a scalloped backdrop is my fave

August 21, 2014

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Surprise, surprise! I’ve created yet another party DIY that’s so easy, you really don’t need instructions (but I provided them for you anyway). Basically, if you can cut a circle, you can make this party backdrop.

Get the full tutorial right here on Julep.

Photos: Jennifer Little

a girly party is my fave

August 20, 2014

from guest contributor Ashley Rose

Today I’m sharing a few favorite ideas to create your very own sweet adventures party, perfectly styled for little princesses since Mel is celebrating her first baby girl.
invite

​Make these DIY invites to let guests know.

teepee

Let their imaginations run wild here.

cake

​Serve them sprinkled strawberry milk cheesecake.

favors

Send them off with the cutest party favors of all time.

photo one by Michaela Egger for Oh Happy Day // photo two by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo // photo three by Sprinkles Bakes // photo four by stevie pattyn for Shop Sweet Lulu

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an ice cream terrine is my fave

August 19, 2014

by guest contributor by Lyndsay Sung of Coco Cake Land

ice cream terrine recipe
There’s nothing very complicated about this summer-perfect ice cream terrine. We’re re-shaping ice cream into a cute brick, guys. But it is worth the effort because it INDEED becomes a cute brick, with three delicious ice cream flavours, ready to be sliced and diced onto the nearest eagerly awaiting plate – a cool, creamy treat perfect for summer parties.

ice cream terrine recipe

You will need:
- A loaf pan (I used a 9 x 5 x 3 inch)
- Three pints of ice cream in vanilla, chocolate and cherry (or your fave flavours). If you wanted to be completely insane you could make each ice cream flavour – but that leaves less time for frolicking in the pool or in the yard! I recommend the lazy approach here.
- A small offset spatula (crucial for smoothing)
- Whipped cream
- Fresh fruit to garnish
- Cake flags for extra cuteness (use washi tape or craft paper)

ice cream terrine recipe

Directions:

Remove your first ice cream flavour from the freezer; set on counter for five minutes until soft. Remember, you’ll be flipping the terrine upside down so the first flavour will be on the top. Using an ice cream scoop, dole out about six large scoops of ice cream and place in loaf pan. Working quickly, use the offset spatula to smoothe the layer flat. Place the loaf pan in freezer for 20 minutes to set the layer. Repeat with the following two flavours, making sure to freeze each layer until set.

Finally, freeze the whole thing for at least 3 hours to set it up. Before removing from freezer, make up a small batch of whipped cream (or just use a whipped cream canister from the grocery store).

To remove the terrine, have a flat plate or cake stand ready and waiting. You might even want to chill the plate or stand for 20 minutes beforehand. Run the sides of the loaf pan carefully under hot water for just a few seconds to loosen. Turn the loaf pan upside down onto the flat serving plate; terrine should release. Use a paper towel to wipe up any melty drips.

Using a piping bag fitted with an open star tip, or the nozzle of the whipped cream canister to pipe drop stars along the center of the terrine. Place fresh fruit on top – slice with a sharp knife, and serve with more whipped cream and berries!

Summer just got TERRINED.

ice cream terrine recipe

ice cream terrine recipe

ice cream terrine recipe

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popsicles are my fave

August 15, 2014

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Make room in your freezer this weekend, it’s popsicle time.

1. whole fruit
2. chocolate covered peanut butter
3. banana split pudding pops
4. strawberry orange
5. strawberry lemonade
6. blueberry mint
7. mango chile
8. creamy coconut and blood orange
9. brown butter
10. watermelon lime

watermelon cake toppers are my fave

August 13, 2014

from guest contributor Brittni Mehlhoff
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I love, love, love all of the party inspiration on You Are My Fave, so I wanted to create a kid-friendly project that would be great for birthday parties or summer get-togethers. And since I’m kind of obsessed with watermelon at the moment (case and point), I thought watermelon cupcake toppers would be fun to make. To give them more of a playful vibe and make them more exciting for kids, I used bright colors and cut the shapes out of foam sheets. So easy!

watermelon cupcake toppers

Here’s what you need to make your own:
-Foam Sheets (which you can buy on Amazon or at a local craft store)
-Scissors
-Craft Glue
-Wood Skewers or Lollipop Sticks

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Start by cutting out a half circle from one of your foam sheets. You can do this by tracing a small bowl and then cutting the circle in half or just free handing it. Then cut a smaller half circle, from a different color foam sheet. This will be the inner ‘melon’. Next, cut some small seed shapes from foam.

