Spring Flower Cupcakes

Welcome spring with these pretty flower cupcakes! An easy dessert recipe for a party or simple Easter treat!

Welcome spring with these pretty flower cupcakes! An easy dessert recipe for a party or Easter. Marshmallow flower cupcakes are perfect for any occasion!

Easy Flower Cupcakes

I turned simple chocolate cupcakes into the cutest Flower Cupcakes in minutes and you can too! These adorable marshmallow flower cupcakes are fast, easy and perfect for any spring occasion!

Because I always try to come up with new ideas for fun food I’ve seen around the internet, I think I nailed it with just a few key decorations I found at Oriental Trading. What makes my version of these flower cupcakes extra cute is how the cake is placed into real seed pots and covered with tiny lady bugs so it looks like you’ve just been potting them.

Marshmallow flower cupcakes are a perfect dessert recipe for any occasion.

Edible Flower Treats Are Fun!

Speaking of edible flower treats, these cute cupcakes reminded me of some other flower desserts I have made in the past.

This cupcake flower bouquet is one of my favorite spring party ideas!

Best Cupcake Cakes Recipe. Flower cupcakes are a perfect dessert recipe for any occasion.

Want a healthier version? This Vegetable Flower Bouquet is so fun!

Healthy Vegetable Flower Bouquet

Now let’s make some fun flower cupcakes! Because these were so fun to make, I’ll be doing them all year round. Kids will like to make these sweet treats for sure!

Welcome spring with these pretty flower cupcakes! An easy dessert recipe for a party or Easter. Marshmallow flower cupcakes are perfect for any occasion!

How to Make Flower Cupcakes

You can make flower cupcakes with homemade cupcakes or store bought cupcakes. You’ll need:

  • 12 Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 36 Marshmallows
  • Green Frosting
  • M&M’s
  • Yellow and Pink Sugar Sprinkles

Marshmallow flower cupcakes are a perfect dessert recipe for any occasion.

Directions:

Click Here to find these adorable lady bug stickers, seed pots and directions for how to make my flower cupcakes on Oriental Trading’s Fun365 blog.

Click for the recipe

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Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies

These easy Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies are soft, fluffy strawberry cake mix thumbprint cookies that would melt any Valentine’s heart!

Easy Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies recipe! Strawberry cake mix thumbprint cookies rolled in red candy sprinkles and with a Hershey's Chocolate Kiss. Cute Valentine's Day Cookies!

Best Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies

These easy Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies are soft, fluffy strawberry cake mix thumbprint cookies rolled in red candy sprinkles and topped with a Hershey’s Chocolate Kiss. Talk about a perfect Valentine’s Day treat! Who wouldn’t love this sweet and simple treat?

I made these for Oriental Trading’s Fun 365 website and let me tell you, they didn’t last long in my house! What I love about making cake mix cookies is how fluffy and soft they stay. You can store cake mix cookies in a container and always bet they will be soft, even after several days!

Easy Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies recipe! Strawberry cake mix thumbprint cookies rolled in red candy sprinkles and with a Hershey's Chocolate Kiss. LivingLocurto.com

The best cookies when warm!

My son will tell you these are the best right out of the oven when the Hershey’s Chocolate Kiss is soft and warm. I mean, just look at this photo? Isn’t your mouth watering? I know mine is!!!

Easy Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies recipe! Strawberry cake mix thumbprint cookies rolled in red candy sprinkles and with a Hershey's Chocolate Kiss. LivingLocurto.com

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Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies for Valentine’s Day

I made these Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies specifically for Valentine’s Day gifts. Make them with any color of candy sprinkles for any holiday or birthday party. If giving as a gift, you’ll want to use a cute cookie box. I found the most adorable Snoopy Valentine’s Day box at Oriental Trading.

I loved Snoopy growing up and of course had to get the napkins that went along with this cute party theme! Make these sweet treats for your kids, teachers, friends and family.

