Decorate all your special occasions with a do-it-yourself project that will leave your guests “oohing” and “awing” from the minute they step onto the scene with our DIY Paper Pennant Bunting Kit. Because of its versatile nature, this one of a kind flag banner ensemble really lets your creative side shine by garnishing all your favourite events with a personalised touch of charm. By kitting these items altogether in one, simple package, we leave the fun part up to you for making everything from outdoor weddings and baby showers to anniversary extravaganzas, birthday parties, holidays and more a little bit more fun and a lot more personal!
Here are a few of our ideas on how to use your kit:
And here are the included designs to help you create your own party and wedding decoration masterpiece:
Perfect for the do-it-yourself crafter, our printable bunting flags are fun and easy. With only a few simple steps, you can print these on your home computer with your very own message!
Thank you to all of our Australia Entertains readers and Pink Frosting customers for your support in 2010. We have enjoyed every minute of this ride! 2011 is set to be even more exciting and we look forward to helping you plan and execute many beautiful parties, weddings and other celebrations.
You probably have made your Christmas cake some time ago now or if you’re a last-minute shopper, you’ll be down at the local supermarket buying a yummy Lions Christmas Cake. Regardless, there is always time to inspire for next year! Our friends at Pink Cake Box always inspire Pink Frosting’s team and their Christmas cake creations have not failed in 2010. Here are some of our favourites:
This 3 tier gift box cake is covered in red and green fondant with a white bow on top and snowflakes falling along the sides.
These Christmas gift box cakes were for a retirement party. There were three different cake flavors – one red velvet with cream cheese, another was yellow cake with vanilla buttercream and the final gift was chocolate cake with peanut butter filling.
We took our popular farm animal cake and dressed everyone up in Santa hats to capture the Christmas spirit and celebrate a 1st birthday. Happy Holidays!!
This baby shower cake topper with cupcakes is decked out with a red band and bow at the base of the tier. Atop the cupcake topper is a pregnant lady dressed up in a red and white santa outfit. Inside the cake was chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream.
Pink Cake Box found plaid cupcake liners…. which matched my decor so well! I created a Santa topper and cupcakes also for our annual Christmas cocktail party! The cupcake flavors were pistachio green velvet ( a new flavor that was collaborated by Michael and Tara) with chai tea buttercream, red velvet with cream cheese, chocolate with white chocolate peppermint and vanilla with hazelnut frangelico. We also made truffles, mini mousse tarts and lots of cookies!!
Inspired by our Winter Wonderland Wedding cake, this 3 tier cake was created for a corporate event in the Upper East Side in New York City. Pink Cake Box also incorporated the bow from our Topsy Turvy Damask Wedding Cake. Flavors included vanilla cake with raspberry chambord buttercream and vanilla with chocolate buttercream and fresh strawberries.
I don’t know about you, but I am certainly inspired for 2011!
Dianne wrote to me yesterday asking how you get the perfect swirl on top of a cupcake with frosting. She is making Christmas cupcakes and wanted to get them just right. I was taught how to decorate cakes, cookies and cupcakes by my great-Aunty Ivy who was a master cake decorator and she was a big Wilton fan – of course, I am now too. Dianne, here is the easiest way to get the gorgeous perfect swirly frosting top on a cupcake via our great friends at Wilton (with some of my own advice thrown in for good measure):
Start with buttercream icing. The best recipe is here: Best Pink Frosting Recipe in the World! You will also need a 1M open star cake decorating tip which you can buy at Bakery Sugarcraft, as well as disposable cake piping bags which you can purchase at any supermarket.
Hold Open Star Decorating Tip 1M approximately 0.5 – 1 cm above cupcake top at a 90° angle to cupcake surface. Pipe a spiral of icing, beginning at the outer edge and working inward.
Stop pressure; pull tip away.
Pipe a second spiral, smaller (not as wide) on top. End spiral at centre. Stop pressure; pull tip straight up and away.
Voila. Now you can create some beautiful cupcakes like these amazing creations!
I would love to see your swirly cupcake creations!
Australia’s number one online wedding shop and party shop has just put over 160 items on sale at up to 60% off their original prices in their huge pre-Christmas sale. You can save on wedding favours and bomboniere, wedding decorations, party supplies, Christmas decorations, bridal jewellery and so much more.
Be quick, the prices will only last while stock lasts! Shop the Sale at Pink Frosting now.
There’s no better way to say Merry Christmas and thank you for being such a special friend than a home made treat. And, I don’t know many people who would say no to a made-with-love Christmas cupcake! I’ve gathered some of my favourite Christmas cupcakes to get you all inspired to create your own Christmas cupcakes this month.
