- Dunkin’ Donuts’ *delicious* Vanilla Cupcake flavored coffee
- Sweet cream creamer
- Lemon Pastries (super simple recipe here)
- Chocolate-Covered Bananas (see how to get the exclusive recipe below!)
So. You have to hear what I did with these cupcakes!
Confession: I did use a box mix; however, I used a new kind that only has your typical flour, sugar, and leavening agents and not all the extra gunk. Okay, I was just lazy and didn’t feel like measuring. I also went ahead and purchased the frosting from my local grocery store’s bakery, but you can make your own.
The cupcake batter and frosting were ORANGE flavored. That’s right. I simply added a few drops of my Wild Orange essential oils in there for flavor. You can use extract too, but I definitely prefer the flavor and benefits of the essential oils.
Then I made a basic homemade cranberry sauce, let it cool, then added it into the scooped-out center of the *baked and cooled* cupcakes.
I topped these cranberry orange cupcakes off with the flavored frosting and I piped it to look like flowers. Hopefully I will be able to whip up some tutorial videos for this in the near future. They looked beautiful, but I wanted to add an extra little touch–I sprayed a little edible gold spray on one side to give them a “sun-kissed” look, then sprinkled on a little clear edible cake sparkles for a dew look. I added a few sugar pearls to some as accents.
If I had to pick a style I love, I’d say it’s a “shabby chic” or “country chic” style. I stuck with that for my Coffee and Canvas party and included sleek white cake plates, paper doilies, ruffly flowers, a pink pail, and even served the cream and sugar in a glass milk bottle and mason jar.
Since this was a painting party, I wanted to display a sample of the painting for everyone to see before we started, so I added that to the table for a pop of color. In my party kit, I was sent some pink paper decorations, so I hung those up as well.
I wanted to do a painting that fit absolutely seamlessly with the party theme, so we painted a coffee mug with the color scheme of pink, orange, and brown. On the bottom, I had everyone reference the Bible verse that says “my cup overflows” (I will talk about this more later.)
For my set up, I found some little art easels (they were actually chalkboard decorations, but they fit my little canvases–you can always set the canvases directly on the table) and set those around the table.
If you’ve been around here a while, you probably know I am obsessed with painting canvases (see some of my tutorials here), so I talked everyone through each step and walked around and helped. If you don’t consider yourself an avid painter, keep it simple! Follow a video tutorial online, make up your own as you go, or just let everyone get creative.