Monday, June 9, 2014

Amanda's Sweet Sixteen~

*Photography by: Expressions by Nicole Marie

Last month I shared a snippet of my daughter, Amanda's Sweet 16 party.  It was featured in the Spring/Summer issue of Bird's Party Magazine. I'm excited to share every little detail with you today!

What fun is a party without confetti?
We figured a party as special as a Sweet Sixteen needed it's own Confetti Bar!!

The idea was for Amanda's friends to neatly fill their adorable, gold polka-dotted bags with confetti and playfully toss a few pinches into the air, taking the rest home...what actually happened was more like a confetti war!! It was flying EVERYWHERE, nobody was spared...even the grandparents went home that night picking confetti from their hair, but it was certainly the most beautiful mess I've ever seen!!!

These trendy, glittered ponytail holders were one of the parting gifts for the girls, these actually made it into their bags...

By far, Amanda's little cousins' favorite part of the party, the candy/kettle corn station...

After dinner everyone helped themselves to some snacks, then headed out to the main room to watch Frozen {it had just come out on dvd, so not everybody had seen it yet... and nobody was tired of hearing the songs yet either!!}

There were so many sweets to choose from: vanilla cupcakes with Swiss meringue butter cream, decorated sugar cookies, French macaroons, pretty chocolate covered Oreos, custom lollipops, white chocolate-dipped marshmallows, and chocolate cake pops... and of course, cake!





The guests had fun signing and decorating these adorable pillows with Sharpies...

Thanks for stopping by, and for always being so SWEET!! xo

 Vendor Credits:
* Styling, Cakes and Cookies: Frog Prince Cake and Cookie Design

* Sweet 16 Chalkboard Party Printables: Bird's Party

* Custom and Personalized Lollipops: Vintage Confections

* Sequin tablecloths: Candy Crush Event/Shop 

* Confetti wands: Oh Goodie Designs

* Marshmallow Candy: Sweet Servings 

* Candy, gumball machine, vinyl tablecloths, decorations: Oriental Trading 

* Glitter hair ties: Turnip Creations

* Gold polka dot favor bags: Pretty My Party 

* Floral crowns, confetti bar sign: Peckled

* Hand lettered envelopes, chalkboard calligraphy signs: Deborah Nadel Design

* Pillows: Cupcake with Character

* Gold, vinyl hearts on pillows and wall fringe: Nikki in Stitches 

* Confetti/tassel balloons, sweet 16 banner: One Stylish Party

* Chalkboard decal on backdrop: Ten23 Designs

* Mini Oreos: Bella's Bakery and Bowtique

* Pink tulle poms: Fizzy Party

* Serving pieces: Sweetly Chic Events
* French Macaroons: Trudy Bandmann :)
A few fun DIY's from this party:
  • White, Brick Wall Backdrop- I bought a brick wall panel from Lowes (around $20), painted it white and propped it up against the pane of windows.  the guests thought it was a real wall.

  • Chalkboard Backdrop- I used a picture frame, chalkboard paint, and custom vinyl decal. I mounted the picture frame to the wall using removable mounting tape.
  • Fringe Wall Backdrop- I had a HUGE wall mural I needed to cover, so I called my crafty friend, Nikki, In Stitches and she went to work... she used tissue paper from the dollar store, and fringing scissors.  I hung the fringe in overlapping layers (with the help of my bff Linda Griffin xo) using painters tape. The tape came down easily at the end of the night, and the mural was perfectly fine.
  • Creeping Vine (seen in a few of the photos above...look closely) I bought a potted plant from Ikea for around $2, cut the branches off and using my hot glue gun, stuck them together to form vines.
  • Clear, Glitter-Filled Balloons- I bought clear balloons from Oriental Trading and filled them with confetti made from dollar store tissue paper.  Around $7 for 20 balloons.
  • Pink Window Valance- I used pink, plastic tablecloths to cover a brightly colored window valance that did not match the party decor. I cut the tablecloth in half, lengthwise and used masking tape to secure it to the top of the existing valance.  I folded it as I went to give it a ruffled look.

