Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas at Our House

Similar to many people, Christmas is my favorite time of year to decorate!  I thought it would be fun to share some of our Christmas decor with you.  And if you have a link to share of your Christmas or other holiday decor please leave a link in the comments below!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Sweet Christening Celebration

Some of the most gorgeous parties I've seen lately are celebrations for baby baptisms and christenings, what a blessed event to celebrate!
My Australian client, Cynthia, choose a backdrop design (originally created for The Little Big Company) from my wedding shop, Lillian Kate Wedding Designs for her daughter, Harper's. baptism. 
See below for vendor credits for the GORGEOUS cake and beautiful sweets!

Backdrop and small sign Lillian Kate Wedding Designs
Cake and cake pops - Just Call Me Martha
Candle - Love Memento
Chocolate bars - Invitations to Impress
Photography by 3rd eye photography

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Gourmet French Macarons Book [by Mindy Cone] Giveaway!

Are you smitten with French macarons?  If not, it must be because you haven't tried them yet.  If you haven't, now is your chance to make these decadent treats at home using step by step instructions from Mindy Cone's new Gourmet French Macaron cookbook, perfect for any novice baker (like myself) or seasoned baker.  My six year old daughter and I sampled our first macarons this past spring from the Laduree store on Madison Avenue in NYC and were hooked!  Knowing we wouldn't be paying $3 per macaron on a regular basis, we were excited to discover that we could make these little beauties at home!  Follow our baking progress below and read about how the Mindy Cone (the professional) does it, and enter our giveaway for her fun and informative book!

Our Experience
My kitchen is not stocked with high-end baking tools but my Ikea scale seemed to [mostly] do the trick for measuring ingredients!  The key with mixing the shell batter is making sure it is the correct consistency.  Mindy gives some great tips for figuring out if your batter needs more folding.

Another very useful tool in Mindy's book is the CD of printable shape templates!  We were going for simple and easy so we used the 2" diameter circle template.  I didn't have the recommended piping tip, nor piping bags but I used my one larger circle tip and ziplock bags for piping which seemed to work okay!

 Our shells freshly out of the oven.  Not bad to have only two cracked (a.k.a. crackarons) shells but ours are missing their "feet" (the fluffy airy part on the bottom)!  I will be referring to Mindy's troubleshooting section next time around...but for now we'll pretend it was our high altitude of 6800 ft.
 We used the buttercream recipe from the book.  Best.Buttercream.Recipe.Ever!  And shared them with our friends who had never heard of French Macarons but thought they were amazingly delicious!  My daughter and I are excited to try adding colors and different shapes next time.  Perhaps the pumpkins for Thanksgiving!

More about Mindy

Mindy is an entertaining, food, and party stylist on the blog Creative Juice. She writes about how to entertain your guests and kids with style and creativity! She shares diy tutorials, recipes, tips, tricks, and ideas to make your next event detailed, personalized, and of course creative!  Gourmet French Macarons was written and photographed by Mindy Cone herself!     

Pumpkin macarons - on our to-do list!

Check out those FEET!  

Watch the video to find out more about Mindy and how her book idea came about!  

Gourmet French Macarons from TK Productions on Vimeo.

You can find out more about Mindy here:

Check here to see if Mindy will be in your area for her book tour! 

Now I'm sure you're ready to bake your own macarons and throw a party!  We've got you covered, enter to win Mindy's book below and check out our own french macaron inspired party invitation!

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Trista Sutter's Baby Shower for her sister-in-law, Jackie

 I previously had the pleasure of working with the original "Bachelorette", Trista Sutter on her son's 5th birthday last year.  She was sweet to work with so I was excited when she asked me to create some printables for her sister-in-law, Jackie's baby shower!  She had an adorable "Baby Love" theme and pastel color scheme in mind to honor baby Mia that we used for the invitation, welcome sign, banner and party game. All items are available for sale in my shop.
Keep reading to find out about some of the other generous business owners who helped with the party!

Baby Love invitation created for Trista Sutter's sister-in-law, Jackie (details have been changed)

Trista with her sister-in-law, Jackie

I called upon Kelli Cross of Print and Cut your Printables who printed, cut and prepared all of Trista's items for the party.  Kelli is excellent to work with and I recommend her to all my customers that aren't interested in the "do-it-yourself" part of using printables.

