These M&MS® have football helmets, goal posts, and footballs printed on them as well as the classic “M”! So super cute and perfect for the upcoming football season! I decided that I needed to have a few friends over for a preseason game and somehow incorporate the M&MS® into my decor and tablescape.
Planning the Theme
The first thing I do when planning the theme of any tablescape or party decor, I decide on colors. My favorite football team colors are green and blue so I used those. You can easily choose any color combination for your party.
After the colors are chosen, I decide on the centerpiece or the main focal point of the decor. I always like to include one DIY item in my party decor and decided to to paint a mason jar like a football to serve as a vase for flowers.
DIY Football Painted Mason Jar
Chalk paint, brown
1″ Paint brush
White paint marker
Ensure the jar is clean and dry before you begin. Line your work surface with paper towels or other protective covering.
Paint the outside of the jar brown. Let it dry about 15 minutes. Paint a second coat of brown. Let it dry completely. (NOTE: You don’t have to paint the bottom of the jar since no one will see it.)
Using the white paint marker, dry the stitching of a football on the side of the jar that is flat with no writing. Allow the paint to dry completely.
Cut a piece of ribbon to fit the lip of the jar and attach it with a piece of tape. (I didn’t use glue so that I could take the ribbon off and put different color ribbon on for another party if necessary.)
Fill the jar with your favorite flowers. I chose coordinating blue and green flowers to match the theme, but any flowers would work… fresh or silk.
Football Party Decor Ideas
M&MS® as Decor
I knew I wanted to incorporate the M&MS® Brand Chocolate Candies Game Day Mix in a nontraditional way. They couldn’t just be baked into a cookie or used to top cupcakes, I really wanted the chocolate candies to stand out on the table! I found two inexpensive chargers that matched the color them of the party and planned to use those to hold the desserts.
I placed blue, green, and brown M&MS® under the cookies on the charger. Doing this not only carried the color theme to the plate, but it added a fun added touch to the display.
The table wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t have a big bowl of M&MS® to snack on during the football party. I used the same ribbon on the painted jar to weave into a ceramic berry box and filled it with more M&MS®. This is an easy way to turn a boring bowl of candy into something interesting on the table to look at.
To keep the football theme going, I made sugar cookies topped with chocolate buttercream in the shape of footballs. Even if you didn’t have time to make cookies from scratch, you can buy pre-made dough or even a box mix from CVS and cut them out in the football shape. Super easy and they make a big impact on the overall theme of the table.
I just love how the football cookies jump of the plate on top of the colorful M&MS® Brand Chocolate Candies Game Day Mix!
Jars & Berry Bowls
Again, instead of just putting out popcorn and peanuts in simple bowls, I added a touch of drama by using mason jars and ceramic berry boxes.
Using the same ribbon on all the jars and bowls helps to create consistency in the overall theme and brings the color palate to every aspect of the table.
Using toothpicks and paper (both of which you can find at CVS) you can create treat flags to top any bite sized dessert. For this party, I topped individually portioned marshmallow cereal treats with flags adorned with footballs and common football phrases.
My personal favorite… Team M&MS®.
I mean really… when you’re on Team M&MS®, you can’t lose!
Whether you’ve got a party coming up or you’ve found some last minute inspiration while shopping at CVS, these Football Party Decor Ideas are sure to give you some great inspiration!
You can find these M&MS® Brand Chocolate Candies Game Day Mix only at your local CVS store! Use this locator to help you find the one nearest to you!
Wrapping paper (any color to match the cupcakes & theme of the party)
Scissors & tape
Cover the foam board with the wrapping paper making a smooth, clean surface to place the cupcakes on.
Make the buttercream frosting and tint it to the color you want. (See recipe below)
Fit medium star piping tip onto the piping bag and fill with light blue buttercream.
Start with the light blue frosting and pipe 5 small stars across a cupcake (in a black liner) down the center of the cupcake. Repeat filling the top of the cupcake with stars until you have 25 stars shaped in a square. You want to make SIX 6 light blue cupcakes in black liners.
Repeat this piping process with the dark blue frosting and make TWELVE 12 dark blue cupcakes in black liners.
