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D’s 3rd Birthday October 2, 2013

Filed under: Birthday,Cake,Candy,DIY,Family,Party,Updates — Yaya @ 11:50 AM
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Hello.
Just realized that I totally forgot to post about my son’s 3rd birthday. I spaced and I apologize. Lol.

D’s 3rd birthday was a bbq. We had been bbq all summer and it seemed like the best way to go. We were totally right, btw.Ā  Anyway, our theme was loosely Curious George, which was fun. A bright yellow and red party with extras.

Here are some pics:

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My son and I getting ready to take a bunch ofb photos. As you can see we have some rainbow lunchbags as party favors, red and yellow star balloons, and candy jars.

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We had candy jars with Curious George gummies, m n m’s, animal crackers and mixed chocolates like Hershey bars and twix. We also had silly string for the kids to play with.

We had pin the tail on the donkey and pin the butterfly on the log (Curious George version of pin the tail on the donkey). We also had bubbles for the kids.

In each favor bag there was an activity book, washable crayons, a glow stick, candy, a bouncy ball, a notepad, and a slinky. The kids had fun and the grown ups did too.

The adults enjoyed music and cocktails as we bbq. It was lots of fun.

A few more photos for fun.

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Thanks for reading!

 

Summer is Over… September 18, 2013

Filed under: Baby Shower,Cake,Candy,DIY,Drinks,Family,Food,Holiday,Party — Yaya @ 1:42 PM
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It has been a great Summer, filled with wonderful memories. Now, it’s over. That means outdoor parties (other than tailgating) are over. šŸ˜¦

But I have a solution for passing time inbetween fall holidays: a tea party.

They are simple, fun, and delicious. I hosted a tea party for five recently and we had a great time. We had some tea and a chance to chit chat and catch up. We also played a quick mystery game. It was great seeing friends and enjoying mini sandwhiches.
Here are the pics from the party stuff.

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We had cucumber sandwiches, mini blt’s, pumpkin spice cookies, tea cookies, pear jam, thin mints, lemonade cookies, and dark chocolate ganache to spread on the tea cookies. It was yummy and easy.

Thanks for reading!

 

A’s Baby Shower May 1, 2013

Hello all,

After a lot of preparation and hard work, A’s baby shower was said and done. We (my mother and I) set it up about three and half hours earlier just so we would have enough time to cook and get the little things like ice. So first the photos. P.S. Don’t mind the dates. My camera reset and the dates ended up wrong. The day of was actually April 27th 2013.

The Main Table Cake Table Close up The Baby Cake Topper Oreo Truffle Pops Cake Pops and Oreo Truffles Candy Coated Oreos and Cupcakes Homemade Meringues Table with Baby in Crib figures The rest of the table 100_0827

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The Main Table:

Homemade Meringues Candy Coated Oreos and Cupcakes Cake Pops and Oreo Truffles Cake Table Close up The Baby Cake Topper Oreo Truffle Pops Table with Baby in Crib figures on the rest of the table.

The Main Table in detail: On this table I set up the homemade desserts and general party stuff. The first thing you see is that the table is symmetrical. This was done on purpose to draw the eye to the center then slowly out. The cake is Lemon Butter Cream with White Cake and Lemon Curd filling. Then beside it (on each side) is a Chocolate Cake Pop Bouquet. In front of the Cake pop bouquets there are mini Oreo Truffle and Cake Pop bouquets. The Stars are Oreo truffles. In front of the cake (between the bouquets) there are Chocolate spoons. At the end of table there are Pink Lemonade Cupcakes with Lemon Butter Cream. The top tier has Candy Covered Oreos in pink and yellow. It is a little hard to see but in the back there are Yellow Star shaped Oreo truffles with a vanilla candy coating (instead of the usual chocolate). The Homemade Meringues in the back ended up on the Candy Buffet Table. More on that later.

The Food:

For the party we decided to have a late lunch. We ate Arroz con Gandules (Rice and Pigeon Peas), Baked Chicken and Asian Salad. We set it up buffet style. It was definitely easier than sitting down to a formal lunch. I also liked it better because no one was shy about getting second and even third helpings. That was one of the best parts because everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food and the company as we all sat in the living room eating and exchanging baby stories.

