Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Treats

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays I always make sure to slow down for a couple of days through out the month to create a few holiday treats with my family. Since my children are all young and love to be involved in the kitchen I always have to mix in a few treats just for them! These reindeer marshmallows are one of them! Along with the donut snowmen below. 

And here are a few other of my favorite things to make through out the holidays. All links to the posts are with the photos! Hope you enjoy them all as much as my family does! 

Chocolate Chunk Peppermint Pie

These Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies always remind me of my mom and baking in the kitchen during the holidays! They are a favorite of hers!

In Arizona you have to throw in these Peppermint Frozen Hot Chocolates some days to get the taste of the holiday without the hot drink.

These apple turnovers are another treat that remind me of my family. In particularly my mom and aunt. They both make the most delicious apple turnovers and these little things are definitely a labor of love and on my list of my top 5 favorite treats!

Overnight cinnamon rolls make their appearance in our home almost every single holiday! I have made them multiple times this month and they are always something that is requested my others for me to make! They are easy, melt in your mouth and quite delicious!

Homemade Oreos are unbelievable!! Throw in a chocolate and a peppermint marshmallow and these things are on a whole new level. I have made a lot of these for my neighbors and friends!

These Peppermint Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies were on repeat last year! I could not get enough of them! 

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Milk and Cookie Shots

When I think about New Years Eve recipes I wish it was some glamorous thing! But as a mom of 4 young kids New Years Eve is more about banging pots and pans, blow horns, family friendly food, and trying to make it until the ball drops! So when asked to create a New Years Eve recipe these cookie and milk shot glasses came in mind! These can be filled with all kinds of stuff and are fun for the entire family! My kids (and a few neighbor kids) went crazy over these!

Milk and Cookie Shots 

1 egg
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
1 cup chocolate chips

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Mermaids & Pirates Birthday Party

My daughter turned 4 a few weeks ago! She could not wait for her birthday and had a huge part in the say of the theme of her party. One day she told me that she wanted a mermaid party so of course I started planning! She wanted to be part of every.single.thing! She sat with me as we prepared everything! We began talking about how she wanted to invite 10 boys to her party. So that is when we decided to do the mermaid pirate themed party! Of course we leaned more to the mermaid side for the colors and decor but we had some touches for the boys!

The invitation that we chose was this one! I loved the colors, whimsical feeling, and how perfect it was! Here is the image from her etsy shop! (The name just happens to be mine on the invitation haha)

The birthday was on her actual birthday which seemed to be the day after Veterans Day. Which meant the mail did not come the day before which resulted in a stack of packages that showed up a few hours after the party! 

Some of my favorite things didn't actually end up at the party but I still wanted to share them with you because of course I wish they would have made it!

The backdrop that I ordered was amazing! 8 feet long to hang from the ceilings! I may need to throw another mermaid party just so I can use these!

Along with this mermaid or pirate banner! I think it was originally for a gender reveal party but ultimately it worked with the party theme.

And to top it off these fabulous gold mermaid cupcake toppers. These toppers were just perfect! Perfect size, amazing quality and the cutest things! I was so sad when I wasn't able to use these!

So lets start with the party printables. I decided to match the invitation which rarely happens, but they were just so cute that I couldn't help but use the invitation and the printables from the same shop! Natalie from A Pretty Little Party is beyond creative. I have spent hours looking through her shop and admiring her work! Her shop is definitely one I will be going back to first when I plan my next party! Her mermaid pirate party pack was what I used and it was perfect! It was an instant download; which I always love, and I printed some on card stock and some on a little sturdier paper that Fed Ex had. 

For the place cards I wanted to do something a little more whimsical to match with the printables. So I chose these watercolor mermaid food labels. They have watercolor on both sides. Prints for Events has you email in the food labels that you want and then she customizes them for you and sends you a file to print. The guy at UPS store ended up printing them on regular paper and I was worried that they wouldn't stand up straight but they did! So either regular or card stock will work great! 

I also ordered this Sea Creature Garland to hang over the door and the starfish tags were tied onto the little sand creations that each of the kids made! These are instant downloads and were easy to cut out and assemble! 

Next up I found these amazing jellyfish that Republic of Party creates. They offer some pretty amazing colors that can suite your party and color scheme. I chose to go with the pastel colors! 

But before I attached the jellyfish I first ordered this roll of blue table cloth! I used it on the ceiling along with a few other areas in the party. But I first attached it to the ceiling with push pins. I attached a few of these fishing nets and created little pockets that I could stuff balloons in and then once I added the balloons I closed up the other end with push pins. This is a two person job! These are the balloons I grabbed. I did a few different varieties of blue for the balloons to create an under the sea affect. These turquoise balloons,  along with these turquoise balloons, these clear balloons were used up in the net and hanging down to create bubbles, this variety of blue balloon packet was for the smaller size of balloons. After I put in the balloons I added these starfish. Beware these are very real and smell a little haha they are amazing but I don't think I was really expecting to open them up and get the real ocean/fish smell! 

To seal off the area I took a needle and fishing line and thread different varieties of colors and sizes of balloons to create a little balloon garland. I attached these with push pins. And for the clear bubbles I also took fishing line and i tied knots to each balloon in random order and spacing to create more whimsical bubbles.

I took the jellyfish and tied them to the nets also using fishing line and hung them at different lengths. 

I also used these amazing curly tassel garlands in the pastel colors! I have never seen tassel garlands like this. Usually they are straight but these gave the whimsical look that I was going for! And I loved them so much! As you can tell one of my kids must have messed with them because the spacing is a little off! At one point they were evenly spaced out! I blame it on the little mermaid below! 

I had this rainbow balloon arch at the party also! I used number 10 silver cans, rebar and cement to create a post. Then I took plumbers white pipes and used 3 of them. Each side at the length up and then I used a "elbow" attachment on each side and them attached the pipe to one side and bent it to connect to the other side to create an arch! I watched this video with the help of attaching the balloons to the pipe. I did not make my balloons the same size to create the "whimsical" effect I had going for the whole party. I used the youtube video to create the "quad effect" with the balloons before I attached them. I did not use any helium in this arch. 

I got the Under The Sea balloons from Petite Party Studio! They have a great variety of balloons and they are always my go to party supply place! 

I also took this lime crate paper and taped it to the bottom and then twirled it a little and then taped the top at different lengths to create a little seaweed effect on the wall leading into the party. 

The vinyl fish and bubbles were a special order from Classy Clutter Designs. I had her print a variety of different colors, sizes, fish and bubbles to use on the window under the "Under the Sea" arch, the seaweed wall, and then I also used them in the Under the Water arch leading into the party!

The under the water arch leading into the party was done using the same pipe technique as the balloon arch. Instead there was 4 posts. I got the longest pipe I could find at Home Depot and bent it to create the arch. I did two of those and then took the same blue tablecloth roll taped it to one side and then stretched it to the next pole and then cut it and then repeat it until the whole arch is covered. I attached the vinyl fish and bubbles. I got a #4 balloon from Petite Party Studio, a pink 36 inch round balloon, and then a variety of left over balloons from inside the party! I used a helium tank and filled these balloons up and tied them to a balloon weight. 

Photographs were taken by she does amazing photos or parties, events, children, and pretty much everything else! She also took pictures of my Star Wars Party

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