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Spring Tea Party

Posted in DIY, FAMILY PARTIES, PARTIES, TABLETOP
on March 22, 2016

 

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Oh, Spring! Glorious Spring! How I love thee!


Seriously, though, we’ve been talking about Spring a lot these days, what with the recent Spring Home Tour, various Spring pies and cakes and crafts. But, do you know what we haven’t talked about in what seems like forever? Parties! And what better way to celebrate the arrival of Spring than with a Spring Tea Party!

 

Of course, it starts with the invitation. Unless it doesn’t start with the invitation, which was the case here! Ha! In this case, all of my inspiration came from a salad plate. This lovely, vintage style salad plate from Pioneer Woman’s new dinnerware line to be exact. I was busy buying paper towel and laundry soap and came home with 6 of these plates for my table as well! I love the colors; I love the floral pattern and scroll work. And, I live for the red border. These salad plates scream warm and sweet tea afternoons. Spring Tea Party swoon-worthy – they were just perfect!

 

Pioneer Woman Country Garden Salad Plates

Armed with inspiration, it was time for invitations and to visit my go-to guest list management site, Evite! Evite has a wide variety of invitation options for tea parties, but my heart was set on the vintage floral look. There were a few options that came very close, but I was determined to have a near exact pattern and look to my inspiration plate.  Luckily, Evite offers not only free designs but also offers a Premium invitation that allows you to upload your design. Perfect.

I created my design, loaded it up to the Evite site, added the party details and my guest list and pressed send! It was THAT easy. I love that I can go on about my planning and just wait for the RSVPs to roll in. Evite has other fun features that allow you to select gifts and interact directly with your guests through the list. Fantastic.

Tea Party Image|Invitation Created in PicMonkey and Evite

 

Decor was up next, and I kept it simple.

Although I would have loved to be sitting in the middle of a garden, wearing an amazing Fascinator and sipping mint juleps, the weather isn’t quite up for that yet. So, I brought the garden inside.

Flowers were a must for this party, and I found all of these at my local grocer. Mixing a matching a few bouquets, and bringing in a few daffodils from my yard gave me the look and color I was going for.

 

A practical centerpiece, the teapots were labeled with the selections of the afternoon and placed on a pedestal.

 

My favorite accent had to be the paper doilies I picked up on clearance at my local grocer – they are also available at Amazon.com. The doilies up the vintage-factor for me for next to no cost.

 

I used my grandmother’s silver and mismatched serving dishes to take away some of the formality. This party was supposed to be fun after all!

These cute and inexpensive clip-on butterflies, which came in a perfect pack of 6, were ideal for place markers!

Butterfly Clips
Tea was obviously an important component to this party. Because I like to offer a cocktail choice at my parties, I decided rather than go with the usual tea flavor favorites; I would offer those that complemented cocktails that included tea. The teas I found that were a natural fit for this were a fruit sangria by Adigio teas,  a citrus green tea, also by Adigio teas, and a hot cinnamon tea by Harney and Sons which had the distinct flavor of red hots candy – this would be great in the fall or winter!

 

 

To complement these I offered prosecco, sparkling water and sparkling fruit juices and my guests and I enjoyed testing the different flavors!

 

 

Make sure to have both sweet and savory food options for your party. I kept the food fairly simple. For savory, I went with a selection of finger sandwiches, mini croissant chicken salad sandwiches, and devilled eggs.

On the sweet side, petite fours, various other cookies, and other sweets finishing off with a lovely lemon cream cake. I mixed homemade with store bought – don’t feel you have to hand make everything.

White Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies

 

 

 

I always like to plan a game or activity – there are a million (who knew?) well loved favorites for tea parties. Our favorite “Spill the tea”, where each guest writes a tidbit of information about themselves anonymously and puts the slip of paper into a teapot. Everyone passes the teapot around the table, pulling and reading a sheet from the teapot. The players then try to guess who wrote the slip. It’s a great icebreaker for when not everyone knows one another, and great fun for when everyone knows each other well!

 

 

My favorite part of the afternoon by far – hanging out with these crazies. I couldn’t ask for more lovely ladies in my life!

 

 

 

At the end of the afternoon, each guest left with a linen drawstring bag filled with sachets of tea and cookies and a cute little teapot thank you for spending their time with me!

 

As my gift to you, feel free to download the label file by clicking on it!

 Teapot Favor Labels

Great memories were made – Thank you to Evite for helping me make this, and all of my parties, a complete success!

Links:
Invitations: Invitations and Premium Designs http://www.evite.com
Dinnerware, placemats: http://www.Walmart.com
Butterfly Clips http://www.WorldMarket.com
Flowers, Italian and sugar cookies, scones: http://www.thefreshmarket.com
Cake, cookies and all other food: https://www.knockitoffkim.com
Party Design, Decor, and Styling: https://www.knockitoffkim.com
Linen Bags: http://www.Target.com
Teapot Favor Labels: https://www.knockitoffkim.com
Photography: https://www.knockitoffkim.com

Pin for later: Spring Tea Party

 

 

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Bollywood Inspired Party

Posted in KIDS PARTIES, PARTIES, TABLETOP
on June 17, 2015

No, there isn’t a glitch in your system, I am writing a blog post. I know you’ve been hearing the crickets chirping instead of my fingers flying on the keyboard!

