Monday, June 19, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Father's Day Hole in One Treats!

This Father's Day I wanted to honor the two amazing fathers (my husband and my dad) in my life with making special treats that revolve around their favorite pastime....Golf! So let's just say I had a ball and went a little crazy creating goodies to let them know they are the "best dads by PAR"...in fact, they are a "HOLE in ONE"!
I always have to make chocolate covered Oreos....these have golf balls decorating the top that can hold a mini Oreo or just straight up white chocolate (just depends on how much you love white chocolate)!
 
I have been dying to make these sugar cookies inspired by Sweet Sugarbelle and when my husband sent me a photo of golf cookies out of the blue a couple weeks ago, I knew this would be the time to do it!
My husband LOVES cake pops, so I knew I had to incorporate this into my treat bucket....golf ball cake pops inspired by My Cupcake Addiction!
A while back I made these cupcakes to celebrate my dad's 60th birthday. I loved them so much and thought they needed to be part of my sweet treats, but instead the flag would focus on Father's Day. So one side the flag has a number ONE and on the other it says "Dad, you are a hole in one!"
It was a sweet way to wish my husband and dad a Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all you amazing dads, grandpas, godfathers, and father figures!


Monday, June 12, 2017

{Party Bee} Ranger Jake Printable Collection

I am so excited to introduce the Ranger Jake Printable Collection to my readers! This collection is perfect for all Power Ranger fanatics; both male or female, young or old! Using a neutral color palette of black and white with a primary pattern of chevron, allows you to highlight the rangers with pops of color or accent with one particular color by using the birthday boy or girl's favorite ranger (Jake's fave is the green ranger)!

The entire collection is $30 and comes with the following:

- 5x7 invitation (double-sided optional) (envelope not included)
- Circle tags in 4 designs
- Square "Thank you Rangers" tag
- "Ranger name is age" or "Happy birthday name" double point pennant banner
- "name is age" double point pennant banner
- Decorative double point pennant banner
- 4x6 signs in 3 designs
- Centerpieces (age of child, favorite ranger power coins sized 3", and 5" logo)
- 8x10 Welcome Sign
- 16x20 Power Ranger Image/background sign
- Water bottle labels in 2 designs
- Juice box wrapper (using child's favorite ranger)
- Menu tent cards in 2 designs
- 2" and 3" power coins
- Straw flags
- 5x7 Thank you card

To order this collection, just send me an email with the party information (i.e. date, time, place, RSVP, contact, etc.), receive the files electronically, print out what you need, then cut and assemble!

Have questions? Refer to my FAQs page or send me an email!

Monday, June 5, 2017

{Party Bee} Morphin into Jake's 7th Birthday Party!

At the beginning of this year, my son, Jake, came across some old Power Ranger toys that my mom had stored at her house that belonged to my younger brother in the mid-nineties. At that moment, Jake was hooked....he became completely obsessed with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers toys, the movie, and the television series. It was at that time that he decided the theme of his 7th birthday party. So of course, I went into party planning action! It was MORPHIN TIME!
Decorations for the classic Mighty Morphin Power Rangers aren't easy to find, so I knew I would have to design most of the party printables. I came up with a neutral color scheme of black and white, but wanted one particular color to pop....that color was green; for the green ranger of course, and Jake's favorite ranger! At the front door, a sign welcomed all of the guests to "Ranger Jake's 7th Birthday!"
Not only did I use the toys that my brother used to play with, but a friend and coworker of mine was also a huge Power Ranger fanatic, and he gave my son all of his toys from his childhood....let me tell you that Jake was in ranger heaven! So I put out many of the toys to help decorate....they really brought the dessert table to life by adding color and more ranger elements.
I ordered Jake's cake from the ridiculously talented Natalie (who also made his cake last year). She created a Green Ranger cake because that is Jake's favorite, and boy did she outdo herself....it is stunning! The cupcake toppers were created from my bestie and equally talented, Gabby! These were the most amazing sugar creations!
I knew I wanted to create Power Ranger cookie helmets, but choosing which ones was the challenge. I didn't have room for all 6, so I chose two rangers to flank the cake....yellow and blue!
I always have chocolate covered Oreos on my dessert table....they are a favorite of many of my friends and family. This year, the shape reminded me of the rangers' power coins. So I created the green ranger's power coin, and a black and white #7 to represent the white ranger (who was formerly known as the green ranger, in case you aren't up to speed on your ranger trivia).
Beverages are always a festive and easy element that I like to include on every table. This year, I used apple juice boxes since they happened to already be green, and I created a wrapper to look like the front of the green ranger's uniform. The water bottle labels coordinated with the rest of the paper printables I designed to continue with the ranger theme.
My kids LOVE Pez and I happened to find Power Ranger Pez on Amazon. They only had the three characters; Red Ranger, Black Ranger, and Pink Ranger....but I thought they would work out well and they were an easy way to represent those rangers on the table, and the kids would eat them up!
Piñatas at birthday parties are a tradition in my family. This year was no different, and Jake was so excited for one to bust open and grab all his favorite candies! The only problem was finding one that worked with his theme. I didn't want to get a ranger, because who wants to destroy a good guy....and I couldn't find any of the bad guys to purchase. So I bought a brightly colored #7 that I just gave a little makeover and covered with green, white, and black streamer paper. Voila, instant transformation!

