Thursday, June 30, 2011

Happy Fourth of July

Parades. Fireworks. Fun. Freedom. All the great things the Fourth of July means.

I've been working on my family Memorial/Fourth of July/Labor Day/Patriotic cards. Soon I hope to have an Etsy store up and running selling things like this, and my luggage tags too. Stay tuned.



I hope you've been visiting us on Facebook (HERE), because we have been posting some really, really awesome things! Like this cake made with sprinkles to look like embroidery.



Or this, jello inside fruit slices.


We're also on the Twitter too!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Hand (and Foot) Prints As Art

Little hands. Little feet. Do we always remember just how little they were? These fun hand and foot print art projects will remind you. I like the holiday ones which you can frame and put out each year (and start crying a little when you remember how small they were!). There are many resources on the Internet for ideas, but these are a few I found.

Ballerina from Meet the Dubiens (she has a TON of ideas!)


Tree from Oleana

Flamingo and Ostrich from Sweet And Lovely Crafts

Eric Carle caterpillar from Puppy Dog Tails

Moments of Mommyhood footprint duckling

Isabellaneli has a few footprint and handprint ideas, aside from the penguin

Enjoy doing some fun crafts with your little people today!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pom Love (And no, not the juice)

Poms. Who doesn't love them? They just scream fun party! Or even fun decoration (I have three in my daughters bedroom just because I love looking at them). Poms come in all sizes...big for handing for a ceiling or small for on top of a cupcake. And you can make them from a variety of mediums (old tee shirts to the traditional tissue paper). Read on, and go make some poms of your own!

How to make poms from an old tee shirt, courtesy of Craftaholics Anonymous.

How to make traditional tissue paper pom poms from Martha Stewart:

Mini cupcake pom pom toppers from 6 Bittersweets:
Tulle pom pom instructions from My Creative Way:

Creative felt pom flowers from Birthday Girl Blog:

How to make the traditional yarn pom pom which you can do anything with (barrettes, ribbons, hats, shoes, garlands, etc, etc.) from Crochet Spot.

Now, go make pom poms and smile!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Dance! Dance!

Ballet. Tap. Two forms of dance that kept us busy from September until May. It culminated with a big dance recital in which my 3 1/2 year old did a ballet routine "Ballerina" and a tap routine "Kokomo". It was a fun, memorable day!

After the big recital, we had family back to the house. While I didn't go super crazy for this party, I did make it fun and special for her. Here are some images:

Looking into my dining room. Pink crepe paper hung from the ceiling. Her pink play feather boa was draped around the chandelier. 2 start (because she's a star afterall!) hung from the archway. Balloons, of course, were part of the decorations.


Part of the flowers that were given to her at the recital (I pulled the pink ones out and put a huge pink bow on for the day...otherwise it was just too large for her), pink candles, a pink honeycomb ballerina and a photo from last year's dance recital.

Her Pottery Barn Kids doll, in pink ballet outfit sat upon a clear cake stand that had a pink tutu on top of it (it's a pink dress up tutu with elastic that fit around the edge of the cake stand perfectly!!) and a picture from this years recital.

A beautiful and delicious cake to savor the moment! (You can see the tutu skirt clearly)

Thanks for stopping in!

Taste A Rainbow

Rainbows. When you think of them, you think of gorgeous colors, smiles after the rain and happiness.

Why not bring a smile to the face of someone eating a cupcake today (not that cupcakes on their own don't bring a smile!). It's a fun surprise when you bite in to see all those pretty colors.

They are also perfect if you are hosting an art party, rainbow party, 60s party (they look kind of tie dye on the outside) or anything else you can think of. I made mine as a way to make the last day of preschool for my daughter a little brighter (she's leaving her classmates behind to go to summer camp in our lake community and she's sad).

There are many how-to instructions on the web. The number of colors and the hue of the colors are up to you. Here's one I used (Family Fun is a great magazine and fantastic website...always doing projects from them): http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/taste-a-rainbow-cupcakes-842128/

And now the best part, a photo of the yummy cupcakes as I made them!



Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pretty Ribbon Flag Picks

Pretty. I love when posts start with the word pretty. I know it will be special, at least to me.

Such Pretty Things blog (see...Pretty is in the title!) has many great ideas for making things pretty, planning parties, and what to score at Target (and then make pretty).

Recently, she posted about making pretty ribbon flag picks. Basically ribbon cut and glued onto toothpicks to give you cupcakes, desserts, sandwiches, whatever you like some extra specialness. Click HERE.

See, aren't they pretty?

