Graduation Party Styling and DIY For Shutterfly

What do music themed cake pops with DIY washi taped covered sticks, DIY pennant cupcake toppers, DIY saxophone floral arrangements, Shutterfly graduation party announcements, thank you notes and “To Do” list party favors all have in common?  They’ve all come together today on the blog to throw one swell party and you’re invited! Can you believe it’s time to start planning for graduation celebrations? Last week I was very busy baking, styling and photographing a project in collaboration with Shutterfly… [Read More]

Halloween DIYs at Tiny Prints

Today I’m featured on the Tiny Prints blog sharing two Halloween DIYs inspired from their Gleeful Guises invitation set which is perfect for little monsters. You’ll learn how to make jack-o-lantern table top decorations safe for a children’s party that also holds candy that seems lit from within and ghosts pops made from Peeps using washi tape for added decoration. Come see how you can do it too!  I promise you can!  🙂

Lemonade Love DIY at Tiny Prints

Today I’m over at Tiny Prints where I posted a Lemonade Love Party Lanterns DIY inspired by their Lemonade Love invitation to a summer party. Using the mason jar theme,  you can add to your party’s ambiance with pretty ribbons that catch the breeze and add color during the day then gives a soft, flickering glow at night. Come visit to see what supplies you’ll need and how to make them for your outdoor entertaining.  I hope you find some… [Read More]

DIY Decorated Statue of Liberty Cookies/Sparkler Holders

I love the look of fireworks shooting in the sky overhead of the lady in the harbor so I designed a cookie that could hold a sparkler to double as a place setting decoration adding to the anticipation of the night.  It could also serve as a party favor if it’s not eaten first during the fireworks display! Let me show you how to make the cookies. What you’ll need: My Sugar Cookie Recipe My Royal Icing Recipe Icing Decorating… [Read More]

Tiny Prints Announcements and USC Cake Pops

I’m very excited, thrilled, elated, to begin a collaboration with Tiny Prints today! When Tiny Prints contacted me to write guest posts on their Tiny Prints blog featuring my entertaining ideas and treats, I couldn’t believe it!  Since graduation season is upon us (and for my son too), we paired their USC graduation announcements with my USC Cake Pops.  They just seemed to be a match made in heaven by Tommy Trojan himself. We have more guest posts planned for… [Read More]

A Surprise Party

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of co-hosting my sister-in-law’s surprise 60th birthday party with her husband – my brother, on his behalf, along with their son and his wife.  What was unique about the planning of this party, was the first step of the planning process had to take place while my brother and his wife were in Australia visiting their daughter.   My nephew and his wife who live in Seattle, had a great idea to find a home… [Read More]

Bridal Shower Gifts and Wrapping Ideas

  I love to wrap gifts.  I always have.  Part of the fun for me is finding inspiration in the gift choice, the colors, paper and in ribbon.  Having an excuse to shop for paper and ribbon is like buying a new pair of party shoes.  I get giddy!     The inspiration for this “wedding cake wrap”, as my friend called it, since she thought it looked like a tiered wedding cake, began with the bride’s registry.  I noticed… [Read More]

The Jeanapalooza Birthday Extravaganza Recap– A Pink and Orange Party

If you’ve been following the progression of birthday planning posts I’ve written, you’d know this past weekend was the big “Jeanapalooza Birthday Extravaganza” for my mother-in-law’s ninetieth birthday hosted at our home. Balloons and birthday pennants greeted the birthday girl and forty-three guests as they walked through the front door. The buffet held the birthday cake and party favors of custom m&m’s, foil wrapped peppermint patties and cookies. There is a cake store that only makes Bundt cakes, if you… [Read More]

Pink and Orange Foil Wrapped Peppermint Patties

What is a party without mints?   I believe my emotional need for colorful party mints goes back to my days in Job’s Daughters.  There was not one reception or installation that did not have a plate of swirled  fondant mints and every reception and installation had its own unique color scheme, usually two colors.  When I was installed as Honored Queen, my colors were grass green and buttercup yellow.  I kept one color of each mint for years as… [Read More]

Pink and Orange Holiday Banister Decorations

In continuing to decorate using hot pink and orange for our upcoming party, I’m happy to say I have finished decorating the banister.  This is a huge relief for me.  One thing I was reminded of, yet again, when creating a new display using all new materials, plan on it taking three times longer than you originally thought it would take.  Even though I had a vision of what I wanted to create when I purchased everything, I still didn’t… [Read More]