Gabby is the person I always turn to when I need cake pops made of specific characters! She does them so well and is always willing to try any character, especially for my kiddos who she treats like her own. They are so lucky to have her. This year she wowed us again with her awesome Power Ranger helmet cake pops!
The kids tables were so fun to decorate! Chevron was the main pattern I used for this party....it is a modern pattern to put on a retro theme. Plus, I already had a bunch of these table runners that I had purchased a couple years ago. For the centerieces, I found inexpensive metal buckets in Target's dollar section as well as toy dinosaurs from Dollar Tree that I spray painted green. I dressed the bucket to look like the green ranger's uniform to continue highlighting Jake's favorite ranger.
I always love to add photos of Jake to show is growth and his beautiful and contagious smile! So on one side of the frame I place a picture of him and the other I place a printable that coordinates with the party theme.
The party favor bag was filled with fun things for the kids! I included Power Ranger gummy snacks, a Power Ranger ring, dinosaur skeleton, a vintage sticker from 1994, a party blower that I added power coins to, and green dinosaur bubbles with a thank you tag! The kids had a blast with these!
When the guests arrived, I had a table calling all junior rangers to join the team. The kids had a chance to sign their names to the certificate and become a Junior Power Ranger!
 It was fun placing the printables and toys around the house for some added power ranger pizazz!
The drink station is so much fun for me to try and come up with colors and flavors that stick to the theme. So this year we served Yellow Ranger Lemonade and Green Ranger Punch. For the adults that wanted a little stronger beverage, we offered "Rita Repulsaritas", which were basically margaritas but named after the main villain in the Power Ranger series. 
Every year since my kids turned one, I have created a birthday shirt for them to wear at their party. This year I made Jake a chevron #7 and found an awesome Power Ranger patch to adorn the shirt. He was smiling ear to ear!
His sister wanted in on the action! We got lucky that the new Power Ranger movie recently came out so Target offered some cute little girl's clothing that allowed her to participate in dressing with the theme.

Family photos are a must, especially a photo with Grandma and Grandpa! And we definitely need a picture with our Gabby!
Because it is ridiculously hot here in the desert, we needed something to cool off with.....so we arranged for a big water slide! The kids had so much fun!
With the help from a friend, I created a piñata bat to look like a sword, so they could bust open the piñata! My little girl surprised me with the strength of her swing and busted the thing open!
Finally the birthday boy got to blow out his candle surrounded by his best friends and wonderful family!
Happy 7th birthday my sweet boy! Mommy, daddy, and Ava love you so much!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Power Ranger Sugar Cookies

These Power Ranger sugar cookies made a special birthday boy very happy this weekend! Go Go Power Rangers!

{Sugar Bee} Cherry Vanilla Cupcake

My daughter just completed her final year of preschool and I volunteered to bring cupcakes to the class celebration. I wasn't sure what kind of cupcakes I wanted to make, so to make it easier I asked Ava to see what she would like. When I asked her what kind of cupcakes she wanted me to make, she told me vanilla and cherry frosting. I should have known....Jake is my chocolate lover and Ava is always about vanilla. I had previously made a cherry chocolate cupcake that my son loved, so I thought let's do a version that Ava will equally enjoy. Thus, I created a vanilla cupcake with a cherry almond buttercream topped with a white chocolate covered cherry. My daughter was not disappointed....she especially loved the frosting and cherry, of course!

