Easy Pirate Cupcakes

Pirate CupcakesYou don’t always have the time or energy to come up with a designer birthday cake. But you can always find the the time to whip up a batch of cupcakes from a box mix for your children’s party and then create really simple images for the top decoration- like these Pirate Cupcakes.

Using simple buttercream frosting, food coloring and a small plastic bag with the corner cut out as your piping tool, you’re good to go.

I couldn’t manage a wavy line with my rinky-dink graphics software, but instead of a solid black beard, you can use your baggie with the black frosting in a zig-zag pattern to create a better looking beard than I could.

This Pirate is an example: simple geometric shapes (easy to make with your frosting) often combine to create images for your children’s party food that will complement your party theme.

You could serve up your Pirate Cupcakes on a platter covered with ‘pirate plunder’- chocolate gold coins and jewel-like candies that they also get to eat.

Use the same simple pirate design for some of your pirate birthday party decorations. Draw this fellow on white balloons with sharpie markers and then tack them up to the ceiling (or draw on helium filled ones that stay up there by themselves). Copy my graphic above and use it on your invitations or invitation envelopes. Print the graphic and cut them out to glue onto plain white paper cups to create themed party cups (without going to the party store).

Your children’s party food needn’t be professional, designer grade for the kids to enjoy both the eye candy and the actual treat.  Kids aren’t that sophisticated- they just want to have a good time.

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