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April 12, 2017

Easter Bunny Party Favors

Easter is FOUR days away, but don't stress! We have your back! We are Easter crafting today in the studio, I just had to pop in and share this fun party favor Bunny Tin the kiddos and I made! They are perfect for the kids class or to hand out at your Bunny Brunch or Easter party! 



They are super easy and come out so ADORABLE! 

MATERIALS NEEDED: 
  • Small round shaped tin favor box {I picked mine up at Michaels}
  • Medium round shaped tin favor box {I ordered these from Hoopla Events}
  • White candy or mini marshmallows
  • Bunny stickers {found these in the Target Dollar Spot}
  • White Pom poms
  • Cardstock {pink and white} **Optional
  • Glue Stick **Optional
  • Cricut Machine **Optional
 

INSTRUCTIONS: 

  • Place candy or marshmallows inside the tin 
  • Add the bunny feet, ears and tails from the sticker sheet or download the FREE PRINTABLE at the end of this post. We used our Cricut machine to help us with cutting. 
  • And you are finished! 
Just like that you have a super adorable Easter party favor!

You can download the FREE PRINTABLE of the Bunny Ears and Feet Here

Please take a peek of all the other fabulous Easter Bunny inspiration that our friends created: 


3. Lori -  Giggle Living
5. Christy - Happy Family Blog
6. Lynnette - Craft My Occasion
7. Alison - Alison Inspires
8. Nicole - The Party Porch
9. Bird - Birds Party



  
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March 31, 2017

Ideas and Tips to up your Mother’s Day Hostess Game


We are sharing a few ideas and tips to up your Mother’s Day hostess game! I love beautiful displays of food and this serving board is no expectation! We’ve teamed up with UncommonGoods to share a few of our favorite items from their Mother’s Day Gifts collection. When designing an appetizer board, such as this ampersand, pull together your favorite crackers, cheeses, olives, vegetables, fruit and charcuterie. There's really only one rule to follow, make sure you include a variety of colors and textures. Appetizer boards are so easy to design and they are perfect for a backyard soiree, girls night in or family movie night. 





This beautiful serving board is part of the Uncommon Collection, which was introduced in 2015 and is an exclusive assortment of products that meet UncommonGoods highest standards for uncommon design, sustainability and doing good. When this beauty was delivered to my house, it was gift wrapped, upon my request. It came in a beautiful navy blue box with a pretty green ribbon wrapped around it and included a note card. 


I love setting a table with fresh flowers, they are so pleasing to the eye, and these Caterpillar Bud Vases are perfect!  I used both sizes, the small and the large, and I like that each glass bubble holds a bloom or gathering of buds. Aren't they beautiful? 



I believe next to the guest list, the food you serve is very important. I chose the Entertaining Platter to serve my dessert! The soapstone platter can be heated or chilled to keep your dish at the perfect temperature for serving, which is very important at a party.  I enjoy making a  variety of options to serve our guests, these delicious toast dessert bites were a hit!  To see more great gifts for mom, visit UncommonGoods







Here's what you will need to make these Toast Dessert Bites: 


  • your favorite rustic style bread sliced
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 3/4 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 Cups Whipping Cream
  • fresh fruit
  • honey *optional
  • sprinkles *optional
  • mint *optional
I used my stand mixer, soften your cream cheese then add sugar and vanilla. Mix until creamy, making sure sugar has "melted" into the mixture. Fold whipping cream into the cream cheese mixture, then mix until it is fluffy and fully combined. Spread immediately on your bread slices and garnish with fruit, honey, sprinkles and mint. Store leftover cream mixture in the refrigerator covered. Enjoy! 



After enjoying the deliciously rich toast dessert bites, now it is time to indulge in some spa water! If you are constantly on the go, like I am, you will love the Flavor Infuser Water Bottle. I love to add all kinds of fruit and veggies to make spa water. Did you know if you add raspberries, grapes and cucumbers that it is said to work as an anti-inflammatory? I had not idea either! One of my other favorite spa waters combos is lemon, mint and cucumber. It is so refreshing. 

It comes as no surprise that UncommonGoods has been awarded for outstanding customer service every year since 2007. In 2015, they achieved the BizRate Platinum Circle of Excellence award, their highest achievement level yet! 

