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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


  • 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


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

Christmas Card Save the Dates!

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Christmas Save the Date

For all of you newly engaged couples wanting to send out save the dates, why not include it with your Christmas card?!

Save the date cards are a very big trend right now becoming more and more popular amongst brides. It is great to give your guests plenty of advanced notice so they make sure to plan around your event, especially if you are having a summer wedding or if your big event is around a holiday. Save the date options are endless and can be alot of fun to make, you can get really creative with them or keep them simple and to the point. The save the dates can include your engagement photos or just showcase the style of your big event. It is best to send them out after you have secured your venue and date, anywhere from 6-8 months prior to your event. You can put whatever information you want on your save the dates, just make sure they include your names and date to be saved and follow up by saying "Formal invitation to follow".

With the holidays approaching I think it is a great way to combine your save the date with your Christmas cards. My husband and I did this and it was nice to get two things done at once. We ordered ours from Snapfish with a holiday greeting and photo on the front and our save the date information on the back. Snapfish is one of many great greeting card sites where you can personalize your cards at a very reasonable price. Here is a super cute idea of a Christmas card save the date...

Here are some other unique save the date cards from Wedding Paper Divas,

If you need any advice on etiquette or wording check out the following website for some great tips...!

Credit for the above photos:

Photo 1: This Christmas Save the Date example can be ordered from

Photo 2: This example is from Etsy is one of my favorite websites and when you purchase from this website you support small business owners-yay!!

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 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 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!!