New Year’s Eve 2015 Party

For NYE, I like to do something but I never like having to worry about finding a cab let alone paying for a cab along with drinks, entrance fees, etc. All the things that normally go along with the typical NYE……so the hubby and I decided to stay in for NYE and I threw us a little shin-dig at home were we could chill, not have to worry about driving/finding that dang cab and honestly just go at our own pace. I planned different activities so we don’t get bored and worst-scenario, I have a fun movie on hand in case we are just tired.

So this year, I planned a couple of activities along with a little finger-food spread for us to enjoy:

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Glow in the dark ring toss

I turned our office into the “Lounge” or bar for making drinks and also put the party favors in there. I got my favors at the 99 cent store. Go before Christmas to get the the good stuff. Also I always buy streamers or other more simple decor is generic colors like gold, silver, black or white so I can reuse them again and again.

 

Also here are some photos from NYE 2012 for more ideas:

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Mini Apple Pies for the Holidays

With recently hosting a Country Baby (girl) Shower, I wanted to make some homemade apple pies for everyone. I find it easier to make bite-size or mini individual size pies so people and grab-n-go at the buffet which helps keeps the flow of the party going.

So here is my EASY Mini Apple Pie recipe:

  • 1 box Pillsbury Pie Crust (contains 2 pie crusts)
  • 2 Gala apples
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tsps Vanilla Extract
  • Sprinkling of Cinnamon
  • Dash of Nutmeg
  • Baking Pam or other baking spray
  • A Pastry Cutter/Masher  (I don’t know what you really call it)
  • 1 Plastic Cup – to use as a cookie cutter
  • Regular Muffin Pan

A basic rule of thumb for these pies:
For every 1 Apple, use 1 tbsp of Sugar.

  1. Take your pie crust out 20-30mins prior to unrolling it. This will unroll much easier than straight from the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven, to 425 degrees.
  3. Chop the Gala Apples — I cheated and used a “chopper” from Pampered Chef.
  4. Sprinkle your Sugar, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Vanilla  over the apples
  5. Stir all the ingredients together so everything is evenly coated
  6. Unroll your first pie crust.
  7. Use your Plastic Cup as a cookie cutter to cut out as many circles as you can.
    I get about 8 without having to re-roll my dough.
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  8. Then, use your Pastry Cutter to start cutting strips for the top of your pie.
    I didn’t have anything fancy so…hence the straight lines of the my pies.
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  9. Spray your Muffin Pan with the Baking Spray
  10. Place your circles in the tin, pushing the dough into the creases and pushing out any air below the dough.
  11. Spoon in your apple mixture
  12. Take your strips and make 2 “X’s” (one above the other) on your pies and push the dough into your bottom crust so “they connect” for baking.
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  13. Bake for 18mins @425 degrees.

    Finished Mini Apple Pies

Other Embellishments:

  • Instead of strips – cut out another circle and also use tiny cookie cutters to cut out the shape of a heart, rattle, Christmas tree, etc. in the center for whatever holiday or event and place that on top,  to cover the filling
  • Put the pies into holiday or other festive cupcake wrappers
  • I’m sure you could also use this recipe for other fruit as well.

Have fun with it!

Country Baby (girl) Shower

I recently hosted a baby shower for a dear friend who is having a baby girl; however, she didn’t want pink so we went with the color RED.

Here are the final results for a “Boots and Bling, it’s a Country Girl Thing” Baby Shower.

Mom Hat

Nail Polish Favors

Boots n Sunflowers

Saddle n belt

Buffet 1

Buffet 2

Buffet 3

Buffet 4

Tin Can Holders

Centerpiece

Guest Frame

Diaper Cake

Bling Mason Jar

For making the Sunflower Favor Tags, click here for post and PDF file.

Buffet Menu:

  • (plain) Pulled Pork with BBQ sauce, Hickory Oil and mustard on the side
  • Hawaiian Sweet Buns
  • Homemade Macaroni n Cheese
  • Deviled Eggs
  • CowGirl Caviar
  • Mini Cornbread Muffins
  • Salad with Italian and Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
  • Berry Parfait with Fresh Whipped Cream
  • Homemade Mini Apple Pies

Sunflower Favor Tags

For my friend’s baby shower, I saw this idea on Pinterest and LOVED IT!! But her colors were red and yellow for her shower so I tweaked this idea into:

Nail Polish Favors

I made these tags in a Word doc (it was a pain aligning it etc.) so I’ve saved it as a PDF for you to use.

