BellaGrey Designs

August 4, 2015

Tips for Thank You Note Cards

For as long as I can remember, stationary, pens and beautiful paper have always been a fascination to me. I recently hosted my daughter's Dress to the 9s party and now we are getting ready to mail out her Thank You Notes. If you follow me on Instagram you saw some sneak peeks of the party prep and the party itself. I will share the party later on in another post.

How important is sending a Thank You Note to you? For me, it is a must!

As a kid, I use to love to receive mail especially from friends and family. I have always enjoyed sending out little notes and cards to say hello and/or thank you. When my kids were old enough to write a word or two, I introduced them to Thank You Notes. I think it is very important to send out notes of thanks for any gifts you receive. The earlier you teach your kids, the more it will become habit for them as they get older.

With technology, the popularity for handwritten Thank You notes have gone by the wayside. Today we are sharing our tips for Thank You notes. 
I loved going to the stationary store with my mom and looking at all the beautiful paper. I watched her as she carefully picked out stationary and hand wrote all the gorgeous notes to friends and family thanking them for the various gifts she had received.

Thank You notes are not just for gift givers, you can send them to a hostess or show your appreciation for the support you were given.

You can find these Thank You Notes and many more in our shop.

 Baseball Thank You Card Set








July 10, 2015

Celebrate Summer Today with a S'mores Party

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Looking for a dessert to take to the family BBQ or to bring along on your next camping trip, make sure you take the 3 main ingredients for S'mores, which you can find at Walmart.  Everyone loves them and they are the perfect summertime treat!


As a child I remember making S'mores when we went camping, now that I have kiddos of my own, we make S'mores almost on a weekly basis!

Sometimes I like to make a fancy S'mores Station to include my fun turquoise glitter camp stove with all the ingredients we may want to use. Such as fresh fruit and different types of Hershey chocolate bars, besides the Milk Chocolate, I keep the Special Dark Chocolate bars on hand. Why not try the Jet-Puffed S'moreMallows in addition to the StackerMallows? My family loves Honey Maid Graham Crackers in all the different flavors. Let the creative juices flow and see what delicious alternatives you come up with.






You don't always need a campfire to make S'mores! Depending on the weather outside, we like to make our S'mores on our camp stove, in our fireplace or on our gas range. We have a great time no matter what method we use.

Trying chocolate flavored graham crackers and S'more marshmallows is a way to give a new twist to an old favorite and my family loves to try new things.

We like to try fresh fruit and other ingredients on our S'mores to find out which are our favorites.
We created 3 Gourmet S'more recipes to share with you today. Such as our Raspberry S'more




Strawberry Coconut S'more





and our Double Marshmallow Banana S'more




What you will need to make our Gourmet S'mores:


The 3 main ingredients:
Nabisco Honey Maid Square Graham Crackers
Kraft Jet-Puffed StackerMallows
Hershey Milk Chocolate Bars



Additional ingredients:
Fresh Fruit, such as strawberries, raspberries and bananas
Coconut

With all of our Gourmet S'more recipes, you melt the chocolate {we used both the Milk Chocolate as well as the Special Dark Chocolate}on the bottom graham cracker and then add your fruit and any other toppings you think may taste good together. Top you s'mores with an additional graham cracker or leave it open. We love them both ways! Tada you are finished and you have tried new s'more ideas.

To help you celebrate summer today with a S'mores Party we are including a FREE Printable Happy Roasting tag for all of our readers!



You can download it here.

When you go shopping at your local Walmart you will be able to find the S'mores Display which looks like this, to pick up all your S'more goodies.




We shared how we S'more, how do you kick your S'mores up a notch?

June 29, 2015

Strawberry S'more Bites Recipe


I know I am crazy about anything bite sized, so these Strawberry S'mores were the perfect addition for my daughter's Glamping party! 

What you will need to make these: 

Good sized Strawberries
Marshmallow Cream
Crushed Graham Crakers
Mini Chocolate Chips

After you have washed and dried your strawberries you are ready to dip them into a bowl of marshmallow cream, sprinkle crushed graham crackers on top and add the mini chocolate chips. ENJOY! 

So Easy Peasy! My kiddos love these since they can make it themselves without fire for a "real" s'more! 

June 18, 2015

Fresh Fruit Tart Recipe


During the Summer we always to try to eat healthier than other times of the year.  I am not really sure why, maybe because several types of fresh fruit are readily available this time of year. 

I made this fresh fruit tart a while back for my daughter's Luau party and it didn't take long to become one of my family's favorite. This classic tart has three components: sugar cookie crust {oh yes I did}, cream cheese filling and delicious fresh fruit. Ok, so not as healthy as it looks, but it is SO GOOD!

While you can make the crust several days in advance you don't want to make the filling until the day you will be enjoying this dessert. 

