Ohh what lovely weather we are having, I am addicted to this sunshine (even though I know it won’t last…rain is in our near future). I had to share this post a day early, that way you can make sure you have everything you need to MAKE IT!
This past weekend was mothers day and I decided to host my momma and sister for an afternoon brunch, loaded with yummy food and a super tasty new drink!
Honestly is there a better way to show someone you appreciate them? I mean…food and DRINKS!? It was such a giant hit that I brought all the stuff to make them again the next day for lunch with my in-laws…again, LOVED by everyone! Gosh I just love when a new recipe takes off with success, I cannot wait to restock some of my ingredients so I can make it again all summer (and I am already thinking of great variations!).
Sooo, let’s start with a shot of our yummy brunch…
Yup, Eggs Benny with peameal bacon and a nice side of steamed asparagus…also notice the tasty cup of fruit to freshen our palates…mmm take me back!
I bet I know exactly what you are thinking…What on EARTH are those red things in the drink?! We will get to that…for now all you need to know is that it is a 3 ingredient drink that you can enjoy all summer! It is so incredibly light (and fizzy) and is super refreshing. We all had a second glass (or more…) that’s how yummy it is! And if you don’t like a boozy drink than this is DEFINITELY for you! You can’t taste the alcohol in it at all! Uh-Oh!
Go ahead, click here for the recipe to make it and let me know what you think (and if you have any variations you can think of!).
How fun and cute are these?! I loveeee making cake pops, and have officially crowned myself the cake-pop-queen of the family (I swear my ego is only slightly bloated) 🙂 I am often asked to make my cake pops for the events in our families, which is why I have deemed myself so!
When I first started making them I used one of those “Cake Pop Pans”…now, STOP right there! DO NOT go out and buy yourself one of these! My cake pops were huge, although uniform in size, and often quite dry…because you are restricted with the pan as far as how much batter to put in each mold I found it just wasn’t meeting my standards. So I set off on making them by hand! Sounds daunting right?? WRONG! The hardest part about making the cake pops is picking what colour chocolate you want to coat them in, I promise!
The best thing too is that you can use a boxed cake mix and store bought icing, so really all you have to do is cook em and decorate! EASY! You can get super creative with them too, if you want, or keep them simple like I tend to. On one occasion I made Toy Story themed cake pops for my nephews 5th birthday, and although super difficult to do, the look on his face was more than worth it!
I will suggest to you, if you will be making them often, to invest in a nice cake pop stand…I started out using floral foam and covering it in wrapping paper to match the occasion, but let me tell you that stuff aint cheap! My cake pop stand was around $10 and is super cute (as you’ll see in the post).
Well, happy baking! I hope you enjoy, and let me know if you make them for your next event <3
Although wedding season has already reached its peak for the year, I thought it would be fun to share a bridal shower I threw for my older sister last year! The theme was Breakfast at Tiffany’s (which was fitting seeing as how her name is Tiffany and she is OBSESSED with the 1961 film staring no other than Audrey Hepburn herself). Of course we requested on the invitation that the ladies come in their favorite little black dress (LBD) and prepare themselves for an afternoon of glamorous fun! Little did we know the type of weather (and heat) we would be facing…
Here we are, that’s me on the left! My sister aka The Bride is in the center, and her best friend/bridesmaid/sister by association is on the right! (Notice the sun streaking across our faces even under the umbrella!)
I can vividly remember dancing for the sun God’s and praying that the rain they had been calling for all week would stay away (at least between the hours of 1-4 for this outdoor shower)! And boy did it work! If you can believe it we had 30+(Celsius) with hardly a cloud in the sky! Here I was thinking my dancing was terrible… Well I guess it can’t be that bad!
Anyways, enough with the blabbering! Let me share with you all my vision for the day, including the decor as well as some very fun shower games!
Floating balloons welcomed guests to the backyard.
These balloons made such a stunning statement, and were SUPER easy and cheap to set up! Now, like most of you, I don’t have a helium tank at home so I went to my local party store and ordered one of their balloon bouquets (which cost me about $15 for 12 balloons). To get them to stick in the ground, and appear to be floating, I attached them to golf tees and gently pushed them into my lawn. And Voila!
Welcome sign for the guests
A couple years back I had a “Dead Celebrity Birthday Party” (I will do a post on that one closer to Halloween!) and my sister came dressed as…you guessed it, Audrey Hepburn! It worked out perfectly for the welcome sign we had in mind for the entrance gate! You can use foam board (or a small cut of plywood) to make your own. Paint it in the colour that goes with your theme and insert a photo of the guest of honour in the center! Then decorate it as you see fit. We added some bling as it went perfectly with the Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme!
What would you do if…
One of the games we played at the shower, you can see her guests answer to the question above! (This was the WINNER)
This is a GREAT game for any bridal shower (or even baby shower)! You select a few scenarios relevant to the event, so in our case “what would you do if… you accidentally bumped into the wedding cake, You walked in on the Best Man and Maid of Honour in the coat room, The groom had too much to drink before the Big Speech?” All the guests will get a kick out of coming up with the best answer (as chosen by the guest of honour) and you will have a good laugh to share with everyone there!
2. Bridal Panty Poem
Undies for the bride-to-be
This was a fantastic game that we (the bridesmaids) put together for the bride! The guests got to sit back and relax as she pulled undies matching the poem out of a gift bag! Everyone ooed and awwed at the first couple, and as the game went on, erupted in laughter as we ended with the infamous “Granny Panty”! You can just use your search engine to find the template for this one by searching “Bridal Panty Poem”.
3. Panty Hose Game
If you’re looking for a different, fun game…THIS IS IT!
This is the game we used as the party opener! It really gets your guests cheering for their team and leaves them with something to talk about afterwards while you get your other games/food ready! And talk about inexpensive! All you need is a few pairs of panty hose and oven gloves (which I purchased at the dollar store). The rules are simple, you put the girls into groups of 4-6 depending on your numbers, then you have them nominate 1 girl WITHOUT letting them know what the game is. Once each group has their girl in the middle of the room, or lawn, you hand them their tools and explain the the first one to get the panty hose all the way up to their waist (all while wearing the oven gloves) wins a prize for their entire group! Then you can sit back and LOL while you watch them struggle!
Finally I wanted to share with you all the beautiful cake and mini candy buffet that we had set up for dessert/take-away!
We chose to do a simple candy buffet, in the Tiffany Blue theme as a take-away for her guests. You can really go crazy with this, it is so easy to pick a colour for your party and buy buy buy! The delicious cake was made by @artsybaker, and went perfectly with the theme. Although pricey, it was the one item we chose to splurge on so the guests could enjoy! Who wouldn’t love a strawberry cake with lemon creme filling on a hot summers day?
And that my friends is The End of my first post! I truly hope that you found my ideas an inspiration, and can now take it into your own hands to create an event that your family and friends will never forget! After all, everybody needs a little more creativity in their life <3
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