Farm life takes center stage at this colorful John Deere birthday party styled by Evite using Birthday Express products. Evite's stylists came up with quick and easy ways for you to create a countrified, backyard picnic that creatively reflects the John Deere theme and offers visual impact without making a huge impact on your finances. Affordable decor, easy menus, festive party favors, and fun party games are just some of the categories we cover. We'll be showcasing a themed birthday party every week on the blog, so be sure to come back for more inspiration!
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We all know that the way to a man’s heart is through his
stomach, so it's practically a given that sweets will be involved when celebrating Father's Day. Dad-themed cupcake designs abound this season, but we narrowed it down to our top 5 favorite flower-free themes. Check out our list of Father's Day-cupcake favorites below, with examples courtesy of Loriann Serna of Ah, How Sweet!.
1. TOOL TIME Since dad so often serves as the family handyman or amateur auto mechanic (whether it's a good idea or not), tool-themed cupcakes seem wildly appropriate. Whether you chose a fondant saw or a wrench made of marzipan, a tool-themed cupcake topper is sure to hit home with pops.
2. SPORTS FAN So many baller references, so little time! From team names and logos to mascots and athletic equipment, there are a plethora of decorating options for sports-themed cupcakes. We particularly love the idea of pairing tickets to a game or match that matches the cupcake design (in our case, baseball cupcakes with tix to a Dodgers game).
3. DRESSED TO IMPRESS
Ties, shirts with ties, sports coats with shirts and ties -- all are fair game for Father's Day cupcakes, along with hats, shoes, and even socks composed of icing. This crisp, white button-down of fondant -- complete with collar, pocket, and stripey tie -- is about as "Dad" as you can get, but T-shirts, overalls, and bowling shirts are also awesome picks.
4. SUPER STACHE
No, your dad needn't be sporting facial hair on Father's Day to warrant a mustachioed cupcake -- the stache trend is still going strong all on its own. Whether piped on with decorators icing or designed from fondant or sugarpaste, a mustache on a cupcake communicates "man cake" immediately.
5. HEART TO HEART Just because he's a guy doesn't mean your dad is opposed to a sweet heart or two. Sometimes it's the simplest statements that are the strongest, and you can never go wrong with giving your pop a little love.
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Next up in the series highlighting our very own party pros is Evite customer care specialist Michele Chung, whose recipe for a gorgeous ombré mango cake is perfect for a birthday or baby shower. Michele has a passion for baking treats that are as eye-catching as they are delicious, and this cake is one of her specialities! Get all the details of her delectable dessert below, and don't forget to keep checking bacl for the next Evite Eats.
Michele makes her three-tier mango cake using 6-inch pans and buttercream frosting. For the piping, she uses a Wilton 1M tip to create swirls. Your local baker can do this step for you, or check out the tutorial on YouTube. It's a lot easier than it looks!
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla or 2 tsp pure mango extract (optional, but will add more mango flavor)
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup mango puree
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients (in no particular order) until smooth, and pour evenly into three 6-inch pans. Bake for 25-30 min, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.
1 cup unsalted butter
3-4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 tsp table salt
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1-3 tbsp milk (frosting needs to be stiff to use for piping)
Red food coloring
Mix all ingredients on low speed just until blended. Divide frosting among three bowls, adding red food coloring to two until the desired shades of pink are developed. Assemble the cake by frosting in between and around each layer in the appropriate color frosting. Finish by piping swirls around the cake, creating an ombré effect with white at the base, light pink in the middle, and darker pink on top.
At your next gathering, let them eat cake! If it's a birthday party you're baking for, this festive Evite invitation is great for the occassion.
If your kids are wondering what to get their dad this year, these cookies go straight to the heart (and stomach). They also double as a fun activity! You can make your own sugar cookies, or opt for store-bought ones. Either way, the real charm comes in the decorating.
Sugar cookie dough (store-bought or homemade)
Edible color markers
Step 1: Cover cutting board and rolling pin with flour, roll out dough, and make desired shapes with cookie cutters. Bake cookies according to recipe or package instructions.
Step 2: Let cookies cool for at least 30 mins (icing will melt if too hot). Have an adult create a border around the edge of each cookie with icing (which should come in a package with a nozzle tip for easy decorating).
Step 3: Fill in the rest of the cookie with icing. Kids can help with this step.
Step 4: Once all cookies are iced, let set for 45 mins. or until hardened.
Step 5: When icing is dry, cover a table with butcher paper or paper tablecloth and let kids' imaginations run wild as they decorate each with food markers.
Next up in our series of easy and affordable kids birthday parties brought to you by Evite and Birthday Express is Yo Gabba Gabba! Evite guest stylist Jesi Haack created a magical ambiance filled with friendly toy monsters and musical references kids can't get enough of. From the party decorations to the three-step menu, this Yo Gabba Gabba! event is as doable as it is dazzling.
We're debuting a new theme every week, so come back for more birthday party inspiration.
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