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How to Make Candy Heart Cake Bunting

Cake bunting made out of candy heart

Virginie, from That Cute Little Cake with a "sweet" way to decorate your Valentine's Day cake. How adorable is this!

If you are looking for a fun and easy way to decorate a cake this Valentine's Day, then I have just the right thing for you: candy cake bunting!!!

Cake bunting (little decorations strung on top of cakes) has been so popular these past couple of years, that I could not resist revisiting the concept... And since Valentine's Day is all about candy, this is exactly what I used to create those sweet decorations!

Supplies:

  • Candy (gummy hearts, marshmallow... any soft candy you like)
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Paper straws or skewers
Cake bunting made out of candy heart
Simply thread several candies and secure both ends to a straw or skewer. You may want to use a thimble to protect your fingers while threading, going through the candy is a little tough.
Cake bunting made out of candy heart
Experiment with different types of candy to find the combination you like! Here are some different variations I tried.

Cake bunting made out of candy heart

Thanks, Virginie, what a delicious way to decorate for Valentine's Day! To learn more about Virginie, please visit her at That Cute Little Cake and on Facebook and Pinterest.

{DIY} How to Make Washi Tape Twist Ties

I saw a tutorial on Corrina Wraps on how to make washi tape twist ties and had to try it. Turns they are super easy, you can finish them in minutes, and what a great way to tie up gift and favors. I will definitely be doing this in the future.

Supplies:

  • Thin wire
  • Scissors
  • Washi tape

Directions:

Cut the wire with your scissors. I cut mine into 7 inch long pieces so I had the flexibility to trim.

Place a piece of washi tape sticky side up. Stick the wire onto the middle of tape.

Then add another piece on top. Voila!

For light colored washi tape, I added one extra piece on one side and made sure to show that side on my favors.

I trimmed the edge of my twist tie, filled a cellophane bag with candy from Whole Foods (to kid myself it was healthy), and added my tie.  (Notice this bag is a lot smaller than the previous one. That's because this shot was taken after a day of my daughter and I snacking on candy.)

Recipes and Tips for Throwing a Fantastic July 4th!

TIP 1 -- I had to start with the most mouth-watering dish... pulled pork sandwiches with Asian slaw. Since our grill still isn't hooked up, I wanted to come up with an alternative to typical July 4th BBQ food that was equally fun and equally delicious. That's why I thought of pulled pork! Who doesn't like pulled pork?! :)

You will find the recipes at the end of the post. The pork and slaw are both very easy to make, but the pork does take 6-8 hours to cook, so plan ahead if you're considering it.

TIP 2 -- Another recommendation for July 4th is to serve some delicious red, white, and blue strawberry shortcake. I posted this recipe a few months ago. It is so light and fresh and simple to make.

My tip is to set it up as a strawberry shortcake bar, putting out the cakes, whipped cream, and fruit separately, and letting your guests create their own.

TIP 3 -- For centerpieces I have two ideas. My first is candy skewers. I used wooden skewers, picked out red, white, and blue candies at the local candy store, and had a lot of fun putting them together.

My daughter went nuts over these and almost came to tears when I told her she couldn't eat them until I took pictures.

The second idea is to buy some red, white, and blue flowers and arrange them in simple vases or tin cans. I don't like my flowers to look too styled, so I used a simple cylindrical vase and made them look like fresh picked wildflowers (by placing them at varied heights and using lots of green leaves) rather than flowers I bought at the grocery store. :)

TIP 4 -- Anyone who knows our site knows what a huge fan I am of free party printables. That's why we give so many away.

For those of you who don't know, party printables are files you download, print, cut out, and use to decorate. You can really get creative with them, and you can never run out because you can always print more.

Take a look at the 6 full collections of July 4th party printables we're giving away this year! There's bound to be a style that speaks to you.

So those are my tips for throwing a fantastic 4th, and as promised, here are the pulled pork and Asian slaw recipes:

PULLED PORK

Ingredients:

  • 1 bone-in pork butt (6 to 8 pounds)
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

Directions:

Prepare the rub by mixing together the brown sugar, salt, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, and dry mustard.

Cut through the fat on the top of the shoulder in a 1 inch crosshatch pattern. Cut through the fat, but try not to cut into the meat.

Rub the mixed seasoning on the entire shoulder and into the cuts on the top.

Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator over night (at least 12 hours). We put ours on a cookie sheet to catch any drippings.

When you are ready to cook, preheat the oven to 325 degrees and lower the rack to its lowest position.

Unwrap the shoulder, and wipe of any excess rub off that hasn't been absorbed into the meat. Place the shoulder on a greased rack in a roasting pan with 3-4 cups of water in the bottom to keep the drippings from burning.

You can baste the shoulder a few times with the liquid during the cooking process. We refilled the water once about half way through.

Cook until the internal temp is at least 190 degrees. If you take it out too soon, the meat won't be tender. A probe thermometer is very helpful as the cooking time can vary depending on the size of the shoulder and the over. Our 7lb. shoulder took 8 hours to reach 190 degrees.

Here it is right out of the oven.

Let the shoulder rest for an hour, then use two forks to pull it apart. It should shred easily.

