break the post into two parts...and I still couldn't include everything!  I recently saw a pennant for "camp unicorn" on Pinterest, and that inspired the party title.  How fun would it be to host unicorn camp this summer?


1.   FREE PRINTABLE UNICORN VALENTINES  So, I know these are valentines, but they're so adorable that maybe you could somehow white out the "valentine" part, and use them as party favor gift tags?  Of course, if it's a Valentine's party, just leave 'em!  

2.   RAINBOW FROSTED CUPCAKES  These are soooo unicorny!  There is a fantastic recipe and tutorial at Party Patisserie.  

3.   UNICORN ORIGAMI BROOCH  Love this.  It may be a little expensive for party favors, but would be super cute for the hostess!

4.   SPRINKLE ICE CUBES  Such a fun idea!  There is not a tutorial for the ice cubes pictured, but there are similar "glitter cubes" at a Subtle Revelry.

5.   OMBRE PARTY CANDLES  These are perfect for a unicorn shindig!

6.   UNICORN BACON NECKLACE  How clever is "unicorn bacon"?  This Etsy seller created adorable necklaces, which would be great for party favors.  You could also use some "rainbow sour belt candy" to serve as actual bacon. 

7.   UNICORN PINATA MAKEOVER  All you have to do is buy a donkey pinata, and give him a cute little makeover!  

8.   UNICORN LOVERS CLUB  You could use this phrase on the invitations, or post it on the front door.  You could even make a garland using a cutting machine, or if you're feeling artistic - make a poster to hang in the "unicorn lounge".   

9.   UNICORN RINGS  I'm a HUGE fan of these rings...and they happen to be on sale right now!

10. UNICORN TOAST  Unicorn lovers need snacks, right?!  

11. UNICORN RIBBON ROSETTE  SO cute!  Hang these on the wall by your "unicorn lovers club" garland, or use them as literal game prize ribbons.

12. UNICORN FOOD  Throw a bunch of pink, sparkly sprinkles and candy together to create "unicorn food".  Unicorn fans will love it!

Be sure to check out "PART TWO" next week!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

THURSDAY THEME | lions & tigers

Can you believe it's already March?!  They say it comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb, so I thought this would be a good time to share some inspiration for a lion party!  I threw in some tigers too, just cuz I like 'em.  I have considered doing a lions & tigers theme for my son, but he seems to have his own ideas. Ha!

Left to Right:

1. TIGER TATTOOS  Aren't these adorable?  Visit Shop Sweet Lulu for the cutest tiger party supplies.  I especially love this button.  

2.  TIGER CAPE  I secretly want this cape for myself!  Isn't it darling?  Check out lovelane on Etsy for lots of adorable capes and play wear for your kiddos.  

3.  PAPER BAG LION MASK This is some great inspiration for a party craft, or you could have them pre-made and ready to wear!

4.  LION NECKLACE  Unfortunately, this Etsy shop owner is taking a break at the moment, but hopefully she will re-stock this adorable lion necklace!

5.  LION CAKE  Oh Martha, of course you would make the cutest lion cake I've ever seen!

6.  TIGER PATCH  "Too bad so sad" may not be appropriate for a kids' party, but I do love this patch!
7.  LION PANCAKE BREAKFAST  What would be better than a lion pancake face with a banana mane?  

8.  LION FACE PAINT  Just some inspiration for all the face-painting artists out there!

9.  TIGER LEAF  Oooo, I love this!  It would be another cute party craft, or you could make some yourself, and string them on a garland.  

10.  LION POM POM  If you visit the site, there is a tiger pom pom too!  You could make these to tie on little drawstring favor bags.  

11.  LION PIE CRUST  This might be a little ambitious for me, but it's perfect for you pie-making experts!  

12.  LION & TIGER CUPCAKE TOPPERS  Super-cute DIY cupcake toppers!  This party is really coming together, don't you think?  

Happy March!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Rainbow Cloud Place Settings

Check out my "Rainbow Cloud Place Settings" tutorial for St. Patrick's Day on Handmade Charlotte! You can use them for utensils and napkins, or fill them with gold coins and favors.  Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

THURSDAY THEME | rainbow party inspiration

A friend of mine is planning a rainbow party for her daughter's 4th birthday, so I pulled together some inspiration for her, and just in time for St. Patrick's Day! This is such a fun theme to pull together, and you can make it as simple or complicated as you please.  Here are some of my favorite ideas!

