This past fourth of July I was in charge of bringing some desserts for our family’s cook out! I had seen this idea on pinterest months ago and knew I wanted to try it!
These Hot Dog Sugar Cookies would be perfect for a summer backyard cook out
or a baseball party or shower theme! They are just really fun and festive.
Ben was counting down till the #pinterestfail moment to happen with this one…
Which..yes… it happened. haha.
These look nothing like the photo I saw on pinterest. I think it’s because I used store bought sugar cookie dough instead of making from scratch.
Mine ended up much flatter and longer than the image I saw.
But I was happy with how they ended up! And they were EASY and
FAST to make. Which was perfect because
I had no time and little fireworks crazed kids at my ankles.
HOT DOG SUGAR COOKIES
STEP ONE - make the dough and form little “bun” looking
cookies with an indent for the hot dog
STEP TWO – add some red food coloring to a portion of the
sugar cookie dough to make the hot dogs.
STEP THREE – Form red dough into hot dogs and place on the buns!
STEP FOUR – use a knife to draw lines at the end of the hot dogs
for the casing. It just looks more real.
STEP FOUR – Bake as directed, but keep an eye on them
so they don’t go too brown, also if they flatten out, like they did for me…. just pull them out and use a knife to smoosh the sides back into each other to form the bun again.
I did that a couple times and it ended up being fine!
NOT like the pictures I saw on pinterest..but this is how it worked for me and a bag of store bought cookie dough. It works but you have to smoosh them back together occasionally so they harden in that shape. (even after you pull them out of the oven)
STEP FIVE – Once the cookies cool down, use yellow frosting to add some mustard to your cookies. You could also use coconut for onions and red icing for ketchup!
I used the cake mate icing tube from the grocery store instead of making my own (saved time and dirty dishes) and put on one of my decorating tips to get the size I wanted.
Tag me on instagram if you ever end up making these!!
would love to see :)
The little cousins loved them but so did the adults!
HAVE FUN AND ENJOY!
This has to be one of my favorite DIY Projects I’ve done!
From start to finish it was so fun creating these Faux Birch Stands!
I made them out of Cement Tubes… and used them as stands for my dessert table!
I had seen similar items to purchase…but I wanted a grouping and my budget was slim to none..so it was the perfect opportunity to do it myself!
Here’s how I MADE them..and at the end of the post see how I USED them!
FAUX BIRCH STANDS SUPPLIES:
Cement Tube (Home Improvement Store)
Wood Glue (Home Improvement Store)
Liquitex Acrylic Gesso Paint (Craft Store)
Brown Acrylic Paint (Craft Store)
3 Paper Plates
Cardboard box (I always have some somewhere…
but you can get free ones from your dollar tree!
ask and you shall receive.. most of the time. ;)
Little Paint Brush
2 Little Foam Brushs
Pencil. OR crayon if you have kids and hide all sharp things like me.
–First things first…gather supplies. set up a work space.
–Take your cement tube roll that you awkwardly carried through the home improvement store while pushing a stroller and directing children.
and Figure out the heights of stands you want..I knew I wanted 5 different stands…
so I marked the tube accordingly.
–Get your handy man husband to use his muscled and cut the cement tube (it’s a sturdy cardboard?) using the box cutter. make sure no fingers are lost. because a trip to the ER will only delay the fun painting part that is coming up…
and the losing a finger thing. that would be painful too.
–Next you need to create the tops of your stands.
Place your cut cement tube piece onto a piece of cardboard (I used part of a cardboard box I had) and trace with a crayon/pencil whatever
(wow just noticed how nasty that crayon looks below…
nice smoosh of play dough on it. lovely. only the best props for my blog photos. ;)
ANYWAYS…. trace it… then I’m pretty sure I just used the wood glue to attach the lid to the tube. I can’t remember! But if that doesn’t stick enough use regular glue…hot glue…
just GLUE it.
REPEAT. create all your little stands and if arrange how you think you might use them.. you can always trim them down a bit with the box cutters to get the right heights!
This is one of my favorite parts…
Now you need to get a paper plate..and squirt a little bit of the Acrylic Gesso Paint…
tear up a few shreds of toilet paper.. mix together with your foam brush.
keep adding and mixing till you get the right consistency.
Pretty gross looking and feeling… smoosh it against the sides of the tubing…
You are trying to create knots and texture for your faux birch!
The sloppier the better usually. don’t do each knot the same.
Your kids watching you might think you are crazy AND awesome.
Next take another paper plate and squirt some of the Acrylic Gesso.
Paint your stands..and know your brush strokes add to the texture of your faux birch…
so play with that a little when you brush! have fun and cover completely.
