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Present Advent Calendar garland

Monday, November 28, 2011

Now that Thanksgiving is over and I'm decorating my house for Christmas I designed this fun present advent calendar garland. you can purchase it in Wants and Wishes Shop. You can string it by it's self or with a garland on the mantel, or you can hang it vertical in a long narrow space. Also, you could add it to your tree and make a game out of it with your children. 

There are 6 coordinating present designs with 2 types of lettering. one: with the large number and two: circle emblem with December and what day you open it.

You can fill these with treats, a trinket or a Christmas activity you can do with your kids, like make gingerbread houses, read a Christmas book, etc.
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A Lego Inspired Birthday Party!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I can't wait to share my Lego Birthday Party Collection and dessert table with you. It will truly inspire you! The best part is, if you are creating a Lego party for for a Lego lover, you will probably have everything thing to you need to create this except for our printable Lego party pack. Our Lego party pack will add that finishing touch to your spectacular event.

I was in the Lego store in downtown Disney with my nephew Will, pondering over which lego he was going to get, when i saw it... Lego coin banks... and a spark of genius hit me... You don't need cake stand.... make them out of lego and their fabulous products. Instantly I was excited to get working on the possibilities (which are endless since we are talking about building blocks!) I thought of tiered stands (which you see I used), individual cupcake stands and one layer platters and stands. I LOVED having the Lego banks which gave a little dimension to the cake stands instead of just all flush legos.

To create the Lego tiers I used Lego coin banks for the base and then 15" platforms. Note: if you are stacking heavy items it is best to stagger the "Legos" to create a more stable stand. I really liked the Lego banks too because they are flush on top so you can add tape or hot glue them to the platform if want to give it that extra strength. They also, have a rim around the the base, which allows it to fit perfectly and flush to the Lego platforms.... again I didn't want my cake stand to fall down! 

I also, made some stands with just plain Legos. I used a half platform that you get in most lego packages.   I placed my "Lego sugar cookies" on a large 20" platform to create the base. 

Our Lego party pack includes: pattern papers, flags, favor toppers, cupcake toppers, thank you tags, signs, banners & garlands and much much more to ensure your party is a success!

Now for the desserts! They were as fun as the platters I put them on. I had mini figure chocolate cupcakes, Lego & mini figure sugar cookies, Mini figure cake pops, chocolate legos and goodie bags filled with sugary delights.

Mini figure cake pops with that half smile. Black is a hard color to make so I recommend buying a tube of black shinny frosting from the grocery store. You can apply the mini figure face with a toothpick. It made such a difference as you get the deep sharp black.  

I love our half smile smirk mini figure head sugar cookies.

 I search high and low for candies that were round without any holes and were the same colors as legos. Alas, I found them at the dollar store!

We made square cupcakes with Wilton's silicone cups. They worked amazing!!!! But what all the kids went crazy over were our mini figure mini cupcakes. As I was searching for items for the Lego party collection I came across ice cube trays in the shape of 3x2 legos and mini figures. I had great hopes these would work and they did like a charm! I attached a flag from our lego party pack with the chocolate mini figures. 

I added lego bulldozers and other transportation vehicles next to the chocolate legos like they were bring and hauling them away. They added a little whimsical fun touch that was needed. 

I found these little mini figure lanterns at Toy R Us and couldn't pass them up! They made the best little "cheerleaders" holding a lego sign of the birthday boy's name (they even light up) The favors were square clear boxes filled with gum balls and tied with our favor tag. 
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