Saturday, July 20, 2013

Vintage Carnival Wedding Shower

Welcome readers to my very best friends Vintage Carnival Wedding Shower!!!  I can hardly believe all the awesome thought and preparation that went into making this shower so awesome for her.  The weather was hot hot hot that day, the food was awesome and the the back yard venue looked amazing.  
First let me take you on a little tour! 

The drink table was an old dresser and on it was 3 drink dispensers.  The colours for the party were red, pink, and turquoise so you guessed it that was what colour each one of the drinks.  For "cups" we used mason jars that had jute wrapped around the top and attached to the jute was a carnival ticket. And to add just a little bit more cuteness were very colourful paper straws. 

The love makes a beautiful ride was also a great printable that spruced another table and can found here. 

For a treat as everyone was arriving we had fresh popcorn!! Beside the popcorn machine was a banner that read He Popped the Question.   People enjoyed eating the popcorn in their old fashion popcorn box.  We even had a few containers on the table that had popcorn seasoning in them. 

Making and serving popcorn!!

Hanging over the deck was this beautiful ribbon back drop, bunting and two colourfully painted chairs. This is where the bride to be and her groom played a few shower games and opened their shower gifts.  

And what would a carnival be without cotton candy!!!  Thats right these bridesmaids went all out and even rented a cotton candy machine for the special occasion!  It was actually really easy to make and people really enjoyed it.  We had blue and pink and sometimes if both colours got in the machine together there was purple.

These beautiful homemade pinwheels lined the walk way that guest took to come into the back yard party!  They were so beautiful.  They each had a pink steam which was made from a spray painted pensile and each pinwheel had pink, red or turquoise in it.   We also used side walk chalk to paint the drive way showing guest where to come. 

 Since there are 9 bridesmaids it wasn't too crazy getting everything set up in the morning.  Some of us where outside setting up and some where instead preparing the delicious food that we would enjoy.

Krissy the maid of honour, party planner and brides sister did a fantastic job putting everything together and was very busy doing last minute jobs before the lunch time shower began.   Here she is decorating her beautiful cupcake ice cream cones.

When we knew the bride to be was on her way the wedding party headed out front, with our cute little drinks, to greet her and her groom! 

So I will confess that the blue drink is Kool-aid!!!  Yes you heard me I was drinking Kool-aid...but I wanted my outfit to be all the same colour :P 

The couple arrived and were taking down pinwheel lane to their own carnival. 

I wish I had more pictures of the food that we served but to give you an idea everything was mini!!  We had mini hotdogs, mini pulled pork sliders, corn on the cob which we broke in half to be "mini" along with lots of salads. 

The desserts consisted of cupcakes, ice cream cone cupcakes, cotton candy, timbits,  marshmallow treats, strawberry short cake,  and delicious homemade funnel cakes with fresh strawberries and whip cream. 

At gift time all the bridesmaids went in on this gift for Deanna.  Its her own pink kitchen aid for her new house!! 

And all great parties must have a photo booth so here we are the girl half of the wedding party. 

Because it was sooooo hot that day and we were out in the back yard all afternoon in the sun some of the gals decided to jump in the pool dresses and all. 

When the party was over the hubby's showed up with the kids and we spent the rest of the late afternoon and evening in the pool, eating lots of treats and having a washer tournament.  Oh and the kids got to do the pinata that we had for the shower as well. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Popsicles

Another awesome summer treat that we have enjoyed around here this summer!!!   I found this treat while search the web and even though my picture is not as beautiful as the original let me tell you that they are just as tasty!!!  

The recipe comes from chocolate and carrots and can be found here.   But the recipe was so simple to make its pretty simple strawberries and water.  

I used fresh strawberries that were hand picked at the local u picked. 

Now for the best part the chocolate!  I did make the homemade magic shell (just like the recipe did) with semi sweet chocolate chips and coconut oil!!  It is sooo tasty and worked like a charm.  I am pretty sure these guys dipped their popsicles more than once. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Raspberry Cheesecake Popsicle

This is a recipe I must share with you readers.  I found it through pinterest, I am sure, but it is just so simple to make such a delicious treat that you must try them out this summer!!  

The original recipe is pinned on my summer time fun board.    The recipe was so easy to follow that these two cutie pies actually did all the work!!  Along with my beloved kitchen aid of course.  I followed the original recipe except I didn't have any raspberry extract so I used real vanilla instead.  

We scooped the thick cream cheese mixture into the molds and then pressed the butter graham cracker crumbs into the top, which will be the bottom when frozen,  and placed in the freezer for the day. 

They sure were a delicious dessert treat on a hot summer night. 

With the little bit of mixture that didn't fit into the molds I make some mini ones for the little ones using dixi cups and popsicle sticks. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

summer fun

Hello Readers!!!  Aren't you just loving summer??  We had a rainy week the last week of June but now the weather here is hot hot hot.  We have been taking full advantage of the sun and knocking off some of our fun things from our summer fun list!!

I am working on some awesome post you won't want to miss.  I have a couple on the delicious popsicles we have been enjoying.  A few personal ones about some family trips we have taken and also a post on an awesome vintage carnival wedding shower we had for my best friend who is getting married at the end of the summer!!!!  

Hope you are enjoying summer as well. 

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