**If you want, you could use caulk to fill in the edges around the lid…
or push in more of the paint. I didn’t mind the texture!**
Let the white dry.
Next squirt a little of the brown acrylic paint onto a paper plate.
Use the tip of your foam brush to swipe on little brown lines…
At first I was nervous I was going to wreck it completely….but then I started getting the hang of it and it came together! Just take a step back, occasionally, and see what you think! add more or stop and let dry.
I wasn’t patient enough to wait for it to dry…
I just was very careful didn’t touch the sides while I painted the top.
I used my paper plate with the brown paint on it..and squirted a little of the white acrylic gesso paint and mixed to get the right color.
Then painted the tops of my faux birch stands. Done!
On the map of Once Upon A Time Land, which we sent out in the POP-UP INVITE, I showed a Cookie Forest..so of course We HAD to have the stands be trees!! My girls loved it.
and we all devoured the cookies. (which they loved seeing mounded up at easy access ;)
Then I pulled them out again to add some levels to
It was the perfect touch to our spooky kid friendly Halloween Party.
Would love to see how you use your DIY Faux Birch Stands!
Tag me if you post photos on Instagram @thebusybudgetingmama
I’m so excited to share Sophie and Sienna’s Vintage Circus Birthday Party!!
It was really fun creating this..full of DIY projects and special details.
I love my girls so much.. and I love making their day extra special.
When they walked into the space before their party, they squealedddddd and
ran arounddd cheering “partyyy dayyy party dayyy!”
I love it. I love them.
WARNING: PHOTO OVERLOAD. (this is edited down…)
Happy to share the details of their party..
Enjoy looking around and thanks for visiting. :)
I created it in photoshop..and added some fun extra details to make it special!
(invite details in post linked above)
Planning A Dessert Table is so fun!
I used dishes and white linens that I already owned.
I purchased burlap from Hobby Lobby’s clearance bin for CHEAP
because it had a couple holes…Perfect as a table runner!
upside IKEA vases to hold my lollipop towers.
(foam cones from hobby lobby spray painted yellow with ribbon hot glued around bottom)
I chose treats that my girls love. I cooked NOTHING but the popcorn.
My friend Kate and I made a variety of Homemade Popcorn recipes. (recipes linked below)
We are both pregnant. and we enjoyed taste testing the variety..
and so did the husbands who stopped over after their fantasy football draft. ;)
The grocery store balloon girl didn’t want to blow them up very big.. love them anyways!
I had the S letter for the past year (From JoAnns) and spray painted yellow the night before.
The Fabric Backdrop is my favorite part.
I bought the CHEAP fabric that is used for linings.. 2 or so bucks a yard..
and then used a coupon. Just tore 1-2 inch pieces and tied them to an old curtain rod I had.
Draped some leftover fabric over the top to cover the rod and mimic a circus tent
I created printables in Photoshop to label the different treats.
(not all. I feel silly labeling things that are kinda obvious..)
LOVED making the Lion Cupcakes with the Pipe Cleaner Rings of fire!
I did a lot of pricing out of the animals. Ended up getting a huge pack from Party City for $9.99
(hubby twisted the red and yellow pipe cleaners together one night. nice job babe.)
I made some strongman dumbells with vintage candy sticks from Party City and Large Marshmallows. The girls LOVED them. (they only wanted the marshmallows. haha)
And because I know my girls love marshmallows..
I put out a bowl of Circus Train Smoke.. aka mini marshmallows. :)
The popcorn jars I’ve collected over the years. all for a bargain.
(stores like tjmaxx or ollie’s or big lots)
letting guests load up on their favorites! I personally LOVED the white chocolate.
Yellow cups were (from party city) for scooping the popcorn..but then I ended up grabbing shovels off the buckets (game area) and they worked better!
A veryyyy talented friend of mine, Colleen, baked up some GORGEOUS and
lovely Circus Sugar Cookies. She is amazing and recently started her own blog! Sugar Aunts.
Colleen shares the same love for motherhood, party planning and DIY projects!
You should check her and her sister’s blog out..tell her I say hi. :)
I filled up a silverware caddy/container from target with candy.
Everyone wants a Prize at the Circus!
I have always wanted to draw a big design on a chalkboard..
By no means are the stripes lined up right..but I love it! haha.
We had grabbed up 2 of these huge ones from the “Trash” (One is in our playroom)
I found that amazing frame at Hobby Lobby half off.. had to grab it.
The basket (from my bathroom shelf) is filled with flowers from Trader Joes
(love their selection and price!)
I printed out another matching photo and framed in one of our IKEA frames from the girls’ room.. propped up with frame holders that were dusty in the basement.
I created Fun Containers for the prizes using Dollar Store animals and Plastic Containers.
I just hot glued the animals to the lids..and spray painted them yellow!
