{RECIPE} Vanilla Mint Cupcakes... Perfect for Spring

by Jillian Leslie on

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I'm excited to introduce you to Molly Allen, our new baking contributor, and the woman behind CakeFYI. Here's Molly's first yummy recipe for Catch My Party. Don't these cupcakes look pretty! Take it away, Molly...

What better way to celebrate Easter and spring than with these easy-to-make Spring Vanilla-Mint Cupcakes  with a hint of mint in the vanilla batter. Then swirl your cupcakes with light mint icing, and finish them off with Pearl White Sugar Sprinkles for an extra decorative touch.

SPRING VANILLA-MINT CUPCAKES

Makes 24 cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Pure Mint Extract
  • 1 1/4 Cups Flour
  • 1 3/4 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
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Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.

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Beat in the eggs one at a time, and then add the vanilla extract and mint extract and mix well.

Add a third of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until incorporated.

Add half of the milk and mix well.

Add another third of the flour, mix, and then add the remaining milk.

Add the remaining flour and continue beating until well mixed.

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Using a measuring cup, pour batter into a lined or greased cupcake pan.

cupcake liners Bake for 16-18 minutes until golden. Set aside to cool before icing.

MINT ICING RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Butter, softened
  • 2 1/2-3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Pure Mint Extract
  • 1 Tablespoon Milk
  • 2 Drops Green Food Coloring
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Beat the butter and a 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar.

Add the vanilla and mint extracts and milk and continue beating.

Continue to add powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency.

Add green food coloring and beat until color is well incorporated. mint icing

Once cooled, top cupcakes with Mint Icing. Top with pearl sprinkles.

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Enjoy at your upcoming Easter celebration or just because... they're that good!

Thanks, Molly. Can't wait to share more of your deliciousness with our readers!

My Take on Mixing Patterns and Colors

by Jillian Leslie on

We live in a mid-century modern house which has dictated many of the style choices we have made. While we really like modern designs, we don't want our house to look stark and cold. Therefore, we have accented it with interesting patterns and colors to make it feel more warm and inviting.

I was asked by Target to share some of my favorite ideas for combining patterns, colors, and textures. So here goes!

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One way I like to create something interesting is to combine hard with soft. I recommend playing with the juxtaposition of warm, soft items (like pillows and throws) with stark metal and glass furniture and accents.

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Another way to create something unique is to combine masculine and feminine in your decor. A soft bed next to a leather smoking chair bring an interesting contrast to a room.  Or adding a big floral rug under a sleek piece of dark furniture can create the same effect.

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My favorite way to change up a room is to use decorative pillows. It's a quick and inexpensive way to add pops of color to otherwise neutral furniture. I usually stick to one color family, like the oranges I chose here, and play with patterns. I like mixing big patterns with small patterns and throwing in some solid textured pillows to bring in more interesting visuals without creating chaos. :) And I like to pile them on to really create an effect! how-to-mix-patterns-and-textures

And finally, one of my favorite patterns these days is ikat. To me, ikat always feels fresh and colorful, with a little touch of boho.  I found lots of cool ikat patterns at Target, and because the patterns can be bold, I paired them with solid color pieces to create balance.

I hope you enjoyed reading how I approach texture and color. What's great is that all these ideas can easily be applied to party styling as well, and everything I highlighted can be purchased at Target!

It’s Time for Springtime.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

 

Rubber Band Frosted DIY Vase

by Jillian Leslie on

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I love fresh flowers! Having them in my house makes me sooooo happy! And now that all the spring flowers are blooming, I thought I'd make a pretty vase so I can have a great  way to display them (like the tulips that are exploding around me). The vase was so simple to do, it took about 15 minutes, and I love how it turns out!

SUPPLIES:

  • Glass vase
  • Rubber bands
  • Spray paint -- I used frosted and glitter
  • Newspaper
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Place rubber bands around the glass vase.

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Stuff with newspaper so you don't get the spray paint inside the vase.

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Spray with the frosted paint first (I did 3 coats, waiting 10 minutes between coats),. Then add a light spray of glitter. To finish add another coat of frosted paint. The frost really comes out when the paint dries.

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Let dry overnight. Remove rubber bands. Scrape off any extra paint that might have gotten under the rubber bands. Here's Lainey after I took the rubber bands off, super excited about the new vase.

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I put in some gorgeous tulips and look how pretty!

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Plastic Easter Egg Garland Craft

by Jillian Leslie on

How to make a plastic Easter egg garland | CatchMyParty.com

Looking for a quick and easy Easter table decoration?

I made this plastic Easter egg garland craft as a simple but colorful decoration for my Arts & Crafts Easter table.

Supplies:

  • 20 gauge wire
  • Plastic Easter eggs
Directions:

Cut your wire to your desired length. Mine was about 5 feet.

