Thursday, December 3, 2009

Planning a Beach Wedding

Planning a beach wedding?

What fun! Enjoy these great ideas for beach wedding themes that are as unique as you are! Beach themed dresses, comfortable beach design slip on reception shoes, cakes, invitations, favors and more...

Beach weddings are becoming more and more popular as people opt for less traditional, more relaxed settings for their big day. They can be much cheaper, less stressful, and just all around plain fun - for everyone!

Whimsical Beach Wedding Ideas
Do you love dolphins, sea turtles, star fish or mermaids? All of the above? You can come up with some great beach wedding theme ideas based on the creatures of the sea.
Your wedding dress could be mermaid style, ever so pale sea green. Weave pearls throughout your tousled hair. Have your "King Neptune" wear a white rayon shirt with a Hawaiian style lei of ivy and green slacks. If he is really into helping you with your theme, you might persuade him to wear the gold crown! I wouldn't count on it though! Your wedding party could be dressed in dark emerald green mermaid gowns and of course the flower girl would be the "Little Mermaid"!

Your wedding cake would be beautiful with green ivy and sea shells and decorations, invitations and wedding favors would be a breeze. There are oodles of ideas and places that offer items to fit this beach wedding theme.

Nautical Beach Wedding Ideas
If you both enjoy boating, consider a nautical theme. A simple, sleek wedding gown for you and a dark navy slacks and a nautical style shirt for him. Make your exit memorable at the end of the day by sailing off into the sunset if you have a boat.

Decorate with netting, anchors and colored rope. Use the same motif on your wedding cake. A small sailboat or a lighthouse would be beautiful as the cake topper.

Make your own "message in a bottle" wedding favors. Place a little sand and your wedding thank you note inside, cork it and tie a small piece of colored rope on it.

Hawaiian Beach Wedding Ideas
Nothing could be more romantic than a Hawaiian beach wedding theme! Just the sound of Hawaiian guitars can whisk you off to the island without ever leaving your home!
There is a gorgeous simplicity to your Hawaiian style white gown called a 'holoku" and your guy is "to die for" in the traditional white "wedding shirt" and white shorts or slacks. Very informal but very beautiful!

The wedding party and guests add color to the occasion with multi colored Hawaiian style shirts and sun dresses. The brighter the colors - the better! If you really want to experience the Hawaiian theme, go all the way with the grass hula skirts! The traditional lei and haku (floral neck and head wreaths) add simplistic elegance and flip flops or bare feet are definitely the order of the day!

Of course your wedding would not be complete without Elvis Presley's version of the "Hawaiian Wedding Song"! If you are too young to remember the movie "BLue Hawaii" it! The song is a Hawaiian wedding tradition and the movie will convince you that a
Hawaiian beach wedding theme is for you!

Beach Party Wedding Ideas
Now here is a beach wedding theme you can really let loose with! Totally informal, cheap, and relatively stress free. A sundress for you, walking shorts and a pastel short sleeved shirt for him.
The reception could be as simple as colorful beach towels or blankets spread in the sand and decorated with sand pails and sand tools. These will be especially useful for occupying the kids later in the day! Ask your guests to dress for the beach and BYOB - (bring your own bathing suit) you thought I meant beer didn't you? Some will do that anyway, without being asked!
Have a beach barbeque. Instead of dancing, have a beach volleyball game or a sand sculpting contest. In short, just let everyone have fun! As the day winds down and the guests drift home, sit back in the sand and enjoy the sunset. It was a perfect, fun day!
Caribbean Beach Wedding Ideas
How about the festive party atmosphere of a Caribbean style beach wedding theme? A
Caribbean wedding is the most joyous occasion!
You will be beautiful in a traditional white rayon crepe wedding sarong and your "mon" will be oh so handsome in a similar white weddingshirt. The wedding party and guests brighten the shoreline dressed in vividly colored sarongs, wraps, shirts and shorts.Floral parasols add a nice touch. Shoes are not required!
A Caribbean reception can last well into the night, sipping rum punch anddancing to the sound of a steel drum band playing Calypso and Reggae music. How about a "limbo" contest or a conga line? It'sparty time!
You may want to bring some bamboo torches to light the way!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Wedding Themes Western Country

"Gettin' Hitched" in a country setting...

A big backyard in the country is the perfect place for Western Theme Reception. Hay Bales to seat your guests, Horse drawn Carriage to transport Bridal party & guests from the church to reception area. Of course Country music is a must. Large picnic tables decorated with gold bows is a beautiful touch.

Attire: The bride usually wears heavy fabrics that come with long sleeves and much, much lace. White Cowboy hat instead of a veil. Vintage Jewelry is a pretty addition.

For the groom, well, it is actually much easier. This is because the groom can wear the simple blue jeans, the typical brown vest, and the common brown jacket. The groom should, of course, don a hat and boots that come with spurs. Bolo ties are a must. Now, these make perfect clothes for a western themed wedding. And these are not expensive to come by at all!

The flower girl can be dressed in a pretty little "square dance" type dress that matches the wedding colors.

Invitations, Save the date cards, matching postage, RSVP cards & thank you cards in a matching western theme is an important part that you can't forget.

Matching Wine labels & Candy Favors are a detail to remember.

Menu: There are alot of caterers that specialize in BBQ's. Whole Roasted Pig, roast corn, beans & salads, pork chops, grilled salmon, smoked chicken, Grilled Lamb, Potato gratins, grilled mixed veggies. Desserts can include blue berry & apple pies along with the wedding cake.

Remember the Gifts for the Bridal Party & the Groomsmen. Western theme of course.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Wedding Themes - Vintage , Victorian

Many couples know that they want a particular kind of wedding, but don't know where to start, or how to incorporate that theme into their wedding. For the next few days, check out these themes to see if any of them feel like the right sort of wedding for you, then use them as a start for your own ideas.

For those who love velvet and lace, old-fashioned sensibility, have a wedding from the 19th century. The Victorian Wedding

Think ruffles, bows and lace. has a bunch of ideas for Victorian brides. Consider wearing an antique wedding dress, or a reproduction.
Since Queen Victoria wore a long lace veil at her wedding, almost every bride in that era followed her fashion. Through the centuries, brides have always worn some form of headdress. Of all bridal customs and traditions, wearing a circlet, wreath or coronet of flowers or greenery on the head is the one that seems to best represent the bridal legend, and be the most consistent.

Also comfortable Reception shoes are a great addition. Stay in fashion when you want to change from high heals or vintage boots, to a flat fashionable reception slip on shoe.

Special Vintage Jewelry is always a special detail for brides & bridesmaids. Brooches, Earrings, Necklaces & more.

Men should wear a tailcoat. They may also wear a top hat, if really want to go the whole 9 yards.

MENU: For a more informal wedding, the Sunday tea dance with petit fours, scones, and fresh fruit is ideal. For a formal wedding, follow the tips for a traditional formal wedding.Vintage design Custom Wine labels are also a detail you do not want to forget. Rent movies such as The Age of Innocence for inspiration.

INVITATIONS: For a formal wedding, have a beautiful embossed border on the edge of your invitation. Ideally the writing should be engraved, and the text should be as formal as possible. For a more casual wedding, consider these illustrated cards. Or, design your own invitations with a favorite Victorian love poem.

FAVORS: Consider a cracker like the ones popular at holiday time. They were invented in the Victorian era; they open with a snap and usually contain a joke and a small prize in them. These crackers can be filled with a trinket appropriate to budget and personality. Also, especially for a daytime wedding, consider a folding paper fan printed with a beautiful poem and your wedding date. Chocolate bar favors with a vintage design or lace design would a beautiful addition to the table settings.

FLOWERS: Pay special attention to the meaning of flowers. Consider carrying a tussy mussy. Your flower girls might carry pomanders.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Kosher Wines for the Holidays and Weddings

Hanukkah 2009 begins sundown December 11th through the 19th.

A typical Hanukkah menu: potato pancakes (Latkes), fried, of course, in lots of oil, sweet cream cheese rugelach, strawberry-jam-filled doughnuts (sufganiyot) covered in powdered sugar, fried apple fritters, cheese-filled doughnuts fried in oil and dipped in honey, cheese blintzes, etc.
Don't forget a treat for the kids (& adults)... Custom Hanukkah wrapped candy bars.
For the adults.... pairing a good KOSHER wine is just as important for your Holiday table.