Valentine Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies recipe! Strawberry cake mix thumbprint cookies rolled in red candy sprinkles and with a Hershey's Chocolate Kiss. LivingLocurto.com

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Tags

Along with the Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies recipe, I designed a “Sweet kisses for you!” gift tag to go along with the Valentine’s Day gift box. They are free printables for you to enjoy however you like! You might also love these –>  cute Candy Kiss Valentine’s Day Tags!

Free Printable Valentine's Day Gift Tags

 

Easy Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies recipe! Strawberry cake mix thumbprint cookies rolled in red candy sprinkles and with a Hershey's Chocolate Kiss. Cute for Valentine's Day. #cookies #recipe #chocolate

Get the Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies Recipe and Printable Gift Tags

This cookie recipe and Valentine’s Day Gift Tags are available to you over at Oriental Trading’s Fun 365 website here. All of the information about the cute Snoopy box and napkins are there too. I hope you enjoy this fun recipe and gift idea! Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Click Here to Print the Cookies Recipe and Download Printables by Amy Locurto LivingLocurto.com

> Click Here to Print the Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies Recipe

 

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Brain Cupcakes with Bugs

It’s that time of year when zombies to come out to party. You’ll die over these creepy Brain Cupcakes covered in bugs! Easy Halloween party recipe, just add to zombie cups for a creepy Halloween dessert table.

You'll die over these creepy Brain Cupcakes covered in bugs! Easy Halloween party recipe, just add to zombie cups for a creepy Halloween dessert table.

Brain Cupcakes with Bugs

Bug infested Brain Cupcakes oozing out of a zombie head are perfect for your next Halloween party! Using zombie cups and realistic plastic bugs are a spooktacular way to serve up bloody brains for your next Halloween party! Both kids and adults will love being grossed out by these simple to make Bug Infested Brain Cupcakes.

When I found these hilarious zombie cups over at Oriental Trading, I knew I had to make a recipe using them as a prop. I immediately was reminded of the Brain Cupcakes in a Jar that become such a popular Halloween party recipe here years ago.  Adding a bloody brain spilling out of the zombie’s head was a no brainer dessert idea!

These creepy Brain Cupcakes in a Jar treats make the perfect Halloween party food! Great dessert recipe idea for a zombie or Halloween party. Free printable jar labels for Halloween Gifts.

You'll die over these creepy Brain Cupcakes covered in bugs! Easy Halloween party recipe, just add to zombie cups for a creepy Halloween dessert table.

Bug Infested Brain Cupcakes Recipe

When my kids came home from school and saw these brain cupcakes, they LOVED them! I think the key to an amazing Halloween party is the food table. I’ve done cute halloween recipes such as Halloween crack and creepy edible fingers, but I think the yuckier looking ideas are always the most popular with party guests!

If you look closely to my photos, you’ll see roaches, blood clots (actually very tasty gummy candy), flies and ants.

Creepy Brain Cupcakes covered in bugs! Easy Halloween party recipe, just add to zombie cups for a creepy Halloween dessert table.

I think the tiny ants are my favorite bugs for the brain cupcakes. I get creeped out just looking at them. ha!

Creepy Brain Cupcakes covered in bugs! Easy Halloween party recipe idea.

Once you make the brain cupcakes recipe, adding them to these fun zombie cups makes the best Halloween party table look even better!

Creepy Brain Cupcakes covered in flies and other bugs.

How to make Zombie Brain Cupcakes

You can learn how to make my brain cupcakes along with more fun ideas for how to display them on your Halloween dessert table over at Oriental Trading’s Fun 365 website. I hope you enjoy this idea!

–> CLICK HERE for the directions and to get the zombie cups, bugs and more!

 

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Unicorn Crack | White Chocolate Saltine Toffee

Oh yeah! Unicorn Crack is a simple and addicting white chocolate saltine toffee recipe! Topped with pastel rainbow sprinkles, this easy treat is perfect for Easter, a unicorn party or rainbow birthday celebration.

