Cookie Monster Birthday Gift Tag

I know we focus a lot on Birthday’s for kids as mom’s.  But what about birthday’s for your adult friends?  Something to say “thinking of you” without going crazy overboard? I have a lot of amazing friends in my life, and I LOVE birthday’s. For me coming up with something to give is always easy, something from the kitchen; a baked treat, vanilla sugar or maybe an ice cream cake, anything I know they love that I make.

a sweet Cookie monster quote and tag to go along with a sweet birthday gift for your friends

When Kristen Duke invited me and 101+ other bloggers to share in her Birthday Celebration Week I was super excited to join in! And these ideas are SOOO super cute! Most gifts are under $5, and have coordinating printables to make it super simple!

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Cookies are always a favorite and I love dressing them up in cute sweet mason jars (yes I love food in mason jars). And adult friends don’t always want a ton of treats so I love to make MINI cookies to go in pint sized jars!. Any cookie recipe works, but I went with my Snickerdoodles, a cookie flavor almost everyone loves!


To make my cookies all the same size and to easily get out the dough, I ‘m a huge fan of using scoops! To get the right size for these smaller mason jars I use a #100 (aka 1 1/8 inch, or 2 teaspoon) scoop! There were a few that still baked up too big, but my kids gladly ate those! I also made one SLIGHTLY smaller than the rest to fit in the VERY bottom of the jar.


For the tags I went with one of my favorite Cookie Monster quotes:

“Sometimes Me Think, ‘What is Friend?’ & then me say, ‘Friend is someone to share the last cookie with’ – Cookie Monster”

I mean, who doesn’t love Cookie Monster??? I’m a big Grover fan too!


Print off the front and back of the printable and cut out cookie monster. Then cut along the TOP HALF of the eye’s only, using the indent between each circle as your guide. Be careful not to cut more than half way around. Because then we want to FOLD right at the eye line and the eye’s will then pop up!


From there you can either tape it to the top of the jar, or attach it with cute bakers twine, both work, both look cute. And deliver to your friends on their birthdays!

Click here to get the free cookie monster birthday gift tag printables


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1. Birthday Balloon Gift + matching free Print by Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke
2. Stamped Cocktail Napkin + Printable by Delineate Your Dwelling
3. Buckets of Fun gift idea+Free Printable by Craftiness is Not Optional
4. 7 Candy Bar Love Notes to say “Happy Birthday” by The Dating Divas
5. Have a Flippin’ Awesome Birthday by Dessert Now Dinner Later
6. Fishtail Loom Bracelet by I Should Be Mopping the Floor
7. Lemonade Lip Balm by Pretty Handy Girl
8. Hair Tie Birthday Gift & Printable Tag by Wait Til Your Father Gets Home
9. Gift of Sunshine Idea + Free Printable by Sweet Charli
10. I hope your birthday is a whole “lotto” fun by C.R.A.F.T.
11. Chicken Spice Rub w/ Printable Tags by Over the Big Moon
12. Birthday in a Bag Gift Idea by Seven Thirty Three
13. Quick Note for your Birthday Printable by Liz on Call
14. Otter Pop Gift with Printable Gift Tag by Somewhat Simple
15. {you} Series Magnets Printable by Ruffles and Rain Boots
16. Tea Cup Succulent by Your Homebased Mom
17. Pretty Pincushion + Printable by Let’s Eat Grandpa
18. Lemon Bath Salts & Free Printable by See Vanessa Craft
19. Diet Coke Birthday Kit by Pink Peppermint Prints
20. Chocolate Filled Insulated Tumbler Gift by The Girl Who Ate Everything

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21. Easy Funfetti Cake Balls with Printable by Salt and Pepper Moms
22. Hands Down Best Friend Around by Eighteen25
23. Berry Happy Birthday Printable by Stuffed Suitcase
24. Whisk Birthday Gift with Free Printable by Cupcake Diaries
25. Paper Plate Gift Idea by Crafting in the Rain
26. Popcorn Gift Printable by Breezy Bakes
27. Life Saver: Birthday Gift in a Jar by Here Comes the Sun
28. Decoupage Wooden Pendant by Twin Dragonfly Designs
29. Have a coffee on me: Funky Coasters by Funky Junk Interiors
30. Swanky Black & Gold Cosmetic Bag by A Prudent Life
31. DIY cocktail napkins by kojodesigns
32. Nail Polish Gift by Southern Hospitality
33. Banana Cake by Whats Cooking with Ruthie
34. Paparazzi – the PERFECT friend gift by Sugar Bee Crafts
35. “latte” fun birthday gift by Our Thrifty Ideas
36. Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes + Printable by Tastes Better from Scratch
37. Pearls are Always Appropriate by Mommy Envy
38. Girls Just Want to Have Fun Birthday Gift by A Little Tipsy
39. Manicure Kit Birthday Gift with Printable by Blooming Homestead
40. Orange you Glad Cup by Artsy Fartsy Mama