Below is a great list of Kosher wines. To make your Hannukkah gathering special, use Personalized Wine Bottle labels. They will add a special touch to the Holidays.
GOLAN HEIGHTS WINERY Cabernet Sauvignon Galilee Yarden El Rom 2003 $40
A crisp, minerally style, delivering luscious flavors of raspberry, blueberry and red plum. The lively finish features touches of mint and dark chocolate. Powerful. Kosher. Drink now through 2012. 1,027 cases made.

GALIL MOUNTAIN Yiron Galilee 2004 $22
This suave red offers lush flavors of red cherry, plum, raspberry and spice, with a very bright finish filled with currant and mineral. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Kosher. 6,000 cases made.

GOLAN HEIGHTS WINERY Chardonnay Galilee Yarden Odem 2006 $18
Fresh and full-bodied, showing apple, fig and pear flavors, with lots of tropical fruit and spice notes on the bright finish. Kosher. Drink now. 1,960 cases made.

BARKAN Shiraz Judean Hills Reserve 2005 $24
This dense red shows dark plum and mocha flavors, with plenty of smoky notes. Dark chocolate fills the firm finish. Kosher. Drink now through 2011. 800 cases imported.

ELLA VALLEY VINEYARDS RR Vineyard's Choice Judean Hills 2004 $27
A dense red, with an herbal aroma and unctuous dark plum flavors that finish with plenty of mocha and espresso notes. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Kosher. Drink now through 2011. 16,036 cases made.

ELLA VALLEY VINEYARDS Syrah Judean Hills 2006 $32
A juicy Syrah, with spicy notes accenting the red plum, berry and raspberry flavors that are fresh and lively. The finish is peppery. Kosher. Drink now. 9,012 cases made.

RECANATI Merlot Galilee Reserve 2004 $23
A crisp red, with red plum, currant and chocolate flavors that carry through to the fresh, mineral-filled finish. Kosher. Drink now. 2,000 cases made.

CARMEL Shiraz Galilee Kayoumi 2003 $37
A structured red, with roasted plum flavors and mineral notes. Quite smoky on the rich finish. Kosher. Drink now. 600 cases imported.

RECANATI Chardonnay Galilee 2006 $16
Supple, with concentrated ripe pear, apple and rich, spicy flavors. Finishes with touches of butterscotch and pineapple. Kosher. Drink now. 3,000 cases made.

GALIL MOUNTAIN Rosé Galilee 2007 $15
A fresh rosé, with berry and cherry flavors and a crunchy, spice-filled finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbera. Kosher. Drink now. 3,300 cases made.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Getting Organized for the Holidays 1 week before Christmas

The LAST week before Christmas
WHEW..... this is the last week before Christmas. You will be finished with everything that can be done before the big day. Leaving you the week OF Christmas to relax and enjoy family & friends!

Toward the end of this week... shop for the perishable ingredients for your Holiday meal.

Some items MAY have to wait until 2 or 3 days before but milk, eggs, most fresh produce, herbs, cream, etc. will last just fine in the fridge (just check expiration dates) . Also remember to pick up groceries for Christmas breakfast & any special meal you may have on Christmas Eve.

This is also the LAST week to go over your lists & make sure everyone & everything is taken care of. Gifts should all be wrapped & under the tree ... House is clean and organized ... all baked goods done, decorations up... I think That's everything! This week, touch up cleaning & VOILA.... You are ready for Christmas day a WHOLE WEEK EARLY!!! Now just plan on picking up family guests at the airport & you can enjoy this time of year!
Go get your Hair cut ... get a facial ... get your nails done ... spend a little time on YOU! You deserve it!

Hope you enjoyed this series & will use these tips. No more FRANTIC holiday season!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Getting Organized for the Holidays week 7 "Decorating"

Second week in December ... Organizing for the Holidays
Decorating Week. This can be done the second week of December OR the week after Thanksgiving.