Unicorn Crack is an addicting white chocolate saltine toffee recipe! Topped with pastel rainbow sprinkles, this easy treat is perfect for Easter, a unicorn party or rainbow birthday celebration.

White Chocolate Unicorn Crack Recipe

Say hello to my new addiction… Unicorn Crack! This white chocolate saltine toffee recipe is what you get when you mix white chocolate, saltine crackers, brown sugar, butter and rainbow sprinkles. I seriously can’t stop eating this amazing dessert! With a middle school aged daughter, it’s all about unicorns around here. We’ve made Unicorn Fluffy Slime and even Unicorn Poop Desserts. This is a fun new addition to our unicorn family of food that I know you’re going to love!

If you are looking for a fabulous, super easy dessert recipe for Easter, a unicorn party, rainbow themed birthday or any kind of celebration, this is it. The colorful rainbow sprinkles are what makes this unicorn crack white chocolate saltine toffee recipe so much fun! Serve it up in adorable cups like these cute Alice in wonderland inspired party supplies from Oriental Trading Company and you’ll be the hostess with the mostess!

Unicorn Crack is a fun White Chocolate Saltine Toffee Recipe.

 

How to make White Chocolate Saltine Toffee Unicorn Crack

First you’ll need to find some great pastel cake sprinkles! I love to mix and match candy with sprinkles. Switch up the colors to match whatever kind of party you are hosting. This would be a fun dessert for a graduation party with school colors!


After you have decided on your colors of sprinkles you want, head on over to Oriental Trading Company’s Fun365.com website for step-by-step directions for my White Chocolate Rainbow Sprinkle Toffee recipe. I love partnering with them and always excited to share fun party ideas with you and the Oriental Trading gang!

>> CLICK HERE FOR THE WHITE CHOCOLATE RAINBOW SPRINKLE TOFFEE

>> CLICK HERE FOR THE WHITE CHOCOLATE RAINBOW SPRINKLE TOFFEE

 

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Unicorn Crack is a simple and addicting white chocolate saltine toffee recipe! Topped with pastel rainbow sprinkles, this easy treat is perfect for Easter, a unicorn party or rainbow birthday celebration.

 

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Tropical Rum Punch

Tropical rum punch is a delicious summer cocktail recipe to make for a party or sip by the pool! A mix of cranberry juice, orange juice, peach schnapps, coconut rum, layered with oranges, pineapples, limes and strawberries. With just one taste and you’ll be transported to a tropical beach.

Tropical rum punch is a delicious summer cocktail recipe for a luau party or to sip by the pool! A pitcher drink mixture of juice and coconut rum for a pretty layered drink.

Tropical Rum Punch Recipe

Celebrate summer with a fantastic Tropical Rum Punch Recipe! I made the perfect drink for you that is not only easy, but looks amazing too! Whether you are hosting a summer party, need a fun tropical punch for a luau party, or just having a simple get together with friends, fill up a pitcher with this show stopper drink!

The fun thing about this drink is the layers of sunset colors. It looks fabulous in a large glass pitcher or drink dispenser. You can leave out the alcohol for a kid punch. I wish I had this for my daughter’s Disney Frozen in Summer beach birthday party!

Tropical rum punch recipe. easy cocktail recipe for a luau party or to sip by the pool!

Originally published May 19, 2017 

Easy Luau Tropical Party Drink

Hosting a Luau party? This is my most popular drink recipe for a group to date! Get fancy by pairing your tropical rum punch with cute party supplies such as bamboo straws, hibiscus flowers and colorful luau style napkins.

In my new kitchen, I have a draw full of small party supplies for drinks. Whether I’m pouring juice for my kids or making a cocktail for a friend who stopped by to chat, I always love garnishing my glasses with cute straws, fresh fruit or tiny umbrellas.

