Monday, January 13, 2014

Great Gatsby Teen Party

My beautiful little girl...isnt so little anymore. Turning thirteen! Where did the time go? Im sure this will be the last party she allows me to plan for her until sweet sixteen so we had fun with this. Ill have to see if I can find an invite and post with this, they were super cute but I didnt think to take a photo of them!
The Photo booth I set up was a hit. Had old pepsi crates, milk can  etc and they could arrange as they wished. If I posted all the photos they took, youd need an hour to view them all! 
No Gatsby party would be complete without some feathers! This was a little fondant cake and I dont normally add non edibles to my cake but I made an exception. Thanks to grandma Carol for adding this gorgeous cake stand from winners to my collection! I have it in like five other colors haha!
Little ice cream bar had all kinds of sprinkles from bulk barn. They are super cheap there! And I didn't keep any after a slew of teenagers were done with them! I used sparkle wrapping paper from winners on the back of my cabinet to dress it up a bit and some martha stewart pom pom banners.
Paper mustache straws (leftover from little brothers party lol) The mustaches are by Jolees sticker boutique and paper straws from dollar store-BTW they are 11.99 at michaels thats crazy! I added a little sparkle paper wrap to the cutlery to add some pizazz.
This is my easter bin, but I added some glitter paper and gave it a little makeover (until easter).
Cake and "champagne" which is really sparkling cider. DIY- take elmers white glue and a foam craft brush. Paint over the bottle, label included, then add glitter...cuz a girl can never have too much glitter.
Grandma Carol hooked me up with these letters from the Hobby Lobby in the united States to spell Irelands name. I figured she could paint them later for her room...but they are still in my basement haha. I added some flair with a little gatsby style hat, feathers and the bird cage we stole from aunties house for the weekend.
Gotta love the internet peeps...I downloaded this "bathtub gin" picture to glue on my mason jars as our prohibited drink. I premade pink lemonade and such and filled the jars...
then I threw them in the antique pan I had on ice. I added glowsticks as after I took photos, we turned out the lights for dancing. I also filled balloons with glowsticks and filled with helium, hung from helium and such to complete our "Speakeasy" club.
My kiddo loves sushi so we had a little sushi bar and of course like ten pizzas for the teenage boys lol!
Loot included a chocolate stache, it was on a can of pop (wrapped with pretty paper) and tissue. I made sure each included a pretty feather and I have gum mints etc inside the tissue. What do you give teenagers for loot???I guess I did ok as these were gone in an instant!
Miss sass gives me the kiss gorgeous are these girls? I had long pearl necklaces from the dollar store and little flowered headbands for the girls to accessorize once they arrived.
a favorite pic of moms
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEAUTIFUL!!! yes I am already planning your sweet 16 party ;)

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Block Party

I am so excited to finally be sharing some parties and tips with all of you! One of my favorites was a party for my son who is crazy for lego! Lucky for you, I did all the trial and error and can let you know the easy way!
Now I may have mentioned we are crazy for parties and yes, I plan some a year in advance. I want to make sure I can get the best deals and I am always on the lookout. SO when I took my son to disneyland we snapped this photo and picked up some great clearance items from the lego store for loot bags! I snapped this photo and had it printed at staples huge enough to go on the front door! Part goers had no trouble spotting which house was ours...and how cute is this little monster?

