Showing posts with label favors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label favors. Show all posts

Monday, November 11

STYLING | Thanksgiving Place Setting Ideas

I'm in LOVE with the Shimmer Autumn Blend Sixlets from SweetWorks.
The mix of colors is gorgeous including a really pretty gold and I wanted to share a couple of ideas for using them to create some really simple and pretty place settings for your Thanksgiving table.

If you are looking for a simple way to jazz up any holiday table or place setting - these Shimmer Sixlets are such an easy way to add a splash of color. I love that they can double as favors too - like the "corn-on-the-cob" I created in the last photo. So cute and so easy!

And by the's not just the Autumn Blend Sixlets I'm crazy over!
I've got a pretty supply of colors I'll be using for Ella's birthday party this weekend too! (along with a few other SweetWorks Shimmer candy products).

Keep up with me on Instagram this week - I will be posting one photo a day of behind the scenes fun party details! *wink*

I'd like to keep things SUPER REAL today by sending a shout out to all of the Veteran's out there who have sacrificed so much on our behalf. I appreciate the sacrifice their families have made as well. I'm so grateful for my freedom - without it, this blog and so many other rights and privileges I take for granted wouldn't even exist. #thinkaboutit


Thursday, April 25

SHARE | Luau Birthday Party

Get ready to have your creative volcano erupt!!
The details from this adorable Luau themed party will have you
visualizing your toes digging into the warm sands of Hawaii…
the waves of the ocean as your background music…
the sun warming your skin...
and the smell of coconut and suntan lotion in the air.

Party Host: Steffany Lannoo
Celebration Type: Birthday Party
Party Theme: Luau
Inspiration: Floral Print (from some pre-purchased Table Cloths)
Color Palette: Hot Pink, Turquoise, & Green
Party Style: Casual

Luau Themed Birthday Party 
styled by Steffany Lannoo

Continue browing through the photos...
and be on the look out for... (Click on the "Read More" button below)


Wednesday, October 31

SUGAR | Halloween Lollipops

It's Halloween!!
I figured I'd TRiCK you today...
by TREATiNG you with a double blog post.

I shared our Phantom Pumpkin treats  with you earlier today...
which included these...

Homemade Lollipops

Although the "bewitching hour" is close at hand...
and the idea that some of you would even attempt these with festivities just hours away is far-fetched...
I'm sharing these lollipops because they are actually quite versatile.
Change out the colors and the edible images...
and you're all set no matter what holiday/event you've got coming up.

You may remember the original lollipop tutorial I shared with you...
from the Lemonade & Sunshine party I styled for my daughters.

I've revised some of my techniques a bit...
and we will be incorporating edible images for these boo-liscious treats.

SUPPLiES NEEDED (adapt to your specific likes/preferences)
• Edible Images - I designed my own and had a sheet printed by my local grocery store bakery. 
                               You can also find them pre-printed online or in craft stores
• 1" Round Craft Punch (make sure your punch results will fit in the cavities of the lollipop mold you are using).
• Lollipop Mold
• 4" Lollipop Sticks 
• Cookie sheet - for placing the lollipop mold on when baking
• Hard candy - I used LifeSavers
• Ziploc bags - if your hard candy isn't individually packaged
• Kitchen Mallet or rolling pin - for crushing candy
• Packaging supplies - small cellophane bags, ribbon or fabric


I took the image I designed and printed onto cardstock to my local grocery store bakery.
They basically "photocopied" it to create an edible image. 
- notice the difference in the ink color between the cardstock and edible sheet?



Avoid a sticky mess by leaving the candy in their individual packaging while crushing... 
this makes it easy to fill the lollipop mold too.

I used two lifesavers per cavity

Bake at 275º 5-8 minutes until completely melted
Caution: Higher heat will melt the candy faster but it will also cause the candy to brown in some cases

Working quickly, add lollipop sticks.
I find pressing the sticks down into the candy and twirling them 
allows the melted candy to grab hold of the sticks - making them more secure.
Be Careful - the mold and baking sheet are hot!

After cooling, turn the lollipop mold upside down and gently press on the middle of each cavity to remove lollipops.
Tip: Hold the inverted mold close to the countertop so that when the candy pops out, it won't break on impact.

Use small cellophane bags (or mini ziploc bags with the "zip" cut off) and a ribbon to finish it off.
Give them away individually or add them to a mix of treats.

I hope you'll try this candy making technique out.
You can personalize them for favors to use at any celebration...
and you can even create a bouquet of lollipops for a sweet gift.

