Archives for October 2011

Sweet Potato Galette

This sweet potato recipe is a breeze to make yet it looks like you really put a lot of time into it (let it be your little secret).  I always make it in cast iron skillet although you can also make it in a metal skillet (don’t use non-stick; the oven temperature is too hot for its surface).

I like to put a layer of grated gruyere is the middle – sweet potatos and gruyere are a wonderful taste combination.  But you can certainly leave it out.  Also else that is needed is a bit of unsalted butter and salt.

Don’t be put off by the picture below – the galette is not burned.  The dark edges are were the potatoes carmalelized and they are just oozing with sweet flavor!

This recipe is very similar to my Potato Galette recipe – take a look at it for step-by-step instructions on how to make a galette.

Visit Diva Entertains for beautiful party favors including Baptism and Communion Favors.

Latest Additions to the Diva Entertains shop

Oh, do we have some fun goodies to share with you this week!  Check out all the new STUFFS we’ve added.  Like these jungle birthday party favor bags:

safari / jungle birthday party favor bags


girl’s birthday party hats


and MORE birthday party hats


monkey theme baby shower candle favors


photo cookie party favors

More wonderful goodies NEXT week!  Have a safe and fun Halloween weekend…

Fab Friday: Winter Weddings, Part 1

It’s Fab Friday… and I’m excited to share a few FAB photos I found this week.

Out of curiosity, if you are planning a winter wedding, what is your color scheme?

I have been drooling over winter wedding inspiration photos, and I’ve decided my FAVORITE color scheme is purple and white.  It kind of took me by surprise… I mean, I expected to love all the blue and white themes (ok, I DID love those), but never expected to be WOW’ed by the purple!

The photos from Southern Wedding are what did it:

Stunning, right??

Love, love the idea of the Hot Cocoa or Hot Chai bar.

Did you know that we offer Hot Chocolate favors in the Diva Entertains shop? They come with hot cocoa layered with marshmallows and dark and white chocolate chip toppings.  The attached tags can be customized to fit your theme and color scheme… seriously perfect as a winter wedding favor!

And I know I just talked about a thumbprint family tree the other day, but I found THIS fabulous wedding tree idea in “say anything” design’s etsy shop:

A thumbprint tree… to replace a traditional guest book! (Yes, the photo has the thumbprints in purple… bonus!)

And… one last FAB inspiration collage with a purple and cream wedding theme, from Style Me Pretty.  Even though I’m not actually PLANNING a winter wedding, I’m thinking the lavender centerpiece would be wonderful for a holiday party.  Look at all the jars and the vintage feel?  LOVE!!

Happy FAB Friday!

Last Minute Halloween Printables, Easy Halloween Decor, and More!

It’s almost here… Halloween!  My kids have been counting down the days since October began, so other than getting a couple more bags of candy (to replace the candy we are bound to eat this weekend), my family is pretty much ready for the 31st.

Even so, I couldn’t help looking around for some last-minute ideas for Halloween crafting and celebrating and Halloween party planning.  I was specifically looking for last-minute Halloween printables to keep the kids busy while we wait impatiently for Monday, but I found…oh, so much more!  Check it out…

Adorable Pretzel Skeleton Homemade Halloween Treats perfect for the school party:

Candy Corn Parfait, from

Easy Halloween Cupcakes, from What the Fruitcake: (SO cute)

And check out these amazing candle holders… they are APPLES!  Perfect for the harvest party decor:

Speaking of candles, I am SO in love with these Frosted Glass Candle Holders for fabulous and easy Halloween decor… read HOW to make them HERE:

I couldn’t pass up sharing the next photo.  Talk about a simple way to decorate the house with mini-pumpkins.  DIY jack-o-lanterns, made out of ORANGES!

I promised printables, didn’t I?  Well, how about these free Halloween Printable Silhouettes from No Biggie:

AND…these Halloween treat bag toppers from Blooming Homestead:

Yeah, I just THOUGHT I was ready for Halloween.  How about you?

Happy Thursday, everyone!

Cookies… cookies… and MORE cookies!

I only recently became aware of the WONDER that is the decorated sugar cookie.  I mean, sure, I’ve made lots of cookies in my life, and I’ve even decorated a few for the holidays over the years, but OH. MY. WORD.  I really had no idea what one could do with royal icing and some decorating talent.  (And actually, I have neither of those – icing OR talent – so even though I now KNOW what one could do, I couldn’t really do it if I tried).


How about I just show you some FABULOUS cookies, eh?  And maybe a tutorial or two?  From a few folks who DO have icing… and talent!

One of my most favorite new cookie sites is SugarBelle’s.  You will soon see why!  Check out some of her cookie masterpieces below!


The perfect jack-o-lantern cookies, with tips on making orange frosting:

An amazing example of how a cookie cutter can be used for more than one design:

Amazing!  (I know, I said that already, but really… )

Are you getting exciting about the cookie design possibilities?  Below you’ll  find several how to decorate with royal icing tutorials. Such as this fabulous lesson at with Top Ten Cookie Decorating tips about using Royal Icing:

And another one on how to “flood” cookies with Royal Icing. (I’ve learned a LOT of new terms in my cookie design making quest!)

