Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Doily Wine Glass Markers


My obsession with the doily continues.  To make, fold a small doily in half and punch a hole in the middle.  Cut a slit up to the hole and slide onto a glass.  Sip, sip, hooray.



Monday, April 14, 2014

Announcing Station Parties at The Old Fire Station!


I am thrilled to finally announce our latest parties - and you're invited!  We are hosting three fabulous parties at my workspace, a renovated fire station in Northeast Seattle.  I'm excited to get to party with you all and learn something new while we're at it!  Our fabulous friends at Bing are sponsoring the parties and helping us to make them really spectacular.   I can't wait to meet you all!


1. Geometric Planter Crafting with Jenny Batt $25 
Guests will paint a new planter in a variety of geometric patterns with blogger & crafting maven Jenny Batt of Hank & Hunt.  Painted planters will go home with guests with a small plant to grow in the planter.  Light snacks and beverages will be served.  Click here to sign up




2. How to pair wines with appetizers $25 
Wine pairing is such an intimidating term!  Luckily, my friend and winemaker, Matt Rawn of Two Mountain Winery is amazing at demystifying wine.  Together, we'll give you some tips for pairings while we drink wine, cook appetizers together, and give you the tools to throw fabulous parties.   Wine & appetizers will be served.  Must be 21 years old.  Click here to sign up.




3. A Book Party for Girls with Mindy & Lynlee $15 
Darling bloggers, Mindy Cone and Lynlee North Beckett are coming to Seattle and we're throwing a party so you can meet them in person, get books signed and learn their secrets!  I'll also be whipping up a few recipes from the books for you.  This is a perfect mother/daughter afternoon outing!  Light snacks and beverages will be served.  Click here to sign up.







Friday, April 11, 2014

Faking a Fabulous Easter :: Etched Doily Vase




You'll need
a plain glass vase
doilies
temporary spray glue (like 
etching cream
paint brush

Step 1  ::  Wash and dry the vase.
Step 2  ::  Lightly spray the back of each doily and adhere them to the vase.  
Step 3  ::  Slather etching cream on the vase over the doilies.  Follow etching cream instructions.
Step 4  ::  Wash off etching cream {mine sat 30 minutes} and remove doilies.  


Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Faking Fabulous :: Doily Print Napkins


I am currently obsessed with doilies.  Not the nice "grandmother-ly" ones, I mean the paper "valentine-craft" ones.  I'm in love with them.  I'm obsessed with putting them on everything.  Get ready because this is the first of several Easter projects featuring my new favorite dollar store item :: the doily!  



You'll need
Plain colored napkins {washed, dried, and ironed}
Paper doilies
Spray fabric paint

Step 1  ::  Place doilies on napkins leaving space between each napkin
Step 2  ::  Spray fabric paint over doilies in an even layer
Step 3  ::  Remove doilies and let dry.



Tuesday, April 08, 2014

As Seen on Q13 FOX :: Faking a Fabulous Easter

Tune into Q13 FOX News this morning at 8:45 to see my ideas for a simple and FABULOUS Easter! See you soon!

Monday, April 07, 2014

Weeknight Party Girl :: Disposable Serving Tiers {+ a giveaway!}



I can't even tell you how many times a week I bring cookies, fruit, snacks, you name it - somewhere.  T-Ball practice, a game, a friends house, to the park - it seems never ending.  Leaving platters places makes me crazy.  

So I came up with a solution.  And not just your average 'grab-a-paper-plate' solution.  A real-live-looks-cute-in-public solution.  With a little help from Chinet, I created colorful serving tiers.  I even tested them at a real life party and they did not tip over or break.  They held together perfectly - and washed up nicely if you're interested in trying to reuse them.  





You'll need
Chinet Cut Crystal Dessert Plates 
Chinet Cut Crystal Dinner Plates
Chinet Cut Crystal 9 ounce cups
Acrylic Paint in bright colors
Craft Epoxy {like E6000}
A Q-tip or small sponge


Step 1  ::  Pour a small amount of paint on the inside of each glass.  Swirl it around to coat the entire inside and pour extra back into the paint can.   Let dry upside down, but check often that they are not sticking to the newspaper

Step 2  ::  Spread a small amount of E6000 on the rim of one of the glasses using the q-tip and press it onto the center of a dinner plate.  