• Lollipop Sticks - TomKat Studio
• Lollipop Mold - Bake It Pretty
• Hard Candy - LifeSavers individually packaged

It was through trial and error that I finally perfected the edible image lollipops.
Things I learned:
• The image doesn't show up very well if you try to embed it in the middle of the lollipop.
• Embedding the edible image not only takes more time but the results aren't favorable anyway. *wink*
• Keeping it simple is ALWAYS the better choice. 
• Be patient. Melting the candy faster on a higher temperature causes the candy to brown in areas. 
• Don't forget to peel the backing off of the edible images prior to using
• Although it's safe to put the lollipop sticks in the oven when melting the candy...
   adding them afterwards prevents burning your fingers when pushing and twisting the sticks mentioned in STEP SIX.
• Make sure the edible image is positioned in the lollipop cavity the way you want it seen while it's being held...
   meaning, make sure the image isn't upside down when you are actually holding the finished lollipop.


FAMiLY | Phantom Pumpkin 2012

Happy Halloween everyone!!
My family should've done this a couple of weeks ago...
However, despite some complicated scheduling conflicts...
we were all finally able to be home together Monday night...
to carry out our annual tradition...

I wanted to share with you the cute treats we gave out this year...

Candy Filled Cups

Homemade Lollipops

Chocolate Covered Oreos® and Nutter Butter Cookies

I created decorative "cookie trays" by covering scraps of cardboard with cute scrapbooking paper.
I placed a couple of cookies on each tray, slid them into a cellophane bag and tied them with ribbon.

There was some trial and error creating the homemade lollipops.
Things started off great...

Then things quickly digressed...

 I persevered and ironed out the kinks...

And finally achieved success!!

Orange Cups - $1 Section at Target
Lollipop Mold - Bake It Pretty 
Oreo Cookie Molds - Spinning Leaf 
Edible Sheets - Publix Bakery
Royal Icing Eyeballs - D&G Occasions (1/4" and 1/2" sizes)

With Ema on crutches this year...
she was an absolute grouch wasn't too happy about not being able to participate in her usual capacity.
I played Halloween Music on our drive...
hoping to create the perfect Phantom Pumpkin setting.
(it was quickly boycotted). *frown*
Regardless, it was a fun night...
and most importantly...
we were together...
creating memories as a family...
my favorite past time. *wink*


Wednesday, October 24

CRAFT | Scotch® Duct Tape Decor

The good folks at Scotch® sent me some of their fabulous NEW Duct Tape Designs...
and I'm here to share with you some fun, simple ways to incorporate it...
into your home decor,  entertaining and party decor.

Although these ideas are geared towards the upcoming Halloween festivities...
simply change up the fabulous color combinations and designer patterns and you
can adapt these easy diys for any holiday or celebration.

Shown here: "Plaid to Meet You", Green Apple, Tangerine Orange and Black

Double-sided decor is a cinch. 
Great for creating mini banners (see below), food picks and cupcake toppers

Mini Banners
Great for outdoor displays too since the Scotch® Duct Tape is weather-resistant

Tissue Tassles
Wrap a small piece of Scotch® Duct tape to add a splash of color and secure your homemade tassles

Decorative Water Bottle Wraps
Shown here: "Lace Vegas"

Tissue Roll Party Favors
Add some pizzazz by simply wrapping some Scotch® Duct Tape to the center of favors 
 Secure ends with an additional smaller strip of Scotch® Duct Tape

Wacky & Whimsical Gum Ball Party Favors
Secure a cupcake liner to the top of a gumball tube with a small strip of Scotch® Colored Duct Tape
Use scissors for fringing the cupcake liner.

I hope you're inspired to get creative with the many patterns and vibrant, colorful duct tapes available from Scotch®.
If you try them your results to: pnpflowers AT live DOT com

And if you've already created some fun things of your own - I'd love to see them.
Include a link in the comments section and I'll go check them out.

My week so far?
My 13 year old is on crutches for the next 3 weeks (result of her spraining her ankle skateboarding)
My 3 year old woke up this morning with an icky tummy.
With that said...
Scotch® Duct Tape is so FUN to use...
even my "hop-along" 13 year old daughter contributed something creative...
with her ankle elevated, of course.