Christmas Tree cupcakes by Bocaditos y Colores (Erika) at Flickr.
Santa cupcakes by Cherish Cupcakes at Flickr.
Loving these unique Christmas lolli-cakes (cupcakes on a stick!) by lollicakes#1
Simple but very yummy gingerbread base candy cane cupcakes by Blue Bird Bake Shop
And, I save the best until last…. have you ever seen anything so amazing as these Christmas wreath cupcakes by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson for the Jelly Belly Cupcake decorating competition? Awe-inspiring!
If you aren’t feeling so creative, the easy way to create a gorgeous Christmas cupcake is by making a simple cupcake and wrapping it with a laser-cut Christmas cupcake wrapper at Pink Frosting’s cupcake decorations shop.
This is probably my favourite time of year. The smell of Summer is in the air, the crickets are buzzing at night and party season is in full swing. All of these marvellous things point to the most wonderful weekend activity of the whole year: it’s time to decorate your Christmas tree!
Here’s the Pink Frosting Christmas Tree Decorating for Dummies guide:
- First things first: choose your Christmas tree theme. You don’t need to stick with tried and true red and gold, although traditional is very NOW in 2010! Check out the great styles of Christmas decorations at Pink Frosting for inspiration.
- Whether you choose a real tree or go for an artificial number (which is kinder to the environment if you keep it for years!) then make sure the branches are spread evenly and there are no gaps. This will create a neat shape to work from.
- Then get decorating! Start with your Christmas lights. Arrange your lights on the branches near the base of the tree and string them along the inside and the outside of the branches. Always work with the lights on. As a general rule, use 100 lights for each 30cms (or foot) of tree. The more lights you have, the more spectacular the tree! We love the gingerbread string lights for making a real statement this year.
- Then add your tinsel or garland. This should be used to highlight the main colour of your theme. Again, start at the bottom and work your way up. Then add your ‘filler ornaments’ by evenly spacing them around the tree. These may include basic solid colour balls and simple stars and shapes. You’ll need about 20 filler ornaments for every 60cms (2 foot) of Christmas tree. You can get these basic Christmas ornaments at Pink Frosting’s Christmas shop.
- Then add your special ornaments between the basic ornaments. Try not to hang all your ornament on the tips of the branches, but instead place ornaments and other decorations on inner branches to add depth and interest. You’ll need at least 10 special ornaments for every 60cms (2 foot) of tree. Pink Frosting has a beautiful range of traditional and contemporary Christmas ornaments to add oomph to your Christmas tree.
- In general, the larger ornaments should be towards the bottom of the tree and get smaller towards the top. Try to evenly space the decorations to balance the arrangement.
- Don’t forget some Christmas bling! Add diamonds, pearls, sparkling blingle bells and plenty of crystal for a decadent and opulent look.
- To add extra decorative elements to your tree, try tying coloured ribbons together in bows and place them between the branches. Or accent with silk flowers in your colour theme. Fossick in the garden and at the local park for pinecones, seed pods and leaves and add a bit of sparkle with metallic spray paint or a splash of glitter.
- For a really personalised look to delight family and friends, add some mini photo frames to your Christmas tree. Simply print off your favourite pictures and pop them into the frames, fasten a bow with long ties to the top of each frame and hang from the tree. Pink Frosting has dozens of photo frames which are very cost effective and look very modern and personal.
- If your tree needs some extra gaps filled, look around the house for sentimental objects that you can tie with ribbon and attach to the branches of your tree. Think jewellery, feathers, tiny teddy bears, ribbons, dolls or dolls house furniture.
- Get your children involved, by asking them to create their own decorations. You’ll be amazed just how good a child’s magical creation made from paper, glue and a bit of glitter can look!
- The crowning glory of every Christmas tree is an angel or star, which represents the host of angels or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity story. So, take the time to find the perfect tree topper for your tree.
- Christmas decorations are traditionally taken down on Twelfth Night, the evening of 5 January. But, I generally leave mine up for longer because the tree always looks so darn great!
Every bride is looking for a wedding bomboniere or wedding favour that is different, unique to the couple and will be really appreciated by the guests. One of PinkFrosting’s best selling wedding bombonieres is our customised rock candy wedding favours. We love how versatile the rock candy is – you get to choose the flavour, the colours, what names or text goes in the centre and whether you want a heart in the middle. The whole process is really simple and the result is so fun!
We’ve just shot some gorgeous new examples of the colours you can choose for your wedding bombonieres with our personalised rock candy. It makes choosing the colours so much easier when you can visualise what they will look like together.
We also love the rock candy favours for Christening bombonieres, baby showers, milestone birthdays, Christmas presents and corporate events too – because you can pop whatever text you like into the centre!
