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Airplane Party {party ideas}

My little nephew Jay turned one recently!

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And my sister put together the cutest party for him!

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She made this cute sign for the favors,

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plus this one to let people know where to go.

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She had little snacks all over,

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and she found these little planes that she tied balloons too and they looked like they were flying all over!

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Then of course the food!  The most important part! We had sliders and an awesome fruit platter!

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Along with pasta salad, spicy potato salad, and wonton salad (which I can’t believe I haven’t shared with you!)

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She also had cupcakes and cloud shaped sugar cookies,

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Which this guy loved.

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My cousin made Jay the cutest smash cake (and can I say I have never seen a one year old pick up his smash cake and shove it in his face before!)

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Going,

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Going,

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Gone! (and so bummed about it!)

Happy Birthday Baby Jay!!!

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Sarah’s Bridal Shower {party ideas}

One of my best friends, Sarah, is getting married!

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Isn’t she beautiful???  I’m one of the bridesmaids and I couldn’t be happier for her or more excited to be in her wedding.

Her bridal shower was last month and was held at Jeanine’s house.  It was gorgeous.

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This is the view from her kitchen of the Griffith Observatory in LA.  So pretty.

I was asked to the food, which I think is the most important part of the party (of course!)

Here’s what I made:

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Spinach Dip from my mom’s old school cookbook that I am going to steal one day when she is sleeping.

(Just kidding mom, but not really.)

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Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

So, you know how I made these for my baby’s birthday?  Well my sister shares a birthday with him!

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(Aren’t they cute?)

Anywho, I was on a roll turning cookies into cupcakes, and my sister’s favorite cookie is a snickerdoodle.  So Snickerdoodle cupcakes were born.

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And these babies are delicious. All that cinnamon and sugar goodness.

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Yummy, yummy.

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes
 
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Snickerdoodle Cupcakes
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • For the cupcakes:
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup of shortening
  • 1⅔ cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • For the frosting:
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
Instructions
  1. For the cupcakes:
  2. Preheat oven to 350.  Line 2 muffin tins with cupcake liners or spray with non stick baking spray. In a bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In another bowl beat shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy.  About 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at at time, beating well after each addition. Add in the vanilla.  Then beat in half the flour mixture, then add the milk, then the rest of the flour mixture.  Divide evenly between muffin cups, about ¼ cup per liner. Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from pan and onto a cooling rack can cool completely.
  3. For the frosting:
  4. Beat the butter with an electric mixture until very creamy.  Add the powdered sugar slowly (so you aren't wearing it), cream, and vanilla.  Turn the mixture on medium high and beat for a good 3 minutes.  The longer you beat it the creamier the frosting will be.  Add more cream or sugar if frosting is too thick or thin.  If it's too sweet add a pinch of salt.  Add 2 tablespoons of cinnamon and beat again. Frost the cooled cupcakes and garnish with a mini snickerdoodle if desired.
  5. Eat!

I used this recipe for the snickerdoodles.  It’s perfect and why mess with perfection?

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Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

So this guy had a birthday last week.

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(And this was the best picture I could get of him in his Easter best.  Two year olds have a mind of their own I tell ya.)

I can not believe my baby is two! I know people say it all the time, but seriously time does fly.  I swear I had him just yesterday.  Sigh.

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Anyways, this little baby, ahem, I mean toddler of mine loves (and I mean LOVES) Oreo cookies.

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So what better cake to make for him than a cookies and cream cake, or in this case, cupcake?

He loved them!  He must have had at least 4!

Happy birthday Rawson!  I love you bud.

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes
 
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Cookies and Cream Cupcakes
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 block cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 36 Oreos, plus more for decoration
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line 2 muffin trays with cupcake liners or spray with non stick baking spray.  Mix together cake mix, milk, oil, and eggs.  Beat well for 2 mins. Chop up 18 Oreo cookies finely. Stir into the batter. Scoop a scant ⅓ cup of batter into each muffin well.  You should be 24.  I got 22. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cake springs back when touched.  Remove from pan and cool on wire racks.
  3. Beat together the butter and cream cheese until fully incorporated.  Add the vanilla and the powdered sugar a cup at a time.  If the frosting is too sweet, add a little pinch of salt.  Chop 18 Oreo cookies really finely.  Stir into frosting.  Frost the cooled cupcakes and decorate with additional cookies if desired.
  4. Eat!