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41. Donut Gift Tag by Pretty Providence
42. Rainbow Inspired Birthday Gift + Printable by Thirty Handmade Days
43. Drink Topper and Tag by LandeeLu
44. DIY Bath Salts using Essential Oils by Unskinny Boppy
45. Friends are Like Chocolate Chips by Delightful Deets
46. Paint Can Succulent Planters by East Coast Creative
47. A Bundt Cake Gift & Printable by Dukes and Duchesses
48. Jam Birthday Gift & Printable by Happiness is Homemade
49. Jazzed up Frames by House for Five
50. Favorite Things Gift Ideas by inkhappi
51. Toe-tally Cool Nail Polish Gift Idea + Free Printable by Simply Designing with Ashley
52. Quote Book by Reasons to Skip the Housework
53. Iron On T-Shirt Gift by Becoming Martha
54. DIY Humorous Girlfriend Gift by Brassy Apple
55. Tea-riffic Birthday Gift Idea & Printable by Mom Endeavors
56. Turn Today Into A Celebration by Dolen Diaries
57. <You’re A Lifesaver Printable by Live Laugh Rowe
58. Happy Birthday Jar {free printable} by Kiki and Company
59. Mason Jar Flower Vase + Printable by R & R Workshop
60. Easy $5 Wooden Charm Bracelet by Craftily Ever After

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61. Polka Dot Mason Jar Vase by The Cards We Drew
62. Free Printable Mini Notes by Confetti Sunshine
63. Bath Bomb Easy Birthday Gifts by Tried and True
64. Ball Jar Printable Tags by The Country Chic Cottage
65. Eat More Cake Birthday Gift Idea and Printable by Play. Party. Pin.
66. Have a “berry” happy birthday by The Contractor Chronicles
67. Merci Chocolates + Hey Birthday Girl french girl printable by Handmade in the Heartland
68. Five Minute Leather Necklace Tutorial + Birthday printables by Delia Creates
69. Ah-Mason Birthday Gift Idea by Lolly Jane
70. Simple Dangle Earring Tutorial by Bombshell Bling
71. Symphony Bar Brownies by Among the Young
72. Wishing you an E “straw” diary Birthday by Ginger Snap Crafts
73. DIY Washi Tape Cacti by Fry Sauce and Grits
74. State Pride Cheese Board by Addicted to DIY
75. Reusable Monogrammed Solo Cup by Mom 4 Real
76. go-to gift…EARRINGS! by A Girl and A Glue Gun
77. Embroidered Mixed Media Bookmarkers by The Creative Goddess
78. Beyond Measure Birthday Printable by Like Mother Like Daughter
79. Birthday Facial Kit Gift by The Benson Street
80. DIY Jewelry Bookmark by Design Dazzle

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81. Birthday in a Jar – Birthday Printable Tags by A Pumpkin and a Princess
82. Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Party Cookies by Crazy Little Projects
83. You are the Bee’s Knees by Love the Day
84. Birthday Candy Jar by Inside BruCrew Life
85. Hip Hip Hooray, today is your birthday!” printables by The Crafted Sparrow
86. Treat Yo Self Printable by Girl Loves Glam
87. Chocolate Facial with printable by TidyMom
88. Happy Birthday Sweets by A Night Owl
89. Quick & Easy Hydrangea Cake by Sweet C’s Designs
90. Sweets for the Sweet by Simply Kierste
91. Citrus Whipped Honey Butter Jars by Sand and Sisal
92. Diet Coke Gift for a Friend with Printable by Sweet Treats and More
93. A Latte for Two + printables by One Krieger Chick
94. Cookie Monster Birthday Gift Tag by I’m Topsy Turvy
95. Root Beer Float Cake in a Jar by Giggles Galore
96. Treat Yo’Self Printable Watercoloring Box by Persia Lou
97. Fruity Body Scrub with Printable by Mad in Crafts
98. Magnetic Necklace Charm by Sowdering About
99. Happy Bee Day with Printable by Just Another Day in Paradise
100. Manicure in a Jar by That’s What {Che} Said…
101. UBER lucky to have you in my Life by Maybe I Will
102. Free Happy Birthday Printable by NoBiggie
103. DIY Wine Bag & Charms Gift by Sypsie Designs
104. Crispy Crunch-y Pie with Printable by Just Rhonda
105. “You’re the Silver Lining” Friendship Nail Polish Gift by The Happy Housie
106. Tie One On for Your Birthday (Hair Tie Gift Free Printable) by illistyle

