Monday, May 1, 2017

{Sugar Bee} A+ Teacher Sugar Cookies

Happy teacher appreciation week to all of the A+ Teachers! It takes a big heart to help shape little minds!

{Sugar Bee} Thanks a Latte Teacher Cookies!

Thanks a latte to all of the wonderful teachers making a difference everyday in our children's lives. You do so much and it is important that you know how appreciated you are by your students and their parents. It takes a special person to teach and to shape the minds and lives of our little ones.  In honor of teacher appreciation week and to show my kids' teachers how wonderful we think they are, I have made them latte and donut sugar cookies. Cheers to all of you this week and every day of the year!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

{Queen Bee} Free Teacher Appreciation Printable

Every year I love to create a special gift and printable for my kids' teachers. It is important that I teach my children to appreciate their teachers and what they do for them, as well as show them that I myself value the work, dedication, and heart that teachers show everyday.

Again, I couldn't help myself but go with a coffee themed printable tag....I can only image the amount of caffeine that teachers must consume in order to keep up with the energy of children is quite considerable! Of course these were created to go alongside the cookies that I will be giving each teacher. If my math is correct......coffee + cookies = happiness! Though these would also be lovely attached to a mug or a donut! Whatever you choose, you will put a smile on a teacher's face.

To download these printables click HERE

Sunday, April 16, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Easter Bunny and Carrot Sugar Cookies

 
It is Easter and today is full of celebration, gathering with family and friends, and lots of treats! This year I wanted to make cookies that the kids would enjoy and find super lovable. So I created bunny head and carrot sugar cookies inspired by the incredible Sugarbelle! Now to decide what to eat first....the cookies, Peeps, or Jelly Beans?

Hoppy Easter Everybunny!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Superhero 40th Birthday Chocolate Covered Oreos

These chocolate covered Oreos are for a SUPER guy turning 40! To the bat cave to eat some SUPER delicious treats!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

{Party Bee} Shabby Chic My Little Pony Party Printable Collection

I am so happy to introduce my newest printable collection to my readers! I call it my Shabby Chic My Little Pony Party printable collection, as it combines my daughter's favorite characters as well as my favorite style of decor! The color palette is comprised of light pinks, teals, and whites and accented with natural elements such as wood and kraft paper. This collection is so pretty and sweet, simply perfect for any little girl.

The entire collection is $35 and comes with the following:

- 5x7 invitation (double-sided optional) (envelope not included)
- Circle/Square tags in 4 designs
- Thank you tags
- "Name of child is age" banner
- Decorative double point pennant banner
- Decorative single point pennant banner
- 4x6 signs in two designs
- 8x10 Welcome Sign
- 20 x 16 backdrop photo
- Water bottle labels
- Straw flags
- Menu tent cards in two designs
- Treat bag labels
- 5x7 Thank you card (envelope not included)

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!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

{Party Bee} Ava's My Little Pony Party!

Another year has passed (rather quickly I might add) and my daughter is 5 years old! I still can't believe that I don't have any more littles running around the house anymore. It is always bittersweet (I am sure all moms can relate)....I love watching her grow and her personality develop, but at the same time I miss her being a little cuddlebug. But my husband and I are so blessed to be able to celebrate her every year!

This past year my daughter, Ava, has become a huge fan of My Little Pony. Almost a year ago she planned what kind of party she wanted for her 5th birthday....My Little Pony of course and so I went to work planning the perfect party!

When brainstorming the aesthetic of the party, I knew I didn't want the traditional My Little Pony party....it was just a little too colorful. I knew I wanted to limit the overall color palette so that the ponies would stand out a little more. So I decided on a shabby chic style party mixed with My Little Pony and the results couldn't have made me more happy....and Ava was even happier!
The overall color palette consisted of light pink, aqua/turquoise, white, and accents of natural burlap/jute/kraft paper. I love creating a shabby chic look as it is so easy to re-purpose many things and nothing has to be absolutely perfect....the imperfections add so much character! One of the highlights to my table this year was my backdrop. I created a "ripped" fabric banner...well, I didn't actually rip the fabric, I just cut strips, but ultimately the results are the same. I think the banner really made the look of the table exude shabby chic.
Instead of using fake flowers, I wanted to use sweets to fill the table with greenery (since it is a dessert table of course). So I created cake pops to take the place of plants. I used green sprinkles and topped them with white daisy flower candies. I still wanted to add My Little Pony characters here and there, but not overwhelm the table, so I  included Pez dispensers that I found, as well as my daughters toys. I even found a Pinkie Pie Piñata (though in hindsight, beating a pony wasn't the best idea I have ever had)!
To amp up the backdrop with the My Little Pony Theme, I designed an image that I framed in a beautifully ornate frame that I found at Ikea. I thought this helped keep with the shabby chic theme with holding true to the My Little Pony theme (without the image, the My Little Pony part would have gotten lost).