Finally, with the dark brown frosting, pipe 5×5 rows of stars onto cupcakes in the gold liners. You’ll have a total of NINE 9 brown cupcakes in gold liners.
Using the photos as a guide, line up the cupcakes on your prepared foam board. If you’re traveling, apply a small dollop of frosting to the bottom of each cupcake to attach it to the board. This will act like glue and prevent the cupcakes from sliding.
Be sure to be mindful of direction you place each cupcake, you want them to all be facing the same direction and uniform.
Minecraft Sword Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
¼ cup shortening (I used Crisco)
1 lb powdered sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
¼ cup heavy whipping cream
gel food coloring
2-3 Tbsp dark chocolate cocoa powder
In your stand mixer, whip together the butter and shortening until combined.
Add the vanilla, salt, and powdered sugar and mix until incorporated.
Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the heavy cream. Whip until smooth.
If the frosting is too thick, add 1 Tbsp more cream until you reach your desired consistency.
Whip on high for 2-3 minutes or until light and fluffy.
Reserve half the frosting for the brown and set aside.
Add a SMALL amount of blue gel coloring to the remaining white and whip until combined.
Decorating the 6 light blue cupcakes.
Add more gel coloring until you get a deep dark turquoise blue and whip until combined. Let the color sit in the frosting for 5-10 minutes before piping, it will turn deep and dark in color.
Add 2-3 Tbsp dark chocolate cocoa powder to the reserved frosting and whip until combined.
If the frosting is too stiff, add a small splash of heavy cream to slightly loosen.
Allow the frosting to set for 5 minutes to deepen in color.
Whether you need a unique hostess gift or Easter decor for your home, these Spring Painted Candy Jars are uncomplicated to make and incredibly adorable!
Last year in my Glam Easter Brunch & Tablescape, I used upcycled jam jars filled with candies and topped with a porcelain bunny as a part of the decor. This year, since I’m still in love with the filled-jar concept, I wanted to do something a littler different.
I created a set of Spring Painted Candy Jars filled with pastel jelly beans which became the centerpiece of my entire home decor for the season.
They are absolutely adorable and I actually ended up going to Home Goods after I made them to buy a coordinating table runner (the bunny one in the pictures) and placemats for my dining table! I’m obsessed with the mint and yellow pastels this season!
To make these jars, you’ll need only a few things…
*I chose the chalk paint because I love the look of it when it’s dry. You can use any water-based paint you want for these jars.
Using these templates (tall bunny & short bunny), cut out the bunnies using a vinyl sticker cutting machine to the size of your jars.
Apply the vinyl stick onto a clean jar.
Paint the outside of the jar. Do not worry about painting the bottom, you won’t see it when it’s finished. Wait a few minutes before adding a second coat of paint. Repeat with a 3rd coat if necessary.
While the paint is still a bit sticky and before it is completely dry, gently peel off the vinyl stickers. Do not wait until the paint is completely dry because it may chip when you pull the vinyl away.
Using a slightly wet q-tip or a damp towel, clean up any edges where the paint may have seeped under the vinyl.
Touch up the edges with the paint brush if necessary.
Paint the jar lids also with at least 2 coats. Allow the paint to dry completely on all parts before assembling.
Fill the jars with candy and screw on the lids.
Cut a piece of lace or ribbon to fit the size of the lid of the jar. Place it around the lid and apply a small dollop of hot glue onto the jar and press the ribbon into place. Hold for a few seconds to secure.
Optionally, hot glue a porcelain bunny to the top of the jars.
I am not a painter by any means, so I did this project with zero skill or knowledge of what I was doing. Which means ANYONE can do this! I learned a few things along the way that hopefully will make it easier for you if you try it.
You don’t have to make your jars look exactly like mine. Let my jars be an inspiration to you! Pick colors you love, candy you love, and ribbon you love! Make it your own!
If you don’t have access to a cutting machine, try having them custom made from a vendor on ETSY. My neighbor, Robby of Drapela Designs, made mine for me for very inexpensive. You can find him on ETSY here and Facebook here if you’d like him to make them for you too!
