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Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

Show those around you that you love them by making and sharing these deliciously adorable Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies.

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Photos by: Frenchly Photography

It seems as though every holiday my go-to treat to make has become sugar cookies.  I find myself looking for new cookie cutters every time I go to the store, hungry for a shape I don’t have yet!

To be honest, I don’t remember where this set came from or even what brand it is, but I knew I had to have it as soon as I saw it!

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Recently, I was teaching a Blogging 101 class and one of the participants questioned why bloggers write so much before the recipe.  The person complained that they didn’t want to read about bloggers personal lives, they just wanted to get to the recipe.

My response to her was two-fold.

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First, the recipes that bloggers share are FREE to those who visit their blog.   The only cost to the reader is a few seconds to scroll through to the bottom to get to the recipe.

Yup, that’s it… just a finger flick… flick…flick.  In my world, for tried and true recipes like these Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies, a flick… flick… flick is a pretty darn good rate!

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Second, in order for readers like her to actually find the recipe on sites like Google or Pinterest, the bloggers need to follow certain rules.  For example, to get listed on the first page of a Google search, a blogger must have the best Search Engine Optimization including a minimum number of words and photos per post.

Bloggers don’t do this for free.

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You mean I don’t share recipes just because I have all kinds of free time?

That’s laughable.  I follow good SEO so that I get a LOT of people coming to my site.  The more people coming to my site the more the ads on my site make money and in turn… the more new recipes I can create!

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So if you’ve read this post thus far… I say THANK YOU!  Thank you for helping me earn a living by doing what I love… sharing recipes with people like you!

If you’re interested in a few more awesome sugar cookie ideas… check out:

Happy Baking!

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes

Ingredients

Sugar Cookies

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cookie cutters

Buttercream Frosting

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • pinch of salt
  • up to ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • gel food coloring
  • sprinkles

Instructions

Sugar Cookies

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter and shortening together until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add the sugar and beat on high until incorporated.
  3. One at a time, add the eggs and beat well after each addition. Mix on high for 1 minute until pale yellow and fluffy.
  4. Mix in the vanilla.
  5. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  6. Add this mixture to the butter and sugar and mix until just combined.
  7. Cover with plastic and refrigerate 2 hours or over night.
  8. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 F degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  9. On a floured counter, knead the dough 2-3 times until smooth. Roll out cookie dough to about ⅛" thick. Cut out Valentine shapes and place on the cookie sheet 1" apart. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  10. Bake for 6-7 minutes or until the edges are SLIGHTLY brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE!!
  11. Allow to cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and shortening together.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and mix on high until smooth.
  3. Mix in the vanilla and salt. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add up to ½ cup of heavy whipping cream until you reach your desired consistency. If you like it thicker, add less cream. If you want it thinner, add more cream.
  5. Whip on high for 2 minutes.
  6. Separate frosting into bowls and color with the gel coloring

 

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Wonder Woman Cookies

Celebrate the super hero in your life with these easy to make Wonder Woman Cookies!

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A few months ago, one of my clients for my consulting business asked if I would make custom Wonder Woman Cookies for an upcoming fundraiser for their colleague who is battling cancer.  Of course I said yes!

Immediately, I got to work designing and planning these cookies.

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The cookies had to be PERFECT!

Since I don’t use royal icing, I had to come up with a design that could be easily made using buttercream frosting.  Simple, but on theme was my goal.

I looked at a lot of images of Wonder Woman, other cookies that have been made, and finally decided on this!

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I used my go-go sugar cookie recipe for the dough.  The buttercream, however, has added shortening because I wanted them to crust over and not get smushed during transport or while individually wrapped.

I also wanted to add a personal touch to the cookies, so I made a cookie in all blue with the recipients name on them.  Super simple to make, but still on theme and totes adorbs!

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Overall, I’m really happy with how these Wonder Woman cookies turned out and I’m thrilled I could be a part of such a great event for a deserving woman!

