Create – DIY Chalkboard Clothespins

One of the things that I’ve learned as I’ve gained more party planning experience is to recycle whenever possible. This is my solution for the celebration supplies and decor I’m left with after a party is over. A good example of this is the glitter clothespins I made for previous celebrations and holiday gifts. The leftovers were stashed away in a drawer just waiting to be transformed. My youngest daughter’s Spring in Paris celebration seemed like the perfect time to give them a makeover.

You also may remember these DIY Chalkboard Trays I made a few posts back. Well this DIY is even simpler. No painters tape necessary and a very short supply list! Plus they take just minutes to make.

DIY Chalkboard Clothespins

DIY Chalkboard Clothespins

Since I was reusing existing glitter clothespins, I simply flipped them around and painted the glitter free side. I guess I can call them my multi-use clothespins. One side glitter, one side chalk.

Supplies

Leftover clothespins

Small paintbrush

Chalkboard Paint

Chalk

Decorative adhesives (optional)

Chalkboard clothespins

Instructions

Apply two even coats of chalkboard paint to wood clothespins. Set aside to dry completely.

Once dry, condition by rubbing the edge of chalk across the surface of the chalkboard clothespins.

Label or tag, by adding the words/names of your choice with chalk.

Add decorative pearls or adhesives for a finishing touch.

Chalkboard clothespins

It’s that simple!

DIY Chalkboard Clothespins

As you can see, they added an extra bit of fun to the favor bags from my daughter’s party.Chalkboard clothespins - favor bags

You can also use them for decorative display, or for food and beverage labeling.

Chalkboard clothespins

Enjoy this simple and trendy DIY and remember to check back in soon for more Posh!

xo

Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2013.

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Sparkling Lavender Lemonade

Making homemade lemonade is one of the many things I look forward to as the weather starts to warm. In fact, it has become quite a tradition for us during the summer and is one of our favorite beverages to serve at parties. It seriously is the greatest party beverage because it’s suitable for all ages and super versatile with endless flavor combos. Kids can enjoy it as is, and adults can add spirits if they so prefer.

 One of the main sips for our guests at my daughter’s Spring in Paris 1st birthday last weekend was a lemonade infused with lavender simple syrup to accompany our french fare. I made the simple syrup a few days in advance and froze it into ice-cube trays to keep it fresh. A few hours before the party, I let the syrup thaw and mixed it into the lemonade until the flavor was just right. The technique worked out great and everyone seemed to enjoy the flavor combo! Refreshing, tangy and floral, with subtle notes and an aroma, yet not too overpowering.

Lavender Lemonade

After the party was over the lavender lemonade was gone, but luckily I had leftover simple syrup cubes in the freezer to spare, so I made individual servings for my hubby and I to enjoy. This time around I topped them with Perrier (sparkling water) for a fun little twist.

To make these, you’ll want to prep the syrup first.

Lavender Simple Syrup

Ingredients/Supplies

2 cups water

1 cup sugar.

1/4 cup dried lavender pods for culinary use. We found ours at the local Farmer’s Market.

Instructions

Pour ingredients into a metal pot and bring to boil.

Allow to boil for and then reduce heat to medium allowing to cook for 2-5 minutes.

Remove from heat.

Strain and chill.

(I made 2 batches of this and reused the strained lavender pods for the second batch..the flavor still came through.)

If you won’t be using the syrup right away, pour it into ice-cube trays to preserve and keep fresh. Because of the sugar content, the cubes will only semi freeze, but they can still be easily transfer from the ice-cube tray into a container or ziplock bag for easy storage.

Lavender simple syrup recipe adapted from Sheknows.com

Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade

This recipe is for 6 individual servings of lemonade, but can easily be transformed into a large batch for parties and celebrations see below for instructions.

Ingredients/Supplies

1 whole lemon freshly squeezed

6 cubes of lavender simply syrup

3 16 oz bottles Perrier or other sparkling water

Rosemary, Lemon wedges and Lavender springs for garnish (optional)

Paper straws

Lavender lemonade ingredients

Instructions

(double ingredients for if using full size glass)

Pour 1 tablespoon lemon juice into the bottom of each champagne glass.

Followed by 1-2 lavender simple syrup cubes (depending on how sweet you like it) I prefer just 1.

Lavender Lemonade ingredients

Top with sparkling water and allow simple syrup cubes to melt in the sparkling water.

Give it a light stir.

Garnish. Enjoy!!