Have a Tree decorating party or just have a great family night. String the popcorn & cranberries, turn on the Christmas music, light the fireplace & get the whole family "in the Christmas mood"

See these great Holiday Decorating tips: Budget Decorating
set out the Holiday candles

If this is the second week of December... Wrap all your gifts (because you should be DONE with shopping) & get the ones you need SHIPPED OUT in the mail by this week!

Pick up any last minute non-perishables for your Holiday dinner & have them all ready.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Getting Organized for the Holidays week 6 "Holiday Baking & more"

FIRST WEEK OF DECEMBER: Organizing for the Holidays

Wow.... this should be about the first week of December! Christmas is coming fast!
By now, you should have everything listed. Decorations, Menus, gifts.

Your cards should be ready to send this week. So FIRST... Pop them in the mail.
Then if you want to add
Custom Candy bars for your guests or party... get those ordered. Custom Candle Centerpiece should be ordered this week too.

Now... this week will be the Baking & cooking week.

For Holiday Baking recipes: Go to Taste Of Home . These are the BEST recipes!!!

Bake all your cookies, Ziploc them & put in the freezer. Also look at your dinner menu & see if you have anything you can cook this week & freeze. Pies, desserts or side dishes.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Getting Organized for the Holidays week 5 "Holiday Dinner Planning"

Week 5 of Organizing for the Holidays by

About 1 week before Thanksgiving... Turkeys & all the fixings go on heavy duty sales. Then Ham, Baking ingredients & other holiday food items start in the weeks after.

So... In your notebook... Write down your menu & ingredients you will need to purchase.
*** also write down any baked good & ingredients you will need for "baking week".
See some holiday recipes & tips here

This week.... get your New Christmas Stockings ordered for your decorations.

Then Starting the week before Thanksgiving, watch the sales & start buying the non perishable & frozen items.

Keep an eye out at the Dollar store (if you have one) & start picking up napkins, holiday ware and decorations. These items sell fast at the Dollar stores & are not replenished.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Getting Organized for the Holidays week 4 "Party Planning"

Part 4 of our Organizing for the Holidays ...
Holiday Party Planning

Are you planning a Holiday Party this year? Well this week you will NEED that notebook!

* determine the type of party (formal, casual, cocktail, etc.)
* decide if you want drinks, finger foods, buffet, full meal, or other
* decide how many guests you would like to invite
* set a date, time, and place for your party
* determine a date by when guests must RSVP
* make a shopping list -- including small items like napkins and candles
* make lists of tasks that can be done in advance and those for party day.

* decorations, including flowers, plants, custom holiday candles and favors
* food and beverages
* other services (caterer, etc.)
* invitations and postage
* entertainment (music, DJ, etc.)
* tables, chairs, and other equipment rentals
* other miscellaneous expenses

This week start calling around for prices & pick up any non perishable items that are on sale.... keep all of this in your notebook because a few weeks before the party:

* put together your guest list and gather addresses and phone numbers
* get invitations
* purchase decorations, paper goods, and other supplies
* contract for any services (caterer, entertainment, etc.)
* plan your menu and purchase non-perishable foods and drinks
* contact any friends or family you want to help with the party
* address and mail your invitations
* pick out the music
* contract for any equipment rental (chairs, tables, etc.)

THEN a week BEFORE your Party: Everything should be purchased including perishables, house decorated, Holiday outfit picked out & cleaned and any last minute purchases. Also check with any contracted services that you have hired.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Get Organized for the Holidays week 3 "Cards & Gifts"

Part 3 of Organizing for the Holidays... Week #3

Now is a good time to start planning your budget for Holiday Gifts and getting Christmas cards ready to send.

Having this done early will REALLY keep you calm later on.

First... get your notebook ready & list all the people you will need to buy gifts for & another list for Card recipients.

Next to the "gift names".... add in a dollar amount to spend on each person. Then when you see things on sale NOW.... "buy as you go" & cross them off on the list when that person is finished. BUT STAY IN BUDGET! & Please use cash... Christmas gifts will end up costing a fortune in the end if you use credit cards & only make payments. Grandma's $10 gift will end up costing $20.

Save that Christmas bonus for all the things you need at the last minute.

