Thursday, November 24, 2016

{Party Bee} A Pretty Petals Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is here and after a week of preparation, it is finally time to decorate the table and surround ourselves with family and friends and remember that we are truly blessed!

This year I was very excited to decorate my table with my newest printable collection, Pretty Petals Thanksgiving Collection. I just love all of the flowers and how these printables could be used in a variety of decor styles....rustic, shabby chic, elegant floral, farmhouse, or a combination. They also compliment the food and desserts so nicely!
My sunflower chocolate covered Oreos adorned my table which looked so lovely along side the floral pattern of the printables. Why use real flowers when you can use chocolate right?! Though who am I kidding...I love real flowers, the problem is for me is that I kill them almost immediately. So if you are like me and lack the ability to keep plants and flowers alive (even just long enough to decorate a table temporarily), then try chocolate flowers!
What is a table without water bottles? I always say, if you are on a budget but still want to add some extra personalized touches, well water bottles with coordinating labels is the perfect way to go! Inexpensive and so festive....and totally practical since everyone needs water to wash down the food and goodies! Tip: laminate your labels if you want to put them in a cooler with ice.
My cupcakes took center stage on my table this year. Delicious chocolate cupcakes frosted with a pumpkin spice buttercream and topped with a pumpkin chocolate covered Oreo...perfect for those who have a big sweet tooth! I love the look of the clean modern platter resting on top of the rustic sliced wood. Mixing styles and creating my own look is all part of the fun for me!
Signs are another way to add to the decor or simply include a message to your guests in a way that won't break the bank. These frames are so inexpensive and can be purchased at Ikea and look so cute placed on the table and throughout your home! Tip: If you aren't digging the white and want the frames to coordinate with your party decor simply spray paint them the color of your choice...silver and gold are perfect for the parties that rock the glam style of decor!
 I have always loved the look of place cards at each place setting. Not only is it a great way to seat your guests, but a nice way to personalize the table and integrate your company into the decor. A menu isn't necessary for Thanksgiving dinner, especially because everyone knows what is traditionally served on this day, but it does add an elegant touch to your place setting. Tip: Use the backside of the menu to do a game with the family....perhaps write down what you are thankful for using every letter of the alphabet or see who can list the most Thanksgiving themed movies. 
Mason jars are always a look that I love at a party. They are simple, inexpensive a totally cute! Here I just wrapped some jute twine around the top and added a circle tag. Your guests can even write their names on the back so they won't lose their drink!
As a little gift for everyone, I created a candy bar wrapper that lets all my guests know that I am thankful for them. Also this year, I wanted to create a little activity so I designed a card that allows everyone to write what they are thankful for this past year. This can be read aloud or just kept as a constant reminder to know how blessed we are and how we should be Thankful all year long.

Today is such a special day of the year, a day where we give thanks for what we have, our health, and the wonderful people who surround us, support us, and love us everyday. Give thanks today! 

I wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

{Sugar Bee} Chocolate and Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice!

I have been baking like crazy this past week in preparation for Thanksgiving tomorrow and today was no different! Keeping with the flavors of Fall, I decided to create a cupcake that was a touch of pumpkin, but not overpowering. So I made a chocolate cake with bits of chocolate chips inside, and topped the cupcake with a pumpkin spice buttercream. Then as my adornment to the cupcake and adding to the pumpkin theme, I made mini pumpkin chocolate covered Oreos. They will definitely add to the decor if they last long enough!

Monday, November 21, 2016

{Sugar Bee} Acorn and Sunflower Sugar Cookies

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and my kitchen is just filled with delicious goodies for my table (and I am not even finished yet)! I just think they work perfectly as a delicious treat AND pretty decor for the table, especially when they are arranged so nicely in a pie platter or on a cake stand. This year I thought I would do something a little different and add another flavor, so I created chocolate sugar cookies. The acorns worked perfectly using the chocolate sugar cookie dough since they are brown anyway. Who doesn't love a little chocolatey goodness in their cookies?!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

{Sugar Bee} Sunflower Chocolate Covered Oreos

To compliment my newest printable collection for Thanksgiving, I created sunflower chocolate covered Oreos. I thought that these sweet flowers would look so lovely alongside the Pretty Petals Thanksgiving Collection but also would work nicely on their own individually displayed at each place setting or even as a centerpiece.

