Throw a Messy Party!

Throw a Messy Party!

Posted on September 12, 2012

Kids love to get messy! It’s a fact! Well, I recently had an end of summer messy party. The kids were told it was okay to get a little messy…okay really it was encouraged. The kids had a ton of messy activities and foods, but one of the highlights of the party was decorating sugar cookies…messy-style of course!

I think the Zak Designs Paint Collection worked perfectly with the party. Plates, cups, and bowls that look like they are dripping with paint couldn’t be more appropriate for a messy party…don’t you think! The table was set (plastic table cloth to catch all the mess) and we created our own backdrop out of an old sheet and washable paint to look messy. Isn’t that centerpiece adorable too?

The tray was the perfect size to cart all the cookie decorating supplies to the party table. I’ve had smaller trays, but this one is large and fit all the goodies, but wasn’t too big to carry. I am going to share my frosting recipe with you…I just love the versatility of this frosting. I use it on cakes and cookies and it tastes just like a creamsicle.

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Throw a Messy Party! Instructions

orange creamsicle frosting recipe


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 tbls warm water (2-3)
  • 1/2 tsp orange extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 lb confectioners sugar
  • Orange food coloring
  1. Beat together butter, shortening, 1 tbsp of warm water, and extracts until smooth and creamy. Beat in the sugar gradually on a low setting. Scrape sides of bowl as needed.
  2. Mixture will be very thick. After all sugar is incorporated, add 1-2 more tbsp. of warm water and beat at medium/medium-high speed for 1-2 more minutes. Adding more warm water will continue to thin the frosting consistency and bring down the sweetness even more. Add as much as you like to get the appropriate flavor and consistency. Be careful because a little goes a long way. Add orange food coloring until desired color is reached.
  3. The frosting can also be made several days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature, then mix well before using. Leftovers should be refrigerated.

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