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Great Piñatas

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Piñatas are so much fun at parties! I think they are great for kid and adult parties alike, so here are four great examples of piñatas to use or make for your next party.

Alligator Pinata
Photo Source: Oh Happy Day
I love this alligator piñata.  I think it is so creative and different. It is almost a shame to break it open. But maybe you can make it a pull-string piñata instead. That way you can keep it around for decoration! Get the DIY instructions at Oh Happy Day.

Gilded Pinata
Photo Source: Studio DIY
Next is this golden piñata.  It is a "makeover" of the traditional donkey piñata and I think it looks great! Learn how to make it at Studio DIY.
Flower Pinata
Photo Source: Girl.Inspired
These are such pretty piñatas.  They were made with coffee filters and silk flowers glued on to a round piñata base.  Get the DIY information on the Girl.Inspired blog.

Pinata cake
Photo Source: A Subtle Revelry
Photography and styling by Athena Plichta under the creative direction of Victoria Hudgins.

This is not a piñata in the traditional sense, but it is a great idea and would be so much fun for a party. A cake and piñata in one! Learn how to make it on A Subtle Revelry.


Sweet Mondays: Churros

Monday, April 21, 2014

Churros | Paper & Party Love

Sweet, crunchy on the outside and warm on the inside, and usually eaten with a chocolate sauce or with Nutella.  Who wouldn't love to eat churros? With Cinco de Mayo coming up soon, I thought I would share one of my family's favorite Mexican desserts.

We made some the other day and they are very easy to make.  The dough took about 5 minutes to prepare and as soon as the oil was heated up, they cooked fairly quickly too.  I made them in long strips with a churro maker, but I have read that some people simply use a large star decorating tip and a pastry bag to get the same shape.  I also made some that were bite size so that it was easier for the little ones to eat. Either way you make them, they are really good!

Bite-size churros | Paper & Party Love

Churros Recipe (adapted from allrecipes.com)

Ingredients

1 Cup Water
1 Tbsp. Sugar
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp.  Vegetable Oil
1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
Oil for Frying
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Tsp. Cinnamon

Instructions

1. In a saucepan, add the water, 1 tablespoon of sugar, salt and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.  Bring these to a boil and then remove the pan from the heat.

2. Stir in 1 cup of flour until the dough forms a ball.  Set aside.

3. Heat the oil for frying in a deep pan or a dutch oven.  Heat the oil to 375 degrees fahrenheit (or 190 degrees celsius).  Pipe strips of the dough into the oil with a churro maker or with a pastry bag.  Fry the strips until they are a golden color and then drain them on paper towels. 

4. Combine 1/2 cup of sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon on a shallow plate. Roll the churros in the mixture.

5. Enjoy!


Happy Easter!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter | Paper & Party Love

I just wanted to wish you all a happy Easter!  I hope you are able to spend it with your loved ones.

5 Simple Easter Table Decorating Ideas (and a Free Printable Banner!)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

5 Simple Easter Table Decorating Ideas | Paper & Party Love

Easter is almost here and as most of us are busy, you might not have had time yet to think about decorating for Easter brunch or dinner.  I am all about keeping it simple and easy, especially around the holidays. There is enough to do with cooking and getting everything ready. But if you have friends and family coming over for dinner, I am sure you would like to decorate a little to commemorate the holiday. I wanted to share some decorating ideas with you that you can do with items you can easily get at the grocery store or probably already have around your house during this time of year.

1. Use a dyed egg as a place card. I wrote a name with a gold pen on an egg and placed it in a shot glass to hold it up. You can also just place it on top of a plate to keep it simple. 

2. Decorate with flowers.  I bought some tulips at the grocery store and placed them in a large vase and put them in the center of the table. It makes a big impact and is very simple to do. You can also place two or three flowers in small vases and place them around the table or at each place setting.

3. Download a printable Easter banner and use it to decorate a side table where you can place your drinks or desserts. I made the one you see above and you can download it for free here!

4.  Use dyed eggs (either from the grocery store or ones that you decorated) and fill a vase with them to bring color to your table. I love all of these bright colors!

5. Make an easy table centerpiece/dessert using cupcakes, eggs, and chocolate bunnies. Use the chocolate bunnies as cupcake toppers and decorate around them with eggs and Easter grass.

I hope that helps and that you can find simple ways to make your Easter table a little less ordinary with these simple decorations!

Sweet Mondays: Easter Flower Pot Cupcakes

Monday, April 14, 2014

Carrot Top Cupcakes | Paper & Party Love

Since Easter is this Sunday, I thought I would share an Easter-themed sweet this week.  These adorable cupcakes were made by my friend Sharon for that same Easter party that I talked about last week. These are chocolate gluten-free cupcakes made in a silicone flower pot.


She stuck a marzipan carrot on top and smashed an extra cupcake to use as the "dirt". They look great and I can tell you that they tasted really good too!  


To get the recipe, visit Sharon's blog


Chocolate Bunny Cupcake Toppers

Friday, April 11, 2014

Chocolate Bunny Cupcake Topper | Paper & Party Love

Here's an easy way to make an Easter dessert with cupcakes. Simply place a chocolate bunny on top of your cupcakes and you have an easy Easter treat that looks great.  Make a few of them and group them together to use as a table centerpiece!

Bunny Tails & Bunny Poop - Free Printables!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bunny Tails Printable Bag Toppers | Paper & Party Love

Easter is almost here and my friend Sharon, who blogs over on TheVazFamily, needed some printables for bunny tails and bunny poop bags she was making for an Easter party.  I made some for her and they turned out really cute!  I am sharing them here as a free download in case you would also like to use them for your Easter parties.

We used the bunny tails printables in two ways. One was as a bag topper like you see above, and the other was as a tag like below.  To make them into a tag, simply cut them in half and punch a hole to tie them around your package with a ribbon.  Sharon used tulle, clear plastic wrap, and raffia ribbon to wrap the marshmallows into a pretty little bundle.  She topped it off with our printable tag.  They look great, don't you think?

Bunny Tails Printable Tag | Paper & Party Love

For Christmas, we made reindeer poop bag toppers and the kids loved them. So, we made bunny poop bag toppers just for them.  This time though, instead of filling them with Maltesers, we filled up the bags with jellybeans.  I'm sure the kids will enjoy this one as well.  Anything with candy makes them happy!

Bunny Poop Printable Bag Toppers | Paper & Party Love

Click on the links below to download the printable files to make these at home.

Bunny Tails Printable Bag Toppers | Paper & Party Love
Bunny Poop Printable Bag Toppers | Paper & Party Love

Download the Bunny Poop Printable PDF File

Enjoy!

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