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Easy Cheesecake With Candy Topping

It’s pretty well known that I rather decorate things than bake them. I am a big fan of taking store bought desserts and dressing them up to make them look great. Some people love to bake. Me? I love to decorate and hate all the dishes that comes with baking. I’m always picking up desserts from my local grocery store bakery and giving them a twist. Whether its turning pre-made cupcakes into ghost cupcakes, or adding a floral topper to a store bought cake for an engagement party, I’m all about keeping things simple. I got the inspiration for this easy cheesecake when thinking about ways I could use fun Halloween candy. It took under ten minutes to make and looked so cute!

This easy cheesecake recipe is covered with fun halloween candy and makes a great dessert for any party. It took less than ten minutes to make!

This easy cheesecake recipe is covered with fun halloween candy and makes a great dessert for any party. It took less than ten minutes to make!

Start with a store bought cheesecake (if you want to bake your own, this cheesecake recipe is so simple I didn’t mess it up when I made it the first time). If you get a frozen one, be sure to thaw it out before decorating. When you’re ready, melt chocolate and drizzle over the cheesecake. Next, top with your favorite Halloween candy. Seriously, that’s it guys.

This easy cheesecake recipe is covered with fun halloween candy and makes a great dessert for any party. It took less than ten minutes to make!

You could use any candy to make this beyond Halloween. I’ve done it for Christmas dessert and it was really cute! It’s a great way to use up leftover holiday candy as well.

This easy cheesecake recipe is covered with fun halloween candy and makes a great dessert for any party. It took less than ten minutes to make!

No one has to know you didn’t make it either! I won’t tell (promise!). This easy cheesecake should go in your arsenal of desserts, just saying. Here’s a short video if you want to see me making it in action!

Looking for more Halloween desserts? Check out these 4 simple Halloween treats. 

Simple Engagement Party Ideas (That Look Fancy) With Cricut

My entertaining style is all about creating a beautiful and thoughtful event but all while keeping things as simple as possible. When I was in middle school, I was addicted to two day time TV shows (I used to record them on VHS every day to watch them when I got home. Sad? Maybe. But totally true). They were Martha Stewart and Semi Homemade with Sandra Lee. Martha was all about details and making things perfect and pretty, while Sandra was all about starting with store bought and elevating it a little to make it impressive and “your own.” My style is definitely a combo of these! So, if you’re looking for pretty (but simple) engagement party ideas, this post is for you! The four parts to the perfect engagement party are: Desserts, appetizers, a themed cocktail, and a couple of thoughtful details. Pretty engagement party ideas that are so simple that anyone can do them. Desserts When it comes to creating beautiful desserts for any party, my secret is to start with store bought. Yep, head to the grocery store or local bakery. You can then dress up these pre-packaged good and re-plate them and no one will know the difference. Plus, you’ll save yourself time and stress if baking isn’t your thing. I picked up this chocolate cake and these eclairs from my local grocery store. Then, I simply put them on a serving platter and added some fresh flowers (also from the grocery store). These blooms are not edible so you would just remove them before eating. If you’e worried about it, you can always pick up some edible flowers. Need help with your party? These engagement party ideas are simple that anyone can do them but impressive enough that your party will be super impressive! I made this “congrats” cake topper using my new Cricut Explorer Air Machine which totally dressed up the cake. It only took a few minutes to make this vinyl decal that I added to a piece of crafting wood I had. I loved how it turned out! Pretty engagement party ideas that are so simple that anyone can do them. Don’t the desserts look pretty? And there was no baking required! Pretty engagement party ideas that are so simple that anyone can do them. Appetizers Another engagement party idea I love is to serve one appetizer that guests can eat while holding a cocktail. If you want to serve two to offer variety, go for it. But don’t do more than that. This simple appetizer took me a few minutes to put together but looked gorgeous on a plate. Just skewer: watermelon, basil, feta cheese, and a blackberry. Such a unique flavor combo! IMG_5394 Themed Cocktail Every great party needs a themed cocktail. I created this “love punch” which would be so fun at an engagement party. The grapefruit gave it the perfect peachy-pink color which was so pretty. I think I’m in love with this grapefruit cocktail actually. (Grab the recipe, here.)Pretty engagement party ideas that are so simple that anyone can do them. Isn’t just so perfect? And it tasted delicious! Pretty engagement party ideas that are so simple that anyone can do them. Thoughtful Details Like the cake topper above, I used my Cricut machine to make a couple more thoughtful details for the party. I made these vinyl heart decals for my punch glasses, and also a decal that said “love punch” that I added to a acrylic sign holderPretty engagement party ideas that are so simple that anyone can do them. which I placed next to the punch bowl. Pretty engagement party ideas that are so simple that anyone can do them. The glasses might be my favorite element! You can let guests take them home as a party favor. Or, if you want to keep them, remove the decal before washing. They come off very easily and leave no residue on your glass. Pretty engagement party ideas that are so simple that anyone can do them. I also love how the white heart pops from the color of the punch when the glasses are filled. Pretty engagement party ideas that are so simple that anyone can do them. Pretty engagement party ideas that are so simple that anyone can do them. If you’re looking for engagement party ideas that look great but won’t cost a fortune (or require you to turn into Martha Stewart), these ideas are perfect. Start with store bought, dress things up, and add a few details, and you’re ready to entertain! Be sure to check back next week, I’ll show you how to create these thoughtful details. I’ll show you the step-by-step one how I used my Cricut to make the vinyl decals. You can also browse the Cricut Design Space–there are so many great projects to make! 

