Thursday, April 28, 2011

Cinco de Mayo Celebration Ideas

This is a great holiday for me to research right now, because I am currently working on a reunion for my fellow Tres Hombres employees.  I had the pleasure of working with some very special people when I worked there.

The first thing Cinco de Mayo makes me think of is MARGARITAS!!  These are very simple to mix.  The main ingredients are:
1 shot of tequila
1/2 shot of triple sec
fill with sweet & sour

Personally, I add a splash of Sprite.  Some people prefer a splash of orange juice.  Shake the ingredients up and pour over ice.  The most important thing is finding a sweet & sour or margarita mix you really love the taste of.  For a virgin mocktail, leave out the alcohol and add orange juice to taste.

For a Peach Margarita (my personal FAVORITE!!) substitute Peach Schnaaps for the triple sec, and add a splash of grenadine (mostly for color.)  This one tastes especially good with sugar around the rim instead of salt.

A taco bar is great because you just have to set out all of the toppings, and your guests can help themselves.  Having a variety of salsas and hot sauces gives everyone a chance to try something new.

I found a really great (and simple) mini-pinata favor on Family Fun's website.


I can't imagine a party without some type of special cupcake or cake.  This one is super easy, but super festive.

Whatever you end up doing, make sure you have fun!!  And always take lots and lots of pictures!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Picture's Worth A Thousand Words...


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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A picture's worth a thousand words!!


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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Fun Use For Plastic Easter Eggs

     I used this idea to invite my neighbors to an Open House.  It was close to Easter, and I wanted something to peak their interest.  Everyone loves a candy surprise!!  (Plus, I feel my creativity is terribly stifled if I have to use an invite that I didn't make!!)

     After you decide exactly what you want to say, and how you are going to say it, print up your invitation, and place it inside a colorful plastic egg along with some type of small, wrapped candy.  Remember, it has to fit inside a small egg, so short and sweet.  

     Next, take a piece of ribbon, and tie the ends into a knot.  This is to help it not slide out of the egg.  Place the knot between the 2 halves of the egg and close it.

     Since I was only leaving these around my immediate neighborhood, I walked around the block and used the loop to hang my eggs on the front door of each house.  If you really feel like being artistic, use markers, stickers, or whatever else you have lying around your craft room to decorate the plastic eggs.


     These adorable Spring hangers also work great for making an Easter Treat Tree.  They are perfect for hanging on a branch as a centerpiece on a table.  Go another step further, and number the eggs for a countdown, like a Christmas Advent Calendar.


Tip Junkie handmade projects

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Garden Week

According to, this week is GARDEN WEEK.  Above is a photo of some garden cupcakes I made for a friend with instructions from one of my very favorite cupcake books, "Hello Cupcake."  You can read more about them at  I highly suggest picking up one of their books.  The ideas are brilliant, yet the instructions make it seem so simple.  The vegetables in the picture above are all CANDY!!  I also used their tips to make this rose cupcakes from Starbursts and sugar...

If you are lucky, the weather this week is beautiful in your area, and maybe you can actually get out and do some gardening.  At least take a walk and enjoy the beauty of Spring.  If it's rainy or chilly out, maybe you can whip up a batch of these cupcakes to keep you in the GARDEN WEEK mood!!