For my son's birthday, I decided to take an easier approach to the cake this year, so I went with cupcakes.
A while back, my sister went to New York and brought me back this cupcake book, Hello, Cupcake. It has a lot of creative ideas decorating cupcakes with candy. I picked what looked like one of the easiest designs in the book which I thought was well suited for a two year old. Now, I'm not much of a candy person --OK, I'm not a candy person at all, so I had a bit of a time just locating the three or four different candies needed for the alligator cupcakes. In fact the Newman's Own Alphabet cookies were the hardest to find. But I finally tracked it all down and I was pretty happy with how it turned out.
Sadly, since I'm only running at half brain power these days, I forgot to put the teeth on. But I was quite pleased with myself that I happened to have a piece of brown linen fabric which I quickly sewed the edges on and some fresh lily flowers from our little pond in the back yard. I even had green napkins on hand. I can't help my excitement over the little things as this never happens to me. Usually, it's several trips to the store, collecting one item at a time.
I would definitely recommend this book for some fun cupcake ideas, although most of the other designs look quite a bit more involved. It would probably be a really fun activity for kids too.