{Sweet Treat} Home-Made Popsicles

 Now that temperatures are hitting in the 90’s here in Chicago,  it is definitely time to  break out the popsicle molds and make some to cool off.

Nothing tastes better on these hot summer days than fresh-from-the-freezer homemade ice pops.

If you’re in a pinch,  whatever juice you have on hand and a dixie paper cup will do the trick.

Just label your popsicle stick when you display them so everyone knows the flavor.

I love making popsicles because there are so many options to try and  they’re  so simple.

So I thought I’d share some with you.

To start with, I’m a chocolate girl and this creamy fudgsicle is mighty nice.

Recipe here

My daughter Kate loves Kiwi so I have to have this one for her.

Recipe here

This yummy Orange-Banana Smoothie Pop is one of my favorites and the molds are so fun!

Recipe here

If you want to wow the kids, how about trying the rainbow popsicle. Takes a little more time but it’s worth it.

Recipe here

 I love this last one.

The Confetti Ice Cream Pops.

Beneath the confetti-candy covering of these ice cream pops lies a fun surprise.

A soft-in -the-center miniature candy bar on a Popsicle stick.

Recipe here

How COOL is that?

{DIY} Napkin Flower Poms

This is such a great DIY.  I made these cute flower poms for a  Senior Prom Dessert Table.

The poms are made from napkins instead of tissue paper.   Yep, you heard me right.

  When I found these adorable napkins in the soft, blush pink I needed, I was so excited!

I just love polka dots and that was what I chose for the dessert table sign (check out below).

    They’re made exactly the same way as tissue poms, so super easy!

I love that there are many more options and they are more durable than tissue paper.

So let’s get started.

You can use either the dinner or the beverage size napkin.  In this case, I used the beverage size.

You’ll also need a little thin wire and some scrapbooking paper.

Open the napkin,  smooth it out and begin layering .

I stacked 8 napkins on top of each other evenly.

Begin at one end & make a one inch fold and crease well,

Turn over the stack and crease again.

Continue flipping the stack over and creasing accordian style until it is all folded.

Find the center and fasten with a small thin wire.

Begin with the top layer and gently pull the napkin forward

Continue layer by layer until it’s all filled out.  Isn’t it pretty?

I used a paper punch to make circles for the center of my flowers and  attached with a puff dot.

And there you have it.   I love the way they turned out!  Don’t you?


To see the whole dessert table, click here.

Who knew napkins could be so much fun!

{Party Themes} Marilyn Monroe Inspired Senior Prom Table

When a good friend asked me to do a sweet’s table for her daughter who was going to Senior Prom, I was thrilled!

This had to be special because it would be her last high school dance & lots of family and friends were invited to enjoy the goodies and send the cute couple off to their final dance.

The feel she was looking for was Marilyn Monroe, glitz, glam, pink, diamonds, well, I think you get the picture.

Her dress was a pretty blush pink which inspired the color theme.

I started with an upholstered backdrop, which I made, and covered the buttons with a glittery silver paper to add a little sparkle.

Next, I made the flower poms out of pretty pink & white polka dot napkins and added

curled silver satin ribbon to finish the look.


Here’s how to make the poms yourself.

I hung a custom made sign, with their names, in the center to finish off the backdrop.

I made wooden stairs to display the pretty prom dress cookies and sprinkled them with a few more diamonds.

Prom Dresses watermark

 For the gents, chocolate mustaches on a stick, were decked out in a diamond stud bow tie!

The mustaches were a perfect photo op for later too!

Mustaches watermark,desktop

The cupcakes were topped with a large fondant pink bow which is reminiscent of Marilyn’s dress, in the video,

Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.

More cupcakes were topped with a pretty pink fondant flower and small edible pearl center.

Pink satin bows adorned with diamond stunned bows dressed up our vintage stand.

Now, since our guest of honor are  seniors in high school and looking to their futures,

Fortune Cookies were the perfect addition to provide a fun little insight of what’s to come for them.

  Pink chocolate and sugar glammed up this yummy treat!

Pink Cotton Candy, decked out in diamond adorned boxes, kept it fun for the teens.

cotton candy watermark, desktop

Pearlized Pink & Silver Gumballs were glammed up by adding diamond studded brooches to pink satin ribbons

gumball watermark

and served in giant wine glasses.

Yummy cake pops were the perfect place to show-off the names of the cute couple.

Hope you have many “Sweet Memories” of your special dance, Morgan & Chris!


Party Styling, cupcakes, cake pops and all sweets: Party Patisserie

Straws:Party Patisserie Shop

Printables and Sign: Lillian Kate

Cookies: Firefly Confections

Photography: Party Patisserie & Passions Photography

Cotton Candy Boxes: Embellished Paper

Gumballs: The TomKat Studio

{Party Themes} Make A Wish Party

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 When I first seen this party I was immediately pulled in by the beautiful Aqua color.

Inspired by dandelions on an open field,  Cris  from Crissy’s Crafts created a whimsical,  Make a Wish birthday party for her daughter’s 9th Birthday.
Wanting to create a magical escape for the girls to enjoy their treats and make crafts,  Cris used white fabric strips, fishing line and the trees as poles, to  make a marquee in the back yard.

The dessert table backdrop was made out of foam board which was covered with fabric then she added the WISH banner from  Bird’s Party Make a Wish collection.

DIY Party Favors:
Each girl received a mini canvas purse with a notebook and puff ball pen, a puff ball hair clip and an artist apron.
DIY stenciled mini canvas purses and apron: dandelions stencil, fabric paint, stencil brush, boa and rhinestone.
DIY favors table backdrop: Painted dandelions on postboards glued to a foam board.
Such a beautiful and lucky little girl!
Thank you Cris for sharing your absolutely beautiful and unique birthday party with us!


– Styling and Photography: Crissy’s Crafts 
– Party Printables: Bird’s Party
– Cupcake toppers: Edible Details
– Chocolate Covered Oreos: Sweet Temptations
– Dandelions Marshmallow: The Marshmallow Studio
– Cake Pops: The Gourmet Pop
– Cookies: Sugar Dreams
– Wish Tee and Flower clip: Three Little Bows
– Lanterns and mini cupcake stands: Petite Party Studio
– Dandelion Stencil: Cutting Edges Stencils

{Sweet Inspiration} Is This the Cutest Proposal Ever?

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Today I thought I’d post a little something different.

Now guys are always trying to come up with different ways of proposing to their lady loves.  And I have heard about many cute and imaginative ones.

But this has to be about the Sweetest Thing I’ve ever seen.

So, sit back, turn the volume up, and enjoy!

Wow … what a family

… what great friends

… what a fantastic guy

WOW,  what a lucky girl!

Have a Love-Filled Day!!!