SPICY ASIAN SLAW

Ingredients:

Slaw

  • 2 cups napa cabbage (about half a head)
  • 2 cups radicchio (about half a head)
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
Dressing
  • 2 teaspoons dry Chinese or English (Coleman's) mustard
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons light sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Quarter the cabbage and radicchio, and cut out the hearts. Slice thinly and mix with the onions, cilantro, and carrots.

Mix together the dressing ingredients.

Add the dressing to the chopped vegetables.

Toss with the sesame seeds to taste.

And here's the final product again... Yum!!

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TRENDS: What's "Trending" in the World of Cakes

If you see my blog posts or read my Facebook and Twitter posts, you know I'm a huge fan of creative cakes. I think if you're going to splurge on one item for your party in terms of money or time, a cake is a great way to go.

I've noticed some new cake trends (in addition to all the beautiful rainbow cakes and ruffle cakes) on our main site that I wanted to share. Take a look (and click on the photo to see what party it's from)...

The Unfrosted (or Partially Frosted) Cake

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The Rustic Ruffle Cake

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The Candy Coated Cake

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The Cookie Wrapped Cake

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The Ombre Swirl Cake

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If there are any new trends that you're seeing that I'm not seeing, please let me know. I'd love to post about it.

DIY Tutorial -- How to Make a Candy Tree Topiary

I can't say enough about Maria, Kristina, and Roxana, the women at MKR Creations.  I met two of them at the CPN So Cal meetup and they are lovely and so creative.

They created this adorable candy tree topiary for their Y's Diapers and Wipes Shower using Smarties Pops and marshmallow rope. I just love it.

Maria, Kristina, and Roxana were kind enough to put together this tutorial and wait until you see how easy it is...

Supplies:

  • Large foam ball
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Stick
  • Vase
  • Foam & artificial grass from Michaels
  • Poofy marshmallow rope or candy necklace from It'Sugar
  • Smarties Pops unwrapped from CandyDirect.com
 

Directions:

STEP 1 -- Cut half off the Smarties Pop sticks.

STEP 2 -- Start inserting the Smarties Pop sticks into the large foam ball.

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 STEP 3 -- After you are done filling the foam ball with Smarties Pops, add the stick to your vase and insert it in your large foam ball.

STEP 4 -- Tie the poofy marshmallow rope around the stick to cover it. You could use the candy necklace instead; if you use the candy necklace you will need a glue gun to glue it so it will stay in place.

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STEP 5 -- Add your ribbon and you're done!

Candy tree topiaries makes such a great addition to your party!

I couldn't agree more! Thank you, lovely ladies, for putting this tutorial together. To learn more about MKR Creations and see the other amazing parties they've styled, please check out their vendor page on our site.

TRENDS: Whirly Pops as Cake Decorations

A while back I did a "Trends" post on the popularity of Whirly Pops. Now I've noticed something people are doing with them, decorating their cakes!

Rebecca P's Blake's Winter Candyland Birthday

Whimsical Boutique's Jaimee's Sweet Shop Birthday

Chelsea M's Natalia's Candy Shop Birthday

Shaira P's Aquatic Candyland Birthday

Simply Iced's Chloe's 1st Birthday

If you're inspired by what you see, take a look at all the candy/sweets/dessert themed parties on our main site.

Decorating a Dessert Table? Enter our Superior Nut Store $25 Giveaway

Need something yummy for your next dessert table? We're giving away a $25 gift certificate to  Superior Nut Store.

Superior Nut Store sells every kind of nut you can think of, but that's not all. They also sell chocolates, dried fruit, candy, and gifts. Take a look...

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All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here telling us what you're favorite item is on a dessert table. That's it! We'd love to hear what you think.

We’ll pick a winner at random on Friday, December 18th at 10:00 (PST).  We will use random.org to generate our winner and will notify you by email.

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TREND: Whirly Pops!

Here's something we've been seeing on our main site for a while: whirly pops!

I'm not saying the moms at your parties will be happy with you serving their kids these gigantic sticky, sugary treats, but they do look great on a dessert table, work well as party favors, and are just so darn pretty. (Click on the photos to see what parties they came from.)

Looking for a little more inspiration, check out these candy/sweets/dessert parties from our main site.

TRENDS: Edible Party Favors on Catch My Party

I'm really into edible favors.  I always think it's such a struggle to find gifts under $5 that you know your guests will  go home and treasure, but food is a whole different story...

So here are some great edible favors on our site for inspiration...

Nicole W's Strawberry Picnic 1st Birthday


Homemade strawberry jam

Nancy P's Zebra Boy Baby Shower


M&Ms and chocolate covered raisins

Kim Erin J's About to Hatch Baby Shower


Bird and birdhouse cookies

Nancy P's Tiffany Blue Bridal Shower


Macarons in personalized boxes

Claudia S's Tickled Blue BaByQ Shower


Homemade lemonade mix

Kristeen L's Shabby Chic Baby Shower


Cake pops

Ebony S's "Oh Boy" Gumball Baby Shower


Gumball machines

Daphne J's Frogs, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tails Baby Shower


Homemade cookie mix

Michelle B's Brian's 40th Birthday


Homemade BBQ sauce

Kelly S's David's 1st Birthday


Lollipop favors

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