Party Time: Unicorn Cheesecake Parfaits

These Unicorn Cupcake Parfaits are so fun and colorful! It's hard to imagine they taste as good as they look, but they do! Wonderful for a #party #recipe!

Look, I’ll be the first one to tell you that I look at the world through unicorn and rainbow-tinted glasses.

unicorn parfaits

I’ll also be the first one to tell you that my kids still think that unicorns are real, along with Santa, the Easter Bunny, leprechauns, all Disney characters, and Des thinks that Star Wars is real life, but Scarlet is more inclined to tell you that it’s fiction. Maybe? Maybe. Hey, remember that time we threw a Star Wars party and wore these awesome costumes outfits?

unicorn food

In fact, remember any party we ever threw ever? I do. Each one impressed me for a different reason – whether it was dedication to the party planning craft, costumes, appetizers, decorations, scenery, or the general awesome atmosphere.

It’s the people who make the party, and boy have we had some party people.

Now that this fantastic photo montage is over, let’s discuss a party theme/recipe that can be used for any party, for anyone of any age – Unicorns. It’s a timeless classic, right? Real or not, unicorns are sort of taking over the world right now! That’s why I had to share this recipe for Unicorn Cheesecake Parfaits. You’ll notice that they’re gorgeous, first of all, but also – they taste great! ESPECIALLY, if you’re four or seven (or 36) and still believe in unicorns. Does that sound like anyone you know?

Are you planning a party with unicorns and/or rainbows as the theme? For that or any kid party, the Unicorn Cheesecake Parfaits make a great #party #recipe!

So while I’m at Scarlet’s choir concert this morning – speaking of unicorns and rainbows and magic – I hope you’ll be finding these ingredients and assembling them together to create the kind of magic you thought was only in Disney movies.

The cotton candy and the princess sprinkles make sure it looks fantastic! The other ingredients make sure it tastes fantastic. I seriously want a warm weather party RIGHT NOW so I can be extra proud of myself for pulling off something so awesome.

So tell me – are you a believer too?

Unicorn Cheesecake Parfaits

Unicorn Cheesecake Parfaits


  • Jell-o no bake cheesecake
  • Cotton candy
  • Milk
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Food coloring
  • Princess sprinkles (from a craft store)
  • Butter or butter spread
  • Sugar


  1. Use Jell-o on box directions to create crust mix and cheesecake filling
  2. Divide cheesecake filling into 2 or 3 bowls
  3. Use food coloring to create fun pastel colors
  4. Start with a drop or two, you can always add more food coloring but you can’t remove any
  5. Spoon crust mixture into bottom of glasses, mason jars etc.
  6. Using a piping bag, layer the cheesecake filling on top of the crust mixture
  7. Repeat with remaining cheesecake filling and crust mix
  8. Sprinkle a small amount of crust mix on top of the parfait
  9. Let parfait firm up in the refrigerator for one hour
  10. Add cotton candy, whip cream if desired and princess sprinkles
  11. You can stick the sprinkles to the cotton candy!
  12. Enjoy immediately after adding cotton candy, otherwise it will melt and harden

Belle Oreo Cookies and Weekend Update

So what comes first – the chicken or the egg? The recipe or the weekend update?

Today, we have some of this:


And some of this!

Family Activities

Maybe you’re here for both? I’m TOTALLY here for both. I try, probably too hard, to appeal to everyone and to make everyone like me. I realize how unrealistic that is, but it’s super funny that someone too sensitive for criticism has become a mother, a photographer, and a blogger. The joke’s on me! The funny thing also, is that I just came here to share a recipe, but then decided I’d come here to share a weekend update (after my third fantastic, Monday-morning-missing-it weekend in a row), and I just started talking. Some things will never change. Some things shall never change. And Happy Monday morning to you.

Scarlet took this, right before the Dalek in the background came for me.

Let’s talk weekend, ok? Yes! On Friday night, I took Scarlet to see Beauty and the Beast with her best friend’s family. It was so crowded that we sat in the third row, and I could swear I was going to get motion sick from all the sweeping and swirling views, but I was fine! To be fair, I don’t get motion sick – or never have, unless it’s the wrong car at the wrong time in the wrong mood, OR, if it’s simulation stuff. Orlando is full of that stuff on rides. It makes my ears and head feel kinda funny.