I’m SO not done yet… look at THIS tutorial on quatrefoil designed cookies:

And this one, on making chevron-inspired cookies (another from SugarBelle’s!):

AND… I am going to finish out with these adorable angel cookies… and the tutorial on making them!

So, who is going to make some cookies?  (I’m volunteering to EAT them… or… admire them!)

And JUST in case you don’t have icing OR talent (just like me), here is a link to all our fabulous Cookie Favors in the Diva Entertains shop.

Tuesday Tutorial – Fingerprint Family Tree

Because I’m a bit of a Type-A personality, and I always run out of time… I decided to plan ahead this year.  For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been on the lookout for projects the kids and I can do for the holidays.  Here are a few links to some fun Thanksgiving decorations that I think we need to try, to spruce up the table AND our place settings on Turkey Day!

Last, but not least… we talk A LOT about our extended family around Thanksgiving and during the holiday season, and I thought it might be fun to make a family tree.  Here is a lovely Family Tree Tutorial WITH a free printable, to make a Finger Print Family Tree.. using the KIDS’s fingerprints.  Talk about a holiday treasure, both now and for the future.  The tutorial is from Sugar and Dots.


I know we still need to get through Halloween this next week, but are YOU already thinking about the holiday parties?  (Please tell me I’m not alone in planning ahead??)

Happy Tuesday!

Peanut Butter Apple Cookie Bars

A friend posted a link to this recipe and I was so taken with them that I made them immediately.  Something about combining peanut butter, apples and brown sugar – it sounded so delish.  And like the *perfect* fall sweet treat.  And I wasn’t disappointed – they were scrumptious!  Moist and full of flavor.  Give ’em a try!


This post linked to:  Mangia Monday, Melt in Your Mouth Monday, and Mingle Monday.

Turn to Diva Entertains for fabulous, custom party favors!

Fab Friday – Inspiration for a GLAM party

I don’t have tutorials for you today, (well, ok, maybe one), but I DO have some fab, fab, FAB inspiration photos as you think about your next Bachelorette, Birthday, or Bridal party.  I hope you are in the mood for GLAM parties, because we are BRINGING it today!

First up, a fabulous BIG FLOWER party…  hot pink, silver, sparkle ribbon and backdrop…LOVE!


And speaking of silver and sparkle, check out this gorgeous wreath! (If you are interested, you can purchase it HERE)

Source: via Janice on Pinterest


How about a little Hollywood Glam with a Vintage Chanel party theme??


Who knew burlap and candles could be so PRETTY?!


Need ideas for everything? A color scheme, favors, centerpieces… here you go!


And last, but not least… I promised you a tutorial! Check out this how-to on making a pair of Jewel Embellished Party Shoes!

Source: via Emma on Pinterest


Happy FAB FRIDAY, everyone!

Thrifty Thursday – DIY Party Lantern and Pomanders

I’ve got a couple of quick, easy, and LOVELY tutorial finds for you today!  First up,  DIY Paper Lanterns:  (click images to reach the tutorials)

This could be done in so many ways and themes – perfect for baby showers, bridal showers, and even just a sweet decoration for your home!

Second, how about some DIY Tissue Pomanders:

And, to “round” it out with three, here’s a fab tutorial on DIY String Chandeliers:

Why yes, I do realize all three tutorials are for ROUND objects.  Should I do squares next time??

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday Whimsy – Halloween edition

Probably because I have small children, I am often attracted to the whimsical in life.  (Maybe it’s because I have very WHIMSICAL small children). (Are all small children whimsical, or just mine?) (I probably should stop writing this post in parentheses).

Where was I?  Oh yes… over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been surfing around Pinterest looking at Halloween costumes, fun Halloween crafts and decorations, Halloween sweet treats and Halloween cookies, Halloween printables… well, all things Halloween.  I found myself pinning the whimsical and sweet, versus the scary and gory. (Again, the small children affect this decision, I’m sure).  I think there is room in a Diva’s life for whimsy, so here are a few fun things I found.


Source: via Debra on Pinterest


MORE cute:

Source: via Debra on Pinterest


LOVE these: (click HERE for quick tutorial on how to make them)

Source: via Debra on Pinterest


I will be making some of these FOR SURE:

Source: via Debra on Pinterest

My nine year old was a mummy last year, and plans to be one again this year. I don’t THINK he is too old to appreciate these mummy cupcakes:

Source: via Debra on Pinterest

Sugary AND Salty Broomsticks.. not sure about eating them, but I LOVE the look. You can read the tutorial HERE.

Source: via Debra on Pinterest

And I couldn’t end a post without SOME form of pumpkins! These aren’t pink, but I think it’s a VERY clever idea… you can click HERE to read the tutorial on making your own photo pumpkins:

Source: via Debra on Pinterest

Happy Wednesday, folks!