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Marshmallow Muddy Buddies

Some people call it Puppy Chow and other’s call them Muddy Buddies.  No matter the name, these Marshmallow Muddy Buddies are overflowing with sweet marshmallow flavor, chocolate and of course peanut butter!

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These super fun, colorful Marshmallow Muddy Buddies are my take on the classic cereal treat.  Most people know of this treat as Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies… but it doesn’t matter what you call it, it’s delicious!  Crispy cereal covered in melted peanut butter and chocolate covered in powdered sugar… you just can’t go wrong with that combo!

I begin with the base of Chex cereal but instead of using the traditional rice or corn Chex, I kick it up a notch by using a mix of Vanilla and Chocolate Chex.  Yum!

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The traditional peanut butter is substituted with Mrs. Miller’s Peanut Butter Marshmallow Spread.  I had never even heard of this before 3 months ago when I went to visit my in-laws in Pennsylvania.  My mother-in-law said she buys a jar of this heavenly spread every few months and enjoys a spoon full with crackers, veggies or just by itself!  It’s her guilty pleasure!

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When I saw the jar in her kitchen, all I could think about was all of the things I could make with it.  Cupcakes, frosting, and these Marshmallow Muddy Buddies were my first ideas!

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Any candy could be added to this snack, it doesn’t have to be Crispy M&M’s.  However, I really liked the smaller size of these chocolates and I love adding a pop of color to a fairly boring looking snack.

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My favorite part of these Marshmallow Muddy Buddies… the giant clusters of cereal covered in chocolate and powdered sugar.  If you’ve had this snack before you know what I’m referring to!  Ohhhh yeah… so much chocolate and it’s so good!

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What’s your favorite way to make Muddy Buddies?


Marshmallow Muddy Buddies

Marshmallow Muddy Buddies

Yield: 12 cups

Ingredients

  • 5 cups Chocolate Chex cereal
  • 5 cups Vanilla Chex cereal
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup Mrs. Millers Peanut Butter Marshmallow Spread
  • 1/4 cup cream peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 9.9oz bag Crispy M&Ms
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 large ziploc gallon size bags

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the vanilla & chocolate chex and set aside.
  2. In a medium sauce pan over low heat, combine and melt together the chocolate, peanut butters, butter and vanilla extract until smooth.
  3. Pour the mixture evenly over the cereal. Using a rubber spatula to cover the cereal completely with the chocolate mix.
  4. Add 3/4 cup of powdered sugar along with half of the cereal mix into each bag. Seal the bags closed then shake, shake, shake, shake! Shake those badboys until the cereal is completely covered in powdered sugar.
  5. Line a large baking sheet with wax paper and spread the cereal evenly across the sheet. Allow to cool for 1 hour until the chocolate is set.
  6. Pour the cereal back into the large bowl. Add the marshmallows and M&M's and mix gently to incorporate.
  7. Store in an air tight container.
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Bunny Cupcakes

Being a busy Mom coming up with cute, delicious desserts for Easter can sometimes be a daunting task.  These semi-homemade Bunny Cupcakes are not only adorable, but they are sure to make everyone jump for joy on Easter!

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I have realized that sometimes, it’s okay if everything I bake isn’t 100% homemade.  It doesn’t make me less of a baker, less of a mother and it surely doesn’t mean what I bake isn’t going to taste delicious! So for Easter this year, I decided to focus on making my cupcakes super cute by turning them into bunnies!

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Here are a few of the things you’ll need for these cupcakes.  You don’t have to use exactly these items or these brands… just use what you have access to at the stores near you!

You’ll need:

  • Cake mix & all the ingredients to make the cake
  • Marshmallows
  • Black sugar pearls, spring colored jimmies, and pink sugar crystals
  • Small pink jelly beans
  • Sweets & Treats Boutique pink dot Bake Bright cupcake liners
  • Scissors
  • Frosting (not pictured)

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After the cupcakes are baked and before you begin frosting the cupcakes, you’ll need to prepare the marshmallow ears for the bunnies.

  1. Hold the marshmallow by the flat edges.
  2. Using clean scissors, cut across the marshmallow from one corner to the opposite corner.
  3. Press the exposed side of the marshmallow into a bowl of pink sugar crystals.
  4. Set the two halves aside in pairs so they can be easily placed onto the cupcakes later.

