Friday, December 5, 2014

Thanksgiving


I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! It's been awhile since I've had time to post anything but I wanted to pop in today to share a few pictures from our Thanksgiving.

 We had a progressive dinner this year and it was so fun! We started out with appetizers at my house around lunch time. The weather was really nice that day so the kids had a great time playing outside while the adults chatted inside and watched some sports. 



I made my own sparkling apple cider by mixing spiced cider with Sprite. So good! I added a sliced apple just for fun!




I used tree slices lined with parchment paper as serving pieces to add some natural elements to the table.




I was so glad my sister was able to be with us this year for the Holiday!


The banner and the food labels I used for the table are free printables from The TomKat Studio


We had a great rest of the day with two other stops. Dinner and Dessert!!



Monday, September 1, 2014

Claire's Art Party

My baby girl turned 7 last month. I can hardly believe how fast the time flies. Wasn't it just yesterday she was dancing at her ballerina party? She loves to do crafts and especially paint so this year I decided to throw her an art party. I had so much fun planning this for her!


For budget friendly invitations I used paint chips from Home Depot and attached them with colorful brads from Hobby Lobby.


I had planned on setting up the tables outside on the deck for the painting portion of the party and wouldn't you know it started raining an hour before the party started! We brought the tables in, dried them off and had to rearrange the dining room. We got it set up with very little time to spare. It was a little crowded but we made it work. I made the pennant banner using paint chips and some kitchen string.


I had planned on hanging these letters up outside but since we had to move the party indoors I didn't really have a place for them. I decided to just lay them on the table. You can view my tutorial for covering letters here.


The paper medallions I pulled from my party stash so I didn't have to purchase anything new for the dessert table decor. The larger medallions are Martha Stewart available at AC Moore. You can view the tutorial to make the smaller ones here.


Each little guest had their own canvas panel, art apron and paint brushes waiting for them upon arrival.



I made these paint pallet sugar cookies using skittles. They were easy to make and a cute little addition to the dessert table.


The little easels I made using colorful paper straws.  Luckily I have quite an extensive collection so I didn't have to purchase any new straws for this.







We kept the menu simple by ordering pizza and served fruit, veggies and chips along with it.



Surprisingly my cake turned out OK.  Cakes with lots of layers can be tricky. Unfortunately we lost one in a freak accident... orange layer you were missed!


Pretty much all the little boys paintings were what I would call "abstract pieces" while the little girls drew actual pictures. I feel like there is a child psychology lesson to be taught here.




Since we are tight on space the art table is working double duty as the dinner table also.




Each little artist got to take home their own mini paint can filled with colorful goodies.


Overall I think the party turned out well even though we got "rained in".

Resource list:
Art Aprons
Washable paints
Plastic Paint Palettes
Canvas Panels
Colorful Paper Straws
Mini Paint Sets
Small Paint Brushes
Chevron rainbow name tags
Rainbow favor tags and cup cake toppers
Other paint brushes: AC Moore
Mini clear paint cans: AC Moore
Cupcake wrappers: AC Moore
Large paper medallions: Martha Stewart from AC Moore
Table cloths: Target

For more fun party inspiration check out my parties page here!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Cinnamon chips with fruit salsa


Summer is in full swing around here and that means lots of fun summer time get-togethers! And what do you need when people get together? Yummy food of course! This is one of my favorite dishes to make for parties. It's super easy and delicious! Sometimes I just make it as a snack for myself and the girls. It's really very versatile as you can make the salsa with any fruit you want.

Fruit Salsa

Ingredients:
  • Any finely chopped fruit combination of your choice. My favorites are strawberries, mango's, pineapple and blueberries.
  • Honey
Instructions:

Chop up the fruit into small pieces and mix it together in a bowl. Then add a little honey to taste. I don't have a measurement I just drizzle a little on the top and mix it around. Taste test of course until you like the flavor. It's best if it sits a little while before serving because that gives it a chance for all of the flavors combine. I usually make it an hour or so beforehand and store it covered in the fridge until I'm ready.

Homemade Cinnamon Chips

Ingredients:
  • 8" flour tortillas (about 10 for a large crowd)
  • coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
*You could also use the cinnamon/sugar mixture from the spice section at your grocery store and save yourself a step.

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Coat each of the tortillas front and back with coconut oil. You can buy it in the spray form or if you don't have that just melt a little in a bowl in the microwave and brush it on with a pastry brush. Using a pizza cutter cut your tortillas into triangles. Mix the cinnamon and sugar together and sprinkle it on the chips front and back. Place on ungreased baking sheets and bake for 5-10 minutes or just until crisp. Serve with fruit salsa. If you're in a rush Stacy's cinnamon sugar pita chips will do the trick also!

This dish is always a big hit at showers and parties! Delish!





Thursday, July 10, 2014

Party spotlight: camping birthday party

Hello again! Today I'm sharing with you this adorable camping birthday party that my talented sister-in-law threw for her twin boys back in May. The temperature was surprisingly chilly for the month of May but it was the perfect weather for a camp fire and s'mores! All the little details are just adorable! I love how they turned their lemonade stand into a s'more stand. And aren't those little tree trunk chairs just the cutest?


She made each family a s'mores kit so they could roast their own s'mores by the fire.



She used the tree slice cake stands that we also used for our friend Katie's Owl Baby Shower.


The cupcake stand was full of s'more cupcakes of course!




Picnic baskets, cast iron skillets and lanterns were things she already had or borrowed from friends for budget friendly serving pieces.




These yummy s'more marshmallow pops were a big hit with the kids!


Each guest was given a wooden reptile to paint and take home.




Birch tree paper straws left over from this party were the perfect addition to the drink table.


At the end of the party each little guest got to take home their own bandana full of camping necessities (mini flashlights, gummy worms, gummy bears and s'more trail mix).



Wasn't that the cutest little camping party? Makes me want to go heat up some s'mores!

For more fun party inspiration check out my parties page here.