FREE "Big Game" Printables for your Super Bowl Party from MJ Paperie

by Jillian Leslie on

I'm so excited to be giving away this collection of chevron stripe Big Game party printables! You can satisfy both team fans with these stylish designs by Meredith at MJ Paperie!  Thank you, Meredith, for letting me share.

The collection includes: cupcake toppers, tented cards, and drink flags. Take a look...

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Thank you, Meredith. I love your designs! To see more of Meredith’s designs, check out her shop,  MJ Paperie.

If you're thinking about a menu for your buffet, how about trying our Buffalo wings and caprese salad recipes. They are delicious!

FREE Valentine's Day Party Printables from MJ Paperie

by Jillian Leslie on

Check out this romantic set of free Valentine's Day printables by Meredith at MJ Paperie. I just love the sentiments. I think this is such a beautiful way to ask for what you need. :)

The set includes: place cards, drink flags, a "sweet nothings" tented dessert card, and card tags that say "Write Me."

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Thank you, Meredith, for letting us share these fabulous printables with our readers. To see more of Meredith's designs, check out her shop,  MJ Paperie.

Tangy, Spicy, Crunchy Baked Buffalo Wings

by Jillian Leslie on

What could be better for a Super Bowl party than delicious, messy, juicy Buffalo wings!

Here's my husband's favorite Buffalo wings recipe. We try to make them a little healthier by baking them (and this way you don't have to worry about the hassle of frying), but I promise you do not sacrifice on flavor. You still get all that tangy, spicy, crunchy goodness!

The blue cheese dipping sauce (which is very blue cheesy, btw) is a perfect counterbalance to the heat from the wings. And we like to keep things pretty traditional by using Frank's Louisiana Hot Sauce.

I promise these wings will get your guests talking, or at least saying, "Mmmmm...," while they're wiping their mouths.

CHICKEN WINGS

Ingredients

  • 18-20 wings
  • Salt
Directions
  1. Pat your wings dry (it will help them crisp up)
  2. Generously salt  wings.
  3. Place wings on a wire rack
  4. Bake at 450 degrees for 45 minutes or until  golden brown.
While the wings are baking you can prepare your sauce.

SAUCE

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce , preferably Frank's Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
Directions
  1. Melt the butter, and in a large bowl combine it with hot sauce, brown sugar, and vinegar.
  2. When wings are done, add wings to mixture and coat.

DRESSING

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch fresh chives, minced
Directions
  1. To prepare the dressing, place the blue cheese, buttermilk, and olive oil in a medium bowl and stir together with a fork, mashing a little to break up the cheese.
  2. Season with the lemon juice, salt, pepper, and chives.
  3. Chill until serving.

My husband and I like ours medium spicy, but if you want to add some heat, just swap in Frank's XTRA Hot Sauce and go to town! :)

This Super Bowl Sunday... How About Hosting a St. Jude Game Day Give Back Party

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I received an email from Sarah Newman at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital asking me to share something I thought was great, their St. Jude Game Day. Give Back. party idea.

To give you some background, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other deadly diseases.

It costs $1.7 million a day to operate St. Jude, and more than 75 percent of that comes from the public through charity. And, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything – St. Jude covers the cost of treatment, travel, lodging and food for each patient and a family member.

This Feb. 5th, St. Jude is calling on people across the country to party with a purpose on Super Bowl Sunday, by hosting a party for St. Jude Game Day. Give Back. to help kids with cancer and other deadly diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

St. Jude Game Day Give Back encourages football fans to combine their passion for the sport with a good cause.

There are some great fundraising incentive items for hosts as well, like a St. Jude party cooler, a Game Day. Give Back. picture frame, a football chip and dip platter and a corn hole set depending how much money you raise.

What a great cause! To learn more about hosting a party, visit St. Jude Game Day. Give Back.

 

GIVEAWAY: Win 3 Glitter Tattoo Party in a Box Sets by Glimmer Body Art worth $75

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I bought the Butterfly + Hearts Glitter Tattoo Kit from Glimmer Body Art for my daughter for Christmas and it was a huge hit. It was such a fun gift, I had to write a blog post about it.

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Well, Glimmer Body Art saw my post and wanted to do a giveaway with us. How cool is the Internet?

So Glimmer Body Art is giving three of our lucky readers three Glitter Tattoo Kits each. That's right, if you win, you'll get their Princesses + Hearts, Blossom, and Classic Pop (perfect for boys) collections.

