Bunny Napkin Tutorial

Are you hosting Easter this year?

Need a cute napkin ideas for the table?  I did these for my table(s) last year, and they were so darn cute, I’m doing them again!  This is all over Pinterest, but I thought I’d share it with you here!  Now, this is a little easier with paper napkins, but I’m a white cloth napkin girl when it comes to holiday tables…so it’s a little trickier folding these, but it works!

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Fold your napkin in half and then half again..so thirds!

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Take one end and bring it straight down the center.  Do that again on the other side.

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Take your corner and fold it back up to the center.

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Repeat on the other side.

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Take your two outer points and fold them in to the center…you’ll see that you are creating the ears here.

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Flip your whole napkin over….

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Fold up the point to create the tail.

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Turn the napkin over and tuck one corner into the other.  This is where it gets a little tricky with the cloth napkin because it’s thicker, but just keep adjusting, and it will hold.

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Cute huh??  Even if you add nothing else to your place settings, these make your table look adorable!

Happy Easter!

xoxo~Dawn

 

Spring in Bloom Brunch {Styled Shoot}

Has this not felt like the looooggest winter EVER??

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for sunshine and flowers, however, I’m sure there will be a few showers sprinkled in there as well!

I recently partnered with Oriental Trading to celebrate Spring with a colorful brunch!!!

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Cranberry Orange Scones and Orange juice…yes please!  You can find my easy recipe on the Oriental Trading blog as well!

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I am so in love with these darling ceramic wellies!!  I even created a pair to resemble my favorite Hunter green ones!

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I had a vision for this planter box centerpiece, and it came together perfectly!  I tucked 8 pint size mason jars inside, grabbed two big bunches of tulips from Costco and a floral bouquet from the grocery store and just started plunking them in…really so easy and it lasted on my kitchen table for a couple of weeks!

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I would love for you to head over to the Oriental Trading blog and see all the details, as well as,  the posts for my DIY Ceramic Rainboots, my DIY Tulip bulb party favors, and you can get that recipe for the Cranberry Orange Scones as well!!

If you would like to see some of my other projects, you can check them out here!

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

xoxo~ Dawn

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review. I was also compensated to blog on the Oriental Trading Blog.  All ideas and opinion are my own.

A Celebration to Remember

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite details when creating a Celebration to remember.

 Whether you’re celebrating a milestone birthday, a retirement, or a life lived, creating a display of memorabilia from the person of honor is a loving tribute.  It creates a sense of who they are and all the things that brought them joy throughout their life.

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Photos and articles about accomplishments copied and framed gives your guests some insight into highlights and special events.  Adding in a little about their favorite hobbies shows a side of someone’s passions.

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By creating this either in a tablescape or doing smaller displays as centerpieces is a really fun way for everyone to connect and share fun stories and memories they may have, or get a glimpse into a side of the person they didn’t know.

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You can see another celebration I styled here for a Retirement/70th Birthday party where I created centerpieces from mementos from the gentleman’s travels and life as a college professor.

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I love creating events that are personal and meaningful.  I hope you’ll find something here to inspire your next Celebration.

“Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory”

xoxo~Dawn

Pink & Gold Valentine Party {Styled Shoot}

Pink and gold, gold and pink, in my opinion there is nothing prettier than this combination. This soft, super romantic party setup is simple but stunning. This could be a fun dessert bar idea for the upcoming “day of love” after maybe a romantic dinner out. Sometimes just limiting everything to one table makes for a beautiful display, not to mention an easy set up!

I created this party along with Oriental Trading.  You can see all the details here on their blog and links to all the products.

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Remember, not everything always has to be homemade. I went to my local grocery store and asked for plain vanilla cupcakes with white frosting. I used these gorgeous marble and edible gold leaf fondant toppers from Milk and Honey Cakery to dress them up. Taking the papers off the cupcakes also is a simple touch that gives your cake plate a clean look.

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What’s a party with out a yummy cocktail?  I created this easy and SWEET cocktail and mocktail recipe.  You can get the recipe here!

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Valentine’s Day is about sharing the love with those you care about most. I wanted to come up with a sweet Valentine gift for my girlfriends and their families, and what better way to show someone love than with home baked goodies? These Valentine Cookies in a Jar are the perfect idea. You supply the dry ingredients stored in a jar all tied up with a darling recipe tag and the only thing your recipient has to do is add the liquid ingredients and a little extra love!

