Our garage was in bad shape and in great need of a clean out and makeover! It turned out fantastic! I am only sorry I did not take a “before” shot. But I did take some “afters”!
Nativity Christmas Tree
I have collected vintage Christmas Nativity postcards for years.
I wanted to display these vintage postcards in a way that we could enjoy them. I decided I would decorate a Christmas tree with them. I liked how it turned out.
I found some simple postcard frames on the internet.
I ordered some star ornaments.
(I found some gold glitter star ornaments at Crate and Barrel.)
I ordered some gold glitter star sheer ribbon.
I got this ribbon from Paper Mart.
It was accented with gold and copper colored Christmas tree ball ornaments.
I had a star tree topper on top and draped gold glitter fabric underneath. I have found a great new use for my vintage postcard collection!
A Party for a Princess! Pink and Yellow Candy Bar, Princess Cake and Cupcakes, Celebration!
The Brother Prince Henry
Our family celebrated the wedding of a close friend the first weekend of August…so everyone came home!!! Such a treat for our family, considering we have someone living in each time zone in the country. But before the wedding we had a birthday to celebrate. Becca, Jen’s daughter, turned five years old and of course she wanted a pink princess party. Having lived here, Jen had friends that had children the same age. They were invited and we had the makings of a party. Adam’s family all came and other friends came just to see everyone that came home. It was a party fit for any princess. Of course the setting for the princess party included a lot of pink (we used two shades of pink), with accent of bright yellow, a pink and yellow candy bar, a princess cake (made by Grandma Long), princess food, a piñata, princess (and a prince) crown making (with lots of sparkle jewels), and swimming. Each little invited guest got a tiara, princess fairy wings and a wand for a favor. And just to make sure brother was not left out Grandma Long made a “truck” cake just for him. I had help from “big” Becca and Jenn (B.J.’s wife)…we had fun getting the pink and yellow princess party ready.
We decorated over the table with pom-pom flowers, honeycomb fans and chinese lanterns. We added some long satin ribbons for a more princess look to it:
A pink sparkly garland backdrop was put into place:
The table had its own princess tutu in tulle (pink and yellow) with a topper of pink and yellow:
A Pink and Yellow Candy Bar Fit for a Princess was a definite hit:
My daughter-in-law Jenn has also posted about this pink princess party on her blog.
We also served Princess Cookies: (Oreos covered in chocolate.)
Chocolate Covered Oreos Daisy Molds can be ordered from Fancy Fours.
Instructions are also found at Fancy Flours.
Chocolate Transfer Sheets were used to make the striped cookies.
Princess Pink Popcorn
We also served pink popcorn in pink striped cones:
I used pink lemonade Kool-Aid to make the pink popcorn.
2 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
2/3 cups butter
6 quarts plain popped popcorn
2 packages Kool-aid (pink lemonade)
1 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 225 degrees F. Boil sugar, syrup and butter together for 3 minutes. On a large shallow un-greased baking dish spread out popped popcorn. In a separate bowl, combine the Kool-Aid with the baking soda. Remove sugar syrup from the stove and carefully stir in the Kool-Aid mixture. (Note: This will make the sugar mixture puff up. Be careful not to get burned.) Now take sugar mixture and pour it over the popped popcorn. Carefully mix all till combined. Place it in the oven and stir every 10 minutes. Repeat this 3 more times. Take popcorn out of the oven and when it starts to cool, break it apart into pieces.
(Instead of Kool-Aid you could substitute flavored oils and food coloring, making any kind of combination imaginable.)
The pink polka dot favor cones are from Oriental Trading Company.
I made pink and yellow cupcakes (divided the cake batter and made one-half pink and one-half yellow). The cupcakes had a golden Oreo on the bottom, then filled with half pink batter and yellow batter. (Sorry we forgot to take a picture of the inside of the cupcakes but the Oreo made for a nice surprise in the cupcakes.) The tops of the cupcakes were decorated by my daughter-in-law Jenn.
The frosting flowers were ordered from Fancy Flours (Item Number: 5800HBPK1).
The princess cupcake wrappers with the laser cut “princess,” are from Paper Orchid.
The princess cupcake stand can be ordered from Wilton.
The princess crown cupcake toppers and Disney princess cupcake papers are also from Wilton.
We served pink strawberry sherbet in pink polka dot ice cream cups and wooden spoons with a selection of pink and yellow sprinkle toppings.
The pink polka dot ice cream cups are from The Tomkat Studio.
We also had mini princess flower sandwiches (peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut with flower cookie cutter).
We drank pink lemonade.
Flowers for a princess party.
Pink Princess Cake
Grandma Long made a pink princess cake (made to order!) for the party and so that Henry would not feel left out she made a truck cake for him!
Henry’s truck cake:
The piñata: (we used a ribbon pull piñata-no need for the stick)
And the party:
Jen and family stop over in Kansas City on their move to Salt Lake City.
Jen and the kids (and Izzy) flew to Kansas City and stayed a few days while Adam was driving (and moving their household) to Salt Lake City. Adam stayed the weekend and then was on his way to Salt Lake City. We enjoyed going for yogurt, Prairie Village Art Fair, playing and swimming in the pool.
A fun visit from Jen, Adam, Becca, Henry and Caroline (and Izzy):
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