Friends and family were also treated to some first class pampering at the luxurious Belly Up Spa in Lonetree, Colorado.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Girl's Firetruck Party Featured in July 2013 Parents Magazine!

When you live in southern Colorado, where forest fires have recently been a recurring event, firefighters are TRUE heroes!  My daughter wanted the firetruck to come for her 4th birthday party! I was challenged with creating a firetruck party that was authentic and traditional but with feminine touches added in the way of flowers and gingham. Also rather than using a birthday cake, we decided to make it more of an ice cream social (which I always associated with the firehouse growing up). The kids made their own ice cream sundaes and the firetruck/firemen came for a visit!
I was thrilled when Parents Magazine emailed and asked if they could feature our fun party!  We were published as "Party of the Month" in the July 2013 edition!
Design Concept
I searched the internet and found these adorable hand-stamped, canvas favor bags from Jennifers Cookies on Etsy. Jen gave me permission to recreate the firetruck as a jpg and design the party around it. Since the party was catering to pre-readers I thought it would be fun to use a pictogram theme which I used throughout the party on the labels.
Dessert Table 
For the dessert table, I bought a canvas painter's drop cloth from Home Depot to use as a tablecloth. I cut one section off the back to create the large firetruck backdrop (see DIY firetruck backdrop). 

I had custom desserts made by various different companies (see vendor credits below).

I incorporated apples to give the party a fall feel. We used them in the flower arrangements and I used them for the firetruck fondant. I also used my Pastry Pedestal to display the apples.

I used the large firetruck backdrop to play the game “pin the siren on the firetruck” I printed multiple sirens on sticker paper and each child had a turn trying to stick it in the correct spot.
DIY Firetruck backdrop 
I blew up the firetruck jpg to a large size. The picture on the computer was blurry, but that's okay. I printed the firetruck in letter size sections on cardstock and taped it all together. Then, I cut the picture out to make a large stencil. I used acrylic paint and sponged the firetruck on to the canvas. My daughter was able to help with this, which she loved. We had an old frame in our garage that the previous homeowners left. I bought some matching latex paint and painted it red. Then I stapled the canvas on to the backside of the frame and propped it on the table for a backdrop!
Ice Cream Sundae Table 
For the ice cream sundae table, most of my d├ęcor was from Shop Sweet Lulu and Party City. Each child had a firehat at their place setting. I recreated the local fire department emblem to incorporate the child's name and age. I followed the pictogram theme on the drink cup and ice cream up labels. Each child had 4 sundae toppings to choose from (we had one peanut allergy so all of the ice cream and toppings were peanut allergy free) for their sundae with whipped cream, chocolate, caramel and sprinkles in the center of the table to share. If I hadn't forgotten, we would have put candles in the birthday girl's sundae and sang “Happy Birthday!”
A visit from Wescott Fire!
After the ice cream sundae making, we opened gifts and the firetruck came. (this is a wonderful, free service provided by our local fire station)
The kids toured the firetruck, learning about the equipment, sprayed the fire hose, and took a ride...with the birthday girl in the front seat! (parents got to ride too, which was a blast!)

Little sister, baby Kate snoozed while the big kids had fun!

The firefighters were amazing, they made the kids feel comfortable, taught them important lessons, and took us all for a ride!
Printable party decor is available at Green Beansie Ink on Etsy
The firetruck, ice cream cone and flower cookies were all from my hometown gourmet grocery store, Dorothy Lane Market
The hand-stamped, canvas favor bags from Jennifers Cookies on Etsy.
The fondant toppers were from Two Sugar Babies
The large balloons were from Shop Sweet Lulu

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Celebration of Baby's Christening

As told by Tania, Baby Sienna's mother,: "I’ve always been inspired and love the vintage theme , I also had a vintage theme for my daughter Angelina with the influence of angels, this time I wanted the theme to be soft, and still within the vintage theme with the influence of pearls and lace. When everything was put together, it just tied in nicely and looked amazing."
The backdrop, welcome sign and favor labels were supplied by us at Green Beansie Ink.  We customized the ballerina collection, removing the ballerina and slightly changing the color.
The ever so stylish flower arrangements were supplied by Blooms By Elle, they were hand selected with vintage colors and arranged into bird cage.  The pearl and ivory Picture frame Bomboniere were supplied by TheBomboniere and Invitation Factory.  Handmade cookies with a damask pattern to match the cupcakes and cake alternate with silver and white pearl pattern on others were supplied by Oh Sugar.

