Love Is Sweet Bridal Shower

Last week I helped put together a bridal shower for my nephews new bride. After getting my cotton candy machine, I declared that the next bridal shower would be themed “Love Is Sweet” – and since I was in charge, that’s what we did.


Let me show you some of the cute details:

Love Is Sweet Banner

Over the fireplace I hung a couple of tulle pom pom garlands. I made a LOVE IS SWEET banner by cutting out glittered canvas and cardstock letters with my Silhouette machine and gluing them together. Then I clipped bags of cotton candy to one of the tulle garlands with gold glittered clothespins. 

Love Is Sweet Decorations

In the kitchen where the food was served I set up mason jars that I painted with metallic gold craft paint and then rolled in gold glitter. On each jar I added a tissue paper pom pom. I framed sweet sayings and added a tulle knot to the frame.

Gold Glitter Mason Jars Washi Tape Cups

The cups and chevron print paper straws were glitzed up by adding Gold Washi Tape to them. Don’t they look ready to party? 

IMG_0473 Love Is Sweet Refreshments

Pictured above are the topping options for the brownies and vanilla ice cream. My sister made her homemade chocolate fudge sauce – oh mercy! Guests could also drizzle caramel topping and sprinkle chopped pecans – but don’t forget a generous amount of whipped topping! We also served chicken salad sandwiches in mini croissants and fruit. 

Mad Libs Wedding Vows


The activities were really simple to put together. We did Mad Lib Wedding Vows, you can get the free printable here, and Bridal Shower Bingo, which happens to be my favorite shower game ever (no lie). You can get that free printable here

Bridal Shower Bingo

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Last night at the bridal shower for my nephews soon-to-be bride, we played Bridal Shower Bingo. It’s one of my favorite games to play at a shower (baby or bridal) because it gives the guests something to do while the gifts are opened. I will admit, it is a totally selfish reason for me, because I find the gift opening to be really boring most of the time. This turns it into a fun game with guests shouting BINGO when they’ve got 5 in a row. Then I let them pick a prize and the gift opening continue!

I created a really simple and FREE PRINTABLE Bridal Shower Bingo card. Have a great time at your next bridal shower with it! Simply print it out, distribute to guests with a pen and have them fill in the squares with gifts they think she might receive. Then as gifts are opened they cross off any they guessed correctly. When someone gets 5 in a row, they yell “BINGO!” and get a small prize. 

Bridal Shower Bingo Free Printable

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Mad Libs Wedding Vows

My nephew is getting married and so I’m helping throw a shower for his fiance. I decided one of the activities we will do is Mad Lib Wedding Vows. You’ve probably seen all the cute individual print-outs to do them at a shower or wedding, but I prefer filling one out as a group. It’s a lot more fun and gets everyone involved at the same time. Then, once it is filled out I read it aloud and everyone has a good laugh. 

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Mad Libs Wedding Vows

You know I’m selective about the games I will play at a shower (as I’ve mentioned here and here) but this one really is fun and only takes a few minutes so everyone is up for participating. 

I have really terrible handwriting, so rather than scribbling the vows on the poster board, I printed the words, cut them out and glued them to the poster board. It doesn’t look 100% professional, but it looks 100% better than if I had handwritten it. Trust me. 

If you’re like me, and you need help in the hand writting department, here is the document that you can just print, cut and paste onto your own poster board. Let the laughter ensue!

Bridal Shower Mad Lib Wedding Vows

Despicable Me 2 Party Favors

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The Evil Minions from the movie Despicable Me 2 are the perfect party theme. They have such strong characteristics, and you can have so much fun with them! I’ve loved all the Despicable Me birthday party ideas I’ve seen over the last few years, but wanted to put this out there as well. I found these FREE PRINTABLE treat boxes (there are lots of free Despicable Me printables on this site) and they were BEGGING to have some cotton candy hair!! Now they really do look like the Purple Minions. They’d make a perfect Despicable Me 2 party favor!!

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My only wish, is that the purple cotton candy color isn’t more intense. But, I guess that goes with cotton candy, it is pastel no matter what color you’re spinning. 