The Party:

The party was very laid back and we took our time going from eating to games to opening presents and eating cake. By the end of it, the Mom to be (A) was sitting back listening to baby stories and enjoying a shoulder rub. ^_^

The Candy Buffet:

We used Lemonheads, Jujubees, Marshmallows, Sixlets, Gumballs, Homemade Meringue Cookies, Twizzlers, Pixie Stix and Crayon shaped Gum. All of the jars were homemade or bought at the dollar store and dressed up. The 3 large goldfish bowl like jars were bought at yard sales and thrift stores. All in all the containers for the Candy Buffet cost about $25. The candy was a variety of color, except for the gumballs and sixlets, which were pink, yellow and purple. The diaper cakes were also on this table along with a bedtime rhymes book. And just for fun we spread a bunch of crayon shaped pieces of gum all over the table. We added serving utensils and some baggies for everyone to take some home.

The Favors:

The favors were a combination of things. First the figurines, then the candy buffet and some mini bottles of sixlets as an added bonus.

On a side note, the wish cards and advice cards were a hit. Everyone filled one out for mom and baby. When they were done, I placed them in the baby’s room with a few framed printouts or bunnies and sheep as an additional surprise.

All in all, I think it went really well. The mom to be had great time and her guests enjoyed their visit with her. Some came as far as Maryland to come to the party so I am glad we went the direction that we did. I am also glad that people felt happy and welcome. For me, having that familiar feeling of family and long time friends, even among people who had just met was wonderful. The party was great and I am glad I was able to do it. It really was something special for a close friend, who is like a sister to me.

Lastly, I want to thank my mom for her support and assistance. Without her, it would have been really crazy. I also want to thank my husband and my son for their patience. I was busy most of the week and it was hard on them but they supported me anyway. Thanks. I love you all.

Have a great day and Thank you for reading!

– Yaya

 

Baby Shower Stuff Thus Far April 24, 2013

Filed under: Baby Shower,Cake,Candy,DIY,Family,Food,Goals,List,Party,Updates — Yaya @ 10:08 AM
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Hello Hello!

As of Saturday, I have purchased everything I need for the party except the fresh food for the buffet style meal. I have put together the favors and the DIY Candy Buffet Jars. I have made Wish cards and a cute container for the Advice Cards.

Now, I am getting started on the desserts. I was going to do a candy buffet and call it a day but a Candy Buffet and Dessert Table combo is more my style. ^_^ So far, I have made Chocolate Spoons, Pink and Yellow Meringue Cookies (Lemon Flavored), Star shaped Oreo Truffles with Candy coating instead of chocolate and Oreo Truffle Star pops.

Today will be all about the cake. I am baking the cake I need to make the cake pops as well the actual Baby Shower cake. I am not frosting the cake today, just baking it. After the party I will post pics of everything and catch up on my blogging. I will also add DIY instructions, tips and tricks to putting together a Baby Shower or any kindĀ  of party.

Thanks for reading!

 

Yummy Candy Coated Oreos April 16, 2013

Filed under: Baby Shower,Birthday,Candy,DIY,Food,Holiday,Party,recipe — Yaya @ 5:36 PM
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I made a few of these yesterday and thought I’d share. Let me know what you think of my new molds.

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Here are both patterns. One is striped and the other is polka dotted. ^_^

My favorite part is how easily you can customize the colors and use these for any kind of party.

Thanks for dropping by!

 

The Party! August 16, 2012

Filed under: Birthday,Cake,Candy,Drinks,Food,Music,Party,Updates — Yaya @ 8:07 AM
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Hello All!
The party itself was fun. We had food, music, Kinect and good friends. It was a very goofy party with plenty going on.

Decorations:
We used blue, red, green and yellow streamers. We also had a triangle flag banner with the same colors and balloons. The food, especially the cupcakes were an added perk that made decorating simpler. As far as the tables througout the party, I covered them with white linen tablecloths. I definetely kept it simple. I guess, you can think of it as a throwback.

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I know it is hard to see in this picture but all the hallways were decorated with these “drum stripe” patterns. The ceiling had a mix of single color and dual color streamers zig-zagging back and forth. There were also a lot of twisted streamers accenting different areas.

