Here are my favorite parties for the week... wait until you see these!
A glamorous pink and gold safari girl birthday party, a rustic shabby chic western bridal shower, a lovely vintage pony party for a girl's birthday with lots of ruffles, and an orange and blue chevron little man mustache bash first birthday party.
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So for Memorial Day, we were invited over to our friends' house for a BBQ. I love bringing homemade desserts to spread some happiness, so this year I made homemade peanut butter cookies and sandwiched them together with a dollop of Nutella. Do you know "cookie" is a happy word? It makes you smile when you say it. Just try it.
The peanut butter cookies were delicious. I made the dough a little salty so that the sweet from the Nutella would balance it nicely, and it really did. Plus, they were easy and quick to make. Here's how I did it:
PEANUT BUTTER NUTELLA COOKIES
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chunky peanut butter
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix the dry ingredients: (flour, baking soda, and salt) then set aside.
Add the butter, peanut butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla to a mix bowl, and beat on high until creamy. Mix in the dry ingredients, a third at a time, until completely incorporated.
Cover and move the dough to the refrigerator and chill for an hour.
Preheat the oven to 325F.
Roll the dough into small balls (~1 inch) in the palms of your hand, and put them on a greased cookie sheet (or use a silpat!).
Press the dough down with a fork with 2 perpendicular presses.
Bake for 12 minutes.
Wait at least 15 minutes until the cookies cool. Smear a dollop of Nutella on the bottom of a cookie, and top with a second cookie to make a sandwich.
Makes about 2 dozen cookie sandwiches (4 dozen individual cookies).
Because this post is all about being happy, I was also asked to share what makes me happy about being a mom. Wow, there are so many things, but one that stands out is sharing experiences with my daughter. This weekend I took Lainey to see Top Hat, her first Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie. I love old dance movies and I was curious to see what she would think of an old black and white film, living in her technicolor 3D world.
Something about being a mom and sharing these special moment with her, getting to see the world through her eyes, teaches me about myself... about what's really important to me, why I make the choices I do, and what I truly love. It's through both our similarities and our differences that I understand more about myself and my daughter, and I love that about being a mom.
Nutella® hazelnut spread is a happy start to every day! Pick up a jar of Nutella in the spreads aisle and enjoy it with whole wheat toast, waffles, pancakes, strawberries, bananas and many other foods. Nutella. Spread the Happy™.
One of my little challenges for this year is to make a wreath for my front door for every season/holiday. I just love the welcoming feel a wreath provides.
So of course, I had to come up with a design for the 4th of July! I love the end result and I hope you will too. :)
The paper stars are really easy to make and here is a tutorial to recreate the wreath.
- Wreath (I used a wire wreath but took out the inner and outer rings to make it thinner)
- Red, white, blue card stock (I found the lovely blue one at Michael's)
- Star template download
- Hot glue gun
- Optional: A scorer for easier folding
- Optional: Distress Ink (I used the color Frayed Burlap)
Use the template to cut out stars in three different sizes. For each star, score from one point to opposite inner angle like shown by the line. Repeat for all 5 points. Fold on every line.
Pinch each point to get the 3D effect (it helps to pinch the points two by two).
Once you have a selection of stars ready, you can hot glue them to the wire frame. Use a ribbon to hang (I used red burlap).That Cute Little Cake and on Facebook and Pinterest.
What says "party!" better than a pinata?! Pinatas are back in a chic and fun new way -- making their way from children's parties to even the trendiest of adult occasions. This contemporary take on the classic pinata is a fun and easy way to add a little extra style to your next event, and the best part is, you can make one yourself!
- Paper Mache letter
- Tissue paper
- Glue gun
Select a paper mache letter or a shape for your pinata (we found ours at Jo-ann Fabric. Cut a small hole in the base of your letter and fill it up with your favorite candy. We chose pink shimmer gumballs from Sweet Works and added some sequins to the mix for a little extra sparkle! Once you have filled your letter with the desired amount of candy, seal it up with a bit of glue.
Here are my favorite parties for the week...
So many amazing details at this pretty, pink butterfly birthday party, a magical mint and peach under the sea mermaid party, an adorable dollhouse themed first birthday party, and lots of glow-in-the-dark fun at this neon party.
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I wanted to share the posts I did for Spoonful this week...
Gather family and friends for a fun movie night party with these cool ideas!
For more party ideas and inspiration, check out all my posts on Spoonful!
The collection was designed by Michelle at Printabelle exclusively for us! I think the "party" banner is my favorite item, talking about setting a fun mood... :)
The collection includes: cupcake toppers, SOLO cup "party" banner, BBQ welcome sign, straw flags (that will look great in your SOLO cups), and menu/place cards.
This is a sponsored post by SOLO cups, but all ideas are mine! To learn more about SOLO cups and see other great ideas, head to the SOLO cups Facebook page.
The first step... my shopping spree.
I headed to Pier 1 and looked at their whole outdoor collection. I found some amazing stuff. I honestly felt like I was on one of those interior design reality shows. Even the salespeople were getting into it, as I was putting together items to see what went with what.
I'm a visual thinker and I love to iterate. So I always start by stacking. This was the initial inspiration for my party decor -- a wrought iron table in red and some damask serving dishes in chartreuse and navy.
I'm all about "casual" for summer. I also like to play with bold colors and bold patterns, and add a little touch of bohemian. Based on these initial pieces, I decided to let the rest of the party planning speak to me as I went a long.
So I excitedly took all my goodies home. Then I looked out at my back patio, and, ugh, my patio looked so drab and dirty and messy, with bikes and boxes strewn everywhere. We moved last November, and cleaning up our patio is one of the last items on our to-do list. Just looking around, I knew why we haven't had the guts to tackle it.
But then I placed this lone quatrefoil outdoor pillow on one my gray patio chairs and things started to change, I could see my back patio springing to life.
I unpacked my rot iron table, which gave the gray patio a big pop of color.
And I started to lay everything out, to get a sense of how it would all look in my backyard.
And then I knew, I wanted to do it up Mexican style... I think it was the colors, the patterns, and the warm spring breeze. I could imagine sitting out there with a clean patio, paper lanterns casting soft light on the space, eating warm carne asada tacos, spicy roasted corn with cojita, strawberry arugula salad, and something chocolate-ly for dessert.
I love when inspiration strikes and the ideas are endless.
I was also asked to put together a Spotify playlist for my summer party. So I took my laptop outside to my patio, sat amongst my mess and my new pieces, Mexican flavors in my head, and got to work listening to songs. I wanted to put together a playlist that was upbeat, interesting with a touch of whimsy, but could also work as background to what will hopefully be lots of laughter and fun conversation.
Want to hear what will be playing at my party? Take a listen...
And stay tuned for my next two posts where I share how the whole thing turns out. Until then... rubber gloves and 409!
Find what speaks to you.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Pier 1 via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Pier 1.