Pretzels are having their MOMENT! And I for one am not mad about it.I always pack a bag of Rold Gold Twists anytime the word picnic is mentioned and I am definitely a fan of the soft pretzel. For my soft pretzels, just a sprinkling of salt and I am happy! So today I did a twist (get it!) on a traditional pretzel and candy-fied it. Instead of dough and salt, I used Tootsie Rolls and SPRINKLES to create large candy pretzels, which would be perfect to hand out as favors or on a dessert table at a baseball themed birthday party or end-of-summer BBQ.Tootsie Rolls White Sprinkles
Cut each Tootsie Roll in half using a knife.
Heat one of the Tootsie Roll pieces for 3-5 seconds in the microwave, until just pliable.
Roll the Tootsie Roll into a long rope, approximately 8-10 inches long.
Bring the two ends of the rope together and twist twice, then bring the twisted piece down and gently push the candy pieces together to form a pretzel shape.
Add sprinkles to the top of the Tootsie Roll Pretzel by gently pushing them into the Tootsie Roll.
I recommend letting these sit out for a few days on waxed paper to harden a bit so that they are not super sticky, this way they will be easier to handle and package.
I want to know, what is your favorite type of pretzel?
Make these and you’ll probably have a new favorite!
I am bound to run out of ways to incorporate watermelons into DIY projects, but today is not that day! When I was browsing the dollar store a few weeks ago I spotted these vibrant paper bags in pink, orange and lime green. I knew they had to be mine because they would be perfect to hand out party favors in, but the plain bags were a bit boring. So when I started on my watermelon crafting kick I just knew I had to turn those pink bags into fabulous Watermelon Favor Bags!
Pink Paper Bag
Lime Green Tape, 0.75 inches wide
Dark Green Tape, 1.5 inches wide
Treats, Candy and Prizes
Cut a long piece of dark green tape and adhere it to the paper bag, lining up the edge of the tape with the bottom of the bag, wrap the tape around the entire base of the bag. Repeat this process with the lime green tape just above the dark green tape.
Using scissors cut your black vinyl into small squares, these will be the seeds of the watermelon. Adhere the black vinyl squares randomly to the pink area of the paper bag.
Fill your bag full of treats, candy and prizes!
This project is also a perfect party/craft activity for little ones and might I suggest making a super-sized version of my Mini Watermelon Piñata, then the kids could use the Watermelon Favor Bags they crafted to collect the piñata loot in!
While I can assure you that if I threw a Fruity Fiesta, I would l-o-v-e to deck out the party with a super-sized piñata in every fruit imaginable, I am sure my party guests would not enjoy the lack of mingling room it would provide. Luckily, I can satisfy my fruit piñata craving, provide substantial room for mingling and give each guest a little something to take home with them, all thanks to these Mini Watermelon Piñata!
Pink, Light Green and Dark Green Crepe Paper, Streamers or Tissue Paper
Lightweight Cardboard (I used a Krispy Kreme box leftover from National Donut Day)
Mini Watermelon Piñata Template (link at bottom of post)
Black Card Stock
Clear Packing Tape
Hot Glue and Glue Gun Fringe Scissors
Candy, Treats and/or Small Toys (to fill the piñata with, I used these sour watermelon candies)
Print out the template, cut out the triangle shape, trace it on to the lightweight cardboard twice and cut out two triangles. Out of the lightweight cardboard also cut out several strips, approximately 1 inch wide.
Assemble the piñata base. Using packing tape, attach the strips to one of the triangles to create a triangle shaped box, if you are planning to add anything to the inside of your piñata, now is the time to do so. Place the other triangle on top of the box you created and attache with packing tape.
Using double-sided tape attach pieces of tissue paper/streamers/crepe paper to the piñata base to cover all of the cardboard. Cover the top two-thirds of the piñata base with pink, and the bottom third with dark green.
Create the decorative fringe. Using fringe scissors, cut and fringe the streamers leaving approximately ½ inch of uncut steamer at the top, this space is where you will attach your fringe to the mini piñata. Note: If you are using crepe paper or tissue paper, you will need to cut the paper into 1½ inch strips and then fringe.
Using a hot glue gun attach the fringed tissue paper/streamers/crepe paper to the piñata base, starting at the bottom with the dark green and working your way up to the top. I did one row of dark green, one of light green and the rest in pink. You want to place your first row of fringed tissue paper/streamers/crepe paper, so that it lines up with the bottom of the piñata, the rest of the fringed tissue paper/streamers/crepe paper you add, make sure the bottom of the piece you are adding is approximately ½ inch above the bottom of the last placed fringed tissue paper/streamers/crepe paper.
Using a hole punch, punch out several dots out of black card stock, these will be the seeds for the watermelon. Attach the dots randomly on the pink area of the piñata.
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?!
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!
