Valentine party punch + giveaway

My Christmas decorations aren’t all put away yet and my brain has already moved on to Valentine’s. I know… it’s just who I am. {snicker}

Over the holidays my sister-in-law made this incredible punch and she had kids and adults alike clammmoring for it. It was fabulous. I took her idea, tweaked it just a bit (thanks Norma!) and came up with this Valentine party punch!  

Here’s what you’ll need per flute serving (punch bowl):

    • 1/3 Sierra Mist Natural (2 liter)
    • 1/3 tropical punch (2 liter)
    • 1/3 scoop pineapple sherbet (1/2 gallon)

Oh, and there’s a GIVEAWAY! {Yay! Free Stuff!} ~ win a Sierra Mist Natural gift pack (shaker, drink garnish/sugars, party glasses) & a $50 AMEX Gift Card

How to Enter: Leave a comment on this page telling me your most creative cocktail/mocktail recipe idea. You never know, it might just wind up on Sierra Mist’s facebook page! Hint. Hint.

Deadline: January 5, 2012 at 11:59pm Eastern Time

Extra Entries (leave a comment for EACH extra entry!):

  • Like Sierra Mist on facebook
  • Like The Celebration Shoppe on facebook (existing and new counts!)
  • Follow Sierra Mist (@SierraMist) and The Celebration Shoppe (@celebshoppe) on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway. Something like: Head over to win a $50 AMEX card and entertaining pack from @SierraMist & @celebshoppe ~ goo.gl/fb/knJH9
  • Sign up for The Celebration Shoppe updates through my RSS feed (upper right sidebar); if already signed up just leave a note letting me know.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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{NOTE: This post was sponsored by Sierra Mist Natural, however, all opinions are my own. You guys know I don’t write about things I don’t like. That would be too much like work!}

No purchase necessary to enter. Prizes will only be shipped within the United States. Winner will be selected at random using Random.org. All entries received after the giveaway closing day and time will not be considered. Entries that do not follow the entry requirements will not be considered. Winners will be notified via email. 
 

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tis the season to shop, eat & win $100

I had the best time this weekend! It all started on Friday when I had lunch with some of my sweet friends to welcome Laurie of Tip Junkie to the neighborhood and to thank my girls Bridget and Tammy for being so welcoming when she needed direction on the best schools/neighborhoods and I didn’t have all the answers.

We went to Marcella’s, a lovely little Italian restaurant. We talked and laughed too loud… and ate amazing desserts. And the best part, besides that blurry pic that our waitress took… {sorry girls!}, we didn’t have to worry about divvying up the check at the table (and making me late to pick up my babies from school… ).

With the new Serve card from American Express, one person can pay the bill and then be reimbursed by their  friends instantly via e-mail or mobile device.  

Then, on Saturday, we took the boys to the theatre to see Arthur Christmas, shopping at the Lego store and to lunch. This pic is of my oldest really enjoying the movie. Apologies again for the less than perfect photography. These are from my cell phone. What?! I can’t take my real camera everywhere! {grin}

As you can imagine, the lines were crazy. And guess what came in handy, my Serve card! My mom was buying the boys a few Christmas gifts, on the sly, and I saw a toy I had been looking for at the last minute. I couldn’t very well stand in line for 30 minutes holding it and them next to me so mom paid for it with her stash while I took the boys elsewhere and then I was able to pay her back instantly through my serve account. It was fabulous! No more checks!

It’s basically a pre-paid card that you can load up from your bank account, with cash, etc. In addition to be able to pay people back quickly via e-mail or your mobile devise, divvying up checks and the like, it’s perfect for those that are nervous about shopping online with their regular credit cards and for those who want to help their tweens and teens learn how to use a card wisely without having to worry they’ll overspend.

The best, best part! This post is sponsored by Serve from American Express. And if you sign up for Serve (super easy) you’ll receive a $10 credit that you can use the very first time you use the card. Just leave me a comment (it can be how you’d use serve or just hi) below by December 31, 2011 and you’re entered to win an extra $100 credit to your account! Yippee!! (NOTE: American Express will randomly select a winner on Jan. 9. The winner will be notified via e-mail.)

