As you can probably tell by my posts, I love parties. There is nothing better than spending time with loved ones. Add in some delicious food & beautiful decorations and you have a perfect day! A very close family friend hosted an absolute gorgeous garden Valentine’s tea party this past weekend for the littles in our circle. Nothing like seeing our sweet kiddos all dressed up & sipping their pink lemonade out of fancy tea cups. Of course I think some of the beautiful, sophisticated decor was lost on them since all of the kiddos ended up playing in the ditch (so funny how things like that always make them happiest), but as parents we can appreciate the pretty event & enjoy sharing “grown-up” things with them. Anyways, on to the pictures…
Each table was beautifully decorated and had its own tea pot & selection of kid-approved lunch snacks.
There was a table set up for the kids to decorate their own bags for the Valentines exchange. *Side note: We had this party right after Valentine’s Day so everything was at least half off! Score!
Arts & crafts are a good idea for every party!
Destiny made heart crayons for her valentines. Click here for a link to that idea.
Photo booths are the perfect way to get a great shot to remember the event. A nice back drop & a few simple props are all you need. Kids are more likely to do a photo shoot when they get to play dress-up! Who wouldn’t be?
Destiny & I ❤
Such a cutie!
L O V E this!
Dessert table… cause isn’t this the best part of any party? lol
Notice those little chocolate pinwheels… cut up a few Little Debbie’s for a quick & easy dessert!
Rice crispy treats are always an easy crowd-pleaser & they can easily be transformed to fit any theme. A heart shaped cookie cutter, melted chocolate, & pink frosting gave these a sophisticated look.
Marshmallow pops are super easy to make. Grab some paper straws from your local Target & sprinkles to match your theme, and you have an easy yet beautiful dessert to brighten any table. I talked about these before here.
Getting a group shot is always a challenge, but as you can tell these kiddos had a blast!
Hoped you enjoyed this party idea as much as I did, and I hope you & your loved ones had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!! ❤
Happy Valentine’s Day! First of all let me apologize for not getting to as many Valentine’s crafts & recipes as I’d hoped. If you like me, you are a full-time mom & work as well, you know how hectic life can get. Add a sick kid, Valentine’s day parties at school, helping your child make valentines for their classmates, a much-needed date night, & a candy gram fundraiser to your already busy everyday life & you just can’t fit everything you planned in. I will be doing a Valentine’s Day post later today, but while I’m waiting for my turn in the shower (one bathroom with 4 people in the household = nightmare), I thought I’d share one of my absolute favorite desserts of all time! My Mema is famous for her carrot cake! Everyone wants her to make one for their birthday! Everyone wants seconds and will fight over the last slice if necessary! It’s just that damn good (Excuse the language, but the situation called for it!). If you’ve read my blog before, you know that my love hates veggies & most fruits. Getting him to eat anything remotely healthy is a chore, more like a puzzle to be solved. I’ve started finding ways around it like pureeing veggies before putting them into recipes. Having said that, when we first started dating, I assumed carrot cake would be a definite no for him, but I couldn’t have been more wrong! It has a full pound of carrots in there, but it is so good that even he can’t get enough! I always make my family little “I love you” baskets full of their favorite candies as well as non-food treats like Itunes cards, nail polish (obviously only for the girls), a movie they’ve been wanting, etc, but this year I decided to make my hubby one of the coveted carrot cakes to have all to himself! Home-made gifts are always the best anyways!
Beautiful huh?! Now on to the recipe…
Mema’s Carrot Cake
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 lb. carrots (peeled & grated)
Preheat oven to 350
Grease 3 round cake pans
Line cake pan bottoms with wax paper then grease the bottoms again
Sugar the greased pans
Combine all ingredients in a bowl
In your large mixing bowl, mix oil & sugar
Slowly add dry ingredients, a little bit at a time, with the mixer still going
Add your grated carrots & mix until they are distributed nicely
Divide evenly into your 3 waiting cake pans
Bake for 30 minutes
Cool for 10 minutes in the pan
Carefully flip your cakes on to cooling racks
Remove the wax paper & allow to cool completely
While those are cooling, it’s time to make the frosting…
Cream Cheese Frosting with Pecans
8 ounces of cream cheese (softened)
1 stick of butter or margarine (softened)
1 box of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans (optional 1/4 cup for decorating the top)
Whip all frosting ingredients minus the nuts in a small mixing bowl
Slowly add in your pecans
Frost between layers & on top of your cake
Add those extra chopped nuts on the top
Mine was for Valentine’s Day so I used a large heart cookie cutter to add a pecan heart to the top of mine to make it extra fancy. This cake is gorgeous to look at, super moist, & just a confectionery delight but was completely made & assembled in about an hour, a great cake for both experienced & beginner bakers! Believe me your family or whoever you make it for will be completely impressed by your culinary skills! Now to let you in on this weird little family secret to make this cake even more delicious… make it ahead of time, completely assembled, & freeze it until 30 minutes before you are ready to serve. I’m not sure what scientific process happens to that carrot cake in the freezer but it is pure magic. If and I mean a big IF there happens to be any leftover cake, I eat it straight out of the freezer! So say you read this and are like “I’ve tried carrot cake before, but it isn’t my thing,” then you didn’t have my Mema’s carrot cake! I’m so spoiled that I can’t even look at store-bought or restaurant carrot cake; it just isn’t the real deal & should be eliminated from human consumption from now on! Try this recipe! Let me know what you think! If my directions weren’t clear or if you have any questions, I’m here to help! Ok time to get ready to head to my dad’s & cook dinner for the 7 family member that were able to get off today My hubby has to work ;( but we did have a very nice date-night last night!
