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A Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

Posted on May 24, 2012 in Entertaining | Comments Off

We decided to have a ‘spring fling’ again this year and when looking at the calendar we realized the first Saturday of May fell on Cinco de Mayo….a great excuse to have a fiesta!  This inspired me to make some new decorations and perfect some much loved recipes from the past.  I set up a burrito bar with some amazing meats, made gallons of beergaritas, and displayed some festive themed treats (all recipes will be up soon, so check back).

I spray painted numerous wine and beer bottles with an array of colors for inexpensive table decor. I had recently taken a trip to Mexico, so I picked up a bunch small sombreros and 10 maracas to place around the party.  The Mexican flag was purchased online for less than $5 (with free shipping). The large drink dispenser is full of beergaritas and the beverage tub has an assortment of Jarritos soda.

The burrito bar was set up on a back kitchen counter.  I taped up some colorful fabric and decorated with Hispanic canned foods, flowers and maracas.

To save time I used a boxed sugar cookie mix, but added cinnamon to give more flavor.  A little white frosting, sprinkles, and gumdrops make these cute sombrero cookies.

I cheated on this dessert as well and used a box cake mix…it’s the decoration that matters when it comes to something like this.   I just used a little food coloring and black frosting gel to make the Mexican flag.

I like to cover the TV when having parties….why not make everything more festive?!?

We strung colorful banner across the kitchen and placed Mexican pots and statues above the cabinetry.

Nothing says ’fiesta’ like our dog, Greta (who is intently waiting for pepperoni in this shot…it’s the only way we can keep her still).

‘Texas Caviar’ is always a hit.  For the recipe Click Here

Why not decorate the back of your toilet?

Make colorful and cheap streamers by coloring doilies, cutting them in half, and taping them across with string.

I can’t help myself when it comes to theme parties….I’m a sucker for a few cheesy elements!

Maybe I went a little overboard on spray painting sticks, but I get obsessed sometimes and have to have every color of something.

 

Now that summer is here throw yourself a little fiesta!

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Glitter glassware so it’s washable!

Posted on May 3, 2012 in DIY & Crafts | 8 comments

I’m a sucker for glitter.  It just makes everything so much prettier and glassware is no exception! The question is…how to wash glitter?  To see what I use for glittering Click Here .  For another project on glittering a phone case click here.

If you love the glittered goblets, but aren’t the crafty type that’s ok!  You can purchase a set from me.  If interested please Email me to figure out glitter colors, glass type, quantity, etc.

The only added step that you need to do to make stemware washable (hand wash only) is to spray 1 or 2 coats of clear sealant over the top of the glittered area (enter ‘how to glitter’ in the Search the Site section at the top of this website). I use a glossy top coat.  Tape plastic over the part of the glass that you don’t need to cover with a clear coat.

I’m taking these to an overnight Bachelorette party this summer.  The bride loves sparkles, so we are all going to wear glitz and sequins as a theme. I thought glittered wine glasses will be the perfect addition to the party. We’ll use them that night, be able to remember which glass is who’s, and the bride can take them home with her.

With summer approaching I need to have a set to help celebrate July 4th!  For more 4th of July ideas Click Here

Nothing says Christmas like glistening sparkly champagne glasses!

Make glasses to match your wedding colors, any holiday, or a whole set of just black or silver glitter for a posh look.

I made this set for my book club when I hosted and we read ’50 Shades of Grey’.  For more ideas on a gray themed party Click Here

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A handful of colors. We nailed it!….ok enough puns

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 in Home, Lifestyle | Comments Off

My friend Laura, who is always on trend and is an amazing hair stylist (if in the Denver area go see her at Grand Salon), keeps me updated on what’s hot.  We spent some time in Mexico last month and she showed up with a manicure that had a little flair.  Try it out!  Paint your ring finger a different color than the rest of your nails.

Some friends came over last weekend and we tried out a handful (there I go again) of color combinations.  Check out some ideas:

I love the glitter nails! 