Monday, May 1, 2017

{Sugar Bee} A+ Teacher Sugar Cookies

Happy teacher appreciation week to all of the A+ Teachers! It takes a big heart to help shape little minds!

{Sugar Bee} Thanks a Latte Teacher Cookies!

Thanks a latte to all of the wonderful teachers making a difference everyday in our children's lives. You do so much and it is important that you know how appreciated you are by your students and their parents. It takes a special person to teach and to shape the minds and lives of our little ones.  In honor of teacher appreciation week and to show my kids' teachers how wonderful we think they are, I have made them latte and donut sugar cookies. Cheers to all of you this week and every day of the year!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

{Queen Bee} Free Teacher Appreciation Printable

Every year I love to create a special gift and printable for my kids' teachers. It is important that I teach my children to appreciate their teachers and what they do for them, as well as show them that I myself value the work, dedication, and heart that teachers show everyday.

Again, I couldn't help myself but go with a coffee themed printable tag....I can only image the amount of caffeine that teachers must consume in order to keep up with the energy of children is quite considerable! Of course these were created to go alongside the cookies that I will be giving each teacher. If my math is correct......coffee + cookies = happiness! Though these would also be lovely attached to a mug or a donut! Whatever you choose, you will put a smile on a teacher's face.

To download these printables click HERE

Sunday, April 16, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Easter Bunny and Carrot Sugar Cookies

 
It is Easter and today is full of celebration, gathering with family and friends, and lots of treats! This year I wanted to make cookies that the kids would enjoy and find super lovable. So I created bunny head and carrot sugar cookies inspired by the incredible Sugarbelle! Now to decide what to eat first....the cookies, Peeps, or Jelly Beans?

Hoppy Easter Everybunny!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Superhero 40th Birthday Chocolate Covered Oreos

These chocolate covered Oreos are for a SUPER guy turning 40! To the bat cave to eat some SUPER delicious treats!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

{Party Bee} Shabby Chic My Little Pony Party Printable Collection

I am so happy to introduce my newest printable collection to my readers! I call it my Shabby Chic My Little Pony Party printable collection, as it combines my daughter's favorite characters as well as my favorite style of decor! The color palette is comprised of light pinks, teals, and whites and accented with natural elements such as wood and kraft paper. This collection is so pretty and sweet, simply perfect for any little girl.

The entire collection is $35 and comes with the following:

- 5x7 invitation (double-sided optional) (envelope not included)
- Circle/Square tags in 4 designs
- Thank you tags
- "Name of child is age" banner
- Decorative double point pennant banner
- Decorative single point pennant banner
- 4x6 signs in two designs
- 8x10 Welcome Sign
- 20 x 16 backdrop photo
- Water bottle labels
- Straw flags
- Menu tent cards in two designs
- Treat bag labels
- 5x7 Thank you card (envelope not included)

To order this collection just send me an email with the party information (i.e. date, time, place, RSVP, contact, etc.), receive the files electronically, print out what you need, then cut and assemble!

Have questions? Refer to my FAQs page or send me an email!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

{Party Bee} Ava's My Little Pony Party!

Another year has passed (rather quickly I might add) and my daughter is 5 years old! I still can't believe that I don't have any more littles running around the house anymore. It is always bittersweet (I am sure all moms can relate)....I love watching her grow and her personality develop, but at the same time I miss her being a little cuddlebug. But my husband and I are so blessed to be able to celebrate her every year!

This past year my daughter, Ava, has become a huge fan of My Little Pony. Almost a year ago she planned what kind of party she wanted for her 5th birthday....My Little Pony of course and so I went to work planning the perfect party!

