Finally in advance: Make fondant-covered hat. Tint fondant: 3 oz. green, 3 oz. yellow. Roll out 1/8 in. thick as needed. Cut a 5 x 4 1/2 in. strip of yellow fondant. Brush cone with Piping Gel and wrap fondant around cone. Smooth and trim away excess. For fringe, cut 22 strips,
2 x 3/4 in. wide. Cut slits 1/8 in. wide, 1/2 in. deep, across outer edge. Roll and separate to make a tuft of fringe. Attach to bottom of hat using damp brush. Repeat. For pompom, cut 4 additional strips and repeat as above. Let hat dry on waxed paper-covered board.
Bake and cool cupcakes in silicone cups supported by Cookie Sheet. Top with tip 1M icing swirl; sprinkle on confetti. Tint fondant: 16 oz. violet, 1 oz. black; reserve 3 oz. white.
For each arm, roll 2 oz. fondant into a 10 in. long, slightly tapered rope; make 8 and position on board. Position candy shell flat side down in center. For features, shape 1 1/2 x 1/2 in. thick eyes, 1/2 in. diameter flattened ball pupils and 1/4 x 4 1/2 in. rope smile. Attach features and hat using melted candy.
Position cupcakes. Insert candles.
* Combine Leaf Green with Lemon Yellow for green shown.
* Combine Lemon Yellow with Golden Yellow for yellow shown.
* Combine Violet with Rose and a little Black for violet shown.