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Balloon false ceiling

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

As I promised yesterday... Here is the tutorial for the balloon false ceiling. It is extremely easy and inexpensive since you don't need to use helium filled balloons- actually you can't because they will flip the wrong way. 

 1. Blow up all of the balloons you would like to use. I wanted a variety of colors of balloons so I used 2 different colors of purple, 3 different blues and silver. I think it turned out really well to have the mix of colors.

2. Roughly arrange the colors the way you would like them, this will help when your tying them together that you don't have all the same blues together, but a even mix of colors. (Note I used almost double the amount of silver balloons since I have different shades of blues & purple balloons).

3. Tie them together with string or curly ribbon. Don't tie them too close as they need a lithe room in between. I tie them together so you have 2 rows of balloons- one hanging on the right then one on the left.

Here is a picture with one strand hung up so you can see how full one strand can be. You can add as many strands of balloons you need to create the depth of your area.

Tomorrow I will be showing you how to make your own confetti and fun ways you can use them!
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Ring in the New Year....New Years Eve Party

Monday, December 26, 2011

Ring in the New Year with a party filled with pop, fizz and sparkles! Our printable New Years collection can be adapted to a sophisticated adult party or kid friendly affair. 

The beautiful photography is by She was amazing to work with!

 This New Yeas Eve collection is centered around the count down of the clock. We created a false ceiling with balloon and streamers hanging down.... we will have an tutorial on this later this week. It only took about 20 minutes. The only thing that took time was blowing up the balloons.

In our collection a 36" clock is included. This really adds a fun element to the party. I added glitter glue to the numbers to add more sparkle.

Sparklers and confetti are a must to Ring in the New Year. We have sparkler tags in our printable collection.

We made homemade confetti to match our color scheme perfectly! Our tutorial will be up in a couple days. It is extremely easy and a lot cheaper! We added the confetti to the decor to add color without a big expense.

I loved these candle holders I found at Crate & Barrel. I have been wanting to use them for mini cupcake holders for a while. I added confetti and curly ribbon to the bottom.

Bubble wrappers and confetti popper wrappers are included in our Pop, Fizz, Sparkle New Years Eve  collation too!

Add blueberries to your Champagne, wine or sparkling cider!

Since we had just had Christmas we wanted to make this collection easier for everyone so the food is simple and some store bought items.

We made bite size blueberry/ blackberry cheesecakes. We started with the no bake cheesecake mix and instead of putting it in a 9x12 pan we put it in mini cupcake tins with a wrapper of course! You just put a little curst in each one then add the filling in each one. Refrigerate for at least a hour. We drizzeled our homemade blueberry sauce and added a blackberry on top for height and a little dazzle.

Confetti cupcakes with editable confetti that we made out of airhead candies. Just cut little strips of airheads and curl around a pencil or sucker stick and small squares to use as confetti! Easy and only cost about .50 cents!

Mini cupcakes which are perfect bite size items for a New Years party. We drizzled blue chocolate then added peal candies and air head confetti on top!

You can't have New Years without "midnight kisses"! So we added hershey kisses with kiss toppers.

Also, we made "tic toc" mint labels for our tic tacs mints for your midnight kiss. This is my favorite item from the collection.

We made these fun sugar cookie clocks.... they looked so good on the table. We sprinkled them with white fine crystals and then piped circle dots and clock hands.

We had various candies too. Like almond joy dots, mint dots and grapefruit candies (these are a personal favorite).

 Candy Oreos sticks- you can make wrappers and decorations with our patterned paper and party circles.
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Santa's Milk & Cookie Workshop Dessert Table- Christmas Collection

Monday, December 12, 2011

We all know that Santa loves nothing more than Milk & Cookies so, we decided to create a Milk & Cookies Workshop this year for our Holiday dessert table printable collection. This is how I think Santa's dessert table would look like in the north pole.

Our Santa's got stuck down the chimney! We created these up on the house top Cinnamon Squares "Chimneys"with Santa's feet sticking out the top!

One of our favor toppers were "milk cartons". You can fill with sweets, treats and especially cookies! "Just add milk" was our tag line for these as, cookies always taste better with a little milk... Just ask Santa!

We created many different cookies for our Santa's Milk & Cookies Workshop dessert table.

First, I LOVE our "milk & cookies cupcakes".  I wanted them to look like a glass of milk with a dipped cookie. I frosted the cupcakes white (for the milk) and made mini gingersnaps to top the cupcakes with. You can't forget the straw, which really helps it look like a glass of milk!

Chocolate whoppie pies decorated with sprinkles around the perimeter gives them that extra festive touch.

Sugar cookie North Pole flags (flags are part of our printable collection).

Our Santa's Workshop wouldn't be complete with gingerbread men! To create the stand for the gingerbread cookies I used a styrofoam cylinder and wrapped the perimeter with ribbon. (Note: the ribbon should be be a 1/4" higher than the styrofoam so it creates a little ledge) Then I stuck the cookies into the styrofoam and filled with red hots. (This is why you need that little rim/ledge with the ribbon to keep the candy of your choice from spilling out all over!)

For those "Naughty" guest of yours. We create peppermint cake pops covered with crush oreos. These were a really big hit!

Our printable collection includes the Santa's Milk and Cookies Banner and large signs "Milk's Favorite Cookie" & "Santa's Taste Testers".

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Gingerbread Decorating Party

Friday, December 9, 2011

Decorating gingerbread houses is in my top 3 of things I LOVE to do during the Christmas season (my top 2 are decorating the Christmas tree/ house and making sweets!) So it was only natural that I have a gingerbread decorating party! I made homemade gingerbread parts for the houses the night before. Each guest/ child got a platter (shown above) with the walls, roof and sides to their own gingerbread house.  I filled a ramekin with cinnamon squares for their chimney if they choose to use them that way.

At each place setting there was a platter from Crate and Barrel with the gingerbread house parts. Off to the side was the round white plastic base for them to build their house on. We used our gingerbread house milk carton with a straw and one of our flag (from our gingerbread collection) for the "name card" and a gingerbread house sugar cookie from Dough Punchers boxed with a thank you for coming tag.

The table had quite the spread of sweets, treats and cupcakes for some more goodies to eat.... because we just didn't have enough sugar already! 

We also had a dessert table with more goodies on it with our printables

Our collection includes: drink wrappers, cupcake toppers, pattern papers, flags, gingerbread house template, banner, cupcake wrappers and much more!

Here is the back and side of the gingerbread house milk carton, embellished with icing details and decorations.

Our candy parfaits. Layered with red hots, strawberry puffs, peppermint candies and topped with "peppermint" sugar cookie (also by Dough Punchers) in a plastic shot glass. Then we attached one of our 2" toppers to a sucker stick for a little party pick!  

Add some color to your cookies by filling the tray with candies.... we used the classic red hots candies for that pop of color!

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