Want to know more about this serve thing? Visit serve.com, join serve on facebook and follow serve on twitter.

Official sweepstakes rules and regulations may be found by clicking here. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

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milk & cookies Christmas party

For my most recent Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com article I created a simple milk and cookies party idea inspired by “the big guy” himself, Santa of course!

And the best part, I didn’t bake a thing! I let the elves handle that part, the Keebler® Elves that is! {wink}

The table was packed with all of your family favorites with fun holiday names: Keebler Fudge StripesTM {wreaths}, Vienna Fingers® {sleighs}, Fudge Sticks {North Poles}, E.L. Fudge® Elves {elves} and Chips Deluxe® {ornaments}.

Hop over to Snackpicks.com for ideas on how to easily embellish your cookie wreaths and North Poles, ideas on how to style your dessert table…

plus a DIY tutorial for my coffee filter cookie sleeves! 

You can also find my complete Santa printable party collection in the shoppe including beverage wrappers, dessert tags, cupcake wrappers and dessert table mat. As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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cherry chocolate cake cobbler

I was recently asked to come up with a fun dessert for the holidays using my favorite Duncan Hines mix and Comstock fruit fillings. This was such an easy yes! I use Duncan Hines all the time because most of their mixes are dairy-free and as you know, I have a little one with severe dairy allergies. 

This recipe is so easy. I call it a cherry cake cobbler, but it tastes a bit like a cherry cordial brownie. No matter what you call it, you’ll say BAKE ON!

You’ll need three things: Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix, Comstock Country Cherry filling and butter. (I used vegan butter for my little guy.) 

Grease the bottom of the pan with butter and spread 3/4 of the can of cherries on the bottom.

Crush up (or sift) 1/3 of the Duncan Hines dark chocolate fudge cake mix in the bag and spread over the cherries. (Save the rest for cupcakes or your next cobbler.) 

Put pats of butter all over the top of your cobbler and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. The cherries will bubble up and the butter will melt cooking the cake mix.

Dish the cobbler, topped with the remaining cherries, AND maybe a scoop of ice cream. My family loved it!

You can visit Duncan Hines’ website www.duncanhines.com to find other great recipes for your holiday get-together! You can also find Duncan Hines on facebook and twitter. As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!  

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friendly Frankenstein treats

This Halloween get creative in the kitchen with your little monsters and whip up my Friendly Frankenstein Rice Krispies Treats™.

This Halloween recipe’s “sweet” demeanor is perfect for mini party goers! Just hop over to my post on Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com for all the details including a pictorial of how to ice his facial features and attach his bolts (aka Kellogg’s Apple Jacks). Oh, and the best part, no cooking required! Just pick up a box of Rice Krispies Treats® snacks and his head shape is perfect every time!

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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Rice Krispies paint brushes

For my very first Kellogg’s SnackPicks.com post I created these Rice Krispie Treat paint brushes. You might have seen them in my Art party collection dessert table feature over on Amy Atlas a month or so ago, but this morning I’m going to give you the simple “how tos.”

Collect your ingredients:

  • Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Cereal
  • Marshmallows
  • Butter ~ for dairy free, use vegan butter
  • Chocolate Wafers ~ for dairy free, use tinted icing
  • Wooden Ice Cream Spoons (I picked mine up at JoAnn)
  • Wax Paper

Make your Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats (cereal, butter and marshmallows) using the directions on the box.

Allow the mixture to cool from hot to warm, apply butter to your hands liberally, mold the treats into rectangles and place the shapes on a piece of wax paper to cool.

Before the treats harden completely, insert the wooden ice cream spoons about half way.

Heat the chocolate melts in a microwave safe bowl in increments of eight to nine seconds and stir between heating. Once the chocolate is completely melted, dip the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats into the chocolate and place back on wax paper to dry.

Original idea created by Kim Byers, seen here at The Celebration Shoppe first.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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