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3.03.2015

Tuesday Tip - Chic Dessert Table Tips

Dessert tables are all the rage...you can't throw a party stone and not come across one (or several) at an event nowadays.  Of course, there is the right way and the not-so-much way, the difference between a chic dessert table and one that looks like a cafeteria line.

I've created a mini series for eBay Guides sharing some of my favorite tools, tricks and tips I've learned over the years for creating a fabulous dessert table on any budget.

 Chic Dessert Table Tips; Whip It Up! 10 tools you should have to create your own desserts

Part 1 is my 10 tools you should have to get you started creating your own desserts.

 Chic Dessert Table Tips; layers of good taste!

Part 2 is the crucial part of any dessert table; the vessels that you use, from cake stands to platters.  I share my 8 favorite types.

 Chic Dessert Table Tips; finishing your table in style

Part 3 is pulling it all together...how do you make it LOOK like a dessert table and not just a table holding desserts.  There is a difference, my friends.

The best part...these tips can be used for any type of table you are wanting to put together, from food bars to favor and craft tables.

Head over and check them out; feel free to mix and match ideas to your heart's content!




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2.18.2015

Quick And Stylish Oscars Viewing Party Decorating Ideas

Quick And Stylish Oscars Viewing Party Decorating Ideas

If you have decided to throw a last minute Oscars viewing party, today's post is a great place to start. Last time, I shared an easy entertaining idea, having a popcorn bar. It's all about the quick and stylish decorating ideas to set the party scene with a trip or two to your local party store...

Quick And Stylish Oscars Viewing Party Decorating Ideas; tinsel backdrop

Tinsel Backdrop
Pick up a few packages of 20 foot fringe garland and make an impressive table backdrop or photo booth like Celebrations At Home.

Quick And Stylish Oscars Viewing Party Decorating Ideas; wall of balloons

Balloons
Arm yourself with balloons and a helium tank and fill your space, a la Ruffled.

2.17.2015

Tuesday Trend - Popcorn Bars, Oscars Edition

Popcorn Bar ideas for an Oscars/Academy Awards viewing party

The 2015 Academy Awards are this Sunday and if you have decided to put together a last-minute viewing party, a popcorn bar is a great way to add glitz and glam without a lot of stress.  Here are a few fabulous ideas, feel free to pick and choose what works for your time, space and budget.

Popcorn Bar ideas for an Oscars/Academy Awards viewing party; Target

Target makes it easy by creating an area for guests DIY their own cocktails and serve up popcorn in Spritz party hats.

Popcorn Bar ideas for an Oscars viewing party; marquee backdrop

For our Wreck It Ralph viewing party, I created a simple bar by covering a card table,  and created an easy marquee sign backdrop with a foamcore board.

Popcorn Bar ideas for an Oscars viewing party; popcorn party

Alexandra Hedin shows how to party it up with ease and style with her popcorn party and a easy party decor trick, lots of balloons.

Tuesday Tutorial - Origami Bitty Bag Diamonds

Origami Bitty Bag Diamonds

This month's Whisker Graphics Design Team submission was supposed to be paper lanterns to celebrate Chinese New Year.  But as with many of my projects, that turned into a fail, which then leads to inspiration which leads to more fails and finally awesomeness.  I remembered how much I loved A Subtle Revelry's diamond party garland and thought to myself 'Self, that looks easy; I can do that with my Bitty Bags'.

Since I've already made origami trees and hearts, why not diamonds?

Origami Bitty Bag Diamonds

Her post even leads to a how-to video.  How hard can it be? They made it look so easy. And it was, once I got the hang of it.  The folding was fairly straight forward, it was the joining that took a bit to figure out.  You will know instantly if you did it wrong because it falls apart. Instantly.

But by all that is holy, after pausing the video 16,000 times I figured it out.  Then again, it was late at night.  I blame that.

2.12.2015

Bird's Party Magazine - Valentine Issue


Check out the latest issue of Bird's Party Magazine...the Valentine issue is full of gorgeous party photos, recipes and holiday crafting! Be sure and click through for the full stories; I spy my lip cookies made a cameo in on my favorite color board.

Bird's Party Magazine - Valentine Issue

Bird's Party Magazine - Valentine Issue

Bird's Party Magazine - Valentine Issue




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2.11.2015

Decorate With Origami Hearts For Valentine's Day

Decorate With Origami Hearts for Valentine's Day
I am squeezing in one more Valentine's Day party idea...head over to Moms & Munchkins and check out another way I played with origami hearts!




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2.10.2015

Tuesday Tip - RIPE Bar Juice® Cocktail Juice Giveaway

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*** 
Winner update 2/18/15: Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky winner (listed on the Rafflecopter widget) is Cori W.

This post is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with RIPE Bar Juice®. I was provided the giveaway package free of charge by the company and I provided my honest opinion.

My name is Dawn and I like drink cocktails.  I do not drink beer.  I only drink Rosé and moscat wines.  I have a bad sweet tooth.

