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Mia’s Flamingo and Pineapple Birthday Party

My baby turned TWO!!! A year ago, but whatever. I wrote this post also about a year ago but had so much trouble choosing photos it took me until now to publish. IN-SANE. (Mia’s third birthday is in two weeks. No joke.)

Party like a flamingoSo, my little darling is a little weirdo and sometimes she just stands on one foot and I thought that’s so perfect for the flamingo trend (which yes, some of us are tired of at this point but trend aside, I thought it was perfect). Also, she’s such a flamingo. I mean this is the girl that has accessorized from the minute she was able to lift accessories. This is the girl that wears tutus and sparkles as often as possible and tried to steal an old lady’s lipstick from her purse. This is the girl who somehow managed to find, take, and appropriate my grandmother’s rings that were on my dresser. At least she’s got good taste.

My favorite part of the decor was this focal point. We put flamingo books and art on the shelf with some flowers, I taped a bunch of fans to the wall covering the tv, and setup the dessert table with confetti and cupcakes. 
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We got flamingo balloons from Confetti and Sparkle Party Shop and the banner was made by me. Party like a flamingo Party like a flamingo We found blue velvet Room and Board chairs on Craigslist pretty recently and I knew I had to cover them so I could relax and enjoy the party so we used some Turkish throws in pretty colors. And the birthday girl found some popcorn.Party like a flamingo Party like a flamingo Party like a flamingo Party like a flamingo Party like a flamingoThe lighting around the table was totally not ideal, but I loved it in real life.
Party like a flamingo Party like a flamingo Party like a flamingoWe put the flamingo favor bags on the piano and I stuck cupcake toppers in everything!Party like a flamingo Party like a flamingoI got flamingo wrapping paper from One Kings Lane and then bought a floral garland from Michaels to frame it and be our Photo Booth. Plus the gold glitter happy birthday banner, obvi.Party like a flamingoParty like a flamingo Photo Booth Party like a flamingo Photo Booth I know that last photo is so grainy, but I love it. And then Mia had her cake. Like we were in middle of singing happy birthday and Mia just leaned over and tok a big bite of her cake. I love this girl.

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In many ways Mia hasn’t changed much but I guess that’s for her third birthday party post. You know, in two weeks.

Happy birthday my little flamingo!

All photos taken by Emily Daar, who is also sisters with my future sister-in-law!

Mini Flamingo Donuts

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You guys love flamingos, right?! Because I totally do, so it’s okay if you do too, I won’t judge! With that said, I will find any excuse to turn something into a flamingo and donuts are no exception. With a little fondant and a little patience, these mini donuts will be a hit at your next party!

What You’ll Need –

For the Pink Glaze (covers about 20 donuts) –

instructions

01. Take a hunk of white fondant and flatten it out like you would before cutting cookie dough. (Set aside a little bit for the white beaks.) With a toothpick, spread the tiniest amount of pink gel coloring in the center. I wanted pale pink flamingos and just a drop goes a long way.
02. Start kneading the fondant, folding it over and over…and over. It will look like a marble-y mess, but it will eventually even the color out and you’ll have pink! I also sprinkled some confectioner’s sugar on it to keep from sticking everywhere.

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03. Once you have the fondant finished and ready to use, start by rolling little pieces for the bird’s head. Take a knife to cut off the ends off to ensure they’re flat, then shape the necks. Do the same for the beaks, but just cut off one side with a knife and keep the other end round.
04. The fondant should be slightly sticky, so just attach the beak and sculpt as desired. Stick a toothpick in the bottom of the neck so it can attach to the donut. Once dry, color the tip of the beak black and add a little eye!
05. For the tail, take a little fondant and pinch it together. For the wings, make a teardrop and shape accordingly. (This is why I love fondant! It’s so easy to sculpt and if you mess up you can change it!)
06. Cut several toothpicks, about a 1/2 inch long, and attach to the backside of the wings. This will make sure the they stay in place!

