How to Carve a Pumpkin – FREE stencils and ideas

Did you know you can get FREE pumpkin carving stencils?  Click on over to BHG and check out all their stencils and tutorials for making YOUR Halloween Pumpkin the BEST on the BLOCK!

Do you have plans for your pumpkin yet?  Share your carving ideas or tips in our comments!

NEON Party Theme – Theme Thursday

Did you know NEON is a very popular theme for parties these days?  It probably is the whole “bring back the 70’s” trend that we are seeing… but no matter the reason, NEON is fun and popular.  Here are some great neon party ideas for planning your next bash!

From You are My Fave, some very sweet (and easy) Neon Party Favors.  Click through for a terrific, step-by-step photo tutorial!

From Hey Look, check out the INCREDIBLE Neon and White styled party... white is the perfect color to pair with neon, and this party shows.

Check out the fabulous party gallery on Catch My Party… a neon themed party using DUCT TAPE.  More white and neon!  And of course, peace signs! Make sure when you click through that you then click on the larger picture – that automatically scrolls all 12 pictures.  This is a great party theme for teenagers!


From The Hostess Blog, a stunning Neon theme Bridal shower… I just love, love, LOVE the styling on this one!  So many wonderful little touches to this post – it will spur so many ideas for you!


From Design Sponge, a Neon styled wedding… some great ideas and tips for adding neon to YOUR wedding or event.

And one more DIY project... a Neon Party Garland, from Madigan Made.  Easy, bright, colorful!  Perfect!

More Halloween Party Planning

We had SO much fun with the last Halloween Party Planning post, we decided to do one (or two) more posts with Halloween ideas!  Here is our next installment of Halloween Party Planning!

For a super cute favor or party snack, check out these Pumpkin Rice Crispy Treats, from the High Heeled Hostess:

Remember the Dracula teeth from the last post?  Here is another tutorial for an even SCARIER mouthy Halloween snack, from the Food Network:

Need a wreath for the front door?  Check out this SO fun tutorial for making Animal Eyes Halloween Wreath, from Crafts Unleashed.  Super simple, but OH SO effective with the “Boo” effect.

And what about a party game or two?  Get FREE Printable Halloween Bingo card sets from Makoodle – SO fun!

My boys are OBSESSED with Mummies, and you can bet I will be serving these Halloween Mummies from Our Best Bites this year!  Perfect party food!  (Be sure to click through and see a few MORE great ideas for Halloween Party Food too!)

And one more idea for the decoration category… lawn ghosts!  Save On Crafts offers a super easy tutorial, with just a few items… for a VERY spooky effect!


Be sure to check back again soon… as we will have at least one more Halloween Party Planning post before Halloween!  If you have any great ideas, or posts we can feature, we’d love to hear from you!

Fab Cupcakes, Stands and More!

We’re talking about CUPCAKES today!  Cupcakes stands, cupcake bling, cupcake boxes… all cupcake love right here!

Starting off with some cupcake bling, check out these amazing cupcakes from Do It Yourself Weddings.  Easy to do yourself with cupcake wrappers and rhinestones bought at your local craft store (I also purchase self-stick rhinestones from Amazon quite frequently).

And these cupcakes in teacups WITH bling… and note the use of a wine glass as a cupcake stand, from Brenda’s Wedding Blog. I think for my next party I will serve a cupcake in a wineglass, sitting on a some whipped cream – wouldn’t that look FAB!

Speaking of stands, check out the individual cupcake stands we offer in the Diva Entertains shop:

And here is a photo from one of our lovely customers, with a “bling-ed out” cupcake stand she designed:

Did you know you can purchase edible “bling” to put on top of your cupcakes?  Not only GLAM to look, at but oh-so-fun to eat too!  Check out some incredible samples from Ridwana Hannan  – courtesy of Asian Wedding Ideas blog.  Most craft store sells the edible dragees shown below (also known as pearls).  For a large selection of colors and size Global Art Sugar is a good online source.

And another one, with edible cameos surrounded by edible pearls:

And this gorgeous example of using bling on cupcakes, from Just Call Me Martha… she has some other lovely cupcakes and cookies too!

We talked briefly about display earlier with the cake stands… how about cake boxes?  These can be accentuated with more pearls or rings bling for a fab look:

 

Fruit & Nut Phyllo Cup Appetizer – Simple and Delicious

filo cup appetizers

I am always on the look out for simple yet exceptionally delicious recipes.  Often that means turning to store-bought ingredients to save time without sacrificing flavor.  Phyllo dough cups are one such item that I always keep in my freezer to help me create fabulous appetizers with minimal effort.  This recipe comes from Family Circle magazine with photography credit going to Romulo Yanes.

Brie cheese and mission figs are an extraordinary combination – one your guests will sure to love.  Add a bit of almonds and honey – ooh lah lah!

