Friday, March 27, 2015

Peyton's Baptism

Last Sunday, sweet baby Peyton was baptized.  Afterwards, we had about 20 of our closest family and friends over for lunch.  I had seen so many beautiful pink & gold parties on Pinterest & really wanted to decorate using those colors.  
First steps first, I started with the pink fabric that I used for Addy's 'Look Whoo is 1' party & put it up on the wall in the corners using thumb tacks.  I then took some gold lemme that I've used for New Years Eve parties (and that I actually bundle under my Christmas tree as a tree skirt) & then I pinned it up to the ceiling & then bunched it in the center to create a curtain effect.  I then used the other piece of gold lemme as my centerpiece.
For food, we had two pasta salads, a veggie tray, a fruit tray, rolls for chicken salad and pimento cheese, southern ham delights, strawberry cupcakes and strawberry cake.  Because I knew I would be short on time coming straight from church, everything was pretty much store brought & put onto platters before we left that morning.  I did put in the extreme effort of making the strawberry cupcakes...from a boxed mix of course.  : )  I did make the ham delights & if you click here, this is how I made them.  They are SO GOOD.  My friend Liz makes them all the time & I bugged her for the recipe.  I could have probably made 5 trays of those things & every single one would have been eaten.  SO GOOD.  
 For decorations, the branches are from my parent's peach tree.  Yep, I just snipped some branches off when we were visiting & you couldn't even tell.  So much so that my mom said she really liked them & asked where I got them.  Whoopsie.  ; )  In the center was a banner saying "God Bless Peyton".  With the lighting, you can't really read it, but it looked really cute in person.  I talk more about the banner in a post found here.  
Hello pretty Publix cake.  Their cake is the best.  It's why I don't usually even try to bake cake myself.  Okay, who am I kidding?  It could be only kinda good & I probably still wouldn't try to bake cake myself.  : )  
On each side of the banner were these beautiful pinwheel crosses.  I will tell you more about these in this post here.  It's been a busy, busy time, so I'm sorry for the short posts.  I'm off to the weekend where we are hosting a kid's Easter Egg Hunt/party, game night for a dozen couples & a Sip & See on Sunday.  Busy, busy!  Happy weekend everyone!

Main Baptism Party Post
Pinwheel Cross Post
Baptism Banner Post
Southern Ham Delights

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Saved by the Bell 30th Birthday Bash - "Hot Sundae" Cupcakes

For the center of "The Max" diner table at our Saved by the Bell 30th Birthday Bash, I wanted to do "Hot Sundae" cupcakes in honor of the awesome girl's singing group that Kelly, Jessie & Lisa formed.  We started with the same basic cupcakes that we used for Slater's Smackdown Cupcakes.  
Then, we just added chocolate syrup, sprinkles & cherry.  Pretty easy peasy.  (can you tell I have a toddler who is obsessed with Peppa Pig? Haha).  
We tried to use the chocolate shell stuff, but that didn't work out.  The regular chocolate syrup wound up working best.  I would guess hot fudge topping in the jar would work just as well.  
Obviously these were delicious.  A cupcake with added chocolate syrup, sprinkles & a cherry?  Oh yeah.  A great tribute to a great girls group.  Rock on "Hot Sundae", rock on.  
This is the last post of the Saved by the Bell party.  This party was a lot of fun to prepare for...and to celebrate at of course.  : )

See Other Posts on this Party Here:

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Saved by the Bell 30th Birthday Bash - The Max Diner Food

So for our 30th Saved by the Bell birthday bash, the beloved Max table had some diner favorites, along with some "Hot Sundae" cupcakes. 
More on the cupcakes in the next (and sadly, the final from this party) post.
Now I ran out of time & did not get a picture of all of the food individually, but here is what the menu consisted of: hot dogs, chips, fries & sliders.  Let's talk about these sliders for a minute.  I made the hamburger mixture in a bowl with some seasoning, Worcestershire sauce & onions & then pressed the mixture into a baking dish.  I have seen some recipes where you put in bread & eggs, I didn't do that, but I'm sure it is great too.  Anyway, I baked the meat at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.  Then I used a pizza cutter to cut them the size of the rolls I had bought, after adding cheese of course.  Soooo much easier than cooking individual tiny burgers for sliders. And pretty delicious too.