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Butterfly Themed Birthday Party: Food & Desserts

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Did you love the butterfly decorations? I did too. They were so much fun to put together. The food and desserts were equally fun and they were delicious! I looked for items that either fit the butterfly theme or the color theme – that way they would all coordinate.

Butterfly Themed Party Food:

I held two different parties – one for the family to come for dessert and another for little friends. So, let’s start with the dessert party:

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Soda:

For the beverages I purchased Strawberry and Orange Crush for the pink and orange colors and Jarritos pinneaple for the yellow (it is a Mexican soda and can be found on the ethnic food aisle). Then I just added a 2″ printed butterfly taped over the logo of the bottle.

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Cake:

Oh, the cake. I had such grand visions of a perfect cake. Unfortunately, the vision in my head didn’t come out of the piping bag all by itself. I guess you need to actually have some cake decorating skill in order to get what’s in your head. 🙂 The frosting didn’t blend from one color to the next and the chocolate butterflies that I piped out onto wax paper didn’t stand out as I had hoped, but it tasted good!

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I made three 9″ round cakes in the three party colors. For the pink layer I used a strawberry cake mix (I made the rest into cupcakes for the friend party). The middle and top layer were a yellow cake mix with a bit of food coloring added for the orange layer. I made homemade cream cheese frosting because I don’t like the flavor of shortening based frostings.

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Lemon Bars:

I included lemon bars for an extra sweet treat. They are one of my favorite desserts and they matched the color theme – double score! I love all of the recipes from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe that I have tried and so although I hadn’t had this recipe before, I knew they would be good. They didn’t disappoint – they were perfectly tart, sweet and buttery. Give them a try!

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Fruit:

For those who wanted a less sugary dessert, I also served fruit kabobs. Keeping with the color theme I served pineapple, cantaloupe and watermelon that I cut using a Butterfly Shaped Cookie Cutter.

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Favors:

Guests got to take home Salt Water Taffy in the party colors, chocolate mold butterfly suckers that I made using chocolate candy melt and Butterfly Gummy Candy (purchased at Winco).

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At the party the following day for her little friends I served many of the same items, but added a few to turn it into lunch.

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Butterfly Sandwiches:

I used a butterfly shaped cookie cutter to turn ordinary white sandwich bread into cute little butterfly PB&J’s.

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Butterfly Crackers with Cheese:

Pepperidge Farm Golden Butter Crackers come in the shape of a butterfly! They also have a box called “Cracker Favorites” that contain butterfly shaped crackers. I found them at my regular local grocery store. I simply paired them with some string cheese or cheddar cheese for a simple tray.

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Chips:

To continue with the color theme I offered plain potato chips as well as cheetos (what toddler doesn’t love cheetos?).

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It was fun to brainstorm ways to incorporate the butterfly or color palette into all of the food details! Stay tuned for the details on all of the activities we did at the party!

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Patriotic Party Decor

For Memorial Day we hosted a barbecue with my husbands family and I wanted to add some patriotic party decor. I was out of town the entire week leading up to the holiday and when I got home I didn’t have much time to put into anything intricate. So, I challenged myself. I wanted to spend one hour to create and only use supplies I could find online or already had in my craft box. I was pretty surprised how well it came together!

Outdoor Entertaining

I quickly found some really cute FREE Patriotic Printables online (that I showcased on Wednesday) and printed them out to use for a banner and food picks.

 

 

4th of July DIY banner

 

I glittered some clothespins and used them to secure the red and blue striped pennants to a length of ribbon. Then I tied that to the sides of my umbrella with balloons (I always keep the Dollar store assorted color balloons in my party box).

4th of July DIY Banner FREE Printables and glittered clothespins

For the table, I used my ornament hangers (also shown at this party) to hold balloons and a Patriotic Pinwheel Printable (found here). I also had pieces of plastic table covers left over from this party and used that over my white cloths for a pop of color.

 

 

4th of July FREE printable pinwheels

I wrapped some of the paper cups with the printable food labels, others I wrapped with the top of popcorn bags I had in the pantry (we have a popcorn maker so I keep bags on hand).

 

 

4th of July DIY Decorations drink wrappers

For the utincil holders I took an old baby formula can (cleaned it out) and wrapped it in a red napkin and more printables/pop corn bag tops and added a printable Patriotic Pinwheel printable. (It was really windy so some of our landscape rocks also made it into the decor to hold things down! :)) I had red plates and red and white napkins in my paper goods stash.

 

4th of July DIY Decorations

To dress up the fruit I added cupcake toppers to toothpicks. The kids loved taking them and using them to eat the fruit with.

 

Outdoor Entertaining Fresh Fruit - FREE printable patriotic circles

Yum, does it get any better than a grilled hamburger on a fresh bakery bun? I think not! Enjoy your holiday weekend and even if you don’t have a lot of time or any money to spend on decorations – you can do some really fun things that are simple, quick and will help your party feel patriotic!