Step 3  ::  Spread a small amount of glue on the bottom of the glass that's glued to the plate and line up a second glass base on top of it.  Press firmly.

Step 4  ::  Spread a small amount of glue on the rim of the top glass using the q-tip and press a dessert plate on top.  Let dry.  Repeat with all of the glasses and plates until you have enough tiers.







Also, I discovered that two cupcake wrappers - one upside down and one right side up - fit perfectly into a 9 ounce cup!  The perfect way to serve cupcakes!

Want to win an entire Chinet Party Pack yourself?  That's a bunch of plates, cups, and silverware for your summer entertaining.  Leave a comment below and we'll choose a winner on April 18th!  Don't think you need a Chinet Party Pack?  That's where you're wrong my friend. It's really handy to have plastic or paper plates and cups on hand.  


Entries must be posted by Thursday, April 17th at 9pm PST, and one winner will be chosen at random. The winner will be sent one Chinet Party Pack.  Good luck!  
{Limited to US residents only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, posted on Facebook and announced on the bottom of this post soon after.}

Chinet Party Pack and Chinet Product used in this post courtesy of Chinet.  



Friday, April 04, 2014

Eleven years with Mr. Hedin


Tomorrow marks eleven years that Mr. Hedin and I have been married.  Tomorrow night we will celebrate with a date night out and a little cocktail.  Cheers to the greatest eleven years of my life and I can't wait for the next eleven-ty-hundred together.  Smooches.






Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Weeknight Party Girl :: Pineapple Upside Down Cake


Have you made Pineapple Upside Down Cake recently?  Or ever?  Do you know how simple it is?  Totally fabby and worthy of a weeknight party.  Any night of the week.  


Topping ::
3 ounces butter
½ cup packed brown sugar
5 pineapple rings
5 maraschino cherries

Cake Batter ::
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup chopped pineapple


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter the bottom of an 8x8 pan and line with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a stand mixer whip together butter and brown sugar until light in color and fluffy.  Using an offset spatula, evenly cover the bottom of the prepared pan with the brown sugar mixture.  Place drained and dried pineapple rings on top of the brown sugar mixture and place one cherry in the center of each ring. 

Clean out the mixing bowl and whip together eggs and sugar until light and airy.  Add vanilla.  In a small bowl, combine dry ingredients and add them to the egg mixture.  Mix in flour with as few strokes as possible.  Add pineapple and combine. 

Pour batter over pineapple rings and smooth out with an offset spatula.  Bake 35-40 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. 

Let rest 5 minutes before inverting.  When slightly cooled, place a platter on the top of the pan and flip over so cake lands on the plate. 

Serve warm. 





Friday, March 28, 2014

Charm Hour :: Jungle Juice





I made this for Lars's birthday party.  For the parents, of course, but still it was for a three year old birthday party - I realize it's probably not the 'normal' choice - but it was a hit.  Most parents still stuck around and boy were they thrilled.

Which is exactly why I thought of making this recipe today because I am thrilled to be hosting my friend Melissa and her family for dinner tonight at the station.  Be prepared for lots of Instagrams from both of us {follow me here and Melissa here}.  She's in town for the weekend with her family so we get to hang out for a night.  I can't wait!

There were lots of cool things my friends did this week around the webs.

::  Kam is keeping it real by saying all of the things the rest of us mothers live through daily.

::  MJ gave spring cleaning tips for a mudroom.  My question is, when do I get a mudroom?

::  Ashley is making me miss summer.  And Palm Springs.  And skirts.

::  The girls at Style Me Pretty paired those cute glasses you registered for with actual cocktails to put in them!  And who couldn't use a new cocktail recipe?

::  MJ also made a cool paper daffodil wreath with her kids.  Love!



See you Monday!
-a