Each kit comes with 12 design stencils, 4 colors of glitter, a brush set, body glue (hypo-allergenic, latex-free) and an instruction card. Here are the kits...

Glitter tattoos are honestly the coolest thing for parties! They work great as an activity (much better than regular temporary tattoos), as I said in my post, a perfect gift.

So a little bit more about glitter tattoos... They are waterproof and last up to 7 days (sometimes longer). They are safe for the skin and easy to apply. They dry immediately, allowing you to jump into the pool, even right after they are put on.

 

So how do you enter? Simple. Just "like" Glimmer Body Art on Facebook, then come back here and leave a comment saying you did just that.

We’ll pick three winners at random on Thursday, February 2nd at 10:00PM (PST).  Any entries after that won’t be considered, sorry. We will use random.org to generate our winner and will notify you by email.

 

FREE Football Printables from 9 to 5 Mom for your Super Bowl Party

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Brady from 9 to 5 Mom has put a "big game" spin on the football tailgater printables she designed for us back in October. Now we've got some FREE Giants and Patriots printables to make your parties even more fun!

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Go Giants!!

Go Patriots!!

Use these as food labels, place cards, or for anything you can think of...

Hang up this "Touchdown" banner for a little fun...

How great are these cupcake toppers...

Thank you Brady for helping us root for our favorite teams (go Giants!).

To learn more about Brady, and see her great designs, please check out 9 to 5 Mom.

FREE Valentine's Day Party Printables from Wanessa Carolina Creations

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Wanessa from Wanessa Carolina Creations designed these "Love is in the Air" Valentine's Day printables. These are definitely our most romantic collection to date. They've got love written all over them.

The collection includes: tags, drink labels, straw flags, tented cards, party circles/cupcake toppers, a "Be Mine" banner, mini Valentines, and gift tags.

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Thank you Wanessa for designing such love-filled printables. To learn more about Wanessa please visit her Facebook page, Wanessa Carolina Creations, and her Etsy shop.

 

DIY: How to Make a Chocolate Heart Cookie Wreath

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How great is this Valentine's Day cookie wreath...

I saw this original Christmas cookie wreath Marcela M from The Celebration Girl created, and of course I thought it was the coolest thing.

So I asked Marcela if she's be willing to put together a tutorial for a Valentine's Day cookie wreath, and she so kindly agreed. So below is Marcela's tutorial....

Thank you very much, dear Jillian, for inviting me to post this tutorial in your blog.

This cookie wreath takes a little bit of time but is very, very easy to do, and it is an original way of presenting decorated cookies.

In order to make it, I used different cutters.

The light blue cutters, including the circles with which I formed the wreath are part of a set I bought at Ikea.

I also used heart shaped cutters, that I had bought a long time ago and a bow shaped cutter.

In case you want to do this cookie wreath and, since I know how hard it is to find a variety of cookie cutters in some  countries, I have made a template of the different shapes, so that you can print them and cut.

For the wreath itself, you can draw two circles of different sizes, according to your needs, cut them and use them to make the wreath. The biggest circle I used was equal to a 9 inch pan (20 cms).

I made this wreath out of chocolate cookies, because I like how chocolate cookies taste with royal icing, but it can also be made with sugar cookies or gingerbread cookies.

Use your favourite rolled cookie dough. For the royal icing, I used this recipe from Sweetopia.

For the wreath, you will need:

  • Cookie dough
  • Royal icing
  • Templates or cookie cutters (If you are using the templates you need to print them, cut them, place them on top of the rolled cookie dough and cut around them with a sharp knife)
  • Piping bags
  • Piping tips number 1 and 2.
  •  I also use squeeze bottles for flooding the wreath itself, because it takes too long with a piping tip due to the big surface
Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F or 150 degrees C.

Roll the cookie dough about ½ cm and cut the cookies. Place them on a baking sheet covered with baking paper and put them in the freezer to chill for about 10 minutes, so that they keep the shape.

Bake the cookies. Once they are ready, remove from the oven and let cool completely.

Transfer the wreath to the serving plate. The reason I recommend doing this is that, once decorated, it will become too heavy to transfer and it may break. It is therefore better to transfer it at this stage to make sure that it will remain intact.

Prepare the royal icing. Color it as desired and thin to the adequate consistency (I use the 20 second rule, which means that, if you draw a line with a knife on the royal icing, it takes 20 seconds for the line to disappear). Once the royal icing is ready, put it in piping bags/squeeze bottles. You are now ready to decorate!

