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2nd Bee-day Party Continued

11 Oct

Did you catch the gorgeous papergoods and details on yesterday’s post? If you didn’t, take a minute and check it out!

So, did we mention how much we love the gorgeous paper goods from this party yet? We LOVE them. They really pull everything together and give it a truly cohesive feel.

Other elements of the party that we just loved:

The custom pull-strong pinata.

The birthday girl!

The cakes (and the cake skirt that matches the pinata).

The lemonade stand

The custom felt bunting

This guy. How could you not?

Now… we promised you could download the bee printables. And you can!

We also recommend you visit Sassyrae Expressions and give her a “hello,” or check out her Etsy shop! Her designs are fabulous and perfect for a baby shower, bbq, birthday party, etc!

Let’s get downloading. But first, these printables are available for personal use only, no resale or redistribution allowed!
Start with the invites
Then download the milk labels and editable drink labels
The food labels
The favor tags

Voila! You’re ready to party!

Note: These gorgeous papergoods ARE copy-editable, but depending on the version of Adobe product you have, you may or may not be able to save the edited versions.


Happy 2nd bee-day party!

10 Oct

Oh, this is a good one. Full of sunshiney goodness, it will brighten even the gloomiest day.

Check out Liliana’s 2nd bee-day.

The fantastic Sassy Rae Expressions created the invitations (gorgeous, no?).

They match perfectly with these lovely milk bottle labels (can also be used on juice boxes, water bottles, Izzy soda, etc).

milk bottle labels

And the food labels.

Sassy Rae Expressions food labels

Don’t forget the favor tags.

Favor Tags

Did we mention that all 4 of these items can be downloaded for free?! Come back tomorrow for the links, and more 2nd bee-day goodness!

all photos by Katie Ann photography, all paper goods by Sassy Rae Expressions

Recipe: rhubarb coffee cake with salted caramel sauce

15 Jun

I don’t even know how to say this. This combo is a-mazing. So good!

Start with an in-season rhubarb coffee cake, round it out with a sweet-yet-salty sauce and… yes! So good.

This recipe is adapted from two recipes – salted caramel sauce by Kelsey Nixon and a delicious rhubarb coffee cake by Smitten Kitchen.
Fruit filling:
3/4 pound rhubarb, washed, trimmed and sliced
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground ginger

Strusel topping:
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
1/3 cup sour cream
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup cake flour (ditto on the all-purpose flour–worked just fine)
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons softened butter, cut into 8 pieces.

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees (320 degrees for convection oven). Grease an 8-inch-square glass baking pan with cooking spray or butter.
2. In a small bowl, combine sugar, ginger and cornstarch. Place rhubarb slices and toss with powdered ingredients. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together sugars, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Add melted butter and whisk until smooth. Add flour to mixture, stir with large spoon or wooden spoon. Press mixture into bottom of bowl. set aside.
4. In a small bowl, stir together egg yolks, egg, vanilla and sour cream.
5. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Combine with paddle attachment or electric mixer.
6. Add butter (cut into 8 slices) and 1/3 sour cream/egg mixture, mixing on low setting until flour is moist. Increase speed to medium and beat for 30 seconds. Add 1/3 of sour cream/egg mixture, beat 20 seconds on medium speed. Add last 1/3 mixture, beat 20 seconds on medium speed.
7. Scoop out 1/2 cup of mixture and set aside.
8. Spoon batter into prepared pan, using spatula to get remaining batter.
9. Cover batter with sliced rhubarb, being careful to avoid dumping liquid over batter.
10. Place spoonfuls of remaining batter over rhubarb.
11. Cover rhubarb with strudel mixture, using a mixture of fine crumbs and 1/3 to 1/2 inch crumbs.
12. Bake cake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes up clean. 42-52 minutes.
13. cool before serving.

To prepare salted caramel sauce:
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons salted butter
1 teaspoon ground sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ginger

1. Combine water and sugar in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan, heat to medium-low temperature.
2. Stir briefly with wooden spoon until combined.
3. Increase heat to medium-high, to facilitate boiling. Refrain from stirring.
4. Boil 6-7 minutes, until mixture reaches medium amber color.
5. Remove mixture from heat. Whisk in heavy cream (mixture will bubble).
6. Add in butter (sliced into 6 slices), salt and ginger.
7. Transfer to a refrigerator-friendly dish and cool.
8. Reheat before using.

To serve cake:
Slice and serve on plates, or serve in disposable plastic wine glasses, topped with caramel and creme fresh.

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Cute DIY decor from around the web

17 May

I thought this would be a good opportunity to share some of the fantastic decor finds I’ve come across in the last week. It’s part link-love, part inspiration aggregation. Hope you enjoy this soon-to-be regular feature!

