{Sweet Inspiration} Valentine DIY Round-up

It has been so much fun cruising around the web and seeing what all you  creative kids are up too.

I’ve seen Valentine’s Day food, parties, decorating etc. You name it!

Well, I thought I’d share with you some of the fun I’ve had and maybe by the time this little tour is over we’ll be ready to create a little Valentine love too!

First stop…

Nest of Posies

Dandee

 

Easy Made Invitations

Lisa Storms

Lisa Storms

Lisa Storms

Well, I hope you enjoyed the little tour and now  feel inspired to try something you’ve seen here.

{Sweet Treat} Valentine Goodies

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching,  I thought you might like to see some of the goodies I have spotted around the web to inspire you.

Pure eye candy!

I fell in love with this “glam girl cupcake.  (love her headband)

photo via:  Cutest Foods

Love’n these cute little cake pops displayed in the gravy boat.

photo via: The Bakery Spot

These little raspberry beauties sure say I Love You!

photo via: Cutest Foods

Aren’t these white cakes pops beautiful and elegant?

photo via:  The Bakery Spot

Send your valentine these sweet cupcakes with a chocolate heart on top.

photo via:  Cutest Foods

How about a Snoopy Cake?

photo via:  Cutest Foods

Well I hope you got a little inspiration today!

Thanks for stopping by. More Valentine fun coming!

{Party Themes} City Chic Girl’s Night In

We are thrilled to share with you this chic and fun idea for a girl’s night in party created by us at Party Patisserie.

We all need a “grown-ups” night once in awhile so, on this night, we decided to “glam it up” and have a City Chic Girls Night In.

The inspiration for the party was this great “glam-girl” statue that I already had and my pink and black damask boxes which I love.

My goal was to have a night of laughs, sweets, chick flicks and relaxing.

Let the party begin with this beautiful invitation from Easy Made Invitations.

I love to design tables using unexpected items. My pink,  round damask hatbox serves as a perfect piece to hold the popcorn, while the smaller version holds wrapped chocolate candies.  To give them both a lift, I attached black wooden craft balls (that I painted), to the bottom as feet. They provide a nice contrast against the pink tablecloth.

It looks great up against our the chic pillows that we used later in the evening.

The  tablecloth is actually a drapery panel that fit over the table perfectly.  Great find!

White plates glued to white wooden candlestick holders are perfect for serving up yummy chocolate fortune cookies complete with a hidden fortune baked inside.  What kind of girl’s night would this be without chocolate?

Our pink frosted pretzels and cupcakes are sprinkled with pearl candies to match the pearls our “glam-girl” is holding.

The cute black & white damask box was a perfect way to raise the black cake stand and give it prominence on the table.

These darling little black & white damask  bags from The Posh Event Design Group are filled  with chocolates.

I also designed the black & white serving tray to serve up our cocktails and goodies. (the DIY for the tray is here).

The posh, upholstered headboard, that we created,  serves as a perfect backdrop for our theme. (This DIY is coming soon!)

To add a punch of color we used extra large pink poms against the backdrop.

Each of my girlfriends grabbed a pillow to cozy up with during the movies.

At the end of the evening each of my guests went home with a “chic pillow” and a little damask print gift bag filled with chocolates and a fortune cookie.

Sure hope you enjoyed our City Chic Girls Night In party!

Event & Table Styling: Party Patisserie

Photography: Party Patisserie

Desserts: Party Patisserie

Invitation: Easy Made Invitations

Printables: The Posh Event Design Group

Pillows: Party Patisserie Etsy Shop

{DIY} Valentine Envelopes

With Valentine’s Day coming up it gave me an excuse to go to one my favorite scrapbooking stores,  Archivers.   It’s always so much fun to check out all the cute paper and fun accessories.  I don’t even scrapbook but I sure buy a ton of paper. And the accessories are so darn cute too.

So,  what to do with the paper…

How about making some fun envelopes!

Why, you ask?

Think about it.  What would you rather receive in the mail?   A plain white, regular shaped envelope or a fun-shaped colorful one?

Thought so.

So let’s get started…

Download the templates here, here and here, or use an envelope you already have.  Just open it up carefully. (If it doesn’t want to open without tearing, sprinkle it with a little water and undo slowly.

Begin by cutting out the template.

Take your template and place on the cardstock you choose. (I’m using a blue envelope here as my template.)

After it’s cut out, fold on the crease lines. (I’m using the pink envelope here.)

The papers that I chose have a print on both sides. (It just looks pretty when you open the envelope.)

Apply double sided tape on the tabs and press in place.

 

I love the design on the inside  as well, don’t you?

 Option envelope two:

For a third option you can use a photograph. Make a copy on cardstock and place template so that the photo is where you want it.

