If you need a quick idea for a Christmas dessert to take to a party or as a cake for a birthday girl or boy, here is an easy way to spread Christmas cheer!  A simple white cake from your local bakery or market becomes a fancy Christmas cake just by adding candy canes tied with ribbon!

I bought a tiny 4-inch round cake and dressed it up in no time!  Tie ribbons to the bottom of each candy cane and line them around the outside of the cake~

It makes a festive impression without spending a lot of time or money! 

And…because my kids are on a big candy cane kick… I played around with a few other tricks with these fun candy sticks. You may remember our candy cane lollipops that we made…we also made some without sticks.  I thought they might be cute as cupcake toppers! 

First, here is our Rudolph cake and our slightly psychedelic Rudolph toppers- all made from peppermint…

The Rudolph Cake is definitely for the minimalist~ simple, modern…with red candy dotted around the sides!


And, we surrounded them with lights so Rudolph wouldn’t feel self-conscious…

To make the Rudolph Cupcake Toppers, arrange peppermint with two mini candy canes at the top of the peppermint piece on a covered baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes or until they are melted and have formed one piece.  Let cool and then decorate with edible markers and red candy noses. For shorter antlers, break off a small amount of the candy canes before melting the candy. Each is unique and cute in its own way!


Thank you to Shannah at Zoomworks for photographing our candy cane fun!

 To see more of our minty madness and candy cane cuteness, go here!  And, let me know if you make any of these designs or create your own!  We always love to hear about it!

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There is nothing like the bright colors and happy prints of Lilly Pulitzer to make every day feel like a party!  For my daughter’s 12th birthday party, she wanted to decorate cakes~ Lilly-style!  So, in order to decide how to mesh the two, I kept thinking “if Lilly had a cake shop instead of a juice stand”… I have to admit, this was one fun party to plan!  It is a blast to see where ideas go in the hands of a TWEEN!  Enjoy and remember, “…being happy never goes out of style!”. 

Birthday Party Ideas for a Teen- How to Celebrate a TEEN

Wow! My daughter turned into a teen!  Sometimes it can be tricky to decide what to do to celebrate this milestone.  I wanted to share with you some ideas that may help if you want to mark the occasion but also keep it low-key.  At first, my daughter wanted to have a very large sleepover to celebrate.  I loved it that she wanted to include everyone she knew, but laughed at the thought of trying to corral close to 30 tweens and teens! So, I told her she could have a little, bitty, teeny sleepover and her “real” party could be bubble soccer (which she had been begging to do at this huge sleepover she was planning ).  So, realizing the play on words with a “teeny” party, we went with the TEENY theme and used as many miniature things as we could.  It was such a fun theme and the ideas could go on forever…but this is what we decided on for her teeny, little sleepover. 


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  1. […] beautiful cake was homemade by Amanda, but you could also use a store-bought cake and decorate with peppermint sticks.ย  The always-perfect fondant toppers are from Brittany at Edible […]

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