Holiday Apple Tea Punch

Holiday Apple Tea Punch It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! The holidays are here and one thing is for sure… there will be holiday parties! I absolutely LOVE hosting but this time of year can be stressful because it’s as if a whole year’s worth of celebrations, eating and parties all come together into one little month! If you are anything like me, you worry that you are not enjoying the season because everything rushes by so fast. When I am having a party (any time of the year) my single most important tip is to make anything and everything you can make ahead of time! Finish the decor then make the food and the drinks the day before too! That way you can enjoy your company and visit instead of playing short order cook.

Holiday Apple Tea Punch  I came up with a super fun and very easy Holiday Punch that you can make, pop in the fridge a day early and the flavors will only get better! I love Iced Tea so this is a fun and festive spin on that. I used Milo’s Tea which I love because it is fresh brewed, and made from natural ingredients with no preservatives or added acids! It has a super fresh taste like you just brewed it at home! Milo’s is a Holiday must have; they offer Unsweet Tea, Tea Sweetened with Pure Cane Sugar, No Calorie, Decaf… even Lemonade. I used the “No Calorie” because I just need all the help I can get this time of year haha. Milo’s was started years ago in Alabama by a woman named Bea when her husband Milo returned from WWII and they have been brewing fresh tea ever since… How cute is that?!  I found Milo’s at my local Randall’s in the refrigerated juice and dairy section but they are available at lots of retailers. Find a store near you by using the store locator.

Holiday Apple Tea Punch Here’s how to make it:

Holiday Tea Punch

Ingredients:
2 cups Milo’s No Calorie Sweet Tea
1.5 cups Club Soda (or a little less if you like it sweeter)
1/2 cup Apple Cider
the juice from 1/2 of a Lemon
a dash of Cinnamon
Sugar
Cloves, Cranberries, Apples and Lemons for garnish 

Mix the following ingredients; Milo’s Tea, Club Soda, Apple Cider and Fresh Lemon in a pitcher.

IMG_8419Then add a dash of Cinnamon and mix together. Slice apples and lemons and drop in the punch. Add a few cloves and cranberries and refrigerate for a few hours or even overnight.

Holiday Apple Tea Punch

Holiday Apple Tea Punch Before you serve your punch, you can really impress your guest with cinnamon sugar rimmed glasses. Just add a little sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon to a flat plate and mix it around. Then take a lemon slice and slide it around the rim of a glass a few times and dip the rim in the cinnamon sugar. Everyone will think you are very fancy ;) Let that set for a few minutes. Then add ice and pour in your Holiday Apple Tea Punch… so festive, fresh and tasty!

Holiday Apple Tea Punch

Holiday Apple Tea Punch

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A Peppa Pig Tea Party Birthday

Peppa Pig BirthdayThis summer our sweet Bee girl turned three! We had a Friday Morning Playdate party with a friend who has a birthday the same week as Bee. They were in the same class in PreSchool so we just invited their class :) The other birthday girl was planning a tea party and Bee was excited about a Peppa Pig Birthday so we mixed the themes and threw a Peppa Pig Tea Party…  Super fun!

peppa pig birthday partypeppa pig birthday partyI made the invitation in Illustrator and I love how it turned out! The other mom saw the wording on an invitation on Pinterest and it went perfect with our theme… I had it printed at our local copy shop and the best part was that we handed them out to the class on the last day of school in May so we didn’t even have to mail them.

Peppa Pig Party

How cute is her little birthday outfit?! I found the shirt at Old Navy, the skirt is from Amazon (HERE is the link) and I just hot glued some felt on alligator clips for the little piggy ears :) It was a water party so she later changed into a Peppa Bathing suit… she’s very fancy with her party costume changes haha.

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http://amzn.to/2w1Fi8EI did a little mini balloon arch over the window in my breakfast room with all of the food. We all know how I love a good balloon arch :) I usually try to choose 4/5 colors for most parties so we tried to stick to Pink, Lavender, Yellow, Green and Light Blue.

Peppa Pig Birthday PartyPeppa Pig PartyFor the food we went with a “tea party” ish menu. We had tea sandwiches, fruit salad, pasta salad, goldfish and popcorn in baking cups, watermelon and pigs in a blanket. My mom also made little “tea cakes”, snickerdoodles and sugar cookies. We also served raspberry sherbert punch for the kids and mimosa punch for the moms :)

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Peppa Pig PartyFor the backdrop behind the table I used a science fair board and taped the sides flat and covered it in felt. I cut the Peppa family out of felt and attached them together with hot glue. All of the Peppa Pig characters are reposition-able so Bee actually played with this for weeks after the party! Our other friend made the big “3″ for her sons party earlier this year and asked if I wanted it… I have been hoarding it ever since haha!

