Friday, June 23, 2017

Outdoor Rehearsal Dinner

If you're planning on an outdoor rehearsal dinner this summer, be sure to check out a few lovely ideas I have over on the Oriental Trading Blog.

4th of July

Looking for some fun 4th of July Birthday ideas? Head over to Love the Day to check out a few festive ideas I have for the big day! 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Golden Girls Party

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided the sample free of charge by Oriental Trading Company to provide my honest review. No other type of compensation was received. All ideas and opinions are my own.

Golden Girls

Raise your hand if you're a Golden Girls fan!
 Who doesn't love the geriatric hi-jinks of Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia?  
 My friends and I are huge lovers of the show and when I found out one of my friends was moving out of state, I knew I had to throw her the ultimate send off, Golden Girls style! When harnessing your inner Golden Girl, you can't have too many bright pinks and lime greens to inject some Miami flair into your party. So sit back and relax out on the lanai, grab yourself a slice of cheesecake and enjoy a party featuring your favorite sassy senior citizens! 

Oriental Trading had everything I needed for the party, right down to pink flamingos and palm leaves.  Blanche would be so proud...

Here's what you'll need  to create a fabulous Golden Girls inspired party:

These "Thank you for being a friend" ( now that song is in your head) favors were so quick and easy to make. Find the tutorial HERE along with the free printable. You can't go wrong with palm trees and jelly beans! 
Golden Girls

I'm a bit of a favor freak and my guests are always sent home with at least a couple fun favors from the party. I used hot pink parchment treat bags to create these goodie bags and my Cricut machine to cut out the golden silhouettes of the ladies. 
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Check out how easy it was to make these "Stay Golden" favor bags HERE
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 I used pink vinyl, my Cricut Explore Air 2  and clear acrylic insertable tumblers to make these classic quotes tumbler favors. 

"Shady Pines, Ma."
 I love when Dorothy repeats this veiled threat to send her mom, Sophia, to a nursing home when she is about to do something rebellious or if she says something out of line. Each guest received a tumbler with a Golden Girls quote on it. They were quite the hit!  
Golden Girls

Rose's hilarious and bizarre St. Olaf stories were the highlight of any Golden Girls episode. 
"Back in St.Olaf, that moose not only raised Yimminy, he put him through medical school."
Oh, how I love Rose! 
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And of course, we can't forget Sophia's Sicily stories! 
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I used  flamingo pinwheels (very Miami-esque) as table decor and each guest home was sent home with one. How cute are they?!

What's a Golden Girls party without cheesecake? How many times did the girls talk it out over cheesecake...I'm thinking in the hundreds! Cheesecake solves everything, right?!  The oh-so-incredibly talented  Ali from Paperly Press designed these awesome Golden Girls toppers for the cheesecake. 
Golden Girls

 "Like we say in St. Olaf — Christmas without fruitcake is like St. Sigmund's Day without the headless boy."
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"Jealousy is a very ugly thing, Dorothy. And so are you in anything backless." 
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"Nobody ever believes me when I'm telling the truth. I guess it's the curse of being a devastatingly beautiful woman."
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"No, I will NOT have a nice day." 
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Thank you for being a friend and checking out this fun party! 
Now 'scuse me while I go binge watch Golden Girls with a slice of cheesecake. ;-)
Golden Girls

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Golden Girls Favor Bags

Our sassy girls were constantly rockin' the large, sparkly brooches and earrings in GOLD, of course.
Send your guests home with these shimmery gold favor bags reminiscent of  all that fabulous jewelry that adorned those hilarious ladies!

Here's what you need to make these fun goodie bags:

I used the Everyday Font- Something to Shout About on Cricut Design Space and sized the letters to be about 1" each. 

Select how many copies you will need and press go on your machine. Once the machine cuts out all your letters on the adhesive gold foil, peel them off and apply the letters to the pink treat bags.

How easy was that? 
Sweet and simple favor bags your guests will love! 
This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided the sample free of charge by Oriental Trading Company to provide my honest review. No other type of compensation was received. All ideas and opinions are my own.

Golden Girls Palm Tree Favors

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided the sample free of charge by Oriental Trading Company to provide my honest review. No other type of compensation was received. All ideas and opinions are my own.

Remember Blanche's crazy palm tree wallpaper in her bedroom? I was always fascinated as a kid with her room and wished my room looked like a jungle. Maybe someday I'll wallpaper the bedroom with palm trees (ha!) but in the meantime, these cute palm tree favors will have to do! 

I love favors that are quick and simple and these are no exception. Check out how easy these are to put together. 
Golden Girls

Here is what you need to put together these palm tree party favors:

 Thank you for being a friend printable found HERE.

To make these easy party favors, simply fill the palm tree container with pink and lime green jelly beans. You can alternate by filling a couple of the favors with green jelly beans on top and pink on the bottom and vice versa.

 When your containers are all filled up, print out the "Thank you for being a friend" tag and cut it out.

 Next, punch a hole through the tag and thread baker's twine through the hole. Tie the tag around the middle of the favor and you're all set!

Your Golden Girls lovin' pals will adore these cute palm tree favors!
Golden Girls

Flavor Your Life

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from Moms Meet (, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own. Compensation was provided.

Summer is here and outdoor entertaining is in full swing. As part of the Flavor Your Life  campaign, I used European Extra Virgin Olive Oil aka liquid gold for a delicious appetizer that you're sure to love.   Here is a quick and easy recipe that would be perfect for all your outdoor summer parties and picnics. 

Creamy Avocado Crostini

1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 ripe avocado
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped chives
1 small baguette, sliced diagonally


  1. Preheat broiler on high
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the avocado, garlic salt, pepper, lemon juice, and chives.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Stir and mash until you have a chunky paste mixture.
  4. Lay out the sliced bread on a flat baking tray. Brush the remaining extra virgin olive oil on both sides of the bread.
  5. Toast on both sides until a light golden brown.
  6. While still warm, spread the crostini with the avocado mixture.
Servings : 16

You can find this and many more delicious recipes HERE using European Extra Virgin Olive Oil. For this recipe, I used Zucchi Olive Oil and it was absolutely delicious!

The Flavor Your Life Campaign was created by the European Union, the Italian Government and several European extra virgin olive oil producers to share amazing recipes using liquid gold in your daily cooking and making it a part of your everyday diet. 

Be sure to check out the  Flavor Your Life campaign to read more about European extra virgin olive oil, how to use it in your daily life and to lean some fun facts about olive oil.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tropical Party Hats

It's not a party unless you're wearing a party hat, right?! Head over to Love the Day for my quick and easy tropical party hat tutorial. Aloha!