Category: Disney-Inspired Treats

Simple Little Mermaid- Inspired Cupcakes Tutorial

Little Mermaid Sea Shell cupcakes

“New Seashells?”

That famous line squawked by Ariel’s feathered friend, Skuttle, made my cupcake design decision simple for my daughter’s Little Mermaid-inspired birthday party. With the use of Wilton brand seashell chocolate mold, making these cupcakes were three-steps simple!

Today I’ll share a quick photo tutorial of how to make these yummy sea-side treats.

You’ll need the following items before you get started.

  • 24 cupcakes cooled and ready for icing
  •  white icing
  • Wilton large open star icing tip (I used tip 1M)
  • purple seashell chocolates (made from the above mentioned mold)
  • 1 box of cinnamon graham crackers
  • sealing gallon size storage bag
  • rolling-pin

Step 1: Using your over-sized open star tip, create an ocean foam-like topping by pointing your tip and piping bag of icing straight at the center of your cupcake, squeeze the bag and allow the large star to develop into a hefty amount of icing that resembles ruffles at the edges.

beach themed cupcakes

Step 2: Place half of your box of graham cracker sheets into a gallon sized storage bag. Zip close the bag and use a rolling-pin to crush the crackers, creating your sand. Once half the crackers are crushed, add the remaining crackers to the bag and roll away! Once all the crackers are crushed, sprinkle all of the cupcakes with the crumbs. Before moving to the last step, take a minute to shake off the excess crumbs.

Beach cupcake

Step 3: Add your purple seashell and starfish chocolates. That’s it!


Super simple and oh-so-yummy, the combination of graham crackers, vanilla icing and cake is delicious and the presentation is perfect for any beach themed get-together, including my daughter’s Little Mermaid inspired birthday party!

Looking for more Little Mermaid inspired party food? Check out my Little Mermaid-inspired party food post from last week.

Until next time, I hope your days are magical!



Little Mermaid Party Food

Little Mermaid Party Food

Today I’m continuing the recap of my daughter’s Little Mermaid-inspired birthday party by sharing the food menu….which, I think, has the perfect touch of “nautical nonsense.”

The party took place during a hot day in the middle of July, so although I originally wanted to offer a variety of seafood, I decided to offer food that wouldn’t spoil as easily. To keep with our theme, I gave each food option a fun Little Mermaid-inspired name.

Lunch Menu

  • Ariel’s Seashell Pasta
  • Under The Sea Sub Sandwiches
  • Skuttle’s Starfish Salad – red grapes, strawberries, blueberries and watermelon. Star-shaped cookie cutters were used to transform our watermelon into Starfish.

Skuttles Starfish Salad ~ Little Mermaid themed food

  • Sea Salt Chips
  • Pirate Booty snack bags

Little Mermaid Party Food

  • Sebastian’s Jumpin’ Jellyfish Sandwiches (Again, I simply used cookie cutters to make the shaped sandwiches.)

Little Mermaid Party Food


I offered the typical non-alcohol beverages- milk, grape juice, water and a variety of sodas. There was one themed drink- Flounder’s Blue Ocean (Blue Hawaiian Punch and Sprite.) I saw variations of this type of blue drink all over Pinterest, so I thought I’d try it.  It was a big success with the kids!

Little Mermaid Party Drinks


For the treat table I kept with the party’s color scheme of a variety of blues, greens and white when choosing treats that complemented our theme. Little Mermaid inspired treat table

Here’s a rundown of the treats available to the party guests:

  • Raspberry and Grape Salt Water Taffy
  • Gummi Blue Raspberry Rings
  • Shimmer White Gumballs
  • Blue and Purple rock candy sticks
  • Oyster Cookies

Little Mermaid inspired Treat

I used S-shaped store purchased cookies to make the Oyster-like cookies. Each S-shaped cookie I snapped in half, which I then connected the two halves with icing and placed a white Sixlet in the center as if it was a pearl.