I always love using the age as a feature to the table. This year she turned 5, so I used number five cookie cutters. I also wanted to represent the main ponies in the sweets I served, so for the cookies I represented Rainbow Dash. Since she is as colorful as a rainbow, I used flowers to symbolize the rainbow. For my cupcakes, I represented, Fluttershy, whose cutie mark is a pink butterfly. (If you are wondering what a cutie mark is, let me fill you in....it is a picture-like symbol located on the pony's flank or haunch that is related to the pony's personality or talent).
Pinkie Pie (my favorite pony because of her affinity for parties) was illustrated using blue and yellow chocolate covered Oreo balloons (her cutie mark symbols of course). The pony, Apple Jack, could be depicted in many ways....plain old apples would suffice as that is her cutie mark, but I decided to go with the most delicious mini apple pies that my best friend makes!
The pony, Rarity, is my daughter's favorite pony, therefore her cake was more than symbolic of the pony....I actually put Rarity right on top!
Twilight Sparkle is a pink and purple pony, so I found My Little Pony suckers at the candy store and used them for the table to depict that particular pony.

Each child needed to have their own bag to fill up with all of the goodies and the candy they would take from the piñata. I used plain old kraft bags and adorned them with pretty pink doilies and printables from the collection I designed. Simple but pretty!
I wanted my centerpieces to scream shabby chic, so I found pale pink artificial peonies and white daisies and placed them into mason jars that I spray painted white and sanded to look distressed. Then I put them on a metal box wrapped with a white doily and draped it with fake pearl strands.
Like I said before, my daughter's toys made the best additions to the decor! I also love to include my daughter's photographs to show how much she has grown. So I placed photos as well as printable designs in simple and inexpensive 4x6 frames that I get at Ikea. (Tip: these frames can be spray painted any color to go with your color scheme....I use white because it is easy and typically matches everything, but sometimes I like to make the frames pop with a particular color).
Paper pennant banners from the printable collection I designed just look festive all around the house.
 
 You know you made more than enough goodies when they start infiltrating other parts of the house!
I love the look of paper straws with flags in cups or glasses. Just another opportunity to create a very fun and festive look.
I am absolutely obsessed with drink dispensers.....I think I have like 3 different kinds, but I am always eyeing more....I may have a problem, similar to my love for cake and cupcake stands. This year I served Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie lemonade in a dual dispenser stand....who would have guessed that the kids would gravitate to the pink and the adults would like the regular lemonade....I did!
My daughter is not shy in front of the camera, in fact, I think she loves the camera. So getting photos of the birthday girl is always an easy feat!

Her favorite part of the photo shoot was when Princess Celestia (from Candies' Characters) showed up!
Princess Celestia painted the kids faces with cutie marks....and the birthday girl even got her nails painted!
But the ultimate surprise was when the real Rainbow Dash Pony showed up for pony rides!
 
 
So what kid doesn't love beating a piñata until candy comes out....but poor Pinkie Pie!
Blowing out the candle is always fun....I hope all my baby girl's wishes come true!
Happy 5th Birthday sweet girl, words just can't express how much Mommy, Daddy, and Jake love you!

A special thanks to Grandma & Grandpa, Gabby, Aunt Kathy, and Missy for all of your help!

 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Bananas for Valentine's Cookies

This year for Valentine's Day I went bananas for monkey cookies! These silly monkey face cookies made me smile from ear to ear and I thought whoever received these cookies would get a little chuckle as well. An added bonus to these treats are the banana candies that I included in each bag. Here's to monkeying around this Valentine's Day!

Friday, January 13, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Birthday Cake Pops!

Today is a special day in our family...it is my husband's birthday! Let me tell you, he is a BIG fan of cake pops! So naturally I had to make him some delicious cake pops for his birthday. Because he is also a lemon fanatic, I decided to create lemon cake covered with a yellow colored white chocolate and decorated with colorful sprinkles (very festive for a birthday I thought). They turned out so bright and colorful....perfect for celebrating a birthday!
 
My daughter was my taste tester and based upon her smile and the sprinkles all over her mouth, I am going to say they were a success!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Cake Pops for the New Year!

I am starting the New Year off with cake pops! I usually like to use a chocolate cake (because I just love chocolate), but this time I went for something different....I used a white cake and covered the cake pop in chocolate. I must say this combination is pretty tasty and I like it just as much as my chocolate cake pops! 2017 will bring lots of new combination of cake pop flavors from me!

Happy New Year!