As I was planning out my blog posts for this week I noticed a common theme. Pretty. Each one of the posts was about pretty things. I love pretty.
I love to surround myself with pretty things.
I love to make pretty things.
I love to eat pretty things out of pretty dishes.
I like to wear pretty clothes.
I love finding the pretty in life.
My philosophy in life is, if you must surround yourself with things, why not make them pretty!
So this week will be a Week of Pretty!
Cali and I worked hard to put together a surprise party for Tessa’s sixteenth birthday. I hope I am forgiven for all the lies I had to tell to keep it a secret!
The party had a Grease/50′s theme and everyone was asked to come dressed in their favorite 50′s attire.
We chose pink, black and polka dots to decorate with because everything is prettier in pink – isn’t it?!
I made big pink pom poms to hang from the kitchen nook area where the food was- compliments of Martha.
And of course there were pink balloons. Jim’s assignment was to get the balloons from the grocery store. When he couldn’t fit them all in the car he walked home carrying his 16 balloons. By the time he got home there were only 15 left and after tying them up in the backyard we were down to 14 but no one seemed to notice!
The food was set up in the kitchen – we had a cupcake bar and a candy bar – all in pink!
There were chocolate dipped strawberries with pretty pink sprinkles…
I was so excited when I found strawberry Whoppers and Mother’s animal cookies!
I used the party to test out a few cupcakes recipes for the upcoming wedding reception I am helping with. Of course they had to match the color scheme! I found a recipe for strawberry cupcakes over at Our Best Bites. For me the best part of eating cake is the frosting. Sara and Kate’s frosting recipe is one of the strangest I have ever made but it is one of the best tasting!!! And it looked so pretty….
I also made Chocolate Malted Cupcakes with Chocolate Malted Whip Cream Frosting from Real Mom Kitchen.
Most of the party took place outside -thank goodness for perfect weather. The kids played badmitten, broke a pinata, made s’mores in the backyard firepit. Guess what – I even found pink marshmellows in addition to caramel ones and chocolate and vanilla ones!
After their playing and eating we set up a projection screen in the backyard and they watched Grease!
We added a few decorations to the patio too to add some ambience to the evening.
I made these cute little hanging tea light holders out of punch cups I found at Goodwill. We hung them in the trees. Nothing adds atmosphere more than candles!
These little glass candle holders were a last minute addition – I found them at Craft Warehouse the day of the party and strung them along a wire.
All in all the party was a huge success and Tessa was thrilled.