The movie, though? I gasped and loved my way through it. It’s magic and insight. I recommend it!

We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY

On Friday, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day the way we do in the US! Which means I have no idea if it bears even a slight resemblance to how it’s done in Ireland. Cassidy and I turned the toilet water green and hid chocolate coins, chocolate shamrocks, and green M&Ms in fun places throughout the house. By now the kids have discovered all of them – in their shoes, in coat pockets, on sinks, in the cups in the cupboard, under chairs, in their backpacks, and even in Des’ underwear!

family activities

On Saturday morning, we went to a sugar shack just in the next town. For those of you not in New England or Canada – or wherever else they pop up – a sugar shack is where sap is boiled down to maple syrup. In March, during sugaring season, some sugar shacks open up as breakfast restaurants just for 4-6 weeks or so. It’s all about the syrup, but there’s more on the menu than just pancakes. I’m pretty sure I’m taking them to a buffet-style sugar shack next weekend. Won’t you join us?

sugar shack

Des wants you to know he got new light-up shoes over the weekend:

light up shoes

On Saturday afternoon, I took both kids to Scarlet’s best friend’s bowling birthday party and was able to sneak out and meet Cassidy for errands. Scarlet can finally bowl without the ball slide. AND she got a strike! She had a sleepover on Saturday night and when I came back from dropping her off, I found out that Athena had cut her leg on a fence. She was so sad and when she cried out in pain, it made Des cry. Cassidy and I made the fast decision to call the vet’s answering service and then take her to a 24/7 vet hospital. They sedated and stitched her, and she was back home by 10pm. I was so sad I couldn’t eat.

She’s feeling better now and her bandage is off.

Sunday was the big day. We got an all-day sitter, who even took the kids to Friendly’s! Cassidy and I went on a day date to Boston to attend a reception featuring the works of illustrator Ed Sorel. They are being featured at the Boston University Archival Center. Jules Feiffer gave a beautiful speech, without using notes. If you don’t know these names, Google them! Chances are that you have seen their beautiful works. Ed Sorel is Cassidy’s mom’s cousin. Seeing family warmed the heart.

Ed Sorel, Jules Feiffer

Since we had an all-day sitter, we dressed up and left early. We shopped and had lunch at Beat Brasserie – easily one of the best meals I’ve ever had. And the service was fantastic too.

And that brings me to my next point:


We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY

This is a recipe, a craft and a family activity all in one. You really can’t beat that! As usual, it looks harder than it is, and if you want your kids to help, they’ll have a ball eating all the icing. Ok, maybe just my kids. I provided a list of Amazon resources below – they are not affiliate links. They are just there to help! Let me know how yours turn out! Take pictures!

Eat icing too! Everyone wins.

Belle Oreo Cookies

Yield: 1 dozen

Belle Oreo Cookies


  • Cookie mold (found on Amazon by Cybrtrayd)
  • 12 regular Oreo cookies
  • 12 oz. Wilton yellow candy melts
  • 12 Wilton sugared red roses
  • Wilton white icing gel
  • White sugar pearls


  1. Warm the yellow candy melts in a double boiler over medium heat
  2. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth
  3. Transfer to a small microwave-safe bowl for easier handling
  4. Place 2 tablespoons of the melted yellow candy into each of the molds (12 total)
  5. Place an Oreo cookie on top of the melted yellow chocolate
  6. Spoon additional melted chocolate on top of each Oreo, up to the fill line
  7. Chill for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to completely harden
  8. Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper
  9. Gently pop the Oreos out of their molds and place on the lined cookie sheet
  10. With the white icing gel tube, pipe the icing in a scalloped pattern around the diameter of each Oreo
  11. Place a sugared pearl where each scalloped line meets
  12. Apply icing to the middle of each Oreo and place a sugared rose on top
  13. ENJOY!

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family activities



family recipe

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We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY

Amazon Resources:

Cybrtrayd AO138 Plain Cookie Chocolate Candy Mold with Exclusive Cybrtrayd Copyrighted Chocolate Molding Instructions

Wilton Yellow Candy Melts, 12-Ounce

Wilton 710-1491 8-Pack Rose Icing Decorations, Medium, Red

Wilton White Gel Tube

Wilton Sugar Pearls, White, 5 Oz


We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY