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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

{Real Parties} Calling All Superheroes!!

So I know you've seen many Superhero parties but this one is special to me because it was requested by a 4 year old girl.

During the initial call about the party, I was envisioning a pink super girl and wonder woman party. Her mother quickly reassured me that the pink superheros idea was not going to cut it, Rhea wanted the real thing. As much as she loves her nails painted, she also loves watching all the Superhero movies with her dad.  She just puts a whole new spin on 'you go girl'!


Candy Bar


Photo Booth Props
Face Painting Station
Mask Making Station
Wow, clearly, someone is an artist!

Happy 4th Birthday Rhea!

Photography by: Sofia Sohail Studio

{Real Parties} Video Game Party

This is a fun theme for all ages. A neighbor recently had a video game party for her son's 8th birthday complete with a Rolling Video Game Truck!!  How fun is that!?!
In most cases the truck can pull right up to the house so the kids or adults can play as a group.


The truck also has 2 additional screens perfect for gaming or for sporting events to watch the big game!

Look how spacious!
Wii cake, video game cake
The birthday boy, Mavav's favorite video game is Super Mario, so I make the cake to look like a Wii.
And matching cupcakes!
If you're in the Washington DC area, I highly suggest booking Rolling Video Games for your next party!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

{Recipe} Shamrock Martini

I thought I'd share this quick and easy recipe for a drink that I came up with for a party I'm hosting this weekend.

I'm hosting my first ever St. Patty's Party... It's actually a couples party for our country clubs mom's group. Stay tuned for that post!  In the meantime, if you're hosting a party this weekend, this is a festive way to greet your guests:

shamrock martini, green martini, green drink, st. patrick's day
Shamrock Martini
1 part Irish Cream Liquor
1/2 part peppermint schnapps
1/2 part cream or half & half
1 drop green food coloring
Shake all ingredients over ice. Strain into a chocolate lined martini glass.
I also garnished mine with a chocolate shamrock that I piped onto wax paper.
Happy St. Patty's Day!!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

{Recipe} Snow Ice Cream

Yay!! After almost 2 years of uncharacteristically mild winters, we are finally getting a good snow dumping! 

In celebration and preparation, I, along with the rest of Northern Virginia (judging by the supermarket lines), am ready for the snowquestration storm of the season!

Along with a really good comfort food filling the house with yummy aromas, I love to make snow ice cream. It's very simple and yet so fun to throw together. You can make it as is or add some fun toppings and mix-ins. Maybe some chocolate chips, sprinkles, toasted coconut, fresh fruit. Of course you can't forget the chocolate sauce and whipped cream!

Growing up in Southern California, I never got to make snow ice cream but I did enjoy a tropical treat called Halo-halo. Halo-halo (meaning mix-mix) is a Filipino dessert, also popular in Hawaii and Guam.  You can usually find halo-halo mix in the Asian section of your grocery store, it's a mixture of candied fruits and beans.
If you are adventurous and want to try a little tropical treat with your snow, here is a very simple version:
  • halo-halo mix
  • condensed milk
  • 1-1 1/2 cups of fresh snow
Place about 2 tablespoons of halo-halo mix in the bottom of an 8oz glass, fill the glass with snow and top with as little or as much condensed milk as you like (I usually use about 2 tablespoons), mix well and enjoy!