Wednesday, March 31, 2010

You've been Egged...

Want a fun way to say Happy Easter to your neighbors?
Check out these very cute
"You've Been Egged" sign
What a great idea!
Just put some treat filled eggs all over the yard,
put the sign on the front door,
ring the doorbell and
RUN like crazy!
Add a little note to the eggs
telling the family why you love
being their neighbor!
My kids would love this!
Get the free download here!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Under the Sea 6th Birthday Party

Last weekend my daughter celebrated
her 6th birthday.
She wanted an Under the Sea Party but,
didn't want it to involve Aerial!
That's my girl!!
Here are the details from the party!
As many of you know I started with the colors
Turquoise and Orange.
The colors were so fun to work with!
The main table was decorated using simple patterns
of polka dots and stripes.
I thought the polka dots looked like bubbles.
I cut large craft foam into fish shapes.
Then I used turquoise and orange accents.
White plates, orange napkins, and turquoise utensils
set the table.
I covered plain white cups in coordinating scrapbook paper and
added the turquoise and white striped straws to top it off!
I hung fish nets behind the table and
made a fish banner.
Main Table Details....

Fish Net Backdrop and Hanging Poms!

The Place Cards are one of my favorites on the table!
I used small acrylic dip cups for the place cards.
I filled them with turquoise sand and
placed clementines topped with a
drink umbrella inside.
The girls loved them!

The centerpieces are probably my other favorite!
I just filled different sized cylinder vases with
blue tinted water.
I added the goggles to make it young and fun!

The sweets Table was a fairly simple one this time.
Cake, Rice Krispy Treats, Popcorn and Marshmallows.
I used coordinating scrapbook paper on the
plates to add more interest to the table.

I made the number "6" sign to hang above the
Sweets Table out of tissue paper with
a cardboard back!

The activities included Sand Art, Necklace Beading,
and a Treasure Hunt.
The sand art was a big hit!

The girls took home treats and prizes
from the treasure chest in these
Chinese Take out boxes!

I found these at the
Dollar Tree ladies!!
This was the first time to make all of the labels myself.
I sure do have a whole new respect for
all of you graphic designers!
I will be purchasing these
next time I have a party!
I had so much fun and survived a party
that included a sleep over that night!

Monday, March 29, 2010

DIY Invitations

Looking for some fun printable invitations?
Look no further.....
Uniquity Invitations is your one stop shop!
They have editable invitation templates
for weddings, baby, and parties!
And it doesn't stop with invites.
They can also provide matching templates for
place cards, favor tags, menu cards, custom maps
and much more!
Check out of few of there designs below.....

Friday, March 26, 2010

Under the Sea Teaser

Ok...So, I am full on party mode
for this weekend!
Turquoise and Orange has invaded
my house!
I am so excited about the
Under the Sea Party!!
So, here is a little teaser of what
is to come next week!
I ordered the straws from Modern Lola!
I am in love with these straws!
You will be seeing more of these to come in future parties!
And these are a little teaser of what's to come
with the placecards.
Did you think it was that simple?

So have a great weekend and
come back on Monday to see the entire party!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Recession Gifting

So, today when I was going over
my budget for the next 3 parties
I am hosting, I said oh crap!
Well, not exact words but you
get the idea!
I was checking out new "to me" sites
for ideas and came across this!
This is a free printable from
Thought this would be a great
idea for my hubbie...especially when
the credit card bills come in!:)

This kit includes:

• 1 "You are par-fect fore me" golf ball box template that will fit 3 standard golf balls
• 1 fill in the blank menu card
• 1 "1 day/hour free of nagging" gift card
• 1 "I promise to:" fill in the blank gift card
This would be great to download and store away for Fathers Day too!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Easter Printables

While searching for printables for
my daughters Under the Sea Party
I came across these!
I am loving these precious designs!
Check out those cars!

My kids would love seeing all
of these sweet designs on our Easter table!
Check out this and all of the very cute printables

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Celebrate..ooh yeah...ooh yeah...

Happy Birthday to Me!
I can't believe that I have been
blogging for 1 year!
The time has truly flown by!
Thank you so much for following along with
me on my journey!

It amazes me everyday that someone
out there takes time to see what I write!

I have made some amazing connections
with all walks of lives!
So, thank you for allowing me
to celebrate a little bit
with all of you!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Ice Cream Social

Here comes another sweet
Ice Cream Birthday Party!
Such a cute party for a precious little
one year old!
So many cute details on this one!
I think one of my favorites is the
yarn balls in the ice cream cones!
So Cute!
So colorful but simply stated.
Find this party over at

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Candy Place cards

I know there are a lot of candy theme parties out there
so, I thought I would share these very cute
place cards that I found.
These were made to resemble peppermints.
I think they would make really cute Jelly Beans for
your Easter table too!
You could also use them to corrdinate for
any candy theme!
Found these at Martha Stewart.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Irish Coffee Caramel Mousse

Irish Coffee Caramel Mousse
What's not to like about that?