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.)
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
For more sweet creations, head on over to my blog and check out my instagram!
Hey, remember that time when it was Mother’s Day and I was going to post a recap a day later because that’s what I used to do?
It’s actually been driving me nuts that I haven’t been posting as often as I want to (I am constantly writing posts in my head, no joke) and to be completely honest, I don’t feel like my posts have been up to par (do I EVER? I’m really hard on myself…working on it) but I’m trying to be okay with it.
You guys are holding up really well. No withdrawal symptoms that I’ve heard of so far, but if you need me you can always e-mail me and I’ll just tell you what’s in my head and include some photos to help you get through the day. And hopefully this post will keep you going for a week because I’ve got a pretty room to share with you next week!
Mother’s Day Brunch
I got my inspiration here and I went from there: flowers.. pink… flowers.. and other stuff!
I have a bunch of paper fans, honeycombs and paper lanterns from past parties so Tuv hung those up over the table (they’re still there and proooobably will be for awhile…)
I printed the “Moms Rule” (designed by Hello Tosha) from the Moms Rule Mother’s Day Brunch that The Alison Show put together, then made paper flowers (see the tutorial here) to put around it. I could write a whole post on Alison and why she’s the best thing that ever happened, but that might make her uncomfortable. But I also just may do it one day anyway (dance it away, Alison!)
If you’re going to put up paper flowers on the wall with tape like I did, I’d suggest doing it the day before or day of. I did it the week before and they were falling down all week. Alternatively, you can glue them onto something like cardboard and temporarily hang that up instead.
The menu was pretty simple: yogurt with granola and berries, a light salad, delicious gluten-free muffins, and eggs that Tuvia made. We were able to accommodate our diet as well as other guests… that is until my beautiful grandmother called for dessert. She ordered DELICIOUS chocolate covered Mrs. Prindable’s apples. Oh em freakin’ gee they are amazing. And I don’t generally like apples covered in anything.
I made the tassel garland (you can get your own custom one in my shop, woot woot!) The berry baskets are from Pink Lemonade Party, the floral wax paper and paper carton are from Shop Sweet Lulu.
I got kraft letters which I was going to paint, but decided not to (read: ran out of time) and put some confetti that coordinated with the paper flowers in a bowl and teacup.
Each place setting had a floral plate, wooden utensils, a mason jar with a daisy cup lid and paper straw, a candy cup (For the yogurt or berries) and a berry basket with flowers. Last minute I also printed up photobooth strips from Social Print Studio and included one of those on each plate (they came in record time and I like the quality of the photos, good job SPS!)
I loved the effect of all the flowers, it made it feel Spring-y!
Tuvia knows I love peonies so he got me a bouquet that I plopped into one of my fave vases and next to the “Hey Mama” banner.
I put together a Source List for those of you that don’t want to wade through the photos:
Honeycombs, paper lanterns, paper fans: collected over the years from Target, Shop Sweet Lulu, Michaels, and the Dollar Store Mini wooden scoops:Sucre Shop (I painted the handles gold for a different party) Kraft letters:Paper Source. Rumor has it that Michael’s sells these, but the one near me never has them. Flowers: Trader Joe’s Pink chevron paper straws:Target dollar section. Here’s a tip: you know at the end of the aisles they have sale stuff? I find tons of paper straws for a dollar or two dollars there all the time, especially after holidays. Confetti: made by me to match the paper flowers Berry baskets and wooden utensils:Pink Lemonade Party Floral paper plates, container, and paper:Shop Sweet Lulu (their floral fiesta line is killing me) Fringe tassel garland and Hey Mama banner:the Bannerie Vase:West Elm
And uh… I kind of have a thing for how the table looks after everyone is done eating. Maybe it’s that it looks like real happy life. People I love came together and we ate here. It’s a happy mess. That’s the term I use to describe the kids’ room or our living room after we’ve all played together and everything is all over but we had such a good time: a happy mess. Anyone mom bloggers need a blog title?
I would really love to hear about your day and whether your family has any special Mother’s Day traditions. Do you like time to yourself? With your spouse? With your kids? I think my perfect day is with all three of those things.
Thanks for sticking around even when I’m not posting as often :)
This weekend was capital C-R-A-Z-Y so I’m pretty depleted but here are some pictures from last night’s birthday slash summer party in collaboration with Tiny Prints (who featured the tassel fringe garland I made on their Facebook page this past weekend!)
the Party Decor
I had some extra Tiny Prints invitations, so I used them to pretty up the place settings since they were after all, the inspiration.
I made the fringe tassel garland last week (check out the tutorial here)
I made the Anthropologie-inspired tablecloth for the Spring Pinterest Challenge and bought the Anthro napkins when they went on sale (still available in another color). The West Elm dishes are also on clearance and the plan is to use them as our “outdoor” dishes. We didn’t end up doing anything outside because it was so insanely hot, but we can still use our outdoor dishes!
the Food/ Drinks
We started with sangria and food on a stick because most wonderful edible things are in a sandwich or on a stick. Or steak. My palate is pretty sophisticated.