String your plastic Easter eggs on the wire using the little holes at the bottom of the Easter eggs.  Use as many eggs as you like.

It was so easy to make!

FREE Easter Party Printables from BluGrass Designs

by Jillian Leslie on

This "Hoppity Hop" collection designed by Paula at BluGrass Designs.

The collection includes: invitations, water bottle labels, mini candy bar wrappers, party flags, tented cards, favor tags, cupcake wrappers, party tags, patterned paper, and a "Happy Easter" banner.

Download the free Easter printables here!

Check out the whole collection...

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And see the individual files...

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To learn more about Paula and see all of her printables, head to the BluGrass Designs Etsy shop and Facebook page.

For more Easter inspiration, take a look at these fabulous Easter parties and all our free Easter printables!

{TRENDS} Gorgeous Fairy Birthday Parties

by Jillian Leslie on

Fairy parties are so popular on our site, I had to show off some of my favorites! If you are planning a fairy party, wait until you see how inspiring and beautiful these ones are. Plus, scroll down for free fairy party printables!

To see the whole party, just click on the link or photo...

 Event's by Nat's Enchanted Pastel Rainbow Fairy Party

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Tasya T's Ciara's Enchanted Garden Party

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My Best Wishes Events' Magic Woodland Party

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Andrea S's Fairy Party /Las Hadas de Agostina

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Leilani R's Fairy Birthday Party

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Simone N's Milla's 3rd birthday Fairy Garden Party

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Lil' Sweet Me Bake Shop's Enchanted Flowers & Fairies Party

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Inspired Dream Events' Fairy Extravaganza

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Holli F's Woodland Fairy Birthday Party

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And here are our free fairy party printables ready for you to download, print out, cut out, and use to decorate!free-fairy-party-printables

 

 

Need Free St. Patrick's Day Party Printables?

by Jillian Leslie on

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We have these three full collections of St. Patrick's Day printables for you! Just download the files, print them out, cut them out, and and decorate!

See the full collections here (clockwise from top right):

For more inspiration, check out these wonderful St. Patrick's Day parties on our site.

FREE Easter Party Printables from Printabelle

by Jillian Leslie on

Michelle at Printabelle designed the polka dot Easter printables I used in my Arts & Crafts Easter Table for Target, and now we're giving them away for free! What's great about these printables is you can type your own text into the invitation, tented cards, and favor tags!

The collection includes: invitations (with editable text fields), welcome sign, cupcake toppers, water bottle labels, tented cards (with editable text fields), straw flags, a "Happy Easter" banner (small and large), favor tags (with editable text fields).

Download the free Easter printables here!

Here's the whole collection...

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And here are the individual files...

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Thank you, Michelle, for this colorful and playful collection!

To learn more about Michelle and see all the printable collections, head to Printabelle and the Printabelle Facebook page.

For more Easter inspiration, take a look at these fabulous Easter parties and all our free Easter printables!

My Arts & Crafts Easter Brunch Table

by Jillian Leslie on

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I was asked by Target to create an Easter brunch table. Okay, how fun was this assignment. :)

My inspiration for the table was kraft paper. It's one of my favorite papers and we use it all the time at our house. We use it to wrap presents, for my daughter to scribble on, paint on, and draw blueprints for her elaborate inventions. I also use it as any sort of messy, sticky craft project backdrop so my floors don't get ruined.

I love how it looks. It's plain but tough, and screaming out to be embellished!

My first purchase at Target... two rolls of kraft paper. I wanted my table to be kid-friendly, fun, casual, and colorful.

I also bought a lot of other fun stuff on my shopping spree. I strung plastic Easter eggs on wire, then inserted the wire into my kraft paper and coiled it behind so it would stay put.

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I also used the plastic Easter eggs to decorate the kids' chairs.

I added stripes of colored tape to the kraft paper to make it more festive, and also put out a bucket of markers for the kids to go to town.

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I asked my friend Michelle from Printabelle to design a set of free Easter printables. I love what she came up with, and we'll be giving the set away on our blog tomorrow.

All the little decorations, like these cute chick eggs and the paper flowers I used on the banner, were from Target, too.

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For food, I wanted to keep it simple. We used our recipe for mini banana muffins.

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I also served yogurt parfaits, mini pancakes, and of course...

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...cupcakes! I embellished them with printable cupcake toppers and Easter nonpareils.

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Plus, I couldn't do Easter without flowers, so I put a bouquet of fresh baby roses into my new white pitcher.

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I'm also a huge fan of Peeps, so I bought packs of Peeps in all different colors, and made these Peep pops using Sweet Tarts Gummies.

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And for a simple activity, I hung up a big piece of kraft paper, put out a bucket of colored chalk, and told the kids have fun. I love parties where the kids are encouraged to write on the walls!

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I hope you like what I put together. It was a lot of fun!

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.