I’d bore you with the details of the past few weeks, and the reasons why my beloved blog has had to take a bit of a backseat, but let’s just summarize, shall we? Here’s the skinny:

  • End of school
  • Fifth-grade graduation – is that even a thing?
  • Dance recitals
  • Adult children are moving in. And repeat.
  • The 21 Day Fix – I’m eating out of containers.
  • Autism, autism, autism
  • Mandatory (and much needed) family time
  • Three parties! 

Are you exhausted yet because I know I am? The show must go on. Today, I clawed my way back to share one of the three parties with you! If you know me, you know I love a party!

Our lovely girl, Bekah, was turning 12, and the celebration was at our house this year. We threw a fun party for family and friends, followed by a movie/sleepover for eight tweens-bordering-on-teens. The theme – Bollywood!

Inspiration comes from the most unlikely of places – in this case, a mini-card stock book that I can’t for the life of me even remember when or why I picked up. Add to that Bekah’s love for her favorite reigning Disney princess.. Jasmine, of course.. It was a unique theme that was easy to execute. Bright colors, mixed patterns and an over-abundance of a glittery gold set just the right mood and tone.

Here are a few of the highlights.

Invites created with Picmonkey. My inspiration came from here and here.

The party starts at the front door. For the entry way, I used various pieces from around my home, and from different projects. Click the links below to see how I’ve used some of these items in the past!

Mirror draping – Walmart party table cloths, the most versatile party decor! Check here and here for other purposes.
Peacock feathers – Peacock Halloween costume.
Gold beads – Christmas decor.
Table covers – Mine, drapes, curtains and a scarf embellished with gold washi tape. 
I like to start the party with an interactive activity – it’s perfect for that time in between the first guest arriving and the last and it’s a fantastic icebreaker. This embellished bud vase craft was inexpensive and simple enough for even the littlest guests. Gold puffy paint works it’s magic while homemade glass paint adds just a hint of color on what seems a personal genie bottle. You can find a full tutorial at Creme de la Craft.  
Dinner (Pizza – I wasn’t up for authentic cuisine cooking!) was on the floor! We made the table using our Ping Pong table top and 6-7 milk cartons in a row. 
When decorating for a Moroccan/Indian theme, think layers of color. We laid down thick golden-colored drapes as the base, followed by an orange cotton sheet as a runner. Layers of quilting fabric, fat-quarter size, in various jewel tones layered on top. A roll of gold organza ribbon lay down the middle. 
The table sat 12 comfortably – if sitting on the floor is your idea of comfortable!

Houndstooth Pillows
Plates – Party City.
Chargers – Find them at Walmart during the holiday season for cheap. See here for other uses.

Dessert, of course, included cake – coconut is Bekah’s favorite and her request every year – as well as a selection of other yummy sweets and treats. The decor was made up of various items from around the house, as well as a no-sew simple table runner, gold spray-painted elephant toys and my favorite go-to, vinyl tablecloths. 
Best OMG Cheater Coconut Cake
Other no-sew table runner ideas
Gold Votives – Target Dollar Aisle

The key to a successful sleepover is keeping everyone busy! Other activities we enjoyed included DIY Mendhi tattoos using paint brushes dipped in gel food coloring. 

The faux henna recipe:

  • 2 drops orange gel food coloring
  • 1 drop green orange gel food coloring
  • 1/2 cup water
Design printables – Yoga DoodleArt 

Another favorite activity – Photo booth fun with our new Fuji Instax Mini! We love, love this thing!

DIY Photo Booth with props and a Fuji Instax Mini 8

Props by The Quirky Quail

There might have also been a bit of belly dancing, movie-watching and snack-eating going on.. but I promised not to post ALL of the photos. All in all, I think everyone had a nice time!

The next morning, each sleepy lady received a gift bag full of the following:

  • Gold bangle bracelets – Target Dollar Aisle
  • Bead ring – Pier 1 Imports – check them out for clearance items for this theme! 
  • Beaded Mirror – Pier 1 Imports
  • Finger cymbals (these might have come out for belly dancing!)  – Amazon.com
  • Tamborine – Amazon.com
  • Candy – Rollos rock! 

I hope you’ve found some interesting and useful ideas for your own Bollywood/Moroccan themed party, and I hope you’ll come back and visit us soon! 

For more ideas on incorporating a Bollywood/Moroccan theme, check out my Pinterest board.

