Category Archives: Decorating Ideas

Dinosaur Themed Birthday Party

In our family it is IMPOSSIBLE to have a “simple” little party.  My oldest daughter, Liz, owns an event planning company, Liz King Events, Rachel (Joey’s mom) is a first grade school teacher with tons of creative ideas who also works for the event company, and of course, I have my own contributions – of the baked variety.

For weeks, we have been planning and crafting a Dinosaur Party.  This past Saturday, we celebrated the 2nd Birthday of our first grandson, Joey.

Instead of just a cake, we opted for the trendy “dessert table” which is really, just a small selection of a multitude of desserts.  We made mini S’mores, Strawberry Push-up Cakes, Dino Sugar Cookies, Brownie Bites, “Mud” cups, Oreo Truffles, Popcorn Balls, Chocolate Dipped Pretzels, Cupcakes and of course, a Dino Cake!

The day was perfect: lots of family and friends, food and sunshine!

The Dessert Table: 


Lions, Tigers and Monkeys – Oh My!

My daughter is expecting her second child (my second grandbaby!!) at the end of April.  Her co-workers gave her a lovely surprise Baby Shower this past Saturday.  I offered to bring cupcakes with the theme baby safari animals (they fondly call their first-born, “monkey”). With 40 guests RSVP’d, I had a busy Friday prepping. Soon, I found myself up to my elbows in fondant pieces as I assembled my version of safari animals.  I free-handed these animals and, as usual, decided the “next time” would be easier (note to self: order small animal cutters).

Making these animals is an easy enough process, though time consuming.  Fondant comes already colored in small amounts at craft stores and white fondant can easily be tinted any color.  All you need is some parchment paper, a rolling pin, colored fondant, cutters – if you have them, or a knife and edible food markers.  Attach pieces of fondant to other pieces simply by brushing with water.  Use edible markers to make small details.  Allow to dry overnight.  I just placed them on top of the buttercream!

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