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an easter picnic is my fave

April 16, 2014 // 16 Comments

boxed lunches for easter

I’m sharing these picnic lunches with parents in mind. The parents who will spend their weekend stuffing eggs and playing Easter Bunny. The parents who will realize at one point that all they’ve eaten is sugar snuck from those eggs and they need something with a little more substance. And then they’ll be handed one of these lunches while their kids are pushing over other kids in the name of jelly beans and they’ll just avert their eyes because it will be just that delicious.

boxed lunches for easter

boxed lunches for easter

boxed lunches for easter

I had Molly create the menu because she’s a food genius. You’ll be all set to picnic with:

– a baguette with prosciutto, brie, and jam
– an arugala salad with sliced radishes, hardboiled egg, and sesame dressing (2 parts tahini, 1 part honey, 1 part sesame oil, 1-2 parts soy sauce)
– fresh carrots and hummus
macaroon egg nests (simply bake with a divot in the center and then finished with melted chocolate and egg shaped candy)

boxed lunches for easter

boxed lunches for easter

Of course you’ll want to give this delectable lunch the packaging it deserves. Lucky for you, I teamed up with Avery and had Kirsten design a menu to include in the box and a label to top it with. All you have to do is print (they’re all set to fit Avery templates so you don’t even have to cut – yay for perforated edges!).

let’s picnic tag download (fits Avery Printable Tags 22802)
menu download (fits Avery Postcards 3263)

boxed lunches for easter

Let’s picnic!

menu and photos: Molly of the gorgeous (and witty) blog, My Name is Yeh
tag and menu design: Kirsten Bingham

Avery is a yamf sponsor, but I would love their products even if they weren’t. If you decide to have a different menu or want to write something different on the tag, use Avery Design & Print Online (which is free) to customize your own designs.





A birthday picnic is my fave

September 2, 2010 // 0 Comments

When I posted Holly’s first birthday Emily commented that she wished I were her party planner. Since I try to be like Oprah and make wishes come true, I contacted her and we teamed up to create a pretty picnic party for her little girl Adelaide.
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Adelaide is so happy and smiley. She knows how to charm in front of the camera.
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The party was held in a nice park in Boulder. Ryan hung a make-shift canopy above the food table and it was held up by the bunting. I love how the balloons look even though some of the kids had taken off with them by the time this photo was taken. 
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On each picnic blanket there was a cake stand of cupcakes. The balloons doubled as favors and were held down by little fabric pouches of salt water taffy.
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Isn’t the bunting cute? I enlisted the help of a friend who is a much better sewer than me. It was a very smart move.
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Emily took care of the food and even tapped a watermelon. I made the little flags that the guests waved around as they sang Happy Birthday.
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Adelaide was so friendly she let me hold her. I kind of look like I’m fourteen.

I like that we just used your basic party essentials but it turned out so cute. Who’s next? 





a girly party is my fave

August 20, 2014 // 1 Comment

from guest contributor Ashley Rose

Today I’m sharing a few favorite ideas to create your very own sweet adventures party, perfectly styled for little princesses since Mel is celebrating her first baby girl.
invite

​Make these DIY invites to let guests know.

teepee

Let their imaginations run wild here.

cake

​Serve them sprinkled strawberry milk cheesecake.

favors

Send them off with the cutest party favors of all time.

photo one by Michaela Egger for Oh Happy Day // photo two by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo // photo three by Sprinkles Bakes // photo four by stevie pattyn for Shop Sweet Lulu

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an ice cream party is my fave

July 2, 2014 // 47 Comments

It’s National Ice Cream Month, yippee! Since I like to encourage as much ice cream intake as possible, today I’m sharing tips on how to pull together a frosty fete.

ice cream party invitations
ice cream party invitations

Send: This ice cream invitation! Simply download, print, fill-in and mail to anyone who appreciates summer and ice cream. Anybody else can stay home.

Decorate with: citrus hued balloons. Don’t overthink it, get some balloons blown up and lay out some picnic blankets then call it a day.

homemade chocolate gelato
ice cream party ideas

Serve: Ice cream, toppings, and Starbucks Discoveries Iced Café Favorites™ – Caffe Mocha (for an extra treat).

Here are some ideas for toppings to set out : fresh fruit, waffle cone bits, cookie dough balls, brownie chunks, gummy bears, sprinkles, hot fudge, pirouette cookies, Oreos, crushed candy bars, chocolate covered pretzels, caramel.

homemade coffee ice cream
ice cream party ideas

Make: Caffe Mocha Gelato. I love homemade ice cream so I usually make my own for such an occasion. Here’s a favorite flavor among the adults.