RIPE Bar Juice® Cocktail Juice Bar

So when Leigh from RIPE Bar Juice® reached out for me to try the world's first cold pressed, High Pressure Processed cocktail juice, I was more than game.  I do know a good cocktail and I'm not a big fan of cocktail mixers but ugh, the work of making stuff with fresh ingredients...you need tools and implements and oh yeah, fresh ingredients.

Since RIPE contains only fresh ingredients with no high fructose corn syrup, no GMOs and no preservatives, everything you need is in there except for the alcohol. Since it is never heated, never frozen and unpasteurized, when you pick up a bottle, you know it was made within the past few weeks, not 6 months.  So that means your juices can live in the fridge for 75-80 days until the "best by" date and once opened, the bottles of juice will remain fresh for 10-14 days.

RIPE Bar Juice® Cocktail Juice Party

So this meant I couldn't drink all my bottles alone.  I invited my girls over so we could sample all the flavors I was sent; Agave Margarita, San Marzano Bloody Mary, Agave Mojito, Bajan Punch, Classic Cosmopolitan and Cranberry Cocktail.

RIPE Bar Juice® Cocktail Juice drink menu

Using the simple recipes on each bottle, I made an easy drink menu and set out all the fixings...

2.09.2015

Creative Ways To Beat The Winter Blues With Kiwi Crate

This post is a sponsored post and contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission on any purchase made from products purchased after clicking the links. As always, I don't link to anything I wouldn't personally recommend. And we love Kiwi Crate. Kiwi Crate Family Brands >>

With many parts of the country under snow, the last thing anyone wants to do is head out for arts and craft supplies.  And the second to last thing anyone wants is a house full of bored children.  This leads to destruction and yelling.

Kiwi Crate has creative ideas to beat winter blues...receive fun monthly hands-on kids' projects, delivered right to your door! Everything you need is right in the box...no scrounging for dried up glue sticks or that forgotten bag of pom-poms.

Founded on the vision of inspiring kids’ creativity, the Kiwi Crate Family Brands' mission is to help equip the next generation of innovators with the tools for creative problem solving and exploration. They offer high quality award-winning products across four brands for young makers ranging in age from 3 to 16+.

And guess what? For 1 week only, join Kiwi Crate and save 30% plus FREE shipping on any subscription purchase with code FEB30.  Read on and find out why the child/ren in your life need a subscription...

Explore the fun and colorful world of bugs! ››

The flagship Kiwi Crate is geared for ages 4 - 8; for example, the Busy With Bugs crate has all the materials included to make a Zipline Firefly, Bug Painting, Bug Exploration Cards ...plus more online with additional content, projects, books and apps.

Explore the preschool world of Koala Crate

Koala Crate joins the brand family geared for 3 - 4 years. Every crate is chock-full of play-and-learn activities that engage the natural curiosity and creativity of preschoolers, plus imagine! magazine, created in partnership with Highlights for Children. Get a fresh, engaging new theme each month—from exploring colors to going on a safari, and everything in between!

STEM projects and activities for 9 - 14+ year olds
I'm so excited about Tinker Crate because they cover the 9 - 14+ year olds, which is my boys' age group.  These STEM-based crates strive to have kids see themselves as makers and creators, develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, gain the confidence to experiment, tinker and try, and get excited about science and engineering.

One of their crates involves building and firing a real, functioning trebuchet that launches a ping-pong ball up to 10 feet, then experiment and explore the physics of slings, levers, and air resistance.

Young makers express themselves creatively through fun materials and interesting techniques

Doodle Crate is designed as an invitation for young makers to express themselves creatively by introducing fun crafting materials and interesting techniques. As kids dig in, they begin to see how materials can transform. They start dreaming about the possibilities and exploring their own ideas.

Check out their Hand Carved Stamps Crate; learn how to design and carve your own unique stamps and experiment with printmaking techniques to create custom stationary.

Excited?? Of course you are! Don't forget, for 1 week only, join Kiwi Crate and save 30% plus FREE shipping on any subscription purchase with code FEB30.

This post is a sponsored post and contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission on any purchase made from products purchased after clicking the links. As always, I don't link to anything I wouldn't personally recommend. And we love Kiwi Crate.




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2.03.2015

Tuesday Tutorial - Easy Stitched Valentine Treat Bags

stitched Valentine treat bags collage

I am so honored to be guest posting on Made From Pinterest for their  Love Potion #9 series. Head over and check out how I made these easy stitched Valentine Treat Bags.




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2.02.2015

Host A Galentine's Day Party

How to host a Galentine's Day party

Valentine's Day can sometimes be hard on singles...everyone is all in love and happy...but it's hard on couples too! High expectations...overpriced roses and dinners...ridiculous, big-eyed stuffed animals that say 'I Wuv You'.  That's why hubby and I are going out on February 15...

Whether you are single or not, get your girls together on February 13 and celebrate Galentine's Day! Head over to the Rosanna blog and check out my post for a  few fabulous ways to party it up girl power style!


If you are really love bitter, my Love Stings post is full of seriously awesome party ideas (voodoo doll cookies, anyone?) and will lead you to even more bitter posts.

FYI Adam Sandler's amazingly awesomely painful rendition of Love Stinks from The Wedding Singer is running through my head.




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