Supplies:

  • Cardstock
  • Hemp
  • Scissors
  • Staple Remover
  • Nail Polish

Making Favor tags

I didn’t have the fancy patterned scissors that you can get from Michaels so I just used regular ones to cut out each sunflower. Then I punctured a hole at the top of the sunflower with the staple remover, NOT pressing down completely. You want a small hole.

Then I flipped the sunflower to face down and tied a knot with the hemp, this way the knot is behind the tag which keeps the tags in place (not twisting, or sticking out, etc.)

2 Diaper Cakes For Under $20

I love the look of diaper cakes but was always intimidated to make one and heard that they can be very pricey.

So here are TWO diaper cakes for under $20!

Supplies:
1. Two Target brand size 1 diapers – $6.48 each (you’ll have 100 diapers)
2. Two baby bottles – $1 each (get at your local dollar store)
3. A bag of rubber bands – $1 (dollar store)

First, roll all the diapers starting from bottom and rolling towards the waistline. Secure each one with a rubber band.

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Next, put a rubber band around the baby bottle and tuck the diapers behind the rubber band. I think I used about 5-6 rolled diapers to fully cover the baby bottle. I also did only 3 layers on my base tier in order to get two cakes out of the 100 diapers but you can do more if you like….but won’t get 2 cakes out of it and you may need more than 100 diapers.

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When you want to add another “round or layer” to a tier in your cake, you will new to put another rubber band around the diapers. This will make each layer very secure where you will be able to pick up the cake without having to have cardboard under the cake.

For your second tier, part of the bottle will be covered leaving a hollow-like center. For the top tier, place 2 diapers in the the hollow center in order to finish your third/top tier.

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And know you are done 🙂

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For the second cake, take the other baby bottle and do the same method as the first cake but just do 2 tiers.

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The first cake uses about 66 diapers while the smaller cake uses about 30-34 diapers.

The smaller diaper cake would be a great centerpiece as well. Just unscrew the top the bottle and you can even use the bottle as a vase.

Here is my almost finished diaper cake for a baby girl country theme shower (I ended up covering the S in rhinestones):

Some people also place travel size toiletries, stuffed animals, pacifiers, etc. in the cake as part of your gift.

Bridal Shower Fun

My friend Sara came up with some wonderful ideas for my bridal shower and I just had to share. I was thinking that these ideas could be used for Baby Shower or just other party planning in general. I was blown away while walking through the door, and even though I did post everything she did I hope you can get the gist of it. 🙂
 
My friend Sara, greeted guests at the door and then served red and white wine along with iced tea, bottled water and a variety of sodas.
 She also set up a table near the door with the party favors, a Wishing Jar (for words of wisdom for the bride) and little potpourri sachets she made.
 This was such a cute way of dressing up the favors. Yellow and Gray M&M’s with some scrap book flowers hot glued to our colors of the wedding ribbon along with Thank You stickers. I’m thinking about doing this for a baby shower soon also.
And yes, it was a vegetarian delight bridal shower. The only thing I didn’t eat was quiche however ever thing else she made vegan for me. I LOVED IT!!! and so did the guests!
 This was my favorite part of the food. She made sandwiches and then used a heart cookie cutter to cute them out. It was the little touches like this for the bridal shower that blew everyone away. And she did all of this by herself the morning of! WOW!
 And when you first walked in the door, you see all the balloons on the ceiling and couldn’t help but smile and get in the spirit of celebration.
 And to top it off, she brought in a massage therapist for all the guests to relax, let go of their day and BE HERE for me. This so over the top, I couldn’t believe it!! I am so fortunate to have someone like her in my life and to have such a big heart to do something like for me. Especially during our school year, this was like a mini vacation to remember what is important and bring us all back down to our hearts and out of our heads.
Thank you Sara!!! ❤