These adorable straws and napkins came from Oriental Trading. I have all of the details about the products I used to style this drink over on their blog. Be sure to check that out!

Tropical rum punch is a delicious summer cocktail recipe for a party or to sip by the pool!

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Tropical rum punch is an easy cocktail recipe for a luau party or to sip by the pool! A pitcher drink mixture of juice and coconut rum.

 

Best Ice

This rum punch recipe calls for a lot of ingredients, but believe me, it’s worth it! I recommend using cubed ice vs crushed ice, so your drink isn’t too watered down. I used my crushed ice in my photos and realize now that was a mistake as it melted too quickly.

 

Here’s what you’ll need to make this fun Tropical Rum Punch:

  • mango cranberry juice (If you can’t find Mango Cranberry Juice, use regular Cranberry Juice and add fresh chopped mangos.)
  • white strawberry cranberry juice
  • orange juice
  • simple syrup
  • peach schnapps
  • coconut rum
  • oranges
  • pineapples
  • limes
  • strawberries
  • cubed ice
Head over to Oriental Trading’s blog to get directions, party supplies. Enjoy!

 

Enjoy an ice-cold colorfully layered Hawaiian style coconut rum punch full of tropical fruit that is sure to please your party guests!

Tropical Rum Punch

Tropical rum punch is a delicious cocktail recipe to make for a party or sip by the pool. A mix of juices, peach schnapps and coconut rum layered with fruit. With just one taste and you’ll be transported to the beach!

Tropical rum punch

  • 64 ounces Mango Cranberry Juice
  • 1 cup Peach Schnapps
  • 1 cup Fresh Pineapple (Chopped)
  • 2 Oranges (Sliced)
  • 6 cups White Strawberry Cranberry Juice
  • 2 cups Orange Juice
  • 1 1/2 cups Coconut Rum
  • 1 gallon cubed Ice (not crushed)

Garnish

  • 1/2 cup Pineapples (Chopped)
  • 3 Limes (Sliced)
  • 1 cup Strawberries (Sliced)
  1. Place pineapples and oranges in a 1.5-2 gallon drink dispenser. Pour mango cranberry juice and peach schnapps over the fruit and gently stir.
  2. In a separate pitcher, mix the white cranberry juice, orange juice and coconut rum together.
  3. Chill both containers in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  4. Before serving, fill the larger drink dispenser with ice. Pour the second layer from the smaller pitcher slowly and directly on top of the ice.
  5. Gently add some chopped pineapples and a few sliced strawberries in the center.
  6. Very gently, place sliced limes and the rest of the strawberries around the edges of the container with a large spoon or fork.

If you can’t find Mango Cranberry Juice, use regular Cranberry Juice and add fresh chopped mangos.

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The Best Green Margarita Recipe!

St.Patrick’s Day is the perfect time to celebrate with a Green Margarita. With only four ingredients, you can whip this up in a flash!

 The Best Green Margarita recipe. A colorful green cocktail for a St. Patrick's Day party. Celebrate the day with this easy green drink.

The Best Green Margarita Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day!

When you think about St. Patrick’s Day, you might not think Green Margaritas. Most people throw a party by serving Irish cocktails, green beer or mint drinks. If you are from Texas like me, a delicious margarita is a must-have. That’s why I came up with a new recipe for a Green Margarita instead of your usual St. Patrick’s Day cocktail.

My husband is half Irish, so we have to have some green fun around our house each year! I usually make kid-friendly St. Patrick’s Day drinks, but this year, wanted to make something for the adults. We aren’t big beer drinkers, but as Texan’s we’re always up for a good margarita!

So this year, I made this easy green drink recipe for the Oriental Trading blog. With only 4 ingredients, it’s an easy drink to whip up for a party or just a few friends.

I love the festive Irish themed napkins and cute paper straws I found at Oriental Trading. Adding a few cute party supplies like this makes a St. Patrick’s Day party even more fun! I’m always impressed with all of the fun party supplies and usually end up spending hours shopping on their website! If you’re hosting friends this St. Patrick’s Day, make sure you visit Oriental Trading for festive supplies.

