Thursday, October 29, 2015

That Thing You Do! Fan Costume

Is there anyone else out there besides me who STILL loves the movie That Thing You Do!? Raise a hand or let out a scream! I first fell in love with this movie when it hit theaters in 1996. I was 11 years old, and was obsessed with it, along with all of my friends. I owned the soundtrack and listened to it on repeat so many times that I think I must have really annoyed my parents. I always tried to do my hair like Liv Tyler's, and knew every line of the movie by heart. There's something really wholesome and sweet about this film that I always loved, and the soundtrack is amazing. (I sing Mr Downtown to myself ALL the time).

I thought it would be fun to add another felt t-shirt DIY to the mix and make a fun little last minute Halloween costume for those of you who would want to pay homage to the best movie of the 90s (in my opinion). 

Just to refresh your memory, this costume idea is based on the scene in the film where the band finds out they're going straight to California to be in a movie and play the Hollywood Television Showcase. "C-c-california?" "Disneyland???" When they walk out of their dressing room to jump into the car that's waiting for them to take them to the airport, a bunch of crazy fans are there, and one is holding a sign that says SHADES with a big heart around it, 'cause we all know, Tom Everett Scott's character, Guy Patterson, was the reason they became famous. So there ya go! From inspiration to real life Halloween costume! 

1) Plain White T-shirt (I found mine at Michael's)
2)Self-Adhesive Letter Stickers (also found at Michael's in the sticker section)
3) Sheets of felt in lime green, raspberry, taxi yellow, and grape (to match the colors of the title in the movie)
4) Hot glue gun + glue
5) Scissors
6) Your favorite accessories - cat eye sunnies, chiffon hair scarf, leggings or capri pants

1) White scrapbooking paper 
2) Pink scrapbooking paper
3) Tape or glue
4) Scissors

This is the simplest DIY in the world! All you have to do is cut out strips of the felt to act as a backing to each of your letters (except for the word THAT which I only used one single piece of felt for). Once you have each square/rectangle cut out, apply your letters directly on to the little squares of felt! Then, hot glue the pieces all down in place, and voila. So easy! I used the DVD cover of the movie as a reference for how I laid the letters out, as they're not totally uniform and straight across. As for the poster board, just cut out a nice big heart (I estimated the size of mine), use glue or tape to stick it down in the middle of your white paper, and add an arrow going through it with a sharpie, and you have your very own Shades fan sign!

 I absolutely loved how the costume turned out. It only cost me around $10-$15 because I already had most of the supplies and outfit accessories!  ** If you make this, be sure to tag circusofcakesxhalloween and tag me @circusofcakes in your posts so I can see your creations!**

Also, don't forget about my sweet DIY Ice Cream Sprinkles tee idea from a few posts back! 

Actual movie poster for reference:


Monday, October 5, 2015

Birthday Cake Caramel Pumpkins + a GIVEAWAY!

One of my favorite things to do when fall comes around is to decorate pumpkins, and ever since I came across this adorable box of birthday cake caramels while browsing at Sugarfina, I thought it would be really fun to paint cute little white pumpkins to look like the caramels, and I'm pretty happy with the results! It's super easy to do, too!


 One medium sized paintbrush, preferably a large area flat brush
Acrylic Paint in your three favorite colors for the confetti, and one tube of white acrylic paint
Small white pumpkins (I purchased 8-10)
A package of small circular foam stamps (I found them in the section where the tie dye stuff is, and they come in all different sizes)

(I purchased all craft supplies from Michael's, and the pumpkins from Trader Joe's


1) Get out your white paint, put some of it into a disposable bowl or if you have a reusable empty paint palette, squirt it in there
2) Take your brush, dip it into the paint, and then cover the whole pumpkin in that white paint, leaving your stems bare. You'll want to do this to all of them, and make sure to get the white paint completely covering each one, getting as close to the bottom as possible.
3) Let the pumpkins dry overnight.
4) When they're all dry, start stamping on your confetti! There's no special order to it. You can make the colors as random as possible and they can be placed in any spot! I made some of mine overlap, just how real confetti would look if it was thrown around.

And that's it! Acrylic Paint dries really fast, and also washes off with water while still wet, so be wary of that. 

Now, for the fun part... I'm giving away a box of these yummy Sugarfina Birthday Cake Caramels to three lucky people! Just head on over to my Instagram page to enter (@circusofcakes). Yay! GOOD LUCK!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Frocktail Party! with Unique Vintage

For those who know me, it should come as no surprise that I love a good pink frilly dress, and I love a good girly drink! I recently attended a party where cake batter martini's were served, and I fell in L-O-V-E. I knew I would have to re-create them for my Frocktail party (like the name? I'm kind of obsessed) that you're about to see here, and it's pretty amazing, you guys.

Now ladies and gentleman, may I present to you the cutest cocktail dress in the entire world, the Iconic by UV Dandridge Dress! What I love most about it is that it's the perfect 1950s silhouette and makes me feel ultra feminine and girly, and it can be dressed up or down. I'm a sucker for flats, but you can also wear some pretty kitten heels with it, or even some converse lace-ups for a Lily Allen-inspired laid back look.

When Unique Vintage asked me to create a drink inspired by one of their UV Brand dresses, I jumped at the opportunity! Once I laid my eyes on the dress, instantly I thought about that cake batter martini, and off I went to pick out all of the ingredients at my local liquor store. It' SO easy to make and tastes like a slice of cake! The pink dress + sprinkled cake drink combo are a match made in heaven, don't you think? Read below for more goodness and a link for where you can buy a Dandridge dress for yourself!

(makes one drink)

1) Pinnacle Cake Vodka (1/4 oz)
2) Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur (1/2 oz)
3) Amaretto (1/2 oz)
4) Creme De Cocoa (1/4 oz)
5) Heavy Whipping Cream (1 oz)
6) Sprinkles (I used rainbow jimmies)

Wet the rim of your martini glass (I just used water, but you could use lemon juice as well). Dump a bunch of sprinkles on a plate, and roll the rim of the glass around the sprinkles until they all stick to it. Add a small amount of sprinkles to the bottom of your empty martini glass. Then add all ingredients into your favorite cocktail shaker with a couple handfuls of ice. Shake and pour into your martini glass. Top with more sprinkles!

::Outfit Details::

Cupcakes provided by Goodie Girls Cupcakery
Shoes (Gilda in Blue) by Bait Footwear
Photos taken by my amazing friend Amy of A Fashion Nerd
Art Direction & Styling by me

*Unique Vintage specializes in vintage dresses*