Little Mermaid Inspired Food

  • Green Apple Licorice
  • Turquoise Wegmans Gems (M&M look-a-likes but cheaper)
  • Clam Shell Lollipops by Etsy Shop Candied Cakes

Little Mermaid Party Food

Last, but not least, is Victoria’s requested “Mermaid” cake.  Per her (everyday for a month) request, she wanted a Mermaid cake- “chocolate on the inside, green on the outside.” A bit less dramatic than I wanted, but Wegman’s bakery department did exactly as she wanted and Victoria was happy. That alone made the entire day perfect for me!

Thanks for visiting the Mouse Ears Mom blog today.  If you’re planning a Little Mermaid-inspired party, stop by the blog next week for a closer look at the vanilla beach and Ariel-inspired cupcakes I made to go with her chocolate cake.  The post will include a simple three step tutorial too! I promise it’s just a few simple additions to an average cupcake and… YUM!!!

Until then, I hope your days are MAGICAL!

101 Dalmatians Inspired Treats

Happy 54th Anniversary Walt Disney’s 101 Dalmatians!

Last night my family and I celebrated this classic family friendly movie during our weekend moving night. Watching fashion-forward Cruella and the adorable spotted puppies, on their wild adventure through London, brought so many smiles and laughs (some of them full belly, I might add) that it’s hard to believe this film was release to theaters over five decades ago!

Of course, with every Disney themed movie night, one MUST have character-inspired treats! Should we go Villain or Hero?

Cruella de Vil cupcake

These Cruella de Vil and her captured puppies cupcakes are super simple to make and I think, look fantastic!  Want to see how I created Cruella’s infamous hair? You can find my tutorial here.

Here’s a healthier alternative to cupcakes and they pay tribute to Dalmatian heroes, Pongo and Perdita! Dalmatian Tails (white chocolate covered bananas) are so easy to make!

101 Dalmatians Tails

To make this tail-waging treat, you need these three ingredients:

  • Bananas
  • White chocolate melts
  • Candy sticks

Dalmation inspired treats

  1. Cut your bananas in half and insert sticks in the bottom.
  2. Place the bananas on a wax-lined cookie sheet.
  3. Put the cookie sheet with bananas in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
  4. Melt your white chocolate in a shallow pan that you can roll your banana in or a deep enough cup that you can dip the entire banana directly into cup.
  5. Take the bananas out of the freezer and dip or roll each one in the bananas in the melted chocolate until their covered.
  6. Place them back on the wax-lined cookie sheet and place them in the refrigerator until the chocolate hardens.
  7. Enjoy! If you’re not ready to eat them, keep the “Dalmatian Tails” in an air-tight container in the refrigerator until later that day.

Have you watched Walt Disney’s 101 Dalmatians with your family? Why not pull the DVD out this afternoon, whip up a batch of “Dalmatian Tails” and enjoy the movie!

You have to admit, Cruella sure looks great for 54!

DIY: Winnie-the-Pooh Inspired HUNNY Pot Cupcakes

Hunnyt Pot Cupcakes

 Today’s National Winnie-the-Pooh Day!

On January 18th, in the year 1882, A.A. Milne, the creator of our beloved “Silly Old Bear” was born. Across The United States, we honor his birthday as a celebration of his most cherished character, Winnie-the-Pooh.

Is there a better way to do that than with a “Smackeral” of HUNNY Pot Cupcakes?

This weekend the kids and I are watching a few of our favorite Winnie-the-Pooh movies (Pooh’s Heffalump Movie is my personal favorite!) and celebrating his birthday with not just any old piece of cake. Victoria and I baked Honey Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting!  Sounds yummy, doesn’t it? The recipe is by Lauren Kapeluck and can be found on The Cake  Here’s a link to take you directly to her recipe for both the cupcakes and the frosting!

Honey Cupcake Recipe

With any good party, you need to have a fun activity! The kids and I made “HUNNY” pot cupcake wrappers to give the special treats a proper presentation.

