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Party Time Linky Party

Hi everyone, hope you’re off to a great week!  It’s that time again for you to link up your amazing party ideas and inspiration. I’d love for you to share!  Or if you’d rather just browse around to gather some ideas, that’s great too! Your work will appear on 8 blogs. Yay!




Before we begin, here were a few of the favorites from last week:


Minnie Mouse Party-Sweetly Chic Events and Designs



A Beach Baby Birthday-Frog Prince Paperie

POPSUGAR Must Have Box

We all love to get surprises in the mail, right?

Sometimes it seems like the only surprises to find their way to my mailbox are bills. And I know I speak for all of us when I say bills are not fun surprises.

But earlier this month, POPSUGAR brightened up my lonely mailbox with a bright pink POPSUGAR Must-Have Box. Real mail! And a big, hefty package, no less. I was so excited!
























“What is a Must-Have Box?” you ask.

A Must-Have Box is filled with fashion, beauty, home, fitness and food products that the POPSUGAR team is currently testing and loving. The products are full-size—no samples here! The boxes go out once a month, so you’re always trying something new.

Now, let’s get back to this July box. How cute is this?
























Here’s what was inside:


These items encompass what summer is all about. Lisa Sugar, POPSUGAR’s founder, said the team’s inspiration for these products were hot summer nights, eating al fresco, longer days, sunshine, vacation and outdoor workouts.

Ahh, sweet summertime.

Here’s a peek at each item:

 Michael Stars Beach Hat and Sun Bum Sunscreen and Lotion


Fashionable hats are a must-have for vacation, but they aren’t always easy to pack. This one is, though! It’s bendable and flexible, so it will pop right back into shape once you dig it out of your suitcase or beach bag.

I love spending time in the sun, but I also take special care to protect my skin. Tans look nice, but wrinkle-free skin looks better! This sunscreen from Sun Bum smells so good I could eat it, and the cooling aloe lotion will feel wonderfully soothing in case you do get burned.

Dang Foods Toasted Coconut Chips and TKO Jump Rope with Soft-Grip Handles


I love early morning workouts in the summer. They’re a good way to enjoy some time outside before the sun gets too hot. This jump rope will be a welcome addition to my workout routine, and the coconut chips will be a yummy, healthy snack before or after breaking a sweat. And if you’re feeling a little indulgent, they’d taste great sprinkled over something sweet!

French Bull Ziggy Salad Servers


At our house, we try to eat outside as much as possible in the summer—especially for family dinners. These colorful salad servers have been adding pizzazz to each one. I just love them!

ACME Party Box Company Chevron Straws


Ice-cold lemonade is a classic summertime treat, but here’s a secret: Lemonade, or any cold beverage, tastes even better when you sip it through an adorable paper straw.

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Lastly, Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara. Love this mascara when I want a little more Saturday night drama!

If you’d like to see a Must-Have Box in your mailbox every month, it’s your lucky day. POPSUGAR is offering my readers a coupon code to get $10.00 off a 3-month subscription. Here are the details:

Type: Save $10 on a 3-month subscription
Start date: Today
End date: 7/31/14


POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must-Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own, and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

Tip of the Week

Every now and then I come across an idea I really like and say,  ” I’ll have to remember that.” Rather than keep all these ideas to myself I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you each week. Watch for one each Friday.

So, for today, this tip has to do with what every good crafter has tons of.  Guesses?

Going to flea markets has always been a favorite of mine. You know, looking for that special little treasure and then justifying why you have to have it.  Sound familiar?


In this case, that special little something are these salt & pepper shakers. Aren’t they adorable filled with glitter? What a pretty way to display glitter! So much cuter than those plastic bottles it comes in I think.

Since I have several bottles of glitter in my workroom I think they just might get a make-over when I find some cute little shakers.

Looks like I’ll be shopping this weekend. How about you?

This cute idea comes from Meadow Brook Farm.

If you have a tip you think is really good, send it to me at partypatisserie@gmail.com.

