Warm Up With Hot Chocolate

If you live on the east coast chances are, like me, you have spent the last 3 days hunkered down in your house waiting out winter storm Jonas. Having grown up in Minnesota, I am mystified by people’s reaction to snow here. The little amount of snow (or chance of snow) it takes to shut down the Federal Government- and therefore my office- is humerous. If schools in Minnesota shut down every time it snowed, I would never had made it through elementary school. I realize that because it is not as common here, there aren’t as many plows, and there isn’t anywhere to put all of the snow, and snow is scary. In the midwest we have plenry of wide open spaces to plow the snow until it eventually melts. In April. When it finally stops snowing.

I made the mistake of running to Target Friday morning, along with two million other people who were very concerned about the impending storm. If I was going to be stuck inside all weekend, I needed tissue paper to start making tassel garland for an upcoming party. Luckily, tissue paper is not a snowstorm staple. If I had needed bread or bottled water I would have been in trouble.

All that to say, what better way to spend the snowstorm than with your own hot chocolate bar! I put together this hot cocoa bar for a Christmas Party back in December. Guests had a great time creating their own perfect hot chocolate concoctions.

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Circus Party Food

Coming up with food for this Circus Baby Shower was a lot of fun. Most of the shower guests would be coming straight from work so we wanted to serve appetizers and dessert since it was around dinnertime. Appetizers consisted of mini hamburgers, sandwich wraps, fruit, popcorn and circus peanuts. For dessert we had mini cupcakes with personalized cupcake toppers, animal crackers, mini donuts, and homemade caramel corn. We made circus tent signs to label all of the food and drinks.

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Popcorn was served in mini cups for easy single serving portions.

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Along with fruit, we also made these balloon animals out of grapes and toothpicks.

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The homemade caramel corn was a big hit. We used customized cupcake toppers and tape on the caramel corn bowls for cute stickers.

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Minnie Mouse Party:: Decorations

We kept this Minnie Mouse party simple yet fun and colorful. Welcome your party guests with a fun door sign, and hang up a colorful pink and gold Happy Birthday banner. Guests will love these fun Minnie Mouse party hats. We used a simple white tablecloth with pink, red, and gold ribbon on the table. Parties don’t have to be extravagant, just fun! All of these Minnie Mouse printables are now available in our etsy shop.

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Teal & Sparkle Bridal Shower:: Party Games & Gifts

The beautiful bride-to-be had requested no crazy shower games, so I kept it simple with one fun game that I was sure nobody had ever played at a shower before. It didn’t take long to play, which left lots of time for mingling, eating, and opening gifts! This bride-to-be chair banner was created the same way the instagram banner was made.

IMG_5960All of the guests were given a paper plate and a marker. They were told they would need to draw a picture with the plate on their head, which would later be graded. Everyone had a lot of fun drawing and grading other’s artwork. Read below for full instructions.

IMG_5970I normally don’t do guest books, but happened to find this great book at Paper Source a while back. The words of the story were so true of the Bride that I couldn’t resist. Guests were asked to find a page that describes her, and leave a note or share a memory.

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Paper Plate Bridal Shower Game:: Once all guests have their plates on their heads, give them the following instructions, with enough time between for them to draw. Once they are done with the picture, they can take the plate down to see their drawing. Ask everyone to pass their plate to the person on their right, who will be grading their artwork. The person or people with the most points wins the game!

Instructions:: Draw a line for the floor. Now draw a bride. Make sure she has a veil…and a bouquet. Now draw a groom. Don’t forget his corsage. Next draw a church. And add some guests outside.

Grading:: You get 1 point if your bride touches the floor. 2 points if your groom and bride are touching. 1 point for each flower in the bride’s bouquet. 1 point is the groom’s crosage is on him. 2 points if the church has a steeple. 1 point for each guest outside.

You can tweak the drawing and points to fit your party.

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