These are just a few of the great gifts you can get mom for Mother's Day, but if you still need additional ideas, check these out! Or if you prefer more home decor or gardening gifts, these are great. Don't forget, Father's Day will be here before you know it too and I am sure you will want to spoil your dad! Take a peek at this great selection for men

Happy Shopping! 
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Designs/Styling | Jennifer Kirlin, BellaGrey Designs
Photographer | Jennifer Kirlin, BellaGrey Designs

March 16, 2017

Mini Leprechaun Hat DIY


Are you ready to celebrate the Best Irish Day of the YEAR? If you aren't and still need a fun craft to create with your kiddos we have you covered! Most of the supplies needed, you probably already have on hand!


Supplies Needed:

  • Green Cardstock
  • Green Tissue Paper
  • Green Crete Paper
  • Washi Tape
  • Empty Toilet Paper Roll
  • 2.5" Paper Cutter
  • Shamrock Confetti or Shamrock Cut Paper or Felt
  • Glue Gun
First, cut a 2.5" circle, this will serve as the rim of the hat. Then cut the toilet paper roll in half or if you decide to use the Crete paper, measure it on the toilet paper roll {ours was less than 1/2 of the roll}, otherwise cut the tissue paper accordingly. You can either tape or hot glue the paper around the toilet paper roll. 


Next, take your washi tape {we used black and white polka dot, but gold or plain black would work too} and wrap it around the bottom half of your hat base. 


Now, hot glue the hat base to the rim {cut circle} and your hat is almost complete! Add your bling shamrocks and you are done! We created three mini leprechaun hats with three different types of shamrocks. 




All your hat needs now is Hershey Milk Chocolate Nugget bars! 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

xo, 
Jennifer



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March 14, 2017

St.Patrick's Day Mini Mint Brownie Trifles | Recipe


I'm going to apologize to you right now, because you are either going to love me or hate me for sharing this recipe! This mini trifle is out of this world delicious! It is definitely one of our new favorites!  Do you remember my Coca-Cola brownie marshmallow cream bites, I made for Christmas? These are a larger similar version! My family loves brownies and you know, I love Oreo's, so creating a recipe with both is a party waiting to happen! 

Imagine this, a delicious crushed Oreo and brownie mixture, topped with light fluffy pudding and Cool Whip clouds, with a pinch of  Oreo crumbs with green sugar sprinkles! {OK, who is kidding who? I did more than a "pinch" of Oreo crumbs and green sugar sprinkles!!} *WINK 

 Are you ready to make this over the top, insanely deliciously rich trifle? Then let's get to it!


The ingredients needed

1 box of your favorite brownie mix {or you could make homemade}
1 3.4oz. box of Instant Vanilla Pudding {or use Pistachio pudding instead}
1 tub of Cool Whip
1 bag of Mini Oreo's {crushed}
1-2 teaspoons Mint Extract
Green food coloring
Green Sprinkles

Directions:

  • Cook brownies accroding to box, adding in the Mint Extract
  • Make vanilla pudding according to box directions
  • Once pudding is cooked, add the green food coloring to obtain color desired
  • Crush half the bag of Mini Oreo's with a rolling pin in a Ziploc sandwich baggie
  • Once the brownies are cooled, break up in small pieces, I used approximately 3/4 of the brownies
  • Assemble the trifle by layering crushed Oreo, with broken up brownies, clouds of pudding and a dollop of Whip Cream
  • Repeat laying process until the Trifle cup is filled
  • Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve! 





What is there not to love about these mini trifle desserts?  I have been waiting for an excuse to use my new mini trifle cups and this dessert is perfect! This can also feed a crowd if you make it in a large trifle bowl.

Happy St. Patrick' Day!!

xo, 
Jennifer


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February 27, 2017

Super Easy Easter Chick Cupcakes


We have a fun treat for you today! Whether you are hosting an Easter party or attending one, you will want these super cute Easter Chick Cupcakes to be in attendance! 



