Easter with Southern Living

The temperatures are uncommonly warm this week in Ohio and it has me dreaming of spring! As you all know, I’m a southern girl, born and raised in Alabama (also lived in Mississippi, Texas and Tennessee before moving to Ohio about 10 years ago). I subscribe to Southern Living magazine for many reasons but the most important is that it helps me bring a little bit of my southern heritage into my home each month.  

So when I was looking around for wonderful Easter ideas I was surprised to find an idea on southernliving.com that I don’t recall from the magazines. Since I usually pour over it slowly with a hot cup of coffee I can only think that the pages stuck together or I would shared these baa baa black and white sheep treats with you long ago. LOVE this idea for my kids’ Easter table this year! Here are the easy steps:

  1. To shape the body, use melted white candy coating (found in the baking aisle) to secure miniature marshmallows to one Pepperidge Farm Milano Black & White cookie.
  2. Attach Peanut M & M’s for hooves.
  3. Use a second Milano cookie for the head, and attach miniature marshmallows and miniature chocolate morsels for the eyes.
  4. Use flattened marshmallows, pinched together at one end, to make ears.

And what about these spring table setting ideas?! The talented designers at Southern Living never disappoint!

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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mini space shuttle cakes

I love getting in the kitchen, grabbing everything from the pantry and just creating. I know what you’re thinking… and yes, it is a huge mess when I’m done. But sometimes I come up with fun things like these mini space shuttle cakes for my new Space birthday party collection!

Here’s what you’ll need for each shuttle cake:

  • 1 Hostess cake (select the ones with the flattest tops from the box)
  • 1 Little Debbie cake (you may have to trim the end with a straight edge knife so it stands flat)
  • 1 mini Reese’s Cup
  • 1 Hershey’s Kiss
  • 1 Keebler Grasshopper cookie
  • 2 orange Spree candies
  • 2 tablespoons of icing tinted orange

Assembly is super simple:

  1. Unwrap all of the ingredients
  2. Score a grasshopper cookie (as shown in the image above) for the shuttle’s tail fins using a straight edge knife (don’t use serrated; it will make the cookie splinter)
  3. Tint the icing orange using gel food coloring (liquid will make your icing runny) and melt it in the microwave for 8 seconds
  4. Using the Hostess cake as a base, put a small amount of icing in the center and top it with the Little Debbie cake. Do the same to apply the Reece’s Cup making sure that you don’t use too much or it will leak out the sides
  5. Using the remaining icing, cover the Hershey’s Kiss and the cookie pieces. Allow them to set for at least five minutes
  6. Finally, add the Kiss, tail fins and windows (Spree candies) with another small dot of icing each and serve 

As always, I hope you’re inspired and stay tuned for more from our new Space birthday collection!

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corn flake meteorite candies

As I posted on Tuesday, we’ve been busy styling a new Space birthday party collection this week. And when we style new collections we like to share fun treat ideas, crafts and more to go along with them. For the new Space collection we made these meteorites, or corn flake balls. They are actually a long-time family favorite… okay, my mom is addicted to them, brings them to every family function and refuses to seek treatment, but what can I do because I love them too?!

The best part is, they’re super easy to make, only require a few ingredients and take no time at all. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Karo syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 6 cups Kellogg’s Corn Flakes
  • wax paper

Easy steps:

  1. Mix sugar and Karo in saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly
  2. When thoroughly combined, bring to a boil for one minute
  3. Remove from heat and quickly stir in vanilla and peanut butter until well blended
  4. Stir in corn flakes
  5. Allow to cool briefly and roll into balls on wax paper (TIP: Dampen hands with cold water so the hot mixture doesn’t stick to your skin… Ouch!)

Check back next week for more ideas and a look at the entire collection. As always, I hope you’re inspired! And stop over at Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com for more of my Kellogg’s treat ideas.

