DEAR READERS AND NEW VISITORS....MY BLOG IS HAVING A FEW TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES,THE CIRCLE WITH THE DASH WHERE A PHOTO SHOULD BE. I AM SLOWLY GOING BACK RELOADING THEM!

7.31.2011

Drink Of The Week - Cake Batter Martini

Seriously...I must make this, stat! How perfect is this for your next dessert party? OK, it's a perfect me-time cocktail.  I'll let you skip over to How Sweet It Is so you can drool over the other photos and get the recipe yourself!

7.30.2011

Blog Thank Yous And Shoutouts

My ego is constantly kept in check; I get amazing emails from readers on both ends of the spectrum...from 'I love your blog' to 'you suck and a waste of blog space'. Yeah, I won't publish those, I'm not giving 'Anonymous' the satisfaction.

Anyhoo, I'm always honored to be featured, it's all about spreading my crazy. Especially by those I stalk..er..follow on a regular basis! So big thank you and shoutout to...

...Tip Junkie for including my Santa's Mustache Bash in her Christmas In July 34 Christmas Games & Parties. Really, go check it out, chock-a-block full of stuff for those of you who are already knitting Christmas gifts.

...Amy Atlas (!!!) has me under her Links I'm Loving for my pink safari baby shower.  Did I mention Amy Atlas?

...Catch My Party for having our fighter pilot outfit in their Trends: Birthday Boy Trend  and for our Mario Party as Party Of The Day! This site is one the first places I look for great parties and serious inspiration!

7.29.2011

Fiesta Friday - Lemonade Stand

The boys and I are having a lemonade stand/bake sale this weekend so of course I had to share some more amazing lemon/lemonade ideas I've come across, since apparently I did a lemonade post a few months ago and totally didn't remember....

Simple crates become a lovely spread at One Charming Party's lemonade stand.

A sunny yellow party from KoJo Designs via The Hostess Blog; I love the hanging mason jar!

Littlebean Boutique's stand is the cutest...and she has the printables in her shop!

Pretty in pink and yellow at Giggles Galore.

Oh man, you have to check out the gorgeous photos of this tea party at Style Me Pretty.
What a fun escort card idea from Martha Stewart.

I don't know what I love more about these drinks from Dylan Lauren's bridal shower, the monogrammed wooden stirrers or the lemon swizzle sticks!

Love this round up of lemon recipes from TidyMom.


My favorite find from A Little Sussy; I love the straw lid for the mason jars.

Check out my previous post, Alex's Lemonade Stand/National Lemonade Days.

7.26.2011

Tuesday Tip - My Mac & Cheese Post On Today's Mama/Fancy Flours Catalog

A big bowl of cheesy, creamy mac & cheese...what I would need if I were ever stranded on a desert island. Are you thinking about that right now? Wouldn't that be an awesome party theme? I thought so too...check out my thoughts on my Today's Mama post, Mac & Cheese, Please! And if you haven't heard, one of our mac & cheese spots was on Oprah's Favorite Things List 2010...booyah!

And speaking of tasty things...if you haven't signed up for FancyFlours catalog, seriously, what are you waiting for? Look what you're missing....


7.24.2011

Drink Of The Week - Clothespin Drink Charms

I've been so slacking on D.O.W. the past month, so I'll make it up to you with this simple-why-didn't-I-think-of-that drink charm from FunkyTime...check out the easy tute and class up your next glass of lemonade...or margarita.

7.23.2011

Butterfly Kisses Fashion Show

I was recently contacted by Audrey McKinley of Vintage Couture with gorgeous pictures by Kim Kirker from a recent fashion show. I love all the party details from the  felt butterfly straws and custom dessert toppers to zebra ribbon accents on everything!




7.22.2011

Fiesta Friday/Real Party - Pink Safari Baby Shower

My sister-in-law Katie is having her first baby, a girl they are going to name Lily.  Sure, I could have run with that, but since the nursery is safari-themed, and per her request, became the shower's theme. Plus, when am I going to get the chance to throw a girl shower?  With a milk and cookies theme?

