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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.
xox


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. 
Golden Girls

Check out how easy it was to make these "Stay Golden" favor bags HERE
Golden Girls

 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! 
Golden Girls

And of course, we can't forget Sophia's Sicily stories! 
Golden Girls

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

Rose:
 "Like we say in St. Olaf — Christmas without fruitcake is like St. Sigmund's Day without the headless boy."
Golden Girls

Sophia:
"Jealousy is a very ugly thing, Dorothy. And so are you in anything backless." 
Golden Girls

Blanche:
"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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Dorothy:
"No, I will NOT have a nice day." 
Golden Girls

Golden Girls

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 (momsmeet.com), 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

Ingredients
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



Instructions

  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!

Father's Day Gift Idea


Need a fun and practical gift idea for Father's Day? I'm on The Crafting Chicks blog with a Daddy's Car Wash Kit that your guy is sure to love!
Head over to The Crafting Chicks for a full tutorial HERE.

Happy Father's Day!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Vintage Baby Shower with Cricut


Welcome to the Party Blog Hop with Cricut! I'm sure you've been loving all the fabulous inspiration throughout the hop. I know I certainly have! I'm  madly in love with my Cricut machine and I'm constantly discovering new and amazing projects to make. 
Check out my vintage baby shower below to see all the fun projects I made with my Cricut and Cricut Design Space. The possibilities are truly endless with this machine!

For the vintage baby shower, I used the Oh Darling Collection by Crate Paper. I loved the mix of vintage florals and patterns in this collection and knew it would be perfect for the baby shower.

 Every cake needs a bunting, am I right? The soft pinks and pretty flowers made a beautiful bunting for this cake. I loved how it turned out!


Here's another shot of the bunting. Don't you just love those pretty scallops?! 

Instead of using cupcakes for the shower, I opted for tiny brownie bites just to change things up a bit. I loved the sweet cupcake wrappers and little flag toppers that I made using my Cricut. 


How cute are these mini popcorn boxes? Instead of using a plate or cake stand, I found a vintage baby book from the 1950s to place the popcorn boxes on. 



I cut out some bottle wraps and dressed up these sweet vintage inspired milk bottles. You can't have your bottles naked....oh, the horror!


No matter what the occasion, guests need a party hat. Using the party hat template on my Cricut, I cut out the hats, fastened them together with adhesive and attached a little white festooning to the top of each hat. Aren't they adorable?! 



As a thank you for coming to the shower, the guests received these sweet goodie cones filled with lip balm, mini lotions and treats. I'm all about quick and simple projects and these are no exception. You can find the tutorial on how to make these cute favors HERE. 


Thanks so much for stopping by!


I was invited to participate in the Cricut Party Blogger Program Kickoff.
This experience is based strictly on my opinion.  Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above.  I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I have given my honest opinion.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.


Vintage Baby Shower with Cricut- Favor Tutorial

As a thank you for coming to the shower, the guests received these sweet goodie cones filled with lip balm, mini lotions and treats. I'm all about quick and simple projects and these are no exception. You can find the tutorial on how to make these below. 


 Search for "cone" in the Cricut Design Space. Once you have your desired design, decided on the size you need. The cones I made were about 10" long and 9".


Place the paper into your machine, and press go! Once it's cut, take the paper off the mat and roll it into a cone shape. Fasten with adhesive. 
And that's it! 
Adorable and sweet little goodie cones your guests will love.


To make these mini popcorn boxes, simply search in the Cricut Design Space for "boxes" and choose your desired template. Once you've chosen your design, insert it and place it into your dimensions. Then insert the paper into the machine and press go!


After the machine has scored and cut the box, follow the template to fold it into a box. Use glue to adhere the edges together. It doesn't get much easier than that!




I hope you enjoyed my vintage baby shower and are having a blast blog hopping with Cricut!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

I was invited to participate in the Cricut Party Blogger Program Kickoff.
This experience is based strictly on my opinion.  Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above.  I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I have given my honest opinion.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.