Sienna wore her sister Angelina’s dress, it is a couture gown made by Gowns by Vera, it is an antique beaded French lace gown with matching bonnet.  She changed in to a vintage crochet gown which was supplied by Little Boheme Boutique.  Both Sienna and Angelina wore customized pearl bracelets made by Rosie at Made for an Angel,
Tania and Angelina’s dress were also vintage lace inspired, Tania was dressed by the glamorous Alex Perry Designer and Angelina’s dress by Molly and Star.

The amazing cake and apothecary Lolly Vases and Cake stand was supplied by Cakes by Jo , with each individual pearl hand rolled by Joanne with a damask print on the icing complimented by a lovely pearl rosary bead draping over the top.  Lollies and candy sticks were purchased from The Little Big Company.

The handmade candle showing a centre pearl was supplied by Adorned Candle Boutique.
The Venue was OlivetoRistorante e Bar, and they delivered a fantastic menu which consisted mainly of seafood.

Photography: compliments of Simply Rosie Photography in Australia.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Old Fashioned 4th Birthday Bash

Party description as told by Nikki's mom:
Nikki is an old-fashioned girl.  She loves pick-up sticks, pin the tail on the donkey and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  Shirley temples in old mason jars, marzipan and bloomers under her dresses.  What better way to celebrate her 4th birthday than at the Santa Monica Pier Carousel?
First thing's first:  beautiful invitations!  Nikki's mommy turned to Wendy at Green Beansie Ink to custom make the perfect invitation and printable party decor package  We came up with an old fashioned girl that looked just like Nikki!   Once that was completed, we turned to Kelli of Print and Cut your Printables to complete all of the printing and cutting.

Milk in old fashioned pint milk jars, Shirley Temples and pink lemonade in mason jars with polka dot paper straws graced the tables and were a big hit from The Party Fairy.  They were topped with quilting fabric from the Navoo Quilt company.  In addition, wax paper bags made with multi-colored zigzag stitching were filled with sandwiches.  Vintage and antique platters were filled with grapes carrots, homemade cupcakes, caravan sandwiches for the grownups, and the big hit of the party:  custom silhouette cookies of the birthday girl from Plastics in Print!  The table decorations included old-fashioned cutie catchers customized for the occasion from Darling Paper Girl. All of these fabulous things were accented by antique and vintage toys found on ebay and various antique stores in Los Angeles. And how could it be a birthday party without ice cream? Ice cream sundaes were hand made by Soda Jerks.

Fabric bunting graced the space along with paper chains made by the birthday girl, all tied up with special colored twine from Annie 42.  In addition, a 'Happy Birthday Nikki' sign made by The Banner Sisters.  Vintage tablecloths were purchased on and ebay.  My fabulous sister-in-law Barbara Primiani of The Cotton Patch of Virginia went to work!  She sewed ricrac on all of the tablecloths from Treasure Bay Fabrics in all different colors to unify the look, as well as hundreds of wax bags for the sandwiches.  In addition, orange and white polka dot runners graced the tables for a festive look from Four Bugs in A Rug.  Metal buckets filled with sand and hand made pinwheels from The Pickled Parlor served as the centerpieces, while vintage paper dolls were scattered throughout the party.   Barbara also made the chalkboard roll favors out of old-fashioned paper doll fabric as a thank you gift for all of the guests.  

Guests were greeted to either a big bow for the girls or bow ties for the boys... after all this is an old-fashioned dress up party!  Besides riding the carousel, there were many different things to do. One activity was a craft area complete with crayons, safety scissors and glue for coloring, cutting and playing with old-fashioned paperdolls and fabric paper dolls
If the children were not so into crafts, there were games, games, games! There was a vintage pin-the-tail-on the-donkey and ring toss as well as a photo booth compete with props and a vintage Polaroid camera! There was a silhouette artist to magically create vintage looking silhouettes: one for the guest and one for Nikki’s scrapbook. The highlight of the birthday party was the Pin-The-Bow-On-Nikki game designed by Green Beansie Ink, in which everyone participated. Of course, you couldn’t have games without prizes, which came from Oriental Trading Company.

The Pier carousel is over 100 years old and served as the most spectacular backdrop of this old-fashioned party. The music from the carousel was wonderful and really set the mood. Children and parents alike had a fabulous time. We’ll have to do this again!  Nikki and her parents are pictured below!
Gorgeous photography by Julie Pepin.

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