I made this cake for a wonderful friend of mine who was renewing her wedding vows. Days in advance I crafted the tiny array of roses and butterflies to cascade down the 3 tiers. Each tier was a delightfully different in flavors and fillers. I was actually lucky enough to have some of my very own cake at this event! Below you will see the matching cupcakes I made for the children. These were made by using my hand dipped technique. See how it's done here.
Jambalaya simmered on the stove as I gathered the kids for a fun Fat Tuesday dinner together. We talked about history of Mardi Gras and Lent and shared ideas of giving something up together this year. The children enjoyed the bright colors and the festivity of it all and tasted King Cake for the first time. Here I just gathered some fanciful decorations I found at party stores and mostly the dollar store this year.
This year I decorated a little place in our party room for my oldest teenage daughter to celebrate Valentine's Day with her best friend and their "friends that are boys" :)
I chose a not too sophisticated atmosphere, but added little touches of romantic celebration with plastic champagne glasses and sparkling juice in a champagne bucket. I let the piano play some gentle classical background music on auto play and dimmed the lights for a candle lit table when dinner was served. The kids were great sports and had a wonderful time. Enjoy some pictures of easy to do ideas for your next dinner of love!
Every year my kids and their dad watch the Super Bowl together in our large party room. Of course we have all girls and it really is more about them finding this excitement with their dad than the game. My youngest said she was determined to actually "watch" the game at the party this year! I am not a big sports fan, so I thought I could be included by making some fun healthy alternatives to the regular foods found on Super Bowl Sunday. I got a little creative and had some fun with it....
Here I purchased some "referee" fabric from Hobby Lobby. I also printed some clip art from the web to make the field box and flags.
A "stadium" of multi grain crackers and low fat cheeses. A few pepperoni were thrown in to give the whole appearance of it being game day food!
I put out veggie chips with a herb dip from Greek yogurt and a spoonful of low fat sour cream.
Piggies in a blanket were made with nitrate free organic chicken dogs in an organic all natural bread dough wrap.
I found these great disposable bamboo plates and servers that are earth friendly and make for easy breezy clean up!
I found this fun rye football shaped bread at Wegmans grocery store. Here the potatoes are organic russets baked in the oven, sliced with a touch of organic low fat cheddar cheese sprinkled on top and some chives added. The dip is made from Greek yogurt, a touch of low fat sour cream, bacon bits, chives and dill. It was such a low cal alternative to twice baked potatoes done the traditional way.
Napkins and cups were an easy find at out local dollar store and craft store.
I stole this little football out of my daughters stuffed animal box!
I made some healthy lemon cupcakes with my usual recipes using almond flour.
see HERE, and the frosting is the "Organic Valley" frosting on the back of the bag HERE.
This party mix is by Annie's. The crackers are whole wheat.
Ok, there is nothing healthy here....but gotta splurge for dear ol' dad! His fav!
I cut up some organic chicken and sauteed with a ginger and teriyaki sauce.
Easy healthy shrimp cocktail.
Low Fat no nitrate ham and organic cheese for sandwiches instead of the usual subs they would have wanted to order!