Apart from holding cupcakes, I’ve been surprised to learn that cupcake liners serve many decorative purposes. Especially today when you can get a cupcake liner in a variety of sizes and designs. Here are a few really great designs:
Doesn’t this make you want to bake some cupcakes? Moving on, I think DIY decorations add a very special touch to a party. Much like witnessing a wedding ceremony, homemade touches create an atmosphere where guests can experience something they don’t see everyday. I came across a very simple project online that incorporates cupcake liners and just a few other tools, and it creates an elaborate effect:
Here is the link to the step-by-step tutorial: http://www.karaspartyideas.com/2011/01/cupcake-liner-pom-poms-tutorial-vintage.html. Instead of placing the pom poms on a candlestick, I would opt for tying them to strings and hanging them, as our wedding will be in a backyard with a lot of trees.
The tutorial includes pictures, which I always find very helpful. I also read up on the author, Kara Allen, a professional party planner whose been featured in magazines and on television shows such as The Rachael Ray Show. She also has a new show on the online network My Craft Channel and a book coming out in October titled Kara’s Party Ideas. I’m already hooked. My son is turning one next month and we’re throwing his party at the beach, and Kara had a whole section on her website devoted to beach parties. She featured a Surf’s Up Summer Party that provided scads of good ideas, and while I don’t have the time to do most, I found one really cute idea that, of course, included cupcakes: