Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Master Chief boys birthday Party

Well it took me a while to post but here it is! I am posting  a little tutorial of how I made a master chief helmet for my sons birthday.Now keep in mind I have never made one before,and yeah, I really didn't know who master chief was haha. Thankfully my target audience was a group of first graders who thought I "nailed it"!
So I started out with a metal bowl and two eight inch round cake pans and I stacked them up so you can see where I was going with my design.

Once Baked it looked like this...see ow the bowl is lined up with the back edge of the round? That is going to be the overhang for your helmet. Put frosting between each layer as you stack and chuck these babies in the freezer to firm up. Note: Make sure all cakes have cooled completely before you assemble and put in the freezer, otherwise it'll be a hot mess and cake is more likely to crumble if its still hot.
 When I leveled the cakes so that they were flat in top and stacked nicely, I saved the pieces I leveled off to use as the details on the helmet.
 Once I had everything How i wanted, I carved with a sharp SERRATED kitchen knife and covered the whole thing in a frosting crumb coat and put it back in the freezer.
 I cut out the visor piece from some paper and kept cutting until it fit the helmet how I wanted. Wilton makes this great gold edible paper which I used to make the visor: note DO NOT refreeze the cake if you put this gold paper on...unfortunately I froze mine and the paper went all wrinkly and shriveled :(

 I covered the whole thing with fondant and I left the fondant marbled to make the helmet more realistic color wise. I used little black jaw breakers for the details.I put some piping gel on the back of my gold sheet and added it to the front of the helmet.
 The finished product. I used a wilton marker to add the details. Mind you it isnt perfect but I love the finished product
 I used  a toy package to make sure I got the logo on the back right
 This is the helmet I used for not bad for this mama.
 And no party complete without some grenades. I used some floral foam, a craft box from Michaels and some moss.
 Easiest cake pops ever....I bought premade timbits holes at superstore for .99 cents for 12. Dip a stick in chocolate and put in the timbit then freeze. Once you melt your Wilton candy melts take the cakepops out of the freezer only two to three at a time. Swirl in the bowl of melted chocolate. Tap off the excess chocolate. If you do'nt have a cake pops stand, you can insert the stick in a florist foam block until it dries- get them at the dollar store- super cheap! hen I added a piece of black licorice as the fuse for the little bombs.

 Stencil "AMMO" on the side, add your floral foam block and cover with the string moss- whoila! Cake pop bombs, so cute and I made enough to send to school for the whole class.
 My brother was a good sport and dressed up as master chief for the party
 After goodies we went outside for some water guns and water balloons....chased by Master Chief!
 I hope this tutorial helped and that you can make an awesome little party for the special guy in your life :)

Monday, May 12, 2014

Hunger Games 13th birthday party

 For my nephews 13th birthday , I threw together a great hunger games party! The mocking jay topper was cut from fondant. I downloaded a photo off the internet to make a template and I added luster dust on top to give it great shine.
 A sparkly poster board sign decorated the front entrance to welcome all of our tributes
 Goodies! I used black and gold decorations throughout to have a "capitol" type feel
 I took vellum bags and added  a "melark bakery" tag on the front and filled them with monster cookies...I love the arrow fruit kabobs! I just cut melon in the shape of an arrow and threaded on the fruit. After It was on, I used a hot glue gun to add the feathers on the ends.
 Pinterest had some hilarious hunger games themed posters, I printed off a few and used them in our decor throughout the hall.
 I luckily found some adorable little hunger games figurines at the dollar store! When we called each "tribute" up to put them on teams and each party goer was able to choose a little figure to be throughout our games for the day.

 Tracker jacker anti venom!I used little hand sanitizer bottles from Bath and Body Works and printed off a "tracker Jacker anti venom" label from my printer, cut and glued them to the front. Before we had our outdoor games, the tributes had to win anti venom before we sent them out into the games. I played tag and each time they "tagged" another tribute they stuck an orange sticker dot on the other person. We counted who had the most and least "stings" and then I awarded a prize.
 I made water source that the tributes also had to play a game to win before we sent them into the games.Rather than having a race to the cornucopia, I had little games to win the needed items before we had the reaping.
 Bow and arrow...these were harder than they looked lol!
The birthday boy! Well until the next party...check my pinterest boards at Tannis  Braconnier-Sweeting

Friday, May 2, 2014

COKE IS IT- Moms birthday

 I am so proud of how these cupcakes for my moms birthday turned out! I made chocolate coke bottles and edible image labels. Mom is a big fan of anything coca cola! I made little fondant crates and added coke candies.
 Heres a close up of one of the little cupcakes
 ...and my favorite party treat, chocolate dipped strawberries! Of course these had to have a coca cola theme. I displayed them on a box with red and white striped paper.
 A close up of the chocolate coca cola bottles...I am  in love with these!
 We found the vintage car treat boxes online. They were filled with a burger and fries for each guest at the party. We served up cold coke in the vintage mom HATED the paper straws lol...after sitting in the bottle for a while, they become soggy, so just something to note.
Picture of me, my big sister and mama! She's aging so gracefully happy birthday mam....cant wait to show you what we have up our sleeve for the next birthday!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

TIFFANY IS 40...but looks 27;)

Well I am saying it...I turned the big 40! Its a number really and I feel 27 so I am totally okay with telling the whole world. I had the most fun at my breakfast at Tiffanys style birthday party. I wanted all the girls dressed to kill in their favorite party dress. Here is how it turned out.....
 Modeling chocolate skirt on my tiffany blue cake....the glasses will look'll see them again. I added some bling trim to one of my winners cake stands to give it that pizazz
 A close up of my set was missing the goodies lol...but this is how it started...
 At michaels craft store I found these adorable cat eye glasses straws for $1.50 a pack of 8!! I of course dressed them up by adding a little glitter rhinestone to each corner. The cute frames I have been hoarding for like 6 months...I know I need a 12 step program! But they cost me .25 cents each at michaels clearance last fall! I knew they would be mighty handy come march.