Lavender Lemonade

For enough to serve 12 or more, you’ll need the the juice of 8 lemons and 12 cubes of frozen lavender simple syrup (or 1 cooled batch) and approximately 1/2 to 3/4 of a gallon (8 to 12 cups) purified water. Simply mix the ingredients to taste until the desired flavor is reached. If using the frozen lavender cubes, use room temperature water and the lavender syrup will melt quickly while also chilling the lemonade.

posh little tip – transform this lemonade into the perfect summer cocktail by adding champagne or your favorite spirits. A great beverage option for bridal showers, luncheons or family celebrations.

Check back in soon for more posh.

xo

This lemonade recipe is a Posh Little Designs original. Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2013.

Real Parties – Spring in Paris 1st Birthday

This past weekend we celebrated my youngest daughter’s 1st birthday. Her actual born day falls on the 11th which is a special day to me not only because of her, but also because it happens to be my late Father’s birthday. I have to say, it was so nice to come together with close friends and family and celebrate. My baby girl had the most amazing day, full of smiles and lots of dairy free cake!!!

Birthday girl

 The inspiration for her party came from the city of love, and her Spring-time arrival. We paired them together to create a sweet Spring in Paris theme fit for our petit bebe. We actually haven’t had the opportunity to travel to France yet, but have always been mesmerized by Paris, and the french culture. The concepts that I thought up basically came from inspiration I found, but mostly from the advice of one of my closest friends who went to Paris a few years ago. I was fortunate to have her photos for reference! My father was a jazz musician so we had jazz playing in the background in his honor, which seemed quite fitting for the party’s theme anyway.

The birthday party took place at Cafe de Mimi (Mimi is our daughter’s nickname) last Saturday afternoon.

Party elements

spring in paris

Fresh rose and lilac centerpieces adorned each table. Speaking of the flowers…I got a steal of a deal on them. I picked up two bunches of roses from Costco for $30.00 total and the rest of the lilacs came from my Mother-in-law’s home. We were out at her place just a few days prior and the lilacs hadn’t bloomed yet, so the timing couldn’t have been better! The whole house smelled of Spring and fresh flowers. As usual, I enjoyed creating the centerpieces. To give them a Parisian market feel, I added chalkboard signs to each adding the names of the flowers in french. I used a variety of jars, pots and mugs to display the arrangements.

flower arrangements

 I also made a homemade lilac floral crown for my sweet baby girl to wear.

Floral crown

To give our home a French cafe vibe, I setup a small table in the center living area to resemble cafe seating. It was quite romantic when our guests would sit and dine here.

cafe table

Here’s a closer look at some of the decor from the celebration. I made all of the paper banners by using a striped and floral print paper form Michaels. Which we hung on the dessert table, backs of chairs and fireplace. Other decor details included hat boxes that I found at Ikea, wrapped in lace ribbon, and Eiffel tower figurals from Target.

Decor details

Baby M’s dress came from Baby Gap.

Beauty

Our guests dined on a delicious hand catered lunch and gourmet treats. My mom and I prepped all of the lunch items ourselves and aside from some of the macarons, I made all of the treats homemade. I even made a batch of dairy free macarons which I was quite pleased with. Everyone seemed to enjoy them despite the dairy free filling I used.

The Menu

I created the menu signs using trays from the dollar store and chalkboard paint. Check out the DIY post for more details.

Menu

Beverages 

Homemade Lavender Lemonade, Assorted French Sodas (blood orange and lemonade which I found at Cost Plus) French Market Berry Soda from Trader Joes, Perrier and bottled water. Raspberry, lemon lime wedges and rosemary garnishes.

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Appetizers

Baguette and Cheese (Gruyère, brie and Roquefort blue,) crudité and dip, pain perdu, fresh grapes and strawberries, nutella and strawberry crepes, artichoke crostini and homemade tapenade, blue cheese and citrus stuffed olives.

appetizers

Lunch

Nicoise salad,  Fresh baguette sandwiches with choice of ham, turkey or chicken. Stone ground mustard & pesto mayo. Fresh mozzarella, havarti, and brie, heirloom tomatoes, arugula (rocket) and assorted veggies. Homemade Pommes Frites which my hubby hand cut and cooked.

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Dessert Table

Homemade strawberry cupcakes with a vegan vanilla buttercream icing. Homemade lemon and lavender infused sugar cookies (dairy free) with a vegan lavender frosting. Store bought French Macarons, plus homemade french macarons with a dairy free strawberry swiss meringue buttercream and also a strawberry jam using this recipe. Assorted drageés (pastel jordan almonds and chocolate covered sunflower seeds.) Strawberry Eiffel Bon Bons (found at Cost Plus) and chewy multi-color nougat. Pistachio and pink grapefruit gelato accompanied the cupcakes for dessert.

La Patisserie

Dessert Table

La Patisserie

A closer look at some of the sweets and the cute ice-cream cups I found at Jo-Annes.