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Don’t have a cotton candy machine? This is the one I have and I LOVE IT!!  – Commercial Quality Cotton Candy Machine

Spring Cleaning Hacks: Party Supplies

Organizing my party supplies has been at the top of my list for Spring Cleaning, so when SNICKERS®, Family Dollar and Collective Bias, Inc. offered to sponsor my post about it I jumped at the chance! #WhenImHungry #CollectiveBias

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I happen to have a large collection of supplies on hand at any given time “just in case”. You never know when you’ll need to throw a party! Aside from that, I have a bunch left over supplies from the parties I’ve done that have all somehow ended up in three different locations throughout my house – all stored (embarrassingly) in old cardboard boxes. They’re jammed so full that finding something in them is not possible unless you dump the whole thing out, so I usually just buy all new supplies for each party and have amassed a pile up. It was time to organize them a bit. Spring Cleaning To The Rescue!

I headed to Family Dollar to purchase some organization bins and grabbed some SNICKERS® Almond, Extreme and Peanut Butter Squares to make a Spring Cleaning incentive jar. Cleaning and organizing makes me HANGRY (Hungry+Angry) – so these are just as necessary as the organization bins.  I figure I’ll treat myself to one each time I cross one project off my Spring cleaning list. They’re that motivating to me. 

Spring Cleaning Hacks

Paper Goods Organization

Here are the Paper Goods all spread out. See what I mean? I have like 6 boxes of utensils that are all 1/2 full.

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Spring Cleaning Hack: Pencil Boxes for Storing Utensils

My favorite find at Family Dollar was actually in the school section – I used pencil boxes to organize my plastic utensils. I put spoons in one, forks in another and knives in a third. Genius right?! No more digging through crappy boxes that have a mixture of all three inside!  Spring Cleaning Hacks - Events To Celebrate

I also put all of my napkins in plastic storage containers. They seem to always get spread around the box and crumpled up so having them in a sturdy container will help a lot!Spring Cleaning Hacks - Events To Celebrate

 I also folded all of the plastic table cover remnants I have (left over from projects like this, and this). I love finding non traditional ways to use them and for $.97 each, I get a lot of bang for my buck!

Everything fit neatly into a large storage bin and it is ready to go on the shelf in my pantry! I know many won’t understand this, but it gives my mind great peace to have it so organized! I love it!Spring Cleaning Hacks - Events To Celebrate

 Party Supply Organization

Streamers and balloons may be my party nemesis. Inside the box they’ve been kept in they seem to unwind and wander all throughout the box. It was time for a Spring Cleaning solution! 

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Spring Cleaning Hack: Store Balloons According To Color

I used to keep all of my balloons in one large plastic bag. No good. I sorted them by color and stored each color in it’s own zip top bag. Then, I placed all of the individual bags into a larger zip top bag. Ah, my zen is returning!

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To keep them from unraveling I also stored each individual roll of streamers in a plastic zip top bag. I know these things are simple, but they are going to help me stay organized and I may actually know what is inside my storage bin instead of just going and buying all new because I don’t want to untangle a mess each time. Spring Cleaning Hacks - Events To Celebrate

 See, all of the party supplies snug as a bug in a cute plastic storage bin. Spring Cleaning Hacks - Events To Celebrate

Baking Supply Organization

Because I access my baking supplies frequently, I decided to store them in an open basket for easier access. 

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Spring Cleaning Hack: Use a Tackle Box for Piping Tips and Food Dye

I have had this small tackle box for a few years, and it made the perfect organization bin for all of my food dye and piping supplies. In the bottom I have all of my piping tips stored in the little cubicles.

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 Once the little pieces were all contained I just stacked things into open baskets to keep in my pantry. 

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I felt so satisfied after I was finished! It was definitely worthy of a SNICKERS® Almond to reward my efforts. Now, to tackle the next project (so I can have another SNICKERS®) – the mess that we call our play room!

Headed to Family Dollar to get your Spring Cleaning supplies? Stop in the treat aisle for the snack size SNICKERS®  Almond in a 6-pack and find the full size bars at the check-out stand to put in your Spring Cleaning Incentive Jar!

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Birthday Cake Alternatives

I recently posted about the Brownie Dessert Pizza I made for my husbands birthday. If you’ve got a birthday headed your way and the person you’re celebrating doesn’t care for cake or can’t have it because of dietary restrictions, I’ve got some really great birthday cake alternatives they’ll be sure to love!

I think you’ll find that they won’t feel like an “alternative” at all, and you may just find yourself a new tradition!

10 Birthday Cake Alternatives

1- Dessert Pizza

I made this decadent brownie dessert pizza for my husbands birthday and it was amazing. It had a homemade chocolate buttercream, homemade quick caramel sauce and M&M’s® Crispy on top. It was awesome! You could do a sugar cookie base, cream cheese frosting and lots of fresh berries for a fruit pizza too – that’d be perfect for spring!

10 Birthday Cake Alternatives - eventstocelebrate.netBrownie Dessert Pizza by Events To Celebrate

2 – Waffle Cake

If you’re hosting a slumber party for your birthday boy or girl, this would be the ultimate way to wake them up! I love that Rachel at Eazy Peazy Meals used a boxed cake mix in hers. Genius!  

10 Birthday Cake Alternatives - eventstocelebrate.netWaffle Cake from Eazy Peazy Meals

3- Cookie Tower

Whether your favorite cookie is an Oreo, Chips Ahoy or something else, pile them up and call it good! Serve with ice cold milk and you’ve really got a party going. The Birthday Cake Oreo Cookies would be perfect for this! 10 Birthday Cake Alternatives - eventstocelebrate.netOreo Cookie Tower from Fab You Bliss

4- Ice Cream Sandwiches

These homemade peanut butter cookies are only made better by one thing – the homemade strawberry ice cream sandwiched between them. Perfect for any size party because you can make the cookies large or small and pre-scoop the ice cream and keep them in muffin tins until you’re ready to use them!  

10 Birthday Cake Alternatives - eventstocelebrate.netPeanut Butter Sandwich Cookies by Events To Celebrate

5- Dipped Fruit

This is the perfect solution for kids with allergies or even if your looking for a healthier alternative. Set up a chocolate fondu station with lots of fruit options to dip or make chocolate (or yogurt) dipped bananas with lots of topping choices. 

10 Birthday Cake Alternatives - eventstocelebrate.netChocolate Dipped Bananas by Super Healthy Kids

6- Ice Cream Bar

I absolutely love this option. It let’s guests customize their own dessert. Simply offer a few ice cream flavors and lots of topping and sauce options and you’re all set! 

10 Birthday Cake Alternatives - eventstocelebrate.netIce Cream Bar by Events To Celebrate

7- Cookie Cake

I still remember when I saw Kelsey Nixon post this on Instagram when she made it for her son’s birthday. It’s brilliant, and she has step by step instructions on her website so yours can look (and taste) just as good! I love that you could totally customize this by using chopped candy bars instead of chocolate chips. 

10 Birthday Cake Alternatives - eventstocelebrate.netChocolate Chip Cookie Cake by Kelsey Nixon

 8- Build Your Own Pie

I’ve seen this idea done at showers, but using the snack packs really makes it kid friendly! 

10 Birthday Cake Alternatives - eventstocelebrate.netPie Bar from Play Party Pin

9 – Rice Krispie Cake

I happen to be one of those people that can eat an entire pan of rice krispie treats. So, for me, this “cake” would be heaven! Layers of treats are sandwiched with lots of frosting and sprinkles!

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Rice Krispie Cake by Sprinkle Bakes

 10 – Donut Tower 

II agree with them, that it is more striking when you have one type of donut, but mixing it up will make the most guests happy. No time to bake? Just pick up some donuts at the grocery store bakery. This would be the perfect solution to the no-cake-conundrum. 

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Donut Tower by Talkin Chow Playin House

And since these ideas look so much better, especially for a birthday party, served on a cake stand, I thought I would link you to my favorite. Its a simple white porcelain cake stand that is super versatile! You can buy it here: Porcelain Round Cake Stand

Homemade Almond Joy

This recipe for homemade Almond Joy is super simple and they turn out amazing! Almond Joy happens to be one of my favorite candy bars and so to have a homemade version is a little bit dangerous because I want to eat the entire recipe! It’s got some versatility so you can add more of the things you love (like I did). I adapted the recipe from this one I used for my Big Hero 6 party and they are divine!

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For some reason when it is spring I want anything with coconut in it. I have visions of dyed shredded coconut mimicking the grass in Easter desserts. These add three of my favorite things: almonds, chocolate and coconut. There’s not too far you can go wrong with that!

Step 1: 
Follow the recipe below and scoop 1-2 tablespoons at a time onto a Parchment Paper lined baking sheet. You can form them into whatever shape you want, but I “tried” to get them into the shape of an oval. If you’re really particular about it, you could pack them into a small cookie cutter. Allow to chill in the freezer for 45 minutes. You want them really firm and cold when you dip them. 

(side note: I add sliced almonds to the recipe because I like almond in every bite. If you want to be more authentic, you can omit them from the recipe and place a whole almond on top of each mound before you chill them)

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Step 2:
Melt 1/2 cup of milk chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring every 20 seconds until fully melted. Dip the bottom of each coconut mound and return to the baking sheet. Chill in the freezer for an additional 30 minutes.

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Step 3: 
Melt an additional 1/2 cup of chocolate chips  and dip the top half of the coconut mounds to cover the entire surface. Return to baking sheet and chill until you are ready to serve. 

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Homemade Almond Joy
Yields 12
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  1. 2 Tbsp Salted Butter
  2. 2 Tbsp Milk
  3. 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  4. Pinch of Salt
  5. 1 cup Confectioners Sugar
  6. 1 1/2 cup Shredded Coconut (sweetened)
  7. 1/4 cup sliced Almonds
  8. 1 cup Milk Chocolate Chips - divided
  1. In a dry pan on medium heat, toast the almonds until they just start to get a nice tan color. Remove from the pan and set aside to cool while you proceed.
  2. In a saucepan, melt the butter on low heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the milk and vanilla and a pinch of salt (to counter all the sweetness). Add the confectioners sugar in three batches stirring until smooth each time. Add in the coconut and almonds and mix well to combine.
  3. Scoop onto a parchment lined baking sheet and chill in the freezer for 45 minutes. Dip the bottom half of each mound in 1/2 cup of the melted chocolate chips. Chill an additional 20 - 30 minutes. Dip the top half of each mound in the other 1/2 cup of melted chocolate chips and chill until ready to serve.
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Disney Planes Party Favor

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Disney Planes Party Favors

The Disney movie Planes and Planes Fire & Rescue are so dang cute. When I got my cotton candy machine I knew the Blue Raspberry would be the perfect clouds for a Planes birthday party favor. When I was at the movie theater with my daughter (who was 3 at the time) to see Planes Fire & Rescue, about 20 minutes in she turned to me and with a puzzled look said, “Mom, there aren’t any princesses in this movie.” I laughed, she was so right, no princesses in that one, but super cute just the same!

You know I am a huge fan of free party printables on the internet. There are several really great websites out there that offer them – SO USE THEM! These Planes Bag Toppers were a free printable from Homeketeers. In fact, they come with a whole package of Planes themed free printables. It’s so easy to just download them and print them. 

I paired the pouf of blue cotton candy with a cute little airplane I made using a clothespin and Popsicle stick. I tried to get the paint to mimic Dusty Crophopper. This would also be a really fun party craft if you had kids that were at the age that they could handle painting without making a horrible mess. Just glue the pieces together ahead of time and let them paint them at the party!

To make the clothespin airplane:

– Paint a wood clothespin with white craft paint using a foam brush and allow to dry

– Paint the top surface of the clothespin and the entire Popsicle stick orange and allow to dry

– Paint a turquoise stripe on both sides at the top of the white on either side of the clothespin. 

– Using a serrated knife, cut the ends off of the Popsicle stick and glue it to the front of the plane. Use one of the cut off ends to glue upright on the back of the airplane. 

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