Archives for October 2012

More Peacock Inspiration!

We have talked about “peacock” as a wedding and party theme a few times… most recently, HERE.. and HERE.  It seemed like time for another Fab Peacock Post, and today we are going to talk about cakes, cupcakes and cookies… all peacock style!

First up, look at this beautiful peacock cupcake, from Cutest Food:

Fab peacock cookies (and a LOT of other fab inspiration too!) from Amy Atlas; you’ll definitely want to click through to see all the pics and ideas!  Her use of color in food and decor is simply fantastic.

A SUPER incredible tutorial on making peacock cookies, from Flour Box Bakery:  A must see!

A simple but elegant peacock cake design, from Little Red Birds Blog:

 

And one more fun peacock cupcake, from The Cupcake Blog:

Have you decorated with the peacock theme for an event?  We’d love to hear about it!

 

 

 

Delicious & Easy Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

pumpkin dessert bars

I love anything with pumpkin, but my husband?  Not so much.  So I don’t get the opportunity to make many pumpkin bar recipes.  But when my friend Lizzy at the That Skinny Chick Can Bake blog sent this recipe and beautiful photo – I had to try it. SO incredibly good – now it’s your turn!

Diva Entertains is your source for memorable party favors!

FREE Halloween Printables

I have some fun FREE printables links for you today – and they just happen to be Halloween printables for all your party and Halloween plans!  Check ’em out…

From Finding My Aloha, some super cute owl, pumpkin and bat printables:

From Catch My Party, several favor tags and party printables, in fun Halloween themes and colors:

And from Paper Squid, some simple but super cute cupcake topper printables:

Even More Halloween Party Planning!

We’ve already talked about Halloween Party Planning HERE… and HERE… but there are just SO MANY great ideas out there, we are talking about it again!  Are you ready for some fabulous inspiration?  Here we go!

From Better Homes and Gardens, a BUNCH of great Halloween cake ideas.  All easy to do, and fun for all ages! Make sure you scroll through ALL 18 Halloween cake pictures!

If there weren’t enough cake decorating ideas in the last post, check out this one from the Cooking Channel…. a detailed how to make a SPIDER cake!

Looking for a wreath for your front door?  Check out this one from all things simple.  Her original DIY post is for a red wreath, but you can easily use orange to make it, and add the spider, as shown below. Her tutorial is “How to make a Halloween Wreath 101”:)

And for some ADORABLE party favor/treats, visit How Does She for a tutorial on making these Halloween Cookie Pops:  She gives step-by-step instructions on how to make oreo cookie sucker pops that I’m sure you’ll use again and again depending on the holiday or event.

HGTV.com has a post with 21 different favor and Halloween game ideas for your next Halloween party.  Here is one of my favorites:

And finally, from Cookies and Cups, check out this DIY tutorial for making Witches Broom Cupcakes.  Wait til you see how the broom is made – *genius*!

We may have ONE more Halloween post coming next week… Until then… BOO!

Easy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

chocolate peanut butter pie with cream cheese

 I served several of these delicious chocolate peanut butter pies at a party last week and not only wasn’t there a single piece left, at least 15 guests asked for the recipe.  It’s very easy to be make but can be even easier if you replace the homemade pretzel crust with a store-bought graham cracker crust and the chocolate ganache with hot fudge from a jar.

This pie can be made way in advance (a month or more) and frozen until needed.

FABULOUS Giveaway – a Silhouette Cameo Electronic Cutting Machine!!!

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Are you ready for our BIGGEST, most amazing GIVEAWAY yet??  I can’t quite believe it… but we are giving away something HUGE today.

We are giving away a Silhouette CAMEO® Electronic Cutting machine!!!  Yes, you read that right.  Value: $300! One lucky winner will have a Silhouette shipped to directly to their home!

For those of you who don’t know what this is… let me explain. The Silhouette CAMEO® is a cutting tool.  It plugs into your computer with a USB cable, and comes with software that you install.  With the software and the cutting machine you can make all KINDS of things!  Cupcake toppers, party and gift tags, banners, vinyl projects, iron-ons, etchings… oh, so many, many fun things!

The Silhouette software comes with a variety of already installed projects and templates, AND you can purchase additional templates for projects for as low as 99 cents each from the Silhouette shop.  It’s seriously the best tool I have in my office, aside from the actual computer.

So… you KNOW you want to win this Silhouette cutting machine, right?!  How do you do that?  SIMPLE!