You can see the range of flavours, colours and packaging at PinkFrosting’s online wedding and party shop.
Planning the perfect Christmas for this year starts now! Avoiding headaches at the last minute is easy when you break down the Christmas planning process into a few simple steps. Here is our simple Christmas Day Countdown. I hope you find it a real help this year.
Without good planning, Christmas can be a time of confused last-minute activity. Start your countdown to Christmas six weeks in advance so that everyone – including you – can enjoy the festive season.
- Write down your Christmas ideas in a notebook, including your Christmas card list, gift list and guest list.
- Make a food plan for the Christmas season. What special meals will you be catering for? Are you hosting a party, a candlelit Christmas dinner, or a barbecue on the beach? Flick through your favourite recipes for ideas and write a shopping list of the items you’ll need.
- Start making your own (non-perishable) presents and purchase your Christmas ornaments and decorations.
Five weeks to go
- Avoid the crowds in the supermarket by purchasing non-perishables, such as ingredients for baking. Don’t forget the cranberry sauce, mint sauce, fruit mince and almond paste – they will be harder to find as Christmas nears.
- Buy your Christmas cards and stamps, or (if you are really crafty) start making your own.
- Start looking for the perfect Christmas gifts now to avoid the Christmas Eve madness.
- Send out invitations to any Christmas parties or gatherings. December is a popular time for parties, so get in early.
- Assess your Christmas party supplies. Do you have enough glasses, cutlery, crockery and chairs? Investigate hiring additional equipment if needed.
- Put your creative mind to work – think about your table setting. Will you need to make anything specially? Now is the time to start.
- Don’t forget to buy (or make) advent calendars for the kids so that they can start the countdown on 1 December.
Four weeks to go
- Post parcels to friends and family overseas.
- Purchase your gift wrapping supplies: paper, ribbon, tape and glue, as well as gift tags.
- Make your Christmas cake or pudding. Or, for a clever cheat, buy them and drizzle with rum and brandy for extra richness.
- If you have an artificial tree, now is the time to dust off the Christmas decorations and test the Christmas lights. Repair the decorations that need some tender care, and splash out on some gorgeous new baubles to brighten your tree. You should traditionally put your tree up 12 days before Christmas, and take it down 12 days after – but most people put up their tree when the mood takes them.
Three weeks to go
- Order your Christmas turkey, fish, seafood and ham.
- Set aside a day (or two) to make handmade presents – Christmas cookies and mini plum puddings, gingerbread men and shortbreads, brandied fruits and decanted oils and vinegars are old favourites.
Two weeks to go
- Check out your drinks supply. Make sure you have enough alcohol, as well as mixers and fruit juices. Consider making your own special cocktail to wow your guests.
- Purchase emergency nibbles for unexpected visitors. Nuts, biscuits and chocolates work a treat.
- Start to make any freezable dishes for parties or Christmas Day.
- Check your linen and wash anything that needs freshening up.
- Marshall the troops for a cleaning blitz so that the house is sparkling clean for when guests arrive.
- Help the kids to make their own Christmas craft such as wreaths, bonbons, cards and tree decorations. Purchase your Christmas crackers and other table decorations.
One week to go
- If you are buying a real Christmas tree, now is the time to purchase and decorate it.
- Decorate the house with festive cheer.
- Finish your Christmas shopping – both for gifts and food.
- Pick up the turkey and ham – don’t forget frozen turkey can take two to three days to thaw in a fridge.
- Fill lots of trays with ice cubes so you can keep the Christmas cocktails coming!
- Rush out to the shops (just like everyone else) to get those last minute purchases.
- Pick up your pre-ordered seafood.
- Stuff your turkey and finish any other Christmas food preparations.
- Put any remaining gifts under the tree.
- Put out Santa’s favourite beverage with a piece of cake. Don’t forget water and carrots for the reindeer. Make sure they disappear before the kids wake up on Christmas morning.
- Have fun playing Santa, and then relax with an eggnog in front of the Christmas carols, confident that everything will go smoothly tomorrow!
All this week, PinkFrosting is offering you FREE SHIPPING on your Christmas order of $99 or more. To enjoy this excellent offer, please use the VIP code XMASATPF at checkout when you place your Christmas order online at Pink Frosting’s Christmas Shop!
PinkFrosting’s Christmas Shop is bursting at the seams with gorgeousness at this time of year! Shimmering Christmas decorations, fun Christmas lights, office party supplies, fun Christmas favours and little gifts for your friends and colleagues… it’s all here at Pink Frosting’s Christmas Shop!
We also have inspirational Christmas planning ideas to help you plan the best Christmas ever. Some of our favourites include: