Category Archives: Celebrations

Teacher Appreciation Gift – School Supplies

Teacher Appreciation Week is next week for us and I’m really looking forward to showing my daughters teacher how amazing she is! Each day I’m sending a little gift for her. It’s amazing to me how much teachers spend out of pocket for classroom supplies! These extra school supplies will definitely get used! The best part is that I purchased them last August when they were SUPER inexpensive! Pair them with my FREE printable gift tag and you’re all set!

Teacher Appreciation Week Gift: School Supplies

Teacher Appreciation School Supplies Gift Tag

To print the FREE School Supplies Gift Tag, click here: Teacher Appreciation Gift Tag – Extra Supplies

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St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids

We are all set for St. Patrick’s Day! No pinching at our house! Thanks to Oriental Trading for sending me some amazing supplies to use for this fun party – we had a great time and I hardly lifted a finger! We invited a few of my nieces over for an afternoon of St. Patrick’s Day activities to get them all set for the holiday next week. 

St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids

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Coconut Raspberry Cake

Trust me when I tell you that this Coconut Raspberry cake will take away your winter blues. It will transport you to springtime in one bite! It’s January and we are buried in snow. I made this cake for Easter last year and it was so delicious! I need something to give me the hope of Spring, so I made it again for a ladies night in we are having in my neighborhood to bid farewell to a friend/neighbor that is moving. The tangy raspberry paired with the luxurious coconut buttercream frosting topping the spongy french vanilla cake is the perfect combination. 

Coconut Raspberry Cake

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Cake:
Betty Crocker French Vanilla Cake Mix
3 Eggs
1 cup Water
1/2 cup Vegetable oil

Raspberry Sauce:
1 box Raspberry Danish Dessert
1  12oz bag Frozen Raspberries
2 cups Water

Coconut Buttercream:
2 sticks (1 cup) Butter – room temperature
4 cups Powdered Sugar
2 Tbsp Water
1/2 tsp Coconut Extract
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

3/4 cup Shredded Sweetened Coconut

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Step 1: Bake the cake according to box directions

 I used 2 – 9″ round pans and baked them for 25 minutes and then allowed them to cool on my stove before turning them out onto a cookie sheet to cool in the refrigerator. You can do this cake in a 9×13 pan or layer it the way I have done. Either way it is amazing. If you are doing the layer version, I recommend spraying your pan, adding a round of parchment paper and spraying it again with non-stick spray just to make sure they come out clean. 

Step 2: Make the Raspberry Sauce

In a saucepan over Medium High heat whisk together the 2 cups of water and danish dessert powder. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for 1 minute stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add in the frozen raspberries. Use the whisk to mash them up and incorporate them into the sauce. Allow to cool completely and then refrigerate until you are ready to assemble the cake. 

Step 3: Make the Coconut Buttercream

Using a hand mixer mix just the butter in a mixing bowl until fluffy. Add in 2 cups of powdered sugar, the vanilla, coconut and 1 Tbsp of water and mix thoroughly. Add the last 2 cups of powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp of water and mix until fully incorporated. Start slowly so the powdered sugar doesn’t fly everywhere and then you can increase the speed of the mixer to get it light and fluffy.

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Step 4: Assemble the Cake

Use a long serrated knife to cut each round cake in half. Place the bottom layer on a cake board or plate and top with 1/3 – 1/2 cup (approximately) of the raspberry sauce. Use the back of a spoon to spread it over the cake in an even layer. 

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Place the top layer from the first cake on top of the raspberry sauce and then pipe 1/2 of the coconut buttercream frosting onto the cake. Use an offset spatula to spread over the cake evenly. Top evenly with 1/4 cup of the shredded coconut.

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Add the bottom layer from the second cake and top with raspberry sauce, just like the first layer. You will have some leftover, which is a great thing! It is amazing on waffles!

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Add the last layer and top with the remaining buttercream frosting. Finish it with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded coconut, Chill cake in refrigerator for at least 1 hour, 

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When you serve the cake heat your knife by running it under hot water and hen drying it off, This will help it cut through the layers more cleanly.

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Enjoy! I know you will!!

Cowboy Western Party Decorations

Thanks to Oriental Trading for sending me the most adorable  cowboy western themed party decorations to use for my sisters 40th SURPRISE birthday party!  Despite it being the middle of winter, we went with a cowboy western theme because it fit my sister so well. She loves country dancing, pulled pork sandwiches and wearing cowboy boots (in fact she worked selling cowboy boots for a time when she was younger). Because I was due to have my baby a few days before the party, I prepared all of the party decorations ahead of time and handed them over to my niece to set up the day of the party. Getting the supplies from Oriental Trading instead of going the 100% DIY route really saved my sanity and helped the theme stay consistent throughout the entire party. I still got to do a few fun little DIY touches but the decorations came together really quickly. I put everything together at my house and took pictures so my niece would know exactly how to set things up and I think she did a fantastic job! I just showed up for the party and had a great time with everyone!

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Vintage Airplane Shower Printables & Games

The fun continues with post #2 about this cute Vintage Airplane baby shower I did for my niece. Today I’ll be sharing the FREE printables, favors and fun activities we did at the shower. 

I followed my Rules for Hosting a Shower on a Budget and prepared 3 activities for the guests.

Vintage Airplane Shower Activities:

The first was Advice Cards. To help it fit with the Vintage Airplane theme, I ordered these Vintage Postcards on Amazon and asked guests to fill in advice to the new mom on them and slip them into the cute little suitcase. This was something that the guests could do while they mingled and it was helpful to the mom!

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Vintage Airplane Baby Shower

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of helping host a Vintage Airplane Baby Shower for my beautiful niece Alix. I am so excited for her and it was so much fun to put this shower together for her and her sweet baby boy! 

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Chinese Chicken Salad

This Chinese Chicken Salad is always a BIG hit at any event I bring it to. It’s the perfect salad for a Ladies Lunch, Bridal Shower or Baby Shower. In fact, the first time I made this for a baby shower, me and two of the others hosting the shower each brought 2 salads to make a little salad buffet and this was the first salad to be gone because people LOVED IT!Chinese Chicken Salad - eventstocelebrate.net

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Mother’s Day Card Printable

Mother’s Day is just one month away and I’m already making plans for my annual Mother’s Day Brunch that I host for my wonderful mother each year. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve seen some of the photos that are inspiring my decor this year. I’ll be sharing lots more in the coming weeks, so check in! But first, April 24 – 30, 2016 is National Infertility Awareness Week and it is something I try to highlight to each year. #NIAW 

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