 In theory my lego cakes started out as some small loafs and I was using mints for the knobs....this turned out to be a bad idea lol! I will explain how I turned it around.
 I frosted each mini loaf and let the frosting set up. The dots...kept falling off...
 So I pulled them all off. To get the color on the brick again I used my beloved wilton candy melts in the colors I wanted the bricks to be. I cut wax paper to wrap around the edge of the brick. I "buttered" the wax paper with melted chocolate and left for a minute to seize up a bit. Once it wasn't as runny I wrapped around the outside edge of each brick then set the brick on a cookie sheet and put them all in the freezer. Once Out i used more melted chocolate to butter the top, then I put the mints in melted chocolate and placed in the right spot. Tap the brick on the counter lightly to get out air bubbles then transfer back to freezer. once set up, peel off the wax paper from the outer edge and you get....
 A great pan of bricks! You could also cut some smaller to make the two and four knob bricks...but this mama be busy and one per kid seemed to make sense to me! You cant have a lego party without lego people...
 Enter GIANT campfire marshmellows! I put these suckers on a sticka nd dipped in melted yellow wilton candy melts and I added a mint on top.
 Swirl in a bowl....and set to dry
 Lol...this bin is an old sewing machine drawer from Easter that i had with moss...but under the moss is florists foam so it was perfect to hold my pops until they set up...
 Using wilton food writers I drew on some cute faces, making sure to have boy and girl faces for both sexes of kid at the party, added a cello bag and ribbon
 These awesome storage bricks were my splurge for this party and were also a gift for my son. I ordered the from the united they sell them at toys are us.
 I downloaded this cute lego guy off of pinterest ( did I mention I lvoe pinterest???) Crafty smart people post just about any download you would ever want for any party on pinterest! I bought cute lego mats at walmart for $4.00 each and used one for each spot as a placemat...the kids also took them home as part of their loot!
 I printed a bunch of the lego dudes and made a banner to hang over the table...this was mid decorating... I forgot to take a picture after lol! This mama was busy getting ready for the party.
 The birthday boy wishes for 100 more sets of lego!
I hope your next party sparkles!This entire party was under $100!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Holiday Cheer

Well as usual this time of year, we had a family gathering and git exchange. I am one of those people who thinks you can never have too much sparkle (read -glitter!) I loved making these decorations and treats for my family. I hope you enjoy them just as much. My favorite treat was the strawberry christmas tree!

 It was very simple to make. I used Wilton candy melts (these are great for using with kids as they chocolate doesn't get so hot it burns and it stays melted for a long time!) and after putting each berry on a stick, I dipped it and let it seize up on wax paper. I then drizzled some blue wilton candy melts and added little snowflakes and such, also by wilton as the "decorations". Once it had dried I poked each berry into a florists cone, purchased at michaels. I started at the bottom and worked my way up. I love how it turned out. Note, this should be made the day of your party. Also- You can use this for a ton of events! Change out the colors to suit your theme.
 One of my favorites were these little mini "mugs of hot cocoa"! I used a paper straw purchased at the dollar store and cut it in half. I poked one end in the marshmallows after I had dipped the top in brown wilton candy melts then I let it set up. After it dried, I "glued" on candy cane handles with white chocolate and made the little holly design. Note - I broke like one handle for every one I used! LOL but mini candy canes were cheap at the dollar the broken ones as I have a tip for those later ;) I dabbed a small amount of white chocolate on the front of the mugs then I added the little berries and tree sprinkels, also by wilton. My kids were in love with these as were the adults. They are super cheap and easy to make and....
 I made a second use for them! I added one marshmellow stir stick to a cello bag, added a package of hot cocoa, a Heidi Swapp free printable tag and a mini christmas ball from the dollar store...cutest ever guest thank yous to take home! I also made some for all of the staff where I work. Again, these would be cute for a camping party etc just change the decorations to suit your theme.
I love my old pepsi crate and it received a little christmas makeover. I added some faux greens from the dollar store, my antique mason jars and some tealights for a gorgeous table centrepiece. You will see this crate again in future posts. Stay tuned as I am adding more photos from this dont htink I forgot about the broken candy cane tip do you??? Stay tuned
Dang work gets in the way of blogging! As promised, m,ore pics and my tip. Take the leftover candycannes or ones you broke making the marshmellow stir sticks...rim a mug with melted chocolate and then dip in the broken candy cane pieces! It looks beautiful and tastes delicious! You're guests will be wowed by the extra little touches.
 Here they are! A little candy cane spoon from Wilton Canada makes a sweet addition
 For the signature cocktail, I sugared the rims of the glasses with blue sugar so pretty!
 The Sweets
 Wilton Candy cane spoons

 Snowman cupcakes and santa hat chocolate dipped pretzels
 I found the idae for these little gems on pinterest! Free printable, some glue and a cute take home for guests!
My friend Stacy cut these letters using her silhouette so i could dress up the mirror
 mini cheeesecakes in single serve glasses were a delicious after dinner treat, I picked up the gorgeous stand at Winners...I have a ridiculous collection of them but theyre too gorgeous to leave at the store!
 Cute vintage sign from Urban Barn let guests know what treats awaited their taste buds
Happy holidays everyone!