Announcing our NEW partner for Printables- Party Monkey!

Posted by rene.bross on 14. March 2012 09:52

We are so excited to announce our new sister site on Etsy- Party Monkey. Party Monkey offers beautifully designed boutique style DIY Printable Party Invitations and Printable Party Kits. Now you can get a knock-their-socks-off party invitation at an affordable price. After Party Monkey customizes your invitation with your own party text, a downloadable file is sent to your in box within 24 hours. Take your newly downloaded .JPG file and print it on your own desktop printer, at your local Costco, Shutterfly or other print source. It's quick and easy-- and beautiful! Check out these amazing invitations and announcements...

 

For the love of Pink! It's a Girl! Pink Giraffe Baby Shower

Posted by rene.bross on 9. March 2012 08:57

We are so excited to share these photos of our Pink Giraffe Baby Shower! Taking inspiration from our Pink Giraffe Invitation, the dessert table is darling in soft pinks, white and a touch of golden yellow. Sweet treats abound with white and pink Jelly Bellies, salt water taffy, strawberry whoppers, delicious vanilla cupcakes, pink rock candy, pink popcorn, pink lemonade with sugared mason jars and the cutest baby giraffe cookies complete with pink spots. To be kind on the wallet, the beautiful glass apothacary jars were assembled with glass items found at the local Good Will store with these DIY instructions. The tissue pom poms were so fun to make with these easy instructions. We also want to share our delicious vanilla buttercream frosting recipe which was originally found here, but we adapted it a bit to have enough to frost cupcakes with a very generous swirl of frosting and so it's not too sticky sweet. We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed taking them!

Photos by Rene' Bross
Pink Giraffe Party Invitation is also available as a DIY Printable Invitation on our sister site Party Monkey
Party Printables pictured above will be available soon on our sister site: Party Monkey

Best Buttercream Frosting Recipe
yields a generous amount of frosting for 20-24 cupcakes (depending on how generous you are)

Ingredients
1 cup butter - room temperature or softened in microwave for 10 sec at 90% power, then 7 sec on 90% power
1 cup Crisco (regular or butter flavored for extra buttery flavored frosting)
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
5-6 cups confectioners’ sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)

Preparation
In a large bowl, cream butter and shortening until light and fluffy. Add salt, vanilla, confectioners’ sugar. Beat well.

Note
This will make a thick frosting perfect for piping those beautiful swirls shown above. If you need a little thinner frosting, add a little mile to make desired consistency.

 

Alice in Wonderland Party Ideas

Posted by rene.bross on 16. February 2012 22:46

Don't be late for this very important date!

Want to add some whimsy to your daughter’s birthday party?  Think Alice in Wonderland and see magical results.  Set the scene with a “Mad” Tea Party table using common items such as a deck of cards and tea cups.  Make labels reading “Eat Me” and “Drink Me” to add charm to nibbles and beverages, but beware if you have low ceilings!  Try Pinning the Grin on the Cheshire Cat sitting atop a mushroom using colored board or paper and see who gets a purrfect fit.  What about a follow the White Rabbit scavenger to discover what’s hidden in your garden?  Let your imagination rule as you create a fanciful dreamland for your “Alice”.  Don’t be caught unprepared this year by the Queen of Hearts, otherwise it will be “Off with your head”!

Photo credits clockwise from upper left: Alice in Wonderland Cake from Bobbette & Belle; Stacked teacups centerpiece from Etsy; Flamingos from Feathers & Cupcakes; Little Alice from Squidoo; Eat Me mini cookie jars from Design Dazzle; Alice in Wonderland Party Invitation from My Good Greetings; Flying cards from A Perfect Party; Heart tarts; Drink Me Teapot from Feathers & Cupcakes; Clock Table Decor from United with Love

Little Ladybug Baby Shower Party Ideas

Posted by rene.bross on 8. April 2011 21:09

If there's a little lovebug on the way and pink and baby blue are too mundane, celebrate with the bright colors of a Little Ladybug Baby Shower. Bring on the smiles when bright red, yellow and green colors are brought together on a beautiful tablescape. Fill small buckets or planters with long green grasses or moss and add fresh or silk gerber daisies for easy flower arrangements. Create little ladybugs out of red and black felt and place around the table and onto the flower arrangements.  Little white boxes with a silk daisy and little ladybug on top make sweet favor boxes when filled with candy such as red and white m&ms. Fresh strawberries with chocolate dip match the color scheme perfectly. If hosting your ladybug party outdoors in a garden setting, purchase real live ladybugs and have your guests release them into the garden as a natural and organic pesticide. Enjoy these photos as inspiration for your own Ladybug Baby Shower or Ladybug Birthday Party!

Photo credits clockwise from top left: Little Ladybug Baby Shower Invitation: My Good Greetings, Daisy Favor boxes: New York-Newport Wedding blog, Gerber Daisies: Hostess with the Mostess, Ladybug Tablescape: Tyson's Corner, Ladybug Cupcakes: The Cupcake Blog, Ladybug Cake: Katy's Cakes

What a Hoot! Little Owls Birthday Party

Posted by rene.bross on 6. April 2011 11:50

If you have a little one hooo's having a birthday soon, have a super cute Little Owl Birthday Party theme! Brightly colored pendants, big tissue flowers, wood branches gathered from outdoors, handmade felt owls and owl cookies make for an easy to put together theme. Think of using outdoor elements such as moss, branches and even short sawed off tree trunks as table decorations. The creative possibilities are endless with this theme! Use our Little Owl Party collage for inspiration as you plan your event.


photo credits clockwise from top left: Owl Cake Topper: Across The Branch, NightOwl Tablescape: Creative Hostess, Owl Candy Favor bags: Party Like a Kid, Lemonade Bottles: The Party Dress, Owl Cake Pops: Sweet Design, Cute Little Owls Birthday Invitations: My Good Greetings