(Plan on using in their play room for small toys/craft supplies)
(The prizes were found at different places.. Oriental Trading, Dollar Store, Party City..)
(Filled Dollar store Snack size ziploc bags with different things and stapled the treat bags to them.)
I like filling some with toys for the bigger kids..
and then the Zoo Cookies for the little ones. (from Bottom Dollar-amazing cookies!! and so cute. ;)
A Circus needs a Tent..
and Fun Things to do!
I have created a streamer canopy for a few events.. But I love how much easier and quicker this version comes together. I used 2 colors of Plastic Table Cloth Rolls bought at Party City.
You could DEFINITELY get away with just 1.. but I wanted the alternating colors.. and also used them for the tables. (I have a ton leftover..)
the girls loved handing out the tickets to their guests! (from party city)
So I used one of them to create a photo cut out. one of my favorite things from the entire party!
I pencil drew a design..then filled in with acrylic paint from JoAnns.
I think the adults liked this almost as much as the kids. Excuse my lion..he is a little pudgy. ;)
We had face painting..and Tattoos.. they were a HIT.
I would like to thank the bounce house for the 3.5 hour nap my girls took after the party.
Let them eat Cake! and cry!
Sienna was not a fan of everyone looking and singing to her on this occasion..
She got so shy she cried! And of course the husband is saying “take photos this will be funny later!”………. haha. She ended up calming down once she blew the candles out.
Cake makes everything better. and presents. :)
They were blessed with so many gifts from their sweet friends!
Hot glued rope from Hobby Lobby to Dollar store cups. Circus tent rope..get it?..get it?
Sweet little Cakes from our Giant Eagle Bakery… Delish. $7.. awesome.
Back to Basics! Pizza and drinks.
I usually offer a bigger spread when it comes to the food..
But I wanted to go simple and easy. and everyone loves pizza!
I know a lot of people do hot dogs for a circus party..but I am one of those crazy moms who cuts up hot dogs into tiny tiny tiny pieces before my kids can eat it…so..not so fun.
I found those two stackable drink containers at target for $2.35 or something crazy like that!
Filled them with fruit punch and lemonade.
We also had a big bowl full of ice and soda/water bottles.
Striped Tray I already owned..from Target.
We took some photos the other day in the back yard to use for thank you cards..
Going to make something up in photoshop with space for them to color. :)
The girls wore their target ballet outfits..(gifted from the Easter Bunny)
and for the photos they put on their tulle tutus that I made (tutorial here)
Thanks for checking out My Girls’ Vintage Circus Birthday Party!
It was really fun putting it together..and even more fun seeing the smiles on my girls’ faces.
Sienna asked the next day if we could have another party day.
I told her 365 days and Yes. we will party it up. ;)
The actual party we have will be having next is when we welcome
this little baby #3 to the family in november!!
I’ve realized that I love a challenge..
I feel like whenever I’m planning a party and I go to the dollar store, I’m on one of those design competition shows where they have to create something out
of only the items at a particular store..
my store of choice…the dollar tree.
DIY cheapness is there just waiting for you!
This is a 2 and 4 yr old birthday party..not a wedding..
so little cheapo party touches like this work perfect.
CIRCUS TENT ROPE VASE
1 Three pack of White Plastic Cups….Dollar Store
Rope…. (Dollar store has some regular and colored ones..
but I had already grabbed this at Hobby Lobby.)
Leftover Frog Tape
Hot glue rope to bottom of cup.. keep hot glueing spots and pressing rope to it..once you get a good base going you can wrap more and hot glue less. it’s up to you. just make it feel sturdy..and keep pushing the rope down so that it stays close together.
I love the idea of using this rope throughout the party to signify the rope that holds up the circus tent… I also have touches of burlap. the color scheme all together is sooo cute. :)
Going to fill these little diy vases with some cute flowers like hydrangeas or sunflowers..
I have some similar looking rectangular woven baskets that I use in our bathroom shelving
that I’m also going to use to hold flowers. will just put 2 glasses
in their to hold the flowers..they’ll be hidden anyways!
1 Three pack of White Plastic Cups….Dollar Store
Leftover Frog Tape
Tape off the design you want. Use a box cuter to trip top of cup.
Spray paint. Peel off tape gently and done!
Going to put on cute little school desk I already have that I spray painted pink
and have a basket of yellow bean bags from my husband’s bago game.
Sienna is going to LOVE this… today I caught her taking a toy…
saying “3..4..go” and throwing it across the room..
only to go pick it up, go back..and repeat.
this game is right up heir aisle.
Lots of fun details coming together for the girls’ party this weekend!
And that oh so exciting post that starts
with IK and ends with EA is coming before the weekend as well..