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07. The glaze is real easy! First combine the milk and vanilla in a saucepan and heat on low until warm.
08. Slowly whisk in the confectioner’s sugar.
09. Once combined, add a small amount of pink food coloring. You want it to be close to the flamingo color, so start with a tiny amount again. Add sprinkles for a pop of color! They are donuts after all and no donut goes without sprinkles!

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10. Add the tail pieces before the glaze hardens and they will hold perfectly!
11. Attach the head and wings to the donut once they are dry and you are good to go!

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Not every flamingo has to look like the other one, and they don’t have to be perfect by any means. They are better that way! These would be so fun for a kid’s party and they can even make their own! Hope you make these guys for your next flamingo themed party!

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For more sweet creations, head on over to my blog and check out my instagram!

Alyson

Flamingo Party Hats with Sprout by HP

Moving is so so very hard (to be clear, I’m totally whining). And at least I get why we’re moving and got to actually make that decision. As far as the kids go, we’ve lived in this apartment since Aiden was 3 months old and Mia’s been here her whole life so it’s a HUGE adjustment. But I am determined to make it as fun and exciting as I can because I have this vision of me being a fun mom who makes life magical and sometimes I like to deliver on that. So I did the only natural thing and made “moving party” hats (in a flamingo pattern, obviously) using my HP Sprout.

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I had scanned two flamingo candles using the HP Sprout Workspace earlier, so I put one flamingo right side up and the other upside down and then copied and pasted it into a pattern. Then I saved it in Photoshop as a pattern and used it to fill the party hat template  from Oh Happy Day.flamingo pattern wallpaper 600

flamingo party hat templatesHere’s the template with the flamingo pattern filled in.

I’ve packed most of my supplies already so instead of elastic I had to pin it to their hair but Mia was literally shouting “FLAMIIIINGOS!” I’ve trained her so well.  Aiden was like “um, I wanted dragons mom, why did you have to make flamingos?” but then he followed it up with, “I’ll just do it myself” (P.S. he totally can, the Sprout is super intuitive for kids and he thinks everything is a touch screen anyway)

DIY printable flamingo party hatsYou know what’s super awesome? My confetti and flamingo candles were already packed but I had the images saved from scanning them earlier so I was able to make a graphic just like I would if I was photographing them. Win.

What would you create with the Sprout by HP? I’ve been randomly scanning in cool fabrics as I notice them and the cloud storage is amazing so I’m not worried about not having enough “space” which is actually a huge deal for me as a serial photographer and screenshot-er

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* This post was sponsored by HP. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. This is legit awesome #SproutbyHP #CIY *

Flamingo and Pineapple Sugar Cookies!

Make your own flamingo and pineapple sugar cookies this summer!

Alyson here, and I have to say I’m thrilled to be posting on Shoes Off Please! Gilit’s love for flamingos inspired these little cookies, and the pineapples seemed like the perfect pairing! I’ve been obsessing over sugar cookies these past few months, and it was a no brainer to get these cuties made! Those pink little creatures are just too perfect for this world, right?!

What you will need –

First up, you’ve got to get those sugar cookies made, so here is my absolute favorite recipe! Also, if your cookies are slightly spreading when you bake them, stick them in the freezer for about 10 minutes before popping them in the oven. It works every time!

If you’ve made royal icing before, awesome! If not here is a solid recipe. Now for the fun part!

Make your own flamingo and pineapple sugar cookies this summer!

First you will want to outline your cookies with the thicker royal icing and let dry for at least 15 minutes. Next, ice the flamingo’s legs and beak, and the pineapple’s top! The circle cookies will be your base, so those also need to be outlined and filled. Clearly they don’t have to be perfect, as you can see below. (They will be covered up by brown sugar.)

Make your own flamingo and pineapple sugar cookies this summer!

now when you flood the cookies, add a few drops of water or lemon juice to thin the frosting. You want to find the right consistency so that it spreads to the edges and ribbons back into itself in about 5 seconds. This is where the squeeze bottle comes in handy! Pour the icing in and start flooding the cookies.

