Weekend Recipe to Wet Your Whistle

24 August 2012

I hosted a Splash Bash (post to follow next week) for my two darling girls and their friends yesterday.  I mixed up a quick, flavored sparkling water for the adults.  It was pretty good!  I thought it would be great to share the recipe with you.  It is a very fresh, very refreshing drink.  A couple of the moms suggesting adding a bit of rum...You can do what you wish.  

The recipe:

4 liters of lemon lime seltzer water
3/4 cup sugar
2 limes
1 cucumber

Thinly slice one cucumber and one and a half of the limes.  Save remaining half to be squeezed into the drink.

Pour seltzer water into your favorite drink dispenser.  For this drink I used my favorite drink dispenser from Pottery Barn.
Add sugar.  *Caution:  Add sugar very slowly.  Otherwise it will literally cause an eruption!  I learned the hard way.
Stir until sugar is dissolved.
Squeeze remaining half of lime into seltzer water.
Add cucumbers and limes.
Serve cold over ice.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Meet Two of My Latest Obsessions...

21 August 2012

    I am obsessed with burlap and lace.  I can't get enough of them.  Together.  Alone. Beside each other.  On each other.  Thin.  Thick.  Tied.  Sewn.  Tattered.  Torn.  I love burlap and I love lace.  Once the winter holiday season is over (I know.  It's not close to even starting.), I hope to style an event using my latest obsessions.  Until then....I leave you with some lovely items that are truly inspirational...
Please feel free to share your latest obsessions in the comments section below.


'Burlap and Lace' by partypaperscissors

A collection of my latest obsessions...burlap and lace...

Vintage Burlap and Lace Bridal Shower Invitation - JulsNewbrough
Vintage Burlap and Lace...
Burlap and Lace Mason Jars - Candle holder - Vase - Wedding centerpiece - Shower (Set of 5) - mix and match - loveinamasonjar
Burlap and Lace Mason J...
Rustic Wedding Decor Burlap Runner Burlap and Lace - YourDivineAffair
Rustic Wedding Decor Bu...
Hair Flower, Clip Burlap with Lace - LollysCubbyHole
Hair Flower, Clip Burla...
burlap & lace mason jar shabby chic country couture wedding - countrycouturebliss
burlap & lace mason jar...
Burlap and Lace Table Runners with White Lace - RusticRunners
Burlap and Lace Table R...
Burlap and Lace Fabric Pom Mobile, Fabric Pomador, Pink Brown and Cream, Nursery Mobile, Baby Crib Mobile - RIandPI
Burlap and Lace Fabric ...
Country Chic Burlap and Lace Bulletin Board, Photo Memory Board, Rustic Wedding, French Memo Board, 16 x 20 inches - jensdreamdecor
Country Chic Burlap and...
ON SALE iPhone case, iPhone 4 sleeve slim, burlap and lace sleeve - JadenDesign
ON SALE iPhone case, iP...
Burlap Grapevine Wreath - Burlap Roses, Pearls, and Ivory Lace - Rustic Wedding Decoration Wedding Wreath Alter Wreath - RedRobynLane
Burlap Grapevine Wreath...
Burlap and Ruffled Lace Bunting, Banner, Photo Prop, Wedding Decor - themcavoyroost
Burlap and Ruffled Lace...
Burlap & Lace Bridesmaid Clutches Made to Order, set of 5 - mysunshinehandmade
Burlap & Lace Bridesmai...
Burlap and Lace placemats (set of four) - Wedding - Home Decor - Shower - loveinamasonjar
Burlap and Lace placema...
Rustic Boutonniere -Lace Boutonniere -Shabby Chic Wedding -Rustic Wedding -Burlap and Lace - theepapergirl
Rustic Boutonniere -Lac...
Burlap and Lace Bride's Wedding Bouquet with Pearls Natural and Cream Colors - GypsyFarmGirl
Burlap and Lace Bride&#...
Silverware holders, lace and burlap, set of 12 - Littlewhiteboutique
Silverware holders, lac...

It's Spa-rty Time!

13 August 2012

 My daughters (ages two and four) recently began to take a huge interest in having their finger nails and toe nails painted.  They love to choose the color and wait patiently while momma paints their fingers and toes.   The colors of choice are super hot pink, apple green, plummy purple and pale pink.  We have been doing a lot of painting this summer. With all of this painting going on I thought...."Hey!  Throw a spa party!"  So....I did.  And boy was it cute!

     The color palette for the party was shimmery aqua (which does not translate in the photos well) and white.  The theme was "girlfriends."  All paper decorations  and fabric streamer backdrop were created by party paper scissors and are posted in my etsy shop.  They are very affordable and simple to display whether for a birthday party or simple playdate.

The girls loved soaking their feet in their own personal "tubs."  We add some all natural bath salts to the water for a nice fresh scent. 

We washed.  We scrubbed.  We dried. 
Three sets of the softest, cleanest, CUTEST feet!

The girls had a fun time trying to put on their own toe separators.  Not sure what I was thinking...I bought the adult size so they were WAY too big.  
We scrapped them and went without. 

We used many items from our spa products table.  

The next thing you know...Voila...They had pretty toes!

The next treatment was a chocolate facial.  You can find the recipe for the chocolate facial mask below.

Chocolate Facial Mask Recipe
I cup of plain yogurt.
1 Tablespoon of Nestle Quick Chocolate Mix

You can also achieve the same effect with chocolate pudding.

The final treatment was a cool, soothing eye mask with a short dose of relaxation.

Then it was time for the goodies and real "TREATments."

 Each girl got to take home a cosmetic bag full of goodies for their nails and for the bath.

Cupcake toppers that were added at the last minute to match the girlfriend theme. 

It was a fun day.  A fun spa-rty!