Last Day for Giveaway

Be sure to enter the Favor Affair Giveaway!  Today is your last chance.  The contest will end tonight at midnight.

Published in: on May 7, 2009 at 6:46 am  Leave a Comment  

Mother’s Day Tea Party

*Don’t miss out on the Favor Affair Giveaway!  Be sure and leave your comment!!

In honor of Mother’s Day, try hosting a Mother’s Day Tea Party.  Country Living has some great ideas on an outdoor tea party.

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This table looks beautiful and I love the chandelier hanging from the tree branch.

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Serve special teas along with tea sandwiches.

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Fruit tarts will be a tasty dessert after the tea.

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Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.
~George Cooper

Published in: on May 6, 2009 at 6:33 am  Comments (1)  

Cinco De Mayo Recipes

Break out the sombreros and get ready for the Mexican fiesta!  Here are some great recipes to try for Cinco de Mayo.

Start out with the Ultimate Guacamole.

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You can’t go wrong with Grilled Fajitas.

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These Creamy Chicken Enchiladas look delicious.

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Churros are an easy but tasty Mexican dessert.

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If you don’t want a regular margarita, try a tasty Mango Margarita.

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For a change from margaritas, try this Sangria Blanco Recipe.

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Hope these recipes help your Mexican Fiesta.

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Published in: on May 4, 2009 at 6:02 am  Comments (3)  

Reader Giveaway!

We have a fun new Giveaway for all my special readers today!

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Favor Affair is a fabulous website that carries tons of elegant favors and unique, personalized favors for every occasion.  This week, they are offering a $25 gift certificate towards anything on their site to a lucky reader.

You will find everything from unique party favors for birthday parties,wedding showers, baby showers and personalized favors.

If you are getting ready for a Graduation Party, they have some great products like these “Unexpected Treasures” Tin and these Graduation Photo Frame/Place Card Holder.

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Pictured below are some wonderful Spring Favors.  I love the Mini-Lanterns for a Garden Party.

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Be sure to check out all the unique Personalized Favors that they have too.

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How to Enter:

*  Post a coment here telling us which items from the Favor Affair site that you would love to get if you win.

*  The Giveaway ends Thursday, May 7th at midnight.  The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Friday, May 8th.

Good Luck!

Published in: on May 1, 2009 at 12:57 pm  Comments (27)  

May Day Celebration

May is here and it is full of celebrations like graduations, Mother’s Day and end of school parties.  Before the craziness begins, celebrate the first day of May with your girlfriends.  Enjoy this tasty Lemonade Champagne Cocktail from Sandra Lee.

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She also has a recipe for a May Day Centerpiece Cake.

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Martha shares the recipe for this Maypole Cake and Cupcakes.

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An old May Day custom is to hang a basket on a loved ones door.  Martha also shares some great ideas on how to make your own May Basket.

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As we say good bye to April Showers, I hope that everyone has a wonderful start to May!

Published in: on May 1, 2009 at 6:00 am  Comments (1)  

Throw a Cinco De Mayo Party

Cinco de Mayo is the perfect excuse to throw a party, eat Mexican food and drink margarita’s.  Here are some tips to help you plan your party.

Evite has a variety of invites that you can choose from for Cinco de Mayo.

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Decorate with lots of wonderful colors, and include fun items like sombreros, Mexican blankets and pinatas.

This Cinco de Mayo Table Topper would add great color to your table.  You can make it easily with dry beans.

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Hostess Jo has fiesta items like this one on sale right now!

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Entertain Exchange has a tutorial on how to make these easy and fun centerpieces.

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If you are having a large party, don’t foget to hire a Mariachi band to really get your guests in the mood.

Pinatas are a Mexican tradition so this is always great to have for the kids or the adults.  Martha Stewart has instructions on how to make your own pinata.

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Of course, for food their are so many great recipes to serve.  Have a buffet and serve fajitas with beans, guacamole and queso to go with it.  Don’t forget the margaritas!!

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Toast Mexican culture and celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style!!

