Sunday, May 22, 2011

kung fu krunch

Last night my daughter's pre-school held a movie night.  The film was Kung Fu Panda.  We were asked to make snacks so I made a version of my bunny trail mix and called it "Kung Fu Krunch".  I packaged it in petite take out boxes.  I tied b&w ribbon to the handles and sealed them shut with a panda sticker.  Of course, I had to get the kids some cute panda jammies to wear too.  We all had a blast.  Hope you had a fun weekend too!

Kung Fu Krunch:  
bamboo sticks: pretzel sticks
nose: black jelly beans
panda paws: mini chocolate covered pretzels
baby bears: chocolate chip teddy grahams (I wanted to use chocolate but couldn't find them)
fluffy ears: nonpareils
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Friday, May 20, 2011

alice in wonderland basket

I was commissioned to make a gift basket for one of the teachers at my daughter's school who recently had a death in her family.  I was asked to incorporate tea, wine, and flowers- all of her favorite things.  I found inspiration from the mother/daughter "Alice in Wonderland" themed tea party that the teachers had organized at school last week.  I found an over sized b&w tea cup with a picture of Alice on it and put a red rose plant inside.  I tucked in a silver spoon (garden marker) with "rose garden" stamped on it.  After some searching I was able to find a bottle of wine from CA that had a "queen of hearts" label.  Since they don't sell it here in Connecticut. I had to have it shipped. I think it was worth it!  I wrapped some ginger peach tea and chocolate biscotti and added tags that read "drink me" and "eat me."  I also put some tiny stuffed mice in for her "Cheshire cat."  To finish it off I stuck in a pink flamingo and wrapped it all in cellophane.  I attached a card in the shape of a crown and wrote "queen of" and inside the word "our" and four red hearts representing the four people who were giving this basket to their friend. This was a very fun basket to make and I hope that it brought some comfort to the recipient knowing that she is the queen of all of our hearts.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

come sail "a"way

We had a very busy weekend.  A mother/daughter tea at the pre-school, a day out with Thomas the Train, and our babies Christening on Sunday.  We were lucky enough to have two of my sister in laws from Ireland join us for the Christening so it was extra special for everyone. I decided to use a nautical theme and the colors blue and white.   Of course, I had to add a few pops of red too!  I also used the letter "A" since that is the first initial in my babies name. For the favors I found tiny metal sailboat that I filled with yellow and white salt water taffy.  For the kids I served lemonade in mason jars with some candy sailboat stirrers.  I found the idea here. For the adults we served sea breezes. It was delicious and very easy to make. I also happened to have some ice pop molds in the shape of sailboats!  It was as simple as filling them with juice and popping them in the freezer.  The kids loved them. Even though it was a rainy and wet day we spent a lovely afternoon with friends and family.  Hope your weekend was filled with family, friends and lots of fun too!
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

it ain't easy being green

I was going to throw away these froggy boots.  They have a rip in the side and are now to small for my son to wear.  They were to cute to let go off so instead I decided to plant some pansies in them.  It was so easy to do that five year old did the whole project all by herself.  Now we can enjoy these guys for a little while longer!
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Sunday, May 8, 2011

queen of our hearts

This is the gift I am giving my mom today. Since we are having tea together I got her a tea cup and filled it with some fun items representing why she is so special.
The tea cup is for her warmth.
The tiny box of tissues for her strength (and also because every time you sneeze at her house she jumps up and grabs a box of tissues for you)!
The bag of candy for her sweetness. (three muskateers, to be exact, since she helps me with my three muskateers)
Some notecards for her thoughtfulness and  because she writes the BEST thank you notes.
And a heart tea strainer becaue she is the queen of our hearts!
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Monday, May 2, 2011

tea with the queen

After reading this book and watching the Royal Wedding a few days ago I felt it only appropriate to plan a Royal Tea Party for my mom (our queen) for Mother's Day.   I decided we needed a fancy invitation for such an occasion so I headed to Michaels to see what I could find.  I bought white cards in the shape of a crown and the small purple crown clips.  My daughter helped me add some fancy glitter to the invitation and we put it in a box to make it extra special.  I made reservations for high tea for Sunday and am already looking forward to it!  Stay tuned for her tea themed gift which I will share later in the week.  Do you have anything fun planned for Mother's Day?
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