Pretty parties & festive favors, table tents & tasty treats, dipaer cakes & birthday cakes, creative cards & colorful critters, pies, pinatas, butterflies, bugs & bows!!
St. Patrick’s Day Table Setting
Brown Sugar Body Scrub
- 1C. coconut oil
- 2 ½ C. brown sugar
- 1T. water
- ½ t. vanilla
- Mix coconut oil and water until “fluffy”.
- Add brown sugar; mix well.
- Add vanilla, mix.
- Spoon into a plastic jar; I use peanut butter jars.
While still in the shower, after washing, just before you are ready to get out, scoop a small handful and rub over your legs, arms and body. Rinse.
BE CAREFUL the shower may be slippery it’s OIL!!!
Valentine-Love- Cherry Pies
- Premade Pie Crust
- 1/3C. Sugar
- ¼ C. Water
- 2T. Cornstarch
- 1T. lime juice
- 3C. fresh or frozen dark sweet cherries-no pits
- 1 egg-lightly beaton
- Course sugar
- In a saucepan combine sugar, water, cornstarch and lemon juice until smooth.
- Add cherries; bring to a boil.
- Cook and stir 1 minute or until thick.
- Remove from heat, stir, set a side to cool
- Preheat oven to 400°
- On a lightly floured surface, unroll the piecrust.
- Cut out hearts with a 4” cookie cutter.
- Using a knife or a ¼ “ heart shape cookie cutter cut out small hearts from remaining hearts.
- Spoon 2T. cherries onto center of crust.
- Brush edges of pastry with egg, top with cutout hearts and press edges with a fork.
- Brush tops with egg, sprinkle with coarse sugar.
- Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake 15-20 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly.
- Let pies stand 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
Credit: Taste of Home
Halloween S’mores Bar
This SUPER fab idea is good for ANY party.
- Sterno; get enough for two people for each sterno (I found these these at Walmart and Michaels)
- Clay pots- small-medium size
- Any other decorations that match the occasion
- Graham crackers
- Candy bars (I use several different kinds; Reeses, Hershey Bars, Nestle Crunch etc…)
- Decorative plates and/or basket to display your stuff
- Put the sternos in the clay pots and arrange them artfully on your table about 6” apart.
- Place the graham crackers, marshmallows and candy bars and 2 skewers near each sterno so everyone can easily make their own!
Halloween Cup ‘O Dirt Graveyard
- 1 pkg. family size Oreos
- 1 3.9oz box of chocolate pudding
- 2C. cold milk
- 8oz. cool whip
- 1 pkg. Milano cookies
- Pumpkin candy corn
- Writable frosting
- Crush ½ of the Oreo’s in a sealable bag (using a rolling pin makes it pretty easy)
- Mix pudding and milk; stir until smooth. Let sit for 5 minutes
- Add the crushed Oreo’s & the cool whip. Mix thoroughly.
- Crush the rest of the cookies.
- Spoon pudding mixture into cups up to about 1/2’” from the top
- Add crushed Oreo’s on top
- Using the writable frosting decorate the Milano cookie like a gravestone.
- Push it into the “dirt” and place a pumpkin next to it
How to Make a Halloween Piñata
- Large punching balloon
- Large bowl
- Medium bowl
- Orange tissue paper
- Black tissue paper
- Disposal small paint brush
- Tear newspaper into 1-1 ½ “strips
- Blow up the punching balloon and set on the large bowl using it as a stand/holder
- Pour 2C. flour in the medium bowl, stir in 3C. water. Mix until smooth. (You can make more or less just make sure the ratio is 2 parts flour to 3 parts of water.)
- Take a strip of newspaper and dip it in the paper mache (flour mixture) covering both sides of the paper, slide the strip of paper through two fingers to remove the excess paper mache so it isn’t dripping.
- Place the strip of paper on the punching balloon.
- Repeat dipping the strips and placing them on the balloon taking care to place them evenly all over the balloon. (Be careful the balloon may get top heavy so you’ll need to move it around.)
- Leave a 3-4” round opening at the top of the balloon; to put the candy in and make a hanger for the balloon.
- Once you get a good couple of layers on the balloon (usually no more that two layers) let it dry overnight.
- Repeat the process until the balloon has been covered completely with paper mache and has several layers; this may take several days to accomplish as you will need to let it dry after every coating of paper mache.
- After the balloon has COMPLETELY dried, you can pop the balloon-MAKE SURE THE BALLOON IS COMPLETELY DRY OR IT WILL COLLAPSE!!
- Draw the jack-o-lantern face.
- Cut orange tissue paper into 1 ½ -2” inch squares. (for the pumpkin part) Repeat with black tissue paper. (for the eyes, nose and mouth of the jack-o-lantern)
- Pour some glue on the paper mache and spread it with the paintbrush; start with one eye at a time then the nose, then the mouth.
- Starting with the black tissue paper, take a square piece and wrap it around your finger, lightly dip it in the glue and put it on the glued area. Repeat, placing each piece close to the other.
- Repeat over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again completing the black areas then the large orange area. This may take some time!!
- Time to create a hanger! Find a 4-6” sturdy piece of wood or a sick. Tie a rope around the center of the stick and put in the open area in the top of your piñata and level it out so it is lengthwise inside. You should be able to hold the rope and lift the piñata easily.
- Now you can fill it with candy!!
- Hoist the rope over a large branch holding the piñata like a tether.
- Blind fold the kids, one at a time, spin him/her around three times, had them a baseball bat and let them swing!!