Wonder Woman Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen
Prep Time: 4 hours
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 6 minutes

Ingredients

Cookies

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • round cookie cutter

Buttercream

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable shortening
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • up to ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • gel food coloring in red, yellow, and blue
  • white candy stars
  • small round piping tip (Wilton #4)

Instructions

Cookies

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter and shortening together until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add the sugar and beat on high until incorporated.
  3. One at a time, add the eggs and beat well after each addition. Mix on high for 1 minute until pale yellow and fluffy.
  4. Mix in the vanilla.
  5. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  6. Add this mixture to the butter and sugar and mix until just combined.
  7. Cover with plastic and freeze 2 hours or chill over night.
  8. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 F degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  9. On a floured counter, knead the dough 2-3 times until smooth. Roll out cookie dough to about ⅛" thick. Cut out with round cutter and place on the cookie sheet 1" apart. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  10. Bake for 6 minutes or until the edges are SLIGHTLY brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE!!
  11. Allow to cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and mix on high until smooth.
  3. Mix in the vanilla and salt. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add up to 1/3 cup of heavy whipping cream until you reach your desired consistency. If you like it thicker, add less cream. If you want it thinner, add more cream.
  5. Whip on high for 2 minutes.
  6. Separate frosting into three bowls. Color the frosting in red, yellow, and blue.

Assembly

  1. Attach the small round piping tip to a piping bag and fill with the frosting. Repeat for the other two colors.
  2. Begin by piping the outline of the middle, yellow section of the design. Fill it in with back and forth strokes of buttercream.
  3. Repeat with the blue on the bottom and red on the top.
  4. Using tweezers, place the white stars onto the blue frosting.
  5. Allow cookies to set for several hours or over night so the frosting hardens before storing.

 

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Ice Cream Cone Sugar Cookies

Squeeze out every last minute of summer fun with these easy to make Ice Cream Cone Sugar Cookies!

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If you’ve been a follower of my blog for the last few years, you’ll know that I love this recipe for sugar cookies!

I’ve made buttercream rose sugar cookies, baseball sugar cookies, pretzel cinnamon sugar cookies,  donut sugar cookies,  stamped sugar cookies, and classic frosted sugar cookies… just to name a few!

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My husband thinks I’m a little obsessed with it because I’m always searching for new cookie cutters to buy when we’re out shopping just so I can make this dough again!

The most recent cookie cutter purchase was in this super cute ice cream cone shape!  I love the way jenny cookies bakeshop decorates their ice cream cone sugar cookies and was inspired to make my version.

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I’m not a huge fan of royal icing on sugar cookies, so I exclusively use buttercream to decorate cookies.  I love the flavor of buttercream so much more than royal icing and I feel like you get a much more rustic looking cookie – which I like!

To make these cookies, you’ll need these three tools to be successful…

  • Ice cream cone cookie cutter
  • Small round piping tip
  • Small star piping tip

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Unlike royal icing, buttercream doesn’t “flood”.    You’ll need to cover the entire cookie by piping the frosting on.

Traditionally, sugar cookies were frosted by spreading the buttercream with a knife or spatula, however it’s difficult to achieve a finished look with that technique.

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Piping the buttercream onto the cookies using different piping tips allows you to get detailed with your design and create some super cute cookies.  These ice cream cone sugar cookies were pretty quick to put together and the result is total cuteness!

So get out there and squeeze the last few days of sunshine and fun out of the summer and whip up a batch of these ice cream cone sugar cookies for your kids!

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Photos by Frenchly Photography.