  • Pink Tulle Pom Centerpieces- I popped these cuties in white, milk glass vases and staggered them along the centers of the dining tables. I used pink, tulle poms, wooden dowels that I spray painted gold, and my hot glue gun to attach the pom to the dowel.
I hope you're inspired to try some of these at your next party!!
xo Linda
This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the products listed above. I was provided the samples free of charge by the company or PR agency and I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation was received for this review.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Earth Day Cookies on ediTORIal~

Hi! Just stopping by to share this article on fun ways to celebrate Earth Day with your kids. It's written by my friend, Jenny from Craft That Party,  I made these Earth cookies for her son's Wall-E birthday party...
It's exciting enough having my cookies featured on Tori Spelling's blog, but I kinda almost fainted when I saw that sweet, Tori shared a photo of my Earth cookies on facebook!! Read the article HERE.
Thanks, Tori Spelling!!

Earth Day is in 6 days and counting...


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Crafting With Your Silhouette~

That's right, today we're taking a break from baking to talk about crafting!!
If you saw my last post, you know that my daughter, Amanda just celebrated her 16th Birthday. One of the cool party favors the girls took home was a pillow, sewn by Shuana of Cupcakes with Character and adorned with a shiny, gold heart made by my close personal friend, Nikki McGonigal of Nikki, In Stitches. Nikki made the vinyl hearts with her Silhouette as I stood back and watched in awe.  Which brings me to the reason for this post...
I’m SO excited to share The Nikki, In Stitches Craft Academy with you today!
Aside from these awesome heart decals, you've seen Nikki's work featured in my parties many times in the past. She has now opened The Nikki, In Stitches Craft Academy where she teaches online craft classes, and her first program ,"Crafting With Your Silhouette" is a hit!!!
According to Nikki, “The Silhouette CAMEO and Portrait have taken the 'home crafter' to places they could have only ever dreamed of going before. There is no limit to where you can go and what you can make! Personally, I’ve been crafting with my CAMEO for almost two years now, and have created more with it than I ever thought I would. I’ve also experienced first hand, the learning curve that goes along with getting to know your Silhouette cutting system. What did I do? I dove into the software with both feet and learned the hard way, over the course of months, and by lots of trial and some error. This program is specifically designed to help you avoid that, and get you right to the fun of successful crafting!"
And I'm even more excited to share a discount code for all of you to use!!! FROGPRINCE will get each of you your first month of membership 50% off! {YAY!!}
If you already know you'd like to enroll, click here to join in the fun! There are already over 15 lessons there waiting for you already! If you have a Silhouette cutting system and want more details on the program, keep reading!
4 Reasons I Think you’ll Love The Nikki, In Stitches Craft Academy: 
1. Crafters Are Fun!
The community at The Craft Academy is full of creative, talented, friendly and fun people who enjoy learning new techniques and sharing their experiences. As a bonus to the content provided in the lessons, membership in the "Crafting With Your Silhouette" program also comes with access to a members only forum, where you can feel free to post questions, help others work through their crafty mishaps, and get to know your fellow students.
2. Nikki is always there, cheering you on!
Nikki personally replies to comments and questions posted in the forums. She personally respond to  emails. She is there LIVE during monthly online events. Her number one goal is to answer your questions, and get you back to creating as quickly as possible.
3. The community there will inspire you.
It is amazing to see how each student takes one of Nikki's ideas and adds their personal touch to it, making it even better. These projects are then shared inside  The Craft Academy and specifically posted to help motivate you to push your creative boundaries!
4. You’ll find yourself wanting more.
The lessons inside The Craft Academy are purposely designed to not just teach a method or technique. They’re specifically written to give you the skills required, but also the push you need to take them one step further. You’ll quickly find yourself thinking of ways to expand on each project taught! If you’re ready to check out the "Crafting With Your Silhouette" program available at The Craft Academy, click here, and don't forget to use promo code FROGPRINCE to get your first month 50% off!!!
What specifically can you find inside the "Crafting With Your Silhouette" program?
•Monthly projects built specifically to help you learn
 every feature in the Silhouette software.
•Time saving tips and techniques to help you shorten the
 “learning curve” time often associated with getting familiar with
 the Silhouette software.
•Live online events where you can get instant help and feedback
 on whatever  projects you’re working towards completing.
 (These events will be recorded for playback. You can watch 
whenever you’d like, as often as you’d like!
•Community conversations taking place every day, providing
the help you need, but also allowing you to build a network of
 fellow crafters here to encourage you to explore where your
 Silhouette cutting system can take you.
•3 lessons each month to increase your confidence and skills,
cutting back on wasted time...and supplies.
•Nikki's personal support. Again, she actively responds to
 comments and questions posted on the site. She personally
responds to emails. She is there to answer your questions, and
 get you back to creating with your CAMEO, or Portrait
as quickly as possible!
If you’re looking for something special, a place to learn and
 craft online like you’ve never seen before, a place to really get
help using your Silhouette CAMEO or Portrait, and create
awesome projects along the way, I think you'll love
The Nikki, In Stitches Craft Academy! If you’re ready to take
 a peek at all that “Crafting With Your Silhouette” has to offer,
 click here, and again, don't forget to use FROGPRINCE
to get your first month 50% off!
Here are a few testimonials...Have fun!!! xo Linda

