Fall Wedding Favor Idea – Beautiful Candles Adorned with Acorn Charm

Whether these are already alight when your guests enter your reception (LED tea light candles are great for this!) or they are given to your guests as they leave, we are sure that they will be delighted to received this Leaf Print Tea Light Holder with Copper Acorn Charm:

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autumn themed candles

BTW – they also make great Thanksgiving decor and favors!

Details include:

  • Set of 4 frosted glass tea light holders adorned with gold leaf design. Each tea light holder is wrapped with natural twine featuring a fun copper-finished resin acorn charm.
  • Each tea light holder measures 2.63″ h x 2.24″ in diameter
  • Sold in sets of 4
  • Tea lights not included.  Tea-lights can be purchased at any craft store (use coupons!) or stores like Walmart and Target.  You may also want to consider LED tea lights that are flameless but beautiful.

Please visit Diva Entertains to see all of our Fall Favors and Candle Favors!

Mississippi Mud Cake

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I am a huge fan of Mississippi Mud Cakes, Brownies, Bars and Pies.  I love anything that has marshmallow cream in it and topped with the decadent Mississippi Mud icing!  When I came across this picture at Taste of Home I just had to make it the same day!  All I can say is “YUM!”

Recipe and Photo courtesy of Taste of Home Magazine.

Heavenly Hummingbird Cake

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One of my favorite spring cakes is a Hummingbird Cake.  After trying several recipes – my favorite is the one from Southern Living magazine.  Not surprising, it is one of their most requested cakes of all time.  Moist, flavorful and decked out with a delicious cream cheese frosting – heavenly!

Oh…did I mention that it is extremely easy to make?

Recipe & photo courtesy of Southern Living Magazine.

 

 

Best Christmas Cake

 

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To say that your guests will love this cake is an understatement.  I served it and gave it as gifts throughout the 2012 holiday season and I’m already getting requests for it again this year!  For the cake layers I used my recipe for the Best Dark Chocolate but you should feel free to use any cake, from scratch or from a box, as the foundation of this terrific Christmas dessert recipe.

To create the crushed candy canes, I unwrapped a box of them (typically they have 8 to 10 to a box for under $2) and put them in a ziploc bag and used my meat pounder to crush them.  However, you can also use the bottom of a heavy pan, a rolling pin or a food processor.

I used less than 1 bag of Hershey’s® Candy Cane Kisses® to decorate the top of the cake.

Peppermint Candy Christmas Cake

  • 2 or 3 cake layers* (Diva Entertains Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe, if you’d like)
  • white buttercream frosting, recipe below or prepared frosting
  • 8-10 candy canes, crushed
  • 1 bag of Hershey’s® Candy Cane Kisses® (you will not use the entire bag), unwrapped
  • Wax paper strip

White Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 (32 oz.) package of powdered sugar (2 lbs)
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6-7 Tbsp. of milk or heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Put powdered sugar and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer (you can also use handheld electric beaters).  Start on low speed and beat sugar and butter together for 1 minute.  Add  vanilla extract and 4 Tbsp. of milk or heavy cream and turn mixer up to medium high for one minute.  Continue adding liquid, 1 Tbsp. at a time, until you achieve the frosting consistency that you desire (I like mine a bit on the thick and heavy side).

To Assemble and Decorate Cake:

Place one cake layer on plate or cake pedestal.  Place several dollops of frosting on layer and then spread to have a even layer (about 1/4″ thick).  If frosting is difficult to spread, run frosting spreader or knife under hot water and then flick to remove dripping water, then try frosting again.  The heat from the spreader will make the frosting much easier to spread.

Place second layer on top and proceed to frost top and sides with remaining frosting.

Once frosted, take a strip of wax paper (half the width of the side of the cake) and press it against the sides from the middle of the cake to the top so that the top half of the cake is covered.

Using your hands, press the crush candy canes against the lower half of the frosted cake.  When pieces fall on the plate/pedestal below the side, use your frosting spatula to lift and press into cake.

Place Hershey Kisses on the top of the cake in any pattern you’d like.  Press down gently to adhere Kisses to top of cake.

*I like to freeze my cake layers prior to frosting them as it makes them much easier to frost (barely any crumbs).  Once you have put on the desired  amount, remove the wax paper strip. You made need to smooth out the frosting that was hidden. To do so run frosting spreader or knife under hot water and then flick to remove dripping water, then smooth frosting.  The heat from the spreader will create a smooth finish.

 

 

Fun Monkey Party Ideas

Mod Monkey is so, so cute… and so, so popular – for birthdays and baby showers and more!  Along those lines, I’ve got some great Monkey DIY and Monkey party inspiration for you today.

From The Simple Life, a super, duper cute Mod Monkey 1st birthday party post.  Lots of great inspiration here!!