Ice Cream Cone Sugar Cookies

Ice Cream Cone Sugar Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 6 minutes

Ingredients

Cookies

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ice cream cone cookie cutter

Buttercream Frosting

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable shortening
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • up to ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • gel food coloring
  • sprinkles
  • Wilton tip #2 (very small round) and #21 (small star)

Instructions

Cookies

  1. Cookies
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter and shortening together until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the sugar and beat on high until incorporated.
  4. One at a time, add the eggs and beat well after each addition. Mix on high for 1 minute until pale yellow and fluffy.
  5. Mix in the vanilla.
  6. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  7. Add this mixture to the butter and sugar and mix until just combined.
  8. Cover with plastic and freeze 2 hours or chill over night.
  9. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 F degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  10. On a floured counter, knead the dough 2-3 times until smooth. Roll out cookie dough to about ⅛" thick. Cut out with ice cream cone cutter and place on the cookie sheet 1" apart. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  11. Bake for 6 minutes or until the edges are SLIGHTLY brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE!!
  12. Allow to cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  13. Buttercream
  14. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter.
  15. Add the powdered sugar and mix on high until smooth.
  16. Mix in the vanilla and salt. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  17. Add up to ½ cup of heavy whipping cream until you reach your desired consistency. If you like it thicker, add less cream. If you want it thinner, add more cream.
  18. Whip on high for 2 minutes.
  19. Separate frosting into two bowls. Add color to one bowl and stir to completely incorporate. Add the cocoa powder to the other bowl stir to completely incorporate.

Assembly

  1. Attach the small round piping tip to a piping bag and fill with the brown frosting.
  2. Pipe the outline of a "V" shape onto the cone part of the cookie. Fill in the triangle with back and forth horizontal lines of frosting.
  3. Attach the small star tip to a piping bag and fill with the colored frosting.
  4. Pipe a row of three small swirls just at the top of the cone, overlapping slightly. Repeat with a row of two and finish with one swirl on top.
  5. Decorate with sprinkles!
  6. Allow cookies to set for several hours or over night so the frosting hardens before storing.

 

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Backyard Unicorn Party

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If you’re anything like me, whenever you see a unicorn your heart skips a beat and  your heart fills with thoughts of rainbows and all thinks pink!  Let this Backyard Unicorn Party tutorial filled with mystical must-haves show you that unicorn dreams really do come true and they come in shades of pastel cotton candy and cupcakes.

Backyard Unicorn Party

Inspiration

To throw your own Backyard Unicorn Party, you’ll need to start with some inspiration!  My inspiration came from the limited edition Dr Pepper® “Pick your Pepper” packaging that features a unicorn on each can!

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From there, everything to plan this backyard party was themed around the unicorn.  All the pink.  All the purple.  All the teal.  All the pretties! All the unicorns!

These limited edition Dr Pepper cans along with other designs can be found at your local Kroger store and from June 15 – August 15 (or while supplies last). June 21 – August 15, if you buy 3 Dr Pepper 12pk or 8pk 12oz (any variety), you get a FREE 20oz!

Make sure to scan the Snapchat code on your free 20oz bottle to receive an exclusive Pick Your Pepper Snapchat filter. Use this filter to take pictures at your party for added fun!

Defining the Space with Decorations

Since this is a Backyard Unicorn Party, I knew I wouldn’t need too many decorations to hang on walls, etc.  However,  I wanted to use some elements of the party to help define the space we were using.

Dessert Table

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The dessert table is always a focal point at my parties.  I fill it with themed desserts and display them using texture,  themed colors, cake stands and coordinating plates.

For this unicorn party,  I used paper circle fans to add height to the space as well as using tassel garland to bring the table down.  Doing this is an easy way to add drama to the dessert table and entire party.

Main Table

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The main table was so fun to set up!  Each place setting featured a plate for the meal and one for dessert as well as a napkin, candy suckers and a unicorn sugar cookie!  Of course, Dr Pepper Pick Your Pepper unicorn  cans were included with each setting.

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The centerpiece of the table was a vase filled high with balloon wands and on each side of the wands were Dr Pepper Cream Pops.  Yum!

Seating Area

I always like to provide extra seating aside from the main table at a party.  To define this space, I hung a tissue tassel garland over two chairs positioned at an angle in the corner.  On the chairs sat a plush unicorn pillow and the party favor.

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Dessert Table Details

One of my favorite details at a party are the sweet desserts featured on the dessert table.  For this party, all the desserts were unicorn and fairytale themed!