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sweet Valentine ideas

With Valentine’s Day and lots of school parties upon us, I thought I would share some cute and simple treat ideas.

And what about these updates sandwich cookies from Meaghan at The Decorated Cookie. It’s a simple change that has a lot of impact. Hop over to her blog to see all the details including a fabulous pictorial!

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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new space birthday collection!

I’m super excited about our newest birthday party collection. As anyone who visits even occasionally can tell you, I have a budding scientist on my hands (his science birthday party and the collection) and his latest love of the sciences has everything to do with space. I’m not sure if this will be the theme he settles on for his seventh birthday party in the fall, but he’s loving it for now!

The custom invitation and thank you notes are already in the shoppe and we’re styling the printables and table decor now with some fun treat and craft ideas. The printables will include our normal beverage wrappers to dessert tags and we’ve thrown in a few new ones like astronaut patches and gable box favor labels.

Visit us here, on facebook and on twitter over the next several days for updates on the photo shoot, crafts and yummy treat ideas. And as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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real parties: little buckaroo

I ran across this party from Jenny Collier Photography a few weeks ago and had to share. I think it was those big brown eyes and the wildflowers. Total perfection! 

And that cake! LOVE! You can hop over to Jenny’s blog to read all the details, see more of the photo shoot she did with her little guy before the big day and lots more pics of the party itself along with Jenny’s resources. {Thanks again for letting us share Jenny!}

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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heart Valentine card crafts

We LOVE hearts for Valentines, but why not get a little creative with the kids this year?! We used the simple heart shape to make this adorable butterfly. And yes, those are candies for the segmented body. {NOTE: Many red cherry chews were consumed during the crafting of this card.}

 

But I think my favorite is this heart balloon card. It’s so super simple. We just cut three pieces of cross-stitch thread, tied them at the base, cut out three hearts and glued it all into place. Done!

And don’t forget that we’re also giving away dinosaur and owl cello toppers because we “heart” all of our fabulous customers and friends!

Happy weekend everyone and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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DIY bird house favor boxes

Leoni of Just Call Me Martha posted a sweet note on my facebook page a few weeks ago and with a blog name like that I of course had to take a look. This fabulous idea for a bird house favor box was one of the first things I came across and I was totally smitten. Using a template from Torie Jayne’s blog she created six little treat boxes for her niece Jasmine’s birdy birthday party.

Make sure you hop over to Just Call Me Martha for all the how to details and to see more of the beautiful bird inspired party Leoni hosted for her niece! {Thanks Leoni for letting me share!}

As always I hope you’re inspired!

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real parties: a sillybration

This beautiful birthday party was hosted by my friend, the talented Christi of P is for Party. I love how she broke the norm and held a “Sillybration” for her little boy Conrad’s second birthday. Christi shares “Our son Conrad is sweet and tender-hearted and often shy, but one thing he is often is silly. He’s always doing cute things to make our family laugh. So, when I was searching for the perfect theme for his second birthday, I knew I wanted to base the party around the word ‘silly’.”

 I love her favor station. The kids could dress up in feather boas and big glasses, and sing into toy microphones while listening to a local child’s band.  And as a parting gift, the kids took home silly string that was custom wrapped in a label that said, “I Got Silly at Conrad’s Party!”. Totally adorable!

Christi outlines a ton of fabulous vendors in the debut post over at the sweet Kate Landers Events blog, including her photographer Melanie Pereira, her stationary designer Hayley Hardcastle, Genevieve of Celebrate Today and Posh Party Pretties who custom made the party hats, The Sugar Diva where she found the orange polka dot and light orange striped straws, the talented Kelly Lyden of The Party Dress and WH Hostess who made her centerpiece sticks to match Haley’s invitations, and so many more! {Happy birthday Conrad and thanks again Christi for letting me share your sillybration!}

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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Dreamers Into Doers event ’11

I posted last Monday that I was off to meet Martha Stewart for the second annual Dreamers Into Doers event in New York City. I admittedly expected it to be exciting, entertaining, and to get the opportunity to peek in her prop rooms (not that I did that…), but what I didn’t fully expect was how much I would enjoy spending time with so many talented and mentally beautiful women entrepreneurs. They were beautiful on the outside too, as you can see from these pictures, but I was so inspired to find that they were equally lovely on the inside. I’m excited to say that I made many, many new friends.  