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Putting together the Bunny Cupcakes is super simple! Pipe a dollop of frosting to the top of each cupcake, use the tweezers to place each black sugar pearl eye and press in a pink jelly bean for a nose! Easy peasy!

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You don’t have to do accent cupcakes, but I couldn’t resist buying these spring colored jimmies at the store when I saw them.   I only did 4 of the cupcakes covered in these jimmies, but it really adds a fun pop of color to the cupcakes!

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I have been obsessively buying cake stands since moving back to the USA.   Home Goods, Michaels and Target have both had some inexpensive and super cute stands that I had to have!  The pastel colors coordinate perfectly with the Bunny Cupcakes.

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A bouquet of fresh cut daffodils, a few porcelain bunnies, and a few decorative eggs from Germany completely the display.  The best part about putting together a display like this is that you don’t have to do it exactly like mine. Use what you have in your home, put out the decorations you love and make it beautiful!  No need to go out and buy anything new!

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I shared these cupcakes with my new neighbors.  They have 3 girls and she reported back to me that they were a huge hit! That’s always the best feeling when you make something and your friends and family get true joy from them!

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I really hope you give these a try for your family!  They’re perfect for Easter, Spring or the bunny lover in your life!

Happy Baking!

Bunny Cupcakes

Bunny Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 18 minutes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • Sweets & Treats Boutique Pink Dot Bake Bright Liners
  • 1 box of Pillsbury Spring Funfetti Cake Mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water

Frosting

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2lb powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt

Decorations

  • 24 large marshmallows
  • pink sugar crystals
  • black sugar pearls
  • small pink jelly beans
  • Spring colors jimmies

Other Supplies

  • large round piping tip
  • large piping bag
  • scissors
  • tweezers

Instructions

Cupcakes

  1. Prepare the cupcake batter according to the directions on the box.
  2. Line cupcake pan with Sweets & Treats Boutique Bake Bright liners.
  3. Fill the liners 1/2 full and bake according to box directions.
  4. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before decorating.

Frosting

  1. Beat together the butter and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer until smooth.
  2. Add the vanilla, salt and half the cream and mix until combined.
  3. Pour the remaining cream in and beat on high for 4 minutes.

Decorations

  1. Pour the sugar crystals into a bowl.
  2. Cut each marshmallow in half from corner to corner. Press the exposed area into the sugar crystals. These marshmallows will be the bunny ears. Set the ears aside in pairs so when you put them on the cupcakes, the ears match.

Assembly

  1. Fill the piping bag fitted with the large round tip with frosting.
  2. Squeeze a dollop of frosting multiReplace" id="1133" data-gr-id="1133">onto the top of each cupcake.
  3. Press a pair of ears onto the frosting.
  4. Using the tweezers, place two black sugar pearls on the "face" for eyes. Press a pink jelly bean almost all the way in under the eyes for a nose.
  5. For accent cupcakes, squeeze a dollop of frosting onto the top of a cupcake. Completely cover the top of each cupcake with Spring colors jimmies.

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Chocolate S’mores Cookies

A sweet guest recipe for you today that transforms your favorite summertime dessert  into decadent, delicious Chocolate S’mores Cookies!

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Hello there JavaCupcake readers!! My name is Kayle and I’m the gal behind the food blog, The Cooking Actress. In case you didn’t get it…I’m an actress…and I cook. I also live in Ohio (my home state, but I moved here a couple years ago from NYC) with my husband and I love to make homemade crave-worthy foods! There, now we’re introduced. Nice to meet ya 🙂 I’m so excited to be here and help Betsy out while she takes care of her family and prepares for their move and such. She’s seriously one of the sweetest, strongest women I know-I’m sure you all agree. PLUS-she makes some of the most gorgeous and delectable looking sweets, that is just a fact!

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Alright now…let’s talk cookies. They’re kinda my thang. I’ve been referred to as the cookie queen on more than one occasion…just sayin’. Ha, but seriously they’re my favorite and I do sort of think of them as my specialty. Which is why I’m always wary of buying cookies because they so rarely live up to my expectations, especially now that I live in OH-which has admittedly fewer quality bakery options than NY did. BUT there is one place I’ve found that has solid cookies…Insomnia. They’re a national cookie chain that has shops located on/near college campuses and they deliver until all hours of the morning. I do not live on a college campus BUT I do live 15 minutes away from Kent, a college town (Kent State University…where my husband is getting his master’s and almost everyone I know went for undergrad)-and they have an Insomnia Cookies, and I have had the pleasure of stopping in and enjoying said cookies on more than one occasion.

