July 21st, 2009 |

Sailboat Cupcakes

We celebrated my sister’s boyfriend’s birthday Saturday night by cruising around Chicago on a boat.  Since the party had a boating theme, the sailboat cupcake seemed to be the perfect dessert!  They turned out so cute, I just had to share them with you!

These would be perfect for the Sail Away children’s birthday party [...]

July 16th, 2009 |

Rubber Ducky Baby Shower

“Rubber Ducky, you’re the one….you make our baby shower lots of fun!”

I had a reader write to me asking for ideas for a gender-neutral baby shower.  The first thing I thought of was the color yellow, and quickly came up with the idea for a rubber ducky theme party.  Playful, and easy to do – this [...]

July 15th, 2009 |

Flower Power Girl’s Birthday Party

When it comes to planning a little girl’s birthday party, you can’t go wrong with pink and flowers.  Explode this idea into a festive party full sassy cheer!

Invite your guests with this darling invitation from Tiny Prints.  It’s colorful, full of flowers and exclaims the most important part….Party time!  Create a fun and girly table setting [...]

July 6th, 2009 |

S’mores: Updated Recipes for a Summer Favorite

S’mores is a summertime favorite – what could be better than a combination of chocolate, marshmallow, and graham crackers?!  Although the classic version is one of my ultimate treats…I thought I would find a few new ways to update the classic!

Try a s’mores sundae by combining ice cream with the classic ingredients, [...]

July 2nd, 2009 |

Rainy Day Topiaries

These bright and cheery topiaries are perfect for a rainy day brunch or a summer bridal shower!  All you need are two styrofoam topiary forms (overall height 18 inches with 6-inch-diameter globes) and a box of paper umbrellas.

A couple of tips:

Insert the umbrellas in a partially open position to make the finished piece look [...]

July 1st, 2009 |

Sail Away: A Nautical Children’s Birthday Party

Keeping with the red, white & blue theme this week in celebration of the 4th of July, here is an adorable party idea for your favorite little sailor.  Create a nautical theme birthday party full of stripes and sailboats!

I found this adorable party invitation and party favor bags from a company called Imprintables – preppy, but [...]

June 28th, 2009 |

Baking a Small Garden

We baked mini flower cupcakes for dessert for the party….they turned out so cute, I just had to share them [...]

June 20th, 2009 |

Dessert: In A Cone

Make dessert your easiest course with this simple idea from Rachael Ray:

Ingredients

1 cup sour cream
4 tablespoons sugar
Grated peel and juice of 1 lemon
1/4 pound fresh cherries, halved, plus 10 whole for garnish
1 pint mixed berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries)
6 ounces milk or dark chocolate
20 sugar cones

Directions

In a small bowl, combine [...]

June 17th, 2009 |

Playdate Pizzazz

Whether you are the hostess of a child’s birthday party or just trying to out-do yourself for your next play date, I have the perfect idea for you from Parent’s Magazine!

Make your snack table come alive with a few simple steps (and delicious treats)! Cover a table with butcher paper and paint it into the cutest [...]

June 17th, 2009 |

Surfin’ Pool Party

Let your kids cool off during the dog days of summer by hosting a Surfin’ Pool Party!

If you are lucky enough to live by an ocean – plan your party for the beach!  For those of us that are a little more land-locked, find a local pool to host your party.

Invite your guests with [...]

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