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Sunday, September 20, 2015

PROGRAM: Fall Line-up--Book Battle, Cupcake Edition

This past Saturday was our first attempt at "Cupcake Wars." It went really well.  Based on feedback from others who had done a similar program, we tried to go into the event with plenty of materials and be as organized as possible.

The event lasted an hour and a half.  We set up prior to this--several tables for the edible supplies and a table for the display construction materials. My advice is to over plan - make sure you have too much rather than too little.  We made 48 cupcakes and had nearly every candy imaginable.  *Note, make extra icing, we nearly ran out!*
These amazing creations were made by my co-worker, Lori.
Teens arrived and we explained the rules: thou shall be kind, share materials and keep messes to a minimum. Time was divided as such:

Round 1

Working as an individual--You have 20 minutes to create a cupcake design based on a classic picture book. Pick from these: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Good Night Moon, Green Eggs & Ham, The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, The Giving Tree, Corduroy, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Paddington, Pete the Cat.

Here are a few creations!
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
The Lorax
Goodnight Moon
Green Eggs & Ham
Green Eggs & Ham
Horton Hears a Who
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Round 2

Part 1:  Working in groups of 2-4--You have 30 minutes to create a cupcake design based on one of these classic or popular titles/authors:  a classic fairy tale, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Divergent, the Lunar Chronicles, Percy Jackson or other Rick Riordan, Jonathan Maberry, John Green, Erin Hunter, Cassandra Clare, Sarah Dessen and more!

Part 2: You must also create a display for your cupcakes using the provided materials.  Be creative and highlight your cupcake masterpieces!

Teens out did themselves here, check these out!

Alice in Wonderland
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Harry Potter
Percy Jackson series

Round 3
Working as an individual or in pairs—You have 20 minutes to create a cupcake of your favorite book. 

How to Train Your Dragon
Romeo & Juliet
The Secret Garden
'The Tell Tale Heart'

We didn't pick winners per se, because I hate to leave anyone out based solely on ability.  Instead, I made individualized certificates and wrote in 'best' achievements (i.e. most elegant elephant; I'm not lying, best lion; best 'stache', and so on).

The teens and staff had tons of fun.  I'd definitely do it again and am already thinking of the next theme--video games?

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