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Although Insomnia has a few different kinds of tasty looking cookies, I am always drawn to their Deluxe S’mores Cookie—it’s just something I can’t get anywhere else. And I LOVE IT! They’re the kind of smart bakery that serves your cookies warm, as they should be. And the cookie is chocolatey and chewy and has gooey mini marshmallows and little bites of crunchy graham crackers…and I live too far away to have them on the regular. So-I decided to make my own!

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Ahhh I was nervous! I tried scouring the internet for their recipe or copycat recipes and nothing was right! I needed a fairly flat, definitely large, yet chewy and gooey and very chocolatey cookie base-I knew as long as I had that I could just add mini marshmallows and graham crackers and that would be simple enough to figure out. So I searched. And I found something I thought might work. And then I adapted it slightly (baking it for less time so they’re softer and chewier, in addition to adding the ‘mallows and grahams). And I reveled in my success….I HAVE DONE IT! I recreated the cookies (…pretty close anyway. As close as I think is possible without the actual recipe) and they are delicious. I’m so excited. And I’m so excited to share them with YOU GUYS!

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My brother (who is currently in basic training for the Air Force) shares my love of the s’mores cookies and I know he’d love these. Which is why I’m freezing some to bring to him when I go to his graduation, and why I plan on making and shipping him a batch once he’s out of basic. Because I’m a good sister 🙂 But for reals…these cookies are so decadent and rich and perfectly chewy and they have gorgeously melted chunks of chocolate (I prefer dark but feel free to use milk!) and little bits of graham cracker and then-GUYS-some of the mini marshmallows toast while they bake. So the s’mores-ness is on the next level. They’re everything I wanted them to be and more and I know you’ll all love them as much as I do!

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Chocolate S'mores Cookies

Chocolate S'mores Cookies

Yield: 18+ Cookies
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 8 oz. milk or dark chocolate, 4 oz. coarsely chopped, 4 oz. cut into 1/4-inch chunks
  • 1 stick (8 tbsp.) unsalted butter
  • 1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows, divided
  • 4 graham cracker squares, broken into small pieces, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Melt chopped chocolate with the butter in a small heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Remove the bowl from heat and let cool a few minutes. Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla to the chocolate mixture and, using an electric mixer, beat on medium speed until combined.
  4. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients on low speed.
  5. Fold in chocolate chunks, 1/2 cup mini marshmallows, and 2 squares of broken up graham crackers.
  6. Scoop batter using a large cookie scoop (about 1/4 cup of dough) and place at least 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Press the remaining mini marshmallows and broken up graham cracker bits into the tops of each cookie dough ball (approx. 2 marshmallows and 2 graham cracker pieces per cookie).
  7. Bake until cookies are slightly only-del replaceWithoutSep" id="165" data-gr-id="165">flattened, about 12 minutes. Let cool on the sheet for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Notes

Adapted from Martha Stewart's Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies and inspired by Insomnia Cookies' Deluxe S'mores Cookie.

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Christmas Tree Marshmallow Pops by The Decorated Cookie for JavaCupcake.com

Christmas Tree Marshmallow Pops

If you’re in need of a fun, quick, delicious treat for your next holiday party then you’ll need to make these adorable Christmas Tree Marshmallow Pops!  Thanks to Meaghan of The Decorated Cookie for providing this guest post and such an adorable holiday treat!

Christmas tree marshmallow pops

Greetings dear readers of JavaCupcake! I’m Meaghan, of The Decorated Cookie, where I blog about sweet and easy food crafts. It’s not easy to fill the shoes (fill the measuring cups? let’s go with measuring cups) of baker extraordinaire Betsy, so I’m thrilled she let me visit today.

I share Betsy’s love of baking, but I also love shortcuts. Because aren’t we all so busy all the time? I mean, not for checking facebook, which I always have time for, but for everything else. One of my favorite sweets to decorate is store-bought marshmallows. I do a lot of marshmallow decorating. Too much marshmallow decorating, though my two kids would say you can never have enough marshmallows.