1. Sign up for our once-a-week blog recap email list HERE and then leave us a comment letting us know.  (If you are already a follower, just leave a comment saying, “I already receive your weekly recap email”)

2. Write a facebook post about our giveaway, and then leave us a comment letting us know.

3.  Click “LIKE” on our Diva Entertains Face Book page – HERE, and then leave us a comment letting us know.  (If you have already liked us on Facebook, just leave a comment saying, “I am already a fan on Facebook”)

4. Post on twitter about our giveaway, and then leave us a comment letting us know.

5. And finally… post about it on YOUR blog, and then leave a comment letting us know.

SO, to recap… you can enter our blog giveaway up to FIVE times.  Do any or all of the above five things, and leave a comment EACH TIME on this giveaway post

We will announce a winner in two weeks, on October 19th!  Giveaway open to U.S. Addresses Only.

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AND… the winner of the $50 Visa card from our last giveaway is…   Kelly D.

Thursday Themes – GREEN and PINK

A Pink and Green party or shower theme is classic, stylish… and simply lovely.  Here are some ideas of how to do “Green and Pink” well.

From Thoughtfully Simple, an oh so cute Turtle Party… in greens and pinks! It’s amazing how little touches like pink lemonade, pink or green cupcake liners, etc. can have such big impact.  For the very affordable party printables shown in her post, Click Here

 

Check out these adorable, homemade pink and green favors, from Elle Belle Creative, and her pink and green shower:


We talked about Stripes and Polka Dots yesterday, but I saved this post from Mummy’s Little Dreams for today’s post.  The first photo shows the perfect combination of greens and pinks… and polka dots!  You’ll love all the fabulous photos!

Click on over to Tastefully Entertaining to check out the Pink and Green Whale party.  Such a cute idea, especially the rubber boots!  Isn’t this pink and green birthday cake gorgeous?


Check out the pink and green OVERLOAD from Catch My Party.  You can purchase, download and print your own green and party decorations and accessories!

And finally, from our own Diva Entertains shop, we have some adorable Gerber Daisy Favor boxes in pinks and greens:

Stripes and Polka Dots

We talk a lot about trends here at Diva Entertains, and two of the hottest trends I keep running into are STRIPES and POLKA DOTS.  So, today… I’ve got some stripe-y polka dotty goodness for you!

First up, from the event studios, a FAB stripes themed birthday party.  Love EVERYTHING about this party.  Make sure you click through to see the stripe birthday cake – beautiful and not-that-hard:

From Kara’s Party Ideas, an adorable nautical birthday party, with LOTS of stripes.  Make sure to read her post when you click thru; it’s a wealth of information!:

Check out these FREE printable party hats, in wonderful stripes and colors… from Mr Printables.  It also includes photos on how to make birthday hats!:

From Anders Ruff, an incredible Arts and Crafts party, complete with LOTS of stripes AND polka dots.  This post is *LOADED* with fabulous party planning information including sources for unique and wonderful party supplies.

And from the Hostess Blog, a GORGEOUS chevron and polka dot party… I’m just in awe of this cake… and everything else about the party!

 

Arrghh, Matey! Pirate Party for Boys And Girls

Pirates NEVER go out of style, it seems, and these days both boys AND girls are getting into pirate-themed parties (“princess & pirate parties” are huge).  I have some great inspiration for you today if your kids are wanting to make their guests walk the plank!

First, from the Amy Atlas blog, a great pirate ship themed dessert table, with ideas for a pirate party bunting, cupcake toppers and more!

From the Hostess blog, a very traditional black and red and white pirate-theme party.  LOVE these pirate marshmallow pops.  For $35 you can purchase the download to create much of this party:

From our favorite cookie maker Sweet Sugar Belle, a tutorial for how to make pirate cookies:

From Kara’s Party Ideas, a fab post full of photo inspiration for styling a Captain Hook Pirate Party:

And just look at these amazing photos of a beautiful GIRL pirate birthday party, from B. Couture Photography… love the pink tulle mixed with PIRATES!

If you are REALLY ambitious, you can read about how to make a REAL LIFE “walk the plank” accessory for your party.  From Kammy’s Korner, check out this DIY project:

Are you ready for some pirate fun?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe with Creamy Center!

buckeye cookies

Many thanks to the Big Flavor Blogspot for introducing me to these amazing “buckeye cookies”.  It was their fabulous picture, shown above, that made want to make them that very day I saw them.  Glad I did – they were heavenly (and very easy to make).  If you are a chocolate & peanut butter fan, this recipe will fast become a favorite!