Fab Friday – Free Easter Printables

It’s LAST MINUTE time… and to help you out, here are some fun FREE Easter Printables.

From Mr. Printables, adorable Bunny Party Favor Bags:

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From It Is What It Is, a treat bag topper – perfect for Peeps!

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From Aly & Ash, super cute Easter cupcake toppers:

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Theme Thursday: Zebra Print

As a theme, and as an accent, we’ve posted about Zebra Print before, but it’s so, so popular, we just have to share again (and again).

From Jessicakes, check out this Zebra birthday cake

 

From DesignDazzle, a Black, Pink, and White Zebra Party:  Make sure you scroll through all her pictures – such inspiration and ideas!

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From Girly Gatherings, a Girls Night Out Dessert Table, in all-out Zebra theme:

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Want to make your own zebra birthday cake?  This how to make a zebra cake video tutorial is *fantastic*.  And you can easily purchase fondant from a craft store, a bakery or use this marshmallow fondant recipe to make your own!

If you are just interested in making the cake batter in a zebra stripe – view this short zebra stripe cake tutorial.

 

And thanks to Cindy V. for these photo’s from the Fab bridal shower she gave.  Thanks for letting Diva Entertains be a part of it!

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Tea and Cupcakes

Today’s post was inspired by one of our recent customers, Kimberly.  Here is what she had to say about the party planning:

I found the perfect invitation for what I had in mind (Tea & Cupcakes), you’ll see it attached and was looking for a decoration theme that would tie it in together.  That’s where your cupcake sticker came into the scene.  It was perfect.  It was a cupcake.  It was pink and brown and I loved that I was able to personalize it.  The sticker was used to put on the back of the shower favors which happen to be cookie cutters in the shape of the letters that spell LOVE.  Once I had the cupcake sticker in mind I was able to pull everything else together, the colors were pink and brown, as well as what decorations I had.  I was even able to find a similar cupcake to your sticker in the form of a wall decal (great website call Wall Monkeys) large sized that we put on the wall.  The cupcakes I ordered from the bakery were brown with pink frosting as well…the rest of the deserts we made ourselves.

Thanks to Kimberly for these pictures of the Tea & Cupcakes shower that she hosted for her sister.  Didn’t she do a FAB job?!

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Want to learn how to decorate your swirl cupcakes like a pro?  Follow this tutorial from Lora Lee Lewis.

Baptism and Christening Party Ideas

We have been selling a LOT of baptism and christening favors lately, and that got me searching for party planning ideas for those events!  I found some GREAT inspiration and DIY for you!

From Kara’s Party Ideas, a Hot Air Balloon theme Christening Party:

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From the Hostess blog, a Nautical Christening party.

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Also from the Hostess blog… a photo album full of lovely photos from an elegant baptism party:  You’ll want to scroll through all 23 picture – such wonderful little touches that make big impressions!

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And from a recent customer Carol, some GORGEOUS photos of one of Baptism cake toppers and her dessert table:

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How To Make Marshmallow Pops

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Just in time: Easter treats to make and enjoy!  These delicious, easy-to-make Marshmallow pops are  another great recipe from my friend Danielle at Hugs&CookiesXOXO.  She is the queen of sweet treats!

Simply thread marshmallows on a stick (or straws).  Sticks come in a variety of lengths and are easily found in the baking section of craft stores (Walmart also carries them).

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Dip in melted chocolate (or melted chocolate candy melts)

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Set on wax paper (to harden) and decorate with sprinkles or whatever you’d like!

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Wrap in cellophane treat bags if you’d like.

Fab Friday Giveaway – another $75 Visa Card

It’s time to announce the winner of the Immersion Blender.. and the winner is…….. Lisa B.  Lisa, you’ll get an email from us this morning!

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For THIS week’s giveaway… we are giving away ANOTHER visa gift  card – a $75 Visa gift card!

 

 


One lucky (US) winner will win this $75 visa card on April 5th.

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”)

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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 March 4th at midnight, and announce the winner on March 5th.  Winner must have a US shipping address.