Friday Giveaway – $50 Visa Card

It’s time for another Friday Giveaway, and this time we are giving away cold, hard cash!  Or.. close to it anyway!  The winner of this giveaway will receive a $50 Visa card to spend however she (or he) likes!

You know you want to win this visa card!  How do you do that?  SIMPLE!

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Theme Thursday – Orange and Black

We are continuing our new Theme Thursday series this week with… Orange and Black… partly because of upcoming Halloween parties, but also because the two colors together can make a stunning theme.  Whether you are planning a Halloween party, a bridal shower, or a themed wedding, I have lots of Orange and Black for you today!

First, from CakesDecor.com – a jaw-dropping Black Damask and Orange theme cake (and she has stenciling AND pleating tutorials for the cake decorators out there!):

I think black damask and orange go PERFECTLY together, and here is a second example in the cake department, from The Couture Cakery:

Want to find more FABULOUS pictures of orange and black cakes? Go to Google.com/Images and type in (for example):

  • orange and black cakes (or wedding cakes)
  • orange and black cupcakes (if that’s of interest to you)

What about centerpieces?  I found a fun FREE printable from Living Locurto – she has several free designs that are geared towards Halloween parties, but I think this one would be perfect for a shower or even a wedding reception.  Included in the post are very detailed instructions for designing a lovely orange and black tablescape.

From Brooklyn Bride, a modern tablescape in orange and black!  Great inspiration, with a list of materials used at the end of the post:

 Interested in see more orange and black centerpieces and table settings?  Once again go to Google.com/Images and type in (for example):

  • Orange Centerpieces
  • Black Centerpieces
  • Orange and Black Centerpieces
  • Orange Bouquets (for inspiration:)

Stepping away from weddings for just a minute… I found this adorable styled 1st birthday party post on The Tom Kat studio blog – it includes pink, but I just couldn’t NOT share it.  It’s a good example of orange and black AND pink. 🙂

What do YOU think about Orange and Black as a theme?  We’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Fall Decor

Sometimes we branch out just a LITTLE from parties and events, and just talk about decor.  Today is one of those days!  It’s time to start thinking about your fall decor (just a few more days until it is officially no longer summer!)  I have some fall-ish DIY and inspiration for you!

From Thrifty Decor Chick, a very simple (and lovely) DIY fall wreath tutorial.

 

How about Duck Tape Pumpkins?  From Love and Sugar Kisses, comes a VERY unique way to decorate your real (or not) pumpkins this year.  You’ll be amazed at all the designs duck tape is now available in:

From A Diamond in the Stuff comes a pumpkin topiary… WITH glitter!  Click through to see just how easy and inexpensive this is to make!  This is one of the best pumpkin decorating ideas I’ve come across.

From Martha Stewart, a step-by-step tutorial on making a gorgeous pumpkin chandelier for those of you that are more ambitious:):

And finally, from BHG.com, FABULOUS fall bling… on fruit! Make sure you scroll through ALL 17 fall centerpiece ideas!

How will YOU be decorating for fall?  We’d love to hear about it!

Rainbow Theme Party Ideas

Colors, colors everywhere! I’ve got some great party inspirations and DIY’s for you today… all involving RAINBOWS!  Seriously, you can’t go wrong with a rainbow party – talk about bright and fun!

From Glorious Treats, an incredible Rainbow AND Race car theme party… such a cute set-up and fun way to incorporate two birthdays in one.  Just can’t go wrong with primary colors for kiddos!  Here rainbow cookies are beautiful (she includes a link to her recipe).

From Icing Designs, a fab DIY Rainbow wand your child and her guests can make as party favors!  Love these!

From Enchanted Mommy, an incredible M&M rainbow cake, with instructions on how it was made… I know even *I* could make this!  So, so cute and original…

For a super fun and rainbow colorful backdrop (for photos), check out this balloon wall from Mom*tog


This next link is to a photo gallery of a rainbow dessert table and candy buffet… the photos are AMAZING.. I just couldn’t pass up linking to Boutique Affairs  Wouldn’t this be perfect for a rainbow birthday party theme?

And finally, from Pizzazzerie, an Over the Rainbow party, with so many lovely ideas!

And from our own Diva Entertains shop, rainbow cookies!!  The adorable cookies are HUGE, and are sure to be a hit at your rainbow party!

Reeses Cup Cookies – Easy and Indulgent!

Candy Bar Cookies Recipe

You’ve got to try these cookies from Danielle at Hugs and Cookies XOXO.  They are a winner!  The secret to making them look as beautiful as she does is to use a cookie scoop to make them.  She makes super huge ones here using an ice cream scoop (I’m guessing most of you already have one); this recipe makes 18 of that size.  However, using a smaller scoop (inexpensively available at most any store that sells kitchen stuff – like Target, Walmart, etc.) you will get many more cookies out of this recipe!

reese cup cookies