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Happy weekend, and welcome to Friday Finds! Today it's all about holiday hostess gifts. It about the time when you may have several seasonal parties and functions to attend, and you should never show up empty-handed. The best hostess gift should be something just for the hostess that he or she can use at a later time, either for entertaining or just for themselves. Just because you may have been assigned a side dish or drinks, you should still being along a special hostess gift.

A hostess gift doesn't need to cost a lot. They can range anywhere from $10-$25, and really should be on average $20. There are so many appropriate options in this price range - anything from a set of tea towels to a cookbook, or something gourmet, or even a little bath and body gift. If you need a hostess gift for a party or dinner this holiday season, you can't go wrong with one of the picks below.


This first one is my favorite, because it's a versatile multi-use item, and it's so chic. …

DIY Heart Cupcake Toppers


These love-themed cupcake topper candies are perfect for Valentine's Day or any heart-themed event. They'd also be a sweet addition to a wedding or anniversary menu. While they look very professional, I assure you they're so easy. If you know how to draw a heart, you can make these edible heart cupcake toppers. The pearl hearts are a little more advanced but worth a try.

INGREDIENTS:

Step1: Melt the candy melts in the microwave according to the directions on the package. Stir until smooth and pour it into a Wilton Set of 2 6-Ounce Mini Melting Decorating Squeeze Bottle. Use a funnel if you have one.

Step 2: Set wax paper flat your counter and use the squeeze bottle to make a heart outline. As you can see, my first attempt was not a success. You can leave some of the hearts open in the middle and fill some all the way in. Let the heart set at room temperature for a few minutes until completely hard.

Step 3: Lift up the wax paper and peel the hearts off.

Step 4: To make the pearl-coated candy heart, sprinkle on the Wilton pearl sprinkles right after you draw the candy heart. It does take a little effort to get the pearls sprinkles all the way around the edge. You have to kind of gently push them into place with your fingertip or a toothpick. To make the X and O, simply draw the letters. You could use other words like "love".

**If you aren't confidant in your free-hand skills, use a black marker to write the letters or hearts on a white piece of paper then layer it underneath the wax paper. The designs will show through so you can trace them more easily than doing it all freehand.



 
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  1. Hi ~ this is something I have been trying at home with various chocolates & candies & things ~ question! How long do these candy melts hold up? Do they stay in their shape & even stand up on a cupcake?

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    1. Oh so sorry I missed this comment! Both the candy melts and chocolate hold up just fine on top of cupcakes and cakes. Once it's set, just like if you were to put a store-bought piece of chocolate on top of a dessert, it would hold up very well and could be made a few days in advance. The frosting in the photos above is very thick. If you had a very light and fluffy frosting, it may have a hard time supporting heavier pieces.

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  2. Hi I was wondering what cupcake pan do you use?
    also are your cupcake liners standard or standard but tall?

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  3. Hi I was wondering what cupcake pan do you use?
    also are your cupcake liners standard or standard but tall?

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