Well, the party is over and I'll call it successful! Cupcakes and an outside party are DEFINITELY the way to go. No plates or forks, no real clean up. That's what I like!!! As for the cupcakes...
This is what started my thinking on these cupcakes. I saw this little beverage dispenser at Target on clearance for $6. Since we were having an outdoor splash party anyway, I decided it was PERFECT! Of course, then I had to make everything else sort of beach themed, too. And I kicked myself for not finding this before I sent the invitations out, because the invitations did NOT match this theme at all. Oh well.
When I decided to go with the beach theme, I started thinking about the cake and what I wanted to do, and I remembered this cake by Claudene:
I loved the colors and the beach theme!! So that got me started on my cupcakes... First, the shells. I decided to "paint" mine using the Wilton melts (peanut butter and white chocolate - mmm!) so they'd look more like real seashells. It was my mom's idea. And, if I may say so, a great one!! Instead of using graham cracker like Claudene used, I chose to use up some of the Sugar in the Raw we had in the pantry. Again, loved it!! I made french vanilla cupcakes and filled them with french vanilla pudding, then topped them with whipped frosting, Sugar in the Raw, and candy seashells. I could have only hoped they would turn out this good, but they did!!
While I was getting the cupcakes set up and ready this morning a very groggy brand new 2 year old wandered out into the dining room, looked at the cupcakes, and said, "Oooh! Birthday cake!" It was so very cute!!