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Block Party Dessert Table

By | Baking, Cooking, Entertaining | 7 Comments

Summer is on it’s way! It’s time to gather up ideas for celebrating with family and friends! This Block Party Dessert Table will bring a smile to the faces of children and adults with the popular Cupcake Fondue, S’Mores Bar and No Bake Cheesecake topped with Strawberry Rhubarb topping.  Read More

Big Top Circus Birthday Party

By | Crafts, DIY Projects, Home page - Slider | 16 Comments

It doesn’t really matter how old you are…everyone loves the Circus! The elephants, lions, ring master, big tent and of course the fun food! Each time I see the new die cuts from Lifestyle Crafts, I think they can’t get any cuter!

This Big Top Die Cut Set is their newest release! I was super excited when I saw them and knew right away I wanted to put together a Big Top Circus Birthday Party to share with you!

The Big Top Circus Birthday Party is full of cuteness…let me show you…

You can’t go to the Circus without enjoying a little Cotton Candy!

And the animals are the stars of the Circus! This Lion is just adorable!

How about some Popcorn? The containers are from the Dollar Store and the Popcorn was a gift from my son’s girlfriend.

Hot Dogs…every kid {and adult} loves them!

Peanuts served in colored ice cream cones not only make a cute, colorful display…they can eat the cones too! Isn’t the Elephant Die Cut super cute!

And of course…we had to have some cupcakes…Cotton Candy Cupcakes! White cake mix tinted pink to look like cotton candy and then Duncan Hines Cotton Candy Frosting Creations. The Cupcake Toppers are from The Paper Cupcake {you know I LOVE Charlotte!}…hurry on over and grab them from her shop!

And to drink…Lemon Shake Ups, served in mason jars with a slice of lemon…delish!

And to decorate our Big Top Circus Birthday Party…this adorable banner! Charlotte from The Paper Cupcake designed the banner and I added the Big Top Die Cuts, strung on a piece of twine and hung with mini clothespins…love it!

Here’s a little re-cap for you…

Disclosure: I received some products to try from Lifestyle Crafts and as always, the opinions are my own.

Linking to…Transformation Thursday, Show & Tell FridayWeekend Wrap Up PartySaturday SevensSundae ScoopMade by you Monday


Host an Oscar Party: Food, Fun & Free Printables

By | Appetizers, Cooking, Drinks, Home page - Slider, Menu Planning, Snacks | 2 Comments

I just love hosting parties! And jump at pretty much any reason I can get to have guests over and cook for them. We are rolling out the Red Carpet with some Food, Fun and Free Printables to make your Oscar Party complete!

Let’s get the Party started with this AMAZING collection from Twig & Thistle!

She has everything you will need from the Invitation to the paper Oscar Award to the Treat Boxes! And they are all FREE!!

Up next entering the Red Carpet…

How about Orange shares an FREE Printable Oscar Ballot and Oscar Bingo! FUN!

Now…bring on the food {my favorite part}

Oscar Party Food


Main Dishes




Join in the fun on Sunday at 5 p.m. CST  when I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter host a LIVE Chat from the Academy Awards!! AND don’t miss the GIVEAWAY tomorrow!!

And in case you are looking for more inspiration…


Chinese New Year Celebration: Recipes, Decorations and Gifts

By | Cooking, Crafts, Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Soups | 7 Comments

Chinese New Year is on January 23rd. and according to the Chinese Five Element Astrology Calendar, 2012 is the Year of the Water Dragon. So we thought it would be fun to share some recipes, decorations and gift ideas with you all this week.

On Monday, we kicked it off with a delicious main dish that was perfect for this Chinese New Year Celebration, but easy enough for a weeknight dinner…Orange Mango Chicken. This dish is a must try…your family will love it!

Then yesterday, I shared the cute and oh so fun…Dragon Cupcakes. They were easy to make and could also be used for a child’s birthday party. Today we are sharing how we put the Chinese New Year Celebration together, complete with a fun project for the kiddos {or even you}, the Dragon Puppet. Everyone gets a surprise in the Party Favors, I’ll be sharing those tomorrow.

We found most of the decorations, except a few that I already had in my stash, at Factory Card Outlet. A simple red plastic tablecloth and gold metallic filler covered the buffet.

The red envelopes with gold on them {see them, laying on the buffet?}, I learned from Steamy Kitchen that the envelopes are for gifts for children. You want to add dollar bills, at least $2 and as much as you want, but always in even numbers, as happiness comes in pairs. I printed out and colored the Dragon Puppet, more on him later.

The little take-out boxes were filled with Fortune Cookies, chop sticks, a fan and napkins to match completed the decorations. I bought Chinese Yo-yos for the Party Favors, but they didn’t fit, so I just added them to the Buffet.

Chinese New Year Recipes

Orange Mango Chicken was not only delicious, it really brightened up the Buffet. Oranges, Mandarin Oranges and other fruit symbolize good health, good fortune and happiness and are an important part of a Chinese New Year Celebration.

We tried our hand at Wonton Soup, Doug even made the Wontons himself. They were pretty easy after we figured out the best way to fold them, Doug made a short video showing you how to make them. We are sharing the recipe over at Pocket Change Gourmet today.

And for a quick side dish, skewers with fresh veggies; broccoli, mushrooms, red peppers and leaf lettuce. The dipping sauce is Hellmann’s Mayonnaise and World Harbors Island Mango Marinade {extra leftover from the Orange Mango Chicken}. I displayed them on a bed of Chow Mein Noodles to add a little texture but also for snacking.

And, here is The Dragon Puppet. I found the pattern over at Craft Jr. and simply printed him out on cardstock paper and used my son’s Prisma colored pencils to color him. I love to color, it’s so relaxing! To make him into a puppet, I simply cut out the head and tail, added a strip of red construction paper about 1 1/2 inches wide, and glued on wooded skewers. And he’s sitting in a bowl with Fried Rice.

I think these would be a perfect activity for the kids to work on too. Even if it’s not for a Chinese New Year Celebration, it will keep them busy for quite awhile.

I’ll be sharing the details on the Party Favors tomorrow, so stay tuned for those. The drinks are orange juice mixed with Sprite, served in a wine glass and garnished with an candied orange slice on a skewer.

Update: Directions for the Party Favors

And for dessert…Dragon Cupcakes! I shared all the instructions on Cupcake Tuesday.

According to Feng Shui Forecast, “the year 2012 holds much promise and may be a major transition in your life. Whether it turns out extremely good, or really bad, will depend on how you ride the mighty Water Dragon!”

Hmmm…what do you think? I hope I can ride the Water Dragon well, so any transition in my life turns out good.

Be sure to come back tomorrow {Thursday} for a fun Chinese New Year Giveaway and the Party Favors!

Steamy Kitchen shares more traditional Chinese New Recipes and ideas, from 2011 and 2012.

Linking to…Transformation Thursday, Show & Tell Friday, Weekend Wrap Up Party, Saturday Night Special, Made by you Monday

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