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Caramel Popcorn Pops

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My husband and I decided to throw our own mini new years eve party this year. It consisted of homemade tapas, fruity cocktails and some extremely sweet but truly delicious caramel popcorn pops. Yes you heard it right, caramel popcorn pops! I wanted to make something quick, easy and tasty which was a little out of the norm. As I was photographing them I realised how perfect they would be for a movie party, similar to the fabulous one pictured above. The paper straws I used added such a lovely touch and they were also perfectly adequate for the weight of the popcorn. They would be fabulous served with american style milkshakes and chocolate.

I thought it would be lovely to share the process with you below. If you love the idea and would like to have a try then I do hope you have lots of fun. I would love to see the results if you feel like sharing! Children would absolutely love preparing the ingredients and helping to make this recipe. Please do bear in mind though that the mixture does become very hot and sticky, so parts of it are best left for adults only. Here goes..

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp (42.5g/1/5oz) butter

2 Tbsp (27g/0/97 fl. oz) Vegetable Oil

Salt to taste

50g Light Brown Sugar

100g Popcorn Kernels

30g Small White Marshmallows

For Assembling:

6 Paper Straws or Cake Pop Sticks

Caramel Sauce:

Take a large pan and place it on the hob on a medium heat. Melt the butter. Add the marshmallows and light brown sugar. Continuously stir the mixture until it becomes bubbly and smooth. Remove it from the heat.

Popcorn:

Take another pan and heat the vegetable oil on a medium heat. Add the popcorn kernels and place the lid on the pan. Repeatedly shake the pan until all of the popcorn kernels have popped. Remove the pan from the heat and sprinkle with salt. Carefully spoon the popcorn into a large mixing bowl leaving any un popped popcorn kernels. Take the caramel sauce and pour it over the popcorn. Take a spoon and mix it to combine. A metal spoon is best as the mixture will be very sticky. It’s best to work as quickly as possible during this stage before the caramel sets! Allow the mixture to cool for 3 minutes. You can then form the caramel popcorn into balls and insert the straws/cake pop sticks. I made 6 medium sized pops, but you can alter the recipe/size to suit.

You can then sit back and enjoy them!

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Wool Felt Cake Toppers

I’ve really enjoyed browsing and making cake toppers since my wedding in April of this year. So much so, I’ve began making lots of them out of the most colourful and ever so soft wool felt, a new material I have recently discovered and absolutely love! These fluffy little shapes are so versatile and wonderful to work with. There are endless party crafts that they are perfect for, including garlands which I have made a fair amount of and will definitely be posting another tutorial on.

I have put together a very easy and hopefully helpful tutorial on the process behind making wool felt cake toppers. if you have a birthday party, wedding or any other special occasion coming up, these could be the perfect addition to your special bakes.

First of all, I ordered a few bags of wool felt balls and shapes from a company called Blooming Felt. I did a lot of browsing online prior to ordering and this company seemed the most reasonable. Everything arrived in good time and was packaged well, which is always a great bonus. This beautiful glass jar is the perfect storage solution and definitely brightens up my craft room shelf! The other good thing about this storage method is that I can see when supplies are running low!

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To construct the cake toppers, begin by choosing your favourite wool felt shapes. You will then need to take a small pair of sharp scissors. Embroidery scissors work best but if you don’t have those, then any sharp, reasonably large sewing needle will do the job.

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Pierce a small hole through the bottom of one of your wool felt shapes. The hole does not need to go through the entire shape at this stage, it just needs to be deep and large enough for you to place a thin skewer stick through it as below.

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You should be able to twist and turn the skewer stick most of the way through the wool felt shape until it has reached the top. It should not be visible at the top of the cake topper, so if you have pushed it all the way through, just pull it back out slightly. You can, if you wish add a very small amount of PVA glue into the hole with a small cocktail stick before pushing the skewer stick in. However, this hasn’t been necessary for me as I keep the hole fairly small to ensure it is sturdy.

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Once finished, have fun placing them on your special cake and await the lovely compliments, as they really do look something special. As you can see above, I’ve really enjoyed experimenting with different shapes, colours and materials. The beauty of the wool felt cake toppers are that they are very quick to make, so you can spend time baking and making other beautiful party products!

I would love to hear from you and see your photographs if you have made these! If you love what you see but would prefer a ready made cake topper, there are several cake toppers available to purchase from Paper Doily Parties as pictured above, alongside many other handmade party products.

Happy crafting!

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Decorative Wooden Pegs

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We’ve been very busy making lots of adorable pegs for our Etsy shop recently and we thought we would share! They are absolutely perfect for prettifying wedding favour bags or wrapped gifts. They would also look lovely in the home, perhaps hanging from a lovely piece of twine with your favourite photographs or artwork attached.

These pegs are just standard clothes pegs and are very easy to find in most hardware stores or supermarkets. I purchased a large pack of these from my local supermarket. I searched online for patterned washi tape and came across such an amazing selection, mainly on Etsy. The great thing about these pegs, is that you only need a very small amount of washi tape to cover them. This means that you will have lots of tape left for coordinating party crafts, should you be having a big DIY session.

I have decided to sell these in lovely packs of 10 here but if you decide to get creative yourself, then let me know. I would love to see!

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Paper Doily Makes: Washi Tape Crafts

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This is Paper Doily’s very first craft tutorial so we decided to begin with something simple but oh so beautiful. We absolutely adore washi tape. There are countless designs available, which is super convenient if you have a specific party theme to work towards. Store bought cupcake flags can be quite dear if you need a large amount. It seems far more economical to buy the perfect roll of washi tape, along with some cocktail sticks and have a lovely old DIY session. The washi tape can be used for countless party crafts such as favour bags, gift tags, table decorations, invitations, gift wrapping and even beautiful little thank you cards after your party. You cannot always purchase matching items from shops, so a good DIY job gives you great flexibility.

