{Christmas} Snowflake Marshmallows by Martha Stewart

23 November 2014

One of our Advent Calendar action/activity will be to enjoy a Hot Chocolate WITH marshmallows :)
I have never made marshmallows but I think these would be fun to make as a family before we enjoy the Hot Chocolate together...


Head over to Martha Stewart's for the recipe and instructions.


{Craft} Paper Stocking Advent Calendar Tutorial

21 November 2014


This year we are starting a new tradition: an action Advent Calendar.
Instead of receiving chocolates or small gifts, we will do something special together everyday.
Some of our actions will include simple things like Drinking Hot Chocolate or Reading a Christmas Book together, and bigger things like going to see the Christmas lights or going to a show.

I am pretty excited by this new tradition, just knowing that every day we will celebrate our time  being together as a family.






I created this pretty cute Paper Stocking Advent Calendar after seeing a similar decoration in a Christmas Magazine. It turned out gorgeous and it looks so festive.
The pockets are just the right size to hold a small piece of paper describing the action of the day.



Here is an easy tutorial to help you create your own Paper Stocking Advent Calendar:

What you need:
Assorted Papers. I used the Christmas/Winter Pack from Oriental Trading.

Stocking Template (I used the template for last year's Stocking Utensil Holders
Printed Numbers and a 1 1/2 inch puncher
Glue Stick, scissors, pencil
Mini clothespins and some ribbon to hang



How to :
Print the stocking template and use it to draw a double stocking shape on the pattern paper.



Cut out the stocking and fold in two.



 Glue along the free edge, leaving the top open.


Embellish with trims, ribbons, bells, paper....
Punch the Numbers and stick on the stockings.
Hang on a cute ricrac ribbon with mini Clothespins



Here is a list of actions we used to get you started. Just make you own list with what works for you family and makes you happy :)

Listen to Christmas Music
Decorate the Christmas Tree
Watch a Christmas Movie
Go for a drive to see the Christmas Lights
Decorate a Gingerbread House
Make some Christmas Ornaments
Decorate cookies
Drink Hot Chocolate
Write Christmas Cards
Read a Christmas Story
Offer some help to a neighbor
Collect food in the neighborhood for a local food drive
Go to a Christmas Show
...



Disclosure: All words and opinions are my completely my own. Items for review were provided byOriental Trading at no cost. No other type of compensation was received for this review.


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{Pin of the week} White Chocolate Bundt with Pears form Fraulein Klein

16 November 2014

Since I bought a Bundt pan a few weeks ago I have become obsessed with Bundt cakes !!!
This recipe from Fraulein Klein looks scrumptious !!! And her pictures are beautiful and inspiring, as always on her blog.






Pop Star Birthday Party

12 November 2014


I am so pleased to finally share the pictures from my daughter Noemie's Pop Star Birthday Party with you today ! It was such a fun theme to work with !


Noemie picked the color scheme herself. She wanted Black and Silver with a combination of bright pink, blue and purple. She wanted loads of stars and microphones. And she requested a simple dessert table with only a cake, donuts and microphone cake pops ! (I did get away with adding a little candy too)
My sweet "client" knew exactly what she wanted and I really enjoyed the feedback she gave me every step of the way !!!
























We organized for the girls to have a make over when they first arrived.


We had a make up and nail station and a dress up station where they could try all sorts of hats, gloves, hair accessories, jewelry....
They all tried numerous outfits until they were pleased with their choice !!!





Then we split the girls in two team and organized a singing competition. Each group picked a song to perform and had to come up with a choreography.
That show was fantastic and the girls did a really good job with their performance.


Of course they all got to win a special trophy and take home their outfits and some make-up as favors.

You can find a tutorial for the Favor Bags here


I have to say a huge thank you to Party City for partnering with me on this project. They provided all the lovely accessories for the girls make over. Our guests had such a great time trying everything on and pretending to be pop stars (they definitely got the attitude !!!).

Styling, Baking, Printables and Photography: That Cute Little Cake
Party Supplies: Party City
And a big thank you to my friend Benedicte for her help with the photography.



Disclosure: All words and opinions are my completely my own. Items for review were provided by Party City at no cost. No other type of compensation was received for this review.




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{Pin of the week} Gingerbread cookies and milk

9 November 2014


I adore those cute Gingerbread men tied to milk bottles, very very cute ! I am sure my kids would love those.
They are from the blog Cupcake by Francisca Neves.

You can see her stunning Christmas dessert table here.





{Pop Star Party} Party Bags

7 November 2014


Today I will show you how I added some Pop Star "bling" to simple black glossy party bags from Party City.

I used so many self-adhesive rhinestones for this party ! My fingers were literally aching by the time I was done sticking them to all the bags !!! But the pain was worthwhile because the finished bags looked amazing (apart from the fact that glossy bags are impossible to photograph !!!)


For this project you will need:


A star template and washi tape
Black glossy gift bags
Self-adhesive rhinestone
Optional: glitter and glue stick

How to:


To start with, you will need a star template. I used the font Seeing Stars to print a star at a dimension fitting my bags.
Then use some washi tape (because it is so easy to remove and leaves no mark...) to stick the star template to a bag.
Start sticking some rhinestones all around the star.
Remove the template and finish the star shape by adding a few more rhinestones to fill the gaps.


To add a monogram to the bags:
I made a stencil by using my Silhouette to cut out each letter from a piece of card.
I then used this stencil to apply glue directly onto the bag and I sprinkled the wet glue letter with bright pink glitter.

I filled my bags with Pop Star goodies such as Pink Hair Mascara, Glitter Eye Shadow palettes, Microphone...
and I finished them off with Fuchsia sequin tissue paper for added bling !!


Disclosure: All words and opinions are my completely my own. Items for review were provided by Party City at no cost. No other type of compensation was received for this review.



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