Size the bunnies before cutting them. Measure your jar and decide what width and height will work best for your jars.
Do not lift up the vinyl sticker once you have placed it. Make sure you know exactly where you want it before you press it down. Lifting it up will cause the edges to get dirty and dusty and will allow the paint to seep under the sticker. Also, try to keep the sticker on the flattest part of the jar. If you a place it too high or too low it will not lay flat where the jar curves.
Like I said above, do not let the paint dry all the way before removing the vinyl stickers. This step is very important! I made the mistake of doing that and I had a lot of touch-up work to do. You want the paint still tacky and wet so that it does not crack when you remove the stickers. A toothpick or tweezers can be helpful when trying to remove the vinyl.
Take your time! When I get really excited about a project, I often try to rush things. Don’t do that here. Take your time, enjoy the process and make sure you do good work the first time!
Create an inexpensive, colorful, and fun Curious George Party using these simple and creative ideas!
A month after my family moved from Germany to Virginia, my son turned 4 years old and I needed to put together a party for him. The party was only going to be family so the party didn’t have to be too elaborate, but I still wanted it to be special. I decided to create a dessert table as the focal point for the party.
I covered the sideboard the eat-in kitchen area of my living room with a white table runner. Instead of completely covering the entire sideboard, the white create a neutral color to showcase everything that sat on top.
Since this is a Curious George Party, I chose to use primary colors in all my decor… red, yellow, and blue. I purchased inexpensive cake stands in yellow and white from Target and Home Goods and used a crystal cake stand I already had. Using pedestals creates height on the table and adds drama.
Using balloons as a backdrop is one of my favorite ways to decorate. I had my husband run to the party store the morning of the party so the balloons would stay up all day. Placing them behind the sideboard created an easy, inexpensive, height-creating, dramatic look that tied all the colors of the party together.
I already had these tissue tassels from earlier parties, so I strung the colors I wanted on bakers twine and hung it front of the sideboard. Party supply stores sell these premade as well as vendors on ETSY, so if you wanted to save yourself some time I’d suggest buying from there. Making tissue tassels is very time-consuming!
Finally, I bought red and yellow paper plates and napkins from the party supply store and set them out on the sideboard to add more color. It also wouldn’t be a Curious George party without Curious George himself! So I placed a few of the books we had around the house and one on the side table!
If you know anything about me, you know that I can never just make one dessert for a party. Ha! I always make at least two, usually three or four… regardless of how many people will be attending the party! For Matty’s Curious George Party, I made these chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream. Now since the flavors, which Matty requested, were basic I needed to make sure that the colors of the cupcakes matched the theme.
For the liners, I used Sweets & Treats Boutique yellow dot #BakeBright grease-proof cupcake liners</a>. I topped the cupcakes with a blue buttercream, red jimmies and yellow banana candies. Matty picked out Curious George rings from the cake supply store and they brought the entire cupcake together on theme!
The cake was a banana cake with brown sugar cinnamon cream cheese frosting. Not only did I have some ripe bananas on hand, the banana flavor paired perfectly with the Curious George theme. Monkeys love bananas!
I topped the cake with Curious George on a train and filled the train car with banana candies. I carried over the red jimmies from the cupcakes on to the cake and displayed it all on the white and yellow stand. Everything is coordinating without being too matchy-matchy.
I found a #4 cookie cutter at the cake supply store and made a single batch of my soft sugar cookies and frosted them with blue buttercream. I love how cutting the cookies in a number 4 added a subtle, personalized touch to the party.
To add another dimension of fun to the dessert table, I purchased red, yellow and blue candies from the party supply store. I displayed them in an inexpensive bowl but the impact of it was super cute and Matty loves getting a piece or two of candy from the bowl even after his party is over.
Matty picked the Curious George theme based on the cake and cupcake toppers he saw at the cake supply store. He really enjoyed watching me put it together for him in the days leading up to his party!
I created a coordinating focal point using a second sideboard I had in the same room by covering it completely. I used an inexpensive disposable table cover and essentially wrapped it like a gift securing the extra behind the sideboard. This area was used for displaying the gifts and it created a place to put the one activity I had planned.
