Best Magic Cookie Bars Recipe

I had great incentive to development a ‘best’ magic cookie bars recipe.  Namely my husband, mother and best friend loves them!  And after tasting way too many mediocre (at best) magic bars – I knew what I had to do to improve them.

Keys to success: 1) The graham cracker base needs to be moist and flavorful.  That means using the right amount of melted butter and adding a bit of brown sugar to liven up the graham taste. 2) Using enough sweetened condensed milk to create a creamy, luscious texture and taste and for the toppings to have something to adhere to.

I make mine in a 9″ x 13″ cake pan – I’m almost always assured some leftovers (which freeze beautiful).

Turn to Diva Entertains for exquisite party favors!

Fab FREE Friday Printable – Bachelorette Tags or Girls Night Out Tags

This week I have something a little different for our free printable.  It’s a hot pink and black Bachelorette or Girls Night Out tag!  I left a space in the middle, so you can personalize these with the Bride’s name, a date, or even use them as name tags!

These free printable tags are 2 inches round, and come 20 to a sheet.  The download is in a PDF format file.  Just download, print, and then cut.  (We recommend a circle punch, like THIS ONE, but scissors work too!  Punches are lost cost and once you have one you’ll find zillions of reasons to use it)

You can punch a hole and add tags to your party favors with string or ribbon… or use the design as a cupcake topper.  If you decide to print them on STICKER paper, these will make great seals for favor bags or boxes… OR name tags!

DOWNLOAD THE BACHELORETTE TAGS HERE.

Happy Friday!

Shoe Themed Party – FUN!

Today we have fun pictures from one of our happy customers from the Diva Entertains shop.  Cynthia planned a shoe themed party, and ordered a cake topper and party favors.  Here are a couple of her photos. Note that the shoes that she wore is on her left and she decorate our shoe cake topper (on right) to look just like it.  Great job Cynthia!!!:

 

Shoe Birthday Parties are big!  You can see ALL our the Diva Entertains shoe party favors and accessories HERE.

Thanks, Cynthia, for sharing!!

Kids Parties – Farm Birthday Party Theme!

One of the most popular themes for kids’ birthday parties is the  Farm and Barnyard Theme!  And honestly, it’s a great theme for adults too… and even baby showers!  I’ve got some great inspiration for you today with lots of flannel, red checks, barnyard animals and HAY!

First, from Shindig Diva, an ADORABLE 1st birthday Barnyard Party.  Animal crackers, “moo” juice, and cow and pig suckers – FUN!  The post is full of great ideas for decorating, favors and more so make sure you click through to it!.

From Blowout Party comes a Barnyard Birthday Bash!  The barnyard cake Amazing! Print the picture and take it to the bakery to see if they can replicate it!  With ideas for favors, food, and even a barnyard craft table make this party a HIT!

Check out the very colorful Birthday Farm party on the Hostess blog.  Once again, the adorable farm birthday cake for this party makes me squeal!  Scroll through all her pictures for inspiration and at the end of the post she describes how she created this party and, where applicable, lists where she purchased specific items from.

And finally, remember that I said a barnyard theme would be great for a baby shower too?  Well, check out this sweet post from Sweet Iced Tea… lovely, fun ideas for a “little chick” baby shower.  I love her “Do Me A Favor” preserve party favor idea.  Easy and so adorable.  Scroll down to the end of her post to see it:

Shabby Chic Mason Jar CraftsTutorials

I have three great tutorials for you today.  They are easy as can be, and in just a matter of minutes, you can be turning ordinary mason jars into super fab pieces! These would be great for party table centerpieces, shower gifts… or even just your home decor!

First up, from Julie Ann Art, a colored mason jar tutorial… the see-through colored glass look is SO gorgeous!  She shares how to paint mason jars, including the specific paint to use, for a beautiful finish like the picture below.

From Decor chick, a spray paint mason jar tutorial that produces a completely different look!

And from Crafts By Amanda comes a VERY shabby chic look.. burlap, doilies, and mason jars.  There are lots of potential ways to design these luminaries… check out the post for a variety of ideas!

Best Lemon Bar Recipe

These luscious lemon bars really are the best that I’ve ever had. What makes them ‘the best’? Several things: 1) a flavorful shortbread base that isn’t overcooked. 2) a moist, rich and succulent lemon layer (too often the lemon part of a lemon bar is dry and overcooked), and 3) a scrumptious sweetened sour cream topping.