When brainstorming the aesthetic of the party, I knew I didn't want the traditional My Little Pony party....it was just a little too colorful. I knew I wanted to limit the overall color palette so that the ponies would stand out a little more. So I decided on a shabby chic style party mixed with My Little Pony and the results couldn't have made me more happy....and Ava was even happier!
The overall color palette consisted of light pink, aqua/turquoise, white, and accents of natural burlap/jute/kraft paper. I love creating a shabby chic look as it is so easy to re-purpose many things and nothing has to be absolutely perfect....the imperfections add so much character! One of the highlights to my table this year was my backdrop. I created a "ripped" fabric banner...well, I didn't actually rip the fabric, I just cut strips, but ultimately the results are the same. I think the banner really made the look of the table exude shabby chic.
Instead of using fake flowers, I wanted to use sweets to fill the table with greenery (since it is a dessert table of course). So I created cake pops to take the place of plants. I used green sprinkles and topped them with white daisy flower candies. I still wanted to add My Little Pony characters here and there, but not overwhelm the table, so I  included Pez dispensers that I found, as well as my daughters toys. I even found a Pinkie Pie Piñata (though in hindsight, beating a pony wasn't the best idea I have ever had)!
To amp up the backdrop with the My Little Pony Theme, I designed an image that I framed in a beautifully ornate frame that I found at Ikea. I thought this helped keep with the shabby chic theme with holding true to the My Little Pony theme (without the image, the My Little Pony part would have gotten lost).

I always love using the age as a feature to the table. This year she turned 5, so I used number five cookie cutters. I also wanted to represent the main ponies in the sweets I served, so for the cookies I represented Rainbow Dash. Since she is as colorful as a rainbow, I used flowers to symbolize the rainbow. For my cupcakes, I represented, Fluttershy, whose cutie mark is a pink butterfly. (If you are wondering what a cutie mark is, let me fill you in....it is a picture-like symbol located on the pony's flank or haunch that is related to the pony's personality or talent).
Pinkie Pie (my favorite pony because of her affinity for parties) was illustrated using blue and yellow chocolate covered Oreo balloons (her cutie mark symbols of course). The pony, Apple Jack, could be depicted in many ways....plain old apples would suffice as that is her cutie mark, but I decided to go with the most delicious mini apple pies that my best friend makes!
The pony, Rarity, is my daughter's favorite pony, therefore her cake was more than symbolic of the pony....I actually put Rarity right on top!
Twilight Sparkle is a pink and purple pony, so I found My Little Pony suckers at the candy store and used them for the table to depict that particular pony.

Each child needed to have their own bag to fill up with all of the goodies and the candy they would take from the piñata. I used plain old kraft bags and adorned them with pretty pink doilies and printables from the collection I designed. Simple but pretty!
I wanted my centerpieces to scream shabby chic, so I found pale pink artificial peonies and white daisies and placed them into mason jars that I spray painted white and sanded to look distressed. Then I put them on a metal box wrapped with a white doily and draped it with fake pearl strands.
Like I said before, my daughter's toys made the best additions to the decor! I also love to include my daughter's photographs to show how much she has grown. So I placed photos as well as printable designs in simple and inexpensive 4x6 frames that I get at Ikea. (Tip: these frames can be spray painted any color to go with your color scheme....I use white because it is easy and typically matches everything, but sometimes I like to make the frames pop with a particular color).
Paper pennant banners from the printable collection I designed just look festive all around the house.
 
 You know you made more than enough goodies when they start infiltrating other parts of the house!
I love the look of paper straws with flags in cups or glasses. Just another opportunity to create a very fun and festive look.
I am absolutely obsessed with drink dispensers.....I think I have like 3 different kinds, but I am always eyeing more....I may have a problem, similar to my love for cake and cupcake stands. This year I served Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie lemonade in a dual dispenser stand....who would have guessed that the kids would gravitate to the pink and the adults would like the regular lemonade....I did!
My daughter is not shy in front of the camera, in fact, I think she loves the camera. So getting photos of the birthday girl is always an easy feat!

Her favorite part of the photo shoot was when Princess Celestia (from Candies' Characters) showed up!
Princess Celestia painted the kids faces with cutie marks....and the birthday girl even got her nails painted!
But the ultimate surprise was when the real Rainbow Dash Pony showed up for pony rides!
 
 
So what kid doesn't love beating a piñata until candy comes out....but poor Pinkie Pie!
Blowing out the candle is always fun....I hope all my baby girl's wishes come true!
Happy 5th Birthday sweet girl, words just can't express how much Mommy, Daddy, and Jake love you!

A special thanks to Grandma & Grandpa, Gabby, Aunt Kathy, and Missy for all of your help!