I came up with the idea to make them with Victoria (my 3 years old daughter) while her big brother, Gavin (7 years old) was at school.  I was thrilled when he came home, saw what we were doing and wanted to make a few cupcake wrappers too! Being a “big” school boy now, I wasn’t sure how our latest theme for family weekend movie night would go over. Surprisingly, he enjoyed it as much as his baby sister!

 Here’s a template for you to design your own “HUNNY” pot cupcake wrappers with your children!

blank cupcake wrap template

Cupcake Toppers

Stacy, the author of the Fancy Shanty blog, created the adorable cupcake toppers we used on top of our cupcakes.  She has a full line of free Winnie-the-Pooh party printables that are PERFECT for any Pooh Bear party!  Visit her blog to check out the adorable movie tickets, banners, cupcake toppers and honey pots!  Here’s the link to her printables:

Fancy Shanty’s Pooh Printables

Hunny Pot Cupcakes

Before you run off to start baking your own honey cupcakes and planning an adventurous day full of smackerals and such, I’ll leave you with a bit of wisdom from our friend, Pooh.

“When you go after honey with a balloon, the great thing is not to let the bees know you’re coming.” – Winnie the Pooh

Happy National Winnie-the-Pooh Day Everyone!

Our #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate was Regal!

#DisneyKids Preschool Playdate

We’re always ready for a Disney Party. So, when the Disney Parks Team and MomSelect asked if our family would like to host a #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate, we said, “YES PLEASE!”

A few weeks later, Disney Parks and MomSelect sent a magical box in the mail with the following wonderful products for me to share with our playdate guests.  Although I didn’t pay for the items, my thoughts and opinions shared with you are my own.

Check the fun stuff out!

#DisneyKids Preschool Playdate

And there was more!

#DisneyKids Preschool Playdate

Talk about exciting! After exploring through the box of supplies, I got to work planning our playdate! I started with the food!  If I was going to have a house full of young children, I must have snacks!

#DisneyKids Preschool Playdate

My supply box gave the kids Disney Princess Fruit Snacks, Cliff Kids Protein Bars and Crunchmaster Cheezy Crisps to get the snack table started.  Since the décor items given to me were mostly Sophia the First themed, I decided to go with a princess theme.  I added Sofia the First amulet grapes and royal donut puffs to complete our snack table. (I have to say that I saw not only kids, but adults, snacking on the Crunchmaster Cheezy Crisps. They were surprisingly really good!)

Since we had our Disney Kids Playdate in the afternoon, I supplied lunch for our friends and their parents.  We went with Disney’s suggestion and made Sofia’s Seashell Mac and Cheese.  The pot was emptied without a shell left behind!

Partying like Princes and Princesses

We invited twelve little princes and princesses to attend our royal event.  However, we ended up with eight royals ready to have fun.  The Disney Parks Team and MomSelect sent me pages of fun activities to do with the children.  So many that the day few by!

#DisneyKids Preschool PlaydatePrincesses started their fun with a bit of Disney Junior coloring and quickly moved on to Twirling Tiaras. (Freeze dance to Sofia the First music with the girls wearing paper tiaras on their heads.) Then the boys joined the girls in making Disney Junior Straw Banners, followed by a serious round of Disney Side Bingo! I was surprised how many of the Disney locations the kids knew!

Disney Kids Preschool Playdate

After bingo ended, we moved on to Bauble Bites!

Using Fruit Loops for jewels and licorice laces, fabulous AND delicious necklaces were created!

DisneyKids Preschool Playdate

All of the activities made our Disney Kids Preschool Playdate time fly by!

Before leaving everyone chatted while watching a Disney Vacation Planning DVD.  It was fun to talk about our previous vacations and discuss upcoming vacations.  Half of the families at the playdate had previously vacationed at Walt Disney World with their children and the other half had yet to go. I loved being able to “talk Disney” with the moms and it was a wonderful seeing all of the children playing together throughout the day.

Disney Kids Playdate

      These pretty princesses had a wonderful time at their Disney Kids Preschool Playdate! Thank you Disney Parks and MomSelect!