Thrifty Little Party!

>> 7.22.2009

This is a great weekend for a thrifty little party Tour de France style! This weekend will hold the conclusion of the race and it's sure to be full of excitement. Have some friends over and create a festive mood with these cheap and easy cupcakes:

Materials:
*cupcake mix (your choosing)
*white frosting
*gel food coloring
*parchment paper
*red fruit chews (like Starbursts) or red hots

1. Make some cupcakes.

2. Use white frosting (vanilla or buttercream) to create three different colors: white, yellow, green
*When I color frosting, I use the gel coloring. I felt like it was a great investment at $10 and it will last for at least a year.
To make the yellow, I used 4 toothpicks with yellow gel and 1 toothpick with orange gel to darken the color. I use the toothpicks to add the color in then stir the frosting with a spoon. For the green, I used about 5 toothpicks with green gel and a dash of yellow and blue gel. Be careful using the gel... add a little color at a time!

3. Create red polka dots using fruit chews. To do this, I just unwrapped red fruit chews and placed them on parchment paper. I put these in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds or until they were warm enough to mold like clay. Next, I broke off little pieces and rolled them into balls. To create the dots, I smashed the little balls with my fingers. Red hots would also work as the red dots, but I already had fruit chews in my pantry.

4. Decorate the cupcakes with yellow, green, polka dot, and white frosting.

Each of these colors represents a color of an important jersey in the Tour de France.
yellow= overall leader
green= points leader
red polka dot= king of the mountain
white= best rider under 25
Go here for more information on the jersey colors.

To add to the mood, why not cook some yummy French food! Unfortunately, French food tends to be a little pricey, but adding some wine, fruit, cheese, and bread to the menu shouldn't break the bank.

Is anyone keeping up with the Tour de France?

3 comments:

Shauna from Piece of Cake July 22, 2009 at 11:39 AM  

Love the idea of the Starbursts in lieu of (usually gross-tasting) fondant! I'm betting they could smashed into a bigger ball and rolled thin for larger decorations. Tucking that thought away...

thriftylittleblog July 22, 2009 at 1:34 PM  

@Shauna I know what you're talking about with the fondant. Plus, molding with Starbursts is just more fun. If you don't like it, melt it and try again!

Piper Jacquelyn July 22, 2009 at 8:58 PM  

Sounds FUN! Any excuse to have a party is perfect in my opinion. I have not been following, but maybe I will just have to now. Love the idea of the Starbursts. And I think some cheap champagne alongside those cuppies would be just lovely.

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