Easy and adorable paper flags via oh! PARTY. Are these not the cutest cupcake/drink flags ever? They’d look great with striped paper straws too!

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Fabric poms are adorable! Make a bundle of these and stuff them in a jar. Instant decor – thanks to Wildflowers and Whimsy.

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This basic white jar has been spruced up with.. masking tape! Jessica at How About Orange is a brilliant crafter – this technique could easily be used on water or wine glasses, candle holders, mirrors, etc.

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Did those get your creative juices flowing or what?

xoxo McKenzie

All images via above referenced sites.

Absolutely in love with BHLDN Decor

5 May

Have you seen BHLDN’s new decor items? I’m in love, love, love! Slate heart placecards, floral epherma, treat pedestals, glass glitter and more.

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Love it all.

xoxo McKenzie

all images from BHLDN.

DIY fabulous crepe paper flowers

22 Apr

Ooh, I am in love with these crepe paper flowers that Jessica from How About Orange came up with. She is so darned creative!

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Add this to my list of crepe paper crafts I need to try – a list that just keeps growing!

Find the tutorial here.

xoxo McKenzie

Image via How About Orange.

Bunting Roundup!

28 Mar

Buntings are SO popular right now – I adore them.

Here are a few of my favorite links to free bunting goodies!

Free personalized bunting wedding invitation suite from The Wedding Chicks
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Printable letter buntings for weddings, parties etc from Two Brunettes via Ruffled.
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An adorable DIY bunting birthday (or shower, or anytime) card from How About Orange.
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An easy, quick-to-sew fabric bunting from Joyful Abode.
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If you’ve got other links to cute buntings, please share in the comments!

xoxo McKenzie

all images property of above referenced sites

Pretty pink princess capes! Part 1

16 Mar

With a fabulous princess party just around the corner, we needed something special to help our guests feel extra princessy. The solution? Princess capes.

Items needed:
3 yards 54″ wide tulle
9 yards ribbon
sewing machine or needle and thread
scissor (to cut tulle)

Stay tuned for photos and directions!

xoxo McKenzie

A basic sweets table on a tight budget

23 Feb

The challenge: create a sweets table to serve 50 for under $80. Eek! Yes, it was going to take time, some baking prowess and careful planning.

My partner in crime @graciep and I tackled the pre-valentine’s treats day with gusto. Special thanks to our fab coworker who was kind enough to shoot the sweets before they were gratefully devoured by our coworkers.

Strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
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Red velvet whoopie pies
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Candies, Rice Crispy hearts on a stick
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Teeny weenie mini cherry cheesecakes
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Don’t worry, we brought a few pounds of strawberries for those who don’t dig sugar
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Aside from these treats, we had cocoa crispy xs and os, loads of candies, lollypops and more.

Lessons learned:
1. make sure the tables/settings you want are available. We ended up with 2 tables that were NOT the 6 foot banquet table we banked on. Thus, woodgrain showing on the sides.
2. if the background isn’t great, bring a backdrop!
3. you can serve 50 folks breakfast for under $100 with some creative baking.
4. is it ON for Easter!

xoxo McKenzie

edited first graf to better explain the situation

Do It Yourself: White Chocolate Cupcake Picks

22 Feb

I made these super-easy white chocolate cupcake picks before Valentine’s day – here’s how.

I used Baker’s brand white chocolate, starting with 6 pieces.

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Melt the squares in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. Once the chocolate is melted, let it set for 60 seconds so it’s not TOO runny.

Spoon chocolate into plastic bag, with bag angled so chocolate all collects in once corner. Seal bag. Using a scissors, snip end off bag (make the opening small, you can always make it larger.

Use chocolate to “draw” outline of chocolate pick on wax paper. Make sure to “draw” the pick at the bottom of the area you want to display.

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Once outline is done, fill in with chocolate.

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Sprinkle any decorator sprinkles or colored sugars you desire. Allow to set at least 15 minutes. Place in refrigerator to speed up hardening of chocolate.

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Once ready to display (I recommend making these 48 hours or less from the time they’re needed), remove from wax paper, stick into cupcake and share!

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I placed these cupcakes in my semi-homemade chocolate cupcakes with raspberry filling and chocolate ganache. They’re super easy! Want the recipe? Check out my guest-post on Eat Drink Pretty.

Update: Amanda at pointed out to me that she has also done white chocolate pick and ring topper tutorials! If you’d like to see them (they have easier instructions and pretty photos), click here and here. Thanks for sharing, Amanda!

xoxo McKenzie