Monday, January 31, 2011

Super Bowl Party Ideas

Are you ready for some football?
How about some partying?



 I'm presenting you with two great ideas
to make this Super Bowl Sunday fun for the whole family

 This party is by Spaceships and Laser Beams.
They create wonderful parties just for boys.
Take a look at this cute snack table they created for inspiration
with Printables from their Etsy shop.
  Make sure to visit their blog
  where they share a shopping list to help you with this idea .









This second idea shown on Sandra Downie's The White Library Blog, with Photography by  J. Fiereck Photography and FREE printables by megpies are great to enhance anything you don't really feel like making at home.  Sandra says in her post: "We just used everyday food you would have in your pantry or that you can pick up at your local grocery store".  



For the "Cup O' Fries" Sandra used plastic drinking cups and decorated them.





Make sure you visit The White Library for more pictures and the entire post.
Thank you to the both wonderful blogs for allowing me to share their beautiful pictures with my readers and for great football inspiration!


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Welcome to our First Sponsor!


Our new sponsor is Susan's Greetings 
and I'm delighted to have Susan on board!
She makes the prettiest handmade cards, tags and signs
for your parties and weddings,
but I'm going to let the pictures speak for themselves...










Susan also has supplies in stock...




We have added Susan's Greetings link to our new Sweet Sponsors
section located at the right on the blog for all your party needs.
For the latest news on what's available on her shop 
you can also visit and follow Susan's Greetings blog 
 like them on Facebook,
and follow on Twitter.


Owl tags used on our Rustic Owl Dessert Table




Thursday, January 27, 2011

Chocolate Cake Inspiration

Picture from Martha Stewart


Today is National Chocolate Cake Day and I wanted to celebrate it!!!
I'll do that by sharing some really good pictures I found
along with some tasty recipes,
a chocolate cake that's not edible,
and even a little ideas for wedding/party favors...






Above pictures from Martha Stewart


Easy Chocolate Party Cake

From Country Living and they say and I quote,

"Some people call this a "dump" cake -- all the ingredients are dumped into one bowl, mixed into a smooth batter, and baked into moist, fudgy layers."
Ingredients
    * 2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
    * 1 1/2 cup(s) whole milk
    * 2/3 cup(s) granulated sugar
    * 2/3 cup(s) dark brown sugar
    * 1/2 cup(s) unsweetened cocoa
    * 3/4 cup(s) butter
    * 3 large eggs
    * 2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
    * 1 teaspoon(s) baking powder
    * 1 teaspoon(s) baking soda
    * 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
    * Fudgy Cream-Cheese Frosting

Directions

   1. Make the batter: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Using a small brush, lightly coat two 8-inch cake pans with softened butter. Dust with flour and tap out any excess. Set aside. In a large bowl, using a mixer set at low speed, combine the flour and remaining 10 ingredients. Increase mixer speed to medium and continue to beat for 3 more minutes.
   2. Bake the cake: Divide the batter equally between the pans and spread evenly. Bake on the middle rack of the oven until the tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool in the cake pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Using a knife, loosen the cake layers from the pan sides. Invert cake layers onto the wire rack to cool completely.
   3. Frost the cake: Use a serrated knife to level the tops of the cake layers, if necessary. Line the edges of a cake plate with 3-inch-wide strips of waxed or parchment paper and place a cake layer, trimmed side down, on top. Place 1/2 cup of our Fudgy Cream-Cheese Frosting on top of the layer and spread evenly. Place the second layer on the first and cover the top and sides with the remaining icing. Remove paper strips and serve. Store refrigerated for up to 4 days.

Fudgy Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

    * 8 ounce(s) cream cheese, softened
    * 4 tablespoon(s) (1/2 stick) butter, softened
    * 3 tablespoon(s) whole milk
    * 3 cup(s) confectioners' sugar, sifted
    * 2/3 cup(s) cocoa
    * 1/8 teaspoon(s) salt
    * 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract

Directions

   1. In a medium bowl, using a mixer set at medium speed, beat the cream cheese, butter, and milk together until smooth. Add the sugar, cocoa, and salt and continue to beat until blended.
   2. Reduce mixer speed to low, add the vanilla, and beat until smooth. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes before using.