Posh party sweets

Homemade french macarons, ivory paper straws and rose napkins from Ikea. Please note: I’ll have the paper straws available for purchase in my Etsy shop soon.

Party sweets

We made an individual size cake for my daughter and I cannot believe how much she enjoyed it!

Baby M

I made the cake using a dairy free butter and the icing was a homemade vegan strawberry buttercream. I’m not the best at decorating cakes, but I wanted it to look a little rustic anyways. We were pleased with how out it turned out.

individual bday cake

She dove right in and then cried when I took it away. This was after it ended up in her hair and just about every other place imaginable! So cute to see!

Cake!!

One of my favorite moments from baby M’s celebration was the slide show of her 1st year that we shared with all of our guests. This included video snippets of all of her milestones which had me full of tears. I seriously cannot believe my baby girl is already one!!

1st bday

Thank’s to all of our wonderful guests, baby M got some adorable new things to play and learn with!!

Party goers

We thanked them all for celebrating with us be offering white chocolate Eiffel Towers that I created with one of my dear friends. We made them using an Eiffel Tower mold that now available in my Etsy shop. We filled the bottom of the favor bags with pastel pink sunflower seeds to resemble flowers at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower.

party favors

Each bag was tied with bakers twine and a tag that read, Merci.

party favors

All of the details you see here were hand created by yours truly with the wonderful assistance of my lovely mom and sister, plus a few of my girlfriends…thank you lovely ladies!! From the food, to chalkboard trays, and signs, to the invites, flower arrangements, labels, paper prints, to the mustache and lips props, banners and photography. Talk about exhausting! But totally worth it, because this is what I love to do!! I was also able to save quite a bit of money doing it all myself.  There’s nothing more personal than hand created details. I just think they make parties more memorable and extra posh!

Kid’s favor bags.

Party favors

and chalkboard signs & props.

Paper details

I know I don’t share pictures of myself often, but I vow to do more of that! Not in a vain kind of way or anything, I just think it’s important for my readers to get to know the girl behind Posh Little Designs. I’m still working on my hubby though! He’s usually hiding from the camera, or the one taking the shots the girls and I together. Eventually I’ll bribe him into being in a few!

Mommy and the birthday beauty!

Mommy & bday girl

Momma & Baby

Big sis.

Big sis

Sweet sisters.

Sisters

My oldest daughter and I testing out the mustache props.

Silly

Thank you so much for reading!! I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing how baby M’s 1st birthday celebration came together.

Baby M

One of the simple DIY’s (chalkboard clothespins) and the recipe for the Lavender lemonade we served at the party are coming up next on the blog, so be sure to check back in for those details and more!

Have a lovely Saturday!

xoxo

All images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2013.

Paris, Parties and Instagram

Happy Friday!! Hoping you all are looking forward to the weekend as much as I am!! We’re celebrating my baby girl’s 1st birthday tomorrow and then I get to kick my feet up and relax all day Sunday, for Mother’s Day. After all of the work I’ve put in lately, it will be nice to have a day just for me! The last few months have been super busy, and the days leading up to this weekend have been quite hectic to say the least so I feel very deserving.

Here are a few snippets I took via Instagram to share with you all the prep I’ve been working on for baby M’s Spring in Paris birthday party happening tomorrow.

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I made homemade macaron shells and then celebrated my success with a glass of rosé. The macarons didn’t turn out as perfect as I would like (I think the batter needed a few more folds) but it was an excuse to have a glass of wine anyways…

My girlfriend and I prepped the white chocolate Eiffel Towers for party favors. I chose white chocolate to match our color scheme…even though I can’t eat them. Used to this by now.

I made homemade lavender syrup for fresh lavender lemonade! I’ve been dying to try it all week. Be on the lookout for that recipe on the blog soon.

Lastly, my hubby (with my over-the-phone assistance,) picked out the perfect pink and white roses to accompany the lilacs I’m using for centerpieces.

Back to work I go!! With the help of my lovely mom and sis, plus two of my fave girls, It’s sure to all get accomplished.

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Check back in soon for more Paris party details and Happy Mother’s Day to all the incredible mommies I know.

xo

Paris Party Essentials

Greetings. I hope everyone had a wonderful Cinco de Mayo! Mine was full of celebrations, but now that Monday is here the party is over (at least until next weekend) and I’m focusing all of my attention towards my baby girl’s 1st birthday. Time has flown!! I seriously can’t believe my sweet M will be 1 years old in just six days. As a result, I won’t have a lot of spare time on my hands, but I’ll do my best to keep you updated this week by sharing party planning snippets via Instagram.