What you will need: 

Mini Muffin Pan
Sugar Cookie Dough
Cream Cheese
Fresh Fruit
Dough presser {optional}





Ingredients: 

Shell: 
16.5 oz. Sugar Cookie Dough

Filling: 
2/3 Cup Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
Assorted fresh fruit

Preparation: 

Prepare crust - roll a small amount of cookie dough with your palms to make a ball, press into the mini muffin cups to create the crust. Make sure the crust only comes up to the top of the pan and not overflowing it. Bake according to package. Cool for approximately 30 minutes before removing from pan and adding filling and fresh fruit. 

While the crust is baking, prepare the filling. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla at medium speed with an electric mixer, until smooth. Spoon filling into crusts. Cover and chill for about 1 hour before serving. Add the fresh fruit topping. Serve and enjoy! 

This beautiful bite size tart is the perfect addition to any summer meal or celebration. 

June 5, 2015

Apples and Ale Beer Tasting Party


What man doesn't love beer, whether it be for his birthday, Father's Day, football or tailgate party or any day in between ~ men and beer usually go hand in hand. We designed this masculine Apples and Ale party to show you how to create and style a party around one element ~ BEER! 
I loved designing this party, since it was not for kids or girls, but geared more toward the men! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE designing kids and more girly parties, but I had a great time finding unique centerpieces and decor for this party. 
The day of the party was a perfect sunny day in Dallas. It was cool in the shade {which usually NEVER happens} and gorgeous at the park. Luckily it wasn't too hot to melt everything. 






One of my favorite elements of the party was the invitation! We designed the invitation to fit a long thin box with the party details inside the lid and a can opener tucked the box! 


Bottle Your Brand did a great job making our images come to life with the wonderful bottle labels for our beer! 



Our sweet friend and vendor, Creative Designs by Toni, created these fun beer mug stickers for the party! Everyone love them as they also doubled as the party favor. 


Some gents enjoy their beer with a cigar, so we provided a few of those. 




I made some beer cupcakes {recipe to follow}, these were a huge hit!



Can't have a party without a few DIYs, like these bottle cap coasters and the beer bottle mobile, which was fun to hear with the light breeze blowing. 




We also loved the Keg cake, by another sweet friend and vendor Shelley of Margie Lou's Sweets. I always ask something different of her and she never disappoints. 



One of our favorite DIYs were these super fun and easy beer bottles covered in burlap and stamped with the word CHEERS! In addition to the cake, pretzels, chips and cupcakes that you see here we served mini BBQ sliders, mixed nuts and boneless wings. The party was so much fun and I love how it turned out! Amber of Golightly Images did a fabulous job of capturing it all! 

June 3, 2015

Glamping Party

Summer is upon us and what better time to go GLAMPING! That's glamours camping! LOL

We are sparking the campfire with our Glamping Party!


When I was a little girl camping in the mountains was something we did on an annual basis. My birthday is in June so we would always be camping at a different campground around Colorado. So when talking to my daughter about her birthday last year, we just happened to be talking about camping. She had a lot of questions, since we have never been as a family. So the more I told her about it, the more she had the same feelings I did when I was a child. "Oh mommy I don't want to sleep on the ground what about all the bugs, what happens if something comes up to our tent, I don't want something to eat us." So as I told her little bit more about camping, and the kind of camping that I would think would be fun the more excited she got about a glamping party. Our Glamping Party Suite was born!
Isabella greeted all her guests at the door to Camp Isabella!



Some of the elements she wanted were glittered chandeliers, each girl to have their own tent {that is 10, yes 10 homemade tents all with different colored fabric, so not one of them were the same}, some fun lanterns and of course I had to make sure that there were eye masks for each of the girls. This party was so much fun to put together. I will share all the DIYs from this party in separate posts! All of our fabulous vendors were great. The beautiful chandeliers came from the very talented Lorren of Ten23 Design. I received them as naked wood. And I just knew I need to glam them up with glitter the color of the party. Each girl received a lantern from IKEA and eye masks from Ella and Annie online magazine. For the cake I opted for a very simple layered cake chocolate on the inside and white delicious buttercream frosting! I added my own "campfire" to the top of the cake. The girls loved it! 




















Because here at Camp Isabella, we care about our Glampers!


The next morning we all had breakfast with some bacon on a stick, juice, mini donuts, yogurt, breakfast trail mix, fresh fruit and mini pancakes with strawberries!





All the girls took home these adorable gable boxes which contained their flashlights, colored pencils from the scavenger hunt, s'mores sticks and a roll of gumballs! 



Happy Glamping y'all!

**sources**

Party Styling * Jennifer Kirlin, BellaGrey Designs 
Printable Designs * Jennifer Kirlin, BellaGrey Designs
Isabella's Tank Top *Modern Frills
Chandeliers * Ten23 Designs
Backdrop/Vinyl Names and Chandeliers * Creative Designs by Toni
Candy Kabobs *Sweets Indeed
Ribbon Table Banner *Sweet Georgia Sweet
Tent Favor Boxes *Piggy Bank Parties
Gumballs & Tubes/Gable Boxes/Daisey Mason Jar Lids {*not including the crystals} *Bloom Designs Online
Berry Baskets/Straws *Celebration Lane

Fabric for Tents *JoAnn
Tent Instructions *Twirl
Lanterns * Ikea

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