We even got my friend’s daughter on trend.

Love the hot pink and orange

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A Medicine Cabinet Remodel…..a what?

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 in Home Projects | 5 comments

You look in it everyday.  It holds some of your most important daily items.  It’s neglected.

Our bathroom is very neutral in color, so I figured adding a little surprise splash of color in the medicine cabinet is a great way to sneak some in.  Color helps create energy and, Lord knows, I can use a little assistance with that in the morning!  I painted the inside of the door with chalkboard paint, so I can leave notes to my family and leave myself reminders of products we are running low on, if I took my vitamins, and anything else that pops into my head.  I used a ‘Tiffany Blue’ acrylic paint for the back of the cabinet and for the thin wood trim I used to frame in the chalkboard.  A few organizers from The Container Store tidied up my products and my mornings just got a little bit happier!

Here is the ordinary cabinet before:

Here it is after:

What you’ll need:

  • Chalkboard paint
  • A small amount of colored latex or acrylic (I just bought a small $2 bottle from the art store, so I didn’t have to pay for a full quart).  It doesn’t take much paint for this small project.
  • Thin wood trim.  I bought mine at the hobby store (in the section where tons of very thin and small strips of wood are sold to be used for architectural models).  The wood needs to be thin, so the cabinet door will shut all the way.  If you don’t want to deal with a wood frame you can simply paint a stripe around the chalkboard or not have any edging around it at all.
  • Paintbrush, tape, and glue (if you use a wood trim around the chalkboard)

Tape the edge of your cabinet to protect it and apply 2 coats of chalkboard paint.

If you make a wood frame: paint the trim first (so you don’t have to be careful once it’s installed), measure the size of your chalkboard and glue the pieces up (I taped them together on the back first, applied all the glue, and then adhered it in one piece.

 

 

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All Things Easter

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 in Entertaining, Home | Comments Off

Spring is awesome.  I am thrilled to have my windows open, hear the birds chirping, and see Cadbury Mini-eggs on the grocery shelves.  The only downfalls to this season are my dog tracks in mass amounts of mud and I realize I have limited time to attempt my annual summer weight loss plan (dang Cadbury!).  However, the budding trees and blooming flowers inspire me to make colorful Easter decor and treats.  Here are a few that are easy to make!

Glittered Eggs:

I think glitter is the most fun.  Unfortunately, it also can make the biggest mess….after my daughter crawls around on the floor tomorrow she is going to be full of glitter!  Take your time to set out paper or plastic to work on (I should take my own advice).  See “DIY & Craft Projects” for directions.

Stained Glass Hardboiled Eggs:

Easy and cool….with or without the shell.  Hardboil eggs and then crack them up, but don’t peel the shell.  Set them in water with a fair amount of food coloring added.

Once you take them out of the dye they will look like this:

 Or you can peel them to get this effect:

 

Stained Glass Potato Salad:    See the “Recipes” page or type ‘easy low-fat potato salad’ in “Search This Site” at the top of this website.

Easter Bunny Cake:

This is actually super easy!  Make 1 round cake (1/2 of a boxed cake mix).  Cut it in half and ‘glue’ it together with a little frosting.  Use a Snow Ball for the tail and spaghetti for whiskers.  Decorate with candy and paper ears.

 

 

Flowers in Candy: Wrap the stems of flowers with wet paper towel, cover it with a plastic sandwich bag, and tie or tape it shut.  This will keep enough water on the flowers to last a day or so (enough time to use this idea for an Easter meal centerpiece).  Place the flowers and candy in a vase!  ***you can do this at other holidays too

 

Bird’s Next Treats: 

  • Melt 1 bag of milk chocolate chips and 1/2 cup peanut butter.  Mix in 4 cups of chow mein noodles (or a combo of these and Cheerios).  Form them into little nests.
  • Place shredded coconut in a bag with green food coloring and shake it up.  Add it to the center of the ‘nests’.
  • Fill with candy

 Easter Cake Pops:

 

 

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Easy Low-fat Potato Salad

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 in Recipes | Comments Off

What goes with a gazzillion spring and summer meals?….wow, good guess!  Below is my mom’s recipe for potato salad: easy, classic, delightful.  I’ve added the step of making it ‘Stained Glass Potato Salad’, so you can ignore the coloring of the eggs if you want it to look traditional.  Enjoy!