Prepare your “decorating station.” I like to have all material at hand: cookies in cookie sheets,  a variety of sprinkles and sanding sugar, plates covered with parchment paper for applying sanding sugar, as well as the piping bags and an extra plate.

As you can see from the wreath, I decorated the cookies in different ways. I left some cookies really simple, with only one colour and no further details, and for some others I used other techniques.

I will now walk you through each of them:

For the simple cookies, I just outlined the cookie and then flooded immediately. I then shook it a bit, to even out the icing, and let it dry for 12 hours.

For the cookies with hearts, I outlined the cookie in the base colour and flooded it.

I shook the cookie, and once the icing was even, I piped dots in a different color. I then took a toothpick and traced a line going from the dot’s top to bottom…and a heart shaped appeared. I did this with all dots and then let the cookie dry for 12 hours.

For the cookies that have a single heart in the middle, I just added a heart-shaped sprinkle right after flooding.

For the cookies which have a border with sanding sugar, I first iced them as in the case of the simple cookies, and let them dry for 12 hours. After they were fully dry, I outlined them with royal icing, then immediately poured sanding sugar on top. I let the sanding sugar set (for about 30 minutes), then turned the cookie upside down to remove any extras.

You could use nonpareils instead of sprinkles using this same method.

I outlined some cookies with heart shaped sprinkles. In this case I proceeded just as in the case before, outlining the cookies after they were fully dry, and adding the sprinkles to the outlining icing.

For the wreath, I proceeded as with the simple cookies, but I let this one dry for 24 hours to make sure that the icing would not suffer any damage once placing the rest of the cookies on top of it.

After all cookies are decorated, you can start playing with them on top of the wreath, until you find a combination that pleases you. You can combine large and small cookies and stack some on top of the other, or combine a variety of small cookies.

Once you find a combination that you are happy with, glue the cookies to the wreath with royal icing. Let the icing set for 12 hours and your wreath is ready!

If you have extra cookies, you can place them in clear bags, tie them with a pretty ribbon, attach a couple of cute straws and give them as presents!

I hope that you like this tutorial and, please, do not hesitate to contact me by leaving a message in this post or contacting me at The Celebration Girl if you have any questions about the process or if you need any clarifications. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Thank you again, Marcela, for showing us how to make this incredible treat!!

Btw, here's the template. Click to enlarge.

 

FREE Valentine's Day Party Printables in ENGLISH, SPANISH, and FRENCH by Love Party Printables

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Ana of Love Party Printables created this Valentine's Day collection of her adorable "Little Children" printables, and this time she not only designed them in English, she also designed them in Spanish and French. We pride ourselves on being an international site, and now I feel like we've really arrived!

Each collection contains the same party printables: straw flags, cupcake toppers, napkin rings, "Be My Valentine" banner, water bottle labels, tented cards, invitations, gift tags, labels, favor tags, and mini cake bunting.

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The whole collection in Spanish...

The whole collection in French...

I can't wait to see all your international Valentine's Day parties. Please add them to our site so I can show them off...

Thank you, Ana, for making our site even more global. To learn more about our talented friend, Ana, please visit her at Love Party Printables.

Also, for more Valentine’s Day inspiration, check out these great parties from our site and see all of our free party printables.

 

RECIPE: Awesome Pasta Caprese Salad

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If you need to put together a super quick appetizer with a lot of flavor, this pasta caprese salad is it!

It's simple to make, and all I recommend is using super fresh ingredients (and not overcooking the pasta).  I use farmer's market cherry tomatoes, yummy virgin olive oil, fresh lemons for the lemon juice, and the best buffalo mozzarella I can find. And I have to say I get so many compliments on this. Here's how to do it:

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pasta (farfalle is my favorite for this, penne is a good alternative)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves (pressed or minced)
  • 1 shallot (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 1/2 pounds of cherry tomatoes (or cored seeded red tomatoes)
  • 12 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
Directions

Boil the pasta with a pinch of salt, then set aside in a large bowl to cool down.

In a medium size bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, minced shallot, salt, and pepper.

The dressing might seem a little salty, but once it goes on the pasta, it will balance out.

Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and add to the dressing.

Add the dressing and tomatoes to the pasta.

Dice the mozzarella into 1/4 inch cubes and add to the pasta once the pasta is cool enough not to melt the cheese.

Chop the basil and add to the pasta, tomatoes, and mozzarella.

Enjoy! Yum!

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