Fiesta Invites for Cindo de Mayo

April 16, 2011 § 1 Comment

Hola! As completely not inappropriate as Easter Happy Hour invites would be…. I did some research and here are my favorite invites for those of you looking to host a Cindo de Mayo/Fiesta/Senoritas and Margaritas party this year. Something for everyone…

The Intellectual… $4.85 on Etsy

The Traditionalist…$10 for the digital file (email the seller to customize)

The Romantic…$50 for 10

…and the Hipster… $34 for 20

Love them all. Good thing summer lasts a whole two months up here.

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Macaroni and Cheese + Toppings Bar

April 11, 2011 § 2 Comments

I recently came across this post on Hostess with the Mostess and loved the idea of a Mac and Cheese bar- what a cute idea for a party!

After doing some research, come to find out in New York there’s a restaurant entirely dedicated for macaroni and cheese. Crazy

 But seriously. To make your own, start with creamy, cheesy, noodles.

I love this recipe from Allrecipes- I don’t know what the reviewers were thinking but it deserves five stars.  Help your guests with combo ideas by posting in a cute frame at the head of the table. Here are som ideas for toppings

Southwest ingredients:

  •  roasted corn
  • roasted red peppers
  • jalapenos
  • onions
  • cilantro
  • tomatoes
  • olives
  • black beans

Italian ingredients:

  • fresh basil
  • tomatoes
  • italian sausage
  • sundried tomatoes
  • artichokes
  • parmesan
  • pancetta

Meat

  • steak
  • roasted chicken
  • crab
  • bacon

Others:

  • sauteed mushrooms
  • avocado
  • truffle salt
  • green onions
  • cheese curds
  • gorgonzola

A Pixie Party

April 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

As promised- here are pictures from the pixie party I threw for a friend’s daughter and Tinkerbell’s biggest fan. The whole party theme was inspired by the cupcake tower topper- this made a cute alternative to a cake with Tinkerbell’s face frosted all over it.

The colors were mossy green, chocolate brown, with hints of pink and sparkly silver (like pixie dust!) I wanted to throw in some 50’s retro touches to make the decor more whimsical to reference the original Peter Pan (as much as I love the new Pixie Hollow movement, I’m a purist.)

I found this pixie punch which was well-used. I loved the idea of having the pixie silhouette.

The dessert table. I came up with a great technique for making the birthday sign from something I learned in high school art class. We used to take pictures from magazines, place on a light box, and trace the images. I was able to do the same thing using my laptop- copy and pasting the images into Powerpoint and resizing. I then placed a sheet of white printer paper and traced the outline of the image to make a template. The font for the sign is from this amazing site filled with Disney-inspired fonts. Download away!

Cupcake tower! A simple $15 Wilton Cake stand with a facelift.

Chocolate cupcakes with fudge frosting, rolled in crushed Oreos to give them a woodsy dirt look. I designed the cupcake wrappers with vintage 50s looking stars. You can download the template here.

After a couple of tries I have become a cake pop pro. So glad I had silver disco dust on hand. According to the birthday mom- these were a huge hit. I guess the cake pop phenomenon has yet to hit Seattle! Recipe here.

We also had Pixie Punch served in cute brown cups and pink and white striped straws, a green candy bar in apothecary jars complete with green pixie sticks, and tiny white pails filled with chocolate covered almonds. Special thanks to my friend Monica for handing me the reins and letting me use her fancy-schmancy camera to capture the details.

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