{Birthday Party} BB-8th Star Wars Birthday

May the 4th be with you on this Star Wars Day!

Today we are sharing a BB-8 Star Wars Birthday Party in honor of one of our favorite “holidays!” Although we can’t share the stationery from this party because of all of the awesome (and trademarked) Star Wars components, we are sure that you’ll find some inspiration for the next Star Wars party at your house!

The birthday boy is absolutely obsessed with Star Wars, and BB-8 is one of his favorite characters. How perfect that it was his 8th birthday?

This party was by far one of our favorite parties we’ve ever done. The details for inspiration that the Star Wars movies provide is compared to none other.

Plain chocolate and vanilla macarons were transformed into Wookie Cookies and Stormtroopers with melted chocolate, sprinkles, and royal icing:

The symbol for the Resistance was cut out of fondant for these chocolate chip cupcakes in party cups:

Galaxy Bark made with different colors of Wilton Candy Melts and a topped with amazing sprinkles from Sweetapolita were one of the kids’ favorites:

The Dark Side was represented by First Order logos cut out of fondant (and colored with a food ink marker) and placed on Dark Fudge Cupcakes:

Each party-goer left with a Star Wars metal lunch box filled with candy, temporary tattoos, and other Star Wars goodies:

Mini Donuts were topped with orange sprinkles and a BB-8 head cut out of card stock for a fun treat:

A Star Wars party cannot be complete without chocolate-covered pretzel Lightsabers!

Chocolate covered Oreos were transformed into R2-D2 with a simple design of melted candy melts, and a custom tag for the stick:

The birthday boy’s special request for a cake design (of course!) was a BB-8, made simple with a regular round cake pan and a half-dome pan:

One of our favorite treats were the BB-8 sugar cookies, made simple with a custom cookie cutter some painted fondant:

Each kid also got to choose his own Lightsaber (aka Bubble Wand) to take home:

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{FREE Printable} Floral Teacher Appreciation Tag

In the newest issue of Everyday Party Magazine, we shared a new printable stationery tag for Teacher Appreciation Day. Framed with watercolor peonies and inscribed with “Thanks for being a great teacher and helping our children bloom,” the tag is available for FREE download by heading over to the Everyday Party Magazine post HERE.

Can you believe how gorgeous that floral arrangement from The Bloomery is?!? It is ah.mazing.

We hope you enjoy the printable tag and spoil some teachers with flowers this week!

{Easter} Rustic Chic Easter Brunch Table

We are prepping our table for Easter Brunch today! This year, we decided to go for a rustic chic table setting–we kept the linens crisp and white, used our basketweave white place settings, and added touches of natural wood and greenery.

Here’s a breakdown of all of the components we used; hopefully it will help you to plan your table this weekend!

-White every day dishes in a simple basketweave design.
-Silverware from Restoration Hardware.
-Our favorite Glasses from Tiffany & Co.
-Linen napkins (with a DIY you’ll see in another post!).
-DIY mini boxwood wreath (small clippings of boxwood attached in a round with floral wire or tape).
-Pink and white striped ribbon flag for under the wreath.
-DIY Place card/banner cut with a cutting machine, then hand lettered.
-Daffodils from our friends at The Bloomery (Look at those little tiny ones! They’re adorable!) in a simple white container (any white vase, or even a mason jar would do).
Farmhouse Wooden Serving Plank from Magnolia Market (a wonderful birthday gift last year!).
-Bunny Serving Platter from Williams Sonoma (a collection from a past year).
-Stone Bunny Decor from Target (also from a past collection).

The cute little stone (ceramic?) bunny, Check the Smith & Hawken section at Target–if he is still available, that’s where you’ll find him.

And a closer shot of those darling little miniature daffodils!

Aren’t these Daffodils from The Bloomery GORGEOUS!? Such a simple reminder of Easter and Spring!

We’ll be sharing our Easter preparations over the next two days, so check back soon!

{Recipe} Peach Bourbon Cobbler

Happy National Peach Cobbler Day!

This is one “holiday” we are happy to get behind! Any excuse to make peach cobbler is good with us. It’s a favorite around here, and with the addition of Bourbon, this version is likely to appear more often (because let’s face it, adding Bourbon to anything is okay with us).

If you haven’t made a cobbler, it is a classic southern dessert (or breakfast, or snack, or any other time of the day–haha!) and is really easy to make. If you have fruit and basic baking ingredients, you can whip a cobbler up in no time! This one literally took about 10 minutes to prep and put in the oven. Other recipes use canned fruit instead of frozen, which even cuts the time down more. The batter for the cobbler is one of those recipes you can file in your brain and use whenever–everything is in quantities of “2.”Two cups of milk, two cups of flour, etc.

This week we are in full-on Easter prep mode, and this recipe is definitely going to be on our Easter menu! Make it ahead, and keep in the oven on warm, add some whipped cream or ice cream, and you have an instant favorite.

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Peach Bourbon Cobbler

A simple cobbler recipe using frozen peaches and yes, Bourbon!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

For the Fruit:

  • 2 16 oz. Bags of Frozen Peaches
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp Bourbon (we used Basil Hayden's)

For the Batter:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tsp baking powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Melt butter in a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add peaches, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and Bourbon and cook until bubbly and peaches are soft.

  3. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients and stir to combine. Add milk and mix well.

  4. Pour batter over peaches and bake in preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes, or until toothpick comes clean and the edges are crisp and golden brown.

  5. Best served warm, by itself, or with whipped cream or ice cream.

Enjoy!

