- Written by Michelle
I hope you all have had the merriest of holidays!! I have taken a hiatus from blogging to spend quality time with my family. However, I have been posting on Facebook so if you haven't liked Maddycakes Muse on Facebook please do! I updated Facebook daily with muses! All day yesterday on Facebook I showed you all the DIY crafts that I made for Madison's Brazilian Carnival New Year's Eve party. Why a Brazilian Carnival theme party? Well, every year Madison and I ring in the New Year (usually around 6-7 pm) A couple of days ago I decided to have a mini soiree and include my neighbors. I picked the theme of Carnival because we are celebrating our midnight at 7 pm and it will actually be turning midnight in Brazil. I went out yesterday and spent a total of $50 and got all my supplies and food for the shinding! I made all the easy DIY crafts yesterday and shared them all day on Facebook. Tonight we are going to sing karaoke, eat cupcakes and cookies, drink hot chocolate and ring in the New Year's with confetti and sparklers. I shared my sparkler holder on Facebook....go check it out if you missed it. I handcrafted everything and Madison helped. It was a fun craft day....she is so excited for New Year! Too cute.
I think of tons of color when I think of Carnival I think of tons of bright colors and feathers! Sorry for the bad pics....one of the things on my bucket list for 2013 is to take photography classes!!!
I put the cupcakes in martini glasses added my DIY confetti tags. Topped them with a feather to coordinate with my theme. It's not too late to either make some cupcakes and cookies....or pick them up at grocery store and invite your neighbors or a couple of friends over for some desserts and ring in the New Year....even if it's at 7 pm like we are doing! I'll be knocked out sleep at midnight!
Madison insisted on having clock cookies. She got this idea from watching Max & Ruby New Year's Eve party with their grandma. I put feathers around the cake plate using double stick tape and put it on top of a store bought New Year's Eve hat for height.
I bought horn noise makers from the party store and put them in a beaded glass vase with feathers. I made the beaded glass vase using a dollar store glass vase and hot glued beaded necklaces that I also got from Dollar Tree on to it. Got to add a clock somewhere on your table!
All I have left to do is make some confetti bags! Yes, I'm crazy...and I will be still be finding confetti in the house in May! We are going to do sparklers and my favorite....bang pots and pan outside. The kids love it!!! Happy New Year and may all your year be blessed!
- Written by Michelle
This past Saturday morning we had a Reindeer Breakfast party for Madison and a few of her girlfriends. The girls were asked to wear Christmas pajamas to the party. The month of December is extremely busy for my business but I still want to have special memories for my little girl. I had a party Saturday night and one on Sunday so made this party a breakfast! It actually was perfect and I think I will keep this as our new tradition! This party wasn't a "styled" party just one that I could really enjoy my little girl and her friends! I took snapshots along the way but I'm no photographer!! Hopefully you can still get a few muses from it!
Upon arrival they made Rudolph ornaments that was a kit that I got from JoAnn's. Super easy for them to make and cute.
Then they ate breakfast. I had a buffet set up with various breakfast food. There are all sorts of cute reindeer looking food that I found on the Internet from cookies to cupcakes but really wanted this to be mainly breakfast foods. I knew that the girls would be making gingerbread houses and would be eating some of the candy then so really didn't want to have sugar overload! I used a frame and put red glittered paper behind the glass then simply wrote the name of cream cheeses on it. This is a very easy and cute way to label your items.
I enjoy using printables that I purchase however it is simple to create your own labels if you have a little extra time. I made these labels by typing out the food items in Word. I added the Rudolph sticker and stamped the edge of my white paper with red ink then glued it on top of a printed paper. I stamped the red snowflake and added a rhinestone in the middle for a little extra bling!
I placed peppermint cookies on my peppermint tray that I made. If you missed the 411 on how to make the tray click HERE!
I made the tablecloth by using red velvet fabric then hot gluing white marabou onto as trim. No sewing involved .... my kind of project. (I really wish I could sew though)
This shot was taken after the girls had drank milk! :) I wanted to have Cap n' Crunch Christmas Crunch cereal because of the red and green cereal pieces of course! I saw it at Walmart and didn't pick it up .... I just thought that every grocery store would have it! NOT! Couldn't find it at the grocery stores near my house so went with the cereal I had at home. UGH! I had made a label and everything! LOL I just love my cow Christmas milk bottles that I found at Goodwill! LOVE THEM!