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Frozen Birthday Party

Frozen is clearly the party theme of the YEAR! And Princess is NO exception to that! I don’t think there was even a second choice when it came to her party this year.  I had so much fun planning this party!  I started with a pinterest board, and went from there.

complete Frozen birthday party with themed food crafts and fun #disneyside #frozenfun #topsyturvyparties

The big thing for me was the cake (or in this case, CAKES).  I debated doing a huge cake based on the ice castle, or doing a multi tiered cake representing different characters, but in the end I decided to go with the princess cakes because those tutorials have been so popular in the past and I thought it would be a fun challenge!


I am really happy with how they turned out overall.  I had 5 sleepless nights the week of the party between preparing and a few sick nights with the baby.  Boo. SO the final night I was moving a bit slow so I didn’t QUITE get the cakes RIGHT where I wanted them.  But I bet most people won’t notice the changes I would have made!


I wanted to capture the ombre look of Elsa’s dress, the crystallized lines in the dress and a thin cape.  I wish I had added some sugar crystals to the bodice top and wish I’d been able to get some snowflake stencils on her cape.


With Anna I love how she turned out!  I wish I had looked at the picture one more time and cut a curve to the short portion of her cape, and maybe figured out how to add some small beads around the cape edge, or painted just a bit more detail.  Overall I love her!


When deciding what to make for the food table I debated doing the food theme by character or sticking with all white foods?  I decided I wanted color on my table so I went with creating a different food item for each character!


Could anything be more fun than Olaf?  I was at Walt Disney World last month and got to see some cast members create olaf caramel and chocolate covered apples. BUT I didn’t love the round apple shape, I decided pears would be PERFECT!  And bonus?  Caramel covered pears are AMAZING!


Olaf actually has two, I love how my snow covered water bottles, aka Melted Olaf, turned out!  I guess I could have just done melted snow, but I love Olaf’s sweet silhouette for the labels!


Deciding what to do for the Trolls was super easy, Cake Balls! (actually Oreo Truffle balls, I like the way they taste better).  Using a scoop to keep them all even is the key, and keeping them cool but not too cold.  Then add a stick and dip them in grey chocolate.  When they were dry I used a gorgeous green luster dust to create green “moss” patches!


Hans… oh Hans, I debated leaving him off, but stuck with Sandwiches!  CHOCOLATE sandwiches (nutella) that I cut with a snowflake cookie cutter to keep them cute!  And for Kristoff I wanted to do ice blocks, but real ice blocks aren’t very tasty so I made blue Gelatin “Jigglers” for our ice cubes!  The kids LOVED them!


Sven…  Could it be anything other than carrots?  I guess Olaf could be carrots too, but he has so many options already.  Let’s face it, the kids didn’t love it, but it’s always nice to have something for the adults that are attending with their kids and DON’T want to eat a few lbs of sugar!


These were easy enough for the kids to help me with.  I made a batch of my sugar cookies and died the dough green.  Then we used various sizes of snowflake cookie cutters.  Once they cooled we frosted them with white icing and stacked them.  In fact The Reader did all the frosting and stacking for me, she did a terrific job!


Suckers aren’t always the right fit for a party, but they were PERFECT for this party!  I choose a snowflake shape for these, I added a bit of turquoise to these and while you can’t tell a TON of blue sugar crystals to give it an extra sparkle.  Peppermint flavoring gave it a nice cool flavor, the kids downed these.