Speaking of party activities, since there was only going to be Matty at this party, I didn’t need to plan a bunch of activities. Instead, I simply left half of the number four sugar cookies unfrosted and set out the buttercream and toppings I used on the cupcakes with them for my guests to decorate themselves!
I’m not sure who had more fun, Uncle Greg, Grandpa or Matty.
It was a pretty special day for Matty. Not only was it his 4th birthday, but he met his Grandma Linda for the first time.
It was also the first time in 15 years that Dave’s side of the family was under the same roof. It was pretty amazing that son could bring them all together again. It was a very special day.
Sophistication and glamour fill this Pink and Gold Soiree making it the perfect party for the chic woman in your life!
Meet Veronika. She was my photographer in Germany for the last year I was there and from the first moment we met, I knew she was a kindred spirit. Veronika is creative, passionate about her craft and incredibly talented.
Since she was little, Veronika never had a birthday turn out the way she wanted. In fact, she often times never even had a birthday party. Veronika dreamed of a girly, yet elegant party filled with pink and gold.
This year, Veronika decided unless she did it for herself, exactly how she dreamed, it would never happen. In doing so, she made this gorgeous Pink and Gold Soiree come to life!
Pink and gold are her go-to colors for everything she does. Veronika loves the elegance of the colors, their mixture of almost French bourgeoisie with her traveling lifestyle in Europe perfectly represent her spirit and soul.
Veronika made the tassel banner with what supplies she had already at home including gold paper from Christmas gifts, pink wrapping paper, and cardboard from random boxes.
The pom poms were a splurge purchase from Martha Stewart Crafts that she had been eyeing at the store, dreaming of a way to use them. They worked perfectly with this pink and gold soiree!
The gold chargers are from NanaNanu, a home store in Germany, and work perfectly to display the goodies Veronika served at the party. (I have included a links below to where you can purchase products similar on Amazon.) The Ferrero Roche hazelnut chocolates wrapped in girly gold foil are Veronika’s favorite and looked perfect on the gold chargers.
Would it be a party without cupcakes? I think not! Veronika hired local cupcake baker (Frosted Fantasies) to create the perfect cupcake in pink, matching the theme of the party deliciously!
The perfect pink and gold soiree must include champagne so Veronika chose 5 bottles in various flavors. One for each of her guests in the flavors they loved.
Austria is famous for it’s Mozart Chocolate Cream. The bottles are wrapped in gold making them the perfect addition to the bar at this party.
Before Veronika even started getting things ready for the party, she talked with local balloon artist DeAna of Balloon Beauty Decor & Design and began dreaming up ideas for balloons!
Fresh flowers filled with the room including these gorgeous pink roses.
The food Veronika chose to serve at the party was minimal but included some of her favorite finger foods.
A great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY goes to Veronika! Your party looked beautiful, glamorous, and so special! Thank you for sharing it with us here at The JavaCupcake Blog!
You don’t actually have to tie dye to host an exciting and fun Tie Dye Party! Learn how to throw a colorful, fun tie dye themed party with these decorating ideas, themed desserts and party games!
In this second week of my Tie Dye Tuesday series, I’ll be sharing with you how I hosted a tie dye themed party with my family and friends. The ideas in this party could be easily transformed to suit any birthday, seasonal, baby shower, or themed party you’re hosting!
I knew that I wanted everything to be tie dyed when it came to the decor and look of this party. I also knew that I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg making or buying the supplies for that. So, I decided on a few high impact decor pieces that would really set them theme for the party.
I created a table cover for my dining room table by tie dying a 100% cotton white twin size bed sheet. This was the perfect size sheet to cover my 6 person table. Later in the party, I was able to use the dyed sheet as a photo back drop for family pictures.
Below is the technique I used to fold and dye the sheet to get this pattern. For a complete tutorial on how to tie dye, you’ll need to check out my DIY Tie Dye Shirts tutorial Instead of shirts, use a sheet and follow the below instructions on how to fold and tie it. I used raspberry, blue and orchid for colors, but you can use any colors you want. I suggest using at least 3 colors for the most dramatic effect.
