Monday, August 31, 2009

The Perfect Tailgate

ASU football season is starting Saturday! My boys love football season almost as much as they love the food & fun that goes along with it. Tailgating parties are a fun way to bring everyone together before the game. I think the secret to a successful tailgate is to prepare everything ahead of time so you can enjoy the pregame festivities. Southern Living magazine has great football recipes that you can enjoy at your next tailgate or home football party. lemon spinach artichoke dip
love the take out boxes for easy clean up

after burners (hubby's favorite)

beer cheese spread

Sun Devil Eggs (our mascot is Sparky, the Sun Devil)

Steak sandwiches

Turkey kabobs

Beer 'Garitas & Tequila mojitos

football cookies from glorious treats

Happy Tailgating! GO DEVILS!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Em & Sprout

Em & Sprout have created the cutest mary janes for Halloween! They also make them for mommies too! These are perfect for trick or treating or events at school where you want to be festive without being in full costume. Now to decide vampires, black kitties, or bats? matching hair clip

love the kitty cats

don't forget your kitty cat ears

cute cottontails

perfect for an 80's party

miss minnie mouse

Friday, August 28, 2009

Homemade Pazooki

My boys always want to go to Oregano's (a great local pizza place) for their Pazooki. Pazooki is a large chocolate chip cookie, baked in a skillet, which is served slightly undercooked and right from the oven. If that wasn't enough yummy goodness, they top it with vanilla bean ice cream. The ice cream starts to melt from the heat of the cookie and soaks in with ultimate perfection. Imagine my delight this morning when I saw this on Martha Stewart! Why didn't I think of making this before? I love how the food stylists cut perfectly proportioned slices-we won't have time for that at my house. All we need is spoons, glasses of milk, and I will have some happy boys!

Serves 8

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups (about 9 ounces) mixed milk- and semisweet chocolate chips
2 pints vanilla ice cream
Caramel Sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars until mixture is light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla; mix until they are fully incorporated. Add flour mixture, and beat until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
Transfer dough to a 10-inch ovenproof skillet, and press to flatten, covering bottom of pan. Bake until edges are brown and top is golden, 40 to 45 minutes. Don't over bake; it will continue to cook a few minutes out of the oven. Transfer to a wire rack to cool, 15 to 20 minutes. Cut into 8 wedges. Serve warm; top each wedge with a scoop of ice cream and some caramel sauce.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Desserts To Go

I like sending my guests home with a little something sweet. Recently, Garnish posted an ice cream exchange party which would be perfect for a take home treat. I love the idea of letting guests create their own flavors by adding their own mix-ins & taking home a pint of their original flavor!
Or how about these yummy cupcake jars from cakespy blog? Cupcakes & frosting all in an easy take home jar for a late night treat. And these cute cookie jars from Bakerella. Of course, you can change the M & M color & label to fit your event.

love these for party favors

Happiness is the best medicine

I love the packaging from Happy Pills, an amazing candy store in Barcelona. Perfect for the favorite nurse or doctor in your life! I also love this packaging gift idea for a little one who has a broken arm or leg, new mommy or daddy to be, or anyone who needs a little cheer. this is where you can fill your prescription in Barcelona or you can set up your own
"candy bar pharmacy" for your next party
How cute are these gift boxes-love it for Grey's Anatomy or Nurse Jackie fans too!

don't forget your prescription-great invitation idea or for a personal note

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Circus Cookies & Cakes

photo from Clever Cupcakes
I wanted to congratulate Kara from Kara's Party Ideas for winning the Summer Party Ideas contest on HWTM! Anyone who has seen her Circus/Carnival Party knows what an amazing job she did so CONGRATS Kara! With all this talk of Circus & Carnival Parties, I started looking for cute circus treat ideas for future parties.

And then I saw these adorable circus cookies from Whimsy Cookie Company & these clown hat cookies from Country Living

fancy flours cookie cutters

this adorable cupcake display from yummy piece of cake

circus cake from pink cake box

elephant cookie from neviepie cakes

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Caden's Carnival

I stumbled on this amazing birthday carnival for Caden from the Exalted Beauty blog this morning & had to share! love the favor table
& the ticket booth

how cute is the circus tent cake & cupcake tents

LOVE the carnival snack presentation

cute photo board

fun lollipop display

Click on over to her Exalted Beauty blog & check out all the details!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Charlie's Circus

My girlfriend Mary threw a circus themed party for her son's first birthday. Polkadots & Pirates designed the party goods including his adorable invitation. fun napkin rings
love the clown straws

everyone loves popcorn

how cute is the birthday cake Mary created!

party favors

birthday hat & bib from golden shop

charlie loved his cake!