Theme Thursday – Shabby Chic Garden Party

I’m going super specific with today’s Theme Thursday post… specifically shabby chic… and garden or tea parties!  When thinking about shabby chic and garden parties and tea parties, we are looking at LOTS and lots of pastels, flowers, and loveliness. Can’t wait to share what I’ve found!
From Kara’s Party, a shabby chic tea party baby shower – lots of FABULOUS ideas for sweet, pink, and shabby chic! Serving cupcakes in vintage tea cups is a beautiful presentation.  And who would have thought that big rosettes (easy to do) would look so amazing on a cake?

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From OntoBaby.com, a Butterfly Garden themed party… LOVE the butterflies on the wall as a backdrop!  Make sure you click through to the post for inspirational photos and ideas!

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From A Bubbly Life, a DIY No Sew Ruffle Tablecloth tutorial… I specifically like the words “no sew”, don’t you?

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From Prudent baby, an incredible idea – a sugar cookie centerpiece cone!  What a beautiful centerpiece for a garden party, and so original and fun!

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And finally, I ran across a lovely British company when looking for shabby chic tea party ideas… check out CakeStandHeaven.com.  They offer hand crafted cake stands and tea party sets.  cakestandheaven

Spring Break Activities for Kids

I know a lot of folks (kids) are already enjoying spring break, and many (kids) are looking forward to next week, so they can relax and enjoy a bit of time off.  As a parent of three such kiddos, I have been doing some searching for fun spring break activities, that won’t break the bank… and that won’t cause TOO big of a mess! (Because really, I don’t want to be cleaning up messes on our week OFF).  Sharing what I’ve found so far…

From SheKnows.com, a great post with four craft project ideas… but I especially like this yarn butterfly DIY project.  They are all easy and fun spring break activities!

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From The 36th Avenue, a tutorial on how to make paper bead bracelets – my daughter is going to be making a TON of these, I’m sure!  I love that it doesn’t require a lot of supplies, and I can even recycle some old magazines!

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From Parents.com, a very simple craft that can then be turned into a game that can be played (and played and played some more)… magnetic fishing game craft!

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From BHG, check out these adorable lightbulb sheep – so stinkin’ cute, and you aren’t really limited to just sheep… birds, dogs, cats… the only limit is your child’s imagination! There are actually 20 Easter crafts to make – check them out by scrolling through the pictures.

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And from Martha Stewart, a project that includes some learning AND long-term fun!  Eggshell flowerpots – a perfect after-Easter activity!

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Easter Cupcakes Ideas – Cookies Too!

So excited to show you some lovely edible Easter cookie and cupcake ideas today!

From Somewhat Simple, yummy looking Carrot Cupcakes.  The carrots are made from fondant which can easily be purchased and she used real carrot tops!

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From Seeded at the Table, some adorable Easter Sugar Cookies that looks like a nest with eggs… easy to make, and so, so cute!  You’ll want to read her post and then click here for her Easter Sugar Cookie Recipe.

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From Munchkin Munchies, a great tutorial on how to make these Easter Bunny cookies on a stick.  An edible marker from the craft store makes it so simple!

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From Sweetopia.com, an incredible Mini Easter Cookie Tree – oh. my. goodness!  Lovely, and so sweet…

I’m sure your kids would love to make their own versions with cookies that they decorated themselves!

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And from Ingrid’s Adventures in Baking, some adorable Easter chick cupcakes – I love these, and I know my kids would get a big kick out of them too.  They are made from one large cupcake (for the body) and one mini cupcake (for the head).  She piped feathers using cake decorating tip #16 and some yellow butter cream. The eyes and beaks are made from fondant, with the pupils painted in with gel food coloring.

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What are YOU baking for spring and Easter?  We’d love to hear about it!

Best Cookie Dough EVER!

 

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I checked out Milk & Cookies: 89 Heirloom Recipes from New York’s Milk & Cookies Bakery from our local library and am I ever glad I did.  I kid you not when I say that this is the best cookie dough ever.  So much so that I can’t stop eating the cookies I made.  They are in my freezer but I’ve been going there all hours of the day and night and breaking off a little bit here and a little bit there.

What’s so great about this cookie dough recipe, in addition to its taste, is that it is a vanilla cookie dough base that begs for you to add your favorite ingredients.  Here I’ve added dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and dried cherries.

I think the secret to this amazing recipe is a combo of adding finely ground old fashioned rolled oats to the batter (you wouldn’t actually know there is oatmeal in it) and the right combination of granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract.  Give them a try – you won’t regret it! I’ve adapted the recipe a tad to make it easier for the home cook.