Thursday, May 19, 2016

Harry Potter Party

My girls, though years apart, are big Harry Potter fans.
We had a lot fun recreating Hogswarts and Diagon Alley in our home.
Enjoy the party photos, and hopefully you'll find some
inspiration for your Harry Potter party! 

Mandrakes!  How fun are these?
To make them, you'll need Goetz Caramel Creams.
Work on the Mandrakes one at a time.  Roll and blend two pieces of candies
together.  H
eat the blended caramel in the microwave for about 5-8 seconds.
Shape the warm caramel to form the Mandrakes.  I used a skewer to
create the eyes and mouth.  
Top the Mandrakes with faux plastic leaves. 

For the base, bake chocolate cupcakes in 
Wilton Pot Shaped Silicone Baking Cups.  Once they are cool,
frost them with chocolate frosting, 
and add the Mandrakes.
Garnish the frosting with crushed 
Oreo Cookies for the dirt.

The kids loved being sorted into houses!
The house ties are made from felt and yarn.

What's a Harry Potter party without wands and Hedwig?  
I purchased the wands and stone backdrop (below) from Oriental Trading.

The witches and wizards enjoyed stopping by Gringotts bank for coins,
which they used to purchase robes, wands, and candy from Honeydukes.
The signs you see in this post are printables from Printyca.

The Honeydukes' candy station was a big hit.
I found the candy printatables from Printed Instinct on Etsy.

The cockroach clusters are made with crushed pretzels
and melted semi-sweet chocolates.

The house banners set the tone for the dinner table, with a flying snitch.
The Hogwart crest is by Geijvon Taen.
The house banners are printables from  TheDesignDarling.

The Potion Class was hands down the highlight of the party.
The experiment used dry ice.  I was very careful to prevent kids from direct
contact with the ice.  There are many tutorials online for this experiment.


A happy group of Hogwarts graduates!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Double-Sided St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
What took me so long to think of piping icing on Girl Scout Thin Mints?
I'm going to do this more often for other festive occasions.

To decorate the cupcakes, you'll need:
Airheads Xtreme Bites
Martha Stewart's Royal Icing Recipe
Green food coloring


Be sure to decorate the other side.  Enjoy!

For more St. Patrick's treat ideas, visit:

Friday, January 8, 2016

Happy Website Launch!

Hooray!  I've accomplished one of my New Year's resolutions -
a much needed website make-over.  Please swing by and check it out.
This year, I'm looking forward to developing new book ideas,
fun novelty formats, and spending more time enjoying arts, crafts,
and baking with my family.  Happy 2016 to all!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Hot Cocoa Treats

Making hot cocoa treats is a festive 
and easy holiday activity to do with the kids.

Simply melt semisweet chocolate, and pour it into square molds.
Garnish with sprinkles, and allow it to chill.

Pop the set chocolates out of the molds,
and insert mini candy canes into the center of marshmallows.

Dip the marshmallows into melted semisweet chocolate,
and quickly dip them into crushed candy canes.

Once all chocolate has set,
package them in treat bags; they make the cutest gifts.

You are welcome to download my hot cocoa tags for personal use.
Print and cut the sheet in half, landscape.  Cut both halves into quarters,
for a total of eight tags.  Fold each tag in half.  

I added hot cocoa directions on my tags.
Heat up the chocolate and 8 oz of milk in the microwave.
Stir well, add the marshmallow peppermint treat, and enjoy!

Happy holidays!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Little Library Celebration

Have you heard of the Little Free Library? 
Its a wonderful concept to spread the joy of reading.
I had the privilege of being a part of a Little Library celebration
 for Jakes Garden, in memory of a very special, sweet boy.

This charming library, donated by Jake’s family, 
and painted by Anika Schneider,
is part of a lovely garden nestled in a schools playground.
Childrens books are exchanged and shared.

The library is a warm and welcoming way to embrace community,
remember Jake, and spread the love of reading to a new generation.
Wouldn't it be great to put up a little library too?

Thursday, June 4, 2015

My Little Pony™ Party!

My Little Pony was around when I was growing up, and now the ponies have
returned with some sass, and my daughter is crazy about them.

Cutie mark cupcakes - here we go!  Making treats are my favorite party task.  
Decorate them with rock candy, Dots Gumdrops, confetti sprinkles, jelly beans,
rolled and cut Tootsie Fruit Chews, and rainbow Airheads Extremes Bites.
Making the six cutie marks was creative-fun!

Have the kids help.  You can't go wrong with marshmallow pops.
Dip marshmallows in melted colored chocolates,
and garnish them with sprinkles.  

A piñata for everyone!  I wrapped craft rolls with
printed napkins and tulle, and tied one end of each with ribbons.
Kids enjoyed filling the opens end with chocolates and candies.
They tied the loose ends 
and were pleased to have their
piñatas to take home .

Pony Dress-Up Time!
The girls loved dressing up, and accessorizing with hair clips and rings.
Assembling tutus and pony tails to pin is simple and affordable.
Click here to view Martha Stewart's tutu-making video.
To make the tails, use colorful, fluffy yarn and tie them together
with some pretty ribbons.

Here's a cool activity to include the boys.
The children filled miniature jars with colorful jewels and rocks.

I found this My Little Pony™ bracelet charm kit online,
and it was a great party activity for all ages.

free My Little Pony printables on her site.
They were perfect for printing party favor name tags.
Visit Michelle's blog for more My Little Pony party printables.

If you have a My Little Pony fan, 
I hope you find some inspiration here for your next party!