 One of the highlights....a party bar that no children could eat! I had blue rock candy for swirling in baileys and coffee, caribbean cool jelly beans, blue gummy diamond rings. I found these little glassine chevron bags for treats at michaels. I dressed the bags by adding a little Audrey printable, I blinged her earring and ring with a little sticky rhinestone and on the other bags just a row of rhinestones.
 Beauty is everywhere...each lady got some tiffany blue nail polish as a grown up take away...Happy girls are the prettiest ya know!
 Mama dear bought me this amazing mason jar beverage dispenser! I am in love! We must have had a sixth sense as we purchased the blue margarita beverage glasses too....
 I had a picture frame that the glass broke out of...I wrapped some foam core with blue wrapping paper and added a chalkboard was one of my favorite party decorations!
 dollar tree....had the cutest plastic diamond rings...napkin holder! These bad boys will be making another appearance at a bridal shower I think!
 And the humble dressed up for this event with some wilton blue candy melts and edible glitter...they were gone so fast...I barely had time to take this photo!
 Dollar tree...also found these cute blue shot glasses...I filled with jello shots and placed on a winners fave vintage cake stand...note the bling? I added that so they were also a step up from the everyday jello shot.
 what is this????Well I have the most amazing boyfriend ever!! It was one of my presents! I am in love with teal blue right now...and my 15 year old kitchen aid was on its last legs. I am sure I let out a schoolgirl squeal when I opened this bad boy up!
 But wait...more blue? Could it be? A tiffanys bag? My first one EVER!
 After the guests had all gone sweet boy surprised me with this gorgeous tiffany bracelet as well. Yes hunny, your brownie bank is full up with interest!!xoxo party would be complete without your mom embarrassing you! For my sweet daughter... grandma has been doing this to me for 40 years...She decorated my gift with a picture of me at 14- big hair...parachute pants...sigh...good thing I am like a fine wine and I have improved considerably with age! Since I want to keep all my friends, I didn't post the photos from our photo booth. It turned out awesome!
This backdrop is wrapping paper...Taped to the top of the wall. Chandelier was a little DIY project. I bought two foam chandeliers at the dollar store and cut one up the middle so I could make this 3D. I then hung some little drop crystals off the bottom. We used a vintage photo booth app on my brothers IPAD. I got so many great shots!

Monday, March 31, 2014


well...I know its March and Easter hasn't yet arrived but my favorite peeps were here and I decided to do a little bunny goodness early. Benefit for those of you looking to be creative as well ;)

 Of course no post would be complete without me doing something "embarrassing" , so for my sweet girl, here is one of my favorite easter photos from the past! I posted this for all to see..and for what its worth, brought a smile to my eyes every time I looked! So my children are now older and past the easter egg hunting age...but I still wanted to do something special and celebrate this time with them.
 I started with this very grown up linen table cloth and my favorite restaurant style rectangle plates
 Each setting had a cute little easter sugar cookie made by moi to mark their space. I also added some little chocolate eggs to the egg cups instead of those boring hard boiled ones :)
 On the coffee table, all my favorite peeps helped themselves to a sugar rush of marshmallow....
 Love the striped muffin papers filled with chocolate chip banana bread...big brother made short work of this pile!
 Hidden in one of my favorite vintage style planters were some easter lollies....
 And these chocoalte guys hung around until they were swept up by teenagers!
 A closer look....the eggs were made by mama. Wilton plug- no post would be complete without that haha...I used my wilton egg molds to make these adorable easter eggs- inside was a portable cel phone charger ;) and for those brave souls...a quick tutorial
 I use regular paint brushes from Michaels to paint the mold with a design. You know what I used...WILTON CANDY MELTS of course! Then I pop it in the freezer so my design sets up. Afterwards I fill the old with another color of melted candy melts and pop back in the freezer. Dont leave it in there too long otherwise your chocolate will crack when it comes back out to room temperature.
 Leave them sit for  a moment. Gently tap the mold to get them out....
 fill with goodies and decorate with ribbon! Yummy treats!
 I made these adorable peeps pops by just layering them on a sucker stick and putting a cello bag with ribbon over that so they didn't dry out and harden before they could get eaten.
 This little cutie didn't last long! I popped one on the side of each glass before I filled them.
 Little mini chocolate bite....hid around the table setting with these moss adorbs!
 A closer look at the bunny filled with chocolatey goodness
 Also made these chocolate eggs in nests for the big kids. I set them out on different tables and such throughout the house.Great decor until they got eaten!
 And how cute are these? Little mini treat sacks that each contain a chocolate bunny. I decorated them up with some scrap supplies from Heidi Swapps hello today collection
 and I sat them in this little blue box. Guests who stopped by could grab one on their way out the door.
My go to all year round...and so many possibilities! Some "carrot" berries!
 Lemon meringue pie hung out until after dinner. The meringue turned out so amazing! Cake stand is from my favorite store...WINNERS! \I have it in like seven different colors and styles lol!
The finished table ready for a feast. Enjoy your family time this easter. I hope you found some inspiration here and your easter is as Sweet as the one at the SWEETINGS :)