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Cinco de Mayo Backyard Celebration

This post is paid for by Sauza® Tequila

It’s almost May which means it’s almost time to fiesta! I recently got together with Sauza® Tequila to plan this simple Cinco de Mayo backyard celebration for a few of my friends. If you’ve read my past entertaining posts, you know I am a huge fan of keeping things SIMPLE–and that’s just what I did for this party. I’m sharing all the Cinco de Mayo party food, drinks, and easy fiesta-inspired decor ideas with you. You’ll want to pin these simple ideas to your “Fiesta” Pinterest board for later! 

This Cinco de Mayo backyard party is full of color and simple Cinco de Mayo party food ideas that you can easily make yourself.

The setting was simply my back patio. How easy is that? I pulled my patio table over to a nice shady spot in the yard and it was the perfect spot to set up our fiesta dinner.

This Cinco de Mayo backyard party is full of color and simple Cinco de Mayo party food ideas that you can easily make yourself.

I’m a huge fan of incorporating fresh flowers into every tablescape but I never put the pressure on myself to make perfectly arranged centerpieces (simple is key, remember). I picked up some colorful flowers from my local grocery store, trimmed off the stems, and just grouped them together in the center of the table. SO EASY. I mixed in a couple fresh oranges and limes to bring in that citrusy-fiesta vibe.

This Cinco de Mayo backyard party is full of color and simple Cinco de Mayo party food ideas that you can easily make yourself.

An easy way to add to a basic table is to layer on textures. I used a burlap runner, wicker chargers, and linen placemats. Not everything matched either–I just used what I had already and ended up with an eclectic, yet festive look. (more…)

3 Simple DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

Looking for something to make mom? These DIY Mother’s Day gifts are perfect to tuck into a gift basket for that special woman in your life. They are all pretty simple to make and would even be great to give a special sister, friend, or grandma. Make them now and you’ll be ready come May!

DIY Mother's Day Gifts - Rose Water Spray

DIY Rose Water Face Mist
One thing every mom has in common is that we could all use our own “time out” now and again. That’s exactly why I came up with this DIY. Something as simple as taking a deep breath, and misting your face with a heavenly scented rose water face mist can do wonders for the mind (at least in my experience!). I snagged all of the supplies for this one online and you can even print out my free labels if you want. I think it adds a nice “gift factor” to the bottles.
See how to make them, here.

DIY Mother's Day Gifts - Lip Scrub

DIY Lip Scrub
I love the idea of making a bunch of these diy lip scrubs to have on hand for small Mother’s Day’s gifts. I made these using lavender essential oils but you can swap out your favorite scent. I think orange would be great to use in the morning. Not only were these easy to make, they did not cost a lot of money. You could even get the kids involved in this DIY.
See how to make them, here.

DIY Mother's Day Gifts - Clay Ring Dish

DIY Marbled Clay Ring Dish
I made these marbled clay ring dishes a couple years ago to give as Mother’s Day gifts and everyone just loved them. I had so much fin making them (they look more complicated than they really are, promise) and love how each one turned out unique from the others. All you really need is some clay from the local craft store. Gifts that are useful and beautiful get extra points in my book.
See how to make them, here.

What do you think? Are one of these ideas something she would like? Let me know which  DIY Mother’s Day Gifts you’ll be making in a comment below!

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Sweet Sixteen Succulent + Boho Themed Party

I recently shared part one of my oldest daughter’s sweet sixteen succulent party theme and I’m back to share more of the pretty details! This party really reflected her personal style which is laid back and outdoorsy. This boho themed party incorporated her love of sunset colors and succulents. I especially love how all the desserts turned out! I worked with some seriously talented dessert pros and they nailed it.

Boho Themed Party

This was the dessert table that I set up in our outdoor tent area. Here’s what it looked like from the outside.

Boho Themed Party

The color palette was a play off of Taylor’s love for desert sunsets. Personally, I feel like the colors really brought this boho dessert table together.

Boho Themed Party dessert table

The handmade sign above the table read “oh how sweet sixteen.”

This boho themed party was inspired by desert sunsets and my daughter's love of succulents. The details are perfect for any boho party or boho wedding.

Let’s start with this cake. Because, WOW. It was a “semi-naked” cake because she loved the look of a naked cake but also really enjoys eating the icing. :) I can’t blame her! The color was a sunset-y peach color and it was adorned with real succulents.

Boho Themed Cake

The topper was laser cut from wood and added such a nice finishing touch to the cake. (The flavor was snickerdoodle and it was delicious!).

boho cake

The cake was really a show stopper.

Boho Themed Party Desserts

The cupcakes were topped with the most creative fondant toppers. They looked just like mini succulents! There were also some flat toppers with boho-inspired patterns on them. No one could believe they were edible. (You might remember the cute toppers we had at my London’s 5th birthday breakfast party? Same talented source, more on that below.) (more…)

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…)

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