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Week 1&2 DIY December

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For those of you that follow me on Facebook you have already seen some of these amazing DIY holiday ideas, but for everyone else be prepared to get inspired and crafty!! This week I am going to highlight some of the free printables I found. These are so cute and can really add to any holiday event or party that you may be having. If you read last week's blog post you will see a holiday printable that has a chalkboard look to it, I also found another one that would match perfectly. Just click the below photo to be taken to the link, print, add a frame and gift them or add them to a dessert table for some added pizazz.

I have always loved to wrap gifts, so when I saw these gift tags I was super excited and made sure to buy wrapping paper to match. Click on the below picture to print these great gift tag labels. So many different options to choose from!

How cute is this hot cocoa bar? I am hosting my annual cookie exchange this coming week and am going to be doing something very similar to this and making sure to use these labels. Click on the below photo to be taken to the printable links. Happy Hosting!!

Fox and Hound 5k

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I am excited to be doing this 5k...although I am not a runner this is not your typical race. I am walking/light jogging it with some of my good foxy friends and our "hounds".  The Fox and the Hound 5k gives the foxes (female participants) a head start, before the release of the hounds (male participants.) At the finish, the foxes, hounds, and other supporters will enjoy food and drinks at the Bulldog after-party with all proceeds going to United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati. I guess I need to put down the candy bar and start training!!

Fox and Hound

Valentine’s Day Tea Party

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While we love to do candy buffets for weddings...doing a candy buffet for children is also oh so sweet! We had the pleasure to do a candy buffet for a Valentine's Day tea party.  The colors were pink and red and we decorated the buffet with cute jars and heart candy bags! The candy buffet was enjoyed by 2-4 year olds and their mothers! It was a huge hit and the pictures are just adorable.

If you are planning a birthday party contact Dulce Designs to create a fun and unique candy buffet for you and your guests to enjoy! We can coordinate any candy buffet to match your theme or event.

Night at the Movies!

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So this is another Cincinnati related post, but I had to share the wonderful experience I had at the Kenwood Theatre this past Saturday night! From the minute we walked in I knew this was going to be a different movie experience. It was super crowded, but then again it was a Saturday night...lots of teenagers on dates! Everything was very clean and the staff kept things running smoothly. After standing in line for only seconds to purchase our tickets we then went to the concession stand to load up on movie treats! I was well prepared to order my usual sour patch kids and a diet coke when I saw the dessert area they had. I was like a kid in a candy store...there were so many different options, all courtesy of Frieda's Desserts in Maderia. From mini carrot cakes to iced sugar cookies and to top it all off you can order wine and beer...I was SOLD! I knew right at that second that I would never visit another movie theater in the Cincinnati area. They also have sushi from Ember's, maccroons, cappuchino's and then the regular candy/snack options that every movie theater has. This theater is top notch and I am so glad to have it so close to my house so I can visit it more often! Check out their website for more information and to see how you can have a birthday party there (great idea for the kiddos) or look up Tueaday night discounted prices!

Lastly, if you are a marketing nerd like I am you will appreciate the way they display the snacks at the concession stand...check out the menu for the fabulously unique way they showcase their popcorn and soda sizing options.  This is not your typical theater, go soon and check it out!! Oh and the movie we saw, No Strings Attached, was super cute as well. :)

Christmas Party Dessert Must!

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I was talking to my good friend Nicole yesterday, when we got on the subject of chocolate covered strawberries and she informed me of how easy they were to make. This sparked an interest so I decided to "google" chocolate fondue recipes and found this great one from the Food Network. I never realized how easy it is to create such a wonderful and fun dessert. This is something that everyone should think about having at their holiday parties this year. It is a great way to get people up and chatting with one another and besides, who doesn't love chocolate?! The recipe  has fruit that can be dipped in the chocolate but you can also dip: cookies, pound cake, pretzels, rice crispy treats (my favorite) and anything else yummy!

Chocolate Fondue

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon brewed espresso
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 banana, peeled and cut into 8 pieces
  • 8 1-inch chunks fresh pineapple
  • 4 strawberries

Directions

Place chocolate, cream, espresso, vanilla and salt in a medium microwave-safe bowl; microwave on Medium, stirring every 20 seconds, until melted, 1 to 2 minutes. (Alternatively, see “No Microwave?” below.)

 Pour the chocolate mixture into a serving bowl. Serve with fruit.

 If you don’t have an espresso maker, look for instant espresso powder at your supermarket. No Microwave? Place chopped chocolate in the top of a double boiler over hot, but not boiling water. Gently stir until almost melted. Remove from the heat and stir until the chocolate melts completely.

This recipe is courtesy of EatingWell.com

Birthday Party Favors!

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Most of you that know me know that I also nanny 3 days a week to the cutest little girl ever, Gwyn! Well Miss. Gwyn just turned 2 this past Sunday but she is having her formal birthday party the day after Thanksgiving. Her parents, Ryan and Lauren, call her their little bug...so a ladybug theme fit perfectly for her party. When Lauren told me about the theme she decided on I was so excited to contribute favors that matched the party decor.

I began researching Ladybug party favors and came up with this adorable ladybug lollipop display. I am not a baker of any kind so I ordered the ladybug chocolate lollipops from a great store on etsy, Sue's Sweet Shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/SuesSweetShop. When they came in the mail they were EXACTLY what I was looking for! There we even cute personalized tags on each one that said "Happy Birthday Gwyn."

 So then I created my display with a few other accessories that I found at Michael's. It was so easy and fun to put together, it can act as decor for the birthday party and also as favors for everyone to go home with. I hope they have a great time at the party and enjoy their sweet treat from Dulce Designs!!