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
2 cups chilled whipping cream
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons Irish whiskey
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder or instant coffee powder
1 1/4 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup Baileys Original Irish Cream

Stir sugar and 1/4 cup water in heavy medium saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves.

Increase heat and boil without stirring until syrup turns deep amber color, brushing down sides of pan with pastry brush dipped into water and swirling pan occasionally.

Add 1/2 cup cream and 2 tablespoons butter (mixture will bubble vigorously) and stir until caramel melts.

Continue boiling 2 minutes.

Spoon 2 tablespoons caramel into small saucepan and set aside at room temperature.

Stir whiskey into remaining caramel in saucepan.

Pour into bowl.
Stir 2 tablespoons water and espresso powder in another small saucepan until espresso dissolves.

Sprinkle gelatin over.

Let stand 10 minutes to soften.

Stir gelatin mixture over low heat until melted.

Stir gelatin mixture into caramel in bowl.

Place bowl over large bowl filled with ice and water.

Let stand until caramel mixture is cool but not set, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
Using electric mixer, beat 1 1/2 cups cream in medium bowl to soft peaks.

Fold 2 cups whipped cream into caramel mixture in bowl.

Divide caramel mousse among 6 balloon-shaped wineglasses.

Add Baileys to remaining whipped cream and continue beating until stiff.

Spoon mixture into pastry bag fitted with star tip.

Pipe atop mousse.

Cover and chill until mousse sets, at least 3 hours.

DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead; keep chilled.
Rewarm reserved 2 tablespoons caramel in heavy small saucepan over low heat.

Drizzle over desserts.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Leprechaun Hat Cookies

What you Need:
1 pouch Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 egg
1 container (1 lb) Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
1/4 teaspoon green gel or paste food color
24 large marshmallows
24 small (1-inch) chewy chocolate candies
12 small green gumdrops

Find all of the cooking and decorating instructions here

at Betty Crocker

Aren't those so cute!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

If you Give a Cat a Cupcake

I was recently introduced to a new blog

Small Town Soiree!

She has some crafty fun party people in her Soiree!
Here is one of the many parties that you
will find on her blog!
Theme was from the book
If you give a Cat a Cupcake.
I love these books and what a
Great idea for a party theme!
Find all of the details
for this sweet party here!
Love the Cupcake Tin Plate!
Very unique and fits the theme perfectly!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Under the Sea with me..

I have been looking all over the web for the right invite
for my daughters Under the Sea party.
I just couldn't find the right one...and I like to make my own.
So, when I found these at Mix Mingle and Glow,
I knew what I had to do!

This is how mine turned out...
I just filled the cello bags with Easter grass,
put the invite inside and
tied it all up with a ribbon!
I got lucky with the Easter grass!
All thanks to Mix Mingle and Glow
for the inspiration!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Chef "Boy" R Dee

I realized looking back,
I don't do a whole lot of boy themed parties.
I guess I can blame it on having 2 sweet little girls in my house!
I came across this Chef Theme for boys and thought
it was pretty cute!
Check out all of the details at
Love the Apron made out of Tea Towels
Invitation with whisk and recipe card attached
Love the little Boy Chef Cupcake Toppers
Reminds me a little of Duff from Charm City Cakes!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Tree Hugger...

Well, if I could hug these little guys I would!
These are so cute!
And, perfect for the Owl Party I am working on!

This etsy store
Go Make Me has some
very cute DIY printable projects!
Don't you just love it when you
find something that makes your life so much easier!
Check out that swing!
And Favor Bag Templates to match!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Sangria with me...

Ok, I have really been craving summer
with all of the spring party ideas
out in the blogsphere!
So, what better way to end the week

than with a nice summer Sangria!

1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
1/3 cup orange juice
1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry red wine
1/2 cup triple sec
1 lemon, sliced into rounds
1 orange, sliced into rounds
1 lime, sliced into rounds
1/4 cup white sugar (optional)
8 maraschino cherries
2 cups carbonated water (optional)

1. In a large pitcher or bowl, mix together the brandy, lemon juice, lemonade concentrate, orange juice, red wine, triple sec, and sugar.

2. Float slices of lemon, orange and lime, and maraschino cherries in the mixture.

3. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor.

For a fizzy sangria, add club soda just before serving.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Peaches and Cream Party

Ok, seriously...this party is so cute!
I love the idea and how much fun
would it be to pick your own peaches!
Check out these details!
Get more here at Juicy Bits!

Check out those bunches of lanterns...
they have giant green leafs to look like
bunches of peaches!

Love the table settings!
This would be great for Easter too!

Check out those peach cones..
Bakerella style!
Love those!

Peach picking baskets
The kids took these home full of peaches
as their favors!

Another picture of the lanterns!
So Peachy!

I have a serious case of the
"ready for winter to be over so that I can have a peach party too"

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Floating along....

When I was a kid I loved Coke and Root Beer Floats!
So, when I came across these grown up versions,
I had to share!
Makes me dream of summer!




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