Pretty Parties & Festive Favors!

SO CUTE and DELICIOUS!!

Fun for all ages and perfect for gardens, pots & planters!

 

Flower Party Favors

  • Coffee filters; 6 for each flower
  • Food coloring & water
  • Cupcake cups
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Stapler
  1. Take two coffee filters; fold them in half and in half again and again…
  2. Starting towards the top of the folded coffee filters; cut a pedal in the shape you desire.
  3. Take two more coffee filters and repeat step one.
  4. Cutting towards the middle of the folded coffee filters; cut a pedal in the shape you desire.Pointed pedal will create a sunflower and rounded pedals are more diasy-like!
  5. Repeat step one with the last two coffee filters.
  6. Cutting closer to the bottom; cut a small pedal in the shape you desire.
  7. Put a small amount of water and add food coloring, swirl to mix. The more food coloring the brighter your flower will be.
  8. Dip an inch of the rounded pedal top edge of the filters in the food coloring. Set aside to dry. Repeat until all have been colored.
  9. Allow to completely dry, unfolding to help the drying process.
  10. After they are completely dry, open them up. Stack them with the largest on the bottom, then the medium ending with the small flowers.
  11. Staple the middle to secure.
  12. Place a small amount of glue on the bottom (in the middle) of a cupcake cup and place on top of the staple on the flower.
  13. Add cup cakes or candy!

 



Napkin Bunny Ears

St. Patrick’s Day Table Setting

Get in the spirit with this easy, fun, festive table setting!

 

Golden Birthday Party Ideas!

 

 

 

 

 

How to Make a Halloween Piñata

Materials

  • Newspaper
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Large punching balloon
  • Large bowl
  • Medium bowl
  • Orange tissue paper
  • Black tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Disposal small paint brush
  1. Tear newspaper into 1-1 ½ “strips
  2. Blow up the punching balloon and set on the large bowl using it as a stand/holder
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.
  5. Place the strip of paper on the punching balloon.
  6. 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.)
  7. Leave a 3-4” round opening at the top of the balloon; to put the candy in and make a hanger for the balloon.
  8. Once you get a good couple of layers on the balloon (usually no more that two layers) let it dry overnight.
  9. 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.
  10. After the balloon has COMPLETELY dried, you can pop the balloon-MAKE SURE THE BALLOON IS COMPLETELY DRY OR IT WILL COLLAPSE!!
  11. Draw the jack-o-lantern face.
  12. 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)
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!!
  16. 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.
  17. Now you can fill it with candy!!
  18. Hoist the rope over a large branch holding the piñata like a tether.
  19. Blind fold the kids, one at a time, spin him/her around three times, had them a baseball bat and let them swing!!

 

Halloween S’mores Bar

This SUPER fab idea is good for ANY party.

Materials

  • 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

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  • Skewers
  • Graham crackers
  • Marshmallows
  • Candy bars (I use several different kinds; Reeses, Hershey Bars, Nestle Crunch etc…)
  • Decorative plates and/or basket to display your stuff

 

  1. Put the sternos in the clay pots and arrange them artfully on your table about 6” apart.
  2. Place the graham crackers, marshmallows and candy bars and 2 skewers near each sterno so everyone can easily make their own!
Super fun!

Super fun!

 

 

Taste of Home; Comfort Food with a Modern Twist- 2nd Prize!

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Taste of Home; Comfort Food with a Modern Twist- 2nd Prize!

Taste of Home; Comfort Food with a Modern Twist- 2nd Prize!

Gruyere Grilled Cheese with Date-Bacon Jam

  • bacon cut into ½” pieces
  • 1 large sweet onion finely chopped
  • garlic minced
  • dates-chopped
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper

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  • ½ cup shredded gruyere cheese
  • ½ cup spreadable brie cheese
  • 8 slices sourdough bread cut into ½” slices
  • Butter for spreading

FIRST: MAKE BACON-DATE JAM

  • Heat a heavy skillet or pot over medium heat and add bacon. Cook until crisp. Remove from pot, place on a paper towel set aside.
  • Pour remaining bacon grease into a jar or clean metal can.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of reserved bacon grease to pot, add onion and garlic. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally until caramelized about 35-40 minutes.
  • Add the bacon, dates, cider, water, salt and pepper. Stir well, reduce heat to simmer and cover for about 45 minutes.
  • Remove lid, continue to simmer, stirring every 15-20 minutes for 90 minutes
  • Let cool.

PREPARE SANDWICH!

  • Combine the cheeses in a small bowl mix well.
  • Heat a large skillet on medium high heat.
  • Generously butter one side of each slice of bread.
  • Evenly spread the cheese mixture on the other side of each slice.
  • Spread bacon-date jam on four of the slices of bread and put the sandwiches together. Place in the skillet, butter side down.
  • Grill until golden brown; flip over.
  • ENJOY!!!!

Super Cute Painted Ladybug Rocks!

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Super Cute Painted Ladybug Rocks!

Super cute, easy to make, fun for the entire family! Great for a centerpiece or garden!

Coffee Filter Flowers Party Favors!

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Coffee Filter Flowers Party Favors!

Super cute, super fun and super easy to make!

Perfect for cupcakes, candy holders or party favors!

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Valentine Cookie Pops!!

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Valentine Cookie Pops!!

