Friday, January 21, 2011

Cupcake Party Invitations

Mary Ashley is 7, and we're baking up some fun!
We're decorating cupcakes and we hope you will come!

I am so excited to celebrate Mary Ashley's birthday tomorrow. She has invited six friends to join us for an afternoon of baking and decorating cupcakes. I have lots of fun surprises in store for the girls and can't wait to share all of the fun with you next week. Of course, a cupcake party needs a sweet invitation ... .

This paper cupcake looks good enough to eat, and Mary Ashley and Emma loved helping me assemble these. For the cupcakes, we drizzled school glue into the bottom of a cupcake liner (actually, two liners stuck together works better to help the liner keep its shape). Next, we wadded pink paper shreds into a ball and pushed the wad into the glue. Then I hot glued a paper rose and two leaves to the top of the cupcake.
Paper roses are easy to make, and they add a sweet detail to myriad projects. (My sixth-grade Bible class students enjoyed making paper flowers to embellish get-well cards recently.) The roses pictured in this post were made using a 3-inch scalloped punch. I simply trimmed the scalloped edge and rolled the circle tight. When I let it go, the roll sprung into a rose. I made the leaves by cutting a 3-inch scalloped circle in half, then into hearts, and folding each heart in the center. A little hot glue keeps the leaves and roses in place atop the paper cupcakes. (Find more detailed instructions and photos for making paper roses here.)

Green cupcake boxes provided perfect packaging for our sweet paper cupcakes, and the window on top allowed guests to peek at the surprise inside. Find a package of 10 reasonably-priced cupcake boxes here

The cupcake boxes are shipped flat, so before I assembled them I covered the brown underside with pretty pink and white scrapbook paper. This extra detail added a little loveliness to the inside of the box.

Pretty pink ribbon from Michaels tied everything together, and cupcake tags designed by my talented designer friend Katy Larson added the finishing touch. Katy has outdone herself on printables for our cupcake party, and I cannot wait for you to see all the special touches she added to our celebration. For now, let me show you the sweet little tags she designed for our invitations.

I wanted a soft pink, yellow and green color palette for this party, and Katy designed these adorable tags for the day. The cupcake graphics tie into the style of the shredded-paper cupcakes, and Katy even added a sweet little rose accent on the top. In order to convey all the information we needed to share with party guests, Katy designed a yellow, green and pink tag. The trio looks adorable tied to the pink ribbon. The tags coordinate perfectly with the paper cupcakes inside the box, and the green cupcake liners in Katy's cupcake graphic even mimic the ribbing on the green cupcake box. I am telling you, where you think the cute would end, there is more cute!

I have so many more creative ideas and party details to share, so be sure to drop in to sample our cupcakes next week. I am delighted that my talented photographer friend Allison Hilyer will be on hand to photograph the day. I can't wait to see the images she captures!

I hope your weekend will be mixed with joy, baked with love and sprinkled with blessings!

I'm linking this post with "Get Your Craft On" at Today's Creative Blog.


Heather L. said...

Wow, I can't wait to see this party!!! We are planning a "french bakery" party for my daughter's birthday in July, so I will definitely be checking here for inspiration. You are truly the queen of unique invitations. Your creativity amazes me!!! Looking forward to more posts!

The Martys said...

Simply adorable. I too, cannot wait to see this party! Another fabulous party!!

Have fun!


Becky Welch said...

Can't wait to see all the fun you will have - I know the girls are in for a real treat! Happy Birthday, Mary Ashley!

Kristen@PrettySweet said...

How perfectly sweet! I know the girls will have a fantastic time! Can't wait to see the pictures later. =)

Anonymous said...

Can you give a little more detail on making the roses. I would love to use this idea for a party I am planning for some senior citizens for Valentines Day.

Rach said...

Oh wow! I think this is the best yet. Happy Birthday Mary Ashley!!

Melissa Lester said...

Thanks, everyone. The paper roses are super simple. You can use a circle punch for this project, but I prefer a scalloped circle. The size of your punch will determine how big your rose is. I tried my 2" and 3" punches and preferred the larger roses from the 3" punch.

To make the rose, punch a scalloped circle with your punch. Then trim away the edge of the circle, rounding the edges on each end of the circle. Beginning at one end of the circle, roll the scalloped circle tightly. You can roll it with the scrapbook paper to the outside or to the inside (or choose 2-sided paper for a great effect). I rolled the paper with the design to the inside so guests would look down into the rose to see the pattern.

After you roll the paper, let it go and the roll will spring into a rose. If desired, add a drop of glue to the outside edge of the rose to help it keep its shape.

For these cupcakes, I placed each leaf with a dab of hot glue, then hot glued the rose between them. With my sixth graders, we used glue dots to adhere the flowers to cards.

Let me know if you have any more questions!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, how cute! I might have to borrow this idea, Melissa, for a big girl party. They are adorable invitations. Cute as can be. Thanks for sharing.


Sheila :-)

Marsha Young said...

My goodness, the pictures themselves look good enough to eat! Marvelous. ...Marsha

Julie A. Cox said...

What an original invitation idea! So beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

Livin' the Yeh Life! said...

Absolutely amazing, as always! Thank you for sharing!!

Rebecca said...

Adorable! Your photos are lovely as usual.

I have read through the directions a few times, but I think I am missing something. I have my scalloped circle punched out. But I don't know what you mean by trim away the edge of the circle. I don't see an edge. Am I supposed to fold it in half and cut out the inner part? Sorry...I have a feeling I am not reading this right.

Thanks! I have already used so many of your ideas, you are so creative!!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Melissa -- I'm really looking foward to your party -- I'm going to steal this idea (I've already ordered some cupcake boxes) -- I'm going to make one for a friend who's expecting a second grandchild "Congratulations on your newest cupcake" -- and for some upcoming birthdays -- "May your day be filled with sweet little cupcake moments" Thank you so much for sharing this!

Shane and Kristy Davis said...

That is WAY too cute... can't wait to see more of the day!

Kirks Korner said...

This is such a cute idea. You have the greatest crafts. I always like when I receive an update from your blog to say that you posted. :)


Melissa Lester said...

Rebecca, I will get some photos to demonstrate making the rose and post them in a little tutorial.

Shell in your Pocket said...

Those cupcakes are so cute! Wow...what a lucky little girl!
sandy toe

Heather at Willow Cottage said...

I love this idea. The possibilities are endless. Thank you for your great blog!

Rayanne said...

I was looking up children's tea partys on Google, and your site came up. So glad...I'm following now, don't want to miss anything.

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