Have a sparkly weekend!!!

Party Time Linky

Hi everyone, hope you’re off to a great week!  It’s that time again—time to share your wonderful party ideas and inspiration by linking up to the Party Time Linky! Or if you’d rather just browse around to gather some ideas, that’s encouraged, too! Your work will appear on 8 blogs. Yay!


Before we begin I’d like to share some of my favorites from last week:


Rustic Cherry Tart–About A Mom



Rustic Ampersand–Her Tool Belt


Sweet Milk & Cookies Baby Shower–Sweetly Chic Events

Now it’s your turn to share. Thanks for linking up and visiting!

Girls’ Weekend in Chicago

Hey, everyone! Today I have a special treat for you. I’d like to introduce my sweet daughter, Kristin, who has been an integral part of Party Patisserie for a while now. We both share a love for entertaining, decorating, baking, cooking and just creating in general. We have some fun adventures to share with you, so stayed tuned.

Hi everyone. I’m Kristin.

I’ve been working behind the scenes (and the camera) for a while here at Party Patisserie, and now mom is going to let me take over write a little here on the blog.

I’m a writer and editor for a communications company by day, but by night I plan fabulous parties, bake sweet treats, test out DIYs and get into all kinds of fun trouble with my mom. Combining the two seems like a perfect idea to me!

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I’m looking forward to helping mom share all of our adventures with you. But first, I’m going to share one of my own.

One of my best friends from college recently flew in to visit me in Chicago for a few days, and we had the ultimate girls’ weekend in the city. While I love to throw parties at home (like mother, like daughter), sometimes there’s nothing better than a night (or three) on the town with your best friend.

I live in Chicago, but my friend, Emily, lives in Missouri, and we don’t see each other nearly as much as we would like. Since her visit was a special occasion, we decided to visit some fun, girly and touristy places that would make the trip special. Before Emily arrived, we made a list of places we absolutely had to visit:

  • Sprinkles Cupcakes (and the cupcake ATM)
  • Pops for Champagne (a nationally acclaimed champagne bar)
  • RPM Italian (Giuliana and Bill Rancic’s restaurant)
  • Eataly (Mario Batali’s Italian emporium that opened in Chicago earlier this year)
  • Bottle and Bottega (a paint-and-sip studio)

I’m getting hungry just remembering it all!

The next time you’re in Chicago, you should visit a few of these spots, too. Here’s a glimpse into our weekend:

Sprinkles Cupcakes


Anywhere you can buy cupcakes should be on every girl’s vacation itinerary, but Sprinkles was a special request of Emily’s. And I must say, coming back to the hotel room, changing into pjs and indulging in a cupcake every night was lovely.


We bought a chocolate marshmallow cupcake, lemon-blueberry cupcake, peanut butter chocolate cupcake and cinnamon sugar cupcake. Each one was absolutely divine!


We also checked out the Cupcake ATM.


Pops for Champagne

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You don’t come across champagne bars very often, and the name of this one was just too cute to pass up. Plus, we felt so fancy talking about our evening at “the champagne bar.”

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We didn’t know too much about champagne (and still don’t know very much), but the menu clearly explained each champagne and sparkling wine. We can’t remember (nor could we pronounce) our selections, but they were pink, and that’s all that matters, right? :)

RPM Italian


If you’ve ever watched E!, you know Giuliana and Bill Rancic. About two years ago they opened a restaurant here in Chicago called RPM Italian. While we didn’t see Giuliana, Bill or any other celebrities while we dined (RPM ranked No. 2 on the 2013 list of Top Celebrity Hangouts!), the food was absolutely delectable, and we had a wonderful time.

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I ordered the carbonara (above), Emily ordered the bolognese, and the two of us shared Bill’s Chocolate Budino for dessert. We had no idea what it was (it turns out it’s a creamy caramel custard with chocolate nibs on top), but being surprised was all part of the fun!

