Have a cupcake!
Chocolate with cream cheese frosting. Red and blue sugar dusted over the top. I was lamenting the fact that I needed to buy sprinkles when it suddenly occurred to me that I could make my own. Put a little bit of sugar in a ziploc bag, drop in some food coloring, seal the bag and scrunch it all around until it's mixed. Open the bag and let it dry overnight. Voila - homemade colored sugar! I'm sure this is something everyone rational has already thought of, but I had to share anyways.
The cupcake flags were simple. I found a shot of Obama in a Google image search, imported it into Photoshop to make it black and white and up the contrast. I drew up a little flag design in Illustrator and then printed and cut the flags. A quick spritz of spray glue on the back and then I folded them around toothpicks.
I hope everyone is doing something festive!