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Christmas Party Ideas

CHRISTMAS PARTY IDEAS & WINTER CUPCAKE RECIPE

Christmas Party Table

Did you survive the Black Friday sales?  I don’t know about you – but I ignored my cell phone and tablet for much of the Thanksgiving weekend to spend time with friends and loved ones over the holiday and to focus on what is important.  So, this morning I opened my email in-box to find over 80 plus sales and marketing emails from the weekend. Ugh!

It was a bit excessive to say the least and annoying! Delete, delete, delete!  I really wish retailers would recognize the difference between successful email marketing and spam, because, even if you do opt in for a retailer’s marketing emails. . .  too much – IS SPAM!

spam black Friday emails

Seriously, some of these online retail websites emailed me 6 times in one day- and on Thanksgiving?? All in an effort to promote the Black Friday sales.  I have unsubscribed to several email lists, as of this morning.

I promise to offer some holiday inspiration over the next few weeks, instead of a  “buy this, sale, shop now, hurry before the sale ends!”, type blog posts.   I know how stressful the holidays can be as it is- so I want to inspire you this Christmas, offer some quick diy projects, decorating tips, and holiday recipes here at the Party Fetti blog to make it more enjoyable and not use my blog solely as a marketing platform.  Although I do email my subscribers with a sale promo about once every two to three months, in addition to my regular blog posts here – generally with links to my Etsy shops at the end of many of my posts , such as today’s post- still, my priority is to help you to throw the best celebration!  I started this blog to inspire my followers to offer tips for party and holiday decorating and I will continue to offer plenty of holiday ideas over the next few weeks.

So, let’s get to it!  Below I am sharing a quick recipe for Snowball Mini Cupcakes – scroll down for the recipe.  

However, first, here are a few quick decorating tips for a Christmas party or for any winter event or winter birthday party-

Onederland Party

Use what you have! Pull items from your Christmas decorations, such as feather trees, snowflake ornaments, large glass containers, and a simple cupcake stand, like this set up shown above, for a 1st birthday as a Winter Onederland party.  Love the pink for the little girl too!

Winter Birthday Party

Set up a wintry scene with fake snow, white trees, pine cones, and snowmen.

This works for an adult holiday party or for a children’s birthday party.  A color palette of white, grey, silver, and blue ties it all together – but don’t be afraid to go with pinks and neon colors for a more contemporary winter color scheme!   Cover all your candy and wine bottles (or soda bottles for the kids) with coordinating printable labels.  You can find many complete printable party kits on Etsy – if you are a diy’er and don’t mind a few hours of cutting with scissors- this is a huge money saver for any party.  You just need a good quality home color printer.  A straight cutter (a paper cutting tool that many scrapbookers use) will save you time on the cutting too.

Wine Labels

Be creative with your signage and use a play on words, like this clever party sign below, and so easy to print and frame-

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If you don’t have hours to cook- that is Okay! Get creative with your packaging of store bought foods, like these labeled and packaged marshmallows for a hot cocoa bar –

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Now for the Snowball Mini Cupcakes Recipe

Cupcake Recipe

Ingredients:
  1. 1 (15.25-ounce) box devil’s food cake mix
  2. 1 cup whole milk
  3. 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
  4. 3 large eggs
  5. 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  6. 1 (3.4-ounce) box vanilla instant pudding mix
  7. 1 cup chopped flaked coconut
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 2 (24-cup) mini muffin pans with baking spray with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cake mix, milk, oil, and eggs with a mixer at medium speed until moistened, about 2 minutes. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 12 minutes. Let cool in pans for 5 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat cream and pudding mix at high speed until fluffy. Spoon mixture into a piping bag fitted with a small round tip.
  4. Make a small incision in the bottom of cupcakes, and pipe 1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla mixture into centers. Pipe vanilla mixture over tops of cupcakes; sprinkle with coconut. Serve immediately.

Stop by any of my Etsy shops for some quick holiday decorations and gift ideas if you don’t have much time to do it yourself this month-

ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS

THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

READY SET CRAFT KITS

PINWHEEL PRETTIES

Come back to the blog all this month for more holiday inspiration!

Have a great week!

