I’m no Martha so when I need a cake, I run to the nearest grocery store. It saves me the effort of making a cake myself and costs a heck of a lot less than a gourmet bakery cake, but store bought cakes look kind of …boring. Luckily, there are a bunch of easy ways you can upgrade a basic store bought cake. Here are five of our faves.
1. Wallpaper it: This is so genius and the outcome is so gorgeous, I’m having a hard time containing myself. You can buy a plain white frosted cake and do THIS tutorial via Alana Jones-Mann, a freaking cake genius.
2. A Cake Topper: Cake toppers are an easy way to really step up your cake game and you can buy it or DIY it. We love this cool looking cake topper from The Roc Shop. (Psst she just came out with the cutest new line full of tropical vibes!)
This is such a good example of how a DIY cake topper can bring your store bought cake to a whole other level.These Mini Mylar Letter Balloons from A Joyful Riot are hands down more effort than buying a topper, but SO very amazing.
3. Write your own message:Coco Cake Land shows you how to make simple writing look pretty, even if your handwriting sucks.
4. Flowers: Sometimes the simplest ideas are really the most genius, replace the frosting flowers with real ones. A Practical Wedding knows the deal.
5. Cand-ify it: Use gumballs or lollipops to decorate your basic cake in cool patterns. Check out the how-to and other easy store bought cake upgrades on the Minted blog
Do you have ideas on how to decorate a plain sheet cake and make it look fabulous? We really like it when you share!
Alyson here, and I have to say I’m thrilled to be posting on Shoes Off Please! Gilit’s love for flamingos inspired these little cookies, and the pineapples seemed like the perfect pairing! I’ve been obsessing over sugar cookies these past few months, and it was a no brainer to get these cuties made! Those pink little creatures are just too perfect for this world, right?!
First up, you’ve got to get those sugar cookies made, so here is my absolute favorite recipe! Also, if your cookies are slightly spreading when you bake them, stick them in the freezer for about 10 minutes before popping them in the oven. It works every time!
If you’ve made royal icing before, awesome! If not here is a solid recipe. Now for the fun part!
First you will want to outline your cookies with the thicker royal icing and let dry for at least 15 minutes. Next, ice the flamingo’s legs and beak, and the pineapple’s top! The circle cookies will be your base, so those also need to be outlined and filled. Clearly they don’t have to be perfect, as you can see below. (They will be covered up by brown sugar.)
now when you flood the cookies, add a few drops of water or lemon juice to thin the frosting. You want to find the right consistency so that it spreads to the edges and ribbons back into itself in about 5 seconds. This is where the squeeze bottle comes in handy! Pour the icing in and start flooding the cookies.
To add the details, use your icing tip for those little pineapple dots and wing outline. For the wing, I lightened it a tad and made a tiny amount of flood icing to fill it in. A lot of times there is a sweet spot where you can use the same icing for the outline and flood, but it’s all a matter of testing it out.
Using the black food decorating pen, color in the tip of the beak and a little eye! You can also use a pink one to add some more dimension to the cookie, like outlining the wing to give it a feather-y look or outlining the entire flamingo. Carefully rub the line with your finger to blend it in.
For the water, I used that ICEE Squeeze Candy because it’s such a pretty color and makes the water a beautiful shiny blue. However, it’s actually kind of a gross candy, haha. If you don’t think anyone wants a sour blue raspberry gel on their cookie, I recommend just sticking to royal icing or even blue sprinkles!
Finally, carefully stick some toothpicks into those cookies and you’re done! The flamingos are very fragile, so I had to be extra slow and careful. I found that making the hole in the circle base first, then cutting the toothpick before inserting it into the flamingo works best. Add some brown sugar for sand and voila! You’ve got a cute little party centerpiece!
The cookies would be a great addition to any Summer party, and can neatly be displayed on a cake stand! And trust me, the more flamingos the better!
For more sweet creations, head on over to my blog and check out my instagram!