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Cupcakes

The cupcakes were super simple to make.  I used a vanilla box cake mix and baked the cupcakes in my favorite pink and white dot cupcake liners.  I topped the cupcakes with purple whipped vanilla buttercream and a mix of super cute sprinkles.

Simple to make and super cute!

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Cereal Treats

Cereal treats are my go-to dessert at parties.  They are the simplest dessert to make because they are only 3 ingredients and take  only 5 minutes to put together.

For this unicorn party, I added a few drops of pink food gel coloring to the melted marshmallow before adding the cereal treats.  I then added a variety of themed sprinkles to the mix and more on top.  Perfect for this party!

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Unicorn Bark

I’ve seen candy bark on tops of cakes and have always wanted to make it myself.  This unicorn party was the perfect excuse!  Follow these easy steps to make Unicorn Bark:

  1. Melt pink, purple, blue and white candy circles in separate bowls.
  2. Immediately drop colors of melted candy onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper until it’s covered.
  3. Pound the baking sheet flat on the counter to level out the colors.
  4. Use a knife  or spatula to swirl the colors together
  5. Finish off with a sprinkle mix!
  6. Allow to harden completely (3-4 hours)
  7. Using a sharp knife on a flat surface, press into the bark until it breaks organically.  Don’t force this process, the bark looks better when it breaks on its own.

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Candy

To save myself some time, I also purchased a few items at the store to fill out the candy table.  My kids love salt water taffy and cotton candy, so that was what I picked for this party!

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You could use any candy for this that matches your colors!

Dr Pepper Cream Pops

Of course, I had to make something delicious using Dr Pepper!  Being a backyard party, I created a simple, yet delicious cream pop flavored with Dr Pepper.  You can see the complete recipe for the Dr Pepper Cream Pops at the bottom of this post.

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Unicorn Sugar Cookies

No party would be complete for me without sugar cookies frosted with buttercream!  I used my favorite recipe for the cookies and buttercream and found a unicorn cookie cutter at the craft store.

The supplies you’ll need are:

  • Disposable piping bags
  • Piping tip #3 (very small round) and #17 (small star) and #1 (tiny round)
  • Buttercream in white, pink, purple, and black
  • Edible gold dust & small paint brush (new)

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To decorate the cookies:

  1. Fill a piping bag fitted with the #3 small round tip with white frosting.
  2. Pipe the horn on the cookie first with the white.  Using the edible gold dust and the small brush, tap the dust onto the frosting horn until completely covered.  Tap off the excess.
  3. Still with the white, pipe a border around the entire cookie.  Using a back and forth motion, fill in the cookie with buttercream.
  4. Take a piping bag fitted with the #17 small star and fill it with half purple and half pink frosting.  (Press the first color against the side of the bag all the way to the bottom then repeat with the second color.  Squeeze the bag gently until both colors come out.)
  5. Pipe small stars/swirls where the unicorn mane would be.
  6. Fill a piping bag fitted with the #1 tiny round tip with black buttercream.  Pipe eyes and lashes onto each cookie.

Games & Party Favors

This unicorn party had to have party favors and games!  Seriously, it’d be no fun without them! Simple games and prizes are a must for my parties!

Pick Your Pepper Ball Toss

Super simple and fun game for any party is the ball toss!

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Simply stack up 10 cans of Dr Pepper and toss a ball at them.  First person to knock them all down on the first try, WINS!

Great thing about this game, no extra supplies needed!

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Fairytale Wands

Since we couldn’t ride actual unicorns at this party, the next best thing is to use our magical fairytale wands to wish for them.

To make the wands you’ll need:

  • Long craft sticks
  • Curling ribbon
  • Confetti
  • 5″ balloons
  • Scissors

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To assemble the wands you’ll need to:

  1. Fill each balloon with confetti.
  2. Blow the balloon up with air and tie it with a knot.
  3. Using the curing ribbon, tie the bottom of the balloon (under the knot) to the craft stick with a tight knot.
  4. Add extra ribbon and curl.

