Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Cool off on the 4th of July

Living in the Florida, one of the first things I think of my when I think of July 4th is....

Then I think... How am I going to keep cool on the 4th?
Stay inside in the air conditioner!
 Yea, but that wouldn't be any fun for me or the kiddos.
So... how about giving the kids one of these!

and us adults can  sit in the shade with one of these... YUM!

Keep Cool!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

{4th of July} on the Menu

Here is a sneak peek of the deliciousness that will be eaten at our
4th of July Celebration this weekend... YUM!

Monday, June 28, 2010

{Sneak Peek} Lil' Firecracker's 4th of July Riverside Soiree

Here is a quick sneak peek of the
Little Firecracker's 4th of July Riverside Soiree

These are the adorable outifits I ordered from Three Yellow StarFish
for the all the kiddos who will be at the party. Can't wait to see them on!

I can't believe the 4th of July is Sunday! I am so very excited!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

{Inspiration into Reality}

I have been eyeing this amazing inspiration board from Snippet and Ink for a while now and they recently posted another board that took my breath away. 
I can't wait to use these inspirations this fall for a fun Bumble Bee Tea!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

STUNNING. UNIQUE... Oh So Shabby Chic!


Stunning. Unique. Perfection. Beautiful.

That doesn't even begin to describe this "Lemonade and Sunshine" party
designed by Jess at Pen N' Paperflowers.  I was in love from the first photo I saw and then the details of this perfectly styled soiree continued to blow me away as a kept reading.
I have a place in my heart for all things shabby chic and
 this made me love it that much more!

Here are a few of my most favorite details, the tin cans, the empty bottles
dangling from tree branches, precious favor buckets and coordinating lollies.


These precious lemonade sugar cookies were the perfect touch.

These are the kind of details that remind me how much I love what I do....
an old bird bath used to display frozen 
lemon sugar cookie ice cream & strawberry/lemon swirled italian ice.
And a Pink Cake made to perfection.

There are so many more details to catch over at Pen N' Paperflowers.
This party made me smile and makes me grateful for all the amazing
and talented artists out there that inspire me everyday.

Thanks Jess for letting me share your stunning party...
 Your daughters are very lucky to have the opportunity to learn
 from such a amazingly talented women.

CHEERS to Patriotic Cocktails

I am not really sure what compelled me to do a post on Patriotic Cocktails...
Maybe the sweltering HOT 100 degree Florida weather or
just the fact that I could really use nice cocktail and a day off. LOL
I will for sure be sipping on one of these on the 4th!



Makes 2 servings
1 cup passion fruit vodka
1 cup cranberry juice
Fresh cranberries

Shake vodka and cranberry juice together with ice until chilled. Strain mixture into a champagne glass about 3/4 of the way full. Top with a splash of Champagne and a few berries.

Makes 1 pitcher
Ginger Ale

Combine equal amounts vodka and Malibu in a large pitcher. Add in the fruit and let it soak in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. To serve, pour fruit mixture into chilled glasses and top with a splash of ginger ale.

Makes 1 serving
1 ounce white tequila
1 ounce Blue Curacao
1 ounce fresh lime juice
Salt for garnish

Shake tequila with Blue Curacao and lime juice in a shaker with ice. Dip rim of margarita glass in water then in salt. Pour drink in salt-rimmed glass and serve. You can also serve this drink frozen by pureeing in a blender with ice.

Check out these Patriotic Cocktails shown by Hostess with the Mostess from last year.
When I sat down to do this post on 4th of July Cocktails, I
realized it had already been done with perfection by HWTM

{Cocktail Inspirations via HWTM}

A thin slice of jalapeno or serrano pepper adds a fiery kick to this tequila-based cocktail, which gets it's pretty colors from cranberry juice, watermelon schnapps, and blue curacao.
{via Food Network}


2. Strawberry Sucker
Strawberry schnapps, vodka, and club soda make up this sweet and fizzy afternoon drink. Add a skewer of blueberries for a splash of blue!
{via Rachael Ray}

3. Watermelon Mint Cooler
• 4 cups seedless watermelon chunks (about 1 pound)
• 1 1/2 cups lemonade
• 1/2 cup fresh mint
• blackberries for garnish (optional)

In a blender, puree the watermelon and lemonade; strain if desired.
Stir in the mint and serve over ice.
For an instant cocktail: Stir in 1/2 cup vodka or tequila before serving.
Garnish with a blackberries.
{via Real Simple}


4. Patriotic Margarita
This pretty drink gets it's striped look from a layer of blue HPNOTIQ Liqueur topped with a red layer made from strawberry puree, dark rum, coconut milk, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, and crushed ice.
{via Costal Living}


5. Red, White, and HPNOTIQ Blue Martini
Blue liqueur and grenadine give this citrus vodka-based martini it's patriotic flair. Garnished coconut adds a touch of white!
{via Bar None Drinks}

Friday, June 18, 2010

Sweets?... Indeed!!!

Pink  and Green will never get old!!!
 I am thrilled to show off this precious dessert buffet designed by Marie at Sweets Indeed, who by the way is so super SWEET! I am currenting working with Marie to create some super fun candy kabobs for my daughters' 4th of July party and a few upcoming parties in August. Marie creates and designs wonderful sweets and candy displays that are almost to gorgeous to eat. You have to take a look at her gallery on her website, it is full of sweet inspiration. Thank you Marie so letting me show off your brilliance.

{Sweets Table designed by Sweets Indeed and Photography by Pixel Studios}

Monday, June 14, 2010

ACME Party Box Grand Opening

Remember the Woodland Party Design from ACME Party Box I was so thrilled to show you?
Well, I am even more thrill to announce ACME Party Box GRAND OPENING!

You have to go check out all the awesome and
completely unique party decor they have waiting for you!
ACME Party Box Company delivers hip and easy eco-responsible parties to your door.
How can you not love that?

ACME offers Party Packages complete with letterpress invitations, linens, favors, tableware and centerpieces! They also offer custom party design for kids, adults and corporate events.


The incredibly unique kids party designs are perfect down to every detail...
and you all know how much I LOVE detail!

 They have all the most popular themes right now... Circus, Woodland and a collection they call Kingdom, which is much like the dragon theme that I know is so popular for the boys

Now this is my favorite part!
As much as I like kids parties... I LOVE a party just for us grown ups!
 Take a look at their at few of their Grown Up Party collections!

I adore this fabric in their Wedding Shower Collection.

The color combo in their Baby Shower Collection is one of my favorite combinations.

I am very excited for ACME Party Box and all they have to offer, so head over to their shop and

Kathy, I wish you the best of luck with ACME Party Box. Your designs are Perfection!

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