Monday, January 31, 2011
I simply layered guacamole and black beans and then topped it with salsa, a little sour cream, and a chip. These would be great gathered around a BIG bowl of chips for your guests to enjoy. To add some football flair, use faux grass (which you can find at your local craft store) to dress up your serving area.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
I made these truffles last year for our Super Bowl celebration and everyone loved them! You can find Bakerella's recipe, step by step instructions, and tips for these Football Truffles here.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
I am so excited to be able to host today's giveaway, sponsored by Simply Silhouettes. Last week I came across Simply Silhouettes and was simply smitten! Simply Silhouettes offers its customers a unique way to preserve priceless moments through a collection of custom-designed silhouette products. They offer fabulous holiday designs (Valentine's Day, Christmas, and more) Special Occasion designs (weddings, birthdays, etc.) and even more for "just because". Two of my favorite products are their unbreakable, microwaveable, and BPA Free personalized PLATES and TRAYS.
Not only are these great additions to your own home, but they would make unique wedding, birthday, or Mother's Day (hint, hint) gifts as well!
Simply Silhouettes is giving one lucky winner their choice of a personalized Plate or Tray! AND...
**ALL SHEEK SHINDIGS FOLLOWERS CAN RECEIVE 20% OFF THEIR TOTAL PURCHASE FROM SIMPLY SILHOUETTE FROM NOW UNTIL FEBRUARY 28TH!! **Just mention Sheek Shindigs when you place your order for any of their products!
To enter the win the GIVEAWAY (please leave a separate comment for each entry):
Visit the Simply Silhouettes store here or at their holiday etsy shop here
1. Become a Sheek Shindigs follower (if you aren't already) and let me know what your favorite product is.
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3. Post a link to this giveaway on your blog and/or your facebook page and leave me a comment with the link letting me know that you did so please leave a separate comment for each link posted).
All Giveaway entries must be received by midnight on Thursday, February 3rd and a random winner will be picked and announced on Friday, February 4th.
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Good luck and Happy Shopping!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Meet Clara French Ceramique. Clara French Ceramique "creates chic cake stand designs in lush colors to beautifully compliment any celebration". Oh yes, they certainly do! When I came across their products I just couldn't look away. Such a refreshing change from the standard white cake plates. You could easily plan an entire dessert table around one of these gems. I think I have a new item to add to my "wish list".
Want to see more? Visit the Clara French boutique, here.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Tools and Materials
5 1/8-by-3 1/8-by-10 5/8-inch brown-paper lunch bags
Flowering plant in plastic container
Double-sided tape or glue
Valentine's Day Plant Gift How-To
1. Cut off the top portion of a paper bag so that it stands slightly taller than the plant. Cut and embellish the bag as desired. If desired, cut out hearts at the corners. (You can easily do this by folding the bag so all the corners meet up. Then, cut half of a heart so that when you open the bag, there are hearts at the four corners.) For a threaded-ribbon version, lay the cut bottom part of the bag flat. Pick up the center of the bag, and make a fold. Find the center of the fold, and make a vertical cut on either side. Continue cutting in even increments until you've made six cuts across. Open up the bag, and thread it with ribbon.
2. Use a second paper bag to cut out the handle, doubling the paper for strength and gluing or taping together the two paper layers. Tape or glue each end of the handle to the bag to make a basket. Cut a piece of cardboard to line the bottom for support. Write your greeting on the bag. Or, with excess paper, cut out a heart, and write a Valentine's Day greeting on it; then tape to a skewer, and stick it in the plant.
Wouldn't these be great for teachers' gifts! And the kids would enjoy helping out with this craft as well. Enjoy!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
You can visit the Shindig Parties to Go etsy shop here.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Tequila Touchdown: Designed especially for the big day, Tequila Touchdown will be a real game pleaser with it's layered appearance and subtle hints of citrus.
Seven Layer Bean Dip: I love the idea of serving this Seven Layer Bean Dip in glass jars for single-serving appetizers (thanks Martha!).
Five-Way Chili Potato Skins:
You know that the guys will dig this one!
Kobe Sliders: Sometimes bite-sized menu items just work better, and why not when they can look this cute!