Christmas tree marshmallow pops

These Christmas tree marshmallow pops are simple to make, yummy to eat, and impressive to display or give. To serve at a holiday party, wrap a Styrofoam block (found at the craft store) with red or green tissue paper and prop in the block. To give as gifts, once the candy has fully hardened, place a small cellophane bag (also at the craft store, gosh I love the craft store) over the marshmallow and tie with ribbon.

Christmas tree marshmallow pops

You can also pipe any design you like on the marshmallows. Try holly or wreaths. For a non-denominational marshmallow, dip the marshmallows in blue, pipe green evergreen trees and dust with confectioner’s sugar for snow. See? Marshmallows have endless possibilities.

Christmas tree marshmallow pops

If you’re new to marshmallow pops, here are a few tips. I added vegetable shortening to the candy melts, which is optional, but it makes for much easier dipping, as the melts are thinner. I didn’t add vegetable shortening to the green candy melts, because I didn’t want the candy too runny. And I only snip a tiny bit off of the decorating bag so I have control over the piping. Candy melts dry pretty quickly, so add the sprinkles after each tree you pipe, not at the end. Once you get the hang of dipping and piping, these marshmallow pops are a quick and easy Christmas dessert you can whip up in minutes.

Christmas tree marshmallow pops

Christmas tree marshmallow pops

Yield: 10 pops

Christmas tree marshmallows are a quick and easy treat to make for the holidays.

Ingredients

  • 10 marshmallows
  • 10 lollipop sticks or straws
  • 1 cup red candy melts
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup green candy melts
  • 1 disposable 12-inch decorating bag
  • rainbow non-pareil sprinkles
  • Styrofoam block

Instructions

  1. Skewer the marshmallows with the lollipop sticks or straws and set aside.
  2. In a deep, microwave-safe container, place the red candy melts and the shortening. A glass measuring cup works well. Microwave at 70 percent power for 90 seconds. Stir and continue to microwave at 30 second, then 15 second, intervals until fully melted and smooth when well stirred.
  3. Dip a marshmallow into the melted red candy, gently tap on the side of the container to remove excess, and prop in the Styrofoam block. Dip all the marshmallows and let dry well, about 30 minutes.
  4. Place the green candy melts in a disposable decorating bag. Place the bag on a paper towel in the microwave. Microwave for 90 seconds at 70 percent power. Massage the bag and continue to microwave at 15 second intervals until the candy melts are fully melted.
  5. Snip 1/4 inch from the tip of the bag. Place a marshmallow on its side and pipe a Christmas tree on a marshmallow. Immediately sprinkle with sprinkles. Repeat with the remaining marshmallows. Prop in the Styrofoam block and let dry well, at least an hour.
  6. Store in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Enjoy! And have a wonderful holiday season!

Stop by and see me some time at the decorated cookie.

Meaghan

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Check out some of seasonal favorites:

snowman cookie sticks

snowman cookie sticks

 

Rudolph marshmallows for Christmas

Rudolph marshmallow art

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Candied Coffee Marshmallows

Chunks of candied coffee fill these light, fluffy coffee marshmallows making them the perfect addition to your warm drinks on these chilly fall days!

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These candied coffee marshmallows happened by accident.  See, I let the sugar and corn syrup cook too hot and long on my stove and by the time I finally poured it into the gelatin, it had began to set.

I was devastated at the thought that I had ruined these coffee marshmallows because I was really looking forward to eating them!

Candied Coffee Marshmallows | JavaCupcake.comInstead of throwing out the batch, I decided to pour the mixture into the pan and let it set overnight and prayed all the syrup incorporated into the marshmallows.

Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.  I was left with big chunks of hard candied coffee throughout my marshmallows.  This was NOT how marshmallows were supposed to be… they’re supposed to be smooth, creamy, fluffy and not chunky!

I was disappointed.  Well, I was until I took a bite.

Oh my gawsh!!  How did I ever think these would not be heavenly?  The marshmallows were smooth, creamy and fluffy plus had amazing coffee flavor AND they had these out of this world delicious chunks of candied coffee in them!

So by accident… I created the most delicious coffee marshmallow EVER!

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So, I put them in everything from my morning cup of coffee to hot chocolate and of course… I popped several in my mouth throughout the days after I made them. Seriously, so good!