I had plans for Snow ball peppermint ice cream and Frozen hot chocolate as well, but I tend to plan too much and some things get left at the end.  We had more than enough food and they weren’t missed!  The Styrofoam pine trees, snow balls and snowy candles just added to the table.

I added boxes for height, giving it a mountain feel and used this AMAZING Ofelia blanket from Ikea to top the table.  It stretches huge and has great  texture like snow!  AND the backdrop… I love love LOVE my huge paper snowflakes I created for my backdrop!


We had a VERY long short table for the kids crafts and activities.  I covered it with fake snow and these Styrofoam snowballs the kids helped me make and a few of the smaller paper snowflakes.  Since we invited 18 little girls I planed a LOT of crafts and activities and we didn’t even get to half (but you never know, girls can go through crafts SO fast)


Felt hair clips (my plans were to create snow flake shapes for the girls to be like Elsa, but we let them cut their own and not a single girl did snowflakes!).  AND my favorite, these snow globe rings!  LOVE! They match our invitations too, just perfection.


We also did epsom salt painting, the girls loved seeing their painting designs go from looking like water to lovely crystallized designs.  Then since it was spring we made our own fake snow!  My kids ADORE this fake snow and we’ve made it quite a few times since the party!


So the birthday girl loved the party, she had a great time, and that’s all that really matters, right?  She had guests from school, the neighborhood and family so it was an odd mix, but because we kept everyone busy it went great!  They all shared, took turns and were a joy!  I think I’m going to enjoy seven!

Frozen Princess Cake Elsa

The Frozen Elsa cake! YAY!

This was probably my biggest challenge of all my Princess cakes (see also Merida, Rapunzel and Tiana), but she and Anna turned out pretty great!

Out of all my cakes this is the one I wish I had more time on, the one I’d consider doing again just to get ALL that I want done.  Anyone else doing a Frozen party this year?

tutorial to create your own Elsa princess cake for your Frozen birthday party

There was never a question about which dress to do, but the question was HOW to do it!  It’s a slinky little number, really no room for cake, so of course the skirt needed to be much fuller so there was something to eat.  BUT to give the illusion of slinkiness (is that a word) I went as A line as I could with one deep carved “ripple” to give the illusion of the slit.


Start with a 12 inch Elsa doll (sorry I didn’t have one when I started working on the cakes – they are HARD to find), a Wonder Mold cake and a second cake, an 8 inch round.  The wonder mold cake by itself isn’t tall enough for the dolls legs.  My chocolate cake is very DENSE, which is best for carving, but it tends to shrink a bit too, making it even SHORTER.  So the extra height is necessary (unless you tear the dolls legs off)


Use Ganache to stick the cake layers together.  Then wrap the dolls legs in plastic…

  1. to keep their legs together do they don’t separate while going into the cake
  2. keep the cake food safe, and the doll clean.

Then stick the doll into the cake.  I cut a small hole into the cake first to guide the legs. I like to put the doll in BEFORE carving the skirt usually, but I didn’t get the doll until later and needed to get started.  Nice sharp angle to the carving, not a full skirt, and one DEEP carved area where the right leg slit would be.


Now frost the cake with ganache (to keep it moist, don’t let it sit out).  Once I finally got the doll and stuck her in I was able to add the ganache around the hips to bring it cleanly into the dolls waist.  Again working with ganache is amazing, once it sets you can rub over any part that’s not smooth with your finger and “melt” it smooth.


Now Elsa’s dress is ombre, it starts super light blue and gets darker at the bottom so for the under skirt I used a blue fondant slightly darker.


Next up the under shirt.  On Elsa it’s sheer, but I can’t really create sheer fondant.  So I used a REALLY light blue, almost white and rolled it SUPER thin with my pasta roller.  To get it this thin it needs to be stronger than just fondant so I mix fondant and gumpaste together.

Paint the back with clear vanilla (or vodka, it’s cheaper) this makes it tacky so it will stick to the doll.  Make sure the arms are where you want them, then lay it over the dolls front, neck and arms.  Cut away what you don’t need and wrap the gumpaste/fondant around the arms, cutting where they meet on the underside.  And wrap it around her front and back.  Cut a clean shoulder line around.


Next up roll out light blue fondant, paint it with vanilla/vodka and cover the bodice and top of the skirt with a lighter blue.  Cut the back and bodice area princess style.  Next I used the back of my knife to create cutlines all down the bodice.  Trying to give it the icy, crystalized look her dress has.  I cut the bottom of the light blue area ragged.