The Best Green Margarita for St. Patrick's Day!

Count yourself a lucky leprechaun if you make this Green Margarita. While decked in Irish colors, this recipe is not your usual St. Patty’s day cocktail and sure to be a fan favorite!

–> Visit the Oriental Trading blog for this fun and easy 4 Ingredient Green Margarita recipe.  

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Buffalo Hot Wings Chex Mix Recipe | Football Party Food

Our team, The New England Patriots, are going to the Super Bowl! Yay! That calls for a party and tasty snacks of course. Spicy buffalo chicken wings are always a fan favorite at our football watching parties and will definitely be on our Super Bowl Party menu. Now you can have the same flavor with trail mix.

My mom always made the BEST Chex trail mix and I’ve taken over the tradition by mixing it up with fun flavors. I’m loving this Buffalo Hot Wings Chex Mix Recipe and sure you will too!

Once you try this spicy homemade Buffalo Hot Wings Chex mix recipe, you’ll be hooked! In minutes you can have a delicious football party trail mix snack food!

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I write recipes for Oriental Trading and they have so many fun football party products. I love their cute football party cups and NFL team party supplies.

Serve up this easy Buffalo Hot Wings Chex Mix recipe in plastic cups with your favorite team logo. We’re all set with our Patriots cups and napkins! I love the red, white and blue… and Tom Brady for sure. (((Swoon!)))

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Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting

These Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting are so adorable and perfect for a Christmas party!

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting are a perfect dessert for a Christmas party! A fun food cake made to look like a cup of hot cocoa.

Oh my goodness! Aren’t these so cute? I’ve been dying to show you these adorable Hot Chocolate or Hot Cocoa Cupcakes that I made for Oriental Trading’s blog. At the first glance, your guests will probably think these treats are hot cocoa, but they are really delicious chocolate cakes topped with the best peppermint frosting!

The Santa paper cups are what make them so adorable! Be sure to click here for all of the info about the cupcakes and cups.

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This recipe calls for homemade ingredients, but if you didn’t want to bake, you could get store bought cupcakes and then just make the frosting. The peppermint frosting is very quick and super delicious! Made with cream cheese and crushed candy canes, it’s a creamy, crunchy delight. I definitely licked the bowl after making this frosting.

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Pumpkin Spice Caramel Cheesecake Mousse

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Caramel Mousse! A delicious and easy no bake dessert! Perfect for a fall party or Thanksgiving.

I finally came up with the most delicious pumpkin spice recipe! Even though I’m not a huge pumpkin fan, I’m jumping on the pumpkin craze and sharing this VERY GOOD, easy to make no bake Pumpkin Spice Caramel Cheesecake Mousse. You will absolutely love this, I promise!

Lately, I’ve been baking and cooking like a mad woman! I mean, have you seen my new white kitchen??? You would too if you were me right? If you haven’t taken the new kitchen tour, check out my before and after photos–> here. I still pinch myself that I live in all of that happy white space!

I’m also incredibly happy to have a functional kitchen just in time for the holidays. We have been dealing with construction and eating out for months. What a crazy summer it’s been! Now the fall whether is rolling into Texas and we’re getting out our boots and sweaters. Who else loves this time of year? I LOVE IT! So, I can’t wait to make this pumpkin spice recipe again.

If you need a simple dessert recipe for Thanksgiving or a holiday party, try making this whipped mousse. It’s made with homemade whipped cream, pumpkin puree, ginger snap cookies and caramel. All of my favorite fall flavors.

Head over to the Oriental Trading Company’s blog to get the entire recipe. I love writing for them and would love to hear what you think of this tasty dessert! Thanks ~ Amy

Click here –> for the Pumpkin Spice Caramel Cheesecake Mousse Recipe

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