Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hipster Santa | Hot Cocoa Bar + Free Printables

I'm really digging the Hipster vibe these days, and I couldn't pass up the chance to put together a hot cocoa bar with Hipster Santa taking center stage! 

Glasses, cable knit sweaters, and Mason jars is what it's all about. I love when I get the chance to use my big Mason jar drink dispenser. Throw in some trendy plaid and a few Santa staches, and you're ready to sip!

I took my old drink cart, and gave it a fresh coat of black spray paint, from Rustoleum. I attached my Ho, Ho, Ho sweater banner, and then started adding on all the fixings for a tasty hot cocoa bar.

Cocoa & mallows are a must! I displayed them in large glass jars, and attached a simple tag to the front. Plaid is so fun to use. When it's mixed with other patterns, it just POPS even more!

I added some glazed donuts to my cake stand, and decorated them with a simple topper. Two bamboo sticks, circle tags, and twine did the trick. 

Add a funky mix of paper straws to a painted Mason jar, like this one, from Just Add Glitter By Marla.  I also attached a few coordinating straw flags.

Did you know that Santa was the original hipster?! Oh, yes!

Why did Hipster Santa burn his tongue? ...it all makes sense now!

Hot cocoa bars are so fun to put together. And I love that you can put your own spin on them. There really is no right or wrong way to "cocoa".

I had so much fun using my Hipster printables, and I want to share them with all of you! 
You'll get the sweater banner, straw flags, circle toppers, signs, glasses, and more!

Here's the link to my Hipster Santa printable set
Print out what you like, and be sure to tag me if you use them! I'd love to see what you come up with! 

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Force Awakens | Star Wars Party Ideas + Giveaway!

Who else is excited for Star Wars: The Force Awakens?! With awesome products from Shindigz, and a little DIY fun, I styled a simple celebration for my son, and his friends, as they all anxiously await the movie's release!
I'm sharing all the photos + tips on how to create your own Star Wars: The Force Awakens party. 
To see the list of Shindigz products I used, and all the party details, click here to see the full post!

Also, Shindigz is having an awesome giveaway!! Starting today, November 16th - November 23rd, you can win the Ultimate Star Wars Pre-Party Experience! To prepare for the release of the new Star Wars movie, Shindigz is giving away the party experience that I helped design! Cool, right?! All you have to do is go to the link below, and simply fill out the form. The winner will be announced on 11/23!         

May the Force be with you!


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas | Nestle Holiday Baking + Free Printables

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Have you finalized your plans for your Thanksgiving meal? In year's past, my family and I would load our quads in the trailer and head out to the desert for riding, and an outdoor Thanksgiving feast with a big group of friends. It was super fun! Since we've added two more kiddos within the past 5 years, we don't ride as much, and now we happily enjoy our Thanksgiving meal at my Grandma's house. She's a wonderful cook - sadly, I did not inherit that gene. But I can put together a fairly decent tablescape, and even create a tasty dessert. 

I headed to Walmart for my recipe ingredients, and for items for my Thanksgiving Table Scape. I loved that I could head to one store, and pick up everything I needed. Less time running around, and more time with my family! Win-win.

My Grandma passed down a delicious recipe that she came across about 30 years ago. It's called Pumpkin Pudding Cake. Let me tell you, it's addicting! When you find a recipe that requires LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin and NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk, you just know it's going to be an amazing ride for your taste buds! There's something about how the Carnation milk products make any recipe so rich & creamy. 

Did you know that Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin is a superfood? It really is! Not only is it rich in vitamin A, it's also a good source of fiber, and a great way to get your share of the antioxidant beta-carotene. A dessert that is delicious and good for you? Wow! Now that's love.

While shopping for my recipe's ingredients, I came across some NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Pumpkin Spice Morsels. Yes, Pumpkin Spice! We all know it wouldn't be Fall without that rich flavor of pumpkin, cinnamon, and spices. If I were you, I'd head out and grab some... quickly! They're only here during Fall season, and I can tell you that they are great for enhancing your favorite recipe. Here, I've sprinkled those little morsels of heaven, right on top of my cake. Yumm!

Here is my Grandma's recipe, in case you'd like to try it out for yourself!

LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin, 15oz.
NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk, 15oz.
3 eggs
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 c. butter or margarine, melted
1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9x13 baking pan. 
Blend together all but the last 3 ingredients and mix well. Pour into greased pan. 
Sprinkle dry cake mix over pumpkin mixture and gently pat down. Sprinkle the nuts
over dry cake mix. Drizzle melted butter over all. Bake for 50 minutes.
Cut into squares when completely cooled.

I've included some store shots for you. This will help direct you to the general area in Walmart where the ingredients can be found. 
For more great recipe inspiration from Nestle products, you'll want to head over to Pinterest  to check out this Flavorful Moments board, and also Nestle's Very Best Baking board. You won't regret it!

While my Pumpkin Pudding Cake was baking, I set up our Thanksgiving table, and even put together a table for our little guests. 

First thing I did was decide on what colors I wanted to work with. I really love how the rich brown tones look with pops of aqua & blue. Add real wood pieces, and I'm happy! 

I wasn't having any luck finding a table cover, so I headed over to the fabric section in Walmart, and found the perfect colored fabric, by Waverly. I purchased 3 yards to cover our 6' table. 
I also found the perfect dishes, from The Pioneer Woman, to serve our feast & tasty desserts on!

I used a simple wood carved turkey as our centerpiece. This would be removed once the real turkey is finished roasting!

Along with pretty dishes + touches of blue, I incorporated burlap, bamboo utensils, pretty brown ribbon, aqua painted pumpkins, real pinecones, different colored cake stands, and even white pumpkins. I think all the colors & textures mixed very nicely.

Once dinner is over, and we you're ready to have dessert, you can set out little take-home boxes for your guests. I added some festive "turkey leftovers" tags, tied with twine, and a feather.

In our family we have a small group of children that get a kick out of sitting at their very own table. 
I keep the kid table close by so the adults are still able to monitor their children.
At Walmart, I found some darling turkey plates, along with a paper table cover that is full of fun games. 

I found some wood carved pencils, and saved them for just an occasion!

 Each place setting had their own utensils, and even some fun pilgrim poppers to play with!

I added sweet circle tags for the cupcakes. The children will love having their own set of treats, sitting at their table.

I make sure to add some activities, and special treats for them. The kids love it, and the adults love that they get a chance to mingle while the children are occupied. 

I hope my Thanksgiving Tablescape Inspiration has helped with your table theme this season. I'm adding a link to all of my printables seen in this post, plus a few extras. You can print out our Thanksgiving Feast Printable Set, for your own party or gathering!

Are you on Instagram, and love posting as much as I do? You can find great pictures + recipe ideas from NestleTollHouse 
You'll also want to check out Nestle's facebook page.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A Witch's Soiree! | Halloween Party Inspiration

Ghouls and goblins, come gather near. The witching hour will soon be here. It's time for a Witch's Soiree! I just love Halloween parties - almost as much as I love decorating for them. I've seen so many darling witch legs & boots in the stores recently, and I couldn't stay away from the cute decor.

For our Witch's Soiree, I kept the colors in traditional Halloween tones: orange, black, white, and touches of green. A few sweet treats, and eye catching pops of color made for a fun gathering.

I made the most of my party decor by adding multiple cake stands, and incorporating inexpensive paper lanterns. Attach them above your party table for a little extra fun. Mixing patterns is one of my favorite things to do, when decorating for a party. Here I'm using polka dots, and stripes. 

For the centerpiece, I set out a Witch's cauldron. I thought it would be fun to fill it with popcorn, and then add a couple Witch legs for a touch of spooky!

Simple green pistachio flavored macarons were set out on an orange cake stand. They gave a festive pop of color!

Popcorn balls were displayed in a cute Witch's boot bowl that I found at HomeGoods. The bowl coordinated perfectly with our Witch theme.

Bubbling cauldrons were displayed on top of a black cake stand. They're were really easy to put together. I found green gumballs, to represent bubbles, and put them inside of mini Witch's cauldrons.

Don't forget to have some fun photo props for all your party guests to use! I found a polka dot Mason jar, and displayed a few fun photo prop signs inside.

Store bought cupcakes were dressed up with a simple topper, and cupcake wrappers. I found these in Walmart's Halloween section.

I painted this faux pumpkin black, and then added green polka dots with a round sponge brush. I set it out on top of a cake stand for some easy decorating.

You can see the rest of our party over at Giggles Galore