Today I want to share one of our favorite Valentine’s Day crafts: Heart Crayons. These are a kid-friendly, easy craft that would be perfect for your kiddos to pass out to their schoolmates at their school valentines exchange or party! First I’ll tell you how to make them & then share some ways to adorable ways gift them that I’ve found on (you guessed it) Pinterest.
Silicone heart-shaped molds (These are sold places like Target or Walmart but are often a seasonal item. If you can’t find them in your area, lots are available for purchase online.)
Lots & lots & lots of crayons (Recently we’ve added glitter & metallic crayons to the mix for very cool effects.)
A baking sheet (foil-lined in case they splatter)
Preheat oven to 225 degrees
Remove wrappers from crayons (This is the most time-consuming part so utilize those little helpers!)
Break crayons into little pieces.
Fill the silicone heart molds up about 3/4 of the way up with your crayon pieces (either completely multicolored or pick different shades of the same color… we’ve done both & they are equally awesome)
Put your filled mold on your foil-lined baking tray & place in oven
Bake your crayons for 15 minutes
Carefully take them out of the oven. (The wax will be fluid, & you don’t want to slush it around too much.)
Let cool completely. (After the baking sheet is cool, you can place it in a fridge or freezer to speed up the process.)
Pretty simple right, but check out the results…
Now for ways to make these adorable heart crayons into valentines for your kiddos to pass out…
“Color your heart out Valentine!” from a cute blog I recently discovered, The Nerd’s Wife… click here to visit that post or to download the printable cards for free!
“Happy Valentine’s Day for ‘crayon’ out loud!” This is another cute idea I found on Pinterest… It was on several sites so I’m not sure where it originally came from.
So many adorable options to chose from… if all else fails, stick them in a cute little cellophane Valentine goodie bag! Hope you are having a colorful day! Gotta go watch outside to watch the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch! Bye for now!
With my youngest finally over her little bug, it’s finally time for those Valentine’s Day crafts I’ve been promising! First up Valentine Mice made with one of my personal favorites, Hershey’s Kisses! (I visited this subject before in my Merry Kissmas blog post.) I found this idea on Pinterest a while back but hadn’t had the pleasure of creating these adorable chocolatey creatures until now! They are a super easy, kid friendly craft! I had a very adorable mouse-making assistant today, Destiny, my 8 year-old! So let’s get started…
Hershey’s Kisses Valentine Mice
Valentine’s Hershey kisses (grab the big bag so you have some extra to fill those candy dishes)
small googly eyes (for some reason we only had multicolor ones but what the who)
foam hearts about an inch in size (we used a package of glittery pink & red table scatter we found at the Dollar Tree)
double sided mounting tape
if you wish, thin ribbon or yarn for a tail (we opted to skip this step & leave the handy already included “Hershey” tails lol
remove Hershey “tag” from one Kiss
use the mounting tape to adhere heart “ears” to the bottom of the Kiss
use another small piece of mounting tape to put another tagged Kiss to the back of the heart “ears”
attach a pair of googly eyes to your mouse’s face
Ok I feel like I butchered these directions… I mean I just looked at a picture & winged it so maybe that’s how you work too so check out these pictures of our finished product & hopefully my ramblings will make sense!
After making these I felt like they were missing something, maybe attaching a tiny red or pink pompom nose. I looked all over the house, but unfortunately we are pompomless (made up crafting word of the day… it’s gonna catch on, I swear!) so we’ll leave them like this. They would make an adorable valentine for your kids’ to pass out to classmates! Just attach them to a cute little “cheese” card with a sayings like “Mice to know you!” or “You are so mice!” It might sound a little cheesy to you (See what I did there?), but they are adorable & I’m not the only one who thinks so. Click here for proof! lol Mine however are chilling on my living room table because what better than cute little mice to decorate with & we already made little goody bags for Destiny’s class. Give these a try & let me know what you think! I’d love some feedback & maybe some pictures! I’ll bet they’ll turn out totally “mice”!! Get it? Mice instead of nice! I thought it was funny, but I do get weirdly silly when I’m overly tired! Good night lovelies!