Jill Signature Party Fetti Blog

 

Thanksgiving Activity Sheet

FREE THANKSGIVING PRINTABLE ACTIVITY SHEET

pumpkin candle centerpiece

Are you preparing your home for your Thanksgiving gathering this year?  Are you getting all your recipes selected and planning the food for the day?  If not, now is the time.

Thanksgiving is 14 days away.  Two weeks seems like plenty of time, but it will sneak up on you.  Today I have a planning guide to help you prepare and an exclusive FREE printable Thanksgiving Word Search Activity Sheet.  You have probably seen all the kids printable place mat activity sheets here on the internet.  Those are fun for the kids but I wanted to create a more elegant adult  version that is smaller postcard size that you could place on top of each guests plate at the dinner table.  My word search has words going in all directions, including up, so it is a bit more challenging for the adults! Feel free to scroll down and download it for free and print it to use at your Thanksgiving family gathering.

First, here is a wonderful THANKSGIVING PLANNING GUIDE to help you prepare for the big day:

Thanksgiving Planning Guide

Now click below on the text or photo to download the –

 FREE ADULT THANKSGIVING ACTIVITY SHEET

Free Thanksgiving Word Search Activity Sheet

Thank you for stopping by today!

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Be sure to stop by any of my Etsy shops below too for Thanksgiving decorations and tableware or for any occasion:

PINWHEEL PRETTIES

THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

I DO WEDDING & BRIDAL DESIGNS

READY SET CRAFT KITS

ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS

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Caramel Apple Cider Recipe

CARAMEL APPLE CIDER RECIPE

carmelapplecider

Fall is here and one of my favorite drinks during this time of the year is hot caramel apple cider.

Usually I buy the big jug premixed apple cider from a local cider mill and just add some caramel syrup to it but this year I decided to try making my own.  Make your own from scratch with the super easy and fast recipe below.  Scroll down for the recipe.

First, just a quick reminder that this is the last weekend for my huge

CLEARANCE SALE

Everything is 50% OFF in my Etsy shops!

 

Clearance Sale

Pick up some great steals for Christmas gifts, home decor, decorating your next party or wedding, or on craft supplies!

Visit all my shops below for some great deals, click any of the links below to be taken to each of my shop homepages-

Pinwheel Pretties

The Party Fetti Shop

I DO Wedding & Bridal Designs

Once Upon A Home Designs

Ready Set Craft Kits

Cider Ingredients:

1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups apple cider

Directions:

In a 2-quart saucepan, stir together brown sugar and 1/3 cup whipping cream. Cook over medium heat 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until bubbly. Stir in vanilla and apple cider. Cook 10 minutes, stirring often, until thoroughly heated.

Garnish with additional whipping cream on top, drizzle with caramel topping and sprinkle with ground cinnamon!

Now, sit back in your favorite comfy chair and enjoy!

Happy Fall Y’all!

Jill Signature

4th of July Decorating Ideas

4TH OF JULY DECORATING IDEAS

red white and blue

Ready Set . . . BOOM!

I know it is hard to believe that the July 4th holiday is almost here! I have been making so many red white and blue pinwheels and banners for my event planners already.  Whew! Thank goodness they know how to plan ahead!  If you are thinking of adding some red white and blue whirling fun PINWHEELS to your party from my pinwheel shop, PINWHEEL PRETTIES– keep in mind, TOMORROW (Tuesday, June 7th, 2016) is the deadline to order to receive custom made items from any of my Etsy shops in time! Yeppers! That’s how busy I am!

Although, I do also have a few sets of pinwheels ready to ship in my JULY 4TH section of my shop that can ship out as late as June 24th to add to your 4th of July event (be sure to read the full Item Details of each listing to confirm turnaround time and shipping) as my custom made to order items do have a longer production time.  I also offer many more red white and blue DECORATIONS in THE PARTY FETTI SHOP for the Fourth of July celebration that are ready to go too!

Don’t wait too long!  Visit any of my shops below to get ready for your patriotic celebration-

 THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

PINWHEEL PRETTIES

READY SET CRAFT KITS

ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS

I DO WEDDING & BRIDAL DESIGNS

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.  Today’s blog update is just a reminder to help you get ready for the patriotic holiday and your celebration.  I’ll be posting some wonderful recipes soon perfect at a 4th of July barbecue and lots more ideas, inspiration and DIY crafts to help you get ready!

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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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