Crafty How To: Lil Pumpkin Party

On Wednesday I shared with you my two year old's birthday party. The theme was "Lil Pumpkin"- perfect for this time of year. I thought I would give you a peek at a few other party crafts I made for her big day.

 Even if there aren't any "Lil Pumpkin" birthday parties in your life right now, you can still use these ideas for Halloween, Harvest or any other Fall festivities you have planned in the next few months. These crafts are quick and easy-- just the way I like em!

First up, the cupcakes. I loved these "Lil Pumpkin" cupcakes. They were so sparkly and bright. A great, edible decoration for any party. They are a combination of two cupcakes I saw on Pinterest.
You could modify these to be apples by using red sprinkles and the skinny, stick pretzels for stems. Or make them into Christmas ornaments- sprinkle them in red, green, white, etc and use those 'twizzlers peel and pull candy' to create a hook. Lots of possibilities!

I started by using a box mix of yellow cake. Then added a few 'secret ingredients'-- a splash of vanilla extract and an extra egg.  The cupcake liners are from Wilton, they came in solid black and orange.
After cooling, I covered them in cream cheese icing and then rolled the 'wet' icing in a bowl of sprinkles. It took me two jars of the Wilton sprinkles- the 3.25 oz size. It was the perfect amount to cover 40 cupcakes. Then I used a toothpick to make a 'ditch' for the icing. This extra orange icing gave some detail to the pumpkins.

I finished them off with pretzel stems (broken in half) and a green icing swirl. They were yummy and cute!

Next up, the party hat.

 I found a great template for creating one out of scrapbook paper on Jones Design Company. You can print it here. Then I added some ruffled fabric, ribbons, and a few embellishments from my scrap-booking days. Finally I hot glued an elastic strap to the bottom. You could create these for each party guest, or just make a 'fancy' one for the birthday girl/boy.

The last craft I wanted to show you is a 'no-sew' runner.

I found this polka dot fabric on sale at Hobby Lobby. So I bought two yards and cut it in half length ways. Then I used pinking shears to finish the edges. Voila! A fast, easy runner for any party.

I hope our "Lil Pumpkin" inspires you this season. A few hand-made crafts always add a special touch!

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  1. Adorable party! Love your little girl's pink cowgirl boots!!

  2. Very, very cute! And I agree, special made-by-mom crafts always add a special touch. :)

  3. Such a cute party, Samantha! Handmade touches always make it that much more special :) And this is a perfect example to show that kids' birthday parties can be tastefully done and NOT gimmicky. Love that.

  4. Love your birthday party ideas! I used your template, with a couple changes, for my little girl's bday invites, mostly I made it pink :) I'm going to use your table runner too and add some sude fringe on the ends for our cowgirl theme :) Thanks for the great ideas!


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