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pucker up

30 Jul

I was driving home the other day and saw sweet young girls selling lemonade on the corner. It brought me back to my childhood when my sisters and I would set-up a makeshift lemonade stand in front of our house in hopes cars would stop and we could add $10 to our piggy banks. For me, lemonade stands represent happiness, youth, optimism and summertime.

Take time to make yourself a glass of lemonade today…or stop by your corner lemonade stand and reminisce on your childhood summers.

Vintage Lemonade Stand by Reverie and photography by Work of Heart Photography

Lil Luna Yellow Vintage Lemonade Stand
{full DIY tutorial by Lil Luna found here}

Even weddings are not excluded from lemonade stands…how adorable is this wood lemonade stand featured on Wedding Chicks

We LOVE wine barrels {and have some serious wine barrel love when we feature Jodi’s wedding}, so we swooned when we saw a lemonade stand made with wine barrels on Ruffled Blog

So, now that you have lemonade stand inspiration and a DIY tutorial, you might as well spread the lemonade love and throw a lemonade themed party…here are some party tips for you.

DRINK
Obviously, I would serve lemonade…both pink and regular. Make both and serve in a large pitcher like this one from Pottery Barn.
Next to the pitcher, line up mason jars set with pink and yellow striped paper party straws.
For the adults, serve their mason jars with lemonade cocktails spiked with vodka

DÉCOR
Lemons in containers of all kinds – glass jars, hurricanes and galvanized buckets.
A lemonade burlap banner
Glass jars or mason jars filled with change and labeled with a vintage .25 cents sign
Lemons hanging from the ceiling or trees outside; hung with yellow and white twine, of course.
Lemonade and Vodka framed sign on the bar for adults
Single bud vases with a pink peony or yellow daisy, or canned good cans wrapped in a festive yellow and white or yellow and pink decorative paper and ribbon filled with a single {or several} flower buds.
Pink and yellow pinwheels
Signs bought at etsy or diy on wood like Poppies at Play

DESSERT
Lemon, blueberry yogurt loaf by sweet pea’s kitchen {this is yummy, I’ve made it}
Pink lemonade cupcakes using this recipe by real mom kitchen
Pink and yellow striped lemonade flavored hard candy sticks

FOOD
Picnic style food served in individual packages

FAVORS
Mason jar filled with ingredients for lemonade or lemonade cookies
Bottles filled with pink lemonade and a custom label from I Do It Yourself on Etsy
For the adults, make a lemon gift bag with a recipe and ingredients for a lemon, lavender martini like these from A Subtle Revelry

And, last but not least, you can’t have a party without the perfect invite. So, Jenna at Fleur de Lis, a paperie, has created this adorable invite for you. Click here to order from our etsy shop for $15.

 {images via Reverie photographed by Work of Heart Photography, Lil Luna photographed by Jacquilyn Avery Photography, Wedding Chicks, Ruffled Blog and Tutto Bella}

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mojito mania

5 Jul

One of my BFF’s just recently asked me for some ideas for a mojito-themed bridal shower. The fabulous bride-to-be didn’t want a typical bridal shower, but loves mojito’s and accessorizing with jewelry, so the hostess {my friend} wanted mojito’s and accessories to serve as the inspiration.

So, here’s some ideas I came up with…{I’m not even a mojito-loving woman, but I wanted a refreshing mojito after doing a little party research for the mint flavored drink}.

BAR
Nothing seems more fitting than a Mix N’ Muddle Mojito Bar with these fixin’s suggested from Bon Appetit.
Create a sign for the Mix N’ Muddle Mojito Bar like this bride and groom did {found at Martha Stewart}, and fill old crates with bunches and bunches of limes….LOVE THIS!
Don’t forget to have a bucket or glass filled with green and white striped straws for your guests to decorate their cocktails.
DESSERT
Serve delicious mojito popsicles like these found at Sugar and Charm Blog.
Guests will be totally impressed with green and yellow jello shots like Loralee Lewis created for her recent party.
Mojito cupcakes topped off with a slice of lime.
DECOR
Fill vases at varying heights with limes and flowers.
Use a three-tiered centerpiece and fill with all things green, including limes and mint.
Hang green lanterns in a row above tables, or hang lanterns from trees throughout the backyard party space.
{If you’re creating family style seating, I love a long row of short centerpieces with hydrangea or white flowers. If you don’t have a cabinet full of empty vases, you could improvise and use mason jars, wine bottles or tin cans spray painted green or covered in decorative fabric/paper} to hold bunches or single bud flowers}.
Dress up the table and food/drink stations with lime green votives and acrylic lime glassware from Pier 1.
In addition to topping off drinks with a parasol, carry the parasol look over with an adorable parasol topiary.
Use vases, martini glasses and other forms of glassware for a chic jewelry display.
If you opt not to spend money on flower arrangements, a cheap and cute ‘green’ centerpiece is wheat grass. You can even grow it yourself a couple weeks before the party.
PLACECARDS/LABELS
Use limes for the base of a placecard, and insert a toothpick and flag to write the guest’s name. You can use green patterned washi tape for a festive toothpick flag found here.
Or, if you opt to use the limes as food labels, a great free placecard option is a paint chip card {with party coordinating colors} with the guest’s name typed on it. {I think this idea is so cute…I’m using it for an upcoming party of my own}.
FAVORS
Treat guests to a mojito muddler.
Candy rings and jewelry that will double as decor and a sweet favor.
Hope to have some pictures from the party soon.
If you plan to have, or have had or attended a mojito party…or any cocktail themed party…please send the pics our way. We love a good cocktail-inspired party!

