Memorial Day Celebration

MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION

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Memorial Day weekend is coming. Many will be traveling, enjoying the beginning of summer, taking a mini vacation, and spending time with family over the holiday.  This is always a holiday for gathering together and enjoying our friends and family but let’s not forget why we celebrate this holiday.  Memorial Day honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

So be sure to remember our fallen soldiers over the coming weekend for their ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

This weekend I will be honoring many Army soldiers at an event at Fort Riley but I am happy to announce that my husband will actually be returning home from his second and final active duty tour with the Army.  I will be spending a few days with him this week at Fort Riley where we will celebrate his 24 year service with the military and his retirement.  I will be so happy to have him home permanently.  It’s been a long five years without him, during his Army Jag training and then two tours almost back to back.  He has served his country dutifully and now he will return home safely.

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So because I will be spending time with my Army solider and taking a mini vacation of my own, I will have a week or so of no posts here on the blog. So I will leave you with some red, white and blue barbecue and Memorial Day decorating inspiration until I return.  These are all perfect set ups for the coming 4th of July holiday as well.

All my Etsy shops below are still open as well, but please note that I will not return or be shipping anything until Wednesday, June 1st, 2016.

 THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

PINWHEEL PRETTIES

READY SET CRAFT KITS

ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS

I DO WEDDING & BRIDAL DESIGNS

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I love this DIY American Flag made with red, white and blue crepe paper and some punched out white stars.  Super easy!

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Great tablescape for a lakeside celebration.  Perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July, or a nautical themed party or event.

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Rustic is trending – add a BURLAP BANNER or any of our red white and blue banners. garlands or hanging fans to your patriotic decorations.

Thanks for stopping by Party Fetti today.  I hope you have a safe Memorial Day weekend and kick off the summer with great weather with your family & friends.

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FREE PRINTABLE SUBWAY ART

FREE PRINTABLE SUBWAY ART

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Happy Friday!

Today I was inspired to create this subway art print from the enduring quote by Saint Basil.  I printed it and added it to a frame in my home- so I wanted to share it with you.

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Click HERE –

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to download the FREE printable pdf version

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, filled with good deeds, courtesy, and love.

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EASY BIRTHDAY CAKE RECIPE

EASY BIRTHDAY CAKE RECIPE

Chocolate Cake Recipe
I love recipes that are fast and easy to make.  This recipe takes the cake- literally!  It is so easy to whip up quick and with the colorful confetti sprinkles it looks stunning.
Easy Birthday Cake Recipe
It would work for any themed birthday party but it’s perfect for a polka dot party, a rainbow party, a Crayola party, an art party, or a My Little Pony party with the bright colors.  This cake would work with white vanilla frosting too – if that is more your flavor!   This cake can actually be made from a box cake mix and store bought frosting too.  The sprinkles are really what make it so fun and colorful!  But I am adding a super easy homemade chocolate cake recipe and frosting recipe from my own recipes that I have used many times that comes out delicious!
Birthday Cake Recipe
Homemade Chocolate Cake Ingredients:
1 box devil’s food cake mix
1 package Jello instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups mini semisweet chocolate chips
Make The Cake: 
Combine all ingredients except for the chocolate chips in a very large mixing bowl (there is a lot of batter so make sure you have a big enough bowl!). Beat until thick. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour batter in baking pans and set baking times according to the chart on the back of the box. Cool in pans then invert and let cool entirely on a wire rack. Ice and decorate at your own risk!
Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
3 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
1 pound confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk
Melt chocolate and butter in the microwave, or in the top of a double boiler. In a large bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and 1/2 cup of the milk. Blend in the melted chocolate mixture. Add remaining milk, a little at a time, until desired consistency is achieved.  Let stand until spreadable (frosting will thicken as it cools).  For the sprinkles on top, I love any of these colorful mixes of confetti type cake sprinkles found here in this shop on Etsy- Sprinkle Medley.
If you are getting ready for a birthday party and need a cake topper for your cake, some favors, or pinwheels for the celebration, stop by any of our shops-

Thanks for stopping by today.  Enjoy baking and eating up this yummy cake!

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