Friday, December 30, 2011

Our New Years Eve


So this New Years Eve we are hosting, but we are hosting at a local restaurant that has activities for kids in addition to the adults.  They make it a big deal for the kids and do an early count down.  We've done it before and the kids love it!  We're then home in time for the real count down and also get to ring in the New Year with our beloved pup Cody.  : )

Cody

I can't help but want to do something crafty so I'm putting together goody packages for each of our guests.  The kids are getting containers filled with noise makers (one of them I made myself), sparklers, quarters and chocolate. Topped with a tiara or party hat (for my son). And the adults are getting a bag filled with champagne, fresh Florida oranges, vodka and bloody mary mix (for next morning mimosas and bloody mary's), noise makers, sparklers (bright days), chocolates (sweet things), lotto tickets (prosperity), a family picture (happiness) and apples (health).  We are wishing each of them the sweetest and brightest 2012, full of happiness, health and prosperity.  I'm of course writing each of them a note explaining what each item means and telling them how special they are to me (my hubby and kids get one also).


When I saw Kori's (Paper & Pigtails) free New Years Eve printables, I loved them and knew I needed to use them and I love the way they look!  I'm not completely done, but here are some pictures of ones I've completed.  I will post more later!  Enjoy!

Tiara Containers for the Girls


Adult Goody Bags using Paper & Pigtails Printables

Sparklers & Chocolate

Sparkers decorated with bells & Paper & Pigtails Tags

Chocolate covered with Paper & Pigtails Printables
(I just printed the tags on label sheets and cut and covered)

My DIY noise maker & Tiara from Michaels

Items I used to make bell noise maker - all from Michaels
Happy New Year!!!! I'm so grateful for you all stopping by! : )





Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Gifts we wrapped...

Here are some of the gifts we wrapped with little add on's I had around the house : )

I used my daughter's foam stickers to spruce up white wrapping paper.  The fun part was I let her decorate a present for her daddy and she was so proud of herself.  He of course loved her masterpiece! : )


I had these letters that I bought from Michaels and hadn't used them so instead of using a gift tag, everyone knew who's gift this was.  My daughter loved helping stick the letters on.  I liked her placement of "Y" the best! The best part is I can use the letters again!


I needed a bow but didn't have one, so I made one (the blue bow).  It's not perfect, but I think it came out pretty good for my first attempt at a bow. : ) The snowflake is from Target.  There was a bundle of snowflake ornaments for I think $1.99.  I just took off the string and added a gem sticker.  

Easy and fun decorating with my dear daughter!



Friday, December 23, 2011

Pour the Coquito

During this holiday time many are drinking Eggnog but being Puerto Rican we drink Coquito. It's delicious! Here are a few different ways to make it.  All are delicious!  Enjoy!

photo from alwaysorderdessert.com

Classic Coquito allrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (14 ounce) can cream of coconut
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup white rum (21 years old & older)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In the top of a double boiler, combine egg yolks and evaporated milk. Stirring constantly, cook over lightly simmering water until mixture reaches a temperature of 160 degrees F (71 degrees C). The mixture should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  2. Transfer mixture to a blender, and add cream of coconut, sweetened condensed milk, rum, water, cloves, cinnamon, and vanilla. Blend for about 30 seconds. Pour into glass bottles, and chill overnight.


Coquito without Eggs from Food.com


Ingredients

Directions:


  1. 1
    Blend all ingredients in a blender on high for 5 minutes.
  2. 2
    Refrigerate.
  3. 3
    Serve cold, sip and enjoy.

Coquito con Chocolate from Goya

Serves 3 bottles or 2.25 liters.

Ingredients

1 can GOYA® Condensed Milk
1 can GOYA Evaporated Milk
2 cans GOYA Coconut Cream
1-1/2 cup white rum (21 years old & older)
1 teaspoon GOYA Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon GOYA Ground Cinnamon (or to taste)
1-1/2 cups Chocolate Cort├ęs Molido
1/4 cup water
Directions
1.Add the 1/4 cup water to the Chocolate Molido and mix well until a thick paste is formed. Cover and place in a microwave oven for 2 minutes or until melted. If stove top method is preferred mix the water and chocolate and stir over low heat until melted. Add the cinnamon to the melted chocolate and mix. Set aside to cool.
2.In a separate bowl combine the milks and stir slowly. After blended add the coconut cream. Combine the chocolate mixture with the milk and coconut mixture and mix well until thoroughly blended. Slowly add the white rum. Stir with a spatula until the mixtures combine thoroughly.
Store refrigerated.

Enjoy!!!

Jenn

Thursday, December 22, 2011

These look DELICIOUS!

I absolutely adore chocolate!  Learn how to make these gourmet truffles at The Bakery Spot

Let's do it again...

Our first post was a giveaway of Courtney Dial's Push-Up Pops book.  Except better...a signed copy of Courtney Dial's Push-Up Pops book!!! I'm so excited to share that we are giving away another signed copy!