I wish I had done one other layer between the two blues to extend the ombre look a bit more.


Next up the addition of luster dust.  This is what’s going to give the overall dress they shiny, icy look.  I used a dark blue along the bottom to help with the ombre effect and Antique Silk all over.  If you just brush it on dry it will add a bit of shine, if you keep brushing it it will get glossy and smooth.


I brushed it over the top of the dark blue and over the entire bodice.  If you get the fondant wet first it will collect and stick even stronger.  So I painted swoops on her sleeves so when I brushed over them it stuck even stronger in those areas, of course it doesn’t show up in the pictures, like at ALL! GAH


Now for the CAPE!  I debated rolling out gumpaste super thin like the sleeves, but thought it would still look to heavy.  I thought about not using anything edible, like using netting and adding fondant snowflakes… BUT I like adding only edible materials.  So I decided to try edible wafer paper.

It’s not sheer but it’s super thin.  Anyway, you can see it has a dull side and a glossy side.  Do NOT get the glossy side wet, it will shrivel badly, you want to work with the rough/dull side.  Cut it in the shape you want first, then add water to just the top.  I added clear vanilla/vodka to the back of the dress to make it tacky/sticky.


now to attach it! Try not to rip it (buy extra sheets, I did use 2, a practice one and a final one.  You can see it did rip a bit… But I the end I was pleased.


Next I  used my steamer to steam the cape bottom and as it got moist it curled up the edges!  LOVE! looks like it’s floating.  Then I used pearl luster dust and brushed it over the cape to get it a shiny.  I wanted to paint on snowflake designs, but when it get’s wet it just falls apart, so I couldn’t.


And with that she was done.  The main thing I’d like to do over is add extra icy bling to her bodice.  I’d add sugar crystals from the princess cut down to a princess waist, hand attaching each one in vertical columns…  Yup just a few hours, but I’d be enthralled with it!


But she’s lovely either way.  AND tasty!  And honestly, isn’t that what everyone wants in a cake, for it to taste good?  What do you look for in a cake?


Elsa and Anna were the centerpieces of the tabletop and I love how they look together!  What do you think? Want more princess cake tutorials?

Frozen Princess Cake – Anna

And finally the cakes!  (Don’t forget to check out my Merida, Rapunzel and Tiana Princess cakes as well)

Today I’m Sharing the Anna tutorial and tomorrow we’ll do Elsa!  Making these cakes was so much fun! Looking back there are a few things I’d change.  The week of the party the baby got sick and I got behind. So I felt kind of rushed through the cakes, I MIGHT actually break my no repeat rule to add the final details I feel were missing from these.

tutorial to create your own Anna princess cake for your Frozen birthday party

So Anna.  The first question is WHICH dress to make.  I debated doing her ball dress, BUT since we weren’t doing ELSA’s ball gown I decided not to.  Her hiking winter dress is actually shorter, showing her ankles and boots, but of course for this I made it full length.  It’s also full than it is in the movie, to leave enough cake to actually EAT!


Start with a 12 inch Anna doll, a Wonder Mold cake and a second cake, an 8 inch round.  I do this because the wonder mold cake isn’t tall enough for the dolls legs.  Also my chocolate cake is very DENSE, it’s best for carving, so it tends to shrink a bit too, making it even SHORTER.  So the extra height is key  (unless you tear the dolls legs off)


Use Ganache to stick the cake layers together.  Then wrap the dolls legs in plastic.

  1. to keep their legs together do they don’t separate while going into the cake
  2. keep the cake food safe, and the doll clean.

I cut a small hole into the cake first to guide the legs. Notice even with the extra height the cake still falls short of her hips, don’t worry about it, I use the ganache to fill it in.

Then start carving around your skirt, I find that carving it makes it look more skirt like and less cake-ish.  Start small, you can always carve away more, you can’t carve less once it’s gone.  Once your happy with them carve the sharp edges to soften the curves.


Once your done carving wipe away the crumbs and frost with ganache.  Make sure to get into all the cracks and fill in the hip area.  Smooth as good as you can, then let it set.  Once it’s set you can rub any points and they’ll “melt” and smooth away!  I love working with ganache!


Then cover your skirt with a purplish navy fondant, making sure to smooth into the cracks.  Because there will be a cake I just wrapped it around and created a clean, straight, seam up the back.  Trim around the base and around the waist, creating the pointed princess waist line


Now for the shirt.  We want to roll this SUPER thin so I do a half fondant half gumpaste mixture and dye it turqouise.  Then use my pasta roller to get it super thin.  Put your arms how you want them brush clear vanilla (or vodka – cheaper) on to the back of the gumpaste/fondant then lay it over the front and arms (sticky side down).  cut away area’s you don’t need to help shape it


wrap it around the arms, shoulders, neck, etc… cut a straight light where the it meets under the arms to hid the lines.  Don’t forget to cut the nice neckline as well (I forgot before the picture but did it later).


for the bodice rather than try to cut it ON the doll and get it to stick I cut the neckline out first adding extra length in the straps and the sides for wrapping it.  Then paint the back with the vanilla/vodka and place it on the doll.  Be VERY careful when doing this, the sticky back side WILL stain your turqouise shirt if you get it out of place.


press it into place in the front, cutting the waistline.  Then wrap it around the back, pressing it into the doll so you don’t get bubbles.  Stretching it a bit where you need to, and cut a nice clean line down the back.

Now the bare bones of the dress are done!  time for the details!


To get the details of the embroidered front of the bodice I used one of my favorite things, adhesive stencils!  There are a lot of options with small details this is the one I used.  Then I colored some icing green and burgundy.  You can use buttercream if you have some, I opted to make a quick batch of royal icing.

Place the stencil going down the center, add the green where you want it, not too thick, and then add a little bit of the burgundy. then pull off the stencil (just make sure, unlike me, you let your black fondant dry completely first or it will pull away a bit.).


I used a clay extruder (that I ONLY use with fondant and gumpaste, NOT clay) for the edging.  Soften some gold fondant by kneading some extra shortening into it, then extrude it through one of the smaller holes.  Attach it to the edge of the bodice using the vanilla/vodka and then for a final step paint it with some gold airbrush paint!


Now for the bottom of the skirt, again you can hand paint but I used another self adhesive stencil and the green and burgundy royal icing again.  I started by doing a center one, then working my way around both sides.  The great thing about the adhesive stencil is it sticks inside the nooks and crannies of the skirt better than a traditional stencil would.


Finally roll out some burgundy/brown fondant.  Cut along piece, rounding the edges, and let it dry a bit (flat or rounded) then attach it down the back to her shoulders.  Once it’s all set roll out another small amt cut a circle with a hold in the center and wrap it around her shoulders.  Then trip the neck and front.


Here is the mistake I made, I cut the fronts square, I SHOULD have cut them rounded!  GAH! and I wish I’d had the time to paint the edges a darker shade. Oh well, overall I LOVE how Anna turned out!


I think they look GREAT together too!  AND the birthday girl love love LOVED them so nothing else really matters!

Frozen Party Supplies – Snowflake Backdrop

So creating a ton of pretty food is just part of the fun of a party!  I told you I’ve been working more on my overall table, decorating and such.  Well the BACKDROP is key!  It needs to cover your walls, keep to the theme but also not take too much attention away from everything on the table!

how to make your own extra large snowflakes to create a pretty backdrop

I debated doing a few hundred itty bitty snowflakes but I decided to create these HUGE snowflakes instead!  I love love LOVE how they turned out, and they didn’t take too long either, I did them all while watching a movie one night.


I ordered this roll of white paper (I love amazon prime and getting party supplies delivered to my house~).  I tried a few different measurements, when I did this using a square shape the snowflake wouldn’t close, so I ended up doing 1×1 1/2 measurements


to get the right length I folded the wide side diagonally, that will help us find the square shape


fold it down, to mark that line.  Now how to get the 1 1/2 length? open it up and refold just to that line, that creates our 1/2 length.