These lemon dessert bars are also delicious without the sour cream topping; if you would prefer you can skip this last part.  (You can also top the lemon layer with a little powdered sugar if you’d like).

Turn to Diva Entertains for exceptional party favors.  We also specialize in Breast Cancer Favors and a portion of each sale is donated to Breast Cancer Research.

Fab FREE Friday – Sunflower Printable Tag

Last week’s free printable was a generic carnation tag for all your spring party and shower needs.  I decided to follow it up this week with another flower… the SUNFLOWER!  This summer favor tag is so generic it could even be used as a gift tag if you like!

These free printable tags are 2 inches round, and come 20 to a sheet.  The download is in a PDF format file.  Just download, print, and then cut.  (We recommend a circle punch, like THIS ONE, but scissors work too!  Punches are lost cost and once you have one you’ll find zillions of reasons to use it)

You can punch a hole and add tags to your party favors with string or ribbon… or use the design as a cupcake topper.  If you decide to print them on STICKER paper, these will make great seals for favor bags or boxes.

Download the SUNFLOWER TAG HERE

Happy Fab Friday!

May Day Inspiration

I’m sure you’ve noticed in recent posts that I’ve been OVER THE TOP about flowers and spring.  I just can’t help it.  And you can expect more… like today!  As April starts to wind down (already!), it’s time to start thinking about May Day and Mother’s Day!  Now, I know May Day is traditionally more for “kids”, but as I was looking at gorgeous May Day bouquets, I realized what great inspiration they would be for a spring bridal or baby shower… or a Mother’s Day tea.  So, are you ready for more flowers??  (Even if you aren’t, here they come…)

First up, from A Bit of Sunshine, an absolutely lovely tutorial on making Fancy Felt Baskets for May Day.  These would ALSO be good for centerpieces at a shower, or even gifts for party guests.

A very simple and shabby-chic-esque idea comes from Martha Stewart.  Simple cans made into May Day baskets:

I just have to share one for the kids… I can’t help it. From Rage Against the Minivan, a great tutorial for making cone baskets… again, these could be embellished and made into lovely centerpiece bouquets!

And finally… one more “shabby chic” idea.. from Patina White.  Peat pots turned into LOVELY baskets for May Day… or any day!

Flower Girl Dresses and Accessories

It’s wedding season.. which means so many beautiful ideas for a story-book wedding day.  I was noticing the other day (while browsing pinterest, of course), that there are SO MANY lovely dresses and accessories for flower girls these days.  Tulle, ruffles, sparkle… enough to make the littlest girl in the room feel as beautiful as the bride!  Check out some of what I found!

I was drawn to this post on One Fine Day because of the photo I found below… but you simply must go see the rest of the collection of flower girl dresses.  So much adorable-ness!

And going along with THAT post, check out Everything But The Princess… a shop FULL of gorgeous and fun designs for your flower girl (or your 5 year old daughter Martha… oh wait, that’s me!)  Have you ever seen so many raspberry ruffles??

I mentioned accessories, right?  Check out this FAB Flower Girl Bouquet/Wand, from Petal in Pear Boutique.  What a fun idea, and so gorgeous!


And for the DIY’ers, I have a fun tutorial from Martha Stewart Weddings.  Flower PARASOLS for the flower girl… I love that it’s something she can take home from the special day and use again and again.


What kind of Flower Girl dresses and accessories are you seeing this wedding season?  We’d love for you to share!

Spring Baby Shower Ideas

Oh, I have some lovely, lovely things to share with you today!  It’s SPRING… and it’s time to think about BABY SHOWERS!  April Showers… May Flowers… oh, so many fun ideas for themes!

First up, from Thoughtfully Simple, a “Baby in Bloom” shower idea.  The post is FULL of fab ideas for celebrating with a blooming baby shower including a cheap and easy way to decorate with homemade flower poms.  Click here to learn how to make tissue paper pom poms:

From Kara’s Party Ideas, a modern baby shower theme… bright, bright colors like orange and blue AND with chevron print.  A must see!

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From Hostess with the Mostess, an INCREDIBLE Spring themed baby shower… or “sprinkle“. Featuring a pastel baby shower them, there are many gorgeous pictures and ideas!  Be SURE to scroll to the end of the post where there is specific info about almost everything pictured, so you can re-create a sprinkle for your favorite mom-to-be.

From Jay’s Catering, check out this Spring Baby Shower post, with great ideas for decorating INDOORS, but still getting that feel of spring.

Aren’t you inspired!!  I sure am.