Retailed at Amazon.com






Read praises from Tori Spelling, Bakerella and Amy Atlas about Push-Up Pops here.


To enter go to the Inspiring Giggles Facebook Page and click "Like". And, leave us a comment letting us know you want to be entered. Or follow on Twitter or on the blog, just be sure to let us know you want the book! Want to up your chances on winning? Get an additional entry by visiting Courtney's Pizzazzerie Facebook Page and click "LIKE".  Current Inspiring Giggles fans or followers will be entered by a wall, tweet or blog note letting us know that you would like to be entered!   The winner will be announced January 2nd. Nice getting another gift after the holidays are over!!! : )


This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability.

Who wins the amazing The Pastry Pedestal™ starter kit???

The winner is Lola Blue!!!

I'm so thrilled for you.  Jessica really created an amazing product!  Please send pictures when you use it.

To claim your prize contact me at Info@InspiringGiggles.com

: ) Congratulations!

Thanks for all the support.  We have more giveaway events coming up!

: ) Jenn

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday's Tip - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

So I've decided to do a "Tuesday's Tips" post on Facebook every Tuesday, but as I was looking for ideas to share this quickly became a blog post.  As we are going into the new year soon, I think everyone of us thinks more about how to improve in all areas.  I liked the idea of sharing a Reduce, Reuse and Recycle tip.  Here are some great ideas for reusing items you might already have.


This one is my favorite! It's actually so simple, but it hadn't occurred to me. Have you seen or even does this?  This is a crib that has been turned into a bench.  Love it!  I am currently working on decorating and organizing my kid's playroom and was going to purchase a bench, but now I'm loving this idea! Many cribs now convert into toddler beds and so you may not need to do much.  ADimondinthestuff.blogspot.com shows a tutorial on how this beautiful bench was made.  Check it out...



From Crib to Bench

Another favorite...I absolutely LOVE this...a DIY play kitchen.  We all know how expensive play kitchens can be...why not make one?  This was done and posted on Miranda Walker's blog and it's divine! Enjoy!

Old TV stand into New Play Kitchen

Baking sheets don't last forever, right? :)  Well, maybe some??? If you have an old baking sheet pan that you want to discard, maybe try this out first... Tutorial shown on Crate Paper Blog.

Baking Sheet into Magnetic Display Board

I always save the plastic bags from Publix (our local grocery store) and we have a ton under our sink.  What a great way to store the bags.  This tutorial can be found on the Tatertots & Jello site. You could do a few of these and keep a container in the car and bring the bag to your local grocery store as another reuse. : ) PS the tutorial shows Clorox Wipe containers, but I'm going to use the puffs containers.  My kiddies love puffs : )

Wipes Container into Bag Holder

This one might come in handy soon! Use egg cartons to store ornaments! 

Egg Carton into Ornament Storage - Via Re-Nest


Enjoy!

Jenn


Check out these darling Hanukkah gifts...

As Hanukkah begins tonight, we wish you happy and blessed days celebrating with those you love! Happy Hanukkah!!!

This hanging calendar from Pottery Barn Kids is adorable! Great for the little little ones!

Pottery Barn Kids Hanukkah Calendar

Pottery Barn also has this Hanukkah classic...
Pottery Barn Kids Dreidel

These personalized books from ISeeMe.com are awesome!
Personalized ISEEME.Com Book


And well, I'm just throwing this in there because I love chocolate, but these delicious Baci Perugina chocolate can make for a nice treat....
Baci Perugina - Amazon


Happy Hanukkah!!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Free Holiday Tag/Label Printables

Louisa with Flipawoo shared these fabulous tags on her site.  Love them!

Flipawoo Gift Tags

Enjoy!




Let's ice skate and sled and eat some snowflakes...


Gymboree is a favorite location to throw our parties, but this time we would be working on a party together.  Brandi Morris (owner) always throws seasonal parties for her clients.  It’s always a great time but this time she wanted a little more done and so she asked that Inspiring Giggles help. There were actually two parties. The first were kids 0-16 months old and the second party had kids from 16 months to 3.5 years old. For the first party I included foods that the little ones could eat also, such as puffs and toasted oats as snowflakes and for the older kids I switched to mini marshmallows as snowballs.  Some other treats included mini cupcakes in both vanilla and chocolate flavors as the frozen lake skating rink, large vanilla cupcakes also as frozen lake, vanilla snowman cake pops, macaroons with a fresh raspberry center as fallen snowflakes, and powdered donuts as mountains slopes (Mount Gymbo).  The idea for this party set up came after I worked with Mary Had a Little Party for my son’s biplane party (featured on Amy Atlas).  I loved the die cuts and thought the idea of having a true winter wonderland where kids were ice skating and sledding would be great because I have the fondest memories of skating and sledding when I was young.  I could just see Kristen’s (Maryhadalittleparty) work on my table.  I pitched her my idea and she was in! : ) I didn’t want any details in the skaters, only a silhouette with a little glitter accenting the details of what they were wearing.  I love the way they came out.  For the background I knew what I had in mind and so I looked on Istock photo and when I came across the image it felt magical. I purchased the file and contacted them to be sure I could use the image in the way I wanted, they gave me the green light and I asked my prop’s manager (also my dad) to create a painting based on the picture.  I’m so fortunate to have such a talented dad.  We get to spend some time together being creative. The parent’s and children oohed and ahhed when they saw the decorated room and sweets table.  We all had a great time.  Hope you enjoy the pictures.  Happy Holidays! 

