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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

Lalaloopsy Themed Birthday Party

I’m excited that my crafty friend Kara – who blogs at Simplistically Sassy shares this Lalaloopsy Themed Birthday party with you today. She is the ultimate DIY-er when it comes to parties and I love all of the personal details and touches she incorporated into this party for her daughter.

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Decorations: 

– Button monogram using a variety of pink buttons hot glued onto a blank canvas

– Yarn pom pom garland – tutorial found here

– Button table garland using cardstock and yarn (she used a silhouette machine to cut the button shapes)

– Lalaloopsy dolls, tissue paper and painted terracotta pots

– Starburst topiary – tutorial found here

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Food:

– At her daughters request, Kara made homemade baked donuts using a donut pan – like this one. Don’t they look delicious?! I shouldn’t write when I am hungry. The girls got to frost and decorate it with sprinkles. Fun and tasty!

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Activities:

– Keeping with the button theme – Kara filled a jar with buttons and the girls guessed how many were inside.

– The children colored Lalaloopsy coloring pages – found here for free!

– Each child made a Lalaloopsy necklaces using bottlecaps and pictures that fit them exactly (they can be found here for only $2.50!). She used mod podge to put the pictures on the caps, and then had the string pre-cut, and the beads ready for the girls.

– Button, Button, Who’s Got The Button? And Hot Pom Pom (like Hot Potato) rounded out the afternoon fun.

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Favors:

– These delicious and adorable chocolate button suckers – yum!

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Wedding Wednesday: Cowgirl Themed Bridal Shower

This fun cowgirl themed bridal shower was submitted by Ember Pilati. She hosted the shower for her younger sister. There are a lot of really fun details to look out for so don’t miss anything!

Here is the party description in Ember’s words:

My sister is a cowgirl, not just a Rhinestone Cowgirl – a “real” cowgirl! She was raised on a ranch, has worked at several dude ranches as a guide and a cattle ranch in Montana.  She is a Veterinary Technician and loves animals.  So finding our theme was pretty simple.  She is going to have a rustic wedding, but not a country theme, so we wanted her shower to be all about her!  We found a darling white cowgirl hat with fake tiara and attached a simple veil to the back that she wore for the shower.
IMG_6395Location:  We rented the dance studio at her local recreation center, because she was a member- it was cheap!  We wanted somewhere that we could enjoy our main activity- Line Dancing!  We set up in the dance studio so we didn’t have to change locations.

Menu:  Keeping with our theme, we decided on BBQ Beef Sandwiches, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Strawberry Spinach Salad, and Strawberry Lemonade.We also did red velvet cupcakes because they are the Bride-to-Be’s favorite!  To make the cupcakes really shine, we topped them with molded pink chocolate stars and fancy cupcake wrappers!  Our Lemonade just had fresh strawberries in a fancy cup and they could choose Minutemaid Lemonade or Simply Lemonade.

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Decor:  I made a simple banner out of hearts (cut from a cricut) in the shower colors of pink and brown and simply sewed them together on the sewing machine.  We used Burlap and lace with touches of pink gingham.  We used chalkboard signs to label everything which captured the country feel.  We used our favors as our centerpieces so it was super simple to decorate.
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Activities:  We played the “He Said, She Said” game with darling cardstock lips and cowboy mustaches that were attached to a bamboo skewer! This was the best game we had ever played at a bridal shower, and everyone loved getting to know the bride and groom as a couple!   It was super fun!  We also learned a country line dance that was really fun for all!  We learned the line dance from the Movie “Footloose” to Big and Rich’s “Fake ID”.  This part turned out to be a lot of fun even for those who claimed they couldn’t dance!  The bride said she would have to add the song to their wedding playlist so we could kick up our heels at her wedding.
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Line Dancing
Favors:  We made the darling “Cowgirl Cookies” from www.bakerella.com.  She has the recipe and the free printable on her website- so it made it super easy!  I used pink gingham for the top and tied it with simple jute rope.  I also did a super easy sugar hand scrub in pink for them to take home.  (One bottle Olay Hand Renewal dishsoap and 6 cups of sugar whipped together in a mixer)
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Wedding Wednesday: Pink & Gray Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower

My sisters and I worked together to throw a brunch bridal shower for my beautiful niece, Alix. I had a lot of fun creating the decorations. Bridal Showers can be an expensive event to host, but if you plan it right and have a few people sharing the load, you can still have a really elegant event without breaking the bank.

I started by spraying gray cardstock and paper doilies with silver glitter spray. Then I used them to turn into the garlands. I used a Silhouette machine to cut out the heart shapes and sewed them together to make several garlands. Then I used them along with cardstock letters to create a “True Love” garland. I was going to spell out their names, but realized that if I kept it generic I could let others borrow it for their own bridal showers – AND – it could be used at Valentines Day for my decorations. 🙂 Smart thinking, right?

Doily Garland & Heart Garlands

This photo shows the sparkle a little better.

True Love Garland Favor Center

For the favors I purchased pink tulle circles in the wedding section at Hobby Lobby and filled them with butter mints. I printed the sign and framed it, adding a few hearts to the photo mat.

Bridal Shower favors

Over the food on the kitchen island, I hung strands of the heart garland, glitter sprayed doilies and pink and gray metallic tissue paper pom poms.

bridal shower decor You know how it goes, when you are getting things ready you don’t always get photos after the party starts – so this is the only one I had of the drinks – before they were filled. We served water with lemon and orange juice. The containers were simply accented with a glittered doily and a drink label.

Drink Center

Guests were invited to build their own parfait with the choice of raspberry or vanilla yogurt, homemade granola and frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries).

Yogurt Parfaits

We also served delicious Shirley’s sweet rolls in Orange, Cinnamon and Raspberry. I think I ate at least 3. They are so incredible! Then to round out the menu a honey baked spiral ham (not pictured) was kept warm in a crock pot for guests as well.

Bridal Shower sweet rolls with bride and groom picks

We kept the activities simple, but since this was her only shower there were friends as well as both sides of the family and the games helped bring everyone together. As described in this post, we played the Mustaches & Lips game as well as the Connect 4 game while she opened gifts.

Mustache & Lips Game

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. 🙂

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

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– 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

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– 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

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– 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)

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– 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

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– 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

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– 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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