4th of July Grilling

Ice Cream Themed Party

Ice Cream Themed Party 2I asked my husband what type of party he wanted this year for his birthday and just like every year he said, “I just want my family over for cake and ice cream”. Well, I took that and ran with it! 🙂

Ice Cream Party Ideas

Ice Cream Themed Birthday Party

I used my Silhouette machine to cut out the ice cream cones and scoops and then turned them into a garland by attaching them to a cream grosgrain ribbon. In between every two cones I added a tuft of lime green tulle. I created the 3-D cones from craft paper (using this template) and color coordinating balloons. The table cover is actually three that I cut to the size I wanted to create the “Neapolitan ice cream” striped look.

Ice Cream Party Garland

I made an ice cream scoop garland to drape across the front of the food table using paper scoops, ribbon and more tulle ribbon.

Ice Cream Party table garland

I turned ornament hangers into cone stands for the table centerpieces and scattered ice cream scoop confetti on the table.

Ice Cream Party Centerpiece

Guests had 3 flavors of ice cream and 14 toppings to choose from. The clear plastic toppings containers were only $2.50 at Walmart! I got the platic squeeze bottles at Orson Gigi for $1.50 each (but you can get them here for the same price: Plastic Squeeze Bottles) and I made the three levels for the toppings to sit on by wrapping 2×4’s in plastic table cover.

Ice Cream Sundae Bar Toppings Ice Cream Sundae Bar 2

Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Ice Cream Bar ToppingsIce Cream Party ConesI made strawberry cupcakes in the ice cream cones (they were a little messy – don’t fill them more than 1/2 way) and topped them with vanilla frosting.  To bake them I put them in a muffin tin.Ice Cream Party Cone Cupcakes

For the favors guests were given an ice cream cone bubbles (3 for $1 at Dollar Tree), Ice Cream Cone Sidewalk Chalk (3 for $1 at Walmart) and an ice cream cone popper (12 for $3 at Zurchers).

I made the cone stand (tutorial shown in this post) out of cardboard and my trusty glue gun. Ice Cream Party FavorIce Cream Party Favors

Unfortunately, this is the party that never happened. I set everything up on a Friday and that night my daughter got the flu and we were up all night taking care of her. We sent everyone a message on Saturday telling that the party was postponed until the next Saturday. But then during that week my husband, his mother and his sister all came down with the flu so we ended up just cancelling it so that we wouldn’t spread the “love” to anyone else. Luckily, my niece had a birthday that same week so I was able to donate all of the goods to my sister for her party – hooray for birthdays and parties that actually get to happen!

If you are planning your own ice cream themed party you could include activities like: pin the cherry on the cone or a blind folded ice cream flavor guessing game. 🙂

Wedding Wednesday: Flower-free centerpieces ideas

There are so many ways to dress your table at a luncheon, rehearsal dinner or reception. Not all of them have to be large arrangements of flowers. If you’ve done any research, you know how expensive flower arrangements are and many of these ideas come in at a fraction of that cost. I’m not a fan of silk flowers AT ALL – so if you can’t afford real flowers, go with a flower free centerpiece like one of these:

It’s your special day, so put you and your sweetheart on display! Frame photos from engagement shoot, bridal/groomal photo shoots or even include baby or school days photos with little descriptions. Buy frames at the dollar store and paint them in coordinating colors.

photos and candles

Make sure your venue allows an open flame, otherwise start hunting for flameless candles. This takes plain glass cylinder vases and personalizes them to your wedding. Just add paint and candles and you’ve got a centerpiece!painted vases

Birds and birdcage theme weddings are really popular, so use cute details like nests, stacked books, birdcages and twigs to dress your table.Non-Floral-Birdcage-Wedding-Centerpieces-01

Oh, I love these giant paper flowers! They make such a statement and I don’t miss the real flowers at all!!

giant paper flowers

A tall vase filled with fruit makes a bold color statement (and provides your guests with a snack). It is tied in nicely by the small green ribbon around the napkins and menu cards.apple centerpiece

I love the combination of twigs and floating candles with a few floating “crystals”. Since tall cylinder vases can be expensive, use the 40% off coupons for Hobby Lobby, JoAnn’s or Michaels and buy a couple each time you go, or BORROW! There are bound to be family and friends who have these in their homes so ask around – there is no reason you have to end up owning 40 cylinder vases!

candle and twig

Instead of having a large candy buffet, place jars and containers of candy at each table with scoops, treat bags and a little note telling guests to get up and mingle with other tables (so they can get different types of candy). If you are planning to have the candy anyway, this makes your centerpieces virtually free!

candy centerpiece

Mmmm…who doesn’t love dessert? I’ve been to a wedding where they had the dessert as their centerpiece and I was very happy about it. Whether you are serving donuts, cookies, pasteries/tarts or cupcakes, set them out for your guests to enjoy. Again, look among your family and friends for cake stands and serving pieces so you don’t have to purchase them all!donut centerpiece

A feather centerpiece can help carry out your theme if they are incorporated correctly, but be careful because the big fluffy feathers can look a little vegas-showgirl. I love the use of these peacock feathers, so tasteful and pretty!

peacock feathers

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