Valentine Cookie Pops

  • 3 C. cake flour
  • baking powder
  • ½ t. salt
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • sour cream
  • 1 t. vanilla

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  • Lollipop sticks
  • Vanilla candy coating
  • Valentine sprinkles

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  1. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  2. Mix sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla until creamy.
  3. Add flour mixture a little at a time, mix well.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Roll sugar cookie dough on a lightly floured surface about ½” thick.
  3. Cut into heart shapes using heart shaped cookie cutters.
  4. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  6. While they are still warm, using heart shaped cookie cutter, cut them out again to reshape them. They get poofy when they bake.
  7. Melt a small amount of vanilla candy coating.
  8. Dip the tip of a lollipop stick about 1” into melted candy coating and insert stick into bottom of cookie about 1”. Repeat. Return cookies to parchment lined baking sheet. Let chill for an hour.
  9. Melt candy coating in a coffee cup, dip cookies in melted candy coating, place on parchment lined baking sheet and decorate with sprinkles!
  10. Let sit for at least an hour before wrapping.

Valentine Sugar Cookie Truffles

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Valentine Sugar Cookie Truffles

Valentine Sugar Cookie Truffles

  • 12 sugar cookies
  • cream cheese
  • Vanilla candy coating
  • Sprinkles for decorating
  1. Put cookies in food processor and process until fine, or place them in a resalable bag, using a rolling pin roll until crumbs are fine.
  2. Leaving them in the processor add cream cheese and pulse until creamy, or dump the crumbs in a bowl, add cream cheese and mx until creamy.
  3. Roll into 1” balls, place on a parchment lined plate or baking sheet and place in the freezer for an hour.
  4. Melt candy coating in a coffee cup according the package directions.
  5. Dip cookie truffles in candy coating and place on the parchment lined plate or baking sheet. Let them set.

ENJOY!!!!

Halloween Spider Cake Pops!

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Halloween Spider Cake Pops!

Halloween Spider Cake Pops

  • 1 Cake (already baked and cooled)
  • ½ -1C. Frosting
  • 1-2 packages of CandiQuick chocolate
  • Stick pretzels
  • Wooden skewers
  • Baking sheet(s)
  • Parchment paper
  • Candy eyes or tiny M&M’s

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  • Crock pot filled halfway with water
  • Medium bowl
  • Large spoon
  1. Bake the cake and let it cook completely
  2. Crumble cake in a large bowl.
  3. Add ½ cup frosting, mix well; add additional frosting until the cake is no longer crumbly, but be careful not too add too much. You DO NOT want a frosting pop, you want a CAKE pop!
  4. Roll TWO equal sizes of cake balls; one smaller and one larger-one for the head and one for the body.
  5. Take a skewer and put a large and a small cake ball on the skewer.
  6. Add 8 pretzels stick for the legs.
  7. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. Place in the freezer for at least 2 hours.

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  1. Put warm water in crockpot and turn on warm.
  2. Melt chocolate candy quick according to the package directions in a medium glass bowl.
  3. Place in the crockpot, making sure NO WATER gets in the chocolate (the bowl should be large enough to sit on the rim of the crockpot).
  4. Carefully dipped the spiders in the bowl, coating them thoroughly with the chocolate, using a large spoon if necessary.
  5. Let excess chocolate drip off before placing on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  6. GENTLY pull the skewer out and put a little chocolate to cover the hole if needed.
  7. Put the eyes on right away or “glue” them on with chocolate later.
  8. Let set.

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Halloween Piñata; Step by Step Instructions!

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Halloween Piñata; Step by Step Instructions!

How to Make a Halloween Piñata

Materials

  • Newspaper
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Large punching balloon
  • Large bowl
  • Medium bowl
  • Orange tissue paper
  • Black tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Disposal small paint brush
  1. Tear newspaper into 1-1 ½ “strips
  2. Blow up the punching balloon and set on the large bowl using it as a stand/holder
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.
  5. Place the strip of paper on the punching balloon.
  6. 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.)
  7. Leave a 3-4” round opening at the top of the balloon; to put the candy in and make a hanger for the balloon.
  8. Once you get a good couple of layers on the balloon (usually no more that two layers) let it dry overnight.
  9. 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.
  10. After the balloon has COMPLETELY dried, you can pop the balloon-MAKE SURE THE BALLOON IS COMPLETELY DRY OR IT WILL COLLAPSE!!
  11. Draw the jack-o-lantern face.
  12. 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)
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!!
  16. 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.
  17. Now you can fill it with candy!!
  18. Hoist the rope over a large branch holding the piñata like a tether.
  19. Blind fold the kids, one at a time, spin him/her around three times, had them a baseball bat and let them swing!!

Solar Eclipse Cake!

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Solar Eclipse Cake!

What do you do if your birthday falls on 8/21/2017? Why, you get a solar eclipse cake! SUPER FUN and DELICIOUS!!!

 

Solar Eclipse Cake

Hobbit Hole Cake!

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Hobbit Hole Cake!

What is a Hobbit?

hob·bit/?häb?t/noun; a member of an imaginary race similar to humans, of small size and with hairy feet, in stories by J. R. R. Tolkien.

What is a Hobbit hole?

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbithole, and that means comfort.”

Hobbit-a member of an imaginary race similar to humans, of small size and with hairy feet, in stories by J. R. R. Tolkien.

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”

Beautious!!

Soooo pretty!!

To pretty to eat!

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