Marshmallow White Chocolate Bark Recipe

by Jillian Leslie on

Marshmallow White Chocolate Bark Recipe great for an Easter or spring party! |

This delicious Easter marshmallow white chocolate bark recipe from Shauna at Ella and Annie Magazine would look so pretty on a spring dessert table or packaged up cute as Easter party favors! Who doesn't love white chocolate and marshmallows (with some sprinkles thrown in)?!

Marshmallow White Chocolate Bark Recipe |

Easter Marshmallow Bark |

I am used to making peppermint bark around the holidays, and thought it would be fun to try an Easter bark!

It is a super delicious treat and easy to make, and perfect for little fingers who are on the go with all the Easter festivities.

Marshmallow White Chocolate Bark Recipe |

Feel free to substitute your favorite pastel Easter candies.


  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 12 oz bag white chocolate chips
  • 1-2 cups Easter Candy Corn
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Easter sprinkles
Ingredients for white chocolate marshmallow bark |


Melt chocolate on medium to low heat in the microwave in 30 seconds intervals, stirring each time.

Ingredients for marshmallow bark |

When melted, add butter, and continue to mix until butter melts. Add three cups marshmallows and mix until all marshmallows are coated.

Ingredients for marshmallow bark |

Add candy corn and mix. Spread bark in a 9x13 baking pan on parchment paper.

Ingredients for marshmallow bark |

Add sprinkles white chocolate is still hot.

Marshmallow White Chocolate Bark Recipe |

Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes for the chocolate to harden.

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Remove from fridge and break into pieces to serve!

To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

For more inspiration, check out all the amazing Easter parties and FREE Easter party printable collections on our site!

10 Amazing Mermaid Party Ideas

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10 amazing mermaid party ideas |

If you're thinking of throwing a mermaid birthday party , these ten mermaid party ideas will help you have an amazing party!

1. Under the Sea Cake

Pretty pastel white chocolate shells and fondant scales decorate this fabulous mermaid birthday cake! You can add the scales yourself using fondant, food coloring and a small round cookie cutter. You can also make the chocolate sea shells using seashell molds and candy melts.

Under the Sea cake |

2. Oyster Cookies

Aren't these oyster cookies with a candy pearl just perfect for a mermaid party? You can make these with a variety of round cookies. Just put a white candy in the center.

Oyster Cookies |

3. Free Mermaid Party Printables

A lovely set of party printables -- free -- for under the sea party! The collection includes: invitations, a birthday sign, a banner and mini banner, cupcake toppers, water bottle labels, mini candy bar wrappers, gift tags, treat toppers, and tented cards, and gift bag tags.

Mermaid-Printables |

4. Rock candy "coral"

This pretty rock candy is actually pink and purple "coral on a stick!"

Rock candy coral |

5. Jellyfish Decor

Welcome your guests "under the sea" with these inexpensive "jellyfish" paper lanterns. Just use purple paper lanterns and plastic table covers. Here's a jellyfish tutorial.

Jellyfish Decor |

6. Mermaid Tail Cupcakes

Decorating cupcakes, like with these mermaid tails, is another great way to celebrate your party's theme!

Mermaid Tail Cupcakes |

7. Fish scale backdrop

Overlapping colored paper circles creates a beautiful backdrop for a mermaid party dessert table!

Fish Scale Backdrop |

8. Seashell Chocolate Covered Oreos

Pastel colored seashells work well on these white chocolate-covered Oreos. Again these are easy to make using seashell molds, Oreo molds, and candy melts.

Seashell Chocolate Covered Oreos |

9. Balloon Decor

You can place balloons, in the party's color palette, in a "fish net" -- overhead. Great way to create the setting at your party. This would look great above your dessert table.

Balloon Decor |

10. Pin the Star on the Mermaid

Pin the star(fish) on the mermaid is a perfect party game! If you don't want to make your own, check out this Little Mermaid party game.

Pin the Star on the Mermaid |

Hope these ideas spark your creativity! For more inspiration, check out all the fantastic mermaid parties on our site!

Katy Perry Party and More!

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Katy Perry party and more! |

My favorite parties this week include a Katy Perry party with lots of brightly colored rainbow candy details! It's definitely fabulous!

The others I'm featuring are a gorgeous black and pink spring soiree, a mustache bash first birthday party and a favorite things girl birthday party with a bunny twist! These are really worth checking out.

Clockwise from top left:

Perfect Little Party Planner's Lawson's 1st Birthday

Laura's Little Party's Spring Soiree

Polka Dot Pinwheel Parties' Katy Perry Party!!

Beth K's There's NoBUNNY Like You

We just got back from our annual trip to Disneyland. It's such a different experience seeing Disneyland through my eight-year-old daughter's eyes. It's no longer kitschy and ironic, like when I was in my twenties.

Through her eyes, it's pure unadulterated magic. I think that's one of the gifts of becoming a parent... a total change in perspective and an earnestness that almost hurts your heart.