Scotch® Color & Pattern Duct Tape Witch Hat
Shown here: "Plaid to Meet You" + Black

She's finishing up a wallet she started too! *wink*


Wednesday, June 13

iNSPiRE | Real Party: Baby Shower hosted by Leslie Marshall

iNSPiRiNG others is one of the most beautiful gifts we can give each other.
It's something I'm passionate about...
and one of the very reasons I have this blog.

iNSPiRATiON comes in many different forms...
and today...
I'm honored to share with you...
one of it's most powerful manifestations.

the beautiful imagery included in this post is iNSPiRATiON in and of itself.

This is also a story...
Misty Rae Porter's story.

You'll be touched by her incredible journey into motherhood...
A journey marked with...
• joy
• courage
• strength
• friendship
• hope
• love
• laughter

as well as tears from the raw emotion that comes when two life changing events come crashing together...
Two diametrically opposed words now conflictingly connected...

"Congratulations!" + "Cancer"

Misty celebrated her 30th birthday in February and was 20 weeks pregnant at the time.
 She was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer on March 15th...
and began the 8 rounds of chemotherapy she'd be receiving over a 16 week period on March 28th.

Not only would she be experiencing the naturally occuring changes to her body as it prepares for the birth of her son, Lansing...

She would now be forced to undergo the added side effects chemotherapy brings with fighting this ugly disease.
Her best friend, Leslie, from Jar of Vintage Buttons reached out to me to share Misty's story...


As told by Leslie...
"My best, best, best friend in the whole world is having a baby!  I met this wonderful, lovely woman 17 years ago during our first day of school at our brand new middle school.  It wasn't before the end of the day that we had become basically attached at the hip.  We went to college together, were roommates, maids of honor in each others' weddings, and she was there the day my Kate was born.  There really isn't a lot of things in my life that haven't included her!

Only a few months ago, Misty turned 30, found out she was having a boy, but also found out she has breast cancer.  It was a day I will never, ever forget as I sat in total shock on the phone with her while she very calmly told me what her doctors had just told her.  The past few months have been a whirlwind for her as she has already begun chemotherapy treatments.  She will continue chemo after the baby is born for several weeks and then undergo a double mastectomy.  Her strength and courage during this process has been a testimony to the person that she is.   Strong doesn't even begin to to describe her.  I admire her more than ever and I am so thankful for her friendship.

On Saturday, I had the honor of hosting her baby shower.  She was surrounded by her closest girlfriends.  We ate and laughed and even cried a little.  It was such a special evening for everyone, but especially for my friend.  Seeing the transformation of her not only physically as she undergoes treatments while watching her growing belly, but the transformation of her preparing for motherhood is just beautiful.  I can't wait to see her finally holding her baby boy in her arms.  He is truly a miracle and a blessing."












Aside from the obvious...(Misty)
Here are a few of the things I've been iNSPiRED by from this super sweet baby shower...

• Mac N' Cheese Bar (with lots of yummy toppings)
• Paper Maché "LANSING" letters used as decor. (incorporated into the nursery decor afterwards) - DIY to come
• Homemade Lemon Sugar Scrub (recipe linked below)
• Cupcake Liner accents on the brown paper bag party favors
• The party items that were so generously donated by super sweet Vendors. (see Vendor Credits below)
• The photos of Misty surrounded by an entourage of friends, family and people who absolutely love and support her.

I know you've been iNSPiRED could you not be?

In an attempt to share her story, document the details and ultimately connect with others...
Misty has been blogging all about her journey.
I encourage all of you to reach out to Misty...
Visit her blog...where she provides insight and updates during this emotional journey.
You may know someone who needs some of the light Misty is sharing with the world - share it.

Thank you Leslie...
for being iNSPiRED to share Misty's story with me.

Thank you Misty...
for allowing your story to be told.
My heart has been touched - as I'm sure so many others have been.
You are a true example of strength.
I hope you recognize how incredible you are...
We can't wait for you to introduce us to Lansing!

Party Printables - Mirabelle Creations (designed especially for Misty)
Bunting Banner - Hazelnut Designs (donated)
Cupcakes - April's Piece of Cake
Party Styling - Jar of Vintage Buttons
Mac N' Cheese Bar Topping Containers - Walmart Patio & Garden Center
Paper Pinwheels - Most created by a friend - some picked up at Hobby Lobby.
Lemon Scrub Favors - Jar of Vintage Buttons (recipe here)
Jars for Lemon Scrub - Ball Jelly Canning Jars from Walmart - lids spray painted.
Baby Shower Wreath - Jar of Vintage Buttons





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