If you haven't started planning your goodies for Thanksgiving, you still have a week left! Don't forget to check out my newest printable collection, Pretty Petals Thanksgiving Collection, for an added touch to your tablescape this year!

Monday, November 14, 2016

{Party Bee} Pretty Petals Thanksgiving Collection

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and as you are making your list of ingredients and decorating your table for your guests, don't forget to add the special little details to make your dinner absolutely perfect!

This year I created a Thanksgiving printable collection using a neutral color palette accented with colorful pretty autumn petals that will look so beautiful on your tablescape alongside your floral centerpieces and delicious turkey. Your guests will be anxious to eat, drink, and give thanks!   

The entire collection is $20 and comes with the following:

- 5x5" square invitation (envelope not included)
- "Thankful" banner
- Square and Circle tags (perfect for cupcake toppers, cookie tags, treat bag labels, party favors, wine/mason jar glass markers, confetti, the uses are endless!)
- Menu card
- 4x6 signs in two designs
- Water bottle labels in two designs
- Menu tent cards in two designs
- Place cards
- Straw flags
- Thankful card (a way to share what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving)
- "Thankful for You" chocolate bar wrapper (fits standard size Hershey chocolate bars)

To order this collection just send me an email with the party information (i.e. date, time, place, RSVP, contact, etc.), receive the files electronically, print out what you need, then cut and assemble!

Have questions? Refer to my FAQs page or send me an email!



Monday, October 31, 2016

{Party Bee} Ghoul's Night Out Dessert Table

Halloween! My favorite time of year is here at last! This year I knew I wanted to create a table that was a little more spooky, but still kid friendly so that my kids weren't totally creeped out. So I used my "Ghoul's Night Out" printable collection as the foundation to my table. It is a black and white colored collection so it allowed me to either keep it simple with two colors, or I could add any other colors that I wanted. I did want to keep it pretty neutral, but I added a pop of color by using bright green accents here and there with the goodies I made.
What was nice about my table, is that I used everything that I already had from decorating around the house from previous years, but I decided that I wanted to incorporate all my black and silver decor only. I also found some great new things at Michael's this year that added to the table. First I saw the awesome silver skulls which were such a great deal...$2.99 each- how do you pass those up, especially when you get to use a coupon on them! Then I found cool wood spiders that were unpainted....this gave me the perfect opportunity to paint them silver using some spray paint I already had in my art stash. All so simple and kept with my budget!
The printables added some spooky phrases as well as fun imagery to the table. My "take a bite" sign gives guests the ok to eat some goodies....but they also read they can eat at their own risk!
I love making chocolate covered Oreos and so does my family and friends! I wanted to carry the skull theme out so I made scary skulls. But I also wanted to create brains- human, zombie, and monster brains to be exact! My kids are both fascinated and completely grossed out by them....I wonder who will be willing to give brains a try?!
I always love adding a sign or two just to keep with the theme. And of course a table wouldn't be complete without bottled water....it is what everyone will need to wash all of the sugar out of their system!
I have been dying to make eyeball cake pops! But instead of using a lollipop stick, I wanted to use silver forks (they are disposable). In addition to the eyeballs, I created some sprinkle cake pops as well. They look perfect resting inside striped mason jars (also easy to do using spray paint and painters tape)!
The last detail to my table is the death by chocolate cupcakes topped with a chocolate skull! I also added a couple paper cupcake toppers for an extra fun detail.

I think this year will be an extra fun and spooky Halloween filled with ghoulish goodies and lots of smiles!

Happy Halloween!