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Eataly is unlike any restaurant I’ve ever been to before. In fact, you can’t even call it a restaurant. It’s a two-floor emporium that houses 23 eateries and a fresh-food market. We headed to Eataly for breakfast one morning with one goal: To see the Nutella bar.


Yes, it exists: A place where every item on the menu features Nutella. We ordered the Brioche con Nutella (a buttery croissant slathered in a thick coat of creamy Nutella) and the Crepe con Nutella (a freshly made crepe smeared with generous layer of Nutella).

But here’s the best part: You can easily make these luxurious treats at home! Simply buy (or make) some croissants and crepes, and add Nutella. Bon appetit!

(I recently revisited Eataly with Mom, and let’s just say we explored well beyond the Nutella bar. I’ll recount that adventure here on the blog soon!)

Bottle and Bottega

Have you ever been to a paint-and-sip studio? A paint-and-sip studio is where an instructor walks you through the process of painting a specific piece. You can bring a bottle of wine and snacks while you create a masterpiece with your girlfriends.

Here’s a photo of Emily and I with our sunsets. What do you think: Should we forget about our day jobs and become artists?


While the places we visited were all in Chicago, every city has its own unique gems. Go have some fun exploring yours! Whether you live in Chicago or not, share your favorite girls’ weekend destinations in the comments. Maybe Emily and I will take a trip to your city. :)

Party Time Linky

Hello, hello! Welcome to Party Time Linky! I’m so excited to be joining a wonderful group of bloggers to bring you this great event every week.

What is Party Time Linky?  A place where you link up your best party themes, party recipes, party decorations or party games, and be inspired as well!  Your entry will be shown across all 8 participating blogs. Yay!

First, I’d like to introduce your hostesses for this party:


Thanks for joining, now let the Party begin!!!

Summer Fun Making Crayons

Hi everyone—A few days ago I mentioned that I’m participating in a Summer Camp linky party with other bloggers to bring our readers lots of fun ideas to do with the kids this summer.

Well, today I’m guest posting over on Design Dazzle and sharing with you a fun rainy day, or sunny day, activity to do with the kiddos.

Would love for you to stop by,  join the fun and see how to make Colorful Crayons.


If you have an activity you’d like to share with us just click here and link it up. We’d love to see what you’re up to.

Have a Colorful Day!

Summer Entertaining

Hi Everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend! As we head into this week, I’m starting to get my ideas ready for an adult get together I’m planning.

You know, summer time is such a great time to entertain. Everything is so relaxed so why not keep it easy and fun and change it up a bit without much trouble?


Vegetable trays always seem to be a staple at most parties we attend and we always have them too. They are a healthy option which people seem to enjoy but they usually look pretty boring.  Well, we’re all about it being fun and attractive. Who isn’t?

I love the idea of filling clear containers with a beautiful assortment of vegetables. The colors look so much prettier and I think they look more appealing too. Much cuter than a veggie tray, wouldn’t ya say?

Just fill a couple of fun glasses with dip and you have an amazing display! Betcha everyone will eat their veggies now!  Happy Entertaining!

Before I go, I  wanted to congratulate Anna, for being the winner of the Count Down to Summer Giveaway! Way to go Anna! Thanks to everyone who participated:)


Star Spangled Drinks

Whenever I have a party I always like to have a signature drink. Since the 4 th of July is always so hot here in Chicago,  I’m always thinking something cold. I thought I’d share our Blueberry & Strawberry Smoothies with you that we’ve served in the past. If you want something healthy, cold, and dessertie this is for you. Get the recipe here.


Strawberry mimosa would be great to begin the party.


Strawberry Champagne-yumo!


Coconut Blue Hawaiin


Royal Blue Cocktail


Red, White & Blue Daiquires


Cheers to you!

Count Down To Summer Giveaway

Hi Everyone, Heading into this great weekend with dad and family, I’m thrilled to bring you a fantastic  Countdown to Summer Giveaway!

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