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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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Teddy Bear Picnic

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(Since the ground can be bumpy I used this old suit case as a little food table)

Wednesday, July 10th is National Teddy Bear Picnic Day. I bet you didn’t even know that one existed – right? I love a good picnic. The food and eating outside on a blanket in the shade just makes me so happy – plus it means that the weather is nice out, which I love too.

I recently had a sleepover with a few of my nieces and nephew and we turned our lunch that day into a teddy bear picnic. They (the girls especially) loved that they got to involve their teddy bears and pretend to feed them. It was really cute. We kept the food simple, but the dessert totally stole the show – it was so easy but SO delicious! It is going to be my go-to dessert from now on!

Teddy Bear Picnic Fun!

We dined on grilled hot dogs, cheetos and watermelon slices and washed it down with a Capri Sun.

Teddy Bear Picnic

Mr. Bear (above) and my daughter Lucy (below) were very thirsty.

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Ice Cream Sandwiches with a dollop of Whipped Cream and a heafty drizzle of caramel topping was the perfect end to our picnic! Teddy Bear Picnic Dessert Ice Cream Sandwiches

Yum – they were seriously so good!

Ice Cream Sandwich with whipped cream and caramel

So, take your lunch outside this Wednesday, add in a teddy bear for good measure and enjoy the holiday!

Father’s Day Cake and Gift Ideas

Father's Day Cake and Gift Ideas

For Father’s Day I wanted to make my husband his favorite cake, but I wanted to add a fun twist. I decided to cut the cake into the shape of a #1 – for #1 Dad. 🙂 Cute, huh? Luckily, we both have the same favorite cake – chocolate cake with caramel topping, whipped cream and toffee bits on top (sometimes referred to as “better than $=# cake”, but we don’t call it that).

I baked a regular Chocolate box cake mix and then turned it onto a serving platter to cool. I used cake release in the pan to make sure the cake would come out without any missing pieces.

 Father's Day Cake

Once it had cooled a little bit I cut the shape I wanted. I used the cut out pieces to put together the # symbol. It looks a little bit ghetto, but once it is covered in whipped cream, you can’t tell. Then I made a few slits in the cake with a knife and drizzled on the caramel topping. I left it in the fridge overnight so it could soak into the cake (the traditional recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk to be poured over the cake as well – but I think that dilutes the caramel flavor and makes the cake too soggy).

 Number One Cake with Caramel & Whipped Cream

I used a piping bag to add the whipped topping because it was kind of a tricky shape and I wanted to be able to control how it went on. Lastly, I added the toffee bit sprinkles and I’m all set!

 Number One Dad Father's Day Cake Idea

Don’t worry, the leftover pieces didn’t go to waste. That was my late night t.v. watching indulgence.

Chocolate Cake with Caramel and Whipped Topping

Take a look at this adorable card I made. I stamped the words and then rolled my daughters hand in the ink pad and added her cute little hand print. My husband and the grandpa’s get one. Aren’t they precious?!!

Fathers Day handprint card

Then one last idea. My Dad is a huge rootbeer float fan, so I put together this kit for him. It has A&W Rootbeer, A&W Cream Soda, Ice Cream, an Ice Cream Scoop & 4 “beer” Mugs. It was really easy to put together and I KNOW he is going to love it!

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Fairy Princess Themed Party

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This enchanting Fairy Princess themed birthday party was thrown by my sister Beth for her daughter Mary.  When asked on her birthday what she wanted, she told her brother that she wanted a real live fairy to come to her house. She is such a cute little lady who really believes in fairies – and I won’t tell her they don’t exist – no way. Mary’s mom, did so many fun activities for this party that I want to share with you.

When the girls arrived there were 4 stations set up with a helper at each station. It was explained to the girls that in order to become a fairy, and earn their fairy wings they had to complete all four stations and then they would get to have a fairy dance and tea party. So, off the 12 little ones went!

Face painting: My sister and I worked at this station, be kind, I’m no artist! I watched this tutorial on You Tube the night before and tried to remember it as I worked on those tiny little faces.

Fairy Party Facepainted

Fairy Party face painting

 Coloring a Fairy Picture: The children each colored a fairy picture and had it attached to a paper bag that they would later use to collect candy from the pinata!

Fairy Party Coloring pages

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Beth had her daughters color a number of fairy pictures ahead of time and hung them from the ceiling as decoration. I love when the kids get to be involved, it makes it so much more personal to them. As I arrived they excitedly pointed out the ones that they had colored. It was so cute!

Fairy Party Decor

Cupcake decorating: Beth made these beautiful chocolate butterfly wings following this tutorial. Each child got to frost and decorate a cupcake for themselves!

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Fairy Wand: No Fairy Princess is complete without a wand! Using bamboo skewers, cardstock butterflies and lots of embellishments including stickers, markers, curling ribbon and fuzzy pom poms – each child made their very own wand.

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Once all the children had completed the four stations they were given their Fairy Princess wings and danced around in the backyard to “fairy princess” music (courtesy of Enya).

