3… 2… 1! Sweeten Up New Year’s Eve with Countdown Cupcakes

12/26/2013 at 08:00 AM ET

New Years Eve Ideas for Kids
Courtesy Family Fun

Letting your kids stay up past the stroke of midnight on Tuesday? Well, you’ll want to ring in 2014 with a some kid-friendly fanfare.

Champagne? Nope. Cupcakes? Oh, yes.

These cute cupcakes from the team at FamilyFun are the sweetest countdown concept—literally. Have a pre-party with the kids by creating an edible clock (with moveable cookie hands!), with each tiny cake representing the final hours before the New Year (we won’t tattle if you start with store-bought cupcakes). Add party hats and noisemakers, and you’ve got a celebration at any hour.

Cue ‘Auld Lang Syne’.

Countdown Cupcakes
13 cupcakes
White and colored frosting
Colored sugar sprinkles
2 wafer cookies

1. Decorate 13 cupcakes with white frosting and colored sugar sprinkles.

2. Give 12 of the cupcakes frosting numerals, piped on with a pastry bag and tip or a zip-top bag with the corner snipped off.

3. Arrange the cupcakes on a platter. Trim two wafer cookies into clock hands and set them in place at the base of the center cupcake.

—Brooke Showell

FILED UNDER: Cake , Kids

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

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