The construction of the cupcake flags really couldn’t be simpler. Follow these four easy steps below and most importantly, have fun!

  • Use a ruler to measure 8 centimetres of washi tape. Cut the tape to size and place sticky side up. You can make these as small or as large as you desire, this is just a guide.
  • Take your cocktail stick and place it in the centre of the tape. I measured 4 centimetres before sticking the cocktail stick to the tape, to ensure all flags were an equal size, but it is fairly easy to judge by eye.
  • Fold the tape over, holding the cocktail stick at the same time to avoid movement.
  • Take a small pair of scissors and cut a small triangle to make your flags look adorable.

After we finished our cupcake flags, we decided to prettify some chevron drinking straws with some glittery hearts. You can stick your washi tape to paper or card and use a paper cutter to achieve your desired shape. We then used clear double sided selotape to attach the hearts to the straws.

The straws and the cupcake flags will add that extra special touch to any party table and are two easy party crafts you must try. If you follow our tutorial, do let us know how you get on and please send us your photographs, we love to hear from you. Happy crafting!

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Styling Inspiration: Whimsical First Birthday Party

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We absolutely love everything about this party styling courtesy of Hostess with the Mostess which has all been lovingly made by Jennifer, the hostess. The theme drew inspiration from windmills, birdcages and elephants. The colours are absolutely beautiful. The pinwheel cupcake toppers are a fabulous idea and so easy to make (with a little practice). The illustrations on display compliment the food, drinks and decorations so perfectly. Whimsical is definitely the best word to describe this party. We are hugely inspired as always and have an urge to make pinwheel cupcake toppers. Keep your eyes peeled as we are currently working on lots of beautiful party decorations (including toppers) which we cannot wait to share with you. Are you currently planning a party and feeling overwhelmed or in need of some crafting inspiration? If so, do get in touch and let us know if there are any craft tutorials which you would like to see.

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DIY Party Crafts: Cupcake Liners

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There are some fabulous cupcake liner crafts online and we have featured a few of our favourites to give you some inspiration. There are so many beautifully designed cupcake liners on the market, you really do have a wide selection to chose from. This is perfect if you are planning your party decorations and need to use specific colours, patterns or textures for a theme. If you have lots of liners left over after baking, this is also a lovely way to incorporate them into the party. These decorations are incredibly easy to make and they are great for keeping young children and teens entertained during weekends and school holidays. Do keep your eyes peeled as we are currently planning a step by step tutorial to allow you to make these wonderful decorations too! For now, we will leave you with some inspiration courtesy of: Shop Sweet LuluOh CupcakesHey LookKixHostess with the Mostess

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DIY Chalk Popsicles

 

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We found these wonderful chalk popsicles on the Hello Wonderful blog today. What a fabulous idea they are. With adult supervision, children are bound to love helping to prepare these for all of their friends prior to their party. If you do not have a large concreted area in your garden, large blackboards would also work very well. You can create some great traditional outdoor games with the chalk markings, such as snakes and ladders, noughts and crosses, hopscotch and many more.

Here are Hello Wonderful’s four easy steps:

1. Gather your materials. Plaster, Water and Food Colouring

2. Use one plastic cup per colour and mix the plaster and water until a paste forms, it will resemble frosting. Mix in the food colouring until you have your desired colour.

3. Using a plastic spoon, place the plaster mix inside the mould, add a popsicle stick in the middle, placing down as far as possible.

4. After 45 minutes, the popsicle chalks should be hard enough to take out of the silicone moulds. Allow them to dry upright in a cup until they are completely hardened.

Please do let me know if you try this, I would love to see your comments and photographs. Thank you again to Hello Wonderful for such a fabulous idea.

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Party Drinks: Inspirational Styling

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There is something really special about milk bottles and paper straws. Who would have thought smoothies and lemonade could be served so elegantly? Drinks are a really important part of any party table, especially for children who use most of their party energy excitedly running around and playing games together. We particularly love the washi tape flags courtesy of Catch My Party and the vibrancy of Hello Naomi’s homemade lemonade. How inspiring. Keep your eyes peeled for an exciting series of tutorials where we will experiment with some delicious party tipples.The weather is beginning to get warmer here in the UK, so it is the perfect time for experimentation – and pretty picnics of course!

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Pretty Pastel Party: Styling Inspiration

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These colours remind me of warm sunny days and pretty picnics. Overall, the theme is fairly simplistic but everything has been styled so beautifully which gives it such special charm. The sweetie bags are an excellent idea for children’s party favours and the stickers not only compliment the theme, they add an element of suprise to the table. Who knows what is inside the bags? I imagine the children LOVED them whatever it was. The artwork on the wall is also such a fabulous idea for keeping children entertained and sparking their creativity. The paper cups, paper decorations and balloons definitely brighten up the room. I would love to walk into a room with those in sight. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration Griottes you certainly know how to throw a party.

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Ice Cream Party: Styling Inspiration

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I am continuously amazed by the ideas, talent and creativity that people all over the world have for party styling. It is completely fantastic that so many of these party photographs are available online . It allows people like us to become overly excited, inspired and extremely giddy. This ice cream themed party was styled and hosted by Just Call Me Martha for her daughter back in 2011. You can really see the level of enjoyment and fine attention to detail which has gone into every single aspect. Leoni’s inspiration came from being asked to make an ice cream cake and the rest is history. I love the milkshakes, favours, sundae dishes and the overall pastel colour scheme. I imagine those little girls had the most amazing time and that’s what it’s all about. (But it’s great if the adults can have their fun with the organising too… which has clearly happened here!)