IMG_9269 IMG_9266 IMG_9262Then it was time for the tea party. Beth created a Fairy Princess oasis by cutting plastic table covers into fringe and securing them all around her trampoline – pretty creative if you as me! Each child was given a plate with their decorated cupcake and some snacks and ate inside the oasis.

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Lastly, they broke into a piniata and shared the candy. Below is my niece who got to wear big glittery fairy princess wings (found at TJMaxx).

Fairy Party Piniata

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Mother’s Day Gifts: Childless Couples

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As I mentioned in my last post, my husband and I have infertility. We know too well the pain, longing and disappointment associated with it. Mother’s Day is an especially difficult day for those who are not voluntarily childless or for those who have lost a child. Since infertility affects 1 in 6 couples, you most likely know someone who is going through the various stages of infertility and its difficult processes. I encourage you to reach out to them on Mother’s Day.

Patricia Holland (wife of the apostle, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland) is quoted as saying, “In a poignant exchange with God, Adam states that he will call the woman Eve. And why does he call her Eve? Because she is the mother of all living. Eve was given the identity of the mother of all living years, decades, perhaps centuries before she ever bore a child. It would appear that her motherhood preceded her maternity. I believe ‘mother’ is one of those very carefully chosen words, one of those rich words- with meaning after meaning. I believe with all my heart that it is first and foremost a statement about our nature, not a head count of our children.”

I was blessed to be surrounded by an excellent husband, incredible sisters and family members who let me hold their babies as long as I wanted, come to soccer games, dance recitals and involved me in school programs and let me just play with their kids in the back yard. They gave me opportunities to express my “mother heart” with their children and I love them for it.

For my gift idea to those who need some tender love and care on Mother’s Day I turned to one of my favorite desserts – Homemade Oreos. But I decided that I wanted to make them more appropriate for spring so I used strawberry cake mix instead and added fresh strawberry puree to the cream cheese frosting. They turned out DELISH!!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Cookies

Here’s the recipe and directions:

Cookie Ingredients:

1 box Strawberry cake mix – not prepared

2 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

Cookie Directions:

Combine cake mix, eggs and oil in a bowl. Roll dough into 1″ balls and bake on cookie sheet at 350 for 8 minutes. Allow to cool completely before adding frosting.

Frosting Ingredients:

4 oz Cream Cheese (room temperature)

1/4 c. Butter (room temperature)

2 – 2 1/2 cups Confectioners Sugar

2-3 Tbsp. fresh strawberry puree

Frosting Directions:

Whip cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add strawberry puree (I just diced mine and then mashed them with a fork because I didn’t want to dirty my blender) and combine. Slowly add confectioners sugar and mix until well blended.

To make the cookies you simply spread a dollop of frosting on one cookie and top it with another. They really are so good that you’ll want to hide in a closet to eat them so you don’t have to share!

For the super cute gift tag, Amy from Shirley K Design used another of my most favorite quotes (and talks for that matter) from Julie B. Beck – former Relief Society General President. You can print your very own copy right here, just right click on the image, save it to your computer and print away! mothersheart (1)

Amy is so talented and she even does custom design work! If you have a bridal or baby shower, need invitations, banners or cupcake toppers/wrappers for an upcoming birthday party she is great and super affordable! She also does frequent freebies to her facebook followers!

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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.

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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. 🙂

Dr. Seuss Day Activities

Did you know that tomorrow, March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ Birthday?!! Here are some fun and easy ways you can celebrate with your family! These ideas don’t require a lot of prep work and your kids will love making this Saturday something special!

– Buy a new book each year and read it together over a breakfast of green eggs and ham. Recipe here.

green eggs and ham

– Let them make some Cat In The Hat fruit hats from strawberries, bananas and apple slices. (Thanks to Super Healthy Kids – my sister-in-law Amy’s website for this cute idea!)

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– Get them crafting – they can make a Thing 1, Cat In The Hat pencil holder or a Lorax mask.

thing one hand paint  pencil holder lorax mask

– Print an activity book for them here or let them play the online activities they have. Here is one that I thought was really cute: dr seuss booklet

– Have some Dr. Seuss snacks on hand like this fish bowl of crackers. Or get them involved by letting them help you make swirly seuss-like cookies.

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– Check out your local library for special activities. For those in Utah County, the Spanish Fork library is hosting a book party – find more details here. The Orem library is having a storytelling beginning at 4:00pm – open to all. Find more details about that here.

Looking for some cute Thing 1 & Thing 2 Party Favors? I’ve got a great idea right here. Want some super cute Thing 1 & Thing 2 cookies? Here’s a super simple and delicious recipe for them.