My biggest piece of advice when planning a baby shower is to make sure the shower reflects your MTB's style.  Katie is so not fluffy, girly pink; she's hip and sophisticated, so no teddy bears and storks.

Her other requirement, cheesy baby games.  I twitched a little, but that's ok.  I refused to do the How Big Is My Belly Game...that is embarrassing on every level, but I figured out a way around that to make them a little classy-ish.

My inspiration is always starting with the great Amy Atlas...WWAD? The shower was being held at an upscale gym so I really had to make it not feel like...well a gym. With high ceilings and fluorescent lighting, well, you see where I'm going with this...

And I must admit, it's my favorite party I've thrown so far...I pulled out all my tricks I could think of...varying table heights, different textures and mediums, tiny details, oversized details...
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I've had these oversized lanterns forever, and I spray painted one of them pink and hung in the lobby to take up some space and welcome guests in.

Next up, to enlist the help of my favorite party printables gal Kori of Paper & Pigtails to set the table scene...I told her what I wanted and she was all over that!  P.S. I don't bake.  They were all store-bought except for a few that were Otis Spunkemeyer cookie dough that I baked.  Don't judge.  I can only do so much.
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I so love my acrylic boxes I found at Michael's on crazy clearance...you'll be seeing them at every party. I love to fill them up and a bit of ribbon to cover the seam...animal crackers seemed perfect!

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Strawberry and chocolate cupcakes, of course, with mini cookie toppers...


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I was excited when I found these little papier-mâché giraffes! And my favorite party trick, lining vessels with scrapbook paper...

I did dip the sugar cookies myself, so there!

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The hanging branch was a total stroke of genius...I've always had it, and hanging it over a table has always been a party dream. Since the ceilings were paneled, I was a hanging-stuff-up fool! I tied organza ribbon on for a jungle-vine feel.

No one got the letters, Josh, Katie, Lily.  They just thought it was a reference to the Alphabet Song...


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Cookie garnishes and wafer straws were the perfect accompaniments on our Milk Bar...and yes, I snuck in paper straws. Total shout out to The Purple Pug  for the milk bottle inspiration.


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Yes, we had the 'Guess The Baby Food' and Gift Bingo games...I did say she wanted cheesy...let me tell you, we had some serious competitors! We had several food blends (granola and raisins) and they were wanting partial credit for figuring out one of the blends.

I found pink pacifers for everyone to wear for the 'Can't Say The Word' game; and once again, the competitive streak seriously came out again.

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I made banners from threading letters on fishing line, LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS OH MY, that was supposed to hang across the front of the dessert tables, but it didn't quite work out that way. Instead, I just ran them down the main tables and they were even better there.

I used lots of kraft paper; the table coverings, the wrapped boxes, covering the mirrors behind the dessert table...

Each placesetting had a candy banana favor (did you see the Thanks A Bunch tag? Yup, it's a stamp!) gift bingo and baby food cards and a glassine bag for cookie treats. I'm currently obsessed with stamping wooden utensils...I dug out my tiny stamp set and stamped BABY on the spoons...I know.



For the kids present, I wanted a little extra to keep them occupied.  I spied this super clever idea at Garnish, and it was perfect!

My favorite part was decorating onesies...we actually wanted artwear the baby would wear so I did a little research and came up with a great solution. I purchased different materials and ironed fusible webbing on the back. Guests then could freehand designs or use stencils and cookie cutters to trace, then cut out and iron onto the onesies. Katie's mom will later sew the designs to reinforce them on.

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I love how they turned out!! The I LOVE AJ was courtesy of Katie's bestie and owner of the gym.  I think it's a little subtle...

The happy couple! Thank you for letting me be part of your special day, I can't wait to meet Lily!

Vendors
Safari printables - Paper & Pigtails
Gable boxes, clear labels, paper straws, wooden berry boxes, wooden spoons - Garnish
Cookies - local grocers
Banana candy mold - Home Cake Decorating Supply Co. (local store)
Ribbon, material for the onesies, fusible webbing - JoAnn Fabrics And Crafts
Kraft paper, ribbon - local store
Block letters, papier-mâché giraffes, acrylic boxes, cookie cutters - Michael's

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