Left to Right:

1.   FREE printable rainbows | Oh Happy Day!

Use these printable rainbows as gift toppers, or print enough to string on a garland!

2.   Lucky Charm Kabobs | Fête Gazette

Lucky Charm Kabobs would be adorable cupcake toppers!  

3.   Candy Rainbow Cake Topper | The Sweet Lulu Blog

So cute, right?!  It's even better that it's edible.  Yum!

4.   Rainbow Cake | One Charming Party

I have always wanted to make a rainbow cake.  Great way to add color to the party!  I have seen really cute versions of this in mason jars too.  

5.   Mini Rainbow Balloon Arch DIY | Oh Happy Day!

This would be a really cute, and inexpensive backdrop for the cake table!

6.   Rainbow Fringe Garland Backdrop | The Sweet Lulu Blog

This is one of my all-time favorite rainbow party ideas!  I love simple DIYs that make a huge impact.

7.   Rainbow Balloon Backdrop | Oh Happy Day!

This is a larger-scale rainbow idea that would be fun if you have a big space to decorate, or as a fun photo booth backdrop!

8.   Rainbow Plates and Napkins | Shop Sweet Lulu | photo credit: Instagram @theoriginalpartybagcompany

Every party needs some fun paper plates and napkins!  I adore everything from Meri Meri!

9.   Rainbow Candy Favors | Catch My Party

This is such a genius party favor.  All you need is some colorful licorice and mini marshmallows!

10. Rainbow Meringue Cookies | Eugenie Kitchen

All I have to say is ADORABLE!    

11. Rainbow Mylar Balloon | Shop Sweet Lulu

What's a party without balloons?!  Shop Sweet Lulu has the cutest party supplies EVER.  

12. Edible Rainbow Flag Cupcake Topper DIY | Oh Happy Day! 

Another genius idea!  Chiara always has the cutest DIYs for Oh Happy Day! They are always simple enough for non-crafters, yet make a huge impact. They always make me say, "Why didn't I think of that!"

I hope you are inspired to throw the rainbow party of your dreams!  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

THURSDAY THEME | tattoo station inspiration

So, you're hosting a temporary tattoo station at your little rockstar's next bash?  I created a roundup of ideas and inspiration to include or consider.  If you need to track down the right tattoos for your theme, try searching Tattly and Meri Meri.

Now, from left to right:

1.  Just a little inspiration, because these boys are too doggone cute with their temporary tattoos!   (source)

2.  Tattoo cake topper!  You can find the tutorial to make your own on Oh Happy Day!   

3.  Did you know you can apply temporary tattoos to bananas?  Yep, you can!  You can also put them on party cups, eggs, and who knows what else!  Get creative...and then come back here and tell me what else you tattooed!  You could have a really adorable (and healthy) snack for the kiddos, while they are patiently waiting for their turn to get a tat.  (source)

4.  Temporary tattoo balloons!  You definitely need some of these by your tattoo station.  Find the tutorial over at Aww Sam.

5.  You may need to create a sign for your tattoo booth, or even some food labels or place cards.  Soooo, you will need a tattoo font, right?  Photo credit: Etsy 

6.  Apply tattoos to your party cups to match your theme!  Photo credit: Instagram @habitatt

7.  This handmade hipster art doll is sporting some nautical tattoos.  He might make a nice gift for a birthday boy (or girl), and he inspires me to try some temp tats on fabric!  I haven't tried it yet, but it might be cute on some little canvas favor bags? 

8.  If you can't find the right tattoo for your theme, or are looking to create your own, head over to A Beautiful Mess for the tutorial.

9.  How awesome is this tattoo mural in a kid's room!  If you are an artist, or have an artistic friend, this would be a fun backdrop to create on a $10 piece of plywood from the hardware store!  

10.  These temporary tattoo application instructions come with this tattoo station in a box.  So cute!  You can purchase your own, or get inspired to DIY!   

So, there are some ideas to get you started!  I decided to start a series on here called "Thursday Themes", and I will post inspiration for a different party theme every Thursday!  If you're interested in seeing a particular theme featured, let me know in the comments, or shoot me an email.  I thought this would be a fun way to share how I get inspired while party planning.  Where do you find inspiration?