Published in: on April 29, 2009 at 5:55 am  Comments (1)  

Elmo and Abby Party

Last weekend we had my twin girls 2nd birthday.  They are obsessed with Elmo and Abby so even though I had many other theme ideas for twins I did something that I knew they would be excited about!

Here is the set up of the table with the cake on it.

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I am so lucky to have some of the best cakes made for my girls!  This cake was two layers with Elmo and Abby coming out of the top layer.  They also each had an individual cake so they could blow out their own candles and enjoy some cake on their own.

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I used paper lanterns to decorate above the table.  I added a face to the center one to look like Elmo.

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The party was in the afternoon so I just had snack foods set out.  Since pizza is Elmo’s favorite food, I served mini pizzas that I made with crackers.  Elmo also loves bananas and fruit so I served banana and strawberry kabobs drizzled with chocolate.  Elmo has a pet fish, Dorthy, so of course there were gold fish in a bowl.

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I made banners with their names on them to hang on the mantel with the presents.

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Here is a close up of the shirts that I made for them to wear at the party.

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We had an Elmo pinata for all of the kids to enjoy.  Obviously, the pinata was bigger than the girls.

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For party favors, I made Elmo and Abby bags and filled them with cookies, gold fish, crayons and elmo and abby bracelets.

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The party was a lot of fun but the best part was seeing the girls faces when they first saw all of the decorations when they woke up from their nap.  They were so excited and that is PRICELESS!

Published in: on April 27, 2009 at 6:00 am  Comments (3)  

TapeSwell

I found a new product that I had to share.

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TapeSwell carries decorative tape that you can use in a variety of ways.  This great tape can be used as a decorative touch to craft projects, baked goods and of course decorating for parties.

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They offer some great Combo Packs with fun colors for different occasions.  I would love to incorporate these into a table setting and also use them to make party favors.

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Be sure to check out their Tacky Ideas for other great uses for their tape.

Published in: on April 24, 2009 at 3:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Earth Day Recipes

Celebrate Earth Day with these great recipes.

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Celebrate keeping our planet green with these Earth Cookies.

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This Fruity Frog is a great kids snack.

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Another great snack for kids are these Edible Crawlies.

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This Mango and Roasted Cashew Salad looks so tasty and is a great way to make a salad for Earth Day or for an anytime side dish.

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This Dirt Cake is complete with flowers and worms.

Earth Day Trail Mix
Need a boost of energy while you’re out enjoying Mother Nature? This trail mix is tasty and it will keep you super energized.
What You’ll Need:

8 oz. raisins
6 oz. diced dried fruit (dried apricots, apples, pineapple, etc.)
1 qt. popped popcorn
1 cup M&M’s
1 cup Chex cereal

What You’ll Do:

1. Put popped popcorn into a bowl
2. Add dried fruit, raisins, Chex and M&M’s
3. Mix all together

* Tip: If you have more of a sweet tooth, substitute regular popcorn for caramel corn!
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Top the day off with a Blue Sky Martini.
The earth is what we all have in common.
Wendell Berry
Author, farmer, cultural critic
Published in: on April 22, 2009 at 5:38 am  Leave a Comment  

Eco-Friendly Party Items

Earth Day is this Wednesday, so I wanted to share some eco-friendly items to use for your next celebration.

These Tranquility Eco-Friendly Bamboo place cards from Favor Affair would be great to use at an outdoor celebration, a wedding shower or a beach party.

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I think these Eco-Friendly Wildflower Favor Bags are GREAT!  The flowers are great for Spring and you could use these for a birthday, baby shower or wedding shower.  You can even personalize them for free.

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Here are some more great personalized seed cards from BeauCoup.  Handmade seed paper attached to a personalized card serves as a favor for green weddings, spring bridal showers and garden themed events.

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Throw a “Sprinkles Shower” for a new mom and use these cute Baby Sprinkles Plantable Seed Favors to give your guests.

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Go Green and incorporate some eco-friendly items for your next celebration.

Published in: on April 20, 2009 at 6:56 am  Leave a Comment  
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