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I hope you feel inspired to create a special day for your loved ones.

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review. I was also compensated to blog on the Oriental Trading Blog.  All ideas and opinion are my own.

xoxo ~ Dawn

Gung Hay Fat Choy!{How to throw a Chinese New Year Dinner}

Gung Hay Fat Choy!  Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!  This year we celebrate the Year of the Rooster.  The Rooster is the tenth in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac sign.  The years of the Rooster includes 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981. 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029.  We have one Rooster in our house, and our daughter is Chinese, so celebrating her heritage everyday, but especially on the New Year is very special to us.

I have partnered once again with Oriental Trading to bring you a Chinese New Year Dinner for family and friends.  We have celebrated in restaurants, thrown a large party with other families, but this year we are opting for “take-out” and a quiet New Year at home.

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My invitations always set the tone for my parties.  These easy DIY Felt Fortune Cookie invites delivered to your guests in take out boxes do the trick!

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I chose to go with the traditional color palette of red, black and gold.  I loved finding all the coordinating Rooster paper goods on Oriental Trading’s website.

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Since I basically cheated on my menu (shhh…) and ordered take-out, I made a quick and delicious appetizer to tide everyone over until the food arrived.  These Won Ton Chicken Taco appetizers were a huge hit!

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We have had party crackers at our holiday dinners for years, a tradition my mother-in-law years ago.  I have a quick DIY Party Cracker Favor for you that will be so fun at your table.

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Lai See or “good luck” red envelopes are traditionally given to younger generations from the older.  They are generally filled with a small monetary gift.

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I’m such a fan of paper lanterns, so I thought it would be fun to add some interest above the table and hung some along with a red paper umbrella.

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How gorgeous are these cookies?  Megan from Milk and Honey Cakery collaborated with me, and sent these beautiful and delicious lantern cookies.  They are like works of art!  Thank you so much Megan!

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If you have never celebrated Chinese New Year, I hope you feel inspired by this simple dinner party.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!  May this coming year be prosperous and lucky!

xoxo~Dawn

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review. I was also compensated to blog on the Oriental Trading Blog.  All ideas and opinion are my own

Hot Cocoa and Coffee Bar

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One of my kids favorite holiday traditions, is my Hot Cocoa and Coffee Bar.

I set up stocked with to-go cups, hot cocoa, peppermint spoons, mini marshmallows, stir sticks and straws,cute napkins and anything else I can find.  This sits right next to our Keurig machine so there is easy access to coffee and hot water.  I found all of my goodies on the Oriental Trading Website!

Give it a try, I guarantee your family and your friends will love it!!

xoxo~Dawn

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review.  All ideas are my own.

 

 

How to make Cookies & Creme Popcorn

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Are you ready for some football?  How about a delicious snack while watching the game?

A little salty? A little sweet? I am a big fan of both! This Cookies and Creme Popcorn can satisfy both of those cravings!

Games can get intense, so having something to chew on helps stifle some of that game-time stress!

This recipe could not be a any simpler with only 3 ingredients and about 15 min of your time!

What You’ll Need:

 

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Step 1:

Microwave both packages of popcorn and dump into a large bowl

 Step 2:

Put almond bark into a microwave safe bowl and follow the package directions to melt

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Step 3:

Place the whole package of cookies into a plastic bag and crush into crumbs.

Tip: I left some larger pieces in mine to give an extra “cookie crunch”!

Step 4:

Pour the melted almond bark and crushed cookies over the popcorn. At this point, how fun would it be to add in sprinkles in the colors of your favorite team?

 

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Step 5:

Mix together and let it “set up” until it becomes cooled and less sticky

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Step 6:

Try not to eat the whole bowl!

This is by far one of the best coated popcorn recipes I have ever made. Mixing Oreos and popcorn together just seems like the perfect pair! I can think of several other favorite cookies that my family would love me try too with this recipe

So, whether you’re hosting a big Super Bowl bash or a birthday party for your little one, this will be a guaranteed “touchdown”!

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xoxo ~Dawn

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review. I was also compensated to blog on the Oriental Trading Blog.  In addition, some links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link (Amazon links).  All ideas and opinion are my own