NOW Christmas cards.... I am already seeing Holiday Cards in the stores. I buy the packs from the dollar store. If you get them now... write a personal note in each one, add any photos, address & stamp them THIS week. Save them to send out closer to Christmas.

Join us tomorrow for the 4th week of "Organizing for the Holidays"

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Get Organized for the Holidays Week 2 "Deep Clean"

Part 2 of our "Get Organized for the Holidays" by

Now that you have everything De-cluttered ( see yesterday's post)... it's time to do the deep cleaning.

So ... WEEK 2: Deep clean.

Corners, cobwebs & under the furniture.
AGAIN.... choose 1 room per day during this week.

Take out the vacuum & using the extended hand tool... start around the ceilings & down corners of the walls. Then go around the corners & edges of the floors. Remember the window sills & stairway step corners too.

Then using the extension tubes with the "fuzzy" attachment.... hit the top of doorways, picture frames & the top of curtain rods. Then pull the cushions on the furniture & give them a good vacuuming.

Move out all the furniture, sweep out any items that rolled under there & vacuum. Then the rest of the floor can get a good vacuuming.

If you have hardwood, tiles or linolium... mop or scrub with hot soapy water or hardwood cleaner. If you use a cleaner that has oils in it for hardwood floors... a little trick: to shine it up, put on clean socks on you & the kids & get them to "shine with their feet". (we have races lol )

As for the Kitchen... this should also be the week that you clean out the refrigerator & clean the cabinets (at least the outsides) Remember to get the oven cleaned too. Self cleaning ovens can be set during 1 of the nights during this week.

Also this week is a good time to "do windows in each of the rooms".

If you have Guests staying in a guest room.... make up the beds & hang fresheners in the closets & CLOSE the door so the kids don't go in & mess it all up again.

Come back tomorrow for "week 3".

Friday, September 4, 2009

Get Organized for the holidays! week 1 "Declutter"

Getting Ready & Organized for the Holiday Season

Only about 15 weeks before Christmas! And its going faster than you think! Starting now... get the house ready, party plans done, gift & card lists ready to send. Start thinking about your Holiday menus & watch the paper for sales.

So for the next few days..... we will be listing a "1 week project" & as you go through each week, everything will be ready when "the big day" comes. Come Back each afternoon & see the next week's tips.

"week 1 project".... Organize everything & declutter the house.

Get yourself a calendar or special notebook & write each week's projects. Assign duties to the rest of the family.

Start slow, small and steady
Schedule 1 room each day & use the 4 box system

The 4 Box method forces a decision, item by item. Get three boxes and a large trash can. Label the boxes, "Put Away", "Give Away/Sell" and "Storage." Items to be thrown away belong in the trash can.

Take the four boxes to the declutter area. One at a time, pick up each piece of clutter. Ask yourself, "Do I want to put this away in another place, donate it (or sell it at a yard sale), store it, or throw it away?" You may not let go of it until you have made a decision.

Each day, take the boxes to the next room & repeat. As the boxes become full, put them away. Storage or garage. If you have several boxes of "donate" items, dump them in a large bag & call your local Thrift store & scedule a pickup. OR if you have time... take them to the thrift store so that you are not tempted to take things out.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Great Baby shower Ideas & gifts

The first thing to think about when throwing a Baby shower are invitations. You can find some adorable ones at

Remember to send in plenty of time AND include a phone number to RSVP.

In a previous blog... I have many decoration ideas.

Now some great centerpiece & gift Ideas...

"momma blanket bunny & baby booboo bunnies"

Adorable Center piece on the table AND a great gift for the mother to be. Add some personalized Hershey Kisses or Hershey miniatures around the table too.

Other centerpieces ... diaper cakes, Diaper bears etc. can be found here too!

Now Buffet Recipes.

Crock pot dishes are the easiest to start with.

Excellent meatball appitizers:
For time issues... use frozen cocktail size meatballs from the grocery store. Put in the slo cooker while getting the sauce ready. In a pot... empty a can of Jellied cranberries OR a jar of grape jelly. Add a jar of CHILI Sauce (NOT cocktail sauce). Heat till jelly is disolved in with the chili sauce. Pour over meatballs & cook on low.

