Prepping To Make A Cupcake Tower

I’ve been catching up this week on house and work and stocking up for my next project for an open house in Pasadena this weekend.  I was asked to bring chocolate cupcakes.  If you’ve been reading my blog this summer you know we got quite a bit of mileage out of our OC and LA County Fair wins with the chocolate cake recipe but for this special get together I have an idea in mind for something more spectacular and showy.

I began my hunt for everything I needed.. 

…Silk fall foliage picks, gold foil, gold covered boards, colored fondant, pumpkin plunger, mini cupcake papers (although I might go gold foil instead), ridiculously large gold dragees which I thought were banned in Cali…. hmmm….


… and tall towers of styrofoam.


I could have gone to Michaels or JoAnne’s for some of my supplies but I drove much farther to my Happiest Place On Earth – Shinoda!  (angels sing)

“Shinoda Design Center is a wholesale floral supply center.  If you have a resale license, business license, documentation with proof of Federal EIN, or you represent a school, charitable organization, or non-profit organization, you can apply to become a member.”


This picture is just a small corner of happiness.  It’s a warehouse of wonder!  Aisles upon aisles of floral supplies and silks, baskets, vases, candles, lights, trees, cello products, packing materials, etc. and the ribbon!  Ribbon is definitely a weakness of mine.

I love this place so much I feel like offering field trips for those who don’t have a wholesale card just to share the Shinoda love!  Anyone want to go? 

What is also great about having a Shinoda card is that you can use it next door at the OC Flower Mart.  That would be on my fantasy field trip too.

I’ve always wanted a pink flocked tree.  My idea has been vetoed by three men for the past few years.  Now with two only coming home for school breaks and the third wanting a happy wife, I feel the vote is definitely in my favor.  This may be my year!


On Monday I’ll have a post of the open house cupcake project.  It would be wonderful for any entertaining venue or even to cap off your special holiday dinners. 

In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend, friends!

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  1. Omg …..I would be in heaven going to that place…love that kind of stuff….
    I hope you get your pink tree!

  2. Oh Kathy, it is worth using up all your flying miles for! 🙂 I grab a cup of coffee on the way in, walk around where inspiration drips off every over the top display and emerge a couple hours later totally and creatively refreshed and raring to go. You would love it.

  3. My mom would love this place!! She decorates 2 tables every year at a sold-out Christmas Tea at her church. Her tables are fabulous and planned for months before! She would be in heaven. She’s the party thrower/luncheon hoster of the family. Have a good weekend!

  4. **Cheryl Raises her hand and furiously waves it in the air** “I wanna go on the field trip!! Come on sis…invite MEEEEEEEE

  5. D. (sea of blue) – Your mom should enter a table setting at her county fair. Some of those tables are incredible and it sounds like something that might interest her for fun. 🙂

    Cheryl – Anytime sis! Pick a Saturday. Bring your other sis and niece-in-law and we’ll make a morning or afternoon of it. 🙂

  6. If that were near me, I would be broke. Holy cow, what a wonderful place!

  7. Carole says:

    Yeppers we have to go this trip Sis. My inventory is low 🙁 Terry will be quite pleased 😉

  8. Looking forward to seeing what you are up to…Leigh

  9. Anonymous says:

    This made me smile remembering my mom’s yearly foray to — was it called “Stats”? I have no idea where it was but I remember bolts of ribbon and wrapping paper, etc.

  10. I would go nuts in a place like that…..just lock the door and keep me in there for 24 hours and I am good…all my senses come alive in a place like that, fun fun fun!!
    Cannot wait to see what you do!

  11. Wow. I want to go. What a awesome place and I too can’t wait to see what you do! Be blessed.

  12. Oh! I just love that tree!

  13. I would love to wonder around in all that glory. Not to crafty but of so wish that I were.
    You go girl and get your pink tree..