Tuesday, October 27, 2009


This is going to be a very quick post.  I've been cranking out all kinds of decorations for the kids' Where the Wild Things Are Halloween Party (Max boats, signage, paper rosettes, banners....).  In the middle of being a wife, mom, real  work (snore), and (ahem) me time, I managed to crank out this little baby. 

It's a Max inspired carved pumpkin!  Over the weekend we got two pumpkins to carve for Halloween.  The Mini Diva (my daughter) wanted Max on one and one of the monters - she calls it the bull, his name is Bernard - on the other pumpkin we bought.  Well, folks, lemme just say, there isn't enough time in the day for me to do another one of these, no matter how much it pains me not to.  The Max-o-lantern took me 5.5 hours to getterdone - and it was my first time.  Miss Thing (again, my daughter) thought we should really make the bull.  I convinced her otherwise by telling her she could help me with roasting the pumpkin seeds - easy & fair trade.  By the way, if you haven't made them before, roasting the seeds is easy and they taste so much better than the ones you get in those packets at the gas station! 

Anyway, I hope to get one more post in before Halloween.  In the meantime, here are some more pictures of our pumpkin carving affair.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Invitations Are in the Mail!

Last night I finished  the invitations for my kids' Where the Wild Things Are themed Halloween party.  I made the invitation months ago without a real idea about how to tie it in to a Halloween party.  Well I kicked myself in the butt when I realized that nothing about my invite other than the monster on it really hinted towards Halloween.  So, instead of beating myself up ore creating a new invitation (I really like what I already made), I decided I'd make the envelopes for the party more Halloweeny and would work from there. 

As I finished up the invitations, I could feel the insanity in my brain starting to brew.  The creativity just started to come so I wrote down a(nother) list for of ideas for the party.  I decided the color scheme will be a basic orange, black and green.  The food is going to be regular fun food that kids love and they'll have creepy names like 'Monster Fingers' for Chicken Fries, 'Gooey-Goo Bites' for mini Quesadillas and cupcakes of course!  I'll be making tiny boats, like Max's, for name cards and something the kids can take home.  There will be lots of leaves, vines and big tissue paper flowers to set the scene. 

I'm sure my brilliant mind will come up with some more 'wild' creations and you know that I can't wait to share them with you on my next post!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

VAY-CAY....but While You're Waiting, Check This Out.....

I am on serious vay-cay this week - sorta, but not really - okay, anyway, I was just checking email and got the buzz on this cool giveaway for anyone all into stampin' and scrappin' (which for those of you who aren't, isn't another term for fighting - just sayin). 

Check it out and Good Luck!  See you next week with a follow up on my Where the Wild Things Are themed Halloween party creations. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Bubbles & Baubles Event Recap

Over the weekend I made a few 'Cupcake Wishes' confections for a my ol' chum Naleli with Quintessential Consultants. She is a jewelry consultant and hosted an event, 'Bubbles & Baubles' (If you remember I created an inspiration board for it) at local jewelry store, DRZ Jewelers and requested a variety of bite size desserts and a dessert table. I created the table as a Dessert Buffet and coordinated the desserts to match her color scheme of robin's egg blue & royal purple.

I made brownie pops (those are the ones on the purple cone), Triple Vanilla & Mocha Chocolate mini cupcakes – we put little decorative diamond rings on them for toppers, Coconut Cashew balls (SO GOOD!), Rice Crispy ‘Petit Fours’, and Raspberry Soufflé-teenies (a raspberry mousse served martini style). I also added some Lindor Truffles in champagne glasses.

The event was really nice and the store had the most unique collection of blinged out jewelry I've seen in a while.  Now I realize the reason I don’t like to wear a lot of gold is that I didn’t know how much I loved diamonds. So, now I’m a Diamond Diva!!!! LOL - Aaaayway, I met a lot of wonderful women and received a lot of compliments on everything.   If you're in the DC, MD, VA area please go to DRZ Jewelers - they have the most beautiful pieces & gift items at very reasonable prices.

Next on the agenda is to get my invitations printed and mailed out for the next event, the Where the Wild Things Are themed Halloween party for my two darlings.  I've recently started getting my daughter amped up about it by reading her the book every night before bed - by special request of course.   I've already started on decoration and dessert ideas, but there is lots more to come so stay tuned!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Little Pink Dress Party

As many of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  It came to me that a great way to celebrate fighting breast cancer is to have a Little Pink Dress Party.  Now, I cannot say for certain that I will personally be able to have one of my own, since my October is pretty booked, but I think it's definitely something that can be done to celebrate those who've beat cancer, are kicking it's butt or have someone in their lives affected by it.  If not anything at all, it's an event that can help to inform people of this disease.

I made an inspiration board for it and thought I would share it with anyone who would be interested in having one of their own.

If you can't see all the pictures you should be able to click on the photo for a larger view.

This would be a perfect function for women's group or to jump start a breast cancer related run/walk - it would even be cool to do it as a brunch. 

Here are some suggestions to get you started:

Send them out now!  The sooner the better.  You'll be competing for Halloween parties - unless you know how to mesh macabre with worthy cause.

An invite with a cute pink dress or ribbon graphic with a bold statement like the ever so popular, 'Save the Tah-Tahs' is sure to grab some attention.

Set your time for cocktail hour or a nice brunch depending on the type of mood/guests you're planning for.

I'm thinking anything pink and bite sized!  Salmon Sliders, Pancetta wrapped white asparagus, Mini Ham Sandwiches, pink candies and Pink Cupcakes (hello) for dessert!

Pink cocktails are always fun!  Try a Nuvo cocktail or a Strawberry Mojito if you want to have a non-alcoholic drink on hand a classic Shirley Temple is always a hit!

Pink Linens, Pink Lanterns, Pink Lighting and a Pink Ribbon Tree like the one created by HWTM - Just Think Pink!  Well alright, if you wanted a contrast, black, white, deep pink, fuschia and even orange fairs well with Pink.....but I say you can never have too much Pink!

So, this October, GO ALL PINK and show your support for all those fighting and beating breast cancer!

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