Cut out and crease like above.

Apply double-sided tape and press down.

Finally, I attached these cute addresses labels.

You could also try using calendar pages too.  The stores are getting rid of them now so you can pick them up for pennies.

Have fun with it!

Won’t “our valentine” be surprised to receive these?

I think so!

I linked up to:

{Sweet Treat} How to decorate owl sugar cookies

I’m so excited to share with you this great tutorial I found over at Cake Central provided by Sweetopia on how to decorate sugar cookies with royal icing.

I’m always looking for ways to improve my decorating skills and thought you might enjoy this tutorial as well.  Besides,  aren’t these  little guys sweet? ( oh, no pun intended, sorry)

So let’s begin…

List of materials you’ll need:

  • NFSC-No Fail Sugar Cookie recipe
  • Antonia 74-Royal Icing Recipe
  • Round cookie cutters-size of your choice
  • Food gel colorings-color palette of your choice
  • Piping Tips #2, #67
  • Piping Bags
  • Couplers

 

After you’ve baked the cookies and make the royal icing you’re almost ready to begin.

The consistency of the icing is the most important thing to keep in mind. It should have the consistency of yogurt.

Add a little water to make it more fluid and thicken it by adding icing sugar.

For the cookie base:

Pipe the owl’s body using a #2 tip. It will need to dry a minimum of 6-12 hours.

The icing acts as a sealant for freshness so they can dry uncovered at room temperature.

The eyes:

Using your #2 tip pipe the whites of the eyes and let dry.

Belly and the details:

Using the #2 tip, pipe the green belly and add the “feathering details right away.

Pipe the pupils and wings and, you guessed it~let dry.

Finishing Touches:

Add the little feet & peak using #2 piping tip. You’ll need to thicken the icing for the leaves until the icing stands up at a stiff peak when a spoon is dipped  into it and then pulled away.

Pipe the leaves using a #67. Once again let dry.

Follow the same steps for the Momma Owl. Her body shape is just a little bit different.

Now you’re ready to package or serve.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will give it a try.

For more information be sure to check out Cake Central.

This tutorial was posted on Cake Central by Sweetopia in Cookie Techniques, Baby Shower

 

{DIY} Black &White Tray

Today has been such a busy day.

I have been on the hunt for supplies to make a serving tray, and found some unique inspiration at IKEA.

It is one of my favorite go-to places to find supplies.

Here’s how my tray turned out:



The first section I visit is “the seconds,” or the clearance section.  I found a black piece of wood for 50 cents, yea, you heard me right. Can you believe it?

Then I headed over to the kitchen section to look for some handles. These 6 inch black kitchen cabinet handles will work just fine and for $4.99 for 2, not bad. You’ll need 2 packages.


Now for the rest of the supplies:

Black and white acrylic paint, paintbrush, container for paint, clear glaze and sandpaper.

 
Begin by giving the wood a light sanding. (Be sure to use a fine grit sandpaper. You want to rough up the surface a bit for the paint to adhere to it. Next wipe off the dust with a damp cloth.


Next, start applying the white paint.  It will take several coats to cover the black. A little patience is needed between coats. (It dries pretty quickly, though.)


Now you’re ready to draw your design.

I  placed the handles on the tray momentarily to mark where they will go. Don’t screw them in place until you have finished  painting your design.


I sketched my design in pencil. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it free hand you can always use a stencil. Now don’t worry to much about making mistakes. It’s only paint and if you make a mistake  just paint over it.

Here’s what I came up with.


 I decided to attach the handles with Gorilla glue instead of screwing them in.  This stuff is great and is holding fine.


Now for the under-side. It’s your personal preference.

  I purchased some wooden balls  (Hobby Lobby) and painted them black.

Again using the gorilla glue,  I attached them to the four corners.  I really like the raised look.


I don’t have a picture for this last step, but be sure to spray your tray with a clear glaze or you could even use Decoupage.

This will seal the surface.

Well, there you have it.


Hope you like it.

I do!

Linking to…

Vintage Revivals

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{Sweet Treat} Chocolates Anyone?

Who doesn’t love chocolate?

I mean really, is there anyone out there?

I can’t imagine.

Did you know that you can make your very own gourmet Truffles? Yes, you heard me right.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, wouldn’t these little beauty’s be perfect for you to warm the heart of your special someone?

  I think so!

Our friends from The Bakery Spot have a great recipe  here to do just that.

Now that we got the Truffles made we need to box or display them. Here’s a few ideas:

YUMMY RIGHT ?

HOPE YOU’LL GIVE THEM A TRY!

