Showing posts with label party. Show all posts
Showing posts with label party. Show all posts


How to Pretty Up a Package

These days I find myself celebrating a lot of milestone birthdays for friends and family.
For these special birthdays, I like to present a pretty package.
Now, one of my "very serious" faults is that I cannot wrap a package for the life of me.
I try...but my corners are never right, there is tape everywhere - you get the picture, right?
So I have taken to embellishing and creating fun ways to pretty up and personalize packages (to divert attention from my other wrapping faults)! 

Pretty Packaging with Lifestyle Crafts by 504 Main

Using  my Lifestyle Crafts Dies and Evolution Die Cutter, plus some fun chevron washi tape and miniature pom poms...and anything else I can think of, it is easy to create pretty packages for those special people in your life.


Pretty Paper Rosettes: A Centerpiece Accessory

I love to throw a PARTY!
No seriously, I would probably have a party every night, for any reason...if I could! After many years of planing parties and wedding for other people, I delight in entertaining my friends. I love to create intimate environments full of unique touches. I like my every day occasions to be special but not overdone, and this idea for centerpieces is a perfect example of something that is so easy to put together but has great impact. I used if for Christmas (even thought we might have eaten dinner in our jammies!) and will be using it for New Years and through the winter...and well, knowing me even into the Spring!

Pretty Paper Rosette Centerpiece Accessory by 504 Main


Harvest Table and Designing Ideas

When I hear the term "Tabletop", I get all dreamy eyed and my mind starts creating and dreaming up inventive ways to do things, and well, I get a little caught up trying to create something really special - my wedding planner mentality takes over - and I spend days fretting over what to do. Visions of lighting and draping and chandeliers, and custom linens...well, you get the picture.

Fall Tablescape by Holly Lefevre of 504 Main

I truly enjoy creating a beautiful tablescape or event space.
It is one of the things that makes me so happy and really inspires my creativity.
I love creating spaces outdoors, perhaps because I am from coastal California where the weather is pretty much the same year round.
I also love creating tables with texture, interest, unexpected surprise...and most of all tables that look rich and expensive...but are not!

Fall Tablescape by Holly Lefevre of 504 Main

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Wedding Celebrations: Bubbles and Brew Couples Shower {$25 Target Gift Card Giveaway}

disclosure: I love weddings and am happy to be working with Target to show you the possibilities of the Target Wedding Catalog and Registry.

Engagement parties, bridal showers, couples showers, rehearsal dinners,
bridesmaids luncheons, spa days, bachelor/bachelorette parties -
brides, grooms, and their bridal parties have gotten creative
and innovative when it comes to planning pre-wedding celebrations. 

Bubbles and Brew Shower #TargetWedding 504 Main by Holly Lefevre

It has been 16 years since I was married, but I remember every detail of every party and of the wedding. I went on to use my experiences to help other couples plan amazing events. I loved the couples I worked with. All different. All unique. All bright and hopeful for their future and full of ideas about their weddings and life together. All of them wanting, striving to blend their individual interests and ideas and lives together.


Tea Time! Edible Tea Cups

When I plan a party, I like to serve really good food (don't we all)
I don't get overly overcomplicated or fancy-schmancy,
but amazing tastes with great variety is important.
 Where I do veer from this rule is the dessert...
I like to do something quirky, fantastical, or just plain fun!

edible tea cup

For the Princess Tea Party, I whipped up a simple little dessert
and served it in an Edible Tea Cups and it was a hit!
I promise I whipped these up in no time at all
(really I made 15 in less than 20 minutes!) 
And, I will be totally honest with you..this is not my area of expertise...
I am sure someone could make them super fancy or elaborate,
but this worked for the girls, it worked for me...
and this method is really EASY!

edible tea cup

My friend Randi at Dukes and Duchesses shared a photo of some adorable miniature tea cups on Facebook a few months ago and I hunted down the full tutorial from She Knows.

I made a few using that tutorial (the tutorial is really easy to follow),
but I need to change things up. Here is why:
1 - I wanted something bigger
2 - Having Miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in my house is dangerous!
(the original tutorial uses them)
3 - I was not getting the results I I cut (or tried to cut) those sugar cones, well, lets just say there was a lot of breakage.