Ten Fabulous Dessert Bars

Whether you are throwing a shower, celebrating a birthday or just having a group of friends over for a movie night, serving a themed buffet will not only save you time, but it will save you money! Think of your own habits, when you walk up to a dessert table and there are 6-8 desserts offered, you take 2 or 3 and then come back for a second on the one you really liked. When you walk up to a dessert table where there is one offering you take one, and maybe come back for a second helping. Right? And if you are a hostess like me, you pick at the yummy bits while you are preparing the food, serve yourself one plate at the party and then nibble on the leftovers while you clean up. 🙂

I’ve come up with ten really delicious and simple dessert bar options that you can use for your next party. Go simple and select one item from each category, or go all out and provide lots of toppings and sauces! For most of them, they are dump and display – meaning you can buy all the supplies at the store, dump them into the containers and you are ready to party – barely any prep! They adapt really well to serve 10 or 100. Another great thing about them is that depending on how you display them and the decorations you add, you can fit them to almost any themed party and they can be dressed up for a fancy affair or made casual for a family get-together.

– S’mores:

Base: graham crackers, thin mints, chocolate cookies, cinnamon graham crackers, keebler fudge stripe cookies, biscoff cookies, ginger snaps, thin brownies

Chocolate: peanut butter cups, plain chocolate, white chocolate, caramel filled chocolate, twix, kit kats, andes chocolate/mint, nutella,

Marshmallows: plain, chocolate, coconut covered, strawberry, peeps

Other toppings: berries, shredded coconut, bananas

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– Trail Mix:

Options could include: chocolate covered pomegranates, marshmallows, pretzels, chocolate covered almonds or peanuts, shelled pistachios, dried cranberries or cherries, raisins, chocolate covered raisings, peanuts, granola, dried fruit, M&M’s

trail mix bar

– Ice Cream Sundae:

Ice-cream – Since you are topping them with lots of goodness, stick with the basics: chocolate, vanilla and strawberry

**Freeze scoops on a cookie sheet or in cupcake lined muffin tins and once frozen place them in a bowl so they are easier for guests to serve themselves

Toppings: Caramel, Fudge, Strawberries, Whip cream, Cherries, Bananas, Oreos, Reeces, Gummy bears, Sprinkles, Brownie bites, Sponge cake bites, Peanuts, Marshmallows, Skor bar, M&m’s, Snickers

ice cream sundae bar

– Ice Cream Sandwich:

Cookies: oatmeal, chocolate chip, snickerdoodles, ginger snap, sugar, chocolate

Softened Ice cream: select flavors that pair well with your cookies: vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, caramel, etc.

Toppings to roll the sides in: peanuts, toffee, crushed oreo’s, mini chocolate chips, toasted coconut, sprinkles, mini m&m’s

ice cream sandwich bar

– Fruit Pizza

Base: sugar cookies

Glue: whipped cream mixed with berry flavored yogurt, whipped cream, lemon curd, buttercream frosting, cream cheese frosting

Toppings: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, kiwi, bananas, coconut

fruit-pizza

– Mini Pie or Tart:

Base: mini pie shells or tarts – grahm cracker crust, traditional crust or almond flour crust

Pie Fillings: cherry, raspberry, lemon, apple, banana pudding, crème anglaise

Toppings: whipped cream or ice cream (cinnamon ice cream, caramel ice cream, lemon ice cream)

pie tart buffet

– Crepes or Waffles:

Base: Crepes (they sell precooked crepes at Costco now!) or Waffles (cheat and use Ego if you are in a time crunch or make them ahead and freeze them, then toast them on the day of the party)

Toppings: variety of berries, fresh fruit, pie fillings (apple, cherry, banana cream, etc.), Nutella, whipped cream, chocolate mousse, lemon curd, ice cream, caramelized bananas, peanut butter

crepes bar

– Hot Cocoa:

Hot chocolate: a variety of chocolate powder flavors (like Stephens Gourmet)

Liquid: steamed milk (soy, almond, coconut, milk)

Toppings: marshmallows, caramel topping, whipped cream, sprinkles, chocolate shavings, candy canes (crushed or whole), cayenne pepper, cinnamon, red hots, wafer cookies

hot cocoa bar

– Cupcakes:

Cupcakes: since you are topping them, stick with basics like chocolate & vanilla

Frosting: (already loaded into piping bags) offer 3-5 choices – cream cheese, butter cream, strawberry, mint, chocolate, peanut butter, coconut, lemon/lime, german chocolate

Toppings: a variety of candy bars that have been chopped small, sprinkles, coconut, marshmallows, fruit, chocolate covered strawberries, chopped nuts, pop rocks – anything miniature

cupcake bar

– Popcorn:

Variety of popcorn: caramel, white cheddar, cheddar, ranch, cookies and cream,  butter, kettle, white chocolate

Toppings: chocolate (like M&M’s, Jr. Mints or Reeces Pieces), nuts, offer plain popcorn and then the shakers (you can get a bunch of flavors at Orson Gigi)

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popcorn shakers

 

Photo credits: Smores, Trail Mix, Ice Cream Sundae, Ice Cream Sandwich, Fruit Pizza, Mini Tarts, Crepes, Hot Cocoa, Cupcakes, Popcorn, Popcorn Shakers

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