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From Whimsy and Wise, a PINK Mod Monkey party – again, so much inspiration!  Love the centerpieces on the tables!

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From the Hostess blog, a Mod Monkey baby shower!  Love the colors and the special touches on this one!

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Check out the lovely pink and green features of the monkey baby shower, from Anders Ruff:

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And from our own Diva Entertains shop, check out these super cute monkey candles!  Perfect for a monkey themed baby shower!

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DIY Photo Backgrounds and Backdrops

The “photo booth” idea for parties and events is still all the rage, and today I have some fun DIY background/backdrop ideas for you…along with a few props too!

First, from Pretty Providence, instructions on making  backdrop for less than $5.00!!

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From The Hungry Housewives, a FAB circus party… and although the photo I’m sharing is a backdrop for the table/food… it could easily be used or turned into a photo booth backdrop too!  The actual photo backdrop is further down  in the post.

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From Hello Hue, a lovely gender reveal party… and a VERY simple and fun photo backdrop idea.  Streamers… props… done!

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And I have to confess, this idea is my favorite… using a quilt as a backdrop!  Instant color and texture, but very little effort!  I found this photo on pinteret (couldn’t find the original source), but I love the shabby chic look of it!

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End of Summer Party Ideas

It’s hard to believe… but the end of summer is upon us already!  Kids are going back to school, or already back in school, and the weather is slowly cooling off.  We have another couple of months of warm weather in our region, but the days are clicking by quickly.  Here are some fun ideas for celebrating (our mourning) the end of summer!

From Ready, Set, Party… a fun FREE “So Long Summer” party printable kit… banner, tags, and flags included!

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Check out the Endless Summer party from One Sweet Party.  Loving the watermelon drink dispenser idea!  Click through for some great summer party food ideas!

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SUPER cute kid oriented “end of summer” party from The Bubble Hostess.  Those crab sandwiches are CRAZY cool!

Summer Crab Sandwiches

This next post is for a Hawaiian theme party from Diddles and Dumplings, but I just LOVE the idea of the nutter butter flip-flop cookies.. perfect for the end of summer party.  Check them out:

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What kind of “end of summer” party will YOU be hosting??

Candy Land Party Theme

So, who doesn’t love candy?  And the Candy Land theme for parties is HUGE!  I actually found an adorable photo on pinterest yesterday that sparked the inspiration for this post.  It was a DIY gumball machine on HGTV.com.  Actually – the post is 30 pictures of great party themes – be sure to check it out!

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We have a great post from one of our customers with photos from a Candy Land baby shower she put together:

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From How Does She, an amazing post full of colors and inspiration, AND plenty of tips for doing it yourself Candy Land Birthday Party style!

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Check out the inspiration from Catch My Party – those ice cream pinatas/decorations are to die for!  There are 17 fabulous pics to scroll through!

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This isn’t specifically Candy Land, BUT it could totally be used for a candy land themed party, or any colorful theme!  It would be easy to adapt it to your specific color scheme too.  From Hopscotch Studios Design, a DIY for making a cupcake stand:

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We have some fun Candy Land products in the Diva Entertains shop too… click here to see a few!

Back to School DIY

As much as I hate to say it, summer is almost over… and that means back to school, routines, homework, and carpools.  I’m not sure who is more sad – me more or my children.  The only thing making me feel slightly better is the back to school shopping (I love NEW notebooks and pens!), and the fun ideas I found for Back to School DIY.

Today’s post will focus on the children, and accessories for school.  I’ll write another one next week with Back to School gifts for your teachers.

From Making the World Cuter, a fun tutorial for Personalized Pencil boxes!

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A more feminine and shabby chic style of the pencil holders would be these adorable knotted pencil pouches, from see kate sew:

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And check out these notebook decals, from the Lot 26 Studio.  You could use any kind of decal really, but the butterflies are lovely!

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Everyone knows that you HAVE to take photos on the first day of school.  Check out the Back to School Photo Prop/Frame tutorial, from Crissy’s Crafts:

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And this last link isn’t really THAT back to school related, but it IS Shark Week… so I had to share this fab tutorial for making a Shark Purse, from a beautiful mess!  I know there are some teens out there who use one of these on the first day of school!!

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Gorgeous Peacock Theme Wedding!

I have a special post today..thank you SO MUCH to Crystal and Joseph for sharing their fabulous pictures from their peacock theme wedding!

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Look at the GORGEOUS tutu dresses and headbands on these girls!

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Love her bouquet!

 

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This is a great DIY sign for a beach wedding.  It could be done in any theme, really:

 

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Peacock Cupcake Wrappers from Diva Entertains shop

 

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Ok, this photo did me in… how cute is this!!

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Thank you again, to Crystal and Joseph!