We had a little birthday party at the office today for my daughter Olivia. She really turns one on Saturday, but Thursday is pizza day here so today made the most sense. (I also thought it was too early for the pony-ride, 3-ring circus birthday. Rationalization? Perhaps.)
I realized Tuesday I needed to provide, if not make, a cake for the occasion but really didn't think I would get it done. So I had the genius idea of ordering cupcakes from the grocery store (the best money I've ever spent) and making paper flowers that I taped to straws to stick in the cupcakes. If I may say so myself, they came out super cute!
I used some American Crafts "The Goods" Papers, their plastic and foam flowers, brads, colored straws and 5/8" lime juice grosgrain as the leaves. I will admit, I have a die cutter (an AccuCut GrandeMark) but you can also use the smaller personal die cutters or cut them by hand. I will say the die cutter speeded things up a bit.
And I can't resist showing pictures of the little cutie in her birthday hat. This one is from Target, but it would be easy to make your own from some felt and ball fringe. Okay, the second picture is just to show her cute face and that she doesn't always look concerned with a face covered with food. Enough silliness-- momma and baby are tired.