Unicorn Clutch

As a prize for the game or a party favor for one lucky guest at your party, provide them with a gift!  At my local craft store, I spotted this unicorn patch and coordinating clutch.  For just a few dollars, I DIY’d a themed gift for the party!

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Your unicorn party doesn’t have to look like mine because inspiration can come from anywhere and be anything!  So, make sure to  check out the Dr Pepper Pick Your Pepper 12oz cans and 20oz bottles  this summer and get inspired to create a fun party for your friends and family!

Dr Pepper Cream Pops

Dr Pepper Cream Pops

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 container of Extra Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream, softened
  • 1 can Dr Pepper
  • 12 ice pop molds

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, scoop in the softened ice cream
  2. Slowly pour the Dr Pepper in with the ice cream
  3. Using a whisk or hand mixer/immersion blender, mix together the ice cream and Dr Pepper until smooth.
  4. Transfer the mixture into a measuring cup that pours.
  5. Pour the mixture into the ice pop molds.
  6. Freeze overnight or until solid.

 

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How to Host a Paw Patrol Party at School

Have you ever hosted a child’s birthday party at home? Have you ever wondered how to stop 15 sugar-filled children running around your kitchen and climbing on your gloss dining table and chairs? Instead of hosting your child’s next birthday at home, why not bring the party to their school?! Use this How to Host a Paw Patrol Party at School guide for inspiration and recipes!

Sometimes hosting a party for your kids can be stressful! Figuring out where and when to host the party to get the greatest number of children to attend can be a chore! If your child’s school allows it, have their next party at their school. You can speak to the school about what the party will involve. If you suggest the idea of having inflatables for the kids to play on in the playground and the school agrees with it, you could get in touch with that family friend who is a kids party planner and speak to them and see if you can use the inflatables that they purchased through companies like JungleJumps. The earlier you plan this party, the more you can do to make this party so much fun for the kids! School parties mean that all your child’s friends will be there, plenty of tables and chairs, plus teachers to help! For Matty’s 5th birthday this year, we had his Paw Patrol Party at his school! It was one of the most fun parties I’ve ever hosted for him so I wanted to create a guide so that you can host a Paw Patrol Party at school too!

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In this guide, you’ll get ideas for…

  • Party Shirts
  • Table Settings & Party Decor
  • Snack Ideas
  • Dessert Table w/ Recipes
  • Party Games & Favors
  • Thank you Note/Group Photo

Let’s get started!

Party Shirts

Having your child wear a shirt in the theme of the party just adds another simple dimension of fun to the entire look at feel of the event.

In the past, I’ve done matching shirts for my entire immediate family, but this year I decided to just get the birthday boy one shirt of his own to wear.

A few weeks before the party, I searched on ETSY for a birthday shirt in the Paw Patrol theme that Matty could wear to his party. I contacted Mending Life Together and asked if they could make Matty’s shirt and get it to me in time.

They worked with me to get it done and I had the shirt in time for the party!

Table Settings & Party Decor

I’m a firm believer in saving myself time, energy and stress. Which is exactly why I don’t stress about buying out Party City of plates, napkins, cups, balloons, and confetti in the theme of my party!

Supplies

At the party store save yourself the hassle and buy the following on theme:

  • Plates and napkins*
  • Table covers*
  • Silverware & cups*
  • Balloons
  • Cake/cupcake stand
  • Tissue paper tassels
  • Confetti

*disposable

Get creative with the items you choose. They all don’t have to be on theme exactly, however they should all be in the same color family.

Table Settings

At the Paw Patrol Party, I set the table with a red table cover so that the plates and napkins would stand out against it. I choose blue cups to offset the red add another color to the table.

Simple and perfect for 5 year olds!

Party Decor

Planning the decor for a party for 5-year-old kids is pretty easy. They are really only impressed if their favorite characters are plastered everywhere! I only care how easy it is to clean up after the party!

