Spring has sprung! And what better way to celebrate than with a cupcake bar?
At our school, we have an after school teacher get-together every couple of months or so called 'Downtime.' It's a time for us teachers to just chill out a little bit and enjoy a time of fellowship together. You'd be surprised how little we actually get to talk to one another! Our attention during the school day ... as it should ... goes to our students - not to one another!
Well, this time around the 1st grade team (of which I'm a part) and 4th grade team were our Downtime hosts. And our Downtime day just so happened to fall on the first day of Spring. In honor of the first day of Spring, we chose to host a Spring cupcake bar as our Downtime treat. And what a fabulous treat it was!
I can take absolutely zero credit for the idea ... the kudos for that go to my friends and teammates Dana and Shelley. They and some others did all the work on the cute decoration stuff and set up of the event. I did what I do best ... baked cupcakes! I whipped up a batch of Coconut Cupcakes (click to see the recipe post) and Neapolitan Cupcakes (not yet posted - I'm still tweaking the frosting ... it's just not quite right yet).
Now, here's the crazy thing that happened with me on the day of the event ... I almost didn't make it to attend the cupcake bar! I came squealing in with my cupcakes and serving dishes literally 15 minutes before the event started. Why? Well, because I had spent that night in the emergency room with my husband who was passing a kidney stone. After a *bit* of pain and patience, he's now totally fine ... but it was a looooonng night. We got home and got him settled just in time for me (and my cupcakes!) to make it to the event.
In the midst of the craziness of the day, I ran out of the house without my camera. So, the following photos from the event itself are taken with my friend Shelley's phone camera. I then brought some of the cute stuff home with me and took more pictures with my regular camera.
So just check out this adorable Spring cupcake bar! It was set up in the library of our school. The cupcake bar itself was on top of one of the bookshelves, and we used the library tables for seating. So ... this idea can work about anywhere!
Here's the cupcake bar itself ...
My friend Andrea wrote the names of each cupcake, in her beautiful handwriting, just on the tablecloth paper itself. Those are my coconut cupcakes, and German chocolate cupcakes made by my friend Pat. I'll be making those soon ... they were delicious.
We decorated with lots of Peeps and other Easter candies. Isn't the Peep peeping out of the dish of robin eggs cute? And take a look at the pineapple upside-down cupcakes my friend Andrea made! She's giving me that recipe soon ...
The tables were decorated with Peeps, jelly bean daffodils, and butterflies.
And just look at these Spring-decorated water bottles! So cute.
Now here are some photos I took once I got back home so I could share more details with you. The decorations were so cute!
First up - the butterflies. Shelley simply cut butterfly shapes from decorative scrapbook papers and then slipped them onto a plastic fork so they'd have some 'height' and a little 'look of flight.'
You just position the fork so that two tines are on the back of the paper butterfly ...
... and two tines are on the front. Easy sneezy!
Next up - the jelly bean daffodils. Again, Shelley cut daffodil shapes from decorative paper. Then she glued a mini cupcake liner in the center ...
... and filled it with jelly beans. These were just so adorable on the tables!
And finally - the water bottles. The water bottles were decorated with strips of pastel paper cut with decorative scissors. Then, Spring embellishments were attached with glue pop dots. So sweet!
Such a fun event! I can't wait to make Pat's German chocolate cupcakes and Andrea's pineapple upside-down cupcakes. I'll definitely be adding those two recipes to my line-up.
Happy Spring everyone!
Decorations Pinspired by:
Jelly bean daffodils - Martha Stewart's Daffodil Candy Cups
Decorated water bottles - The Creative Party Place