What you will need to make these darling cupcakes

  • Cake mix of your choice {we used Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge and Yellow}
  • White Frosting {our go-to store bought is Betty Crocker Whipped}
  • Black Decorating Gel {you could use mini chocolate chips instead}
  • Lemon and Orange icing color



Make cupcakes according package instructions. TIP: only fill baking cups half way. An easy way to do this is use an ice cream scoop that measures out 1/3 cup batter when filling regular size cups or one that measures out 2 tablespoons batter when filling mini cups! 

Time to color your frosting, place most of the frosting in a bowl to color yellow for the body of the chick. You will also need to set aside a small amount for the feet and beaks. I used Wilton Lemon Yellow Icing Color for the body.  For the feet/beaks I used Wilton Orange Icing Color. Add as much icing color you need to obtain the color you want. This icing color goes a LONG way with a little bit so be careful not to over do it. 

Once the cupcakes are fully cooled, use my favorite frosting tip A1 to pipe yellow frosting in a circular motion to create the Chick! Add black eyes with the Black Decorating Gel. For the feet and beak of the chick, I used my Wilton 3 piping tip, with the light and dark orange frosting. Now you have the cutest cupcakes at the party! 



I think you should host your own Easter party this year! Who's in? 

xo, Jennifer 

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February 9, 2017

Valentine Treats with Shari's Berries

There are several reasons to celebrate this month. With Valentin's Day and Mardi Gras, we are preparing some serious goodness for you!

Are you ready for Valentine's Day? It is NEXT WEEK!!! Yikes!! Don't worry we have you covered! 

Who doesn't love chocolate for this holiday {or any day for that matter}? We teamed up with Shari's Berries to share with you their New Valentine's Caramel and Pretzel Sampler {doesn't it sound delicious?}. It is, trust me!


 I love the combination of sweet and salty, what about you? When I bit into these chocolate Sel Gris Gray Sea Salted Caramels, I was a happy girl! And I can't even tell you how good the Dark Chocolate Almond Bark is, because you wouldn't believe me! You HAVE to try it! 


My kiddos loved the Caramel White and Milk Chocolate Pretzel Rods! 


This sampler is perfect for your valentine and I am sure they would share a nibble or two! lol




You can order your own Valentine's Caramel and Pretzel Sampler by clicking the link. 

**Just an FYI, the mini candy hearts on the chocolates are NOT packaged that way. They fell off the pretzel rods and we liked the way they looked so we photographed them!**

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January 31, 2017

Follow Your Heart Valentine's Day Cupid Arrows and Quiver

What is not to love about Valentine's Day? I love the colors and the joy of this holiday! Call me sappy! With two young kiddos, I enjoy making and designing new elements of this holiday, so this year, I designed Cupid Arrows with it's very own quiver! I am so excited how they turned out!


Are you ready to make your own? Let's get started!

Here's what you will need:

Wooden Round Dowels {I used 3/16"}
Spray Paint {in the colors you would like your Cupid Arrows to be}
Ribbon, Twine, Jute or Cording {whatever you would like to wrap the dowels with}
Cylinder Container ~ for your quiver {I purchased mine from the Dollar Tree}
Wrapping Paper or Scrapbook Paper to decorate the cylinder
Scrapbook Paper in the colors you want the arrow and feathers to be {I used glitter cardstock}
Matching Paper Shred
Fluffy White Feather Cupid Wings **OPTIONAL**


ARROWS:

1) Spray paint your dowels
2) Hot glue the ribbon onto the dowel to obtain the desired look {I twisted mine and hot glued both ends}
3) Cut out the arrows and feathers {find the pattern at the bottom of the post}
4) Attach the arrows and feathers with hot glue

QUIVER:

1) Cut the paper {scrapbook or wrapping} to the length and width of the cylinder
2) Attache the paper to the cylinder
3) Insert matching paper shred to the inside to keep the Cupid Arrows in place
4) Add a matching strap if you'd like **OPTIONAL** {I did not do this step}

Now comes the fun part! Attach the quiver to the Cupid Wings if you would like {I used hot glue to attach}


Now you can hang the Cupid Wings wherever you would like, on a door or wall it will look great and your friends will be asking you to make them some! Both my kiddos love these and they each have a set in their room. I can tell you with certainty, these are their FIRST set of arrows but will not be their last. 

I used a few of my wings and arrows on the backs of my dining room chairs at my Follow Your Heart Valentine's Day Party. More to come on the party soon. 



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