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They look kind of like this. Sorry about the pictures. I was exhausted after a long day of baking and getting things started (like maranating the chicken and pork for the party). This area had better lighting during the party but not so much for the decorating part the night before. Hence, the photos are a tad dark.

Anyway, the balloons were blown up the day of using some good old lung power. The linens were placed on the tables just before guests arrived along with the cupcakes and other snacks.

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Activities:
Everyone had plenty to do during the party. For the kids we had pin the tail (a classic), Frog Hunt (a game I put together myself), chalk drawing on the driveway, bubble blowing in the yard and fishing for prizes.

NOTE:For the fishing game we used a water table my son received as an early birthday gift and filled it with fake fish they could catch with mini fishing poles. Anyone who caught a fish got a big prize like card games and slinkies. Everyone got cookies for participating.

Pin the tail on the donkey is self explanatory and requires no work to put together. All you need to do is tape it where you want it and voila.

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For Frog Hunt you need a sandbox, a pail and shovel and some toy frogs. I used some simple plastic jumping frogs. They are the kind you push down with one finger to make them jump.

The game is called Frog Hunt because you don’t tell the kids where you hid the frogs right away. What you do tell them is that they have have to go around to each activity and ask about the frogs. They need to ask if you have seen them or if your activity involves frogs. Seems a little hard but it helps get kids to talk and interact. The person helping with each activity replies that completing the activities will get you a clue.

What I told each person was that they needed to spell S-A-N-D by giving each group a clue. I also told them the kids had to go through the activities as a group the first time around to get the clues in order. Placing them in groups helped tremendously. That way each group gets the clue at the same time and no one gets “lost.”

By the end of the four activities they will know that they need to find sand. We don’t have a sandbox in our yard so I got a small plastic kids pool and filled it with sand. Then I buried the frogs. When it was time to look for the sandbox and frogs, I gave each one a plastic pail and shovel. Then I let them loose in my backyard. They dug up some frogs and other treasures.

NOTE: To keep the location of the frogs secret we held all the activities in the front yard and indoors the first time. Afterward we shifted everything to the backyard.

Once the kids got tired we had them come in for lunch and dessert. We also turned on the Kinect and let them play while we pulled out the snacks and extra drinks (juice boxes and water bottles). Once all that was done we let them play whatever they liked and handed out more prizes.

Favors:
The favors were S’mores, the pail and shovels, whatever they dug up, the prizes they won and a trip to the candy and toy table.

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Here are some of the things that went to the candy and toy table. As you can see there are some jars of candy and little toys. We also had popcorn. As soon as they got their stuff we sent them inside to sing happy birthday and eat some cupcakes. Afterward they got to check out their swag.

Overall, I think everyone enjoyed themselves. This was the kids part of the party so it definitely focused ony son and his friends. Later that night we had a more adult oriented party. The kids who were still around with their parents played on the Kinect or watched a movie in my son’s room. Most of the adults ate, drank and danced. It was lots of fun and we got some great pictures with our nice camera.
After reading about all the craziness I hope you are inspired to throw your own Summer party. Enjoy the rest of the Summer!

Thanks for reading!

 

Cupcakes! August 6, 2012

Filed under: Birthday,Cake,Candy,Food,Party,recipe,Updates — Yaya @ 7:59 AM
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For the kids I made some vanilla cupcakes and topped them with some basic buttercream. What really made them special and added just enough cuteness to them was worms!

Oh yes. You read that correctly. But let me just clarify: sour gummy worms.

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I just baked the cupcakes. Let them cool and frosted them with a very thin coat of white frosting. Priming them by adding that thin coat of frosting definitely paid off. They were moist and delicious several days later.

The next thing I did was make the buttercream frosting. Once that was done I put it in the refrigerator for a few minutes while I prepped the rest. I grabbed 2 bowls and set up a topping station. To make the dirt I crushed some Oreos (about 6 to start). Any brown (chocolate) sandwich cookie will do. The worms were sour gummy worms but you can use any you like. Sweet gummy worms are just as good.

Once each topping was in its bowl I took out the frosting and let it come to room temperature. I added as much green as I needed to make it look like grass. Then I used an open star tip to ice the cupcakes. I quickly sprinkled some crushed Oreos on top and added a little worm.

Voila!

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