Peppa Pig Party

I used my silhouette machine to cut teacups out of cardstock and sewed them together to make a teacup garland. I hung that up with a paper strip garland that I did the same way :)

Peppa Pig Party

Peppa Pig Party

We put a few cheap kiddie pools in my backyard, one was filled with water and one we filled with Jelly Beads (my kids are obsessed with THESE). I also bought this water toy at the beginning of summer (HERE is the link). It did end up with a few holes in it by the end of summer but we got a few months of play from it. The kids had so much fun playing in the hose and splashing in the water beads!

Peppa Pig Party

Peppa Pig Party

Peppa Pig Party

For the party favor we did a spin in the “adopt a pet” idea I have seen and we did “Adopt a Pig”! I found the Pigs at Oriental Trading Co. They had little shirts with sayings on them but I just cut those off. For the pig pen I got a green foam core board and made a little fence from popsicles sticks and just placed the piggies inside.

Peppa Pig Party IMG_9452 IMG_9453We have always had all of our kid’s birthday parties in the afternoon and I have to say the daytime playdate party was a fun change! Happy Birthday to two sweet girls!

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Classroom Valentine Ideas

Minted Classroom Valentines

Valentine’s Day is such a fun day for my kids. I told them this year they will be WINNING Valentine’s Day thanks to Minted! I posted a few weeks ago about how I was so excited to learn that Minted now carries Classroom Valentines so I thought I would share what we picked out!

Minted Classroom Valentines

I seriously had a hard time picking just three designs, everything was so cute… thankfully there is next year because it was hard to narrow it down. Of course in 2017 we moms couldn’t  just pass out a Valentine’s Day Card, could we… hehe :) I think adding a little something extra is fun, mainly because I love a good theme, so I’m going with it!

Minted Classroom Valentines

For the Boys, I gave them each three choices. That way it wasn’t overwhelming but they felt like they had a say. My oldest chose these hilarious Whoopie Classroom Cards. He’s in 1st grade and I know his class with LOVE these! He is a little older so I went with the tic-tac-toe option on the back. There are several backer options, patterns (like I chose for the littles, photos, messages… so cute) The stickers are so cute too! I found the Whoopie Cushions in a pack of 12 for $6 at Oriental Trading.

Minted Classroom Valentines

My middle son is my animal lover! Amphibians, fish and reptiles specifically haha. He chose the “Iguana Be Yours” Valentines then I found these reptile finger puppets, also at Oriental Trading Co. He is OBSESSED with them and cheered when everything came in so I will take that as a great sign haha. I love the back pattern on this one and of course the custom name stickers too!

Minted Classroom Valentines

For Bee’s class I chose these adorable little Llama Fun Classroom Cards with the wavy edge. I can’t handle them… also the Llama Lollipops? I mean come on. They are almost too cute to eat… almost. They are also from, you guessed it, Oriental Trading Co.

Minted Classroom Valentines

Minted as usual did an amazing job, the quality and selection is A+! Check out all of Minted’s Classroom Valentines HERE. Happy Valentines Day everyone! XOXO

Minted Classroom Valentines

Minted Classroom Valentines

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Who can believe that Valentines day is right around the corner? 2017 is already flying and you guys… I am about to make your life so easy. You can thank me later ;) I love custom gifts and today I am sharing some great ideas for any special someone in your life! It is no secret that I love Minted for invitations and Holiday Cards but now Minted is making it easy for Valentines Day too! They are featuring completely custom gifts, some of which include; custom vow prints, custom images showcasing “where you met”, “a special place” etc, and custom silhouette pieces which can be of children or pets! So fun and easy… which means more time for sewing ha!

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Something new this year… I love love love this idea! Petite Pairs are sets of Arts Prints that go together, for example a set For Him, Custom Recipe Art and Whiskey Print. My favorite part is that you can upload an old family recipe and it will print in the original handwriting, SO CUTE! MY husband would love this.

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How perfect is this Gold Foil custom Vow Art? Minted has an unframed or a framed option (with tons of choices). You just plug in your own vows, choose your foil color and pick out a frame. Couldn’t be easier!

valentines day gift guide

Valentines Day Gift Guide

I am literally DYING over these Custom Silhouette Art Prints!! I can NOT handle anything done on the Letterpress. Our Holiday Cards from Minted were letterpressed and I was in love. I definitely need 3 (and a dog one) right?! Hopefully my husband is reading this post :)

Valentines day Gift Guide

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My personal favorite might be the Custom House Portrait Art. LOVE these!

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A simple but super sweet idea is a a Quote Keepsake Art Print. I think both men and women would love this idea and it would look great in any room of your home.

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Of course you can’t go wrong with the Iconic Minted Snapshot Mix Photo Art! I love this copper frame!

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I also found my new favorite card… a Valentines Day Sewing themed card?! Come on!

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Be sure to check out the convenient shipping calendar to find out when you have to order your custom art. I am super excited about a post I have coming up in the next few weeks… Guys, Minted has CLASSROOM VALENTINES!!! I about died. These put grocery store cards to shame haha! I also have a cute (and affordable) little classroom gift set, super cute! Have a great weekend and Happy Valentines Day Shopping :)

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