Romantic Evening At Home Ideas

Valentine’s Day is TOMORROW, and maybe you are a last-minute idea person (like me)… so here are a few articles and ideas to help you plan a perfect “evening at home” Valentine’s Day… or ANY day.. for your sweetheart and you to enjoy.

A SUPER cute idea (AND free printable) for an evening at home, from eat drink chic.  The printable is at the end of the post – right above the comments.

 

From the Mom Crowd – 30 Ideas for a Date Night at Home

From Six Sister’s Stuff – 50 Fun and Cheap Date Ideas (not all of these are for home, but many are… or could be adapted to work at home!)

 

And from Love Actually, a (hot and steamy) Body Shop Date Night idea… WITH more free printables:

 

 

Engagement Party Ideas

He’s popped the question… you’ve said YES!  Or… your best friend is recently engaged, and you’d like to help her celebrate? Now what?  We’ve collected some resources to help with the planning of an engagement party!

First, from Martha Stewart, a great article about the “Etiquette of an Engagement Party“.  Who plans it?  Who is invited?  All your questions answered!

Wondering how to create a registry?  Check out the video and accompanying article from Darcy Miller, the Editorial Director of “Martha Stewart Weddings” magazine:

Click on over to punchbowl for a great list of “how-to’s” and helpful hints on planning an engagement party.


Do you work best with a list?  Check out the Engagement Party checklist from Real Simple

What are YOUR best tips for planning an engagement party?  We’d love to hear about them!  Leave a comment or send us an email!

 

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats Bar

chocolate rice krispy treats recipe

This incredible “fancy” rice krispies treats variation won nothing but RAVE reviews on the recipe swap I belong to.  Even my hubby, who insists he doesn’t like rice krispie bars, thought them fabulous!  The recipe is from the wildly popular cookbook “Baked: New Frontiers in Baking”.  I checked it out from my local library and copied all the recipes I wanted to try:).

Important Note: The recipe below is for an 8″ x 8″ pan of bars but I always double the recipe and use a 9″ x 13″ pan.

Friday FAB Giveaway – a Touch-Screen Crock Pot!!

It’s time to announce the winner of our latest $75 Visa card giveaway.  The winner is…..  Lisa B.

Lisa, you will have email from us this morning!

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And… for THIS week’s amazing giveaway… we have a Crock Pot.  But not just any ordinary Crock Pot!  This is a 6-1/2-Quart Programmable Touchscreen Stainless Steel Slow Cooker.  Seriously, if I could enter to win this, I would!!

One lucky (US) winner will win this Touch Screen Crock Pot on February 22nd.

We’ve tried to make it as simple as possible to enter… AND we are giving you multiple chances to win!

1. Sign up for our once-a-week blog recap email list HERE and then leave us a comment below 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 belowletting us know.  You can also SHARE this post on Facebook if you like!

3.  Click “LIKE” on our Diva Entertains Face Book page – HERE, and then leave us a comment below 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 below letting us know.

5. And finally… post about it on YOUR blog, and then leave a comment below 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 choose a winner on February 21st at midnight, and announce the winner on February 22nd.  Winner must have a US shipping address.

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And here’s a fun photo of our last giveaway winner Amanda with her Griddler!

Theme Thursday – Purple and more purple! (and a little leopard too)

We have more customer photos to share again today, and I decided to make it a “Theme Thursday – Purple Style”, since the photos are from a purple themed wedding and a purple themed party.

First up, one of our products was featured in Baltimore Bride.  The pictures and wedding features are fabulous – please do click through to enjoy. Thanks to Meaghan and Pete, and to Irene, mother of the bride, for sending us these fab photos.  The artwork featured in our product below is by artist Robert McClintock.

Love these purple clothes pin touches…

And secondly, very special thanks to Chanae at Event Executives in Boston for letting us be a part of their event!

 

For a little more purple, check out this fabulous ruffles and pearls cake from I Sugar Coat It.  Personally the skill to decorate this cake is beyond my capabilities – but I could do something similar with white and purple M & Ms.

And a lovely Purple Picnic reception idea from Project Wedding.  So many little touches with BIG impact

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And one last photo (none purple related)… a special thank you to Minnie C. for sharing THIS fabulous photo of her son at his 7th birthday party and for letting Diva Entertains be a part of his celebration!

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Fun

Valentine’s Day is less than 10 days away (eek!), and I’ve got some last minute ideas for you, for both kids and adults…

From LHJ, a sweet recipe for Rice Krispie Treat Valentine’s Day Hearts:

From Pizzazzerie, several FREE DIY Valentine Printables that you can turn into cute gifts… love the Burt’s Bees!

From LuLu’s Blog, an adorable DIY Valentine’s Day Tea Bag craft:

And from the Idea Room.. an amazing Valentines Heart Wreath tutorial…LOVE THIS!

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Another customer photo today… big thanks to Sherri M. for letting Diva Entertains be a part of her event!

Fun Customer Party – Candy Land Baby Shower!

We love our Diva Entertains customers, and we especially love when they send us fab photos of their events!  Today’s post is from a recent baby shower with a Candy Land theme.  Check out some of the AMAZING photos we received from Carmen:

 

Candyland Favor Tags (on the gumball machines)

Doesn’t it look like it was an INCREDIBLY FAB shower?  I want Carmen to come decorate for my next event!!

Fun Valentine Cupcakes

Valentine cupcake ideas

This recipe comes from Allrecipes – a great online source for recipes.  Be sure to click on over to the site to see all the pictures people who have made this recipe have posted (we owe Celeste thanks for this one).

I’ve tweaked their recipe a tad because they used only egg whites to keep the white batter a true white.  However, it’s the yolks that give such richness and moisture to the recipe so I’ve added one back it – it will barely make a difference to the color of the batter but will greatly improve the taste. (okay – I often add two yolks!).

Another perfect and easy valentine cupcake recipe is our Hidden Strawberry Cupcake Recipe with Homemade Buttercream Frosting.

Although pink is the theme for these cupcakes – you can create whatever color middles you want.  Food coloring and candy oils are found in the baking aisle of most craft stores.  I leave the candy oil out of the recipe when I make these.

Valentine’s Day Printables

Valentine’s Day is getting closer… are you (and your kids) ready?  I found a few more Valentine’s Day printables to share from some fabulous crafty bloggers.

From I Heart Naptime, a great DIY gift for Valentine’s Day.. personalized for the teachers:

From tinyme.au.com, an adorable Valentine’s Day printable set:

From Makoodle.com, some free treat bag toppers, perfect for Valentine’s Day goody bags:

And from Be Different, Act Normal, download the free Valentine’s Day gift tags: