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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Black and White Dessert Party to Say Goodbye to a Friend.

It's a new year around here and everyone is thinking about being fit and losing weight, right?  Well, not me.  I started the year off sick and I only want to eat comfort food and take naps right now. Eating smooth, dark chocolate cuddled up in my electric blanket sounds perfect.  I think I'll hop on the fitness band wagon after Valentine's Day?  We'll see?

Since you now know what's on my mind, I thought I'd finally share this Black and White Dessert Party I hosted in the fall. We wanted to gather some girlfriends together to say goodbye to a special friend who was leaving our community.

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Black and white is always my favorite party theme and so easy to pull off.  A simple black runner on a white table sets the canvas.  I accented everything with silver accessories and glassware.  Black chalkboard chargers are an easy base to put glass dishes on top of.  I have quite a collection of iron tiers to raise the food display to a higher level and make things look fancy.  Remember, height is your friend when displaying food.

Chocolate Ganache Torte from Trader's Joe's was requested by our guest of honor.  It was delicious!  Always, always serve fresh fruit at a Dessert Party.  Some guests do not or can not eat the sugary treats and you never want them to feel left out.  Fresh whole strawberries, cups of watermelon cubes with blueberries and cut cantaloupe made sure everyone could snack.

I used these inexpensive chalkboard signs to help guests identify the drink selection and sticker labels for guests to mark their glass.


And yes, we had a photo booth!  A simple black sheet with crepe paper, curling ribbon and a few black and white paper fan wheels provided a festive backdrop.

The guests were given instructions to have their photo taken with my daughter's INSTAX camera, (perfect, instant party pictures) and then craft up a 'miss you' note card using their picture and lots of washi tape!

I laid out all the supplies they needed and look at the creativity!

Our guest of honor was given a photo clip frame to display the notes on each day and think of us. My teenage son decided he wanted in on the action and made one that says... "Don't worry, I'll probably survive."  

We ended our party with gifts and going around the room sharing favorite memories of our time together.  

To see a list of all the parties on my blog, click here.

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Believe it or not, our daughter turned 16 this month.  She also got her driver's license and went to her first semi-formal dance--all in the same week-end!  Talk about overload for a's so hard watching my baby girl grow up...I'm quite emotional!

To celebrate her day we had a simple 'wintry' Sweet 16 dinner party.  Come take a look at how this came together so easily.

The trick to a simple party is choosing one color!  My daughter requested turquoise it was.

Turquoise tablecloth--
it's actually a sheet I found at Goodwill.
Turquoise paper plates, straws and napkins
Turquoise ornaments
Bluish chargers

I wrapped styrofoam cones with shiny turquoise wrapping paper. Turquoise netting, snowflakes and thick turquoise ribbon added a fun, soft look down the center of the table.

16 turquoise balloons hung down from the ceiling with turquoise curling ribbon.  (16 balloons makes quite the statement!)

The gifts were in turquoise bags and wrappings.
A turquoise paper dot banner hung from the Sweet 16 headboard, turned chalkboard.  (I love to change out the wording on that chalkboard!) 

And of course a turquoise party needs a turquoise cake!  Crushed turquoise candy canes provided the easy 'wow' factor to a basic three layer cake with buttercream frosting.  This isn't the first time I've done this!

A turquoise cake needs turquoise ice cream.
Blue Bunny Birthday Party flavor did the trick.

Sixteen Candles, of course.

A Sweet 16 Party must have sweets, right?
Here's a few tricks for a simple dessert table that only looks impressive.

Use a small table.
Use glass containers for more than just sweets.
Stick to the color theme.

Turquoise netting inside glass vessels add to the decor.
Turquoise party favors (mittens in cellophane bags) displayed in a glass pedestal bowl looks festive and full.
Turquoise colored candies in glass containers completes the look.

I can hardly believe it!  Happy 16th Birthday, Kid!

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Click here to see the list of every party I've posted on my blog.

 To see more of my daughter's birthday parties, click below.

Click here to see my daughter's 11th Blinged Out Bowling Party

Click here to see my daughter's 12th Candy Cane Party

Click here to see my daughter's 13th Oh Deer! Party

Click here to see my daughter's 14th Favorite Things Party

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Friday, December 16, 2016

I saw this pun online and knew I needed to print a tag out for a gift for the Spanish teacher.
My son said "She's not going to like it."
My daughter said, "I hope she doesn't lower our grades."

Oh come on...I think every Spanish teacher would appreciate this pun...right?  Of course you could give this gift to anyone, it doesn't have to be a Spanish teacher...however, I'm not sure the French teacher would appreciate it as much?

Super simple as always.  Print out tag and attach to anything 'fleecy'.  Scarves, throws, gloves, hat, etc.

Click here to print your own tags.  These tags are for printing for personal use only. They can not be edited.

Now you'll be singing this song all day long!

Feliz Navidad!


Here's some more quick teacher Christmas gifts. Take a look!

Comfort & Joy Gift

Thanks for Lending a 'Hand' to Youth Ministry.

So Grateful for You!

White Christmas Gifts to Give

Gifts for Chocolate Lovers

Scentsational Teacher Gift

Cocoa Cups of Cheer

May Your Days Be RoseMerry!

Love, Joy and a 'Peace' of Fudge

You are Won'deer'ful!

Love, Joy, Peace and 'Soap'  I mean hope.

Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Towel.

Ice Cream Social in a Box Gift

S'mores Love for You

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