Looking for more party fun? You might also enjoy: 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Pin for later – Bollywood Party Ideas

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Salted Caramel Cupcake Display: Flowers = Pretty

Posted in FAMILY PARTIES, FOOD, TABLETOP
on February 25, 2015

With all the time we’ve been spending in the bathroom, we were all super excited to step away for a little family fun! As I mentioned, February is the start of birthday season for our family. I don’t think all families have birthday “seasons” but with seven of us, all with birthdays in the first six months of the year.. it’s a season. This past weekend we celebrated Megan’s birthday, with these OMG-get-in-my-mouth-I-can’t-stop-eating-you cupcakes, in a cute, girly, floral display, that you can easily make yourself!

This is my sweet girl, Megan. It seems like just yesterday that I was holding this little cuddle bug, wondering what the future held for her, dreaming of the spit-fire and the funniest person in our family that she’d turn out to be, and bam! I looked up to find she is now 21-years old.  It literally happened that fast.

I don’t really know how that happened exactly. For starters, since I’m only 29-years old, the biology is mind-boggling. Still, that beautiful baby has turned in to this gorgeous young woman.

Sharing her first glass of champagne! 

Our tradition is to share a dinner decided upon by the birthday girl or boy, and for me to bake a cake of their choice, decorated in whatever reminds me of them for the year. For her birthday, she requested Italian food – it was so yummy – and these Ultimate Salted Caramel cupcakes from The Baker Chick, which are filled with salted caramel and frosted with cream cheese caramel frosting – the recipe for the frosting is below!

One of my favorite memories of Meg is that she loved flowers. She loved flowers and anything with flowers on it, the bigger the better. She equated “floral” with “pretty”. As a matter of fact, nearly every picture I have of her for a three or so year period has her holding flowers. She’d scope out the room or area for a floral prop. When buying things, if you asked her if she wanted a plain one or a floral one she’d say, “the pretty one” – always the flowers. Its funny the things that come to mind with your babies, but that is what came to mind on this birthday, as I was facing my baby being a real bonafide grown up now. Her cake – or cupcakes as it were – had to have flowers.

It was easy enough to create a cute little banner using a glue gun, different floral card stock papers, two lollipop sticks, this printable and tulle.

I cut two tulle lengths – about 8-10″ each – and knotted them about every 1.5″ or so along the length. Then, I cut 13 triangles from the card stock, alternating the pattern. Then, I glued the triangles on to the card stock, spacing between the knots. Finally, I attached the cutout letters from the printable and tied both lengths to the lollipop sticks, leaving an inch or so on each end to dangle.

It was a super easy way to dress up cupcakes.. but most importantly, she loved it!

I used the Baker Chick’s recipe for the cupcakes and filling. The only change I made to her recipe was to use Ener-G egg replacer in place of the eggs in the cupcakes and to skip the Swiss butter cream, which is made with egg whites – my son has an egg allergy.

The cupcakes were really, truly, and honestly, some of the best cupcakes I’ve ever had. I’ve had a lot of cupcakes. They crusted beautifully and were nicely sweetened and moist. Shay, who isn’t usually a huge cake lover, was scraping the sides of the cupcake liner with a fork. He also may have eaten the liner while I was looking away, I’m not sure.

There is never a project completed without a fail moment – I frosted the cupcakes then realized I’d forgotten to fill them with caramel sauce. DOH! 

I was all over the caramel sauce. The directions for making it made the whole thing SO simple. I was so excited! It is the first time I’ve made from-scratch caramel without burning it. Audra is now my caramel idol.

I will tell you that when she says “swirl the sugar around”, this is what it should look like, in case you’ve not made it before.

The frosting was my own recipe – a salted caramel cream cheese frosting.

Salted Caramel Frosting

  • 1 8 ounce block cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup salted caramel sauce
  • 7-8 cups Powdered Sugar, sifted
  • 1 tbsp vanilla 
  1. Place butter in a large mixing bowl and blend slightly. Add cream cheese and blend until combined, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add the caramel and heavy cream, mixing well.
  3. Mix in vanilla. 
  4. Slowly add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time and blend on low speed until combined and desired consistency (you want your frosting pretty thick).
  5. Increase to medium speed and beat until light and fluffy
  6. Pipe caramel frosting on top of cupcakes with an extra large star pastry tip, 

I filled them, frosted them, then drizzled them with caramel. Yum!

For display, I placed the cupcakes into coordinating liners and cupcake wraps and arranged them on a tiered platter. On the top tier, I placed a tiny vase to hold a handful of cut, fresh flowers.

Yellow pleated eyelet cupcake liners |
Pink lace filigree cupcake wrappers – similar |

We pulled off a cupcake display befitting of a princess who loves everything floral. The best part?  When she saw it, she said.. “It’s pretty, mommy.” and gave me one of those super amazing smiles that makes you forgive her everything. Suddenly, she was my baby again. Just for a second. And, I began dreaming of all the things the rest of her life will bring..

My favorite part, though? Celebrating with these crazies, minus one who had to work.. there’s my heart, right there.  Two birthdays down.. five to go. Maybe next time around I’ll remember my camera!

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