I bought the red charger plates last year from Walmart after Christmas sale. I always use the same traditional Christmas colors so after Christmas when things go on clearance is when I get my things! I box it up and put it in storage then when I open it up around Thanksgiving...it feels like I'm opening presents because I always forget what I bought and I'm so excited to see it!
Like my mitten cutlery holders? Got those from Cracker Barrel of course on Christmas clearance!
Used my same Starbuck's Frappuccino bottles that I use all the time. I dipped the rim of the bottle in melted white candy melts then sprinkled with red and green sprinkles.
After breakfast the girls decorated gingerbread houses. I always have pre-made gingerbread houses for the girls to decorated because it takes a few hours for the walls and roofs to bond together.
Made the reindeer bags out of brown bags, felt, brown scrapbook paper for nose, and googly eyes. Got the free printable tags from The TomKat Studio!
I loved seeing the girls wearing their reindeer ears.....even the next day Madison had hers on! I love doing these little parties for my girl and her friends. I hope you enjoyed and are having a wonderful holiday season as well!
Many blessings my friends!
- Written by Michelle
As many of you know I was a Marine for 21 years. The Marine Corps birthday is tomorrow and I am really missing my fellow Marines. I pray for the many Marines who are still in harms way and for the many families who have suffered great loss. Please take out time to thank a veteran.
I retired 3 years ago and today was the first time I ever looked at my retirement video. Here is a portion of it that I love which is the flag ceremony. I hope you enjoy and thank you for sharing this special part of my ceremony. It's a video of a video so not the best quality. I wish I was more technology savvy!
- Written by Michelle
Here is the swamp dessert table that I made for Madison's classroom Halloween party. Like many of you, Madison's school requires that the desserts are store bought. That doesn't mean that your dessert tables have to look boring! It just means you have to be a little more creative! I did a swamp theme because swamps are eerie and spooky to me. This theme can also be used for a birthday theme~ boy and girl! Yes, a girl theme as well....hello ....Princess and the Frog....swamp~bayou...get it?? As usual I only had a half hour for set up that was including unloading my car. I wasn't feeling my best so was really happy that one of the mommies ask if they could help....uuummm.....YES!
I really love this dessert table. I am always thinking of stuff to create....sometimes they work and sometimes they don't! One thing that I love that I created on this table was the Spider eggs! I wrapped chocolate covered raisins in plastic wrap then covered it in spider webbing. I hung it on a tree that I had created a while ago. I made the beware sign and found the large spider cocoon on clearance! The large spider cocoon shook and made noise when the kids yelled or clapped. Needless to say this was the hit of the party! Added some 99 cents store glitter spiders and moss.
I have to admit I really love the background as well. I showed you how I did this HERE.
My second favorite was the swamp reeds! I used store bought Little Debbie Swiss Rolls and I put them on bamboo skewers to simulate swamp reeds. Just like the real thing...they aren't perfect but that what makes it look even better in the swamp! It's all about HOW you display something! You don't have to always have custom food items to match everything!
I also went "Old-School" on creating the labels. Printed off the food items using Word then simply used a spider & web stamp. Easy but not cheesy! A table like this one...it's all about having creative titles for your food. The kids really loved it. They were saying....is there really mud in the shake?? Or telling each other...I'm drinking MUD! So cute!
The only non-store bought item on this table were my Moss Balls! I had to have them. My friend and cake pop Diva Jennifer from Heavenly Cake Pops created them. I love that whatever I think of....she creates it and better than I have pictured it in my head! Great to have a friend who owns a cake pop business! I rarely have a party without a cake pop creation from Jen!
Store bought cupcakes with chocolate rocks and dates as the cockroaches. The kids really didn't want the cockroach...they kept asking was it real and what really is it since most of them have never seen a date. Funny!
The mud bars were brownies and we had rocks that were bite sized cookies.
To make the whole dessert table seem more organic, I placed mustard greens over styrofoam. Oh yea...the green juice is frog juice. There you have it~ a very easy, made in one day, store bought, inexpensive dessert table!
Hope you got some muses my peeps!