Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine You Are Dino-Mite!!

Edible Dinosaur Valley
Party inspiration can come from anywhere. This whole party was inspired by a $3 dinosaur banner I picked up from Target at the dollar spot last month. I added the red heart stickers to spice it up for the holiday. Valentine's Day and Dinosaurs! What could be more fun?!

Don't let this T-Rex fool you, he wants to be your "friend-a-saurus"!

Another inspiration I had was from What Happens At Grandmas and her dinosaur table. I have always loved this idea and have been waiting for the right time to implement it.

I washed a sheet of plexi glass I found off a framed poster I had in the house. You can use any cut glass or plexi glass placed on top of green or floral print paper. I also added some large, paper palm leaves found in my party supply stash.

For this party we catered to the herbivores, but you could easily take care of the carnivores simply by adding meatballs, you know those things that also look like large boulders?

The nacho volcano was a hit. It's made of refried beans, Tostitos Black Bean Dip, and Tostitos nacho cheese. You can find the instructions here.  At the base of the volcano I added shredded lettuce and Tostitos scoops.

Trees, that happen to be in the shape of broccoli, and carrots made a delicious, crunchy snack for the Triceratops. However, you can't have an edible tablescape and not have something sweet for Valentine's Day. Bloody bones (Halloween leftovers) from victims of the tar pit (chocolate pudding) have surfaced. The rocks scattering the landscape are actually chocolate! And they are so good!

For a fun activity we chipped away at giant dinosaur eggs in order to excavate a mini dinosaur inside. You can find these Dig It Up Dinosaur Eggs from Mindware. If you have older kids who want more of a challenge they also have the Big Dig Dino Model. You excavate the dinosaur bones and assemble. We have done the T-Rex and were impressed with the high quality pieces.

Getting ready to excavate

I hope you have a Dino Mite Valentine's Day!!!


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Friday, February 8, 2019

Creamy Dairy Free Hot Chocolate

It's freezing cold here and it's been a long week. Lots of ups and downs. This morning I decided to end the week on high note with a "sweet" surprise for my kids after school. Homemade chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate.

We don't have any food restrictions, but I have been trying to limit dairy in my diet. When I came across a hot chocolate recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe that suggested using chocolate almond milk I had to give it a try. I adapted the recipe to my liking and it's a winner!! No one here had any idea that I used chocolate almond milk in place of dairy milk.

Creamy Dairy Free Hot Chocolate

2/3 cup of cocoa powder (I used 
1 cup of sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2/3 cups of water
half gallon Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Milk

In a saucepan, add cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and water. Whisk together and stir constantly to prevent burning. Turn down the heat and simmer for 2 minutes.

Add Chocolate Almond Milk and let simmer until hot, but not boiling. Serve immediately or transfer to a slow cooker. You can keep it on warm for several hours.

Then top with whip cream (if you don't need to be dairy free), marshmallows, Piroutte chocolate wafers, sprinkles and enjoy! 

Cheers to Friday and sweet gestures towards the ones you love!


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Friday, February 1, 2019

Quick and Easy Super Bowl Party Ideas

Whether you are there for the game, food, or commercials, I've got some easy and delicious ideas for you. Get your game face on and lets go!!

This is not a sponsored post.

First, the table decorations. Here is how you can make a super easy and cheap football banner. I found the 12 x 12 football field and black and white striped paper at Hobby Lobby for twenty five cents a sheet. I used four sheets for this banner, that is approximately three feet long. I cut the pennants with my Cricut Explore Air 2 within minutes. However, if you do not have a Cricut Machine you can do what I did for many years and simply cut the triangles by hand. Make one to your desired size and use that to trace the rest.

I then used a hole punch and thin rope I found in my husband's tool box to string this all together. Any kind of thin rope, twine, or yarn will work. For the penalty flags I used yellow cocktail napkins.


The goal posts were fun, cheap, and again easy to make! These will look great at any football party or tailgate in the future. I got the idea from WISE DIY. After a quick trip to Home Depot and a yellow spray paint session, they were complete. I also used green floral foam from the Dollar Tree to hold the posts up.

Next, and maybe most important, the food. For our party we have a mix of salty and spicy. A nacho bar is always easy and a fan favorite with kids and adults. Tostitos Scoops accompanied by an individual serving of Tostitos Nacho Cheese Dip is a great game day snack. Salsa, guacamole, jalapenos, onion, tomatoes, olives, peppercinis, and green onion are other toppings you can set out at your nacho bar. And for convenience, you can order the Tostitos products right off Amazon and have them shipped to your doorstep!

The most popular game day snack in this house are my baked boneless chicken wings. These are a healthy version of wings. You can also turn down or up the spice level depending on your crowd. Add some crisp celery and carrots, then serve with blue cheese or ranch dressing. I shared these on the blog last month, you can get the recipe here.

To add a little extra fun to your party.You can print these free Super Bowl Bingo Cards or these from Here Comes The Sun.
And lastly, another fun addition, or something to keep the kids occupied, is to throw around these inflatable footballs from Amazon. Note inflatable so they hopefully won't break anything!

Enjoy the game!!!!


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Monday, January 21, 2019

Puppy and Kitty Party

It's no secret that this family loves animals. The girls' past birthday parties have included dolphins and sea creatures for their third Under the Sea Party and a backyard petting zoo for their fourth "Party Animal" themed birthday.

When it was time to plan their sixth birthday I was not at all surprised when they asked for a puppy and kitty party! In fact, I was excited to get this "pawty" started!

