Mad Hatter Tea Party - Fab Finds

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I am so EXCITED for this party!!! It's going to be a very merry Un Birthday Party (we have lots of adult B-Days in the spring but none for the kiddos) and celebration of spring! I'm getting started on fun teapot invites as we speak (or as you read).

My mom is a collector of things... if it's shiny, antique or well priced she has it! Is this not the perfect kind of parent to have when planning a Mad Hatter Tea Party?!?!? She brought over boxes and bins full of all kinds of tableware and platters and teacups and saucers and and.... I was practically jumping up and down! Check out my reflection in this antique teapot - very Alice in Wonderlandish!

Love this candelabra and can't wait to fill all of these dishes with finger sandwiches and cupcakes and tarts and scones and lemonade and marmalade and tea and and.... sorry... did I mention that I'm EXCITED?!?!?!

Spring Tablescape

Sunday, February 21, 2010

I am so excited about some of my upcoming parties!!!! I'm hosting a Mad Hatter Tea Party this spring for all of our friends and relatives.... I can hardly wait! Could it be tomorrow? Please!?!?? I am also throwing a Bumble Bee Baby Shower for a good friend in July! Putting together this Spring Table allowed me to visualize these two parties and determine what supplies and decor I still need.
Hanging Lanterns and Tissue Paper Pom Poms
A view from the top
Aw. Isn't he the cutest little bumble bee?
I filled the larger glass jar with green glass rocks that I had picked up for my Asian Birthday Party, topped it off with a candle and wrapped it in ribbon.
Mmmm... Mini Eggs! Lets just say, they didn't last long!
Paper fortune cookies. More examples can be found here and here.
Another angle.
The goods.
I had to come up with SOMETHING to fill this tray with AND coordinate with my colour scheme! Celery, snap peas, yellow pepper and dip. Brilliant!
A close up of the healthy stuff.
Side profile.
Mmmmm.... cupcakes.
I can be pretty thrifty when it comes to tableware. Most of my glasses, jars, plates and serving trays were gifts, borrowed or found whilst treasure hunting!
Don't these look divine? Kudos to all those cupcake decorators out there! It's HARD!
I found these reusable silicone cupcake liners on sale at Superstore. SCORE! I should have bought more...
Practicing with my new 1M decorating tip.
Pretty ribbon from my stash.
Thanks for taking a look! My real inspiration for creating this tablescape is Michelle's Easter Tablescapes and Spring Parties CONTEST over at Maddycakes Muse. There are some really fun and creative parties being submitted... go check it out!

Test Kitch - More Monster Cupcakes

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I found an amazing cake idea while blurfing the other day at Coolest Kid Birthdays! So here's my take on it.... MUCH easier than the creepcakes! I'm starting to look forward to the Fall though - I'm sure to find all kinds of edible eyes and monster stuff for the boys' birthday then. LOL The offer still stands... please come over and eat all of these goodies before I do!
Oh and here's a pic of the inspiration...


Monster Party - Fab Finds

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Before the dust had cleared from my boys' 2nd Birthday, I knew exactly who would be invading our house for thier 3rd Birthday! MONSTERS! Here are just a few of my fab finds so far:

Orange Lantern, Frame and Mesh Bags - Michaels dollar bins

Green Place Mats - Thrift store

Orange Chicken (I plan on putting fangs on his beak hee hee) - Drug store

Green Straws - Dollar store

Round Green Cardstock - Retail store signage

Test Kitch - Monster Creepcakes

Sunday, February 14, 2010

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I just HAD to try these creepcakes after I saw them in Martha Stewart's cupcake book! They would be perfect for the boys' monster birthday in October! After a quick Test Kitch though..... they were much harder to make than they looked! Hmmmmm on to test out the Monster cake I have in mind......

p.s could someone come to my house and eat all of these goodies before I gain 50 lbs?!?!?

Tutorial - Valentine Rice Krispies

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I now know why bakers use Rice Krispie treats so much in those Ultimate Cake Off shows... they're so EASY to work with! Check out my Valentine's Day Rice Krispie Heart Party Favours:

Create rice krispie treats as directed on the box and press into a greased, heart shaped mould. (This pan was a fab find at $0.25)

Let the rice krispies set for about an hour (I put mine in the fridge) then pop them out of the mould.

