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Gumdrop Tree Cupcakes

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How does the song go? Visions of Sugar Plums dancing in our heads…or is it Gumdrops?

After creating the Kiddie Breakfast with the Gumdrop Trees, I was inspired to create some Christmas Cupcakes for you using the bright colored Gumdrops. They are super easy and some that your kiddos will love to help with as well!

The Gumdrop Trees, made with sugar ice cream cones sit on top of a chocolate cupcake frosted with “pillows” of snow. I think the cupcakes with just the Gumdrops are cute too!

Let’s get started…

Gumdrop Tree Cupcakes


  • Cupcakes, baked and cooled
  • Frosting {I used Wilton Decorator Icing}
  • Ice cream cones, sugar or waffle
  • Gumdrops or Spice Drops
  • White nonpareils sprinkles
  • Candy sticks or candy canes
  • A small amount of melted chocolate to hold the stick in the cone
  • Sharp knife and cutting board


  1. Cut the tip off the gumdrop, about 1/4 to 1/3 of the gumdrop, it doesn’t have to be perfect
  2. Gently push gumdrops onto the ice cream cone, until completely covered
  3. Tip: You can cut a handful at a time, but don’t get too far ahead, the gumdrop will get dry and not stick to the ice cream cone
  4. After the “tree” is completely covered, add a gumdrop on the top. Use the knife to make a small hole in the bottom, if necessary.
  5. Melt a small amount of chocolate in the microwave to use as glue to attach the candy stick inside the tree. Dip the stick in the chocolate and gently push into the tree, holding for a couple minutes until set.
  6. Decorate cupcake with a round tip and white frosting, circling the frosting to look like piles of snow. Add nonpareils for a little snow effect if you like.
  7. After the chocolate is completely set, carefully push the stick into the cupcake.
  8. For the Gumdrop Cupcakes, use the leftover gumdrops for decoration on top.

Although these are perfect for Christmas Cupcakes, I think they would also work well for Birthday Cupcakes or even a Baby Shower with all the different colors.

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Holiday Home Tour 2012

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Welcome to our Holiday Home! Pour yourself a cup of tea and grab a cupcake! As you well know, I absolutely adore decorating my home, especially during the Holidays! This year I took a little different approach on decorating though. Although I loved putting up all the Christmas Trees, this year I found it was just going to be too much. Life sometimes has a habit of creeping in and getting in the way of things.

Although I didn’t put up all the decorations that I usually do, I’m really excited about the new approach to keep things simple but yet magical!

The Front Porch is decorated with garland and vintage items that we have acquired over the years. It is but the first stop on the tour and sets the tone of what’s in store for our guests.

In the Foyer is the small Vintage Tree filled with ornaments that belonged to my Mom and Mother-in-law. The aqua mason jar holds bells for friends to take as they leave, to remind them to listen to what is important and believe this holiday season!

And the newest member to our home this year…our Magical Scandinavian Christmas Tree! Decorated in a red and white theme with do-it-yourself Christmas picks and handmade ornaments, and accenting the area are the flameless candle lanterns.

The Christmas Mantel got a whole new look this year to represent the feeling of the season! Do the bells of Christmas still ring for you? Do you Believe?

The Main Family Tree is decked out with white lights, burlap and all the ornaments we have collected over the years.

The Hoosier cabinet is in a corner of the Living Room now, we love it to take photo shoots on, but the Dining Room is so dark and the lighting is terrible, so we moved it.

The Entertaining Center, which now holds fabric and tablecloths, was recently moved into the Dining Room. An vintage sled, tree, garland and some of the Santas from my collection were added.

The buffet was decorated with a very simple {less than 15 minutes} Holiday Centerpiece.

My Cupcake Tree is perfect for the kitchen too! The cupcake ornaments from my very good friend, Dawn, jars with sprinkles and a few clear ornaments with sprinkles as well.

And above the kitchen sink, we added this cool, vintage…kind of junky, but it’s one of my favorite things – Wooden Ladder.

Gumdrop Trees for our Kiddie Breakfast, though small, bring such brightness to the holiday season.

And off to my office for a little more fun with the Glam Tree!  I hope you have enjoyed my Holiday Home Tour!

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Quick and Easy Holiday Centerpiece

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Time is running out! Christmas is only 11 days away! With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, sometimes our table or buffet get neglected and we need a quick and easy Holiday Centerpiece to brighten up the room!

After using the Home Depot Style Guide as inspiration, we headed to the store to see what we could come up with. Did you know that The Home Depot has lots of decorating ideas for the holidays?

Let me show you how easy it was to put together…

Easy Holiday Centerpiece Supplies from The Home Depot

  • Fresh Green Swags
  • Decorations – Martha Stewart Reindeer and Bird Clip-on Ornaments, both from the Winterberry Collection
  • Glass Globes – found in the lighting department
  • Christmas lights – battery operated

Step 1

  • Cover your table or buffet with cloths.
  • Place the fresh greens on the cloths. I took off the bow and cut the bundle apart to cover more area.

Step 2

  • Prepare the glass globes. You will need batteries in the lights and a small plate or bowl for them to sit on.
  • Feed the lights into the bottom of the globe.

Step 3

  • Layer the lights and filler, like Epsom Salt, until you reach the top of the globe

Step 4

  • Tuck in the cording and cover with filler as best as possible

Step 5

  • Now it’s time to add the decorations, first I added the reindeer

Step 6

  • Then add the bird ornaments and pine cones and you are done! See I told you…quick and easy!

Sarah Fishburne, The Home Depot’s Director of Trend and Design, highlights ways to incorporate seasonal trends into your home. The Holiday Style Guide is full of seasonal inspiration as well as home improvement projects, design ideas, décor trends, budget-friendly updates and more!

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