"Your Silhouette CAMEO online tutorial paid for itself within the
 first 10 minutes! Almost 2 hours of info I needed desperately.
 Thank you so much!" – Katie
"This class was such a boost to my learning curve on the CAMEO.
 I watched just prior to receiving my CAMEO and felt confident from
 the start that I could use it! The day I got my machine I was off and
 running and haven't stopped since. Thanks so much,
 Nikki, In Stitches!" – Carol
"Thank you again for class! What has taken me nearly 6 months to
 start to figure out, Nikki, In Stitches was able to answer in just
90 minutes!" - Heather


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Amanda's Sweet 16 {FEATURED}

Happy day!! I'm excited to tell you all that the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Bird's Party Magazine is out! Featuring my daughter, Amanda's Sweet 16 party (pgs. 20-24).
This issue is full of eye candy, lots of ideas for your next party & some fun tutorials too... you're going to love it!!

You can view the digital copy for free HERE.
or buy your own paper copy HERE.

Here's a little peek at what you'll see in the magazine:

(Photos by Expressions by Nicole Marie)

Happy Spring!!! xo


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Everything is AWESOME!!! Fondant Tutorial (and a Blog Hop!!)

Photography by Expressions by Nicole Marie.

Did you know the Lego Movie is coming out this week, on January 7th? I have two Lego-loving nephews who are probably chomping at the bit to see it.  Maybe you remember this Lego Starwars cake I made for my sweet nephew, Jackson a while back.

This movie is sure to be hilarious, there are so many top notch actors involved and the list of lego characters goes on for days.  Here are the two main characters, Emmet and Wyldestyle, who I've immortalized in fondant!!

After seeing the preview for the movie, the theme song "Everything is AWESOME!!" was stuck in my head for days... I thought it would be a sweet touch to add a chalkboard with the saying into the mix.  This would be the perfect addition to your next Lego themed party and you can make your own fondant, chalkboard.  It's easy!

What you'll need:

  • fondant
  • black food coloring
  • fondant roller
  • small tipped paint brush
  • petal dust~ white
  • lemon
  • square cookie cutter or a sharp knife
  • powdered sugar
  • tooth pick
  • very small bowl for mixing
First mix a small amount of fondant with black food coloring, Sprinkle your work surface with a little powdered sugar (or you can use corn starch), roll out your fondant and cut if with either a small, square cookie cutter, or a sharp knife.  Smooth the edges.

Next mix your white petal dust with a few drops of lemon juice (you can also use vodka, the alcohol will evaporate).  Carefully paint your phrase of choice onto the fondant.  This will dry in a few minutes.  While you're waiting, roll out a small strip of fondant to use on the back of your chalkboard.  This will hold your toothpick in place.

Once your "chalk" phrase has dried, flip the fondant over.  Attach a toothpick to the back with your small piece of fondant, brushing on a tiny bit of lemon juice as the "glue".  Press and hold in place until it is secure.

All that's left is to wipe on a little bit of powdered sugar to give it that just erased look.  Fun, right?!!

You can use these little, chalkboard signs for any occasion.  If you don't have time to bake, or just don't feel like it, why not use store bought cupcakes?  I'm betting that everyone will be so impressed with the way you've personalized the cupcakes that they wont ever realize you didn't bake!! 

I've been invited by my favorite party blogging friend, Bird, of Bird's Party to participate in a Lego inspired Blog Hop... Below are some AWESOME!! ideas for your next Lego party! :)

Now it's time to hop over to these awesome blogs to see what they've come up with:
 Lego Brick Pinata Cookies by Haniela's
 Lego Pinatas by Bird's Party
 Lego Favor Bags by Crissy's Crafts
 Lego 'Minute To Win It' Party Games by Play.Party.Pin.
 Lego Candy Buffet by