Shabby Chic Baby Shower

A few months ago, I co-hosted a baby shower for my sister-in-law.  I am very behind on posts at the moment.  :)  Here are a few sweet ideas for a very girly shabby chic baby shower.

Shabby Chic Baby Shower

Shabby Chic Baby Shower Cake

Shabby Chic Baby Wreath

The wreath above is made with cloth diapers and scraps of burlap and regular ribbons.

Shabby Chic Baby Shower Sign In Table

And for this awesome diaper cake, check out the link below…

Shabby Chic Diaper Cake

Shabby Chic Diaper Cake

And the Food was yummy!

Shabby Chic Floral Centerpiece





Angry Birds Birthday

For those who follow my blog, you know I usually put a lot of time and effort into my children’s birthday parties.  My son’s 5th birthday party fell a little short.  Not because I wasn’t willing to put in the effort, but because the venue he chose happened to be very restrictive.  Normally I bring in tons of extra stuff (goodies, vegi tray, fruit tray, specialty items) but this place did not allow anything except cake, ice cream and water.  Period.  What a let down!  Well, anyway, without further adieu, or otherwise known as excuse making, here are the photos of the party:

Angry Birds Cake

This cake was beautifully and deliciously crafted by Cakes-4-All in Carrollton.

Angry Birds Cake 2

And somehow, I failed to take a picture of the birthday table as a whole, but around the cake, we had wall stickers and hanging decorations.

Angry Birds Decorations

Angry Birds Decorations 2


And we had these amazingly cute goodie bags made by Fun Party Crafts who has a store on eBay.  These super cute bags were such a hit with the kids.  They are hand made with foam paper.

Angry Birds Goodie Bags

Bad Piggies Goodie Bag

Red Bird Goodie Bag

Bomb Bird Goodie Bag


Yellow Bird Goodie Bag

Happy Birthday Boy and his sister are both wearing their Angry Birds T-shirts!


And the Bad Piggies got what they deserved!!


The Gingerbread Houses are Coming!

It’s that time of year again…for me to make a bazillion gingerbread houses.  In past years I have made them both for the mommy’s group I used to belong to and also my son’s school.  This year I made them only for my  son’s class so the number was smaller, only 18.

One of the most popular attractions on my blog is the free mini gingerbread house template with recipes for the gingerbread and the icing.  It’s a one-stop-shop and it is very popular on the web.  During November and December I get about 200 hits a day just from that one link.  My pattern has been downloaded thousands of times in two years.  For the full instructions and free templates, see this link to the original post:

Free Gingerbread House Instructions and Template Download


Mini Gingerbread House



Aren’t they adorable?!  And this made my heart smile:






My Fortieth Birthday- A Little Bling

Due to the efforts of my bestie, Robin, and my other mommy group friends, I had a fabulous and unforgettable 40th birthday.

A Little Bling

My friend put in a lot of work to orchestrate this party and it was a blast!  Everything was beautiful and well planned.





My birthday cake was designed with edible bling!!!!


She even coordinated a signature cocktail. And it’s it fitting!!



Place Cards with hand-drawn calligraphy


Custom Floral Arrangements

Custom Floral Arrangements

I made coordinated attendee gift bags for my friends

I made coordinated attendee gift bags for my friends

The whole party was very amazing!

photo 1

Thank you so much to my friend Robin for all the work and love she put into this party.  I love her dearly!




Exploding M&M Cake

Want to make a cool cake that is really easy, will impress everyone and shock your kids?  Make an Exploding M&M Cake with real M&M’s in the middle!  When you cut into this cake, the M&M’s cascade out in a wonderful delectable surprise!

Exploding M&M Cake

Exploding M&M Cake 2

For the entire M&M theme party, click here:

M&M Birthday Party

I also used this same cake for my son’s Lorax themed party.

Vanilla M&M Cake with M&M in the middle


To make this super cool cake, you need a special giant cupcake pan made by Wilton.

Wilton Giant Cupcake Pan

Fill it with one cake mix of your choice, and bake.


Then trim the top of the cupcake bottom and the bottom of the cupcake top so they are both flat.


Then scoop out a section in the middle of the cupcake bottom after it has cooled.  (DO NOT bake the M&Ms in the cake or put them inside the cake while it is still hot, it will not work!)


Fill the center with M&M’s!  I used one individual sized bag of M&Ms.


Put the top section on, and then ice it however you choose to.