Wrap it up :: Gift Cards + Money

How to wrap gift cards

The truth is that often money and gift cards make the best gift choice. Especially for those really hard to buy for people you know, or uh hum, teenagers (I know this all too well!). But just because you are giving a gift that appears to be pretty generic, doesn’t mean you can do it in a thoughtful way. In my opinion, a well wrapped gift can speak volumes! But how to wrap gift cards? Here’s an idea.

The next time you are giving a gift card or some cash, take a few extra minutes to wrap it up nicely. This idea is super simple and I bet you have everything you need already!

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Serve It :: Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

 

strawberry cheesecake bites

Strawberries and cheesecake are a combo you just can’t argue with. I created these simple strawberry cheesecake bites using Pepperidge Farm puff pastry cups which add a delightful, flaky, element to this bite sized dessert.

how to make strawberry cheesecake bites

Begin by baking your puff pastry cups and slicing your strawberries.

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Simple Tips :: Entertaining like a pro

Party planning does not come natural to everybody. Some are very comfortable preparing menus and digging out the linens while others break into a sweat when thinking about entertaining a large crowd. Even if you are not a natural hostess, have no idea how to throw a party — don’t worry. You host an event that will surprise your guests and have them thinking you’re a party pro. Here are four tips to make things simple.

how to throw a party

Rethink your lighting

When you go to a nice restaurant or upscale event, you rarely have bright bulbs beaming down on you. The truth is a setting with dim lighting helps set a relaxing mood for your guests and also makes everyone look great (bonus!). To duplicate that glowing feel, turn off your overhead beams and opt for small lamps throughout your party space. If you do not have any lamps, purchase a few soft-lit bulbs and replace your existing lights for the evening.

Style your food

Even if you are not preparing fancy appetizers and snacks for your guests, taking the time to plate the food will make all the difference. So whether your menu features pizza or burgers, break out your nice set of dishes and serve your meal as if you were presenting your guests with caviar! For snacks like trail mix and chips, use matching white bowls and place them in areas of your party space where people will be sitting, rather than spreading them out on one table.

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Sip It :: Jalapeno Lemon Martini

 

Jalapeno Martini

 

It’s spring, which means the Mr. and I have gotten dirty replanting our garden. We have a pepper box that never fails to produce WAY more jalapenos than we can consume. We eat them raw, stuffed, chopped, pickled and baked into bread. It was only a matter of time before we figured out how to drink them too.

disclaimer: you shouldn’t drink this if you don’t like a little heat

 The first step is to infuse your vodka (this will take about 10 minutes).

Jalapeno Martini Recipe

 

Once your vodka is infused, it’s as simple as shaking it over ice!

Jalapeno Lemon Martini

 

If you’re ready to add a little spice to your 5 o’clock hour —  make this Jalapeno Lemon Martini.

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Make it :: Gumball Necklaces

how to make candy necklaces

 

Ever wondered how to make candy necklaces? The good news is — it’s super simple. The bad news? Well, you’ll probably eat as much as you craft. But hey, we’ll call that a perk.

Gumball necklaces will put a smile on any child’s face − big or small. You can make them in a variety of color combos, making them perfect party favors or special holiday treats. They are simple enough to make with your kiddos and would make a fun birthday party activity. These rainbow gumball necklaces are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

how to make candy necklaces

 

You will need: Ribbon (thinner works better but texture and color will be fine), 5-6 gumballs, Scissors, Tape, Metal skewer

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