Unique Cakes and Party for your Child’s Next Birthday

Sick of the same old birthday cake for your child’s birthday party? We found some great ideas from Martha Stewart for incredibly adorable birthday cakes for your child’s birthday this year.

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Banana Split Cake. The combination of ice cream and cake is sure to be a favorite with this imitation of a favorite childhood treat.

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Polka-Dot Cake. This fun, colorful cake is filled with orange marmalade but can be replaced with lemon zest or other types of jams!

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Chocolate Walk of Fame. With your child’s very own hand imprints, this cake is perfect for a Hollywood themed party.

Visit Martha Stewart.com for these cakes recipes as well as other great cake ideas!

All of these cakes would make perfect additions to your child’s birthday party. So, have fun and get creative!

Looking for a fun place to hold your child’s next birthday party? Have it at our Meadowbrooke Gourds store location in Carlisle.

Party sizes are a minimum of 5 to a maximum of 15 people. All supplies for completing a gourd project are provided by our Meadowbrooke staff. For more questions and to check availability, please call 717-776-6029 or email Beth at Bethm@mbgourds.com

Post Holiday Wrap-Up

The holidays are over and more than likely you have tons of leftover wrapping paper! There are many ways to use and recycle this festive paper.

Here are a couple ideas we loved from Martha Stewart:


Make New Year's Eve Party Streamers. (click for instructions)

Use decorative paper to spruce up basic brown clipboards.

Shred the paper and use it as packing material for your valuables. Use it to store your Christmas Meadowbrooke Gourds perhaps!

Please share your other ideas. We’d love to hear them!

Unique Decorating Ideas with Pumpkins

Decorating for fall is one of the most exciting times of the year for us here at Meadowbrooke Gourds! Gourds & pumpkins are naturally a huge part of the season and we always try to come up with new and interesting ways we can craft our gourds and decorate our own homes.

Especially with the addition of our pumpkin patch this year, we have been searching out new, fun ways to decorate with pumpkins this fall! Of course, Jack O’ Lanterns are a must, but we found these great ideas from marthastewart.com for decorating with pumpkins in a unique way!

Pumpkin Pie Potpourri: Beautiful and functional! Cut off the top of a pumpkin and scrape out the innards; carve round vents with an apple corer. Rub cinnamon or pumpkin-pie spices onto the lid, or push cloves into it. With a lighted tealight candle inside, the pumpkin will give off a lovely fragrance for about six hours.

Starburst Pumpkin Sconces: These are so unique and lovely! Three perfectly round pumpkins are carved with a beautifully rendered

starburst pattern that is reminiscent of a Tiffany-style lamp. Then they are fitted with small scallop-edged tops and displayed on small bracket shelves. The elegant lights radiate softly, casting flickering shadows up the wall.  Martha Stewart has step-by-step instructions with photos on her website, which are simple and easy to follow. She also has a template for carving the scalloped edge.

Glittered Pumpkin Table Decorations: This stunning table display is easy to make and lasts longer than a Jack O’ Lantern. This project also works very well with decorative gourds! All you have to do is spread a layer of white glue over the surface of a small pumpkin with a paintbrush. (Place pumpkin on a paper plate or newspaper to catch excess glitter.) Then, sprinkle the glitter over the glue, covering it completely. Let the pumpkin dry for about an hour then shake off the excess. These pumpkins will keep for months!

If you have other pumpkin decorating ideas, we’d love to hear them!