Party Cupcakes: A Tiffany Cupcake Charm Giveaway!

Party Cupcakes: A Tiffany Cupcake Charm Giveaway!

Who doesn’t love cupcakes? And who among you wouldn’t like to see a pretty little blue box from Tiffany‘s arrive with a little something special at your door this holiday season? Like a Tiffany’s cupcake charm and necklace?

Party Cupcakes: A Tiffany Cupcake Charm Giveaway!

Just a little aside here, speaking of cupcakes and a loose connection to Tiffany’s, many of you might remember a year ago when I shared my own now semi-famous cupcake story, you know, the one where my daughters and I baked WEDDING cupcakes all by ourselves? For my daughter’s wedding? Oh, yeah. THAT story. Eh hem. I am crazy, but you all knew that.

Party Cupcakes: A Tiffany Cupcake Charm Giveaway!

But this isn’t about MY cupcake story, it is about this nifty site run by Melody called Party Cupcakes Ideas that features all sorts of cupcake inspiration!

I think she must have every possible cupcake idea represented on her site, it is a great resource! She even will tell you how to make the perfect Tiffany Blue frosting for your cupcakes, if you want to celebrate your big win of the Tiffany Cupcake Charm and bracelet — if you win, that is. Cupcakes really are the funnest and simplest of party or holiday desserts. Go check it out and see the other cute giveaway going on over at Party Cupcake Ideas!

Leave a message here to be included in this SWEET GIVEAWAY!
A Tiffany Cupcake Charm and necklace — a $200 retail value.

Good luck! And enjoy the rest of the giveaways all day on The Inspired Room!

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DIY Wedding Cupcakes: Behind the Scenes

DIY Wedding Cupcakes: Behind the Scenes

So, you want to see some behind the scenes
from the wedding?

Of course you do. Alrighty then. {Hey, I see 1,000 of you slinking quietly out the back door, that is OK. You can come back when this is over. I don’t blame you}. I was so overwhelmed by how to show you all the happenings and photos that I was almost paralyzed. What to show? Where and how to show it? Will you all be bored out of your minds? Will there be people un-subscribing right and left? Should I start a wedding blog (nah, I’m not worthy)?

DIY Wedding Cupcakes: Behind the Scenes

But then I just decided to stop worrying and BREAK IT DOWN. And really, what better SWEET ESCAPE than to show you the CUPCAKES? And because we had a couple of sweet things about this wedding, how about two sweet escape posts in one weekend? Sure. Part Two will be Sweet Escape: The Candy Bar. Stay tuned.

DIY Wedding Cupcakes: Behind the Scenes

When my daughter and I started wedding planning, we thought cupcakes would be the appropriate dessert choice for a youthful, fun beach town wedding. We weren’t super original with that idea, or the “candy bar” idea, but I can say they were both BIG HITS nonetheless. Thank you to all the wedding bloggers who shared ideas, we stole tons of them. Here are a few I enjoy, not only for wedding planning but for inspiration in other areas as well: Southern Weddings Magazine, A Classic Bride, Style Me Pretty.

So, in our quest for the perfect cupcakes, we visited the local cupcake bakeries and sampled all the options. {Shut up, I know I gained a few pounds in sampling}.

But at over $3.00 a piece for the standard cupcakes, we started to wonder “how much trouble could it possibly be to make our own cupcakes?” (note: only in my family would we contemplate such things).

DIY Wedding Cupcakes: Behind the Scenes

Yeah. No trouble at all. Maybe no trouble for an ordinary day at home. But on an over 100 degree day, baking 200 cupcakes was a bit hot. But even more than the baking, the transporting of the cupcakes was the biggest issue.

We had to bake most of them at home in Portland, drive them to Gearhart to frost them and then transport them a little further down the coast to our beach house where the reception would be held. The logistics of a “destination wedding” made things interesting. Not to mention we had never used a pastry tool before.

DIY Wedding Cupcakes: Behind the Scenes

Yes, she knows Red Bull is not healthy — she regrets this picture lol.

The upside of baking our own was:
1) the reasonable cost and
2) we could personalize them to the wedding colors and
3) my daughters & I now have great memories of frosting in our hair and flour on our faces.
And honestly, our cupcakes were tastier than any we had sampled. We ended up with three varieties.

DIY Wedding Cupcakes: Behind the Scenes

The chocolate brownie cupcakes, topped with chocolate curls and mint green bark were SO TASTY. THE CHOCOLATE MINTY GOODNESS was to die for. We decided to make things easier and use a Ghiradelli brownie mix. Yeah, we used a brownie mix. Shoot me.

Have I disgraced the meaning of all things sacred & acceptable for weddings by not having a fancy schmancy bakery make these from scratch? Sigh. Probably.  But I’m a Blissfully Domestic Diva and that means I can do whatever I want, including using boxed mixes even for a wedding. So there. I don’t get all bent out of shape over those sorts of things. Am I crazy?

In addition to the brownie ones, there were white ones made from scratch with the pink frosting and white pearl candy top, as well as the white ones with the white frosting and the pink pearl candy top. The cupcake recipe was a white bakery cake recipe found online. My daughter had to learn how to use the frosting tube in order to make them. They may not have been perfect, but they sure turned out cute enough all together on trays at the wedding.

DIY Wedding Cupcakes: Behind the Scenes

We made batches of the brownie cupcakes and frosted the white cupcakes at our friends’ beach house in Gearhart. She was generous to allow us use of her home for some of the wedding party’s accommodations. And we took full advantage of the kitchen the day before the wedding. Just in case you are wondering, here is what this house looks like from the outside.

DIY Wedding Cupcakes: Behind the Scenes

While us girls were in the middle of making frosting and baking at the house, we heard a knock on the door. Hello, it was a real estate appraiser. Fancy that! He wanted to take PICTURES OF THE KITCHEN. It was so embarrassing, we really had a big mess, flour and junk everywhere — I am sure my friend is going to shoot me when she sees the appraiser’s pictures. Oops! Sorry. Probably cost her a few thousands dollars off the appraisal.

DIY Wedding Cupcakes: Behind the Scenes

Not only were we working on wedding cupcakes, but we were assembling breakfast for the next morning, and lunch for right before the wedding. Good thing there was a great big farm table for all of the food and care packages. I forgot to take a photo of the girls’ care packages. Super cute spring green Chinese take out boxes.

DIY Wedding Cupcakes: Behind the Scenes

DIY Wedding Cupcakes: Behind the Scenes

Once we got those pupcakes (as my niece called them) all pretty and frosted we suddenly realized we had to transport 200 of them perfectly INTACT (i.e. not STACKED) for another 1/2 hour ride to our beach house. Along with my girls’ 300 suitcases, a wedding dress, a karaoke machine and various other miscellaneous necessities crammed in my mini-van. It was a crazy day, but we managed to pull it off.

Was it worth it? I will have those memories forever. Yeah, it was worth it.

Check out THE WEDDING CANDY! The candy display was one of my favorite things we did to decorate!

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Want to see what our beach house (which we used for the reception) looked like just weeks before the wedding? Click here!

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