Fun with Favors

Last week on the blog I shared some fun and creative DIY gifts you can create to give to the bride and groom in your life.  Today we’re taking a look at some favors that you can create to give to your guests if you’re the bride or groom this year!

Tulle champagne bottle

Olive oil jar

Cake for one

Stamp your wedding favors

Beeswax taper candles

Accordion photos

Etched flowerpot

Rosemary sea salt

Grits to go

Meringues

Succulent favors

Coffee beans

Paint stick keychains

Flavored salts

Herb rub

Vanilla sugar

Infused simple syrups

Pinecone fire starters

Mini snow globe

Vanilla extract

Salted caramel hot chocolate on a stick

What fun and creative wedding favors have you seen or gotten?

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Wedding Wishes

Today we’re going to take a look at some wedding-ready gifts you can make and give this wedding season, and next week we’ll take a look at some wedding favors you can give if you’re getting married.

Monogram stemless wine glasses

Mr and Mrs pillows

His and hers pillows

Gray monogram wood plaque

Gifts to go monogram basket

Etched flowerpot

Wedding handkerchief

Tile coaster

Painted dishes

Etched bakeware

Etched mirror with key holders

Monogram ring dish

Rustic serving tray with gold arrow

Etched monogram glass pitcher

A year of dates

Monogrammed wool throw

Photo coasters

Monogrammed votives

What fun and creative DIY gifts have you given or gotten?

Do with Dip

Today as we think ahead to the big football game this weekend let’s take a look at some tailgate/party worthy dips, both sweet and savory.

Savory:

Taco dip

Bacon cheddar potato dip

Pepperoni pizza dip

Ham and cheese dip

Windy City deli dip

Buffalo chicken dip

BLT dip

Hot shrimp dip

Spicy shrimp dip

Baked clam dip

Hot crab dip

Roasted corn and crab dip

Hot corn dip

Sweet onion dip

Baba ghanoush

Creamy artichoke zucchini dip

Hot popper dip

Mango sauce

Hot spinach dip

Spinach dip

Whipped feta and pepper dip

Red pepper dip

Avocado ranch dip

Creamy edamame dip

Cucumber dip

Green goddess dip

Minty pea dip

Creamy peanut dipping sauce

Blue cheese dip

8 layer dip

Curried yogurt dip

Pineapple black bean guacamole

Garlicky white bean dip

Four cheese pimento dip

Beer cheese dip

Sweet:

Caramel apple dip

Cider cinnamon spread

Cannoli dip

Whipped hazelnut dip

Cherry cheesecake dip

Strawberry basil dip

Pina colada dip

Key lime pie dip

What are your favorite sweet or savory dips?

Celebrating the Red, White and Blue

This Monday in the USA we’re celebrating Independence Day.  Thursday I shared some red, white and blue inspired recipes, today I’m sharing some fun decorations and projects you can try.

Craft stick flag

Stars and stripes grapevine wreath

Patriotic tank top

Stars and stripes crochet coasters

Sparkler wands

Bandana t-shirts

Patriotic bunting

Patriotic votives

Paper wind streamer

Flag log candle

Patriotic shutter

Patriotic clothespin wreath

Pledge of Allegiance patriotic sign

Denim flag wreath

Patriotic paper flowers

Patriotic mason jar luminarias

Patriotic bingo

Red, white and blue tin can luminarias

What will you be making for this 4th of July?

Food For the Red, White and Blue

Coming up on Monday we’re celebrating the 4th of July, also known as Independence Day, here in the US.  To celebrate here are some patriotic recipes to try!

American flag pie

Flag cobbler

Star inside cake

Red, white and blue cherry pies

Fruit tart flag

Crispy treat cheesecake bars

Red, white and blueberry trifle

Start studded berry tarts

Blueberry buttermilk bundt cake

Raspberry watermelon terrine with blueberry sauce

Stars and stripes cupcakes

Red, white and blue cake roll

Red, white and blue stars

Fireworks cookies

Star tart

Red, white and blue parfait

Sprinkle stripe cake

Sparkler cupcakes

Doughnut hole pops

Cheesecake stuffed strawberries

Patriotic fruit pizza

Firework pie fries

Firework cookie cups

Vanilla cabinets with fresh fruit

Red, white and blue smoothies

Firework red, white and blue daiquiris

Firecracker shot

What will you be serving this Fourth?

Celebrating St. Patrick’s

Next week we’re celebrating St. Patrick’s day again and so today I’ve got recipes to make this St. Patrick’s day special.

Breads:

Irish American soda bread

Limerick soda bread

Pistachio chocolate chip pound cake

Gluten free Irish soda bread muffins

Four leaf clover rolls

Currant orange Irish soda bread

Scones

Dinner:

Irish blue cheese fondue

Colcannon

Smokey cheese potato soup

Beef, mushroom and onion tart

Pan roasted Brussels sprouts

Mustard herb beef stew

Braised greens

Garlicky steamed mussels and littleneck clams with pesto toasts

Wild rice stuffed cabbage

Corned beef and cabbage

Vegetable shepherds pie

Beef potpies with cheddar stout crust

Irish potato cakes

Corned beef and cabbage rolls

Guinness and onion soup with Irish cheddar croutons

Dessert:

Irish cream cupcakes

St. Pats green cupcakes

Chocolate stout cake

Green velvet layer cake

Pistachio cookies

Pistachio shortbread

Lime squares with pistachio graham cracker crust

Lime poke cake

Rum raisin rice pudding

Mint shakes

What are you making for this St. Patrick’s Day?

More for Mardi Gras

Today we’re taking a look at some recipes, crafts and activities you can do to celebrate Mardi Gras even if you can’t get to New Orleans.

Food:

Corn, crawfish and andouille chowder

Shrimp and crab gumbo

Hot shrimp dip

Cafe au lait pie

Mardi Gras king cake

Mini king cakes

Mardi Gras king cupcakes

Chocolate praline pie with bourbon whipped cream

French quarter beignets

Mardi Gras jam buns

Ginger margarita

Hurricane cocktail

Mardi Gras cocktail

Fun:

Simple beaded mask

Advanced beaded mask

Handprint mask

Flowered mask

Peacock feather mask

Colorful mask

Crepe paper rose mask

Clay masks

Beaded peacock frame

Bead mosaic

Beaded cluster rings

Are you joining the Mardi Gras party this year?