I’d love to share my sangria recipe with you because it came out DElicious, but I didn’t use measurements so much as just throw things in. So if you’re looking for a non exact sangria recipe, here’s mine.
Non-exact Sangria Recipe: sweet red wine, Sprite, oranges, a lemon, a lime, some nectarines, some peaches, and two strawberries thrown in as an afterthought. I poured into two pitchers unequally and when one was extra Sprite-y and the other extra wine-y, I just poured from one into the other. And there you have it.
I think it helped to drink it from a mason jar and a floral paper straw, amiright?
I also set out fruit skewers, and basil, brie, and peach skewers. By “skewers” I mean lollipop sticks because that’s what I had on hand. I would definitely not recommend them because they’re not very skewer-y, but I really liked the basil, cheese, and fruit combo. Tuvia and I used to have pear and melted brie on focaccia and it was so good so that’s what gave me the idea. We should do that again…
Then we had wraps and salad because I thought that was the easiest way to accommodate the various dietary restrictions and because wraps are awesome. I totally want one now even though we just had them last night.
Check out the one my sister put together, it looks so good, right?
We finished with ice cream, but I was too busy enjoying to get pictures :)
The best part of any party is the guests and they really made this one. I got really lucky with my sister and sisters-in-law and I really like them in addition to super loving them (two couldn’t make it and one doesn’t live in the country but it doesn’t mean I love them any less!)
I’ve been friends with Avigayil since high school and I’m so freakin’ appreciative that we live in the same neighborhood now and are going through motherhood slash whattheheckdowedonow together. We’ve also been friends with Aliza since high school and she’s here for the summer! Don’t you all think she should move here?
phone camera + revertigo = this picture
Michal and I became friends when everyone thought we were friends but we didn’t even know each other. So it was sort of convenient that I really like her :)
This is half of us, not sure where the rest of us are… I think I’m taking the picture so that leaves two guests up to no good…
We attempted some group photos which were less than successful but I had fun trying. For the first one I made it just in time, but knocked the camera and my sister out of the picture (sorry S!)
It was soooo nice to just be with the girls (and the sangria, that was nice too). I think I’m going to make this an annual thing. I realize my birthday is already an annual thing, but I think I’m gonna throw myself a little shindig from now on. Prob’ly won’t call it “shindig” though, that was a one time thing.
What about you? Do you throw yourself a birthday party? Let others do it for you? Or do you prefer to let it go by without anyone noticing?
If you’ve been following the blog, you’ve probably seen photos or posts of different parties: my friend’s bridal shower, my niece’s party, Mia’s party, Aiden’s mustache party, or the Etsy party (and these are just the ones that have made it onto the blog) but you’ve never seen a party for me. That’s because I don’t make me parties. But secretly I want one…
About a month ago Tiny Prints contacted me about collaborating on something and obviously I jumped at the opportunity because I love Tiny Prints and I love parties! So we’re calling this a birthday slash summer party so I don’t feel weird about throwing myself a birthday party and because summer is wonderful and should be celebrated!
We’ve used Tiny Prints for Aiden’s thank you notes and loved them so we ordered thank you notes for Mia also, but this was my first time using Tiny Prints invitations. Let me just warn you that if you’re going to start perusing, it will take you forever because they have so many cute ones!
I narrowed it down to the ones on the bottom left, but I chose the “summer party” one outlined in the middle because I love the pretty watercolor flowers and it was a little more subdued, perfect for a low-key birthday/summer party with the girls (as in, I can subtly throw myself a birthday party and pretend I’m making a party for summer)
Whenever I make a party I make an inspiration board (and more often than not, a Pinterest board) so here’s my summer party inspiration:
I let the pink florals from the invitation be my starting point and from there I added orange and some bling (because I can’t get enough of gold). I snagged those gold foil Anthropologie napkins when they went on super sale for $4.50 and I’ve been wanting to attempt a DIY fringe tassel for awhile now so this is a perfect opportunity.
Theoretically I’d love to do everything outside on our porch, but it’s really small so I think maybe we’ll do drinks outside and then come in for a light meal. That also means I have to stop treating our porch like an extra storage space and start sprucing it up but everything gets this horrible layer of dust on it so I’m hesitant to put anything nice outside. Either way, I’m really excited for a night with the girls!
What do you do with your outside space? Cover it up to protect it? Or do you live in a magical place where everything that you leave outside stays nice (and can I come visit please)? Stay tuned for the fringe tassel DIY and party recap!
*Invitations provided by Tiny Prints, opinions provided by me :)