Now repeat the diagonal fold (while the 1/2 is still folded) and cut!


open it up and now you have 1 x 1 1/2 length!  So for this example my rectangle is 48″x72″.  Now you want to accordion fold the rest.   For me I did it by folding in half, opening and folding bot sides to the center, etc… keep opening folding  until your happy. Mine ended up 48″x4″ all folded together


Now we want to find the center, fold your accordion in half, and I just used a stapler to connect it.


not to take it from a simple fan circle to a snowflake… cut the ends, rounded or a point, whatever you want, I did a bit of both.  Then cut into each fold diamonds, ovals, circles, etc…


Not to open it!  Hold 2 of the rough edges together and staple along the edge.  As you hold the one side you can see the other end opening up!  Flip it over and staple the rough edges of that side as well!  YAY! now you have a snowflake!


You can see that I created a bunch of different sizes and filled the backdrop with all the different sizes!  But I used the same technique for all of them.  The smaller the snowflake you might not need the full 1 x 1 1/2, but I found it easier to work with that way.

Frozen Olaf Chocolate covered Caramel Pears

I’m excited to start sharing some of the food from the Frozen birthday party with you guys!  My favorite???  This caramel and chocolate covered pears, or Olaf Pears!  When I was at Walt Disney World for a conference in March I got to see these cute chocolate and carmeled covered apples decorated to look like Olaf… They were adorable, BUT the round shape wasn’t really olaf like more traditional snowman.

easy and adorable olaf pears, covered in caramel then chocolate they are delicious and everyone loves them

So when I was at the grocery store one week doing my grocery shopping and I walked past the pears and I remembered seeing this amazing video from Lumineux studio, Harvest Gathering.  I remember Jenner, the videographer, talking about how amazing the salted caramel pears were.  So I thought PERFECT!  Just the right shape AND tasty too!


So I started by washing all the pears, then sticking them with caramel apples sticks.  (Try not to let them slit, if they do the caramel won’t stick well, in fact it will keep oozing under the caramel and chocolate and cause problems later)


Then melt about 8-10 oz of caramel and dip your clean and dry pear into the caramel.  Give it a good swirl, making sure it’s all covered, then let it drip a bit.  once the largest drips are gone scrap the bottom off…


Hold it upside down to let it set a bit, then place it on parchment paper.  Do this with all your pears and let cool (I refrigerated mine for a little bit to hold their shape better).


Do the same thing with the melted white chocolate and you can see the head already taking shape!  I let the pears rest however they wanted, since trying to get them all upright was a bit of a struggle.


I had Lego Boy roll out a bunch of fondant noses for me.  They aren’t all the same and they aren’t all perfect, but that’s what makes them so great!!! I think they all made great “carrots” this way.  I considered adding some orange sugar to give it a sparkle, but opted against it.


I used some of the melted white chocolate to connect the noses to the pears.  Then I added some black gel food dye to turn the chocolate grey.  Then I attached the candy eye’s with the grey chocolate.  And finally I pipped the grey chocolate on as the mouth!  I TOTALLY forgot the EYEBROWS! GAH… oh well


The kids LOVED them and they tasted AMAZING!  I will warn you, make sure you buy your pears the day before and use them right away they ripen FAST and start to get gooey/mushy quickly.  These are not something you can make way ahead of time, they do NOT keep.

Frozen Olaf Chocolate covered Caramel Pears

Frozen Olaf Chocolate covered Caramel Pears


  • pears
  • sticks
  • caramel
  • white chocolate
  • grey gel food dye
  • orange fondant
  • candy eyes
  • piping bag


  1. So I started by washing all the pears, then sticking them with caramel apples sticks.  (Try not to let them slit, if they do the caramel won't stick well, in fact it will keep oozing under the caramel and chocolate and cause problems later)
  2. Then melt about 8-10 oz of caramel and dip your clean and dry pear into the caramel.  
  3. Give it a good swirl, making sure it's all covered, then let it drip a bit.  
  4. Once the largest drips are gone scrap the bottom off.
  5. Hold it upside down to let it set a bit, then place it on parchment paper.  
  6. Do this with all your pears and let cool (I refrigerated mine for a little bit to hold their shape better).
  7. Do the same thing with the melted white chocolate and you can see the head already taking shape!
  8. I let the pears rest however they wanted, since trying to get them all upright was a bit of a struggle.
  9. Roll out a bunch of fondant noses in your palm to create the carrot shape.  
  10. I use some of the melted white chocolate to connect the noses to the pears.  
  11. Then add some black gel food dye to turn the chocolate grey.  
  12. Then I attached the candy eye's with the grey chocolate.  
  13. Pipe the grey chocolate on as the mouth and eyebrows.
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