Little Sausage Wraps.
Get a package or 2 of the "Lil Smokies" sausages. Take a lb of bacon ... Cut in 3rds. Open a can of sliced Water Chestnuts. Cut water chestnuts in half. Place one water chestnut on a sausage, wrap in a piece of bacon & secure with a toothpick. Place in a baking pan. Sprinkle Brown sugar on the top. Cover with foil & bake at 350 for about 30 min.

Crab-cream cheese Puffs.
soften cream cheese & whip with mixer... add a bit of garlic & whip. Stir in finely chopped canned crab. Roll out Pillsbury type Cresent dough. I use a glass to cut small rounds... or you can cut smalll squares. Put a tsp or so of cream cheese mixture in the middle... fold over & seal.
brush with an egg/water wash & sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake as directed on the dough package... or till lightly brown. Taste great hot or cooled down.

Shrimp & Cream cheese cracker spread. This is SOOOO easy! Unwrap a block of cream cheese, pour a 1/2 a jar of Cocktail Sauce over the cream cheese block... Drain & dump a can of small salad size shrimp over the cocktail sauce. Add a "fancy" little spread knife & put any crackers you like around the plate.

Chocolate dipped strawberries... or fruits & a veggie tray with ranch dip are always a beautiful addition to the table.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Celebrate the 4th of July

If the Fourth of July has become just another day off work, maybe this is the year to put a little oomph back into your celebration of our country's birth.

1: Throw an old-time neighborhood barbecue. Grill hot dogs, toast marshmallows, wave flags, twirl sparklers and sing patriotic songs. If you are having a Family reunion... get personalized Lip Balm Wrappers. Personalized Wine bottle labels too!

2: Visit one of the places where the urge for freedom simmered up and finally boiled over into the revolution of the 1770s. Hike Boston's Freedom Trail, follow Ben Franklin's footsteps through the winding streets of Philadelphia, take a boat up the Potomac to Mount Vernon, or tromp through the fields at Valley Forge.

3: Read the Declaration of Independence and try to put yourself in Thomas Jefferson's shoes as he wrote it.

4: Find a small town that still stages an old-fashioned Glorious Fourth and revel in it. Watch the parade, cheer at the speeches on the green, sing at the top of your lungs when the band strikes up "America the Beautiful," ooh and aah at the fireworks. If you can't find one, organize your own.

5: Have a costume party with guests dressing as their favorite characters from the Revolutionary period. Play music and serve food and drink popular at the time. You'll find recipes and inspiration in biographies and Colonial-era cookbooks.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Custom Wine Bottles

Whether you make your own wine or just want to personalize any bottle... add these to your party or wedding reception. Personalized Wine bottle labels add that extra touch to any reception.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Save the date cards

Save the Date Magnets & Cards are the hottest trend for weddings, baby showers, and more!
Send out well in advance before your invitations go out. Give your friends & Family a "heads up"

Monday, April 6, 2009

Make a Bridal Shower Towel Cake

Bridal Shower Towel Cake

Present the bride with two sets of towels in style. A wedding towel cake makes a great decoration at a bridal shower and is sure to bring lots of smiles. Perfect centerpiece... add some bridal confetti on the table for that extra sparkle.

It is also very simple to make.

Materials and Tools:
Towel Sets - 2 bath towels, 2 hand towels and 2 wash cloths.
Satin Ribbon- #3 or #5 widths. Any color (130 inches)
Faux Rose petals- Any color (1 bag of 100)... (I find them at dollar stores or party stores. Sometimes at Walmart)
Silk Roses or other flowers - Any color
Double sided tape
Sharp Scissors
Measuring Tape or Ruler

Step 1. Roll the Towels
Fold each hand towel in half lengthwise twice. Start with one end and roll the towels up as shown. Set aside. Repeat this process with the wash cloths. Fold each bath towel in half lengthwise and repeat the folding until the width of the towel is roughly 6". Roll the two towels together in the same way as the hand towels. You should now have the three layers of the "cake."

Step 2. Add the Ribbon
Cut the satin ribbon into 60", 40" and 30" lengths. Tie the large piece around the bath towels as shown. Repeat for the other two cake layers. When complete, stack the cake layers starting with the largest layer at the bottom.