Not that those yummy little pastel colored pearls don't make it pretty as well. But the perfectly coordinating ribbon flags? Perfection!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Unique Party Hat

Get your hats here! Want your little birthday person to stand out at their next celebration? Forget the tired old cone shaped party hat, or the cheapie crown/firehat/etc. you pick up at the party store. This is guaranteed to make a statement!

Why? Because it's an ice cream cone. A real honest to goodness eat me when the party is over ice cream cone!



Bake It Pretty has done it again! Check out her how to instructions HERE.

Super duper pretty in our book!

A New Way To Fondue

I love fondue. Whether it's done with boiling oil, cheese, chocolate...it's all good in my book.

Recently, I came upon a how-to for making cupcake fondue. CUPCAKE FONDUE? Now you're talking. 2 of my favorite things combined! Cupcakes and fondue. It's so cute, so easy, so much fun for a party. Plus, the cupcakes are mini cupcakes. Who doesn't love those pop them in your mouth mini cupcakes?


Check it out, from Bake It Pretty,  HERE. She gives you all the step by step instructions you need to wow your party guests. Enjoy!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Oui! Oui! The French Macaron

There's just something about Paris. And the little French macaron (not to be confused with the macaroon, 2 completely different things!) in it's adorable colored glory is the perfect accent to any party.  You can have a rainbow of them, a little tiered pile of them, a basket full of them, jars of them (which make great presents!)...you get the idea? Oui?!

Would you like a somewhat foolproof recipe for them? My Food Geek has one.

How about some photo inspiration to make you swoon? And drool, just a little?

From SprinkleBakes


From Inspiring The Everyday (who called the French macaron, a diva! love it!)



Now, admittedly, making macarons is work. Or waiting. A lot of waiting. And in today's world, we don't always have time to wait wait wait. I love how The Kitchn has made a faux macaron using mini cupcakes! You simply take a store bought cupcake mix, color, bake mini cupcakes, cut in half and fill. They look adorable!


Enjoy!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Etsy Thursday: Tutu Cute

TUTU CUTE. I love tutu's on little girls. For dress up, dance, or parties, nothing is sweeter. Probably just me wishing I had something like this when I was a little girl! I thought I'd share some great tutu finds from Etsy with you:

Strawberrie Rose has this fantastic tutu. At first, I thought it was made with feathers. But it's really just rows and rows of tulle to give it this super soft and fluffy look

This denim skirt is a nice change of look, and has a little more of a rocker edge to it. I think it's great for a slightly older girl. From MisFitCouture:

How about a dress option? Lover Dover Clothing offers some adorable dresses, perfect for birthday parties or super special events.

Another creative take on the tutu skirt. I like the fabric topper, which adds some more color and visual interest. Great job Ties to Tiaras Couture!

Dream Spun Kids makes super dreamy petticoat skirts. I love the can-can look of pettiskirts. Wouldn't you want to kick up your heals?

You can find much much more, in colors and sizes and styles to suit any event or need you have, and even any price point. This is why I love Etsy!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bunting

Who doesn't love bunting? It's the big thing in party decorating. You can go crazy and fancy, or sweet and simple. I prefer buntings that I can use each year (ie: no date, age, year, etc on them). Here are some great ways to make pretty buntings for your home:

Blue Cricket Design has a free tutorial on how to make this paper bag bunting


About.com shows an easy way to make miniature bunting. Perfect across a cake.


Dana Made It has an adorable Peep bunting.



Aunt Annie shows you how to make a Valentine's Day bunting. But it could easily be adapted for any holiday or event.


Just remember, they don't have to be the traditional triangle shape. Square and rectangle looks nice too!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tweet Tweet. Parties.

Little birdie parties. A little birdie told me spring is on its way (yeah, right...I'll believe it when I see it!). What better way to celebrate a special occasion than with a delicate and pretty bird themed party?

Browsing some of my favorite blogs, I stumbled upon a couple bird themed parties to show you. They are gorgeous and inspiring. Perfect for birthday parties, baby and bridal showers and new homeowner parties. Take a look:

From Frost Me (baby shower). Don't you just leave this dreamy bird garland?


From A is for Anna Kate (5th birthday party). She had the kids make graham cracker bird houses (just like you would at Christmas as gingerbread houses)!


From Hip Hip Hooray blog, the most gorgeous bird cage cake!


From Alannah Rose, a beautiful pink and red bird inspired birthday party. Love the pom poms and the garland.


From Accent The Party, a little boy baby shower. The drink straws are such a nice touch.



From Concrete & Lullabies, a very sleek gray and yellow bird themed shower.



Hopefully these images and fantastic blogs have inspired you to be creative today and create something pretty!