So, I thought that has to be am easier way for people like me who are impatient and do not have mad knife wielding skills. So I created my version!

edible tea cup at Princess party

  • 1 sandwich or quart size zipper bag 
  • Wilton Candy Melts. I used white you can use whatever flavor/color you want.
  • Keebler waffle cups/bowls (this was the only brand at my local stores)
  • Biscuit cookies. The BEST deal I found was at World Market...99 cents for a package! You can use an assortment of other cookies found at the local grocery store, you can even use sandwich cookies and scrap the inside cream out. My second choice was Marie Lu Biscuit
  • Large Pretzel Twists
  • Optional: Wilton Pearl Sprinkles 
  • Optional: Chocolate Mousse Recipe
  • Optional: Whipped Cream
edible tea cup ingredients


I PROMISE THIS PROCESS GOES QUICKLY...Really, I have no patience, and I did it! (again I made 15 min about 20 minutes)

Here is a "dry fit" photo for you to see how they go together!

  • Layout the supplies for a few tea cups at a time.
  • When it comes to the pretzels (handles) I gently cut them in half to form the handle...I ALSO just used some of the already broken pieces to make handles  (because I am so resourceful). I kept the extra swirls and such...I thought it was cute and I am all about using what I have.

  • Place about 1/2 cup of candy melts in a microwave safe container and heat slowly on low in the microwave, stirring often, until melted (REFER TO THE PACKAGE DIRECTIONS). I work in small batches when melting the chocolate so that is stays hot and fluid.
  • Place a good amount of the melted chocolate into the zipper bag. Close the zipper side and snip off a very small corner. You are going to be using this like a pastry bag - you don't have to, you can dip or spoon it on...but I found it to be easier to use the bag.
edible tea cup
  • Place a nickel size ball of chocolate onto the cookie/biscuit
  • Set waffle cone atop and put down gently
  • Give these a minute or two to harden up and set.
edible tea cup
  • Run a line of chocolate up one side of the tea cup (you can also do drop/balls at the bottom and top)...attache pretzel/handle to the cup using this chocolate.
  • Let dry/harden.
edible tea cup

OPTIONAL: Now, I am NOT a choclatier type lady, but for fun, I tried to pipe am initial and a heart on the tea cup (I wish I would have thought of this before the Tea party!). It was super easy to do...and then I just added a Wilton pearl sprinkle as an accent. I won't be winning cupcake wars or a Food Network Challenge...but I like it.

edible tea cup

And there they are!
I love these little guys!

edible tea cup
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Here is how yummy it looked with that chocolate mousse!

edible tea cup

Who wants to come over for a tea party????
This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre

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Tickled Pink No. 121

Welcome to Tickled Pink!
Hi all!
How was your week?
Did you dress up for Halloween?
Eat too much candy?
 I am thinking about joining in NaNoWriMo.
 It officially starts on Nov 1 (today).
Anyone ever done that?

It was a fun but BUSY week!
I still owe lots of bloggy love to people
(yep...broken record!)
We had 8 princesses over for our Disney Princess Halloween Party 

I refashioned a coffee table!

 And, I held my first craft night!
It was so much fun.
It is pretty much my friends attending right now, but it is fun to hang out with them...
and hopefully they are having fun creating too! 

Next week I will share a little about Craft Night and about my DIY Vanilla Extract Workshop and finally...the tutorial for those cute edible tea cups (MONDAY)!

I have NO IDEA how I only choose a FEW...
There are always amazing projects and ideas linked up!!! 
I have always wanted to learn how to make croissants. I think I can do it with Sweet Boutiques recipe!

Painting leather - Yes you can and Redoux shows us how!

Stunning...I mean STUNNING ANTHRO KNOCKOFF NECKLACE from Not Without Heels

I saved my pumpkin seeds last night...did you...
Now I am roasting them thanks to The Gunny Sack!



A craft...a recipe...a tip...a party...a short story...a  poem...a  fashion find...a  favorite product...your favorite  post...whatever makes  your blog  fabulous!
That is what Tickled Pink is all about!
{and it does NOT have to be PINK}

Grab a button HERE!
or here!
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Please visit the person linked before you...
Pretty Please!

