Mother's Day Gift {project fail}

I hope you all had a very nice Mother's day!  Mine started off with my son and daughter taking me for brunch, followed by several glorious hours relaxing in the sunshine in our back yard.

My post today was going to be about sharing my beautifully handcrafted Mother's Day gift.  For days prior to making it I had imagined that it was going to be the gift that my Mom, her nurses, and my siblings would all ooh and aah over and gush about how I'd outdone myself. post today is about my Mother's Day Gift Fail.  There's a reason I'm a DIY Blogger and not a Foodie!  What was I thinking (insert head banging against the wall).  To make matters worse I didn't start my gift until the evening before Mother's Day...after the stores closed (insert more head banging).

Mother's Day Cupcake Bouquet

Mom suffers from Alzheimer's - she may have lost a good chunk of her memory but she didn't loose her sweet tooth so thankfully all she saw was cupcakes and so it was all good in her eyes!

Knowing how lousy I am in the kitchen I took the no fail approach.

Mother's Day Cupcake Bouquet supplies

What I didn't realize is that one tube of ready made icing would barely cover two cupcakes and I was making six!  Hence the reason for skimping on the icing.

Thank you Duncan Hines - your red velvet cake mix worked perfectly.  For those of you who counted, someone had to make sure they were cooked in the middle!

Mother's Day Cupcake Bouquet

The whole idea of a cupcake bouquet stemmed (pun intended) from wanting to buy Mom a tall vase for Mother's Day.  On her birthday in March we discovered she didn't have one and borrowed took a water pitcher from the dining room at the long term care facility she lives in. Now I could have gifted her with the vase filled with flowers but that just seemed too "typical" and so this crazy idea was born.

After a failed attempt at stabbing wooden skewers into the cupcakes and sticking them into the vase, Mr. Frugalista came up with the idea of using the plastic packaging the edible flowers came in to hold up the cupcakes.   See how we wrapped the skewers with green painters tape to pretty up the stems?  Genius right!

Mother's Day Cupcake Bouquet

Worked like a charm!  In case you're thinking "whoa she has hairy arms", Mr. Frugalista volunteered to be my hand model.

Mother's Day Cupcake Bouquet

With only six cupcakes there were a lot of voids in the bouquet and I had no more icing to add a few more into the mix.  So we pulled a McIver and made paper roses with some cupcake liners and taped them onto wooden skewers.  Ooops, that one got squished.

And there you have it, the Mother's Day Cupcake Bouquet that looks like something a child made but thankfully tasted good so Mom didn't notice.

Mother's Day Cupcake Bouquet

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