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!

 

 

Mini Bacon-Cheeseburger Appetizers

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Mini Bacon-Cheeseburger Appetizers


Mini Bacon Cheeseburger Appetizers

  • Ground meat
  • Bacon
  • Cheese
  • Leaf lettuce
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Toothpicks
  1. Cook bacon and cut into 2” pieces
  2. Cut cheese into 1” squares
  3. Using a small amount of meat, roll into 1” meatballs.
  4. Press hands together to make them flat; they should be a little bigger than a quarter.
  5. Cook in a skillet on medium heat for about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Flip them over, cook another minute, place the cheese pieces on top and cover with a lid until the cheese melts; about 1 minute.
  7. Remove from heat.
  8. Cut tomatoes in half.
  9. Slide the round end of the tomato onto a toothpick.
  10. Fold a small piece of leaf lettuce in half and slide on the toothpick.
  11. Add the bacon
  12. Add the mini cheeseburger.

BOOM!! DONE!!

 

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Queso

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Queso

Queso (kay-so)

  • 1 jar of Queso cheese (mild or medium)
  • 1 lb. of ground beef or ground turkey
  • oregano
  • cumin
  • garlic salt
  • chili powder
  • OR 1 pkg. taco seasoning mix (mild or medium)
  • Chips
  1. Brown the meat in large pan or skillet until done.
  2. Drain off the excess liquid.
  3. Add the packet of taco mix to the meat.
  4. Add about ¼ C. water.
  5. Mix well, simmer for about 15 minutes.
  6. Take the lid off of the jar of queso…. ?
  7. Put the jar of queso cheese in the microwave for about 2 minutes.
  8. Pour in the meat mixture and stir well.

Good I.Dee: To keep it warm, transfer it to a slow cooker and turn it on warm.

 

Halloween Cake Pops!

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Halloween Cake Pops!

Halloween Cake Pops

  • 1 Cake (already baked and cooled)
  • ½ -1C. Frosting
  • 1-2 packages of CandiQuick chocolate
  • Sucker/cake pop sticks
  • Baking sheet(s)
  • Parchment paper

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  • Crock pot filled halfway with water
  • Medium bowl

TOPPINGS

  • Halloween/Fall sprinkles
  • Chocolate toffee
  • Crushed peanuts

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  • Cake pop bags
  • Ribbon
  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 all the cake mixture into1-2” cake balls and place on a plate.
  5. Melt chocolate candy quick according to the package directions in a medium glass bowl.
  6. 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).
  7. ***TIP***-WASH YOUR HANDS BEOFRE YOU HANDLE THE SUCKER STICKS!! Otherwise your sucker stick will end up looking “dirty”!
  8. Take a sucker stick dip it in the melted chocolate and put it in the center of each cake ball.
  9. Place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.

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  1. Get your toppings ready; put different topping on separate plates or in separate areas on parchment paper.
  2. Carefully dipped cake pops the bowl, coating them thoroughly with the chocolate.
  3. Let excess chocolate drip off .
  4. Coat with your favorite sprinkles, toppings or decorations!
  5. Let set.

**TIP** If you are using white/vanilla candy coating, use white or yellow cake & frosting for your cake pop.

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Halloween Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

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Halloween Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

Chocolate Dipped Halloween Pretzels

  • Pretzel rods
  • CandiQuick chocolate and/or vanilla dipping coating
  • Tall glass(es)
  • Parchment paper
  • Paper plates
  • Pretzel bags
  • Ribbon
  • Halloween spider/bat plastic rings

Toppings

  • Halloween Sprinkles
  • Finely chopped peanuts
  • Toffee/chocolate

TIP: Stay away from the heavier cupcake candy decorations, they are too heavy and won’t stick to the pretzel.

  1. Melt the chocolate in the tall glass in the microwave according to the package directions.
  2. Lay the glass on its side to get the chocolate to run down the side of the glass.
  3. Pour your toppings on separate individual plates in a horizontal line wide enough for the coated pretzel to fit.
  4. Roll the pretzel rod lightly in the chocolate holding the glass on its side making sure to coat the whole pretzel without over coating it. Turn the glass and the pretzel vertically letting the excess chocolate drip into the glass; twist the pretzel slowly to get off the excess.
  5. Lay the coated pretzel in the topping on the plate and sprinkle the top and sides of the pretzel with more. DO NOT TOUCH IT FOR AT LEAST FIVE MINUTES.
  6. Repeat using all your different toppings.

**TIP: After dipping, set the pretzel on the plate with one end on the edge of the plate so the other end is the only part of the coated pretzel touching the plate. This keep the “flat” look to a minimum when it dries.

To add vanilla swirls (or chocolate swirls to a vanilla coated pretzel), after dipping, let sit for about 5 minutes, then using a spoon, lightly stream your swirl flavor over the cooled pretzel.

  1. Let set for 24 hours
  2. Slide them gently them in pretzel bags, tie with a ribbon and decorate with a spider ring!

 

 

 

 

 

Too Beautiful to Eat Strawberry Cheesecake

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Too Beautiful to Eat Strawberry Cheesecake
Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

Flower Box Cake

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Flower Box Cake

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Halloween S’Mores Party Favors!

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Halloween S’Mores Party Favors!

 

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

___________________________________

  • 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!

 

 

 

Halloween Cup O’ Dirt

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Halloween Cup O’ Dirt
Halloween Cup 'O Dirt! SO DELIC!

Halloween Cup ‘O Dirt! SO DELIC!

Delic!

Delic!

 

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
  1. Crush ½ of the Oreo’s in a sealable bag (using a rolling pin makes it pretty easy)
  2. Mix pudding and milk; stir until smooth. Let sit for 5 minutes
  3. Add the crushed Oreo’s & the cool whip. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Crush the rest of the cookies.
  5. Spoon pudding mixture into cups up to about 1/2’” from the top
  6. Add crushed Oreo’s on top
  7. Using the writable frosting decorate the Milano cookie like a gravestone.
  8. Push it into the “dirt” and place a pumpkin next to it

 

Bacon Wrapped Tater Deliciousness!!

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Bacon Wrapped Tater Deliciousness!!

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots

  • 2C. frozen tater tots
  • 1oz. sharp cheddar cheese sliced cut into ¼ “squares
  • 6 slices of bacon – cut into thirds
  • ¼ C. brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Place cheese in the middle of each bacon slice.
  3. Wrap tater tots in the slice of bacon.
  4. Roll in the brown sugar.
  5. Place seam side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake 20-25 minutes; turning after 10 minutes.

SSSOOOOOOOO YYYUUUUMMMMYYYYY!!!

Halloween Piñata!

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Halloween Piñata!

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!!

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