Sunday, May 22, 2011

Recipe: Bite-Size Caprese Salad Appetizers

I got home from work the other day and wanted to make a Caprese Salad to accompany our dinner. I didn't have any large tomatoes and didn't fancy a trip to the, I got creative! I had grape tomatoes, so I decided to make bite-sized Caprese Salad appetizers. Take a look. I think these would make a great appetizer for a party too!

Here's the recipe...

Grape Tomatoes
Fresh Mozerella Cheese
Fresh basil leaves
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Kosher Salt
Cracked Black Pepper

Slice the top and bottom off each tomato, cut in half, and place on a dish with the middle up. Cut each mozerella ball in half and place on top of each tomato half. Top with chopped basil, olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Easy!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Cardboard craze: Box Creations

Remember the cardboard Buzz Lightyear Spaceship I made for the Toy Story party...

...and the cardboard barn and tractor for the Farm-tastic Barnyard party? 

Well, I've got some more cardboard fun in store for the upcoming "Marvel-ous" Spiderman party!

In the meantime, here's some more cardboard inspiration for you from Box Creations. I acutally purchased the priate ship and castle some time ago--now I just need a couple of candidates for a pirate ship party and a medieval knights party!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Inspiration: Mr Men and/or Little Miss Party

I was so happy this morning when I turned on my computer to see Google's doodles of the day: several Mr. Men-themed and Little Miss-themed doodles to celebrate the author's 76th birthday (hit refresh on the Google homepage to see them all!) :-) I loved Mr. Men and Little Miss books while growing up in the UK. My son loves them too--I bought the whole set of books for him online from a vendor in the UK!! He He. Check out the Google doodles:

I know the Mr. Men aren't as popular in the US, but the doodles are making me want to throw a Mr. Men party! Here's some inspiration...

Party invitations from Invitesbyme on Etsy.

Party plates and cups from Birthday Express. 

Check out these magnets from goodtimepartyfun on Etsy. They'd make cool favors, don't you think?

And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these plush Mr. Men and Little Miss toys from bnwcraft on Etsy. 

Parties must have cake. Donna Makes Cakes....but in the UK.... :-(
Donna, move to the US, please?! 

How about some fun craft activities at Mr. Messy's craft table...check out these Mr. Men from Crafty Creatures...

Enough inspiration to get the wheels turning. I'm imagining Mr. Small's cottage as the venue (or, rather, my house turned into Mr. Small's cottage complete with white picket fences)...lots of Cleverland animals...Walter the worm decorations...Mr. Men lanterns...Mr. Greedy's dream menu for the party food....Mr. Jelly's jello...rides in Mr. Funny's shoe car...Mr. Bump's apple orchard...Mr. Funny party hats...white and yellow daisies all around...fluffy white clouds...fluffy green trees...ahhhhhh...guess who's daydreaming like Mr. Daydream! :-)
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