| Guest Post: Big Top Circus Party
It's super Sunday! Today, our friend, Bird, the founder and editor of Bird’s Party Magazine, shares the how-to on making vibrant circus-themed cupcakes, chocolate lollipops, and favor boxes!
Posted by Bird's Party on 4/29/2012
Today I'll be sharing 3 quick and easy tutorials to help embellish your
kid's DIY birthday parties, without breaking the bank - I love handmade
parties, and came up with these ideas for my kid's Big Top Circus birthday party last year (you can see the full party here): Little Clown Cupcakes, Circus Tent Favor Boxes, and Homemade Chocolate Lollipops.
Little Clown Cupcakes:
1. Cut 4x 2" wide strips from yellow paper and fold back and forth in an
accordion fashion (the width of the folds should be the same, and I
started mine at about 1".
2. Then, fold each strip in half and round the edges with scissors.
3. Cut the printable clown icons and secure to the lollipop sticks with hot glue or use a 1" circular label to secure the sticks at the back of each topper, then glue all four yellow strips to form a rosette.
4. Insert each lollipop stick into the center of rosettes, then the sticks into a decorated cupcake.
Circus Tent Favor Boxes:
- Paper Maché hexagonal or round boxes with lids (sold at craft stores)
- Scrapbook paper ( I printed mine out into white matte cardstock, using the printable scrapbook patterns sold here)
- Double-sided tape
- Hot glue
- Acrylic paint in yellow, red and blue
- Paint brush
- Masking tape
Mask each part you color in a different shade to avoid colors running
together or smudging. Then paint each box as you like and let it dry.
2. Mark and cut a circle to fit the lid
of your box, out of the scrapbook paper. Make a slit from the edge to
the center of the circle and fold slightly to form a dome. Stick edge
with double-sided tape.
3. Once your box is dry, simply hot glue the paper domes to the lid of the box, and decorate the top of each box with a pom pom.
Homemade Chocolate Lollipops:
These can be adapted to suit any party theme. Just change the mold you use.
1. Melt a small quantity of candy melts. I used an oven-proof flexible mold to hold and melt them in the microwave, at intervals of 30 seconds (watch it carefully so they don't burn!)
2. Using your paintbrush, paint thinly
the inside of the candy molds in the colors you want. You want it to be
thick enough so it covers the mold surface. Let it dry.
3. Melt your white chocolate. Then
place the lollipops stick in the molds (there is a space designated for
them) and pour white chocolate on top. Let it dry in the fridge until
So there you have it - Some quick and simple ideas that should help you get the party started!
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