Two balloon bouquets lined each side of the table to add height to the overall look and feel of the party. I also sprinkled Paw Patrol themed confetti across the center of the table & dessert table to add a little more fun!

Snack Ideas

Since this party was happening during snack time at school, I knew that my snack should be fun but also have a healthy component.

For this party, I served:

  • Paw Patrol fruit snacks
  • Paw shaped Cheetos
  • Mini apples
  • Blue juice

Dessert Table

Every party I host always has some type of dessert table display. For this Paw Patrol Party, I kept it simple since we were at school.

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To add height and dimension to the table, I placed a small box under the table cover in the center in turn creating a higher focal point for the cake which was the centerpiece of the display.

The Cake

The cake is always the star of the party. Candles are put on top and the first slice is always for the birthday boy. Since I don’t work a lot with fondant or modeling chocolate, I decided to buy a Paw Patrol toy to top the cake.

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Frosting the cake in a solid color and adding simple piping embellishments allowed the topper of the cake to shine and still look clean and professional!

RECIPE

The cake is a funfetti box cake mix with a homemade chocolate frosting and whipped vanilla buttercream tinted blue on the outside. The red balls on top are gum balls I got at in the bulk section at the party store.

The Cupcakes

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RECIPE

The same funfetti box cake mix was used for the cupcakes. I baked the cupcakes in Paw Patrol liners I found at the party store. The cupcakes are topped with the same chocolate frosting used on the cake and cookies.

The Cookies

One of the easiest ways to create another dessert on theme of your party is to make roll & cut sugar cookies using a themed cookie cutter! For this Paw Patrol Party I used a dog bone shape cutter and frosted the cookies in chocolate frosting.

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I displayed the dog bone cookies on a cake stand with blue ribbon to tie in more colors from the party.

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RECIPE

The cookies were made with my tried and true sugar cookie recipe and topped with chocolate frosting (the same used in the cake & cupcakes). I used a Wilton #4 piping tip to outline and fill the cookies with frosting.

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Party Games & Favors

I know how short kid’s attention spans can be so I combined the party favors and games into one activity.

I set up three stations for the kids to go to.

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Station 1:

Paw Patrol themed small toys, games, rules, rings, etc from the party store.
Small paper bags and markers.
Each child will write their name on the bag then answer a fun/silly question before getting to pick out 2-3 items from each bowl.

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Station 2:

Paw Patrol themed candy plus bulk candy in the colors of the party – all from the party store.
Small paper bags and markers.
Each child will write their name on the bag then answer a fun/silly question before getting to pick out 2-3 items from each bowl.

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Station 3:

Paw Patrol temporary tattoos from the party store.

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Thank You Note & Group Picture

At the conclusion of the party, arrange the children with the balloons for a fun group picture! This photo can be printed and included in the thank you notes to all the children who attended the party!

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Final Thoughts

Since this party was at school and on a quick timeline (only an hour for the party), I had to be realistic about the activities I had planned. If I would have had another hour to fill, I would have included an arts/crafts project and a group game that got them up and moving.

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The kids had a great time and the teachers were super happy they had an easy Friday afternoon. Really, the most important thing is that my son Matty felt special.

At the end of the party he hugged me and said, “Mom, you’re the best.” So yeah, I consider this party a success!

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Curious George Party

Create an inexpensive, colorful, and fun Curious George Party using these simple and creative ideas!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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For the cake, I baked Emme’s banana bread in two 6-in round cake pans.  I sliced them in half creating four layers.  I filled and topped the cake with brown sugar cinnamon cream cheese frosting.  I used my pipeable cream cheese frosting recipe and subbed Philadelphia Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Cream Cheese for regular cream cheese and added 1 tsp cinnamon.  It was DELICIOUS!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”><strong>Vendors &amp; Supplies</strong></span>
Cupcake liners – Sweets & Treats Boutique
Balloons &candy – Party City
Cake & cupcake toppers, red jimmies & candy bananas – Fran’s Cake & Candy Supply Store

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