Try them… my mistake will be your joy!!! 🙂

Candied Coffee Marshmallows

Candied Coffee Marshmallows

Yield: 64 marshmallows
Prep Time: 12 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 12 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

Prep

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp espresso powder
  • vegetable oil

Marshmallows

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp espresso powder
  • 3 envelopes of Knox gelatin
  • 3/4 cup vanilla sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Dissolve 2 Tbsp espresso powder into the 3/4 cup of water and then set in the refrigerator to get cold.
  2. Coat the inside of an 8x8" baking pan with vegetable oil. In another bowl sift & whisk together the powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp espresso powder. Using half of this mixture, cover the bottom of the greased completely. Set aside the remaining.
  3. Pour the chilled espresso/water into the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Sprinkle all 3 packets of gelatin atop of espresso and allow to sit for at least 10 minutes untouched.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan with a candy thermometer attached, combine the vanilla sugar, granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt and 1/2 cup water. Heat this over medium-high heat until the sugar has dissolved, whisking occasionally. Turn the heat up to high and bring it to a hard boil and cook until it reaches 240F degrees. The candy will be dark brown and color and it will harden quickly, so move fast for this next part.
  5. Turn the mixer on low and carefully pour the hot mixture into the gelatin. The mixture will begin to solidify and may stick to the whisk attachment. Do your best to get as much of it incorporated into the gelatin before it solidifies. Add the vanilla extract.
  6. Turn the mixture on high and beat for 8-10 minutes or until it has doubled in size.
  7. Pour it immediately into prepared pan as evenly as possible... it will be very sticky! Cover the top with the remaining sugar/espresso and press the marshmallow flat and into the corners/sides if necessary.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit overnight to set.
  9. When ready to cut, take a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen. Flip the pan over onto your work surface to remove the marshmallow. Cut into 1in squares.
  10. Store in an air tight container for up to a week... if they last that long!

 

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Tie Dye Tuesday – Tie Dye Party

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!

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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!

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If you need a refresher on how to tie-dye, check out the first week of this series for the complete how-to’s on tie dye!

Tie Dye Decorations

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.

Table Cover

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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:

  1. Fold a 100% cotton white twin size top sheet into thirds the long way, then thirds again until it created a square.
  2. Pinch the center of the square and began twisting until all of the fabric has created a spiral.
  3. Tie 6-8 rubber bands across the spiral.   For a visual, see this tutorial.
  4. Soak in soda ash solution.
  5. When dying, make sure that each color is next to a different color.  For example, do not put two pinks together.
  6. 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.
  7. Follow the complete instructions for dying on my tie dye tutorial.

T-shirt Bunting

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

Fabric Garland

 

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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.

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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!

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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! 

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Supplies:

  • Baby wipes
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Dropper or baby medicine syringe
  • Rubber bands
  • Watercolor paint or watercolor markers
  • Clothes pins
  • Crafting pipe cleaners
  • Plastic plates, trays, baking sheets

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Technique:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Using the dropper or syringe,  squeeze a few drops of alcohol on all the places you added color.
  4. Untie the rubber bands and unfold the wipe.  You should have a beautiful tie dye design!
  5. Lay or hang the wipe to dry.
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  6. Once dry, bring together the center of the wipe and attach a clothes pin.  Draw a face on the pin.
  7. 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.

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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!

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Supplies:

  • Jolly Ranchers hard candy in various colors, smashed into pea sized chunks.
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Sharpie
  • Oven heated to 225F degrees.

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Technique:

  1. 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.
  2. Have each child place any combination of colors of crushed candy onto a circle making sure the circle is full of candy.
  3. 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.
  4. Allow to cool completely on the pan before removing.  Enjoy!

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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.

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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!

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! 

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! 

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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!

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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!

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Recommended Vendors for Supplies:

Cupcake liners  & paper straws – Sweets & Treats Boutique
Dye – Dharma Trading Co.
Baking Trays – Wilton Recipe Right Cookie/Jelly Roll Pan, 17-1/4 by 11-1/2-Inch
Hard Candy – Jolly Rancher Hard Candy Assortment, 5-Pound Bag
Lollipop sticks – Wilton 1912-1001 4-Inch Lollipop Sticks, 150 Pack
Parchment Paper – Wilton Parchment Paper
Watercolor paint – Crayola Washable Watercolors, 8 count (53-0525)
Watercolor markers – Crayola Washable Markers, Broad Point, Classic Colors, 8/Pack (58-7808)
Mason jars – Tastefully Rustic

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