1. Link  up...whatever makes  your blog  fabulous. Family Friendly please. Guess what? Your post does not have to be PINK!!  I reserve the right to remove posts that are offensive or do not  adhere  to the rules, without any discussion, at my discretion.
3. Pretty please...add the Tickled Pink button or TEXT link back to the post* {people need  to know what the heck they are doing!}. 
4. Please visit a couple other links!

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I won't banish you if you mess up, but try to link appropriately, pretty please!
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Link Up what ever made you or your blog FAB this week!
This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre


A Magical Disney Princess Halloween Tea Party

I L-O-V-E to plan parties and weddings.
Seriously, just about any reason, any occasion will do!
I love the magic and happiness that can be created
through some well thought out plans, a few perfect decorations...
and of course great guests!

I recenty had the pleasure (and it was a pleasure!) to shop for and plan a Disney Princess Halloween Tea Party for my daughter and her friends. On Wednesday we celebrated a magical tea party with some real life princesses.

For weeks my daughter has been excited about this party, watching Cinderella, and playing with the Royal Ball Augmented Reality 2.0. She has embraced all things princess and loves dressing up like her favorite princess and attending the royal ball using this app. You can download the app for your princess by searching "Disney Princess Royal Ball" in the iTunes App Store or Google Play store. You can also read more about the app and my path to purchase on Google+

It was so fun to watch the girls arrive in their "Princess Best"  and ready to enjoy the entire princess experience. We even had a "tween" Princess join us!

A few of my plans veered from the original idea due to time constraints and, most importantly...I have learned one thing...when young children are happy doing one thing...let them keep doing that one thing! So we skipped the craft and let their imaginations take over instead.

  The girls were so enchanted  playing with all of the Princess dolls we pulled out. Belle, Jasmine, Merida, Rapunzel, Jasmine, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and few Cinderellas joined the real life girls to celebrate.

I just had to decorate and create an environment perfect for a lovely group of princesses.
From the ceiling I hung miniature tissue paper "flowers" and groups of various ribbons hanging down (I just paired 3-4 different ribbons in coordinating colors)

I set the table with a simple white cloth and then used Disney Princess Fabric as overlay. I did not hem the fabric (so I can reuse it!), I just ironed a "hem" all around the length of it (2 yards).
I pulled out my glass plates (like a glass slipper...get it?),
flatware and plain white cloth napkins.
This party also gave me a great excuse to buy some of those cute mason jar lids!

Each girl had a miniature white pumpkin on her plate with her name tattooed onto it.
The perfect princess place card if you ask me! (tutorial here).

For the centerpiece, I pulled out a cake stand and placed a pink Cinderella pumpkin on it...LOVE...I wanted one of these pumpkins so badly and this was the perfect reason to buy one. I placed lengths of ivy (cut from the garden) around the base of the cake stand and added a couple of miniature blooming plants, with the pots wrapped in ribbon.

The table looked perfect and the girls sitting in their princess dresses and looking absolutely adorable were the cutest thing EVER!

A few of the girls, I mean Princesses. I tried to get a good shot of each girl...a few f the photos were too sad!

Once the girls had all arrived we sat at the Princess Table to have our tea party.

Jules helped plan the menu too.
Turkey croissant sandwiches
PB&J sandwiches
Fresh pineapple
Mini carrots
Apple slices and caramel
Berry punch with raspberries 

Check out the tea cup tutorial!!

Then, we enjoyed chocolate mouse in Edible Tea Cups,
topped with whipped cream and pearl "sprinkles.
(We were so lucky)...One of the girls fathers is a master pastry chef
and brought us pastries too! Such a sweet treat!

I just had to make some Princess Pretzel Wands too!

Once the girls ate, I turned on the Cinderella Blu-Ray and the girls were eagerly anticipating the viewing of this classic movie. The girls played with the princess dolls and enjoyed the movie and then, the clock struck 5 and the princess went back to being young school children! But they left with a special princess cup full of princess goodies I found on my shopping trip!

Be sure to experience the magic and wonder of #DisneyPrincessWMT
Disney on Twitter
Cinderella Facebook
Disney Princess on Facebook 

On of course on the Royal Ball Augmented Reality 2.0 app

You can also join in on the princess fun by joining a
Disney Princess Party on Pinterest (now through 10/31)

Who is your Disney favorite princess?

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre 

I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Disney Consumer Products, Inc. #CBias #SocialFabric