 

{Party Themes} Pink Vintage Cinderella Party -part 2

I am really happy that so many of you liked the Pink Cinderella Party we featured a couple of days ago.  With all the interest I thought you might want to see some more of it.  This party has so many wonderful ideas to it.

For those of you who are seeing it for the first time take a close look-sey!  Dear Lillie really did capture the vintage feel.

For the dinner table she made a paper cake centerpiece.  It’s made from folding scrapbooking paper and plain ol’ copy paper. Yep, you heard me right.  So very clever and pretty!

Here’s the paper cake  on the table…

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Here’s another shot of it. Don’t you just love it on the cake stand?

 Above the beautiful serving table she crafted her daughters initial for a wall hanging.  Although she didn’t give the detailed how-to,  she did say it took several cupcake liners and a little bit of time.  (you can imagine) but so worth it.

It’s so frilly and feminine.

The gift packages were even given such wonderful attention as well. Wouldn’t you love to receive these gifts?

Me too!

Thanks again to Dear Lillie for this wonderful party!

If you are seeing this for the first time be sure to check out our other post on this party here.

 

{Sweet Inspiration} Liebster Blog Award

Before the holidays I was checking my Facebook page,  I was shocked at what I was reading.  My dear blogger friend, Lindsay, of Easy Made Invitations had sent me a notice that she had won the Liebster Blog Award and that she was to now choose 5 of her favorite blogs.  She continued by telling me that I had been chosen for this award.

After learning what this award was all about (more about that in a minute),  I went from surprised to thrilled, to honored.

For those of you who don’t know me,  I’m just beginning my blogging  journey.  I’m a wife,  mother of 3 beautiful kids who are growing up to fast,  and running a party planning business.  I was a special education teacher to my beloved visually and hearing impaired students then after ending that chapter in my life  I was blessed with 3 beautiful children.  Raising them with my hubby has been the greatest joy of my life.  My love for design, creating, sewing and entertaining started when I was very young and the love continues.  I have been entertaining and having parties for years as well as decorating and designing.

I love to create, teach, and  learn.  On this blog you will find DIY’s, Party ideas, Sweets, Sewing, and Sweet  Inspirations.  So visit often, I love company.

Lindsay, my dear blogger friend,  you have made my day!  My sincere” thank-you” for choosing me!

Now about the Award.  It is to be given to up and coming bloggers who usually  have 200 or less likes.

Liebster is a German word meaning ‘dear, sweet, kind, nice, good, beloved, lovely, kindly, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome’.

To keep this award going,  it must be passed along to other new deserving blogs.  I must now recognize five other bloggers with less than 200 followers that have really stood out in the crowd.

The rules for the Liebster Award are:

1. Thank the person who gave the award and link back to their blog.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know!
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog post.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love too!

So now, for my 5 top pics to receive the Liebster Blog Award, are as follows:

1.    Ashlee Rae

2.    Inspiring Giggles

3.    Palm Beach Parties

4.    Crafty Tracey

5.    Wants and Wishes

Ladies,  I love your blogs and your wonderful creativity!  Keep it coming in 2012!  I’ll be visiting!!!

Now,  it is your turn to choose five blogs that you feel deserve this award. I can’t wait to see who you choose.

Sincerely,

Debbie

{Party Themes} Pink Vintage Cinderella Party

I’m so excited to feature this absolutely gorgeous party by Jennifer from Dear Lillie.  Jennifer is amazingly talented and created all the aspects of the party for her daughter Lillie.

Let the decorating begin…

 Silhouettes of Cinderella were cut out and strung together to make this  sweet banner.

Love how she added Cinderella to the plates as well. Don’t you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not to be missed, Cinderella and The Prince are on the vase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look carefully, the “little mouse” cut-out is watching the time for Cinderella.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beautiful white pumpkin is adorned with a white lace pom and pink paper stem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s get a closer look at the table…

Cinderella appears again on the mirror  this time in pink while her ” glass slipper” cut-outs adorn the lighted branches in the urn. (Did you catch the little mouse leaning against the urn?)

Love the “magic wand” stirs in the milk!  Cinderella appears on the glasses as well.

I love how the sterling silver champagne bucket gets put to use serving the popcorn.  Jenni also made the paper cake centerpiece out of scrapbook paper.

 

 

 

The Carriage and Dress hang tags were purchased from The Porcelain Rose on Etsy.  Such a great touch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now it’s time to get dressed for the ball…

Jennifer’s mom made the beautiful pink long skirt and added the elbow length white gloves.  Lillie made her pink crown.

This is one lucky “pretty little pink Cinderella”

I would like to express my thanks to Jennifer from Dear Lillie for letting us share her beautiful party with us.

Be sure to check out Dear Lillie blog for a real treat.