Poker Night Birthday Party - Invitation

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I love how quickly and cleanly this invitation came together! I wanted it to have a black tie event feel. I think that I accomplished that :)

The finished product.

The card closed.

Open... I sketched the little martini glass with pen and ink.

Wording for the invite.

It's sure to be a wild night! LOL

Coconut Banana Bread

Thursday, April 22, 2010

One of my new favorite blogs is, Our Best Bites (find their button on my sidebar). They have the most fabulously yummy looking recipes! Today I finally got to try one:

Coconut Banana Bread
It's even better than it looks! Find the recipe here.

Try it! Delish!

Wedding Anniversay Invitation

Monday, April 19, 2010

My Grandparents are celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary this year! What an accomplishment! I am soooo looking forward to this event! The first step, invitations......

I designed, printed and hand stamped the invitations. I used CTMHs Key To My Heart stamp set.

Our colour scheme is gold, cream, black and brown. I'm in the process of blurfing the net for centre piece ideas... got any?

The photo is of my grandparents about to embark on their journey across Canada, from Toronto (where they met) to High Prairie (where they first settled). I am hoping to somehow incorporate images of this Ford Model A into the decor.

Thanks for looking!

Monster Party - Fab Finds

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Have you heard? I'm planning a Monster Birthday for my boys in October and I am already SO excited! Check out these Fab Finds...

...all found in Michael's dollar bins! Love it! Especially the 'make a jumbo monster', a cut out monster with sticker features, perfect for 3 year olds!

I can't wait! Can you?!?!?

Mad Hatter Tea Party - Costumes

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I wanted to be sure I had parental permission before I posted these pics from our Mad Hatter Tea Party. Weren't they just adorable?!?! Twas the parents who came up with these fabulous costumes, not I!

The Cheshire Cat and a Card Guard
More pics on Amy's blog.

The Red Queen...

... having tea!

Cute eh?

Spicy Cashew Chicken

Monday, April 12, 2010

Oh so good! This is an absolute favorite from the Best of Bridge cookbooks. The Best of The Best is a must have cookbook! I've gifted it to just about everyone I can think of. Haven't got this cookbook on the shelf or in the drawer?!? Get it! Go now!

Perfect paired with Okanagan Springs Lager and a visit with good friends. This portion served four.

I'm going to have to make this tonight... just finishing this post is making me hungry... checking the cupboard for cashews....

Spring Fling Giveaway!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

You've got to check this out! Fabulous giveaways at Tip Junkie. But you've got to check it out now! Hurry!

Baked Sausage and Spinach Penne

Saturday, April 10, 2010

I love this recipe! I make this for dinner all the time! It's great for a crowd or freeze some for later... yum! 

1 pound penne
1 pound hot Italian turkey sausage
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
6 ounces pesto
15 ounces ricotta cheese
1 (9-ounce) package spinach
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Over medium heat saute sausage (I used breakfast sausage for this batch), onion and garlic. Break up sausage while it cooks.
Add diced tomatoes, pesto and simmer for 10 minutes. While your mixture is simmering, cook penne noodles in boiling water until eldente.
Layer in a large baking dish penne, sausage mixture, mozza cheese, ricotta, parmesan and spinach. Reserve some cheese to sprinkle over the top. I often have enough ingredients to layer another 8 x 8 baking dish that I bake and put in the freezer for later.
Bake until golden on top and heated through, approximately 20 minutes.


Mad Hatter Tea Party - Part II

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Table
This party was so BIG that I have had to split my posts into two: the Decorations and the Tablescape. We had kept our fingers and toes crossed and, although we had cooler temperatures and a lot of wind, NO RAIN! YAY!!!! Here are the deats on our Fabulous UnBirthday Party:
The tablescape came together beautifully! The tissue paper pom poms and paper lanterns added much needed colour!
Place settings included antique china, paper napkins (with hand made napkin rings) and silver tea spoons.
A view from the top - we made egg salad and tuna salad snapdragonfly sandwiches on PERFECT pinwheel (white/brown) rye bread.
A graceful looking place setting.
For the little ones - Bread and Butterfly Sandwiches (peanut butter and jam on white and brown bread).
Iced Tea - I created the labels using chipboard and chalkboard paint - Love It!
Mmmmm... cheshire cat cupcakes.... a must have!
White Rabbit Scones - so delish! Check out the recipe.
I created these cute little food labels with my Cricut and fab find teapot buttons!
For the scones...
Another gorgeous place setting!
I baked every last goodie on the table! I used my grandmas pastry recipe for these and filled them with plum jam that I had made using plums from our very own tree in the backyard!
Mad Hatter Party Pinwheels - the recipe can be found here. You know when something is so good that you don't want to share it? THAT was the case with these pizza buns. Too good!
Looking Glass Lemonade - in an antique coffee carafe.
A couple of guests enjoying tea! (My moms good friends) Check out Amy's blog for more fabulous costume pics!
I hope that you loved looking through our photos! This party was a blast, we will have to do it again soon! Thanks to my mom, Kathryn and Lesa for all of your help and support!
Happy Easter!

Mad Hatter Tea Party - Part I

Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Decorations
This party was so BIG that I have had to split my posts into two: the Decorations and the tablescape. The event was set in our backyard and on the deck. Approximately 30 guests were in attendance. We had party goers enter the yard 'through the rabbit hole' - a large play tunnel - I'm sad to say I forgot to get a picture but it was very cute! Here are the deats on our Fabulous UnBirthday Party:
I made this Toad Stool using an old stool and paper mache, you can find the tutorial here. Most of the guests under 3 feet tall sat on it for photos.
The forest of mushrooms...
I used a variety of silk tropical plants as my backdrop (could you tell that they aren't real?)
Ceramic mushrooms in brass containers - I loved this look!
Party favours for children - I made the boxes then filled them with white rabbits and chocolates.
Party favours for adults - hand made sour cream containers with candy inside. They read "open me".
Love these silk flowers - Iris's and daffodils were a must have for a Mad Hatter Tea!
Tissue paper pom poms - provided colour and ambiance.
A teacup full of pansies on a cake tin. PERFECT!
This little guy reminded me of the Dodo bird from Alice in Wonderland.
More party pics to come.... don't go too far away!

DIY Toad Stool Tutorial

Saturday, April 3, 2010

This crazy project came about after a suggestion from Amy at Momma Bee Partyz, "why don't you make a toad stool for the party?" I said "mmmm, that would be cool!" Later that night.... I couldn't sleep. I actually got out of bed to search the house for toad stool building materials! This was a three evening project. When the boys went to bed I began building....

My building materials... an old desk chair that had been sitting out in the garage.....

and a baby bath chair, destined for the thrift store. It was very important to me that I had a sturdy structure. My ultimate goal was to have children sit on the toad stool for photo ops.

I began crumpling newspaper...

Taping on newspaper balls to create shape and support.

I mountain/valley folded paper to create a fan shape that I could use as the 'gills' of the mushroom.

I used a total of 6 cups of flour, mixed with water for this entire project. The flower and water created a paper mache paste which I used to adhere strips of paper to my structure.

The mushroom 'cap' has 4 layers of paper, the 'stem' 3.

Painting the underside.

Painting of the whole Toad Stool.

The top of the mushroom.

Photo op!
Cool eh?  Thanks for stopping by!