Monday, January 27, 2014

combo party: birthday & red egg and ginger party

As I mentioned last week, I have been helping a friend with a few decorations for a party for both of her girls.  The party was this past weekend and was a combination of a birthday party and a red egg & ginger party with a "Sparkle with Love" theme.  For those of you who do not know what a red egg and ginger party is...no worries, I didn't either!  After a quick Google search, I discovered the celebration originated as a Chinese tradition where parents would celebrate the one-month birthday of their newborn, reveal the name of the baby, and introduce the baby to family and friends.  Here are a few photos from the party...


My friend got both cakes from Susie Cake and decorated with a couple of cake bunting printables that I made for her to match the theme.  The cake bunting on the pink cake was made using the "Glitter Font" and "MTF Itty Bitty Baby" fonts off of dafont.com.


My friend made the incredible nest on the cake herself and filled with a couple of dyed eggs.


The cake bunting for the gold cake was made with the "Janda Sparkle" font off of dafont.com.


We hung the tissue paper tassel garland {from here} in the entryway to the kitchen.


We also added the extra tissue paper tassels {see here} to the balloons.


My friend also made a mylar tassel garland to add some extra decoration to the food table.


She also added some candles to the dining table and made a centerpiece for the food table to enhance the "Sparkle with Love" theme.







My friend made these amazing silver and gold tissue pom poms that we hung in the dining room window. 


I also made a "Happy Birthday" printable that my friend printed and strung on some curling ribbon to hang in the dining room entryway.  You can download the printable here:


On each side of the banner, we hung up clear balloons that my friend filled with red confetti.  I loved these!


My friend did an amazing job on the decorations and I'm glad I was able to help out a little.  I can't believe she planned all this with two little kiddos at home!  All the parents and kids seemed to have fun and more importantly, the kids seemed to be worn out by the end of the party!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

birthday tassel garland...

As I mentioned the other day, I have been helping a friend out with a few decorations for her daughter's upcoming birthday party.  This past weekend, I made a tassel garland for her in her theme colors (red, gold, and silver).



Tassel garlands are fairly easy to put together and only require a few materials.

Materials:
Sharp Scissors
Floral Wire
Colored Tissue Paper
Ribbon
Curling Ribbon

I picked up the gold and silver tissue paper at Target.  The red polka dot tissue paper and the curling ribbon were super cheap finds at Salvation Army.  Right after Christmas, the thrift store is a great place to get wrapping paper products for a good deal.



Steps:

1.  Each tassel takes one piece of tissue paper.  First step is to cut the tissue paper into thin strips.


2.  Next, line up the strips and then twist them in the middle.


3.  Next, fold the twisted part in 1/2 and secure in place. I used floral wire but hot glue would work as well.


4.  Lastly, attach the tassels to the ribbon.  I used the floral wire but you could also loop the ribbon through the top of the tassel.




I also made a few extra tassels for her to hang on balloons for extra decoration.



Monday, January 20, 2014

girl birthday invitations...

I have been helping a friend with a few decorations for her daughter's upcoming birthday.  The birthday party is just around the corner and I will definitely share pictures afterwards.  For now, I thought I would share a few items I worked on for the party.  First off...the invitations.  My friend had a certain vision for the party but was having a hard time finding an invitation that fit in with it.  After she explained her vision and theme, I put together a few invitation designs for her and she chose the last one below.  I won't give the theme away until after the party but perhaps you might be able to guess by looking at the invitations (names and addresses are changed below, of course).  All the fonts are available on www.dafont.com.




Friday, January 10, 2014

bcs nat'l championship game...

Sadly, Auburn couldn't get a win on Monday but we did have a great time at the game nonetheless.  It was so great to see so many southerners in Pasadena!

Here are a few pictures from the game.






Monday, January 6, 2014

auburn tigers...

Today is the BCS National Championship game and I am so excited to be going to the Rose Bowl to watch the game IN PERSON!  In honor of today's game, here are a few printables for any Auburn fans…

Printable PDF

Printable PDF

If you do not follow college football or are not familiar with the Auburn Tigers, watch this and you will be looking forward to today's game as much as I am!


Friday, January 3, 2014

carrot dog treats...

On New Year's Day, our dog Tater turned three.  If you follow this blog or know me personally, you would know that we are big dog lovers in our house.  Therefore, naturally, we do mini birthday celebrations for our dogs.  This year, I  decided to bake Tater some carrot dog treats.  The treats do not look or taste like much (yes I tried a little) but our dogs LOVE these.


Here are Panda and Tater patiently waiting for the go ahead to eat their treats.


As you can see, they were a hit.


Here is the recipe:

Ingredients
1 cup whole wheat or white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup of shredded carrots
1 egg
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease cake pan.  I used 4 parts of a muffin pan but you could also use an 8"x 4" loaf pan or 8" round cake pan. 
  3. Mix the flour and baking soda in a medium size mixing bowl.
  4. Beat the egg and add to the flour mixture.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.
  6. Spoon into the prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes (until an inserted toothpick comes out clean).
  8. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes.