You have to make a brownie cake. For real. Because look how cute it is. I love to serve things in a new way at the parties I throw. It’s such a fun way to add special details that the guests will love. Sure, you can serve a plain old cake. But why not serve a brownie cake? It’s something you don’t see everyday, everyone (well, just about everyone) loves brownies and it’s SO easy. So just make one, ok?
PIE CAKE! OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS! YOU HAVE TO STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND GO BAKE A PIE CAKE RIGHT NOW! Like, right this minute. And yes, you read that right. There is pie. Inside that cake. I made this for my son’s birthday party last week and had to share it. I though about making another one so I could take pretty, styled photos of the steps and make a gorgeous, Pinterest worthy post. But I can’t! I’m too excited to share it. So let’s consider this pie cake to be in the wild, in a raw landscape, its natural habitat. YOU GUYS! PIE INSIDE CAKE!
Do you love awards show season as much as I do? I LOVE pop culture and one of my majors in college was TV/Film so you know I love my celebrities and all that goes with it. Today I’m going to show you How to Host an Awards Show Viewing Party. I keep it really simple because I like to enjoy my get togethers too. If you focus on a few details ahead of time, you can show your guests a great time and get to be part of the party fun.
To start, I know that baking is NOT my specialty. I’d like to blame my oven (which does run hot, btw) but I know that some of the fault lies with me. I always pick up a few store-bought cupcakes, because who doesn’t love cupcakes? Then I just use some edible gold stars to make these feel a little more “Hollywood.”
I serve SUPER simple recipes, that can be made ahead of time, and I choose things that aren’t fussy. This Sweet and Salty Movie Mix snack took about 2 minutes to make. And this delicious King’s Hawaiian Bread crostini snacks couldn’t be easier and can be made in savory versions too. I had never thought about using half a Sweet Roll in this way before, but it is SUCH a great idea! Don’t forget to check out all the award show recipes over on the King’s Hawaiian’s special award show party planning site!
Awards shows are usually all about glamour. And to me, red is a must have color. I picked up a few bunches of red tulips at the market and created these pretty arrangements. One of my weaknesses, in the whole realm of entertaining, is flower arranging. What works for me is using really interesting vases and one type of bloom. On the flip side, using drinking glasses or jars and splitting up a bouquet of flowers works wonders as well. You can place these smaller arrangements around the table to add pops of color where you need it.
I have kids so they are usually included in most of the things I do. But awards shows do not interest my kids. They love a football party. But don’t understand why anyone would watch an awards show. They usually go play at the neighbor’s house when I have people over for awards shows. So that means I don’t really have to include them in the party food. Which means that I get to go a little more adult-friendly with my spread. Cocktail themed candy is a great thing and perfect for an awards show party. These colorful, sophisticated lollipops by Quin come in standard fruity flavors but also in wine flavors, like the one with Pinot Gris, shown on the right. And champagne flavored Jelly Belly’s just make sense.
Of course you should keep the champagne flowing through out your shindig, but also serve a signature cocktail like this Grapefruit Hibiscus Vodka Soda Cocktail. People love to try new cocktails but sometimes don’t take the time to make them for themselves at home. Now is your chance to be creative and share your favorites with your guests.
To make it extra fun, add edible confetti! Edible confetti is super versatile and you can use themed hole punches or even cut out letters to write your own messages.
Watching the awards show is the main activity of your party, of course! But you simply HAVE to play awards show bingo (which you can find around the web) or have people guess the winners on their own ballots. The prizes can be super easy and inexpensive. Here I picked up a small succulent and used a paint pen to write “winner” on one of the leaves. Pick up a tray of delicious gold candies to send home with the winner. Or let them take a tiny party home with them by gifting this confetti pop.
Do you host awards show viewing parties? Or do you watch them alone on your couch with popcorn and booze? There’s no judging. There is no wrong answer.
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*This post was sponsored by Chinet. They sent me product and compensation to share a fun way to bring people together through entertaining.
Who doesn’t love a girl’s night, am I right? It is the perfect time to reconnect with those gals that you can say anything to and laugh at everything with. I’ve been dying to host a “Chicks and Salsa” party forever. When I would visit my sister, who went away for college, we would go to this little bar that had a Chicks and Salsa night. The name has stuck with me and I think it makes a perfect theme for a girl’s night in complete with Mexican inspired food and bright colors.
While it isn’t exactly a formal affair, I decided to hang place cards on the back of the chairs. My dining room is so plain (except for the rug – but we STILL haven’t hung any artwork) I figured the extra color would help make it a little bit more festive.
I made this quick little sign for the occasion to add more ambiance. I love all the marquee signs with lights that you can DIY but am totally afraid of power tools. So I decided to mimic the look with cups that I painted and a little hot glue.
As you may remember I am in love with the Moscow Mule cocktail. But while I was in Mexico I started dreaming of a Mexican Mule – which is the same drink just using Tequila instead of the Vodka. I’ll share the recipe later in the week! Any good girl’s night starts off with cocktails.
The point of this post is to share that your entertaining doesn’t have to be crazy complicated to have a nice little party and a great time. I wanted to add some color to the table but not spend a lot of money or time on the decorating. I picked up two aloe vera plants from Trader Joe’s (you can never have enough aloe vera in my opinion so these will live on long past the party!) and added in some bougainnvillea that I got from my neighbor’s yard (I asked first!!!).
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