Caffe Mocha Gelato (adjusted from Ina Garten’s Deeply Chocolate Gelato)

Ingredients:
– 2 cups Starbucks Discoveries Iced Café Favorites™ – Caffe Mocha
– 1/3 cup heavy cream
– 3/4 cup sugar, divided
– 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
– 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
– 4 extra-large egg yolks
– 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
– Large pinch kosher salt
– 8 chocolates, roughly chopped, optional

Directions:
Heat the Starbucks Discoveries Iced Café Favorites™ – Caffe Mocha, cream, and 1/2 cup sugar in a 2-quart saucepan, until the sugar dissolves and the milk starts to simmer. Add the cocoa powder and chocolate and whisk until smooth. Pour into a heat-proof measuring cup.

Place the egg yolks and the remaining 1/4 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on high speed for 3 to 5 minutes, until light yellow and very thick. With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the hot chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Pour the egg and chocolate mixture back into the 2-quart saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. A candy thermometer will register about 180 degrees F. Don’t allow the mixture to boil!

Pour the mixture through a sieve into a bowl and stir in vanilla and salt. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the custard and chill completely.

Pour the custard into the bowl of an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer’s directions. Stir in the roughly chopped chocolate, if using, and freeze in covered containers. Allow the gelato to thaw slightly before serving.

ice cream container labels
ice cream container labels
ice cream container labels

Send guests home with: A carton for themselves! Pre-package ice cream in pints (buy them right here) and customize with these wraps and lid toppers free for you to download. Then your guests can grab their favorite on their way out.

And you’re done (and have solidified your title as best party host ever).

ice cream care package

Love summer and ice cream as much as I do? I put together an in-a-box to go with this party and it’s up for grabs today! It includes:

you’re cool card
popsicle string lights
popsicle temporary tattoos
ice cream cups
Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones
– Coupons for 5 free cartons of Starbucks Discoveries Iced Café Favorites

To enter, simply comment on this post before eod Friday, July 4th. Winner will be randomly chosen then notified by me via email. Good luck!

*No purchase necessary to participate or win. Void where prohibited by law. Open to legal US residents eighteen (18) years of age or order, except employees and the families of Bellalimento.com (“Sponsor”) or any company or agency responsible for the sweepstakes or any prize provided (“Sweepstakes Participants”). Enter by posting comment on the Site from July 2 – 4. A winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries. The prize is a variety of goods valued at $100. One entry per person, per email address. All determinations by Sponsor are final. Winners will be notified by email and must respond within 48 hours or another winner may be chosen. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. No cash substitutions for prizes and prizes are non-refundable and non-transferable except at sole discretion of Sponsor who reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. Entrant’s name and entry may be used for promotional purposes without additional compensation unless prohibited by law. Winners release Sweepstakes Participants from all claims and damages associated with the Sweepstakes and use of the prize. Subject to all federal, state and local laws. Winner is responsible for any taxes on prize.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Starbucks Coffee Company. All opinions are my own.

photos of invitation and ice cream packaging: Jennifer Little
invitation and ice cream package design: Kirsten Bingham





fourth of july paper bags are my fave

June 30, 2014 // 1 Comment

4th of July printables

If that American flag jumpsuit just isn’t festive enough for you this weekend, how about printing some American pride onto paper bags? They’re perfect for storing loot from the parade, picnic lunches, or goody/distraction bags for the kids. You could even print the designs on removable tattoo paper.

Get the free printable right here on Julep.

Design: Kirsten Bingham





a how to summer list is my fave

June 4, 2014 // 6 Comments

summer list printable

To all my fellow list and summer lovers, here’s a How To Summer list made to track your plans for celebrating the season. I guess my list should include do: have a baby.

Here are some ideas to get your list started –

Go:
farmers market
picnic
matinee
baseball game
outdoor concert
splash pad

Make:
root beer
popsicles
outdoor fort
friendship bracelets

summer list printable

Do:
backyard campout
light sparklers
block party
ice cream crawl
outdoor movie
watermelon seed spitting contest
bike parade

Eat:
shaved ice
homemade ice cream
grilled pizza
s’mores
watermelon on a stick
ballpark hot dogs

printable summer list

I’d love to know what’s on your list this summer!

How To Summer list download (11×17)

Design: Kirsten Bingham









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