Yo ho yo ho a pirate’s life for me! Maybe not a pirate’s life with all the pillaging and lack of bathing but a pirate party I can get on board with. Especially the pirate party desserts! This week my blog is having a pirate party with desserts, ships and sword diys. We just came back from Disneyland last week. Pirates of the Caribbean is one of my favorite rides at Disney. It was also the only ride I took my daughter Keira on that she we afraid of. She loved the Haunted Mansion. For some reason she loves ghosts but the pirates were a bit too much for her. I wouldn’t be doing my job as a parent if I didn’t frighten my child a little at some point. She is going to need something to talk to her therapist about when she grows up(I hope you can sense my tone, I’m kidding). For the pirate party desserts I made pirate cupcakes arrgghh and treasure chest brownies.
What better to make in the middle of summer than melted ice cream cake pops! Everything melts here in Arizona if it is left out for more than 5 seconds. With all of my ice cream party fun this week a lot of melting is going on. I accidentally left a mini chocolate in my purse the other day. Most people carry chocolate with them at all times right?! It was melted all over everything in my purse after being outside for just half an hour. Nothing like the feeling of reaching in your purse to come out with a melted chocolate fingers.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream cone balloons! This month is Ice Cream Month and Sunday was National Ice Cream Day. I thought that was cause for a celebration and this entire week is ice cream week on my blog, woohoo! You can check out my other ice cream posts for Pizookie Pops: http://valeventgal.com/2015/07/pizookie-pops/ and Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches: http://valeventgal.com/2015/07/donut-ice-cream-sandwich/. I am having a lot of fun with ice cream and celebrating this national holiday to the fullest. I wonder who gets to determine what day is ice cream day and all the other fun made up days. That sounds like an amazing job, where can I sign up?! My daughter likes to decide when it’s ice cream day too. She will wake up and say today is ice cream day, I want ice cream. Then I will say it is 6 in the morning and I am pretty sure it is banana day that’s what my calendar says. Then we go back and forth finally settling on Cheerios. This is a common occurrence in my house. She is persistent, I will give her that and she knows it’s best to ask before I have had my coffee. Needless to say she has loved all of the ice cream fun we have been having this week. I am on her good side for now.
Have you had the deliciousness that is a pizookie? If not you are missing out. It is a “pizza cookie”, basically a giant round chocolate chip cookie with ice cream and hot fudge on top. Pizookies are one of my all time favorite desserts! I wanted to make them into a form that is a bit easier to eat and not so ginormous. A regular pizookie you need a bunch of people to eat. Unless you are trying to pull a Man vs Food and eat the entire thing, then more power to you. Pizookie pops are so fun for parties and I love how the tops can be used as stands!
Arizona in the summer is so insanely hot you have to get really creative to stay sane! Lots and lots of swimming is involved. I am also eating everything frozen or with ice cream. I think things taste better with ice or ice cream. Iced coffee is clearly superior to regular coffee in the summer. Frozen lemonade is better than regular lemonade. The other day I was in the mood for a donut but I thought what could I do to take this donut up a notch? That’s when I thought to add some ice cream. Yes, it was everything I dreamed of and more! I made some homemade cotton candy ice cream to put in it but you could use any kind of ice cream including store bought.
I love playing with any kind of flowersl! This silk flower centerpiece anyone can make. I always thought this look would be hard to make yourself until I discovered floral foam. It makes the shape for you and you just have to put in the flowers. You can make a centerpiece or floral balls to hang up. You can make them with fresh flowers as well. You would just need floral foam for fresh flowers, cut them a few inches from the base and no gluing required! Either way it looks really pretty for a centerpiece. I used a medium sized vase I had. You can use dollar store vases or candle sticks to give it more height. I love the look on candle sticks!
I love floral crowns. I am not sure if this is the right name I have heard floral headpiece or floral crown. I’m going to go with the one that sounds like royalty! They look so pretty at weddings on brides and adorable on flower girls. My hippie mom rocked a floral crown at her wedding. My parents wedding picture is perfection, it is full on hippie love. Luckily this look or bohemian look has made a comeback. I am a bit hippie at heart since I was raised by a couple of them. This easy diy floral crown is great for the bohemian look or a soft feminine floral look. Also fun for weddings or for kids, so versatile!
I love the look of flower petals everywhere at weddings and parties! When I started working at weddings and with floral design I realized how expensive it can be to have flower petals everywhere. Silk flowers can be a great alternative to fresh flower petals and they last longer. I was really surprised how pretty the fake flowers at the dollar store were. Their fake roses were perfect for these glitter flower petal push pops.They also had a variety of colors you could make these in any color. I love confetti push pops and really anything push pop. This will not be my last push pop project! The confetti ones are fun but can leave a huge mess. With the silk flower petals it’s a pretty look and less clean up. Plus really easy to make. I mean anyone can make these. If you don’t use glitter it’s even faster! I used glitter because my motto is everything’s better with glitter! Flower petal push pops would be perfect for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers or really any party.
A while ago I saw a centerpiece with flowers in a pineapple. Since then I have wanted to try that out. It is trouble when I am having people over and I see pineapples on sale. I bought like five pineapples! I didn’t use fancy flowers just some flowers I thought looked pretty from the grocery store. At first I was going to do painted pineapples with flowers in them. I still think that would be fun with bright color combinations, maybe next time ;). Instead I did painted pineapples and pineapples with flowers in them separately for variety.
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Sticking with my pineapple obsession/theme I have an easy pineapple pinata. This pineapple pinata is a pull string made with a paper lantern and tissue paper! You could also use the paper lanterns for decoration if you don’t want to have a pinata. I’m all for the pinatas! Yes, sometimes I like to really hit a pinata but I also like to pull a string and have candy fall from the sky :). Living the dream, most of my dreams involve candy. I have attempted to make a pinata before but it was a bit too complicated for me. This is easy breezy and looks really cute!
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