Once all the cutting is finished, it’s time to start glueing everything together. Using a basic craft or school glue (strong glues like super glue may eat through the foam, which is why I’m recommending basic craft glue). Glue the smaller melon shape onto the larger melon shape and then glue the foam seeds on in a haphazard pattern.

Once the glue is completely dry, flip your melons over and glue a short wooden skewer or lollipop stick onto the back. Wait for it to dry. Then, poke into a cupcake or cake and you’re ready to celebrate summer.

watermelon cupcake toppers
watermelon cupcake toppers

Instant Party: Go all out and throw a watermelon themed party with the following party items: these Erin Jang watermelon party invitations from this YAMF posta DIY watermelon piñatawatermelon slushies, and these cupcake toppers.

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch

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a summer night in a box is my fave

August 12, 2014

from guest contributor Amelia Markgraf
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The temps are still going up, my friends, and the chances of sleeping well in the hot, hot heat are going way down. Thank goodness the secret to heavenly sleep on a hot summer night can be found in a box full of these goodies: lavender soap to use in a cold shower, and a breezy cotton nightgown to slip into afterwards; a candlestick, a fragrant bouquet, and a glass jar of icy water for the nightstand to keep things feeling fancy and fresh while you (try not to) sweat like a hog; a good book to help you doze off, and a cute pillowcase to doze off onto; and, last but not least, a cold, creamy treat. Go ahead. No one’s gonna judge you for eating ice cream in bed when its 95 degrees outside. No one.

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sources: nightgown, pillowcase, soap, book

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tubs of cookies are my fave

August 11, 2014

party favor ideas
party favor ideas
I can’t think of any occasion where a tub of cookies wouldn’t be appreciated. Except maybe a Weight Watchers meeting. Get the free printables right here on Julep then set the butter out to soften.

PS A chocolate chip cookie taste off

Design: Kirsten Bingham
Photos: Jennifer Little

movie night ice cream is my fave

August 8, 2014

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Movie Night Ice Cream

Start with:
homemade peanut butter ice cream

Mix in:
toffee bits
hot fudge
kettle corn
chocolate covered pretzels

If it’s wrong to think that popcorn would be good in ice cream, I don’t want to be right.

watermelon is my fave

August 7, 2014

watermelon diys

Apparently I missed National Watermelon Day which was August 3rd (man, the things you let slip when you have a newborn..) but I’m still awfully fond of this summer fruit.

1. poster
2. cake
3. blank cards
4. party picks
5. diy welcome mat
6. illustrated art print
7. popsicle
8. card
9. diy piñata
10. desktop wallpaper

frozen yogurt bon bons are my fave

August 6, 2014

from guest contributor Ashley Rose bon bons recipe frozen yogurt bon bons I was so excited when Mel asked me to write a little something for YAMF because as a party and kid friendly blog, I have to make zero excuses for covering everything in sprinkles. Not that I make a lot on my own blog, it’s just that if anyone can back me up on sprinkles needing their own food group title it’s the little ones, am I right?

Good news is kids and adults alike will rejoice over this frozen yogurt bon bon recipe (sprinkled or not), because they’re a super easy way to make a lower calorie (and fewer sugared up children) version of the infamous ice cream dessert we all know and love…

Ingredients:

  • Plain yogurt
  • Honey
  • White chocolate chips for melting
  • Sprinkles
  • Frozen fruit (optional)
  • Gel food coloring (optional)
  • Ice cube tray
  • frozen yogurt bon bons

    In a bowl, pour in just enough yogurt to make the amount of ice cube sized bon bons you’ll want. Next, squeeze in a little bit of honey and stir. You can add more or less honey depending on how sweet you want the bon bons to be. You can also blend a few fruits into the yogurt if you’d like to create mini smoothies almost. I added strawberries and bananas to one row of yogurt cubes but I ended up eating those before I actually finished the end photos, so don’t judge me.

    Once your ice tray is filled, let it freeze for several hours until completely frozen solid. Next, melt your white chocolate and add in any food coloring you’d like. Dip the frozen yogurt cubes into the the chocolate one by one and immediately dip them in a small bowl a sprinkles and place on a plate sprinkle side down in the freezer until ready to serve.

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    bon bons recipe

    They turn out to be a really cute way for a grab and go summer refresher without the guilt. I think I’ve clearly showcased that by eating all of the strawberry bananas ones before they got their glamour shots, but then again this is coming from the girl that sprinkles everything.

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