red, white & blue

27 Jun

Show your patriotism this 4th of July holiday, and celebrate our freedom with a little red, white and blue.

P.S. When I refer to ‘it’ below, I’m referring to red, white and blue!

1. Wear it

2. Bake it
Mini Cherry Pies by Country Living

3. Or, don’t bake it…this No-Bake Strawberry Blueberry Mini Cheesecake Trifle by Glorious Treats looks amazing

4. Plant it
My father-in-law built these planters with antique red barn wood, and my mother-in-law planted beautiful red, white and blue flowers

5. DIY it
I couldn’t sleep at 5 am today, so I woke up and thought of a quick and easy DIY project. I re-used Budweiser Platinum beer bottles my husband happily consumed last week. The base of this simple patriotic centerpiece is an antique piece of wood, the beer bottles are vases to red and white daisies, and I used a hot glue gun to attach a burlap ribbon with red stripes to decorate the bottles.

6. Hang it…and the tissue fans will look like fireworks, via Martha Stewart

7. Sip it
Red, White and Blue Sangria by Punchbowl

7. Most importantly, thank a soldier serving our country who fights everyday for our freedom. Among two of the many organizations are A Million Thanks and Operation Gratitude.

{images via Glitter Guide, Glorious Treats, Country Living, Tutto Bella, Punchbowl and Martha Stewart}

spring fling

5 Jun

I totally admit that I’m addicted to sugar. I crave it, and need to get my cravings under control. BUT, before I do, I’m going to make this Spring Fling cake a few more times. I LOVE chocolate, and this cake doesn’t have an ounce/pinch/smidgen of it…and it’s still my FAVORITE cake. And with all the fruit, you can justify it being just a tad bit healthy for you!

I discovered The Market from a former co-worker/supervisor {Betsy, one of the coolest ladies ever…I was so lucky}. And, when I first had a piece of this cake, I was in heaven. A cake made with zucchini…who knew it could be so divine?

This recipe was posted in the Rocky Mountain News {a newspaper no longer in publication} a few years ago and it wasn’t until a few weeks ago, I was brave enough to make my own version. My laziness crept in as I called to order the cake 6 hours before a party, but my procrastination and over-budgeted wallet prevented me from buying, so I made it! I tweaked it a bit and recently made for my grandma’s Mother’s Day celebration. It was a hit!

Buon Appetito!

Spring Fling Cake
recipe adapted from The Market via Rocky Mountain News
serves 12-15 people

{I made this a double layer cake, but if you want to make it just like The Market does, make this a 3 layer cake…yummy}

Cake
2 1/2 cups finely shredded zucchini
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt
5 eggs

Frosting
{I double this recipe because this cake is best with thick layers of frosting in the middle of the zucchini cake layers}
1 cup cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
1 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Fruit
1 pint strawberries, cleaned, stemmed and sliced
4 kiwi fruits, peeled and sliced
2 mangoes, peeled and sliced
1 pint blueberries

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease and flour a 10 inch cake pan {I’ve used round and square, and they both worked great}
In a large mixing bowl, combine shredded zucchini, eggs, sugar, oil, sour cream and vanilla
Combine the dry ingredients in another bowl, then add to the wet zucchini mixture
Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake for 50-70 minutes
Cool on rack for 10 minutes, then remove from cake pan
Cake should look like this when removed from oven

To assemble cake, cut the cooled cake in half lengthwise {creating two or three layers}.
Inside the cake should look liked this…it’s so dense and yummy!

For frosting, whip the cream cheese with butter until smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar, mixing until combined
In another bowl, whip the cream until stiff, then fold the whipped cream and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla into the frosting mixture

Find the cake platter or dish you are going to serve the cake on – it’s too heavy to move once assembled.