Make your own flamingo and pineapple sugar cookies this summer!

To add the details, use your icing tip for those little pineapple dots and wing outline. For the wing, I lightened it a tad and made a tiny amount of flood icing to fill it in. A lot of times there is a sweet spot where you can use the same icing for the outline and flood, but it’s all a matter of testing it out.

Make your own flamingo and pineapple sugar cookies this summer!

Using the black food decorating pen, color in the tip of the beak and a little eye! You can also use a pink one to add some more dimension to the cookie, like outlining the wing to give it a feather-y look or outlining the entire flamingo. Carefully rub the line with your finger to blend it in.

For the water, I used that ICEE Squeeze Candy because it’s such a pretty color and makes the water a beautiful shiny blue. However, it’s actually kind of a gross candy, haha. If you don’t think anyone wants a sour blue raspberry gel on their cookie, I recommend just sticking to royal icing or even blue sprinkles!

Make your own flamingo and pineapple sugar cookies this summer!

Finally, carefully stick some toothpicks into those cookies and you’re done! The flamingos are very fragile, so I had to be extra slow and careful. I found that making the hole in the circle base first, then cutting the toothpick before inserting it into the flamingo works best. Add some brown sugar for sand and voila! You’ve got a cute little party centerpiece!

Make your own flamingo and pineapple sugar cookies this summer!

Make your own flamingo and pineapple sugar cookies this summer!

The cookies would be a great addition to any Summer party, and can neatly be displayed on a cake stand! And trust me, the more flamingos the better!

Make your own flamingo and pineapple sugar cookies this summer!

For more sweet creations, head on over to my blog and check out my instagram!

Alyson

DIY Flamingo Party Hats

Make your own flamingo party hats #flamingoparty #letsflamingle

I have always had a bit of a crush on flamingos or ‘mingos as I sometimes affectionately refer to them. This crush has seemed to festoon into a full-blown obsession as of late, it seems I cannot enter a store or scroll through Instagram without one of those pink, adorable beauties catching my eye. So when Gilit and I teamed up I knew that our combined loved of parties and shared affinity for flamingos would be bound to result in some ah-ma-zing flamingo party ideas! The first (of I am sure many) flamingo-inspired ideas is a cute and super simple Flamingo Party Hat.

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1170X425 SUPPLY LIST

Pink Polka Dot Party Hats
Pink Feathers
Pink, White and Black Card Stock
Flamingo Template (link at the bottom of post)
Scissors
Double Sided Tape
Black Sharpie
Hot Glue Gun and Glue

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  1. Print out the template provided and using scissors cut out the template shapes.
  2. Trace the template shapes onto the appropriate colored card stock — the flamingo head on pink cardstock twice, the face details on white cardstock and the beak on black cardstock — then cut out the shapes using scissors staying on the inside of the lines.
  3. Assemble the pieces of cardstock and adhere together using double sided tape.
  4. Using a black sharpie add an eye to the flamingo head.
  5. Make a bend (approximately 1/2″) at the bottom of the flamingo neck, insert the bent part of the cardstock into the slit on the side of the party hat to see where it looks best.
  6. Once you are satisfied with the placement, apply double sided tape to the folded part of the card stock and secure it to the inside of the hat.
  7. Using hot glue, attach a few feathers on the side of the hat to resemble wings.
  8. Place the party hat on top of your head and let’s flamingle!

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Here is the Flamingo Party Hat Template! Have fun Flamingling!

Sarah

*See more of Sarah’s glitter and talent on her blog Weekend Pursuits and Instagram @sadiutori

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They’re bright, they’re pink, and they’re gorgeous! Perfect on a birthday cake, cupcake, pancake, or giant soft cookie, the stainless steel legs keep these ‘mingos in place. Summer is coming, babes! There are limited quantities available, but show these flamingos some love and I’ll see what I can do about restocking ;)

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