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A Sweet Sixteen Succulent Party Theme

I’m finally sharing pics from the recent Sweet Sixteen party I planned for my oldest daughter, Taylor. If you’ve been a reader for a while, you may remember her 9th Sweet Shoppe party, her 10th Zebra party, 11th Baking and Craft party–to name a few! Sixteen is BIG and I wanted to make sure the party reflected her personal style. It was desert meets succulent party theme. She picked everything, from the colors (peach and cornflower blue), to the theme (succulents), to the patterns we used throughout. It was a nice experience working with her to make the vision come to life. I also kept thinking, wow, I’m so lucky she has great style (because I LOVED her ideas)!  :)

succulent party theme :: succulent invitation with boho pattern

An invitation always sets the stage for a party and I was thrilled how this turned out. I designed them myself and printed them on high-quality paper. The succulents were incorporated on the front and we chose a peach and cornflower blue boho pattern for the back. I also designed coordinating stamps and thank you cards.

setting up a succulent party theme

The guest list was pretty large since we included both family and her friends. We knew our home wasn’t big enough to host everyone inside, and since it was mid December with temps in the 50’s, we knew outside would be too chilly. We opted for renting a 20×30 tent for our backyard and it worked out better than imagined. It had a heater inside which made it completely toasty (it could get up to 75 degrees!). I loved the  clear plastic vs the traditional all-white because it gave the space a nice indoor-outdoor feel. We had market lights strung inside which lit the space at night. It looked amazing! Let’s go inside to look at some of the details, shall we?

succulent party theme - wooden signs

There were three hand-painted wooden signs throughout the party: above the dessert table, next to the favors, and at the entrance. I picked up the wood from Lowe’s and gave it a quick stain. Then, I used water based Sharpie paint pens to write on them. (more…)

Christmas Candy Dessert Pizza

Looking for something fun and festive to serve at your holiday gathering? This holiday dessert pizza is just the thing – trust me!

dessert pizza

I don’t know about you, but I love holiday baking! I’m a big fan of the traditional sweets like Christmas cookies, gingerbread, and cinnamon rolls. But I also love to come up with new creative holiday dessert recipes, especially for entertaining. That’s how this new recipe came about. I was dreaming up a fun and colorful dessert for a kids’ holiday gathering and it hit me: DESSERT PIZZA. I mean, it’s like pizza (who doesn’t love pizza?!) but it’s sweet… and covered in candy. I knew I had to bring it to life. So I started planning. I knew my “pizza” needed three (very important) components: the crust, the icing, and the toppings.

Dessert Pizza

This dessert pizza needed a great foundation and that’s exactly what this pie crust is. The key ingredient in this delicious crust is Crisco®! I love Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening in my pie crust recipes because it delivers higher, lighter-textured, moist and tender baked goods (recipe below). And if you’ve never made pie crust before, please do not be intimidated. It’s actually really simple and doesn’t take long at all! The crust was so tender and flaky you’ll want to make it for every pie and pizza this holiday season ;).

dessert pizza recipe

After I baked the crust, I let it cool completely while I whipped up the frosting for our dessert pizza. I also used Crisco® in my frosting. The shortening acts as an emulsifier, creating a fluffy, creamy frosting which was perfect to spread over my crust. (Just make sure your crust is cooled before you spread on the frosting). I used this frosting recipe.

Dessert Pizza

Look at that flaky crust and smooth frosting. This will seriously please holiday guests of any age!

christmas dessert pizza

And of course, that third component is an important one–the toppings. For our holiday dessert pizza it had to be bright holiday candy of course! My daughter and I went to the bulk section of our market and selected a variety of holiday candy. You know, a little of this, a lot of that.

holiday dessert pizza

I cut our dessert pizza into slices and the kids grabbed a piece (which they did after careful evaluation of candy toppings of course). This was such a fun recipe to make but even more fun to watch the kids enjoy it. I have to say: I think it is a holiday recipe hit! What do you think? Will you make your own dessert pizza this year?

Holiday Dessert Pizza Crust
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening, chilled
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • ½ cup cold water

To Make
  1. In a large bowl, cut shortening and flour together. I use a pastry blender, but using two forks works! Combine until it looks like small pebbles.
  2. Add the cold water and stir until it combines into a mound. If it seems you need more water, you can add cold water, a teaspoon at a time.
  3. Place dough in between two pieces of floured plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.
  4. Roll it out to form your “pizza crust” and poke a few holes in it with a fork so it doesn’t puff up while baking.
  5. Bake at 350° oven for 10-20 minutes, or until the crust is cooked through and starting to turn slightly golden.
  6. Cool before frosting.

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Make It :: Football Popcorn Bags

Looking for a cute way to serve up snacks during the Super Bowl? It can’t get easier (or cheaper) than using old-school paper lunch bags! All you need to do is grab a paint brush and some white paint and in 60 seconds you can transform the ordinary bags into cute football treat bags!

snacks for your football party or superbowl party

Fill them with popcorn, chips, peanuts, trail mix, or pretzels.  Your snack just got an upgrade!  (more…)

Make It :: Football Mason Jars

Add a little football flair to your Super Bowl with this simple DIY. These football mason jars are easy enough the kiddos can make them (which sounds like a touch down to me!). All you need are mason jars and white tape.

Football party ideas :: football mason jars for your Super Bowl party

The trick is to fill your mason jars with a dark brown beverage. This could be any dark soda or root beer. Also, iced tea works well. Or, if you want to make these for the grown ups, try a dark beer.  (more…)

Tips for Sending Holiday Cards

Our holiday cards have arrived and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out! Today, I’m sharing a few tips for sending holiday cards (and reminding you to enter to win a $250 gift card to Minted for your own cards)!

Tips for Sending Holiday Cards

The quality from Minted is stellar. Really. Now that I have cards in-hand, I’m ready to send them out. Here are a couple tips I have for you about sending out cards. (more…)

My Christmas Cards + $250 Minted Giveaway

Thanksgiving is officially over so we can all start thinking about Christmas –hooray for Christmas cheer! One of the first things I like to do is send our our family holiday Christmas cards. It helps me feel like the holiday season is underway and I get a great sense of accomplishment getting the cards in the mail early. (Great news, you can enter to win your own Minted holiday cards!)

Card-Front

I just love the gold foil designs Minted offers and had to choose a design with it this year. This is our family Christmas Card, I just love it!

I also really liked this Winter Botanical design and this Winter Brush design –it was so hard to choose! (more…)

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