Up first, are some of the party essentials for her Paris themed celebration. Paper prints, and cake bunting designed by Posh. An Eiffel Tower figural, mint paper straws to tie in our color scheme, some fun and festive hand-made props, my favorite baking cups, and some adorable DIY chalkboard clothespins (check in soon for that simple tutorial.)

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As you can see, I’m working on many special details to make her 1st birthday memorable. I hope you check back in soon to see how it all comes together.

In the meantime, let’s be friends on Instagram.

Have a fabulous day!

xo

Spiked Margarita Sugar Cookies

It’s Wednesday today and that means we have just a few days before the weekend. I’m looking forward to it because Cinco de Mayo is coming up this Sunday! How will you be celebrating? There’s supposed to be 70 degree temps this week in the NW, so we’ll take full advantage of the holiday and the sunshine, with an afternoon outdoors and a margarita or two. Margaritas just happen to be one of my favorite summer drinks and with the upcoming arrival of the holiday, I thought of a fun way to transform this refreshing beverage into treat form. Oh yes, I’ve taken my favorite sugar cookie recipe and jazzed it up with some fresh lime juice, sea salt and a dash of Patron. I also made the cookies using a dairy free butter, which was not the greatest idea because I ended up eating more of these cookies than I probably should have. They really are that good!

If you plan to attend a Cinco de Mayo celebration, or host one this Sunday, make these cookies to share with your guests or fellow party goers. They are festive, fun and will be enjoyed by all!

spiked margarita sugar cookies

Margarita Sugar Cookies

The addition of the lime zest, sea salt, fresh squeezed lime juice give these cookies a bright and refreshing taste, similar to that of a margarita. These cookies are strictly for adults, although you could very easily make them virgin by omitting the tequila. 

Ingredients/Supplies

3/4 cups vegan butter (or regular butter if you choose)

3/4 cups granulated sugar

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lime juice

zest from 1 large lime

1 large egg whipped

2 cups all purpose flour

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Line a baking sheet in parchment paper or silicone liner.

Blend together butter and sugar in a stand mixer until light and fluffy.

Crack egg in a separate bowl and whip.

Pour fresh squeezed lime juice into whipped egg.

Pour egg mixture and zest from one lime into butter and sugar mixture.

Mix on medium until fully incorporated.

Sift together flour and sea salt and pour into egg and butter mixture in thirds.

Continue to mix until dough forms.

Remove dough from mixer and chill in fridge for 30 minutes.

Once dough has chilled, remove from fridge.

Flour a clean surface and rolling pin.

Roll dough until about 1/2 inch thick.

Cut dough into shapes using a festive cookie cutter.

Bake in the oven, making sure not to overcook. They only need 5-7 minutes.

Place on a rack to cool.

Decorate with Spiked Margarita Icing and festive sprinkles.

Spiked Margarita Icing

The cookie icing/glaze is tart and refreshing, with lime and tequila notes that are reminiscent of your favorite margarita. 

Ingredients/Supplies

1 Cup Powder Sugar

2 teaspoons light corn syrup

2+ teaspoons fresh squeezed lime juice

1-2+ teaspoons of good quality tequila

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Green food coloring

Icing container or ziplock

Festive sprinkles

Instructions

If you plan to outline and then flood your cookies with icing you’ll want to follow these directions.

Mix powdered sugar, corn syrup, lime juice and tequila in a bowl and stir together until fully incorporated.

You’ll want the consistency to be about as thick as toothpaste for the outlining of your cookies.

If it’s not thick enough, add a little more powdered sugar or if it’s too thick you can add more lime juice or tequila to taste.

Once desired consistency is reached, spoon your icing into the Icing container or ziplock and pipe and outline your cookies.

Allow to dry.

Next you’ll want to thin your icing out by adding more liquid. Add your choice of tequila, or lime juice until it’s the consistency of a glaze.

Divide your cookie glaze into two separate bowls. You’ll want to leave half the icing white, and add a drop of green food coloring to the other.

Spoon your white icing glaze into the corner of a ziplock bag. Snip the corner and flood the stems of your margarita glass cookies in white glaze. Evenly distribute the glaze to all desired areas of the cookie by spreading with a butter knife or icing spatula.

Repeat these steps with the green icing for the upper portion of the margarita glass until cookie is fully covered in icing.

For a decorative touch you can add white icing for a rim, rock sugar or sprinkles to look like salt, or any other design of your choice.

The icing glaze dries rather quick. Set aside for 30 minutes and they’re ready to enjoy!

Spiked Margarita Cookie Cutters

See, now you can drink your margaritas and eat them too!

If you are looking for a margartia cookie cutter or other fun styles, head on over to my Etsy shop to check them out.

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Check back soon for more posh.

xo

Sugar Cookie Recipe Source: Average Betty