Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
This past Sunday was my son's second birthday party! It was a LOT of work, but I started MONTHS ago with making the decorations....I was so pleased at how it all came together. It was very special having my grandma & Mom here to celebrate with us! Here's a sneek peek of the party & I promise to post more in detail of all the decorations & goodies I made.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
36.....now, I'm closer to 40 than 30! Unbelievable! So to make this passing of time more bearable....gotta throw a party! I went with a pink, black & white damask & zebra print decorations. I invited only seven friends for an intimate gathering of 8. I set up two tables outside & set a formal dinner place setting. Each setting had a cute little "Swag Bag" with each guest's name on it. Inside was a personalized zebra print necklace for each guest. I used pink roses in a glass vase as a centerpiece and little damask pails filled with pink carnations on the outer centers of the table, filling in lots of simple white candles everywhere.
Hors d'oeuvres-toasted sliced baget with bruschetta & a love dip (cream cheese type spread)
Appetizer-shrimp green curry with jasmine rice
Main-grilled steak with chimmicurri sauce & garlic rosemary mashed potatoes, (grilled tilapia for non-meat eaters)
Dessert-Birthday cake! It came out pretty cute, a big pink bow with a zebra print....it was even pink inside by making a strawberry cake.
Also had chocolate strawberry swirl cupcakes as well.
Lots of red wine varieties! It was fun seeing what my guests selected...yummy zins, merlots, pinot noirs and a funny one called "kicking ass" ....
It was a very special night! Thanks you to my friends who drove MILES to get here....one friend drove over 7 hours & another got pulled over for speeding on her way over, what love!
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Wow, what a fun theme to do! With Toy Story being sooooo popular now, I focused more Cowboy Woody than Buzz.
I made my first tiered & fondant cake, I think it came out pretty good for my first try. It was a lot of pressure on this cake as I wanted it extra cute & was learning as I went along.
The tables were covered in bandana & cow print fabrics. His banner was made using jute & knotted bandanas with cut out Western fonted letters for his name.
The kiddos all had cute cowboys hats to wear & a little denim goodie bag to take home. The bags were made from cuting up an old pair of jeans , sewing them into sacks, tied with a bandana print ribbon & a hot glued sherif star on top (loaded with Toy Story items).
Finishing touches included a real hail bay with a saddle, a stick horse, a rocking horse, red & white balloons & a few toy Woody dolls thrown in. Happy 2nd Birthday Little Caleb, I hope you had a rootin tootin day!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Today I wanted to make an assortment of cupcakes that showed off my new skills of fondant & gum paste designs. I'm currently taking a Wilton cake decorating class & all the flowers you see here I learned how to make out of SUGAR! Yes, you could eat them! I now know how to make roses, carnations, calla lilies, mums, daisies & leaves....so cool! I'm hoping to start a little cupcake biz on the side soon, just for friends, family, etc.....hope these pics get people interested in wanting CUPCAKES at their next event!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
My little guy has been involved in a local play-group since he was 3 months old...it's so great to see how fast our little ones have grown & how great it is to chat with other SAHMs!!! I can't believe now our little ones are coming up on their second birthdays already!!
We meet every Wednesday at someone's home. The host provides the snack/lunch... it's fun to catch up & watch our little ones interactive with their buddies! Well...today was my turn to host.
I went with a little circus theme...based on these cute paper plates & napkins I found on sale at TJ MAX. I rounded up a few of my son's "circus" animals to help display the food & make them hold little banners that titled all the food.
We had chicken & spinach quesadillas with homemade salsa, guacamole plus sour cream.....also had veggie pasta salad, animal crackers to munch on, as well as grapes & mandarin oranges. The little guys were so funny they would run up & help themselves to the grapes!
To end the lunch we had Hummingbird Cake....SOOOOO rich! The cake itself is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger root, pineapple bits & bananas.....topped with homemade cream cheese frosting (that have 3 freakin sticks of butter & a pound of each powered sugar & cream cheese.....YIKES)
I think everyone went home full & worn out from all the playing!