2 September 2015

Owl Baby Shower

I cannot believe the summer's come and gone !!! Those past months since my last post have been crazy. End of school year busyness was followed by summer holiday chaos :) And now the kids are back in school and into the routine we go...
I miss our summer's freedom and disorganization but at the same time it feels good to get my routine back :)

Today I am finally posting pictures of this very sweet baby shower my friend Jini and I organized for one of the mums in school.
The whole concept started with the adorable diaper cake Jini made. The owl and tree design in blue and green was so cute we carried it throughout and added bright yellow as an accent.

I love the overall look of the table. Simple, somewhat rustic (with the wood and burlap elements), but still elegant...
I hope you will enjoy the pictures.

Styling, Cookies and Photography: That Cute Little Cake (with special thanks to my friend Jini)
Mini bundt cakes: Nothing Bundt Cake

26 May 2015

{Recipe} Double Caramel Cupcakes

I have made caramel cupcakes before but I was never really satisfied with the frosting, never really liked the combination of caramel cakes with vanilla or chocolate icing...
For the Corcodile Party I knew I needed some caramel colored icing so I looked for a caramel frosting recipe and I have to say, I am soooo pleased with the result.
These were totally delicious !!!! Double caramel goodies !!!

I used my trusted Caramel Mud cupcake recipe for these and a new caramel frosting recipe. Enjoy !!!

Recipes adapted from:
Cupcake recipe: The Australian Women's Weekly Cupcakes and Fairycakes
Caramel Frosting: Bon Appetit

12 May 2015

Romain's Crocodile Birthday Party !

I am very excited to share my son's Crocodile Birthday Party with you today !!
A few month ago Romain decided he wanted a Crocodile party ! I wasn't sure how to start but I knew it would be quite a fun and unique theme to work with !!!

I decided on a color scheme of green and brown and as usual my friend Holly from Mimi's Dollhouse delivered the perfect printables using green and brown ombre chevrons.

I created the crocodile string art piece for the backdrop. I have been wanting to use string art for a party for a long time and this was the perfect occasion.

Crocodile sugar cookies

I shall be posting the recipe for these gorgeous caramel cupcakes soon, they were DELICIOUS !!!!

Activities were perfect for our little 4 year old guests. We played pass the parcel, pin the tail on the crocodile and we organised a treasure hunt to find the favors !

We also had a fun craft making cute crocodile puppets. Thank you Sarah @ Hidden Room Originals for this fabulous idea, the kids loved it !

A huge thank you to my friend Nico for the beautiful pictures !

31 March 2015

Easter Recap

Easter is only days away so here is a little recap of past Easter projects in case you're in need of some last minutes crafts or party ideas :)

Easter Decor

From Left to right, top to bottom:
Easter treat bags
Easter Napkins
Bird treat box
Easter Egg candy wreath 
Easter place card
Easter Animal Jars
Easter Bunny Treat boxes
Cute Bunnies Easter banner
DIY egg cosies

Easter parties and tablescape

Easter Treats

27 March 2015

Moroccan Inspired Dinner

Here are the pictures on my tabletop for the Moroccan dinner.

I had quite a few oriental decorative items already and I found the rest at Goodwill!
For the first time rented the china and flatware. I don't have anything gold and decided renting would work really well. In case you are wondering, I had no problem renting such a small quantity.

Just a few DIYs...
I shared the Moroccan votives DIY on Wednesday (here).
I found this gorgeous fabric at JoAnn and sewed some simple napkins and added the tassels in one corner.
I really enjoy arranging flowers, they really tie the theme together.
I like the idea of having glass markers, they add a cute decorative touch and are so practical at the same time. To make these I used wooden beads (from my daughter's bead collection!) and jewelry wire and added a paper tag.

My friend Benedicte @ Plan4you cutout those beautiful Moroccan Lanterns using her Silhouette Cameo and they turned out so gorgeous !

I love having a wreath on my front door and my "spring wreath" was a perfect match to my color scheme :)

25 March 2015

{Craft} DIY Colored Glass and Moroccan Votives

I really wanted to use lots of candles for my Moroccan diner and therefore I was in need of beautiful votives for my decor.
As I love a good craft project combined with some Goodwill finds (!) I decided to transform small little clear glass jars into Oriental Lanterns !!!

I followed this very easy tutorial from LilyShop using food coloring mixed with Mod Podge (which was perfect because of course I already had those on my craft shelves !!).

But here is was the tutorial doesn't say:

- It really takes FOREVER to dry ! After a whole day in the warm California weather, most of the jars were still a horrible opaque color. Please be patient, because the result is worth it and it won't look good until it is completely dry (it took well over two days in the end).

- Place the upside down jars over a rack so the Mod Podge can run out and air can flow in and start drying the inside of the jars. (Mod Podge is easily removed with hot water so don't worry about the rack, you'll be able to clean it!)

- Let your jars upside down for as long as possible. I turned some of them up after a couple of hours but you can see some of the top edges are not fully covered. The colored Mod Podge ran back down leaving some top edges uncovered.

- For the gold designs, I used some Gold Puffy Paint meant for fabric (Tulip Metallics, found at Michaels) which worked just fine and holds perfectly on glass. However, be warned that the tip end is quite big and I wasn't able to create the fine designs I was aiming for.

These are just a few things I learned through trial and error. I hope these few comments will help you through this project, it is well worth trying :)
I love my little jars and the colors are so bright I could never have found an equivalent in a store.

25 February 2015

Moroccan dinner inspirations

In a few days I will be hosting a Moroccan inspired dinner and I really want to make the night special by creating a little decor and adding some moroccan details.
If you follow me on Pinterest, you might already have seen the inspirational pictures that I am sharing with you today.

Moroccan dessert table by the very talented team at AndersRuff. This gorgeous Printable collection is available in their shop. Aren't those cookies amazing ?

This stunning Moroccan Baby Shower was styled by Lilyshop. I love this color scheme or orange/hot pink/purple and gold.

I love the design of this invitation from Jennifer on Etsy

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