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.


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.


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


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


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.


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!!


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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)  


I found a new product that I had to share.


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.


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.


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.


Celebrate keeping our planet green with these Earth Cookies.


This Fruity Frog is a great kids snack.


Another great snack for kids are these Edible Crawlies.


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.


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!
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.


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.


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.


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


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  

Edible Fruit Arrangements

Fruit can be used at a party as a centerpiece as well as an appetizer.  Here are a couple of great ideas for fruit arrangements.


These Melon Balls would be great at a bridal shower or a baby shower.


This Watermelon Flowering Garden is great for a Spring party.


This Strawberry Heart would be great for a Strawberry Shortcake party.


I stumbled upon this site and found this tasty Citrus Splash with Chocolate.


Here is a great Watermelon Baby Carriage.

Enjoy all the fresh tasty arrangements!

Published in: on April 15, 2009 at 6:00 am  Comments (1)  

Leftover Easter Candy

I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Now that Easter is over and you have an overabundance of candy what do you do with it??


Here is a colorful way to use jelly beans as spring decorations.

I found a Leftover Easter Candy Cake that you can use your candy to bake.

Make s’mores from left over peeps.  Peeps work great in s’mores because they are very similar to marshmallows. You can use leftover chocolate eggs or bunnies as the chocolate part of the s’more and the peeps as the marshmallow part.

A couple of other ideas would be to chop up chocolate and use it to make chocolate chip cookies; donate it to your school; melt the chocolate for a fondue party; make a trail mix for snacks for kids but add in some nutritional items with the candy; OR

Of course, you can just keep your candy out and enjoy it as much as you would like!!!

Published in: on April 13, 2009 at 6:35 am  Leave a Comment  

Host an Easter Brunch for Kids has some great ideas on hosting an Easter Brunch for Kids.  While you are making all of your Easter plans, don’t forget the kids and do something exciting for them too.

They have instructions on how to make this pop-up card.  This could also be used as a place card.


I love this Cupcake Cafe.  These would also be great for a Tea Party or a Baby Shower.


Here are some some easy to make Impressions sandwiches.



Make Easter Brunch memorable for the kids too.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Easter holiday.

Published in: on April 10, 2009 at 6:00 am  Comments (1)  

Butterfly Party

I am planning my twin girls 2nd birthday right now and  I will share all my ideas for their party soon. For now, I wanted to share what I did for them last year.  We celebrated their 1st birthday with a butterfly theme.  Their room is decorated in butterfly’s so I thought this would be perfect for their party especially since it was in the spring.


The table is set with a cookie bouquet, the cakes and books for the guests to write birthday wishes to each of the girls.


Here is a closer look at the cookie bouquet.  It has butterfly garden ornaments that are in the back with cookies cut out like butterflies, flowers and ladybugs.  Next to the cookie bouquet are the girls baby books so everyone could see all that has happened in their first year of their life.


The cake is make with hand made flowers and edible butterflies.


This is a fruit display with pineapples cut out like butterflies.  I also served cheese and crackers in the shapes of butterflies and flowers.


When the kids arrived, I had activities ready for them like decorating foam butterflies.


We always have a pinata at our parties and the kids love when it is time for the pinata.


This isn’t a great picture but for party favors I bought butterfly nets and filled them with candy and spring toys for the kids.

Unfortunately, both of the birthday girls were sick during the party with ear infections but I think everyone else still enjoyed the party!

Published in: on April 8, 2009 at 6:00 am  Comments (1)  

Easter Place Cards

Today I have linked some different sites that have great place cards that you can use for Easter.


Paper and Cake always has great options for downloadable prints like these pink and green Easter treats.


This place card is made from stamps from Impress Rubber Stamps.


Martha Stewart explains how to make a Grassy Place Card.


Celebrations gives directions on making Nest Place Cards with real eggs.


You can still order these cute Hand-Painted Basket Place Holders.


Be sure to check out the Easter Place Card Robin Nests at No Fuss Fabulous.  They explain how to make these festive place cards for you.

Be sure to make your guests feel special when they sit down to their Easter meal by using special place cards that you can also send home with them as a little gift.

Published in: on April 6, 2009 at 6:00 am  Comments (2)  

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