For the longest time I've wanted to create a special space just for me! A place to be on the computer, a space for all my party stuff, and a place for me to create and design! Mom Cave is the word. I've had it in my mind that I would turn the computer room upstairs into my Cave. Cute, small room with one side filled of wall shelving. Then, after the kids had all their toys in our basement and NEVER went down there to play with them, I realized all their stuff was going to waste and we need to do something about it. Have of the basement is finished, half isn't, so for some reason they didn't like it down there. So, long story short- I turned their playroom into the computer room. Mom Cave- GONE. (Poor me, but now their playroom is adorable and they love it) After I was downstairs last night going through my party boxes in their old playroom, I thought- Perfect, this should be my mom gave. Tile Floors, white walls, heat, peace & quiet, away from everyone. I should have thought of this earlier! I don't' mind being down there, so why not! Now that's it's been on my mind since last night, I searched for some ideas and inspiration on what I'd like it too look like.
With all this snow around, I keep thinking of snowmen. Here are a few snowmen activities and treats!
Snowman Cupcake from Martha Stewart This cupcake looks so easy to do, and of course looks extremely yummy!
Instructions: This snowman wears a fine winter hat: a chocolate-covered mint beret. His plump figure is two marshmallows -- cut a slice off the top one and squish to make it smaller. Dabs of icing hold parts together. His eyes are chocolate sprinkles (poke holes first with a wet toothpick), and his nose is cut from a gummy fish
Whimsical Snowman How cute is this whimsical snowman craft from Family FunI've been seeing this trend as a craft, cupcakes, and even cookies. Materials: White and colored felt Tacky glue White pom-pom Black puffy paint Craft foam (for nose) Twigs (for arms)
Instructions Cut a puddle shape from white felt and use tacky glue to attach a white pom-pom to the top.
With black puffy paint, add eyes, a mouth, and buttons. Glue on a craft foam nose and twig arms.
Wrap a felt scarf around Melty's neck and glue it in place.
Snowman Milk This milk is so adorable. I love the doughnut hole for his head. From Better Homes and Garden Instructions: A glass of milk takes on new deliciousness with doughnut-hole snowmen heads. Outfit powdered doughnut holes with eyes and a nose made of edible food clay. Pierce a hole through the center of the doughnut using a skewer and fit in a straw. Make a miniature scarf for the glass from orange yarn and trim it with scrapbook brads in the shape of snowflakes.
Rosie Cheek Snowman from Martha Stewart I wish I did this to the snowmen we made the other night! (They didn't make it through the night with the Blizzard winds, or I totally would have gone out and added it. Red food coloring around the cheeks completes the look for this snowman. I love it!
My nephew Peter is turning two in April. (yes, I'm already starting to plan) Here are a few things I've found that are giving me inspiration and ideas. My sister will have a four week old newborn, so the planning falls on me. (which of course- I love!) The Celebration Shoppe has a great Barnyard Printable Collection.
I'm totally going to use this egg carton as a favor. It's an easy way to save money and it's fits the theme! I love the Overalls Giggledust Parties uses for their barnyard party.
I love the haystacks for seating with his table.
These silver pails are perfect for the theme
Other ideas I'm thinking are sunflowers in glass jars, milk in bottles, cowboy hats, horse pony sticks, and creating landscapes out of cardboard boxes. The possibilities are endless!!
Hosting a New Years Eve Party? Here is some inspiration to help you plan..
Lindi from Love The Day is giving these FREE printables away for Operation Smile. Operation Smile is a nonprofit organization that hosts baby showers for military wives while their husbands are deployed. Click here to download these printables. Also- Click here for Operations Smiles Website.
Courtney from Pizzazzerie styled this gorgeous navy and gold New Years Dinner Party. Head over to Courtney's website to see many more pictures and inspiration.
Chris from Celebrations at Home created this black and white Holiday Dessert table, but I think it would also be perfect for a New Years Eve Party.
Chris got me the galaxy for Christmas. I love it so much and I'm blogging from it right now. It has built in 3G, a camera, a video camera and endless apps. It does everything the ipad does, just smaller. Perfect for my train commute everyday. I don't think I'm ever going to get off it. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. We had a great day filled with family, food, and gifts. Today, we are expecting a foot of snow. Sledding..here we come..
Hi everyone- Sorry I've had lack of posts this past week. I've been VERY busy getting everything ready for Christmas. I'm hosting Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so the planning has been busy. I've been taking pictures, so I will post later! Until then.. I'm going to attempt to make some Christmas tree cake pops, bake some pies, cookies and two dinners- Oh and wrap TONS of gifts for the kids! Merry Christmas Everyone!!!
Here are the pictures from our Christmas party we hosted this weekend. I hope you enjoy the pictures!
This was the dessert table for the party. I wrapped boxes up with red wrapping paper to add some height in different areas around the table. I used red and silver trees on each end of the tables to create a balance. I used a white backdrop and hung down a green wreath and added some mini silver balls to it. At the top I hung green, silver and red ornamnets. Chocolate covered oreos and Pretzels dipped in chocolate with crushed candy cane I ordered the cupcakes from Jenna Cakes in Pembroke
Here is the bar area I created for the party
This basket was given to me by my friend Mary. She put so much thought into creating a basket for me to use for my next party! I love it so much.
I'm so excited that Amanda from Shindig Parties to gofeatured my party that I styled using her printables. Amanda was such a pleasure to work with, and I'm happy she showcased my party today! The collection she designed has been showcased on so many blogs in the recent weeks. Her work is AMAZING!
I've been very busy working on our holiday party this weekend. I can't wait to show you the pictures. Think traditional Christmas colors- Red, Green & White!
Here is a Mickey Mouse Cake I did for my niece's first Birthday. Gwen loves Mickey Mouse clubhouse, so I volunteered to make her cake. My sister loved how it turned out! I used chocolate & vanilla cake with buttercream frosting. I topped it with fondant and Mickey Mouse characters from the Disney Store. Below is the birthday girl- I just LOVE her!
Today, my cookie decorating playdate was featured by Chris Nease fromCelebrations at Home. I look at her blog EVERY day. I always thought it would be so great to be featured on her site. I'm so inspired by all the work Chris does. I've only had my blog up for a few weeks and I'm still getting used to how to be a "blogger," so this is such a BIG deal for me.
I have a passion for entertaining and planning parties. My blog will be an outlet to showcase my parties, my inspiration from other bloggers and much more! I never thought I'd be a blogger, but here we go...
"Laura, Thank you so much for being such a huge part of our 25th Anniversary Celebration !! I am totally amazed by your beautiful work and was honored you made a special trip to make our day even better with your masterpiece ."-Jen
"Everything was wonderful!!! The birthday girl and her friends dug into all the treats, and were in awe that the cake itself was blue! Rave reviews from the parents on the presentation, as well as taste. Great Job all around!"- Pamela