Step 3. Add the Details
Once the layers are stacked, move the cake to the final location or on a round cardboard cake holder you can find at craft store. Cut stems of roses or flowers off to leave a few inches and tuck it on top of the cake. Take off the stems on remaining flowers & using double sided tape... tape flowers on the layers. Sprinkle petals on layers & around the base on the table.
Also have Custom Hershey miniatures made & "sprinkle" around the base as well.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

How to make a flower basket for flowergirl

Make your own beautiful custom made baskets to match your colors & flowers for the flower girl.

Make matching baskets for the reception to fill with Personalized Hershey Kisses for your guests. Use as smaller centerpieces for each table or at the coffee area.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Weddings, Bridal Showers & More... Favors

First in a series of Homemade Elegant decorations & more!
Favors are the easiest to make yourself!

Custom Kiss labels to add to the bottom of Hershey Kisses!

Custom Lip Balm (Chapstick) labels
Add to a basket, goodie bag or at the place settings

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Pirate Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Shiver me timbers! Ahoy ye hearties and avast thy chase for a booty of pirate party are right here on this blog which marks the X. For all sea dog pirates who are searching for party idea treasures for their young swashbuckler, look no further.

Are you ready to transform your home into a Caribbean port and your backyard into a pirate ship? Pirate parties only come once in a lifetime and you want to make it one that your little pirate will remember forever.

INVITATIONS: The invitation is a drawing of an island with various features labeled (eg., Deadman's Swamp, Pirate's Cove, etc.) The font similar to Old English in keeping with the pirate theme. The party blurb was "Aaarrr! Come if you dare to (boys names) pirate party. They are turning 7 and need shipmates to swab the deck, walk the plank and look for pirate treasure. We set sail on, Pier located at.., RSVP First Mate."

Ask them to wear striped t-shirts if they had one. The paper is aged by dabbing it with a wet tea bag and once dry the edges are burnt to give it that old "treasure map" look. The invite is rolled up and put into a bottle with some sand, small shells and skull confetti. Each bottle had a black label with a white skull and crossbones and the child's name on it, and were hand delivered.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

St. Patrick's Day Parties

St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 AD. It is also a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history. St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland, and a provincial holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
In Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps. Children wear orange, white and green badges, and women and girls wear green ribbons in their hair.

Join in the fun and celebrate the Luck of the Irish by throwing a St. Patrick's Day party for your family and friends. We've put together some fun, "green" ideas to get things started.

Party Favors: Personalized Hershey Candy bars, personalized Hershey Kisses, Shamrock necklaces fro Dollar store or Party City

Green Utensils
Chocolate Gold Coins
Green Napkins
Green Tablecloth
Green Carnations
Green Balloons
Bowls of green M&M's
Bowls of green Jelly Beans
Green Candles
Treasure Chest

Friday, January 30, 2009

Baby Shower Ideas

This is a TERRIFIC site for ideas for Baby Showers!!! 

Get candy favors at too!

here are a few ideas other ideas as well...

Personalized Hershey miniatures or Kisses  sprinkled in the middle of tables with some Confetti as well.  I find baby confetti in dollar stores or party stores

Custom Baby Banner- Personalize a banner or sign and hang up as a decoration.


Matching Baby Party sets in a bag...  plates, cups, napkins and more.... all in 1 spot.

Custom and Personalized Gift wrapping paper...  wrap gifts or cover a table with this adorable Personalized baby design wrapping paper.

Diaper Cakes for all occasions

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Kisses for Valentines Day!

Share sweet kisses with your guests or clients with Hershey’s most famous little chocolates, made especially for your wedding, graduation, birthday, anniversary, business advertising or ANY occasion. Hershey's Kisses are perfect. Choose from our designs to customize with your names, initials and occasion date. Valentine's Day is coming soon!
For only $25 for 100! Choose the flavor you like!

Milk Chocolate (silver foil)
Milk Chocolate with Almonds (gold foil)
SPECIAL DARK Chocolate (purple foil)
Filled with Caramel (bronze foil with brown stripes)
HUGS Chocolates (silver foil with brown stripes)
See some other great products like Hershey Miniatures.... Regular size bars & more at