I piped the frosting onto the cupcakes using a big 1M tip, but the cookies still got stuck in the tip.  Next time I will use an ice scream scoop to scoop it on or make sure to chop my cookies very finely so they don’t get stuck.

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Party Ideas-Valentine’s Day Dessert Party

Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is already around the corner???  Seriously, where does the time go?

This little party idea is so fun and kids and adults love to get together for any reason.

Lets start with the food shall we???

Menu:

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Chocolate covered pretzels.  These are always a hit.  Just take some pretzel rods and dip them in some melted chocolate and add some festive sprinkles.  These can be done at any time of the year, just change up your sprinkles.

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Pie pops!  So cute right???  These suckers are a little time consuming, but boy are they cute!  I used this recipe from the Our Best Bites ladies.  I only did the raspberry one to make it a little easier on myself.

(Note: I couldn’t find raspberry pie filling to save my life.  Maybe we don’t have it in Southern California?  So I bought a can of raspberries in heavy syrup, placed it in a saucepan and added a slurry of cornstarch and water to thicken it up.  It worked great!)

Make sure to use the chocolate chips!  They really make the pie pops great!

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See next to the pip pops?  On the cake stands?  There we have brownies with cookie butter frosting (to die for!).  I just cut them into bite sized pieces and piped on the frosting using a star tip and put a chocolate chip on each one.  The recipe can be found here.

Then underneath them are browned butter rice crispy treats.  Recipe coming this week!

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We also have blackberry cheese cake bars from the Pioneer Woman (I love her.)  These were divine.  Recipe can be found here. And I love that you can make them ahead of time!  Great addition to any dessert bar: big splash with minimal effort.  My kind of dessert.

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These little guys were gone first!  They are so light and fresh you could eat 10 of them without even realizing it! Strawberry Cupcakes with Lemon Whipped Cream topping.  Recipe coming this week!

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And the show stopper!  Pink Velvet Cake Trifle!  So easy and such a hit at the party.  Recipe coming this week!

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(I know the picture is a little blurry, but I wanted to show you the whole table)

As you can see I like to use fabric when decorating for a party.  You buy it once and they have it forever.  I bought three different kinds of Valentine’s Day fabric at Joann’s filled it out with things I already had on hand.

One big tip is when putting together a buffet table is making sure to use things of different height.  I took three bowls and turned them upside down and covered them with a white table cloth.  Then I draped the Valentine’s day fabric over the bowls and added a sparkly white boa.  And there you have it!  A perfectly perfect Valentine’s Day table!

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For the tables, I cut a piece off of the Valentine’s Day fabric and bunched it in the middle of the table and then added in the different colored tulle on top.  Then I used a tall vase that I got at the dollar store and some stock from Trader Joe’s.  Add in some heart bowls filled with candy and you are done!

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That is until this guy figures out he can get to the treats!  But how can you get mad at a face like that???

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

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Party Ideas: Campfire Christmas

Having a holiday party this year and having trouble coming up with theme?  This idea for a campfire Christmas is so cute and very quick and easy to throw together.

How about we start with the decorations?

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Get yourself a lantern (I’ve seen them as Target, Ross, or any big chain store like that), then utilize your free labor (kids!) to help you collect some pinecones, pieces of pine, and some red berries.  (If you can’t find any of these fresh Joann’s has a great selection of fake garland for very cheap). You will also need some battery operated tea lights.

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Cover the tables first in a red plastic table cloth, then add a strip of butcher paper, and finally a festive scarf.  So simple!  I was able to find the scarfs at my local dollar store.  Put your lantern in the center of the table and arrange the pinecones, greenery, and berries around it.  Turn on your battery operated candles and your tables are done.

Now for the best part, the food!

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