Folding & Banding Technique:
Fold a 100% cotton white twin size top sheet into thirds the long way, then thirds again until it created a square.
Pinch the center of the square and began twisting until all of the fabric has created a spiral.
Tie 6-8 rubber bands across the spiral. For a visual, see this tutorial.
Soak in soda ash solution.
When dying, make sure that each color is next to a different color. For example, do not put two pinks together.
Since the fabric has been folded so many times, open the creases of the fabric to ensure that the dye gets into all the layers of the sheet. If you don’t do this, when it opens up you’ll have more white than color.
Since I had several tie dye shirts on hand, I decided to display them on the walls of my living room as decor. I fastened bakers twine to two reusable hooks on either side of the largest window in my living room. Using clothes pins, I attached the shirts across the twine to look like bunting! I love how the sun shined through the shirts really bringing out their vibrant colors.
It really made a WOW factor when people walked in because it was in their immediate line of sight from the front door. This tie dye bunting could be done with any size shirt that has been dyed.
Not everything needs to be homemade. I had these red lanterns and yellow tissue paper tassels from a previous event and put the two together and hung them in front of my staircase to just add another place where a pop of color could be seen. Use whatever you have already in your house to create pops of color.
In addition to making the food tie dye… I picked up these fun tie dyed plates and napkins from the party section at my grocery store. If you can’t find these exactly, an assortment of colors or any bold colors would work perfectly!
And of course, I had mason jars everywhere to add more color to the room! For this jar, I filled it with an assortment of paper straws from Sweets & Treats Boutique.
This fabric garland is made from 4 100% cotton flour sack towels that I dyed then cut into strips. If you aren’t familiar with a flour sack towel is, it’s simply a light weight towel that doesn’t fray. It gets its name from the days when families used to bring home their flour in large 50-100lb bags and once empty, they would cut the bags into towel size and use them for cleaning around the house. These towels are the perfect size and texture to make a fabric garland! Plus, they are very inexpensive.
It doesn’t really matter what designs or patterns you dye the towels. The only suggestion I have is to make four different patterns so that the colors don’t lay the same on the garland.
After the towels have been laundered, fold them in half then cut into 1-inch strips. Tie each tassel around a piece of rope or twine (I used bakers twine). These four towels made a garland that was about 8 feet long, but you can make it as short as you’d like. If you space the tassels out wider the garland would be longer.
Overall, this tie dye tassel garland made a great backdrop for my dessert table!
Tie Dye Desserts
The party I hosted was an afternoon party, so a meal wasn’t necessary. I decided on a tie dye themed dessert table that centered around a tower filled with two dozen cupcakes and a mini cake topper… all in tie-dye theme!
NOTE: Recipes for all the desserts will be on the next 4 Tie Dye Tuesdays! So make sure you come back to see how I created all of this deliciousness!
Tie Dye Cake: Using a box cake mix, I divided the cake into 6 colors and pour them into two 6in round cake pans creating a tie dye look. I covered the entire cake in classic buttercream and used rainbow candies to decorate the outside of the cake. A simple, fun way to create a tie dye cake! Topping the cake is a super cute tie dye shirt bunting. All the details to make this cake including the recipe & bunting printable will be available in an upcoming #TieDyeTuesday!
Tie Dye Cupcakes: To complete the tower, I used the same dyed cake batter and made cupcakes in bright liners from Sweets & Treats Boutique. I made 4 cupcakes in each color and arranged them on the tower in rainbow order. I absolutely love how it all came together!
Tie Dye Marshmallows: Along with the cupcakes & cake, I made homemade tie dye marshmallows! These were a surprise to my guests and they could not believe I had actually made my own marshmallows. The process was quick and easier than I thought possible and the end result were the most delicious little cubes of marshmallow goodness!
Tie Dye Cake Pops: My favorite dessert of the party were these cake pops! Although cake pops are my nemesis, they tasted so good! If you’ve been a reader of mine for a while, you’ll know that I despise making these little buggers… but I love eating them! Going along with the theme of the party, these cake pops were filled with tie dye cake and covered in rainbow sprinkles! YUM!