I used heart shapes but you could use: eggs for Easter, stars for Canada Day, hats for a Dr Seuss party, frames for a Vintage party, flowers for a shower... the list is endless!

Decorate as desired - I piped on white chocolate (coloured light and dark pink). Icing with sprinkles would be great too! As I mentioned in an earlier post - red or pink sprinkles weren't an option for me so... chocolate it was!!!!

Poke a lollipop stick through the bottom.

Wrap in pretty cellophane to coordinate with your occasion - you could use clear cellophane or plastic wrap to show off some amazing decorating!

Finally - a Rice Krispie Valentine's Day bouquet!

Valentine's Workshop

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Not only do I love to plan parties but I also love to share my passion for scrapbooking and cardmaking! Each month I put on a Workshop where the girls can learn fun techniques and complete fabulous projects. This month I went all out with my 3D Workshop just in time for Valentine's Day!

The Party Table
Pink is a hard colour to come by in my house! The pink table runner is a piece of scrap fabric from back in my quilting days (that makes me sound REALLY old - honestly it's more that I started crafting in diapers) LOL. Thank goodness I could throw a little red in there! I used the red circles from my Dr Seuss party - a fab find from IKEA!

Birds Eye View
I was standing on the counter... can you tell?!?

Paper Lanterns
I used lanterns from my Asian Birthday Party, Dr Seuss Party and created the tissue paper balls, a la Martha Stewart, using 1 1/2" styrofoam balls, 4" squares of red tissue paper and lots of hot glue!

A Two Year Olds Eye View
I like to check things out from my little guys' perspective (mostly to see if they can grab anything) LOL

Living surrounded by boys, when I'm not taking photos, I have to put "Do Not Eat Me" labels on anything that looks remotely yummy or edible!

I love these Party Lite candle holders I got yeeeeeaaars ago for Valentine's Day! I can put anything I like inside of the clear glass container - for this occasion? Red satin ribbon!

Party Favours
And 3D Workshop project #1 - triangle boxes! Of every size! The tutorial can be found here. The fabric heart was a quick door prize that I made using scraps of fabric and stuffing (I was thinking of using this as one of our workshop projects but at least half of the girls don't own sewing machines! LOL)

Pin Wheels
3D Workshop project #2. A printable template can be found here. I filled a clear glass vase with sour cherry candy to hold the pinwheels in place - try keeping a teenage boy away from those!!!! LOL

More Door Prize Goodness
I found this pink frame in a dollar bin at Michaels and put a piece of coordinating cardstock inside.

Fortune Cookies
Sure to show up at every party! 3D Workshop project #3.

More Decor
I pulled this white frame, that already had a swatch of coordinating wrapping paper inside, off of my bathroom wall! Can you spot 3D Workshop project #4?

Valentine's Day Card
That's right! Here's project #4, you can get more details on my CTMH blog.

More Party Favours
Mmmmmm! Rice Krispie Hearts!

On how to make these yummy treats coming soon!

More Goodies
My house was beginning to look like Wonderland... what with all of the "Do Not Eat Me" signs! LOL Check out my Test Kitch for these delicious cookies!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Heart Day everyone!

Test Kitch - Valentine's Sugar Cookies

Sunday, February 7, 2010

So here's the thing... I am surrounded by boys. I am the lone woman in a sea of men! If I want to find anything pink in my house I have to really dig!!!! The challenge with these cookies was that the only thing remotely resembling pink in my baking cupboard was red food colouring.... here's what I came up with:

I used the red food colouring to create pink icing and iced all of my cookies... but, but... what about some kind of embellishment? I'm a scrapbooker at heart - I need sprinkles or something! Too bad the only sprinkles I have are blue or green!

Ah ha! I used more red food colouring to turn white chocolate into... pink! (There's probably some kind of proper colouring to use with chocolate but in worked OKAY!?!?) I then piped pink hearts onto wax paper and allowed them to harden.

I placed the white (now pink) chocolate heart onto the iced cookie and VOILA! The final PINK product! I'm pretty happy with this considering!

Now where am I going to find a pink table cloth......? I might have to resort to throwing a white one in with a laundry load of red clothes!! LOL
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