{Easter} Easter Bread Recipe Finds

This year, I am hosting Easter brunch at my house, and I want to make “Easter Bread.” I was surprised to find that there are so many options! I found a few different ones on Pinterest, but I’m not sure which one to try. Have any of you made one of these kinds of Easter Bread? Help!

This traditional Italian Easter Bread from Bake with Christina is the one I’m most interested in. But I’m not sure what I think about the egg being baked with it?

This sweet version with raisins from Valya’s Taste of Home seems to be similar to what my family made when I was a kid. The raisins are a new addition, though.

Even though it’s a tiny picture, this Italian Ricotta Bread from Taste of Home looks really good! With the ricotta and the powdered sugar glaze, I’m wondering if it’s more of a dessert bread?

This is a tough decision. Let me know which recipe you would choose, and I’ll let you know later this week which one I make (and how it turned out.)

{Easter} Easter Party for Kids with Simple Decor Ideas

Today we’re sharing a few cute ideas for hosting your own Easter Party for kids. This is one of our favorite traditions, as our kids have off a few extra days around Easter. They invite their friends over for lunch, we decorate eggs, and it’s just a nice way to start Easter break!

For this party, we worked with Kathy from The Bloomery, a local flower farmer. Check out the awesome Easter grass she grew for us! (Hint: if you’re local, she sells it to florists and anyone who wants to use it to decorate!)

Using our paper cutting machine, we cut simple bunny silhouettes out of thick paper, and attached them to skewers to “plant” in the Easter grass.

One of the favorite pieces around here are those little cupcake stands with cloches, and we used them to display Marshmallow bunnies to dress up the table. The raffia carrots are from Pottery Barn!

For little treats at each place setting, we made chocolate bunnies in chocolate molds and stood them in small bowls of jelly beans. The kids went straight for the ears 😉

We also used chocolate molds and candy melts to make these adorable chocolate carrots!

For a simple place setting, we used 12×12 patterned card stock cut into the shape of an Easter egg, and placed a glass plate as well as a paper plate (from Target!) for the kids to use.

In our shop, you can find invitations to host your own Easter party! Check them out HERE.

{Easter} New Invitations for your Easter Parties

We have two new listings available in the Pineapple Paper Co. Shop for Easter–an Easter Brunch Invitation and an Easter Egg Decorating Party Invitation!

Both are 5×7″ and include coordinating patterns for the reverse of each invitation.

For your Easter Sunday brunch, we have a pastel pink bunny invite with a coordinating pink and ivory window lattice on the reverse side:

And since Egg decorating is usually super colorful (and a little messy at our house!), we went with bright colors, stripes, and a swiss dot reverse for this invite!

Check our both of these invites in our shop, along with invites and gifts for birthdays and other events!

{St. Patrick’s Day} Irish Recipes to Make for Dinner

Need some inspiration for recipes to make this year for St. Patrick’s Day? We found four recipes on Pinterest and saved them to make next week!

We are huge fans of Irish recipes in our house–although I’m not Irish, my husband (and therefore, the kids) are! So every year, we make a few traditional Irish recipes that everyone looks forward to.

I’m thinking of making the traditional ones, but mixing in a few new recipes this year!

First, the traditional (aka never getting away with NOT making this):

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage from The Cookie Rookie. Every year, my husband lets his corned beef boil on the stove with the cabbage, potatoes, and carrots. I’m thinking this year he throws it all in the slow cooker and calls it a day.

This recipe is right up my alley: Beef and Guinness Hand Pies from Frugal Mom Eh! It reminds me of a Shepherds Pie, but in a neat little package:

The next two are ones I think my kids would like:

Bangers and Mash from Just a Pinch. There’s a local grocery store that makes homemade bangers every year around St. Patrick’s Day. I think this year I might pick up a few. And these look so cute in the mini cast iron pan!

Beer Cheese Soup from A Spicy Perspective also looks awesome! My kids would dip veggies in it, and bread bowls are always a winner.

What recipes are you making this year for St. Patrick’ Day? Comment below with your choices! And follow us on Pinterest for more St. Patrick’s Day inspiration!

{Birthday Party} New Invitations from the Pineapple Paper Co. Shop!

Today we are sharing some of our new birthday invitations from the Pineapple Paper Co. Shop! Kid birthday parties are one of our favorite events to design, and these new themes are sure to produce some awesome parties this Spring! Simply click on the photo to head to our “Birthday Parties” main page!

New Birthday Invitations

Head over to our SHOP, and check out all of the new products we have! In addition to the parties above, we have a new Cupcake Party Invite for girls, and a Hockey Party Invite for the little men! We can’t wait to share the photos from all of these parties over the next couple of months–they’re going to be adorable!

As always, we LOVE designing custom invitations and party stationery for your upcoming parties! Please email us at info@pineapplepaperco.com for a custom design quote!

 

{Mardi Gras} “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler” FREE Print

Today we are sharing this FREE 8×10″ art print! Because one of our favorite sayings is the classic Mardi Gras “laissez les bon temps rouler” (“let the good times roll), it was an easy choice!

This weekend you can prep for Mardi Gras! Pick up some beads, whip up some milk punch & king cake, and print out this poster to decorate your house for Tuesday.

We are super excited to share this with y’all!

Need more Mardi Gras prep? Check out our recipe for King Cake & some inspiration for making Milk Punch that we posted over the last week. And follow us on Pinterest for lots of recipe ideas for the next few days!

And download your FREE 8×10″ Mardi Gras art print HERE.

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