PB&J Chocolate Bars:
This one had me at "Peanut Butter" & "Chocolate"!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Kristin created these cupcakes for her daughter's pottery painting birthday party. Did I mention how much I LOVE them? Kristin took a simple idea and turned it into something that is really creative and fun. Luckily for me, Kristin agreed let us in on how she created these inspiring Painter's Palette Cupcakes (I was really curious about the paintbrush).
Kristin used buttercream frosting that she dyed in various colors to top the cupcakes. She then placed them on palettes that she ordered from Blick Art Supplies (you should be able to find these at any craft store). The paint brush's handle was made from a bread stick and the bristles were made from shredded tootsie rolls, which she first flattened with a rolling pin (use corn starch to prevent sticking) and then cut into strips. Finally, the red ring around the brush is a piece of Fruit By the Foot. Easy to DIY and super creative. LOVE it!
You can visit Kristin's Creative Cakery on Facebook here to see more of what this new business has to offer. Thanks for the inspiration, Kristin! I see a paint-themed party somewhere in my future.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
LOVE the ruffled detail on the cupcake stand!
Thank you for sharing your daughter's party with Sheek Shindigs, Heather! To see more of this party and others by Pirates & Princesses, click here.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Here are Martha's directions: Using a tiny cookie cutter, make heart-shaped cutouts into unbaked round cookies, and press lollipop sticks into the underside of the dough. After baking, let the cookies cool on the pan. Then, fill the hearts with hot sugar syrup; the syrup will harden as it cools. For sandwich cookies, position lollipop sticks between pairs of baked cookies, and join with filling. Meanwhile, bake the cut-out hearts; use frosting to glue them onto the sandwiches. Decorate with royal icing.
Monday, January 17, 2011
These will be returning in one of this year's Love Day celebrations. Each child will be asked to bring a valentine for every child attending. We will decorate mailboxes, line them up, and let everyone "deliver" their mail. At only $1 per box, they are a great find!
I also found these cute "Live, Laugh, Love" vases in the Dollar Spot. They would be perfect on the party table with flowers, candy, or just as they are.
What fun accessories are you using this Valentine's Day? I would love to hear from you!
Sunday, January 16, 2011
I especially love the marshmallows on a stick and the "Party" wands. Thank you for sharing your party, Courtney! Contact Sheek Shindigs if you have a party that you would like me to feature as well.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Here is a little glimpse of what the Sheek Shindigs Etsy Shop has to offer:
Stop by the shop and check it out!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Both young and old can enjoy this fun little drink. For the kids, you can use pink lemondae, fruit punch, cranberry juice, or even Shirley Temples. For the adults, you can mix up some Cosmos a Red Heart, or any of these other fun RED mixed drinks. Add in some red (or pink) heart- shaped ice cubes and your potion is complete!
To make, purchase heart-shaped molds at your local craft store and a package of Kool-Aid (I choose a red flavor).
Follow the directions for preparing the Kool-Aid and pour into heart molds. Freeze. Use heart shaped ice cubes to mix with your LOVE Potion and serve chilled. Enjoy!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Here is a sample of the invitation that I created for the shower:
Because the shower was being held in January and the guest of honor loves chocolate so much, I decided that a dessert table and a variety of hot beverages would be perfect for this shower. Here are some of my pre-party set-up photos:
I used minature fondant pink elephants and gray gumballs to decorate the cake and cupcakes.
I created a coordinating framed monogram with the babies initals to be displayed at the shower and for the mommy-to-be to take home.
I made pink fondant elephants to dress up sugar cookies for the dessert table. See my DIY here.
Here are a few pictures from the actual shower. The dessert table included a cupcake tower topped with a mini elephant cake, chocolate chip cookies, cheesecake bites, chocolate mousse, fresh fruit and homemade marshmellows with chocolate fondue, and mini elephant sugar cookies.
I made elephant wraps to go around the chocolate mousse cups.
The beverage table included hot cider, hot chocolate, coffee, and strawberry iced water.
The hostesses wanted to send attendees home with a simple favor that was useful and reflected the theme of the shower. I made these elephant wrapped pillow boxes and tucked a package of Red Velvet Chocolate Herbal Tea inside each one.
This was such a fun shower to design. I hope that you enjoyed it!
*** A DIY Printable Package is now available in the Sheek Shindigs etsy shop, here.