Celebrate spring with a Spring It On party!

Ahh, the first day of spring is here!  It’s been a long winter so it’s time to celebrate the change of seasons!

While my hubby and kids were away at work and school today, I set up our first annual Spring It On celebration.  I love to plan surprises for them, and I’m so happy to have time for it now that I’m a stay-at-home mom.

I started by making a quick spring banner for our living room fireplace.  I chose scrapbook paper in three festive designs and cut two circles from each pattern.  For the circles, I traced around my cute little spring candy bowl from the Target dollar spot.

Use a bowl for a circle banner pattern - AMerryMom.com

For the letters, I used my alphabet stencil cards from Hobby Lobby and sponge painted them with Folk Art acrylic paint in metallic peridot.  It seemed like the perfect spring green.  After I hung it from our fireplace mantle on a thin white ribbon, I was happy with the festive touch for the living room.Simple spring banner - AMerryMom.comNext I gathered up the tissue paper pom pom flowers that I made for a birthday party last year.  They match my daughter’s room, so they’ve been hanging from her ceiling.  For today, the spring celebration demanded something fun – and fast – to dress up the dining room.Festive tissue paper pom pom flowers - AMerryMom.comFinally, I made flower cupcakes.  I was inspired by sunflower cupcakes a friend’s daughter made recently.  I’m not an expert decorator, so I wasn’t sure how they would turn out – but I figured if a 14-year-old girl could do it, I could at least try!

I made the cupcakes from a mix and then placed one side of an Oreo in the center of each cupcake when they cooled.  Oreo flower cupcakes - AMerryMom.com

While they were cooling, I whipped up a batch of my favorite buttercream frosting.  I loved the yellow sunflower cupcakes that inspired this dessert, but I didn’t have yellow food coloring on hand so I had to make my frosting flowers pink.  I pulled out my Wilton dessert decorator and attached the leaf tip to make the petals.

Although I’ve had this decorating tool for a long time, I’m still not super handy making the pretty decorating effects with it.  It’s trial and error each time I pull it out.  Plus I didn’t have time to chill the frosting in the refrigerator for long, and it was a little too runny.   My cupcakes were generally identifiable as flowers, but far from perfect!

Oreo pink flower cupcakes - AMerryMom.com

That’s OK.  The cupcakes were yummy anyway.   I’ll just have to try again when I have more time to dedicate for decorating them.

Everyone was happy with the impromptu spring celebration.  I’ve decided to make it an annual event to kick off my favorite season – spring!  Do you have family traditions to welcome spring?

2 thoughts on “Celebrate spring with a Spring It On party!

  1. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    What lovely ideas! The spring bunting is adorable, the decor, festive and the cupcakes look delicious. What a wonderful way to welcome the new season.

    Yay spring! We’ve been waiting for you!

    Wishing you a lovely day.

    1. LisaLisa Post author

      Thanks so much for your kind comment. I’m always happy to welcome spring, but this year’s record-cold winter has given me extra incentive to celebrate!

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