These pics in this top collage were all taken at the Meet & Greet on the first night. In the top picture, left to right starting in back: Andrea & Toni of  The TomKat Studio, Lindi of Love The Day, me, Jill of Modern Cupcake, Kim of  The TomKat Studio, Nancy of A to Zebra Celebrations. Front row: Courtney of Pizzazzerie, Caryl of ROAR Events, Kelly of The Party Dress, Rebecca of Fresh Chick Design Studio and Andrea of Dolce Drive.

The next picture is me and the very sweet (she’s a southern girl like me!) Courtney of Pizzazzerie. On the left top is Caryl of ROAR events and the spunky (and hilarious even if she doesn’t think so) Rebecca of Fresh Chick Design. On the bottom is me again (sorry… there are a bunch of me) with Nancy of A to Zebra Celebrations.

Day 1 of the Martha Stewart Dreamers into Doers agenda was packed with MSLO editors speaking on a number of inspiring topics. I wish I had pics of the speakers, but as you can tell from the varying quality of the images they’re not all from the same camera. My new girlfriends shared with me because I didn’t haul my SLR all the way to NY like I should have! Anyway, I digress…

Top image is from the entry to the the MSLO headquarters. Second row, left: Me, the lovely Caitlin Losey (community experience editor for Dreamers into Doers) and Rebecca. Second row, right: No need to tell you that is THE Martha. She was talking to us about philanthropy. Third row, left: me… again… Kelly and Rebecca. Fourth row, left: Jennifer of Passion for Parties and Nikki of Nikki in Stitches (both absolutely darling ladies!) Fourth row, right: me with the sweet Danielle of A Few Of My Favorite Things.

We ate at a fabulous little pizza joint on Tuesday night called Ovest (a Martha Stewart recommendation via Caitlin). I wish I had a pic of that, but I think we must have been too involved in the yummy pizza to take many. 

Oh and day two… well I think the pics tell it all! We attended a live taping of the Martha Stewart Show and were seated in the front row. It was absolutely fabulous and the episode was perfect. There were crafts, flowers and cooking all wrapped up in what they called the ReMARTHAble episode. I think we all fit the bill pretty well. {wink} After the show during lunch I had the opportunity to meet the editorial director of holiday and crafts, Hannah Milman. Honestly, it was a highlight for me. She was not only generous with her time, she was very humble and just a joy to speak with.

Top row, left: The sign outside the studio. Top row, right: Courtney, Nancy and me. Second row: Courtney, me, Rebecca and Caryl standing in front of one of the many Martha images in the studio waiting room. Third row: Me asking Martha a question after the show was over! (I asked about how to care for my grandmother’s quilts. She recently passed and I want to make sure and take care of the treasures she left me.) Fourth row, left: Nancy and I seated in the front row. Fourth, right: We were seated right next to the lovely Kelly of The Party Dress and Vana of Le Papier Studio. Fifth row: A shot of the beautiful flowers discussed during the show. Sixth row, left: The darling Anders & Ruff duo and me. Sixth row, right: The very talented and breath of fresh air Stacy of Scrumptious Swirls and the sweetie Andria again.

There were so many other talented ladies present and I so wish I had pictures of all of them to share with you. AND there were so many talented friends that didn’t make it to New York. I won’t name names because I inevitably would leave someone out and then I would feel terrible so I’ll just say “Thank you so much to Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia for being so very generous!”

I’m now at BlissDom, a fabulous blogging conference in Nashville. I’ll share this event with you next week. Happy Thursday everyone!

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