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Thursday, September 22, 2011

      Things have been a little spooky around the Clinton house lately.... but only because I have been working on this Halloween themed dessert table! I am so excited to share this dessert table with you because I put it together to show off my FREE Halloween printable collection and a few tasty treats you might try out on your sweeties.
I wanted something big and eye-catching for the back of my table so I bought honeycomb tissue fans and decorated them with different jack o’lantern features that I cut from sparkly scrapbook paper. (I even tried to make one look like the jack o’lantern on my printable collection just to really tie it all together!) For the tablecloth I decided on a royal purple, to make the orange cookies and decor pop. And I used pieces of my cupcake stand to create different levels for my sweet treats to sit on. 
The desserts on my table are a mix of traditional fall favorites, simple twists on party table standards and a few that will definitely win you some complements from your guests! The “Poison Apples” are actually green apples covered with a sheet of caramel. (Yes, they sell it in sheets now!) I draped the caramel over the top of the apple to create the dripping effect. I made jumbo “Candy Corn Cupcakes” by dividing white cake batter in to two equal parts and then dying with food coloring. I layered the batter and then baked. When they were done I smeared them with vanilla frosting, added few candy corn and one of my Halloween toppers... and voila!  Delicious and adorable! 
The “Jack O’Lantern Cookies” were store bought but I dressed them up with wired ribbon bow ties and displayed them in orange glittered boxes. My “Pond Slime Punch” and “Mummy Marshmallows” were super easy to make and are definitely going to a hit at our Halloween party this year! The “Mummy Marshmallows” are actually two jumbo marshmallows stacked on a lollipop stick and wrapped with Fruit by the Foot. The eyes are Skittles that I stuck on with dots of red melted chocolate. Yum! Making “Mummy Marshmallows” would even be a fun party activity for older children.
Last (and my personal favorite) are my “Wicked Witch Wands”! I made these wickedly tasty wands with a mold I bought, some pretzel rods and colored chocolate. I have to confess that this was my first attempt at molding chocolate and they are a bit imperfect but I actually ended up liking the rough edges, it only added to their beautiful wickedness. I must warn you that these wands are most absolutely perfect in their balance of sweet and salty and you might even catch adults casting spells with them!
If you are having a Halloween party this year I hope you use make free printable collection which includes an invitation, party labels printed with the names of the treats I made, blank party labels (these are great for putting names on goodie bags or using as address labels!) and a sheet of cupcake toppers! Simply click on the link to my Scribd. account, download and print.
Enjoy! Emily

Pumpkin cuties!

Mummy Marshmallow!

Honeycomb Fans:
Witch Finger Mold: made by Wilton, purchased at Jo Ann’s Fabrics
Cupcake Stand:
Digital Scrapbook Paper- PrettifulDesigns
Spooky Sign & Orange Glittered Boxes: Target

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Are you going to the beach this weekend? I spent an entire week with my family at the beach and I learned a few tricks to keep everyone happy. My visions of a relaxing beach vacation were nearly shattered when it turned out that Ivy absolutely hated the sand. She walked in it like it was quicksand and when it stuck to her little hands she cried, loudly. Very loudly.

I had to think of a solution, fast. I thought if bringing the outdoors in can make your home more beautiful, maybe bringing the indoors out could make the outside more comfortable! That in mind I bought a few new beach necessities. 

A queen sized quilt with a bright paisley print (the better to hide the salsa drips!) and keep Ivy out of the dreaded sand. A miniature picnic table, made from responsibly harvested hardwood, was the perfect thing to keep actual sand out of our sandwiches. A few designer throw pillows (one does want to fashionable at the beach!) made the perfect spot to catch some z’s. I set everything up under a giant rainbow umbrella, which not only kept my little ones out of the sun, it saved me from certain embarrassment as I did not have to wildly flap my arms about at other family members yelling, “we’re over here!”. 

And then a miracle happened... the tears dried up, the sun literally came out and we all had a wonderful time. Wishing you a harmonious holiday weekend! Emily

Happy At Last

The Perfect Place For A Nap

A Kiss For Mommy

Ella's Dream Come True!

Mini Picnic Table: Crate & Barrel
Pillows: Green Linen by Ralph Lauren, Blue Patchwork by Cynthia Rowley purchased at T.J. Maxx
Quilt: Valerie Bertinelli purchased from T.J. Maxx

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