Planning a fun and easy get together with a few of your closest friends is a great way to beat the last few days of chilly weather as we anticipate the arrival of spring. Creating superb finishing touches such as coordinated napkin rings is one way to make your guests see just how crafty you really are! Why not throw a delicious and super fun cupcake-themed party? Having these cupcake napkin rings on your table will be sure to make you “hostess of the season!”
For my daughter’s sixth birthday, we invited nearly a dozen little children over to help her celebrate. I decided it would be fun to make a “cupcake bar” instead of the traditional birthday cake. It was fun for them and easy for me. You could easily adapt that idea but add a bit of polish. Here’s how: Bake two to four different flavors of cupcakes. Create the same number of different frostings that would work with the flavors of the cupcakes you will be serving. Arrange the cupcakes beautifully on a platter or a cupcake display stand. Place the frostings in fun bowls on either side of the cupcakes. Then fill stemware with various different toppings such as, chopped nuts, sprinkles, nonpareils, mini chocolate chips, toasted coconut, cherries, etc. Use the center of your table as the “bar” and be sure to set each place around the table with a charming cupcake napkin ring to really bring it all together!
- National Nonwovens Wool Felt: Peat Moss, White
- Staedtler FIMO White Soft Oven Bake Clay
- DecoArt Americana Buttermilk Acrylic Paint
- CRYSTALLIZED Swarovski Elements Bicones: Asstorted Colors, 2mm, eight; Ruby, 6mm, one
- Spellbinders Lacey Circles Small Nestabilities Dies
- Spellbinders The Wizard Die Cutting & Embossing Machine
- Impression Obsession Cover A Card Rubber Stamps: Swirls
- Staedtler Acrylic Roller
- Fiskars Pinking Shears
- Thin chipboard
- Clay-dedicated tile and oven
- Thin needle & thread
- Hot glue gun and sticks
scissors, ruler, paintbrush
1 Condition clay according to manufacturer’s directions. Roll clay on tile work surface. Press Swirls stamp onto surface of clay. Cut 1”x5” rectangle. Roll into loop and press ends together. Press lightly to create oval shape. Bake in oven following manufacturer’s instructions. Once fully cooled, paint entire surface Buttermilk.
2 Use Lacey Circles die to cut two layers of white felt. Use pinking shears to cut circles in half. Sew assorted crystals onto one layer of white felt. Use pinking shears to cut two layers of Peat Moss felt in rectangle. Trim sides to make bottom edge shorter than the top edge.
3 Cut small rectangle of chip board. Use hot glue to adhere cut felt pieces to both sides of chipboard. Adhere embellished cupcake to clay ring.
Design and Photography by Keri Lee Sereika (www.pinklemonade.typepad.com)