How To Throw a Beer and Cheese Tasting Party

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We're used to seeing wine and cheese tasting parties, so I decided to mix it up and throw a beer and cheese tasting party. And here's why I did it... Beer brings a different vibe to a party, a little more casual. Beer goes with almost anything, so it's actually easier to pair beer with cheese. And finally, I'm more of a novice in the world of beer so it was fun for me to learn

I recommend throwing a beer and cheese tasting party if your guests don't know each other well. Tastings work as excellent conversation starters.  "What'd you think of the manchego?" "I thought it was a little strong but tasty."

Plus, chances are there will be a beer-lover in the mix, who will be very excited that you are elevating beer to its "rightful" place.

So let's start with the basics. I wanted this to be a non-fussy table, so I used kraft paper as my tablecloth. I put each of the four beers out, ranging from light amber to stout, and wrote on the kraft paper what flavor notes they should find in each one. I had a tasting with my husband beforehand. :)

The beers I served were some fun ones:

Here's what it looked it.



I also chose 4 cheeses, put those out on a slate cheese board, and with a soapstone crayon, which is safe to use with food, wrote the names of the cheeses on the board. I chose a mix of hard and soft cheese, strong and mild flavors.

The cheeses I served were:

Disclosure: These are all my favorite cheeses.


To finish out my table, I wanted to make sure there was a lot of "crunchy," so I put out Town House crackers in Flatbread, Pita, Original, and Pretzel flavors.

Like in my previous lemon chive goat cheese dip post, I like to put out lots of interesting flavors, so I also added macadamia nuts, grapes, dried tangerines, cherry tomatoes, olives, and pepper jelly.

Beer and cheese tasting party

Beer and cheese tasting party

Beer and Cheese Tasting Party

I thought the table looked robust and inviting, just how I imagined it. I garnished the cheese board with a sprig of rosemary from my garden as a final touch. It smelled so good and added to the rustic feel.


I can't tell you what my favorite beer and cheese combination was. I can tell you that because I couldn't decided, I kept going back for more. :)

From presentably munch-able options, to dipping inspiration, to versatile possibilities, we have the variety that will help her stylishly host any type of gathering - from planned to impromptu.

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How To Paint a Mirror To Give Your House A Pop of Color

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How To Paint a Mirror |

We moved into our house about a year and a half ago, and while our house looks pretty furnished, our walls are bare. I set up a dessert table photo shoot five months ago, and hung a pink paper lantern and tassel garland from my ceiling for decoration. Because our walls are so empty, I never removed it.

I have this fantasy of creating one of those ginormous three-piece triptychs from photos I've shot, that would totally wow my friends, but so far it's just a fantasy.

So I was happy when Ace Hardware asked me to create a small project for my house using one of their 31 Days of color paints. It was the kick in the butt I needed to make something real and achievable.

I chose Steelhead Red as my color of choice because I love orangey-reds.

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Here's the cute sample they sent with some paint swatches to inspire me.

How To Paint a Mirror |

I went to Target and bought a set of three picture frames. I liked the modern feel and the size of the mirrors, but I didn't like the grey, too sad. So I taped up all the white areas and got painting.


Here's my big can of Steelhead Red. It was vibrant but not too over-the-top.

How To Paint a Mirror |

I spent the next day on my patio painting. I found it so weirdly relaxing. I just wanted to keep adding coats.

How To Paint a Mirror |

And here's how my mirrors turned out. I hung them in a cozy nook in my dining room. I really like the modern lines, the pop of color, and that I finally got my three-piece triptych!

How To Paint a Mirror |

And I even hung the pink paper lantern with the tassel garland back up because I loved the way it reflects in the mirrors. I have a feeling this might be my new dining room set-up. What do you think?

How To Paint a Mirror |

Going to The Paint Studio at Ace is like going to your neighbor.


Mod Podge Easter Egg Craft

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Learn to make these Mod Podge Easter eggs |

Today we're sharing a fun Mod Podge Easter egg craft from Shauna at Ella and Annie Magazine.

You can pretty much do anything with Mod Podge! So why not try Easter egg decorating? Find unique patterns on paper napkins to make your Easter eggs stand out this holiday season!

DIY Mod Podge Easter Eggs |


  • Mod Podge
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Small paint brush
  • Paper napkins with design of your choice
Mod Podge Eggs |


Hard boil your eggs. Allow to cool completely.

Cut out the pattern you want to place on your egg from your paper napkin. Mine was easy! I picked colorful polka dot napkins and cut out individual dots.

Learn to make these Mod Podge Easter eggs |

Mod Podge Easter Eggs |

Paint glue on the back side of your design. Adhere the egg. Paint another coat of glue on the top the design. Repeat with each piece of napkin. Allow to dry.

Easter Mod Podge Egg Craft |

Display your beautiful eggs for all to admire!

Mod Podge Easter Egg Craft |

To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

For more inspiration, check out all the amazing Easter parties and FREE Easter printable collections on our site!

Glitter Party Utensil DIY

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Use this glitter party utensil DIY for your next party!

Today we're sharing a glitter party utensil DIY from Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs. What an easy way to glam up your party!

Glitter has taken over the party world. Here's a fun and simple way to add some sparkle and shine to those everyday, inexpensive, plastic utensils. Just customize the color of your utensils and glitter to fit your party theme, and you'll be on your way to adding a small, creative party detail that will be all the rage at your next event!


Supplies for Glitter Utensils |

1. Begin by applying a thin layer of Mod Podge to the section of the plastic utensil you would like to have glittered.

Supplies for Glitter Utensils |

2. Next it's time to add your glitter!

Glittered Party Utensils |

3. Gently sprinkle the glitter over the Mod Podged portion of your utensil and shake away any excess.

Glittered Party Utensils |

4. Repeat steps 1-3 for your remaining utensils.

Glitter Utensil DIY |

You now have a sparkling set of cutlery that adds just the perfect touch of glitz to your party place setting! We added a cute gold bow to ours.

Glitter Utensil DIY |

These would be the perfect accessory for your next fabulous princess birthday, 30th birthday, bridal shower, or baby shower, because who doesn't love a touch of glam and glitter?!

Glitter Utensil DIY |

To learn more about Missy and Kristen, please visit them at Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, and on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram.

For more inspiration, check out all the fabulous gold and glitter parties on our site!

A Monster Party and More!

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Chec out my 4 Favorite Parties this week including a very adorable Monster birthday Party! |

Today I'm featuring a totally adorable little monster birthday bash, an "expanding woman" vintage circus baby shower (clever, right?!), a vintage train boy birthday party with the most beautiful decor, and a colorful and snappy tropical party with pink flamingos!

Clockwise from the top left:

Hope you all had a great week. I've been busy cooking today, making mini quiche with spinach, bacon, and cream cheese. They were so good and perfect for brunch! The recipe will be on the blog in a week or so.

My mom is visiting from North Carolina. I think she's really enjoying the California weather and food. It's so nice having her here. She and Lainey are thick as thieves, busy making hand-dipped chocolate covered macadamia nuts to put out on a birthday dessert table they're planning. While my mom's here, my husband and I have gotten to have a few date nights, too. :) Thanks, Mom, I love you!

Colored Water Centerpiece DIY

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Colored water centerpiece perfect for spring and Easter! |

I'm so ready for spring! So in preparation for the days getting longer and the flowers starting to bloom, check out this colored water centerpiece DIY from Shauna at Ella and Annie Magazine. Isn't it beautiful? All you need to make it are mason jars, white flowers, and food coloring. How awesome would this look decorating your Easter table!

In only a few simple steps you can create a colorful and affordable centerpiece for any holiday or event. The best part is, you can make it any assortment of colors you like.

Easter centerpieces |


Colorful Easter centerpieces |


Fill each mason jar half full. Add a drop of food coloring.

Dyes for Easter centerpieces |

Colored water centerpieces |

Note: The less coloring you add, the prettier the reflection of light in the jars.

If you are using gel coloring, just dip the tip of a wooden skewer or toothpick into the gel, and then into water. Mix.

Colorful Easter centerpieces |

Continue with each mason jar and each color. You can add as many jars and colors as you like. I recommend you experiment.

Colored water centerpieces |

Add a single stemmed daisy to each jar. The white flowers look best against the colorful water.

Colored Water Centerpiece DIY, perfect for spring entertaining! ||

That’s it! Simple, right? Doesn't it put you in a good mood?

Colored Water Centerpiece DIY, perfect for spring entertaining! |

To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Check out all the Easter parties and free Easter printable collections on our site.

Quick and Easy Mason Jar Easter Treats

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Quick and Easy Mason Jar Easter Treats |

Today we're sharing a DIY project for making quick and easy mason jar Easter treats from Shauna at Ella and Annie Magazine. I love how simple these are and how cute, almost too cute to eat!

Quick and Easy Easter Treats |

These chocolate bunny mason jar Easter treats are so easy to make and so cute! They make the perfect Easter gift to family, friends, classmates, or even co-workers. The best part! The contents are completely edible!


Quick and Easy Easter Treats |


Begin by placing the edible grass in the mason jar. Next place the chocolate bunny upright in the middle of glass. Lastly, drop a couple of chocolate eggs or even jelly beans into the jar. Seal the jar.

Quick and Easy Easter Treats |

Add ribbon, tags, or stickers if you are giving them away as gifts! To help you, check out all the FREE Easter printables on Catch My Party. You're bound to find a free printable you like. Just print it out and attach to the top of the jar or with ribbon.

Quick and Easy Easter Treats |

Quick and Easy Easter Treats |

There you have it!

To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Check out all the fantastic Easter parties on our site, plus take a look at how I put together my arts & crafts themed Easter kids brunch with free printables. These mason jars would be the perfect party favor for my party!

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