Archives for July 2013

Mermaid Party Ideas

Today’s theme is perfect for summer time and ocean and beaches…. MERMAID birthday party ideas!

From Meaningful Mama, some DIY mermaid party ideas.

Inside her post there is a link to a Mermaid Menu – don’t miss it if you are look for mermaid party food!


From Catch My Party, an INCREDIBLE display of mermaid goodness – scroll through all the photos!


A GORGEOUS mermaid party from Amy Atlas blog – love, love the colors in this one!!  Her sources are at the bottom of her post!


From Enchanted Events and Design, another fab mermaid party theme.  Love the jelly fish ideas!! And they had 3 mermaid games and activities.


From Oh Happy Day, a Barbie Mermaid party.  The female guests received mermaid costumes, and the boy guests received pirate gear!  SMART!


And from chickabug, a great DIY tutorial for making an easy barnacle backdrop!!


Despicable Me Party Ideas

“Despicable Me 2” is our family’s new FAVORITE movie, so I just had to do a search for party ideas!  Check out what I found – lots of minion love out there!!

From One Lucky Pickle, a super cute idea for making Minions with twinkies and fondant! You could also frost with blue frosting instead of using fondant.



From Fabulously Smitten, a great party post – love the dollar store cups turned into minions!  (I told you lots of minion love out there!)  Read through the posts for some great ideas!



From Create, Celebrate, Explore…. a SERIES of posts on Despicable Me Party ideas! (see the links at the end of the post for tutorials).  Check out the first post HERE!



And from Plucky Momo, a tutorial on making a Minion Bowling game, Pin the Goggles game… and more!!



If you haven’t seen Despicable Me 2, I highly recommend it.  My kids LOVED it, and I did too – I might have even laughed more than they did!


Fudge Frosted Brownies

frosted brownies

Oh my!  Talk about indulgence!  I came across my friend Lizzy’s fudge frosted brownies on her blog, ThatSkinnyChickCanBake and I knew that I had to try that fudge frosting recipe.  It is *divine*!

I used boxed brownie mixes (2 of them) for the base.  I use brownie mixes whenever I’m going to add a topping to brownies; if I’m serving them ‘au naturale’ then I make brownies from scratch.

A couple of notes:

  • The best way to ensure fudgy brownies is to not overbake.  My rule of them is to start checking for doneness 7-10 minutes before the instructions on the box says they will take to bake.  When a toothpick comes out either clear or with a few crumbs sticking to it take them out of the oven.
  • Because I wanted thick brownies, I used 2 fudge brownie mixes.
  • And I added a 12 oz. packaged of dark chocolate chips to the batter.  I just had to……….

frosting recipes for brownies

Baby Bump Baby Showers

A fun theme for baby showers these days is the “baby bump” theme!  Cakes shaped like a bump…

From Cake Central, check out the super fab Green and Zebra print baby bump, WITH accessories too!


Check out the adorable baby shower cookies at The Decorated Cookie… and yes, she has a “bump” design!


You have to click over to Super Mom Moments to see the VERY unique BUMP baby shower!


From, a video about how to play the Baby Bump game at your next shower!


And a great tutorial on how to make your OWN baby bump shower cake, over at Make, Bake and Sew!  It is way easier than you would think!




Not baby bump related, but birthday… thanks to Iris for sending these pics – she certainly is FABULOUS!  The pics show off our cake toppers!




Blueberry Delights!

Did you know that July is National Blueberry Month?  Well.. it is!  And today I have some great ideas for using blueberries in your recipes and dishes to celebrate and enjoy!

From Henry Happened, some yummy Blueberry Mojitos… and other patriotic drink ideas too!



From Gimme Some Oven, an amazing Blueberry Cheesecake recipe:




From Inside BruCew Life, a luscious looking Lemon Blueberry cupcake recipe:




And from Thistlewood Farms, a blueberry and strawberry 4th of July dessert:


Picnic Party Theme

I just love picnics and parties in the park, and I have found some fab ideas for those of you who might like them too!  My children and I are vacationing in the midwest, and enjoying cooler weather than our normal 110-115 degrees of Las Vegas, and I think we need to have one of these parties before we head back to the desert!

From Aesthetic Nest, a gorgeous Woodland Picnic Party theme…

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This next picnic party post is in GERMAN from blogger Liebesbotschaft, and you can click to have the post translated…BUT even if you don’t, the photos of this woodland picnic party are FAB, and I just had to share!


Check out the Americana Picnic Baby Shower photo album from the Hostess blog.  Lots of INCREDIBLE photos for inspiring your own picnic shower:


And from Onto Baby, a sweet bunting and checkered 1st birthday picnic party!



Oreo Rice Krispie Treats – Yum!

fun oreo recipes

Need I say more?


Sugar Cookie DIY

Did you know today is National Sugar Cookie Day?  I know sugar cookies seem more appropriate for fall and winter holidays, BUT..honestly.. isn’t any time a good time for sugar cookies?? I have some great recipes and ideas for using sugar cookies in your next summer party!

Martha Stewart has a simple yummy sugar cookie recipe HERE:



My favorite sugar cookie designer and DIY’er is Sweet Sugar Belle.  Check out one of her recent posts on decorating sugar cookies.  You’ll want to check out her site – great cookies and tutorials!


From Kawaii Sweet World, a fun DIY youtube tutorial on making Watermelon Sugar cookies:


And from Intimate Weddings, a great post on making sugar cookies as wedding favors!


Blueberry Hand Pies

easy blueberry pie

This fabulous blueberry hand pie recipe is courtesy of Toronto’s Food & Drink Magazine, a beautiful free magazine handed out at their wine stores.  I’m *so* fortunate to have a dear friend that always picks one of for me – the recipes are divine!

A single serving easy blueberry pie, this hand pie is easy to make using frozen puff pastry.

National Graham Cracker Day!

Did you know today is National Graham Cracker Day?  ME NEITHER!  But, what a fun “holiday” to celebrate right after the 4th of July holiday.  And I have some great posts for you click on over to here at Diva Entertains that will help in your celebration of Graham Crackers.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars (they have graham crackers!)


S’mores and MORE S’mores!


And… well, every Diva Entertains recipe post or party post that has a graham cracker IN it can be found HERE

Happy 4th of July weekend, folks… and enjoy some chocolate and marshmallow and peanut butter covered graham crackers!!