Molten Chocolate Cupcakes from Martha Stewart Weddings
Find the recipe in here !!!




Godiva has the cutest little chocolate tiered cakes for favors...



and check out this chocolate cake for the kids to just play with!

found on Etsy, from Fantastic Toys.




Chocolate Cake?
Mmmm...



Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pinwheel Party Inspiration


 I'm thinking ahead....to warmer days and sunshine!!  After too much snow I feel like this has been the longest winter yet and I am sooo ready for better days ahead.  So I got inspired by Pinwheels!  Colorful, playful, pretty, cute, sweet pinwheels...Yes, they can be sweet....There's some pretty cool fondant pinwheel toppers for your cupcakes here in this post.  The following items shown can inspire anybody to a wonderful Spring or even Summer Party and  beautiful addition to a Wedding decor.  BUT, there's a little something here to help you celebrate Valentine's Day too!  Enjoy and let your imagination flight!
 
 
 
Stationary and Invitations by Sweet Bella 
Make sure to visit their brand new website and blog



Wonderful for a Wedding...
these Refined Jeweled Pinwheels by Cupcake Social 



I adore owls, and I'm loving this cuteness by  twirlie whirlies







Beautiful party supplies in the above pictures
with Pinwheels incorporated into a Carnival Theme
Pinwheels by Crossroads Cottage
Invitation by the amazingly creative Anders Ruff 
Also check out Pinwhirl Parties Blog by the Crossroads Cottage!



I'm speechless about this cute edible pinwheels by Sweet Petal Bakery 
I told you before that pinwheels can be sweet!  
(I love that Anna from Sweet Petal Bakery is a sweet follower of my blog!)




Pinwheels are such a fun addition to any party not only as cupcake or cake toppers but table decor, table background, peeking out of candy jars, favors for your guests, on favor bags with a little clothespin....the ideas are endless...


 Now for some Pinwheel Valentine's inspiration,
see the wonderful printables that Kori from Paper and Pigtails
have created inspired by  twirlie whirlies
(Read all about it as told by Kori)




You can find the complete printable collection for sale here



Thank you so much to the above mentioned for allowing me to use their beautiful pictures for great party inspiration!!
 
 
 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Rubber Ducky's Birthday Inspiration


In honor of Rubber Ducky's Birthday on January 13th I have created an inspiration post for Rubber Ducky Theme Parties....


image and products from Birthday in a Box  


See how adorable are these Favor Bag Toppers from Simple Tastes



3D Fondant Cupcake and Cake Topper by Two Sugar Babies 



 Party Paper Products by Ciao Bambino including this really cute Banner.


Great inspiration for a 1st Birthday Party or Baby Shower...


Happy Birthday Rubber Ducky!!!





Sunday, January 9, 2011

We Three Kings Celebration

I have to proudly share with you my Dessert Table inspired around Three Kings Day.  The vibrant colors, the pleasing flavors and the entire inspiration and idea were created from my own childhood memories and my cultural traditions.
Tanya at Save the Date for Cupcakes featured our party on her amazingly sweet blog and I am so honored to share a link here.  Stop by and check out her blog for sweet inspirations!





Spiced Mexican Chocolate Cupcakes




Gingerbread Cupcakes with Mango Icing



I created the food labels myself with scrapbooking supplies, the Three Kings silhouettes and baked all the sweets too! 
The fortune cookies were inspired by Charynn at Two Sugar Babies who shared a tutorial on her blog.
Recipes for the Cupcakes are shared here
 and here!

Thanks for stopping by!






For a little bit on the tradition:   

Three Kings Day, or El Dia de los Reyes Magos, celebrates the biblical story of the three kings who saw a star appear in the sky on Christmas Day and followed that beacon to a livestock shed in Bethlehem, where they found, and worshiped, the newborn Jesus. The Three Kings were said to have taken 12 days to complete their journey, and they arrived with gifts. In the days before Santa Claus became the seasonal standard, that period was celebrated as the 12 days of Christmas. And in many cultures, traditional gift giving took place on Jan. 6, Epiphany, the day that the baby Jesus received his gifts from the Three Kings.