I have always had a bit of a crush on flamingos or ‘mingos as I sometimes affectionately refer to them. This crush has seemed to festoon into a full-blown obsession as of late, it seems I cannot enter a store or scroll through Instagram without one of those pink, adorable beauties catching my eye. So when Gilit and I teamed up I knew that our combined loved of parties and shared affinity for flamingos would be bound to result in some ah-ma-zing flamingo party ideas! The first (of I am sure many) flamingo-inspired ideas is a cute and super simple Flamingo Party Hat.
Print out the template provided and using scissors cut out the template shapes.
Trace the template shapes onto the appropriate colored card stock — the flamingo head on pink cardstock twice, the face details on white cardstock and the beak on black cardstock — then cut out the shapes using scissors staying on the inside of the lines.
Assemble the pieces of cardstock and adhere together using double sided tape.
Using a black sharpie add an eye to the flamingo head.
Make a bend (approximately 1/2″) at the bottom of the flamingo neck, insert the bent part of the cardstock into the slit on the side of the party hat to see where it looks best.
Once you are satisfied with the placement, apply double sided tape to the folded part of the card stock and secure it to the inside of the hat.
Using hot glue, attach a few feathers on the side of the hat to resemble wings.
Place the party hat on top of your head and let’s flamingle!
They’re bright, they’re pink, and they’re gorgeous! Perfect on a birthday cake, cupcake, pancake, or giant soft cookie, the stainless steel legs keep these ‘mingos in place. Summer is coming, babes! There are limited quantities available, but show these flamingos some love and I’ll see what I can do about restocking ;)
Last year I blogged about Mother’s Day brunch inspiration and the brunch I threw for the mamas in my life. This year I’m keeping I’m not throwing a party, but if I were this is all I would need:
1. A Glitter letter banner from I don’t know, say…. The Bannerie 2. DIY mini flower bouquets from one of my fave blog ladies Homey Oh My! 3. Up the fun factor with sangria like this one from Kiran Turan
4. A pink ombre cake like this one from Style Me Pretty
5. A gorgeous fringe tassel garland from Studio Mucci that can be reused in any room
6. And in case someone’s not satisfied with ombre cake (weirdo) this spaghetti squash pizza crust from A Beautiful Mess looks so good, like it’s not too heavy but still filling
What’s a must for you on Mother’s Day? Any great traditions? I love the men in my life, but I also really love getting this special time to celebrate the women, mothers or not.
Throwing a baby shower and not sure what theme to go with? Try a sprinkles baby shower! They’re as much fun as glitter, but without the clingy-stick-to-everything problem that glitter gives (although I do love me some glitter). You can imagine how excited my team and I were when we met with this amazing Mommy & Daddy to be and they threw out the sprinkles idea.
This baby shower has sprinkles everywhere! The gorgeous cake was riddled from top to bottom with rainbow sprinkles, and the cupcakes, cake pops and cookies were all blasted with vibrant sprinkles. An added bonus to using rainbow sprinkles is it means you’re not limited to color choices when decorating for the party, no color will ever clash with the sprinkles.
If you still don’t know the sex of the baby, using sprinkles will give you the chance to have a unisex themed party. They’re inexpensive, easy to get in bulk amounts and an easy clean-up at the end of the day.
We loved designing and seeing the candy buffet come together with every dessert picked to ensure there was a sprinkle somehow attached. It was important to the Mommy-to-be to really have the books they chose to read to their new baby so we used them as décor on the tables and their favorite book was used as the guest book where their guests could write a little wish for the baby.
So if you’re looking for a fun alternative to the typical baby shower colors, think SPRINKLES!
St. Patrick’s Day is less than a week away! I’ve teamed up with some Wayfair Homemakers to host a Housewarming Party full of St. Patrick’s Day Party ideas so you don’t have to think about it. Now you are free to use your time to create mischief, shenanigans, and malarkey.
Just to set the bar really high, here are gorgeous ideas for your whole party from Wayfair
St. Patty’s Day gingerbread house. You can occupy your kids for a good chunk of time and then you get to eat it! (Also, PJ was my roommate at Alt so you know she’s got great taste)
I’m not Irish but I freaking love the spirit of this holiday and these talented ladies know how to celebrate it! Do you have any St. Patty’s Day traditions? I’d love to hear them! Thanks for joining the party!