For the birthday girl - a cupcake dress made from a target t-shirt, some dreamy cupcake fabric, leftover corduroy and polka dot scraps from the stash make for a sweet applique - don't forget the cherry button on top!
Great deal on flowers - got a free bunch of pink flowers with purchase of the special pink M&M's to support breast cancer research. Following the inspiration of the queen of milk glass, I pulled out all the white dishes, milk glass vases and bowls for a pink and white sugar fest.
chocolate on chocolate, raspberry buttercream on chocolate, cream cheese on banana cake, raspberry buttercream on lemon cake, and my personal favorite, cream cheese on ginger spice cake (for the best buttercream recipe in the world, check out this book a staple for any cake decorator- her recipe for raspberry buttercream with have you eating it straight up like ice cream - I say that from experience)
In searching for fun cupcake ideas - I found instructions for making these "cupcake pops", are they not the cutest little things you ever saw! They were immensely popular with the sweet tooth crowd :)
And to send the guests home with a little treat - a goody bag using these instructions, filled with cake mix, sprinkles, icing, cupcake liners, and awesome hot pink spatulas for the little chefs.