Well, that’s a surprise!

I am a fan of hiding special treats in plain things. I’m a bit like a squirrel in that regard. Find a thing, hide it in a secret place…then curse my ‘being clever’ when it comes time to retrieve it. Personally, I think a ‘hidden treasures’ theme party would be fantastic. With cookies that are more than they seem, regular ol’ cardboard boxes with a colorful surprise, and party decorations that are actually invitations in disguise, it would be one of the coolest shindigs. Oo, throw in a couple mustaches to top it all off and it’d be golden. 

As much fun as they are, piñatas can be a bit on the messy side when it comes time to clean up after they’ve been brutally beaten to a pulp. As someone who is very good at making messes and not too fond of cleaning them up (but does it anyway, however begrudgingly), this cookie design from Sandra Denneler is more than a little appealing to me.

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Not only is is BRIGHT and colorful, but it also has the added bonus of being edible and having a secret compartment baked in. These are listed as ‘Cinco de mayo’ cookies, but it’s easy enough to change the cookie cutter shape I use to fit the occasion. Instead of donkeys, why not gingerbread men, hearts, or squirrels. I do actually have a squirrel cookie cutter. It’s a bit on the small side, but it’s vintage, it’s cool looking…and cost less than a packet of gum.

Not the biggest fan of M’nMs (meh), but I’m sure I could find some kind of replacement candy that would work just as well. Maybe chocolate covered raisons would taste good…or candied pecans.

This next food idea, I find amusing and enticing, but…I’m not sure how kids expecting cake would respond. There is the distinct possibility of being tied up to a tree in the backyard with jump ropes, while the little ones dance around you, periodically hurling water balloons and bits of unwanted food from the buffet at you. Party rule #1: never come between a child and the promise of cake.

THAT being said, this ‘cake’ from Cute Foods for Kids, is making me really, really hungry. 

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What can I say? I love PB&J. I love Jelly and cream cheese sandwiches infinitely more, but the traditional peanut butter option is just as good. For my own party planning, I think this type of cake substitute would work very well as the main finger food at a tea party. Cutting sandwiches into wedges and putting them all together on a plate so that they actually do look like a cake would be neat. They don’t all have to be the same flavor even! A couple could be PB&J, a few could be honey and peanut butter (another favorite of mine), and the last few could be cream cheese and jelly. That would sort of turn it into a ‘Russian roulette’ of sandwich slices. 

Moving out of the realm of food and into that of cards, this idea from Studio DIY is a sure fire hit with any birthday girl or boy (or woman, or man). 

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How cool would it be to wake up to one of these things? If I wanted to take it a bit further, I could even put individual messages or tie bunches of curled ribbons at the base of each balloon. Or-or attach a light-weight present to the ribbons so that when the balloons come floating out, they lift the gift with them. I’m getting way too many idea looking at this thing.

Another lovely thing to wake up to, would be this birthday postcard template from Oh Happy Day.

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The beauty of this is that it’s like an extra little present from all the guests to the birthday child (or adult, adults get to have cool things too). It’s just a nice way of saying ‘happy birthday’ that means a bit more when all the cards are assembled on the wall. 

I went a bit backwards with my imaginary party planning today, but no matter. Invitations! This idea from Studio DIY (again, I know. I love their blog!) is so stinking cool. 

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To me, things that are notes, but double as decorations are brilliant. I also just like those honeycomb-type adornments. As far as invites go, if I got this in the mail I’d be ecstatic. Not to mention the fact that since it’s a decoration I can hang in my room…it would make for a very effective ‘party reminder’. 

Does anyone have any favorite ‘party surprises’?

Stay Sparkly, lovelies!

Jesse Alora
Faery Lady Faces
www.faeryladyfaces.com
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Fashionably delicious

Ask anyone who knows me how I feel about cooking and they’ll tell you I am a food fiend. I’m always on the lookout for wild new recipes or colorful cakes to bake. Even with my love of delectable delicacies in mind, the trickiest part of planning a party for me is the food. Confound you, food! 

How many different dishes do I offer? Should I only serve healthy snacks? Desserts? A three course meal? What on earth do I cook to fit with my theme? Did I just completely kill that soup? These are all questions that run through my mind when I’m planning a get together…and yes, the ruined food question is one that comes up quite a bit. Luckily, through the magic of Tumblr, Pinterest, and various blogs across the internet I’ll be ticking this particular item off my party planning list for good.

I love chocolate, I love balloons, and I love edible bowls. Much to me delight, this tutorial from bakerella.com combines all three. This is one of those things that I could even do with my party guests. 

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Pudding cups from bakerella.com

“Want a bowl for your ice cream? Sure! Follow me over this way and we’ll cook one up for you!” As far as I’m concerned, anything that keeps me away from doing loads of dishes is absolutely genius in my book. That, and I mean…it’s chocolate. It’s mass amounts of chocolate in my mouth. How could I pass that up?

Something else I can’t pass up is pie. I don’t know why it is I’m so obsessed by pastries in jars, but…I am. Something about cake and pie being contained in one small glass individual-sized jar is just so appealing to me. I’m sure that’s appealing to a lot of people trying to do a bit of damage control on messes in their home. 

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It’s piiiiiieeeeee from Pizzazzerie.comI’m sure some people don’t quite get my excitement over this, but that’s fine. I’ll just go chill with Dean Winchester for a bit and we’ll geek out over the creation of delectable pies in jars. This article suggests making these little guys into party favors for your guests. I’d tend to think that was a fabulous idea…if you don’t have a TON of guests. Then again, I guess if you’ve got an ‘assembly line system’ of pie making going, it wouldn’t be too time consuming to whip a decent amount of these little guys up. For those on a budget (like me, ha), you can pick up mason jars at your local dollar store. Otherwise, craft stores, Target, Home stores….and practically every place you go to will have these glass beauties. They’re just THAT popular. 

Keeping with the theme of cakes and pies…this. This recipe I am itching to try my hand at. Again, anyone who knows me, will tell you how fond of food coloring I am. I have posted pictures of rainbow pancakes I’ve made on a whim on my Facebook profile more times than I can count and Easter egg dying isn’t just some holiday tradition for me; its a way of life. 

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So imagine my delight at bumping into this fantastic tutorial from Once Upon a Pedestal devoted to the baking of a polka-dot cake. It looks so simple as well which is fantastic! Yeah, yeah, I heard someone murmuring “famous last words” under their breath. In all honesty, I do think this tutorial breaks it down enough to where the process isn’t some magical mystery of the professional baking world. Go forth and polka-dot all the cakes! Why the heck not?

And lastly (for today anyway), we’ve got cookies because who doesn’t love a good cookie? Especially ones as well dressed as these. I know St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, but icing colors can be changed and clothing styles altered to fit the party theme in question. 

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I don’t know how, I don’t know when, but I’m going to use this tutorial from semisweet designs.com at will. Ooo! Maybe some-YES! Steampunk cookies. Ladies and gents, I’m making me some Steampunk fashion cookies!! I’ll be sure to post photos when I do it, but-AAAAahahahhahah…oooo, this could be dangerous. 

Stay sparkly, lovelies! 

Jesse Alora, Faery Lady Faces

www.faeryladyfaces.com