There’s no denying it—everyone loves cupcakes. That’s why a frost-your-own party is a sure crowd-pleaser, whether your crowd is single girlfriends or families with little ones in tow.
To find out how to pull off this sweet event, we tapped Candace Nelson, owner of Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills, California. Steal her party plan—or just use her frosting tips to take your mini cakes to the next level.
Spiced nuts are a healthy and filling treat for grazing while decorating. Put them out in a few small bowls so everyone can reach them.
Display your work Show off cupcakes on a multilevel cake stand like Petit Four Tray ($46; westelm.com). You can also get the effect with a few cake stands of different heights.
Send 'em home in style Transfer cupcakes to sturdy to-go boxes so guests can take their creations with them after the party’s over. Our fave: the half-pound aqua gloss candy box ($1 per box; fancyflours.com).
Dress up even the most basic cupcake with gorgeous wrappers. ($12 for a set of 10; fancyflours.com).
Put them on a pedestal For a more glamorous look, try mirrored stands like a set of Venetian cake pedestals ($75 for a set of 3; fancyflours.com). When the party is over, you can use them to display your jewelry!