We celebrated my hubby’s birthday a week after we got home from our annual spring break beach vacation. FYI it is crazy to plan and execute on a party for 45 people a week after you get home from vacation. It is madness!
In any case, as always I had both moms and my cousin to help. We have thrown many parties together if the years. They are awesome support.
Hubby had a fabulous 50th celebration. It started Mid-week with a Bo Saam dinner. Then Friday, his actual birthday we had an impromptu brunch at Trois Familia with his sisters, the moms and us. It was a fun way to start his actual bday. Then we had dinner for 17 at a favorite Mexican restaurant. But really this was a lead up to his party. Saturday afternoon pool party which lead to a very late and celebratory night.
Over the next week I will share pictures of his cake, party favors, decorations, wall art, and menu. It was a great time. Happy Birthday (again) honey!
Plungers make for great cast gifts. What? A plunger as a gift? Why would someone do such a thing? We did!
My older boy was in his school production of Urinetown. He gave each of his cast mates plungers at the cast party. The plungers were a huge hit.
We went to three dollar stores to purchase a total of 32 plungers. Check out the back of the car after the first stop.
Check out the check out clerk. She smiled but said nothing about what has got to be the oddest sale of her career.
We used a black sharpie to hand write on the each plungers handle. We alternated sayings:
“See you when Urinetown”
“It’s been a privilege to pee with you”
Easy, inexpensive, uniquely themed, fun to create, thrilling to give and awesome and odd to receive. The perfect cast gift.
…it’s ghastly… the pun…but I just love being able to say, “it’s nacho average…” every time nachos are served.
By the way theses were super yummy. I made them with leftovers from the night before. Nacho average leftovers!
So it’s not too late for a little leprechaun fun… In about 10 minutes you can take a basic black party hat from party city or the likes, add some moss and St. Patrick’s Day embellishments and have a really cool leprechaun hat. You could wear this hat on St. Patrick’s Day or use it as a home decor. Slainte!
Sometimes we need cake! This is a tasty cake made by Nothing Bundt Cakes. Why bake on a hot summer day?
My clever boy added a rainbow of color using candy melts and food coloring. As you can see he did a marvelous job adding color to an otherwise very tasty cake.
Sometimes…things don’t have to be difficult to be creative.
From blog post 2010…
Announcement: Royal Tart Donates a “Van Gough”
Last night Royal Tart donated a faux Van Gough for a community fundraiser. The Starry Night canvas was 24 homemade chocolate cupcakes; the painting medium was tinted frosting. We had a great time painting and we are ever so proud of our masterpiece. I believe the lucky winner ate the masterpiece last night!
Here is a quick snap of the masterpiece. It really is made with cupcakes and icing.
Royal Tart was inspired by the amazing book: Hello Cupcake!. If you haven’t seen it check it out; it is filled with wonderful cupcakes for every celebration theme from elegant party themes to silly kid birthday themes as well as holiday themes and everything in between. There are some great spring themed and Easter themed cupcakes.
Happy Throwback Thursday! I have a blog about the Golden Easter Egg. When the boys were little we read a lovely pop-up book about Easter eggs and all of these lovely springtime animals were on the egg hunt. The golden Easter egg was the prized egg. Long lovely story short we created a golden Easter egg tradition in our home. At the time we created the tradition there were no ready made golden Easter eggs on the market. Now they are everywhere but back then not so much. This is an easy craft with elegant results. Better than the plastic golden eggs of now.
The egg in the images is actually a porcelain egg that I spray painted with metallic gold paint. My girlfriend told me she picked up a dozen of plastic craftable eggs in a carton at Walmart for like $2.00. These would be perfect to work with as they are created to take paint and you won’t have to worry about breaking the golden egg.
Because the egg is so special I also created a golden egg cup for it to stand in for Easter brunch. I spray painted the egg cup with the same metallic paint and added some metallic ribbon and a little felt embellishment. So sweet.
So, the golden egg was painted and laid in the grass or a more difficult hiding spot as the boys got older. Whomever found the golden egg won the coveted golden egg.
P.S. Every year I touch up the Golden Easter egg and egg cup as necessary
Yup! Here is a great April Fool’s. When my oldest was playing spring baseball during his kindergarten year it was my turn to bring the post game snack. It is supposed to be a healthy snack but since I am me and it was April Fool’s Day I decided to bring a snack that looked healthy but was actually not.
That plate of spaghetti covered in meatballs is really cupcakes smothered in piped frosting, strawberry jam, Ferraror Roche chocolates and white chocolate shavings. The idea (and in this case I darn near followed the instructions verbatim) was from Hello! Cupcake. Great idea! I am glad I was lucky enough to have the perfect excuse to have a little fun! Copy my copy of Hello Cupcake or check out the book for the exact recipe and directions.
Now get cracking April Fool’s is only a few days away.
Easter eggs are a big tradition in our household. They were a big deal when I was a kid and they are a big deal now that I have kiddos. In fact, every Easter we have gotten together with family and neighbors and spent the evening decorating Easter eggs. It is a big ta-doo. We have decorated dozens and dozens of eggs. Each year we seem to decorate more and more. Some years the eggs are traditional Easter eggs with Paas dye, vinegar and some really muddy looking eggs. There always seems to be one or two that are left for the whole evening in the vinegar bath. Sometimes this effect is saturated and stunning and sometimes its just plain bright.
Some years we go a little crazy decorating and the eggs are little works of art (always a good thing). One year after the boys went to bed my girlfriend and I spent the rest of the night (and it turned into a late one) blowing eggs and creating little hats and ears for our blown eggs. Some of our creations were pretty incredible if I don’t say so myself. Below is a picture of Mr. & Mrs. Bunny. They were inspired by a crafty Easter book we were looking through. The Easter eggs were o’ so delicate but just plain darling. We loved them immediately. They took a lot of (pleasant) effort, some frustrated groans, some laughing… as you can see, the end product was well worth our time and the death of many broken eggs.
I hope Mr. & Mrs. Bunny bring a little Easter joy to your day.