Artisan Caramels Cookbook & Giveaway

Artisian Caramel Cook Book

I am so excited to share this post with you today, because these caramels from Firefly Confections just may be one of my favorite things E.V.E.R!  It was love at first bite and I I have been hooked on these creamy caramels ever since.  Sandy from Firefly Confections just released her new Artisan Caramels Cookbook and now you can make your own beautiful, golden, chewy, artisan caramels. In this stunning new book Sandy covers common mistakes to fail-proof techniques to help you learn the ins … [Read more...]

Rainbow Gumball Necklace

Rainbow Gumball Necklace Tutorial

I'm over the rainbow excited to share today's project with you, a Rainbow Gumball Necklace!  This simple little project makes me smile, but then again I imagine that it would be very difficult to be wearing a colorful gumball necklace and not be happy.  These colorful necklaces are great for St. Patrick's Day gifts and would also make darling party favors for rainbow themed parties too. I have always loved these gumball necklaces and have wanted a reason to make them for quite sometime.  St. … [Read more...]

Decorating Gingerbread Houses

Gingerbread House Village

Decorating Gingerbread Houses is one of my favorite Christmas traditions.  When we were kids my parents always made elaborate gingerbread houses.  I'm talking whole villages, mansions with working lights and candy furniture elaborate.  We always got to help decorate and put the candy on, but of course the best part was sneaking all that candy while helping!  It was one of those traditions I knew we would definitely carry on with our little family, although mine usually aren't anywhere as cool as … [Read more...]

Firefly Confections, My Favorite Caramels

Salted Vanilla Bean

I'm a big fan of sweets and anything with caramel ranks at the top of my list.  They were my favorite candies to find in my trick-or-treat bag at Halloween and I always keep a jar of the sweet stuff on hand for dipping apples or smothering my ice cream.  But, I didn't realize what I was missing until I met Sandy from Firefly Confections!  Sandy makes THE BEST CARAMELS, you know the chewy, melt-in-your mouth, deeply sweet and insanely addictive kind of caramels. It's true, one bite of her Salted … [Read more...]

Hansel and Gretel Birthday Party

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Follow the trail of lollipops and gum drops to a sweet birthday celebration!  Venture into the woods for this fairy tale Hansel and Gretel inspired 4th birthday party...or as my twin's called it their "Handsome and Gretel" party! When I asked my twin's what kind of party they wanted for their birthday they both screamed "CANDY!"  As an event planner and stylist I am always looking for ways to put a different spin on party themes and incorporate unique ideas where I can add my … [Read more...]

Hansel and Gretel Party (Part II- Activities)

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If you missed my Hansel and Gretel inspired party follow the gumdrop path over here to see all the party details!To me one of the most important parts of a birthday party are the activities and entertainment that keep the kids busy and happy.  I love incorporating the party theme and there were so many fun ways to bring this fairy tale to life.Games & Activities:  We started the party with everyone decorating their own candy cottage.  I originally wanted to make them just like we do at … [Read more...]

Spooktacular Halloween Spider Party

Halloween Spider Party

Spiders, spiders everywhere, it's a Spooktacular Halloween party!  This classic black and orange Halloween party features creepy crawly (but super cute) printables from Swish Designs. For this party I focused on the darling spider in the printable package  and the traditional orange and black color scheme. A lace spider web table cloth layered over a white table cloth created the spooky backdrop and everything else stood out against the black table cloth on the dessert table.  Using simple store … [Read more...]

Spooktacular Halloween Spider Party

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Spiders, spiders everywhere, it's a Spooktacular Halloween party!  This classic black and orange Halloween party features creepy crawly (but super cute) printables from Swish Designs. For this party I focused on the darling spider in the printable package  and the traditional orange and black color scheme. A lace spider web table cloth layered over a white table cloth created the spooky backdrop and everything else stood out against the black table cloth on the dessert table.  Using simple store … [Read more...]

Candy Making for Kids: Book Blog Tour + Giveaway

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I am thrilled to be a part of my dear friend Courtney Whitmore's new book blog tour, Candy Making for Kids!  Courtney was my roommate at SNAP and she is just as sweet, adorable and genuine in person as she is on her blog!  You may know Courtney from her fabulous website Pizzazzerie or her previous book Push Up Pops.  If you haven't already bought and read her first book, Push Up Pops, you should!  It's full of delicious eye candy ideal for anyone who loves to plan parties.As a mother of 3 … [Read more...]

Back to School Apple Candy Treats

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I can't believe it's time to start thinking about school.  It's especially exciting for me this year because my oldest will be starting kindergarten! I couldn't let this major milestone pass without a celebration so I planned a Back to School party (details coming soon!) While shopping for supplies I came across these cute little containers at Staples and knew they would make the perfect candy apple treats for our friends. Let's start with your supplies.  You'll need: - Lock-Ups … [Read more...]