We are big supporters of rescue animals and adopting, so it was only fitting that we tied this into the birthday party. The DFW area is full of many wonderful pet rescues but one that is close to my heart is Dallas Dog Street Advocates. Two of the founding members matched us up to our beloved dog, Baloo, two years ago. I have been so impressed with the organization and the work they do that I have continued to help and support them anyway I can. You can visit their page and read more about what they do here.

In lieu of birthday gifts, we asked for donations to the rescue. Over $300 was raised and two large bags packed full of dog supplies were given that day. Thank you again to all who donated! And rest assured the girls also received birthday gifts from family.

Birthday girls
Upon entering the front door, we had a table for donations and paw print stickers on the floor leading the way to the fun. You can find these paw print stickers at Oriental Trading.

The first stop was the family room where Elise from Dallas Dog Street Advocates took the stage. She talked to everyone about what the organization does and showed the girls pictures of dogs available for adoption. Elise also brought a puppy to play with! Sweet and sassy Cassie got a lot of attention from the girls, and Baloo was a polite host to her. Cassie has since been adopted, but DDSA does haveother puppies for adoption!

looking at dogs available for adoption 

After Elise and Cassie packed up, the girls headed over to our Adoption Center! Each guest chose a puppy or kitty of their very own and a balloon dog. These adorable dogs had a leash and floated right along with their new owners.

The puppies and kittens are ready to "paw-ty" too!
With the new pet, each girl received pet vitamins (jelly bellies), dog bones (Scooby Doo snacks) for the pups, and cat treats (goldfish) for the kitty owners.

Once the girls chose their pet, they decorated a pet carrier..

Pet carriers are favor boxes from Oriental Trading and stickers/markers from the Dollar Tree

....and made a collar for their pet. Letter beads allowed the girls to spell out their new pets' names....
Beads and pipe cleaners from Dollar Tree
Don't forget your kitty ears and whiskers! I considered hiring someone to do the face painting but in the end I decided to give it a shot. It was completely amateur work but the girls were happy. I did puppy dog face paint for those who wanted it after looking on Pinterest for a quick tutorial. The girls had so much fun with the face paint, they took over and were doing each others faces.

Headbands from Amazon
Lunch was simple and consisted of a hot dog bar, "paw-ta-to" chips, fruit, and veggies. Lemonade and ice tea for beverages.

The cakes turned out just the way I hoped they would and tasted fantastic! Vanilla cake with vanilla butter cream filling and chocolate cake with peanut butter filling! Puppy and kitty cake pops were on the desert table along with "dog food" (Whoppers chocolates) served in a pink dog food bowl.

puppy dog face paint on this one

Another successful party in the books with sweet friends! Thank you to all who helped celebrate with the girls! And thank you to Elise with Dallas Dog Street Advocates for coming out and bringing Cassie!


Photography: Johnna Anzures (thank you sweet friend!)
Cakes: Mazey Cakes
Cake Pops: Serenity Cakes
Dog Banner: Glam Fete
Balloon Dogs:Amazon
Featured Rescue: Dallas Dog Street Advocates
Party Planner and Stylist:Mrs. Party Planner

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Gingerbread House Decorating Party

This post is about a month late but planning and hosting parties during the holidays is plenty of work as it is. Not to mention everything else that goes into holiday planning. A quote from one of my favorite movies, A Bad Moms Christmas sums it up, " You're a mom, moms don't en-joy, they give joy". Okay, well I actually do enjoy the holidays but if you are a parent I'm sure you can relate! We make it all happen, mommas!!

Last month I helped sprinkle a little Christmas spirit for my girls and some of their classmates. On a cold and rainy Saturday, eight little ladies in cozy pajamas gathered in our dining room to decorate gingerbread houses. The fireplace was ablaze, Christmas music softly playing, tree lights twinkling, hot chocolate brewing, and lots of giggling echoing through the house.

I made aprons for the girls to wear with my Cricut Air 2 machine. I ordered the red aprons from Oriental Trading and found the gingerbread decal on the Cricut Design App. If you like crafting and have never used a Cricut machine you are missing out! For the longest time I was the DIYer who would rummage around my house to find the right size circle to trace and cut by hand. This machine is a game changer! It does it all for you with precise cuts and fonts. Cards, tags,banners, iron decals, you name it!

It's all done on the Cricut app or website. You decide the size, font, image etc., cut the vinyl and stick on the mat, the machine makes all the cuts, you peel the excess vinyl away, then iron on your material. It took a little time to make eight aprons but I was surprised at how easy it really was.

With eight girls and not much patience for assembling gingerbread houses, I took the plunge and spent extra money on pre assembled houses. I found the houses at our Super Target and they came with the frosting piped and ready to go. Sometimes I take extra steps to save money and sometimes I spend extra to save steps. Many steps and headaches in this case.

Each guest brought one topping for decorations and I had some here too. Red Hots, M & Ms, marshmallows, gum drops, candy lights, Twizzlers, peppermints, and much more within arms reach for each girl to use. Cookies and hot chocolate were on hand to keep the little decorators' tummies filled.


After decorating we had a light lunch, appetizers (I love Trader Joe's variety of frozen appetizers around the holidays), hot chocolate bar and small mimosa bar was also available to the moms.

Note to self: white marshmallows will blend in with white bowls :)

pomegranates and raspberries for the mimosas

hot chocolate break

sweet girls!
finished products

I hope you all had happy holidays! Cheers to a healthy and happy 2019!!!

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