Find Vendor Credits Below...



A Gymboree Winter Wonderland


Sledding down the powdered donut slopes of Mount Gymbo

Ice skating on icing & cake pop snowmen


Vendor Credits
Concept and Table Styling by: Inspiring Giggles 
Location: Gymboree Play & Music Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Sponsors: Gymboree Play & Music, Inspiring Giggles, Sweet Stacy's and Lace & Lollipops
Backdrop: Painting based on ©istockphoto.com/aleksandarvelasevic File# 17886904 
Ice Skaters & Sledders: MaryhadalittleParty via Etsy
Food Labels, Round Cupcake Toppers, Cake Stand Banner: Lace & Lollipops – Dawn@laceandlollipops.com
Snowflake Toppers: DDCupcakeAccessories via Etsy
Tree Paper for Toppers: Simplymadescrapbooks via Etsy
Mini Cupcakes & Sugar Cookies: SweetStacys.com
Snowmen Cake pops: Kimmy's Cake Pop's – Kimmyscakepops.com (inspired by LC Cakes fondant toppers via Etsy)
Macaroons: The Sugar Monkey – thesugarmonkey.com
Large Cupcakes: Publix Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Powdered Donuts: Dunkin’ Donuts


DIY Glitter Card from Easy Made Invitations

Lindsay from Easy Made Invitations posted a fabulous and EASY to do invitation.  It's so pretty, so festive and so simple.


Here are some pictures to show you how truly easy this is, but visit her site for the details, Easy Made Invitations






Jenn

Fun Finds at Paper Source

I will soon be sharing some pictures of the wrapped gifts that under our tree, but in the meantime, isn't this wrapping paper fun and different?

Paper Source - Faux Bois

Use a stamp or iron-on and voila, this plain bag becomes a hit!

Paper Source - Muslin Bags

Ok, I've seen tons of different kinds of duct tape patterns, but not this one...SUPER CUTE!

Paper Source - Sweater Duct Tape


Everyone has used Wraphia (raffia) before, but I'm loving the different colors!

Red Wraphia

Olive Wraphia

Yellow Wraphia


I <3 Paper Source!!!

free shipping

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Advent Calendar from Oh Happy Day

This advent calendar is adorable!  I know it's late, but save the idea for next year! I love it and just had to share!

Jordan from Oh Happy Day teamed with Amanda Jane Jones to create these super easy and super cute calendars!  Download the free printables today.  Enjoy!

Oh Happy Day/Amanda Jane Jones - Advent Calendar

: )

Jenn


Friday, December 16, 2011

Giveaway #3 - Ooh la la! What will it be?

When I saw Jessica Kirkland's (pen n' paperflowers) The Pastry Pedestal™, I just fell in love.  Oh the styling we could do with those Pedestals!  Of course, I immediately purchased a kit and well, I think you should have one too!









To enter like Inspiring Giggles on facebook, follow us on Twitter or become a member of the blog and leave a message saying you want to win! Also, visit and like Pen N' Paperflowers Studio & Design and The Pastry Pedestal™ and let them know we sent you.  : )

Good luck!!!

Fun Party Gifts for the Host, Hostess and their children...

Anthropologie is always a go to and so it's no surprise that it's a one stop shop for host and hostess gifts.  Check out these cool finds...


We just bought these cheese knives, so fun!
Cheese Knife Set

And wouldn't this Cheese Monger's book go along perfectly???
The Cheesemonger's Kitchen

I love this toy soldier bowling set!  So cute and festive!
Soldiers Bowling Set

Hope you all have tons of parties coming up with good friends, good conversation and good wine & cheese!!! Happy Friday!
  

And the winner of the Paper & Pigtails Snowman Soup package is...

Congratulations to Laura Martin on winning the Snowman Soup/Hot Chocolate Printables Package from Paper & Pigtails!!! Laura, please contact us via info@inspiringgiggles.com to claim your prize.


Laura, please send us the pictures from your Snowman soup party! We'd love to see how you set up. : )
Thanks for coming by and your support!  As you know, we're doing this all month long so come by again.  In fact, let me go post our next giveaway! : )

Have a fabulous day!
Jenn

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Freebies for Print

Check out these bag toppers from Paper & Pigtails, they're a freebie on Kori's site.  They coordinate with the Snowman set we're giving away tomorrow...did you enter?  : ) http://inspiringgiggles.blogspot.com/2011/12/are-you-ready-for-another-giveaway.html
http://paperandpigtailsparty.com/2011/12/snowman-soup-bag-toppers/