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Rainbow Cupcakes

Cupcakes are one of the greatest little joys in life.

This week we’ve whipped up some cupcakes that are not only delicious, but they look cool too!!

Enter stage left: Rainbow Cupcakes. (They’re deceivingly easy to make)



Recipe:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

2/3 cup granulated white sugar

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup milk

Assorted Food coloring.

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees and line a cupcake pan with 12 liners. In a bowl beat together the butter and sugar until creamed. Add the eggs, beat well after each. Add Vanilla extract.  In a seperate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly and alternatly add the flour mixture and milk. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. When you have your batter, seperate the batter into four or five smaller bowls and add a different food color to each. Pour a little of each color battered into the cupcake liners.  Bake for 17-20 minutes or until done.

These cupcakes are great for kids parties or if your event scheme incorporates a multitude of different colors. Also, for those who are culinary challenged, boxed cake would also work here.

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Glowing Light Jars

It’s the little things that really add to the atmosphere of an event and one of our favorite things are candles and mood lighting. We are on an endless search to come up with new concepts, lighting crafts, designs, patterns, and placements. Recently at one of our electro themed events we thought it would be fun to use something with a neon glow instead of ordinary candles so we used glow stick light jars to add a creative twist. It’s a really neat candle alternative and it has endless design possibilities.

Here’s how to create the simplest form of glow stick light jars.

First, a quick lesson on glow sticks;

The tube in the middle of the glow stick that you break is made of fiberglass. This is not something to mess with. When you cut open the glow stick be extremely careful and wear gloves. There are two chemicals, the chemicals contained within the fiberglass tube and the chemicals outside of the fiberglass tube are what mix together to create the glow. While these chemicals are non-toxic and non-flammable you will still want to make sure that they don’t get on your furniture or skin. They will stain!

To create these bad boys all you need are glow sticks (There are a host of different places where you can buy them in bulk or you can even find them at the dollar store), Jars, kitchen gloves, scissors, and something absorbent like paper towels or toilet paper.

First, Snap the glow stick to activate the glow

Second, put the absorbent paper into the jar. If you wish to create layers with different colors, then only don’t fill the jars all the way.

Third, With your gloves on, cut open one end of the glow stick and poor the glowing contents into the jar.

Repeat as many times as you wish. It’s that simple!

Note: There are a lot of people who have said mixing water in the jar helps to keep the glow. Simply put, it won’t.

For other design ideas you can draw different patterns on the paper in black ink before putting it in the jar or find other little trinkets that correspond to your event to put in the jar. The possibilities are endless.