Sunday, April 18, 2010

Twilight, Martinis and Cupcakes OH MY!

To celebrate my friend Amanda's birthday (yes, Amanda from the fabulous Casabrasi), I combined 3 of her favorite things for a small girls night in: Cupcakes, Apple Martinis and Twilight. (Interestingly enough, these are some of my favorite things, so it really worked out quite well for me.)

First things first... the cupcakes. Amanda had a red velvet cake at her wedding, so I knew she liked it. I decided to try red velvet cupcakes for the first time. After perusing several recipes, I went with a no fail option: Martha. Oh Martha. How I love/hate you. Let me count the ways...

I used this recipe for the cupcakes and this recipe for the frosting. They turned out very tasty and so beautiful! Honesty, the look of red velvet cupcakes is just gorgeous! I think the key is getting the right red color. With this particular recipe, Martha calls for 1/2 teaspoon of red gel- paste food coloring. I am familiar with this highly concentrated food coloring through my recent attempt at royal icing and I know how potent it is. So, using my excellent judgement and quick thinking McGyver skills, I made a last minute executive decision to use 1/4 teaspoon of the red gel instead of the 1/2 teaspoon. (Side note, baking has made me better at math as I can now easily discern that 1/4 is smaller then 1/2. They should have taught fractions with baking ingredients and maybe I would have gotten past remedial level. Joking. But I really didn't get very far.) Anyways, my little experiment was a success... the red color was pure perfection.

See below in Martha's picture from her recipe. I think the cupcake looks brown... and don't get me wrong, I am always down for a chocolate cupcake. BUT. If you go to the trouble of making red velvet (and the trouble of buying white distilled vinegar for the recipe- what is that about btw), I want it to be RED!

While pretty, it doesn't have the dramatic color that red velvet is known for. This little comparison has nothing to do with my post, I just wanted to prove that I did something better than Martha. Jackie: 1, Martha: Zero.

Next on the list of Amanda's favorite things: Apple Martinis. Let me just tell you something about Ms. Casabrasi. She is not really a drinker. I try to peer pressure her to have wine with me, but it doesn't really work. (I'm a good friend.) But she loves her some apple martinis. Or I should say, she likes 1 apple martini. You know that phrase "One and she's done?" Invented for Amanda. (Don't hate me Amanda.)

And finally, we come to the main event. Twilight. No, are not 17 year old girls. We are mature, married working women who happen to love everything Twilight. You got a problem with that? You know you love it too. I set up a little tablescape with the help of some free downloads from the always fabulous Hostess with the Mostess.

(Plates and napkins from Tar-jay. Unfortunately, the plates were a mix of Edward's face and Jacob's face. I asked them to separate them into just Edward plates and just Jacob plates. But they wouldn't. Nice customer service Target. (Joking. Target I love you with all of my heart) ... But seriously, wouldn't that be an excellent way to chart the ongoing "Team Edward vs. Team Jacob" debate? I know everyone is talking about healthcare and all that, but isn't this the real issue?

I got to use my adorable cupcake pedastals from Modern Chic Home. If you haven't checked these out, you definitely should. They are adorable and very versatile! Take a look at my post on them that shows several different ways to use them besides cupcake stands.

I made the cupcake toppers with my craft punch (a.ka. my current favorite possession) They had various phrases such as:"Twilight, Bella & Edward, Vampire Love (my personal favorite) and Team Edward." Oh yes. Did I mention we are Team Edward? And also, that this blog is only for Team Edward readers?

JOKING. This is an equal opportunity blog and we do not discriminate based on ones love for werewolves vs. vampires. (Plus, Jacob did look quite handsome in New Moon. I am saying handsome because he is underage and I don't want to get arrested for saying something else. But you get what I mean. Hmmm... that was creepy Jackie)

So that was our little birthday girls night in. It was fun and super easy to do. I used items I had around the house except I had to buy a bag of apples (and that damn distilled vinegar).

Thanks again to the AMAZING Hostess for the Mostess for the fun signs and drink labels! One day I hope to be like you ... or work for you... seriously, I will get your coffee for you. Call me.

Have a great week!


  1. You are too funny! How cute... I have another damask tablescape coming up later today~ just for you (wink, wink;)Be sure to stop by for the gorgeousness!

  2. love it! I so agree - kiss it Martha! Jackie spanked yours! (oh can I say that?...) party sounds fab! All the details are great - even love the apples in the big martini glass!

    Kim @ Frost Me!
    party inspiration

  3. It's really true. I am a light weight. So much fun Jackie! Thanks for everything! Those prints are on my stairwell wall now. So pretty!

  4. CUTE! I do dinner for my girlfriends for all the Twilight movies.. I should post pictures from them!

  5. I'm not into Twilight but I would totally go for the cupcakes and 'tinis! Fab party lady!

  6. Oh.My.Gosh. This is the cutest idea ever! I so might have to steal this "theme". This HAS to be my friend Liz's birthday party LOVE it!!

  7. you did a wonderful job! how perfect to do red velvet cupcakes nailed every detail.
    i'm a Twilight fan, so i appreciate the Edward plates.
    xox alison