What you’ll need: 

  • one dozen eggs, hardboiled and peeled
  • 9-10 medium sized potatoes
  • 2 cups Miracle Whip (I use Light and it turns out great)
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard (or 2 tsp yellow)
  • Food coloring (if you want to make it ‘stained glass’…great for Easter)
  • Salt and pepper  *you can also add a little dill

    1. Hardboil the eggs and peel the shell.  Place the peeled eggs in various glass of water mixed with whatever colors of food coloring you would like. ** You can also skip the next steps and just make deviled eggs!
    2. Peel the potatoes and boil them (cook enough so a fork can poke through them easily).  Let the potatoes cool.
    3. Cut up the eggs and potatoes.  Mix with the other ingredients.
    4. Keep refrigerated and eat within a couple days.
 
 

 

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How to make tissue paper poms / tissue flowers

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 in DIY & Crafts | Comments Off

I love tissue poms.  They are such an inexpensive and easy way to decorate and really make a room festive.  The nice thing about using tissue flowers as decoration is that tissue paper comes in a ton of colors and it goes a long way.  You can glue them onto sticks and make arrangements in vases, you can string them up across a room or tree, or you can tape or tie them to almost any surface.

You will need:

  • Tissue paper, a scissor, floral wire, and a wire cutter

1.Depending on the size you want the tissue flowers to be you will vary how small you cut the tissue paper (if you cut it at all).  For small to medium size poms I recommend 9-12 sheets of paper.  For larger poms I recommend more sheets of tissue in order to keep them looking full.

2. Fold the tissue, accordion style (you don’t need to put a hard crease on the fold) and cut a piece of wire (about 5 inches seems to work well).

3. Twist the wire around the middle of the folded paper

4. Cut the ends of the tissue.  Cutting the ends in various ways will change the look of the finished tissue flowers.

5. Carefully pull apart the tissue.  To prevent and reduce tearing, I recommend separating by a few sheets at a time and then pull apart individual pieces.

*You can save the scraps that you cut from the ends of the poms to use as confetti or to fill glass votives or jars for extra decorations.

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Create a colorful 1st birthday party!

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 in Entertaining | Comments Off

My daughter turned one in February and we had a medium sized get-together at our home.  Immediate family and friends with children came to help celebrate.  I made kid-friendly food (see Recipes) and my mom made the cakes (one for everyone and a mini cake for Lauren). Click on images to enlarge.

I took a picture of her every month of her 1st year. I liked to put her in an outfit that was extra cute or special, to also document the insane wardrobe this baby had (better than mine).  I displayed them across the room during her party.  It’s fun to see how a baby changes so much!

Knowing there would be numerous kids around I removed frames and other breakables from the sofa table and set up a candy bar (including suckers that said ‘Lauren’s 1st Birthday’ from Oriental Trading Company) and bags of party favors.

I think making tissue poms/flowers is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to really make a room look festive!  Look in the ‘DIY & Craft Projects page’ or type in “Tissue Paper” in the ‘search this site’ tab at the top of this website for directions on how to make them.

I wanted Lauren to have a special little cake, so I found mini cake tins at the craft store (about 3-4 inches in diameter) and my mom, who makes the best cake ever, made an adorable 2 layer mini cake.

I covered the TV with some fabric and cut a ’1′ out of some pretty paper.  This way Lauren was the center of attention and there wasn’t a way for anyone to turn on the tv (in my opinion the worst thing to have on during a party).  The party was a great success and we have many wonderful memories of this very special day!

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