Wednesday, April 16, 2014

5 Hot Event Trends for 2014

For the past 2 years I have spoke at the SNAP conference. What? You don't know what SNAP conference is? It is the hottest and rapidly growing     blogging conference. Both years I spoke on the hottest event trends of that year. Well, this year I am not a speaker. However, I'm so happy to announce that I have been selected to help with decorating the event space this year. I'm so honored to be a part of the team and with the founder Tauni! That chick is totally awesome!! So I thought I would still share my 5 hottest event trends for 2014 and how you can achieve them in your personal soirees!

 

1. Marquee Signs

 

2. Gold

3. Shapes and Patterns

 

4. Modern Rustic Decor

 

 

Pumpkin Butter

I had the PTO meeting at my house last week. A few weeks ago I was selected as the chairman of the school's yearly fundraiser. Although I have done tons of parties for clients, I have never done a fundraiser. A project this large needs a lot of help. I have 6 subcommittees for the fundraisers. I was so thrilled to get chairs for each committee. I thought I would "sweeten" the deal by giving each new committee chair a jar of pumpkin butter.

INGREDIENTS:
1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin puree
3/4 cup apple juice
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
DIRECTIONS:
1. Combine pumpkin, apple juice, spices, and sugar in a large saucepan; stir well. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes or until thickened. Stir frequently.
2.

Transfer to sterile containers and chill in the refrigerator until serving. Store in refrigerator and use within 10 days. 

 

It was so simple to make and so yummy. While it was cooking the whole house spelled like FALL!! The recipe was adapted from All Recipes. The original recipe had 1 1/2 cups of sugar but I thought that seemed like way too much sugar. I only used a cup and thought it was perfect.

To make the pumpkin butter tag~ I printed off Pumpkin Butter on card stock. I stamped a pumpkin on top and colored it in with markers. Used a circle die punch and used a green ink pad around the edges. So simple.

 

 

Sopapilla Cheesecake

 
 
 

Want to try a super easy recipe that you will LOVE? Try this Sopapilla Cheesecake. I am currently spending my Labor Day weekend in Mexico. I've always loved sopapillas which is a deep-fried pastry. It can be either sweet or savory. I love sweet sopapillas with cinnamon sugar. However, deep frying pastries takes more time and energy than I want to do during my mini vacay. 

So I tried this simple recipe that I found on Pillsbury's website. 

This is the most simplest recipes to do with only 6 ingredients. 

16 ounces cream cheese

2 cans Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations refrigerated seamless dough sheet

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup cinnamon sugar

Step 1

Unroll one package of the Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations refrigerated seamless dough into a 9 x 13 ungreased pan.

Step 2

Mix together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla.

Step 3

Spread over the crescent rolls.

Step 4

Unroll the other can of crescent rolls and place on top of the cream cheese mixture.

Step 5 

Pour one stick of melted butter over top and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture. (I just couldn't use a whole stick of butter on top.....so I did 5 tablespoons)

Step 6

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. 

That's it! So simple and so good! 

 

Back To School Breakfast

Madison started back to school today...August 1st! I really am not happy how early the schools here in Phoenix start back to school so early but there is nothing to do about it but try to show some enthusiasm for it! Last year, I had a back to school party. This year with everything  (moving, surgery, and recovery) wasn't able to plan one. However, I really wanted to make this day special. I got this back to school breakfast idea from my friend Mariah of Giggles Galore. She had such a cute back to school breakfast for her kiddos last year! I didn't go out and buy a single thing....I used stuff from Madison's room actually. Here is the setup before the food was put on the table. Madison LOVES to eat outside. It can be 120 degrees (for real) outside and she wants to eat outside. So I set up her breakfast table on our back patio.