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Easy Coca-Cola Cake with Polar Bear Penguin Cake Topper

If you’re looking for a cute – and totally doable – way to whip up a little extra holiday magic for your loved ones, I’ve got just the thing! Inspired by the adorable penguin & polar bear Coca-Cola commercials from a while back, I thought it would be fun to make a playful “snowy” cake for the holidays and top it with penguins and polar bears that were getting along swimmingly. We’re talking holiday magic, after all!

One of the best things about this cake, though, is how EASY it is to make. I used a Coca-Cola cake recipe that only requires 5 ingredients, then covered it in “snowy peaks” of store-bought vanilla frosting. This is one of my favorite ways to frost a buttercream cake, and you don’t have to be a dessert pro – AT ALL – to make it look good. Plus, it requires you to be extra generous with the frosting, which is always a bonus in my book!

Read on for full details on… 1) the cake recipe, 2) the frosting technique, 3) the cake topper, and 4) a coordinating “snowy fun” tablescape design, should you want to extend this look beyond the cake plate. Oh ya… there are free printables too!

P.S. I’ve been working on creative content for Coca-Cola quite a bit this year, but this is the first time I’ve tried out their mini cans. They made such a fun addition to the matching party table! Why is everything so cute when it’s mini sized? ;)

Coca-Cola Cake + Mini Cans

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DIY wooden truck photo booth prop

Hello fellow party enthusiasts! Rachel here from RV Parties. As the mother of four small children, it seems like I’m always planning the next birthday party! To save myself time and money, I’m always brainstorming ways to get multiple uses out of items — whether it’s using the same color scheme at multiple parties to reuse decor, or in today’s case — modifying a large photo prop to be used at two very different parties: a Lego Police Party and a Donut Party!

I love the way large plywood photo props look at parties. They add so much character, and in the age of selfies, everyone wants a picture with them! Undertaking the process of cutting out photo props and painting them is huge, so I decided if I was going to make a large photo prop, I needed to figure out a way to get a second use out of it…

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Halloween Spider Cookies Recipe with Noodle Legs

I’ve been a little obsessed with mini cookie cups ever since making these Snickerdoodle Caramel Sundaes, and thought it would be fun to experiment with them for Halloween. After scribbling down a few ideas, I settled on SPIDERS because this is the one time of year where I actually kind of welcome these 8 legged “friends”… the cute/crafty ones at least! ;)

Anyways, these cookies are easier to make than they may look at a glance (which is always a good thing, right?!). I used Krusteaz Oatmeal Scotchie Cookie Mix for the base, and mixed in some crushed Butterfingers for an added flavor kick. The cookie cups are topped with more crushed butterfingers and chocolate frosting, then garnished with chow mein noodle legs and candy eyes. The noodles don’t have much flavor so they basically just give some added crunch and don’t really alter the main cookie flavor like a licorice-candy-leg would, which is great!

Scroll down for the step-by-step recipe. You can also visit this post for DIY pics on making cookie cups… and feel free to switch up the flavors if you’d like. These little spiders would taste great in a Snickerdoodle or Peanut Butter cookie cup too!

Easy Halloween Spider Cookies - Oatmeal Butterscotch

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british futball themed birthday party

Hi there! Rachel here, from RV Parties, with the latest installment of Parties in a Pinch! Today’s topic is… How to Host a Party Outside Your Home! When choosing a venue for your party, there are so many things to consider. For for my son’s 2nd birthday party (which had a Royal Little Prince theme), our house just wasn’t going to work. We had a few too many guests and it was way too hot to let kids play outside.

While I much prefer hosting parties at home — you have unlimited time to set up and access to all the items in your home to decorate — I’ve discovered a few quick tips for those times when the party’s somewhere else that have become real lifesavers!

royal british prince birthday party

indoor soccer field party venue

red and blue boys birthday party

Prepare as much in advance as you can.

For the weeks leading up to the party, I spent most of my time organizing decorations and getting everything as assembled as possible. Don’t wait until the event to hot glue wrappers on water bottles or iron tablecloths… if it’s possible to do it ahead of time, then do it! I tried to keep all my items sorted — a separate box full of items for the dessert table, table settings, the entrance tables, activities… the easier it was to find things, the quicker it made our set up.

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I’m so excited to finally share details on the “About to Hatch” event that I designed for Operation Shower earlier this summer! If you’re looking for baby shower inspiration that’s all geometric, bird themed, crafty OR color-blocked, this one’s for you… Inspired by some sherbet-hued, geometric shower curtains from Target, I thought it would be […]



BAKE TIME: 15 MINUTES Fifteen minutes, guys! That’s how long we had to turn this hotel ballroom from a totally blank canvas to a fully decorated “party” for the Krusteaz Cookie Swap Session at the 2015 International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC) in Seattle. I’ve styled my fair share of quick-turn events, but this teensy set-up […]



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