Tie Dye Trix Treats: It can’t be a party with out rice krispy treats. Well, not exactly rice krispies… but Trix Treats! I used Trix cereal to create a more colorful marshmallow treat for this party! A couple of people asked to take the extras of these home cause they loved them so much!
Tie Dye Sugar Cookies: I’m most proud of these tie dye sugar cookies! I’m not one to make sugar cookies with royal icing, I’m a buttercream girl… but I was not certain I could create the look I was going for with buttercream. My husband actually helped me create the tie dye designs on these t-shirt shaped sugar cookies and I think they turned out so amazing! Everyone at the party loved them and they fit the theme perfectly!
Tie Dye Drinks: Since there was so much sugar to eat, I wanted to keep the drinks simple. I made orange, red and purple ice cubes using unsweetened Kool-aid powder to color the water before freezing in ice-cube trays. Each person put three colored cubes in a cup, poured in Sprite, added a fun paper straw from Sweets & Treats then enjoyed as their drink changed colors! So much fun!
Tie Dye Activities
During the party, I had two individual activities and one group/family activity planned. The two individual were at-your-own-pace pace projects while the group was during a specific time. All of them worked perfectly for this party!
Tie Dye Butterflies: Since I didn’t actually want to dye anything at my tie dye party, I still wanted to have a tie dye craft that any age could do. No dye needed to make these super cute tie dye butterflies but they have the tie dye effect!
Dropper or baby medicine syringe
Watercolor paint or watercolor markers
Crafting pipe cleaners
Plastic plates, trays, baking sheets
Set up all your supplies on a table in easy reach of the kids. I used mason jars to hold the markers and all the various supplies. Place a tray or plate where each person will be making a butterfly. You’ll need something to catch the extra alcohol.
One baby wipe at a time, tie rubber bands in knots all around the wipe. Use the water-color paint or markers to color each section of the wipe making sure to get into the cracks.
Using the dropper or syringe, squeeze a few drops of alcohol on all the places you added color.
Untie the rubber bands and unfold the wipe. You should have a beautiful tie dye design!
Lay or hang the wipe to dry.
Once dry, bring together the center of the wipe and attach a clothes pin. Draw a face on the pin.
Fold a 4-5in piece of pipe cleaner into a V shape and twist the ends to create antenna for the butterfly. Attach it at the top of the clothes pin above the head of the butterfly.
Tie Dye Lollipops: The kids LOVED the end result of this project. And although there’s only one ingredient to make them, these tie dye lollipops are a crowd pleaser!
Jolly Ranchers hard candy in various colors, smashed into pea sized chunks.
Baking sheet with parchment paper
Oven heated to 225F degrees.
Draw circles at least an inch apart down both sides of the parchment paper. Flip the paper over so the sharpie won’t touch the candy.
Have each child place any combination of colors of crushed candy onto a circle making sure the circle is full of candy.
Once the tray is full, bake until the candy begins to soften and melt… about 4-6 minutes. Watch the candy carefully because if they melt too much the suckers will get too thin and run all over the pan.
Allow to cool completely on the pan before removing. Enjoy!
Colors Scavenger Hunt: Each family was given this Colors Scavenger Hunt Sheet (click that link to download and print) and were given the direction to, as a family, find an object that was completely each color on the chart outside in the neighborhood. This could be done indoors too if it’s not nice outside.
Once they found the item, they were to take a “selfie” or a family photo with the kids or parents with that item. Once each family was done, they met back at the party for a prize!
When each family came back, everyone was rewarded with their own set of tie dye socks. I didn’t make these, but instead bought them at the store… they were too cute not to incorporate into the party! These are most of the toes that were at the party! Babies, Moms, Dads and Kids!
Tie Dye Family Photos: While each family was out on the scavenger hunt, I took the large tie dyed table cover and hung it from a large opening in my living room. As each family arrived back from the scavenger hunt, I had them stand as together for a family photo. The day after the party, I sent every family a copy of the picture as a THANK YOU for coming!