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September 2009


Cupcakes For a Cause at the Brooklyn Flea

September 30, 2009

I was so excited to have participated in the Cupcakes for a Cause event at the Brooklyn Flea this year. We had a great turnout and wonderful support from CancerCare for Kids, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM and Cupcakes Take The Cake.

More great news…
1-800-FLOWERS.COM was able to reach their goal of 6,000 Facebook fans and will be donating $2,000 to CancerCare for Kids.

Take a look at these great pictures from the Brooklyn Flea. I’m looking forward to next year!


Nichelle from Cupcakes Take the Cake

Mandy, Tina and Erin


Are You Still In The Mood For Cupcakes?

September 18, 2009

The Cherry on Top

This super-size cupcake makes the best centerpiece for a young person or a person who is young at heart. Made with carnations and football mums it not only looks super, but it lasts a long time too. It’s a fun way to tell someone that they are the cherry on top of your life!

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake cream on top, tell me the name of your sweetheart! This floral cupcake makes me feel as nostalgic as that jump rope song that we used to sing. Remember, you would call out the letters of the alphabet and whichever letter you were up to when you stepped on the rope was supposed to be the first letter in your sweetheart’s name? Here’s to the good old days!

Chocolate Soufflé

If chocolate is your thing, you’ll love this chocolate soufflé with pink icing. Okay, I know that soufflé doesn’t have frosting, but work with me here. If you already have a soufflé pan why not use it in a unique way and just have some fun with it!!


Cupcake Inspired Centerpieces

September 17, 2009

As if a cupcake wasn’t a great thing already, along comes Cupcakes for A Cause by CancerCare for Kids. I first learned about this wonderful cause from my friends at Cupcakes Take The Cake. We first met at the launch for the 1-800 FLOWERS.COM Cupcake in Bloom event, and then I caught up with them again at the Brooklyn Flea for the annual Cupcakes for A Cause Bake Sale. It was a delicious experience!

I will be at the bake sale again this year (Sunday, Sept. 19th), but this time I will be helping Cupcakes Takes the Cake, CancerCare for Kids and 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. We will be selling the popular 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Cupcake in Bloom and the best part is that 1-800-FLOWERS.COM will be donating 50 of their Cupcake in Bloom arrangements to be sold at the event. In addition, 100% of all Cupcake in Bloom sales will benefit CancerCare for Kids. It just doesn’t get any better than that!! So stop by if you can and say “Hello!”

If you can’t make it to the Brooklyn Flea you can still be a part of Cupcakes for a Cause. When you make a purchase from the Cupcakes for a Cause collection, 10% of the proceeds will be donated to CancerCare by 1-800-FLOWERS.COM to this worthy organization.

And to get you in the cupcake mood (as if that’s a hard thing to do), here are some creative and fun ideas for using flowers to create cupcake inspired centerpieces and other designs.

Red Velvet

Take a traditional red velvet cupcake, with its delicious cream cheese frosting, and turn it upside down! These luscious red roses with their velvety soft petals look elegant and beautiful nestled in a crisp white ceramic pleated bowl.

Dinner for Six

The black silicone cupcake holder was the inspiration for this trendy tablescape. I love a black and white decorating theme with a splash of lime green. It’s such a fresh look! It was easy to create using prado carnations to create the “cupcakes” and topping them off with tall green candles.

Celebration Centerpiece

Cupcakes for everyone! Creating a magical cupcake centerpiece is much easier then it may seem. By using a large cupcake pan as the base, fill each section with a white carnation, trim with wired ribbon and top it off with sprinkles and candles. It’s a fun festive look for any celebration.

If you are looking for more fun ideas, take a look at my past cupcake posts!


Don’t Forget About Grandparents Day!

September 12, 2009

The Traveling Grandma!

Grandma and Grandpa are always willing to help baby-sit for the grandchildren whenever they’re in town. You’re really happy for them. They’ve worked hard all of their lives and deserve it, but that doesn’t mean you’re not a little bit jealous! Grandparents Day is the first Sunday after Labor Day. So, surprise grandma with a new travel bag perfect for her sunscreen, sunglasses, and great book. Make it more of a “WOW!” by filling it with beautiful and exotic cymbidium orchids.

Grandpa’s Deserve Flowers Too!

Grandpa never look for any recognition, but give it to him anyway! I found this silver loving cup trophy at a church thrift shop. The engraving says that it is a trophy from a Pro-Am golf tournament in 1983 at Pebble Beach. Gramps may never get to play at Pebble Beach, but to you he’s the best Grandpa in the world as well as the best golfer! The “blue ribbon” is an image downloaded from the Internet and a customized message added in Photoshop.


Holiday Decorations

Grandparents Day

September 8, 2009

The impetus for a National Grandparents Day originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia. Her primary motivation was to champion the cause of the lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to persuade grandchildren to tap into the wisdom and heritage that their grandparents could provide. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter, proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This year, Grandparents Day falls on Sept. 13th.

This year, Grandparents Day takes on a very special meaning for me. I just became a grandmother for the first time on August 29th with the birth of Juliette Claire. Of course she is the sweetest most beautiful little girl in the world. It has only been a few days since she was born and yet she has already brought a whole new dimension to my life. I am embracing my role as a grandparent with all of my heart.

Great Gift Ideas for Grandparents

Being a grandparent is the ultimate gift. I know that any grandparent will tell you that he or she doesn’t need anything else. The love and support that grandparents give means so much and Grandparents Day is a great time to let them know. It’s not so much about the gift, but the thought and the sentiment that it represents. The best gift is one that is personal and speaks to the individual. Flowers are always a wonderful way to say what words cannot. Flowers can easily be sent to grandparents that aren’t lucky enough to live close to their grandchildren. When I am giving a gift, I always think about the person that I am recognizing and try to create something that speaks to his or her special interests, attributes and our relationship. Here are a few floral gift ideas for different types of grandparents. I hope one of them works for you or inspires you to create your own perfect gift for your world’s #1 grandparent!

It’s the Right of Every Grandparent to Spoil Their Grandchildren!

Often, parents have to set the rules and keep the treats to a minimum for their children. When children are at grandma and grandpa’s house, life’s a party full of indulgences! One of my favorite treats when I went to my grandmother’s house was a special ice cream soda that she made for me. I was so impressed with the “real” ice cream soda glass that she used and the whip cream she made from scratch. My grandmother made me feel special, because she always let me put the sprinkles on myself. Growing up in a house with five siblings all close in age, really didn’t leave a lot of time for those extra little touches that grandma was able to incorporate into every visit! It was especially sweet if it was your turn to go by yourself and have grandma’s undivided attention!

I made this floral faux ice cream soda in honor of my Grandma McCann. She had 14 grandchildren and somehow was able to make each one feel like they were her favorite.