Spread frosting over the first layer…be VERY generous with the frosting {I think it needs to be the same thickness, or slightly smaller, than the size of the cake layers}
Add a layer of fruit. I used mainly strawberries and kiwi inside the cake

Place the remaining cake layer on top and frost
The Market does not frost the sides; however I did and it was delicious
On the top of the cake, arrange the fruit to your liking


Jodi helped me decorate the cakes, and she made an N with blackberries for Nani

P.S. The cake can be made a day prior and refrigerated…and I’m told, and have to agree, leftovers of the cake the 2nd day, after being in the fridge, might be better than when freshly made.


pinterest picks of the week

27 Apr

We are obsessed with Pinterest. We find daily inspiration for fashion, parties, wedding, DIY projects and home decor. It’s genius – pin pictures from all over the web to create categorized boards. They can be vision boards, party ideas, portfolios and inspiration – all stored in one, easy and accessible place.

 Become a Tutto Bella Pinterest follower and you will see why we’re so addicted.

This week, we’re loving…

Unique Wedding Bar, Green Wedding Shoes

Custom Memory Journals from Paper Coterie, found via How Does She?
{visit How Does She? to find the $15 credit to Paper Coterie}

Mini Milkshake Shooters, Hey Gorgeous
{visit Hey Gorgeous for the complete how-to tutorial…how cute is the chocolate/sprinkled rim glasses…this is a MUST at my next party}

Baffin Bags Chevron Organizer, Etsy {$18}

Homegrown Monogram Mug, Anthropologie, $8
{this is a cute mother’s day gift filled with a Starbucks card or ingredients for her favorite hot drink}

Individual 7-Layer Dips, The Girl Who Ate Everything

{images via Baffin Bags, How Does She?, Anthropologie, Green Wedding Shoes, The Girl Who Ate Everything, Hey Gorgeous}

st pattys day fancy

13 Mar

Being married to an Irish man, I think I’ll win major points when I fancy up my St. Patty’s Day bash with these fun party ideas!

DECOR:

Too cute to pass up from {where else?} Better Homes and Gardens

DRINKS:

Jameson, Guinness and Baileys, duh 🙂

APPS:

Be Different Act Normal puts a cute spin on sweet snacks.

Green paper straws from The Cupcake Social via Etsy

Rainbow fruit skewers from Quick Dish by Tablespoon are a MUST!

FOOD:

Irish Mashed Potatoes from Cooking Quinn
{find complete recipe here}

Lucky Spinach Quiche from Diamonds for Dessert
{find complete recipe here}

DESSERTS

Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Bailey’s Cream Cheese Frosting from Nook & Pantry
I love my Bailey’s and my hubby loves his Guinness – I’d say this is the perfect dessert for us!
{find the complete recipe here}

Irish Style Dirt Cake from Quick Dish by Tablespoon
Can you say YUM?!
{find the complete recipe here}

Mint Bailey’s Brownie Bites from Just Call Me Maria.
{find the complete recipe here}

{images via Be Different Act NormalNook & Pantry,  Quick Dish by Tablespoon, Diamonds for DessertCooking QuinnBetter Homes and Gardens, Etsy, All’s Fare Food BlogJust Call Me Maria}

lucky charm

12 Mar

St. Patrick’s Day is a celebrated holiday in my house ~ after all, I have an Irish hubby, a son named Jameson and a little Irish blood running through my mostly Italian veins.

This year, I created DIY treats to spread luck and cheer to our family and friends. All they need to enjoy it is a cold cup of milk and a spoon. I admit, it’s not the healthiest breakfast or snack, but kids love it, and it’s justifiable at least once a year to celebrate the luck of the Irish.

Jenna at Fleur de Lis, a paperie, created these adorable “lucky charm’ custom tags to attach to my treat bags. {Call or e-mail her and for $10 she will send you the file of 10 Lucky Charm tags – she can receive payment over the phone}.

All You Need Is:

  • 1 box of Lucky Charms cereal
  • Green pipe cleaners or ribbon
  • Clear Party Bags {I used Wilton Clear Party Bags, 4×9.5 inches}
  • Scissors to cut the tags and bags
  • Custom tags

How To:

  • Fill the bag with a cup or so of Lucky Charms.
  • Cut each tag, and punch a hole through each one to attach to favor.
  • Wrap or tie the green pipe cleaner around the bag tight, add the custom tag and make either a bow or a 3-leaf clover to complete the look. 
  • Gather the excess bag on top, and cut to your preferred length.

For a gluten-free version for those with gluten intolerance {MANY members of my family}, I used the same cute tags and bags, but filled them with Lisa’s {With Style and Grace} Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies. SO yummy! I’ve made with Peanut Butter and Chocolate Peanut Butter…and both are absolutely divine. Sometimes gluten-free food is not super tasty, but these do not even taste GF.

{To add a special St. Patty’s Day touch, I added mint and dark chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet chocolate morsels. Original recipe is best, but the mint was also delish}.

{images via Tutto Bella}