Monday, March 31, 2014

How we let nature dye our eggs

The past few years we have taken to Pinterest to find new and fun ways to dye our Easter Eggs. As a photographer I love taking the time to set up shots and document our egg dying adventures.  In 2012 the co-op that we use, Bountiful Baskets, had an egg dye kit of fruits and veggies. We decided to be adventurous, leave the Paas kit at the store and color our eggs a more natural way.
easter egg-veggies
The kit came with a nice variety as well as some basic instructions. I went to Google & Pinterest to find out more info. This site gave easy instruction and a color chart: http://whatscookingamerica.net/Eggs/EasterEggDye.htm
Along with this is a pin from our good friend Martha Stewart: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/69242912990944165/
It didn't look too hard. Boil eggs, boil veggies, and then let the eggs soak in the liquid in the fridge.  We started with cabbage, strawberries, carrots, beets, broccoli, and then tea bags since I didn't have coffee in the house. 
easter egg Collage 1
I added enough water to each pot to just cover the fruit or veggies. Then I let them simmer on the stove until the water had a nice color.  Some didn't give off much color, like the carrots. Others gave off a color different than I expected, like the beets.
easter egg Collage 2
I then strained them and placed them into various cups and containers.  I added a few tablespoons of vinegar per container before adding the already boiled eggs.
easter egg  Collage 3
Because I wanted the eggs to soak overnight, I stacked all the closed containers in the fridge and then we left for the day to go to the fair.  The next morning was Easter, so the "easter bunny" found our eggs in the fridge and hid them for the kids.
easter egg Collage 4
These are how our eggs turned out. I did find that the more we handled them, the more the color kind of rubbed away.  My favorite eggs are the bright blue, funny that these were the ones from the beets.
Have you tried any creative Easter Egg dye methods?

linking up to:
Monday Funday

Friday, February 15, 2013

Golden Book Baby Shower

You know what is hard for a party planner? Having someone else plan a party for you. Handing over the reigns can be very challenging, but so rewarding.  When I was pregnant with Little B I had already thrown 2 beautiful baby showers for my best friend.  I was tickled pink that she wanted to return the favor.  Because the gender of Little B was a surprise a gender neutral shower was a little more challenging. I gave her a few links to ideas that I liked and then stepped back and was surprised when I walked in that afternoon.

I am pleased to present my Golden Books Gender Neutral Baby Shower!!


20110507-IMG_6872  20110507-IMG_6874  20110507-IMG_6876  20110507-IMG_6878 20110507-IMG_6879 20110507-IMG_6880 20110507-IMG_6881 20110507-IMG_6882 20110507-IMG_6883 20110507-IMG_688420110507-IMG_6897   20110507-IMG_6886 20110507-IMG_6887 20110507-IMG_689120110507-IMG_6889 20110507-IMG_6890
 20110507-IMG_6892
20110507-IMG_6922 20110507-IMG_6923
Inspiration and printed party supplies from Aesthetic Nest

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Valentine Flashback

Happy Valentine's Day!
I wanted to pop in and share that the Valentine's we made last year were featured on Pinstrosity today!  Click over to see the full post, but here is what I emailed:

We actually combined three pins and then put our own spin on it. I have always made my kids Valentine's for their classes, ever since Preschool.  When they were little I would just pick the idea and make it.  Last year my daughter got involved and helped put the spin on my Pinned V-Day ideas.  It started with these pins:



First up was the candy cane hearts. I had a HUGE tub of the mini candy canes left over from a work event in December.  I easy convinced her that they were cute and told her she could help me make them.  All was going well until I tried putting the sticks in with the white chocolate. I think the weight of the candy canes and candy was too much once you held them by the stick and the white chocolate kept breaking. Our spin #1 was to just omit the sticks. We easily assembled the remaining 30 hearts for her class and set them aside. 



In the meantime she saw me pin the pop rock valentine as an idea for her brother. She liked the idea and wanted to give out pop rocks, but we already had 30 hearts sitting on the counter. Working together we came up on the saying "You make my heart pop" so that she could give both the candy cane hearts and pop rocks.  

I decided to incorporate pin #3 and I put my photoshop to good use.  I designed a topper for the bag both treats would go in. As well as a bookmark sized insert for in the bag with the new phrase. The bag toppers are a vertical 4x6 printed photo folded in half. The front had a space for her to write her name. The back had a large red heart for her to write the classmates name. The book markers were also printed as vertical 4x6 photos and then cut in half and trimmed.  Our local Walgreen's always has a sale on 4x6 prints around Valentine's Day and I can upload and pick them up in an hour. Much easier than trying to print at home with three kids.





Thursday, October 25, 2012

Our 4th Annual Boo Bash 2012

Can you believe it’s already been 4 years since our first Boo Bash!

It wasn’t intended to be annual back then. We were in the process of a remodel and it just seemed like the perfect backdrop for a Halloween party. Then the next year, what use to be our annual Harvest Festival at church was discontinued so we decided to make it an annual thing and the rest is history!

Last year’s was one of our biggest turn outs. As much fun as it was to have so many cute little goblin's running around we really needed to cut it back some or else we would need to find a new location or hire help!

Cutting back didn’t stop us from adding new games or treats though, and of course we had a great time creating them as our  62 guest did enjoying them.

New this year, Spin Art.

8118178306_8278bc1651_o087

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hubby took an old box fan apart, added a board, attached some legs, made a container out of some bamboo fencing we had laying around, lined it with a black tarp, secured it with big clamps, and walla, Spin Art! Didn’t cost a dime to make.

Another favorite was the Tattoo Shop. (Temporary airbrushed tattoos, not the wet and apply kind)

096      098      8118193424_3e0bc13966_o

With the growing number of toddlers, we set up an area just for them. Using our soon to be garden area, with the gazebo that got hit by a storm recently while we were building the patio below, worked perfect for a ball bounce area. Since it would cost a fortune in small balls, we used  beach balls. Added a slide and the little ones had a great time. They also had ride on toys to play with along with a bowling lane and a bean bag toss.

8118177034_6bb49afb2f_k

Of course we had our cake walk.

122   156

This year we actually got a picture of the great cakes our guest brought.

165

 

 

Usually we would have created some type of backdrop for the table, and we had all intentions of doing it, but life happened and some things just had to be what they were. I loved the little boxes we found out Target for $1 each. They looked great in the towers of lights created with a tall vases turned upside down with lights stuffed up in them. 

 

8118181810_dd399957f9_o2

 

Also  new this year was an “Adult Only” table complete with a fresh fruit Sangria, which was a hit! Sorry, no picture of ours but here is the recipe we used.

 

54958057922471691_EHeRxbAf_c

 

 

             eddierosssangria3 

 

Some of our new treats…

8118174786_3c06f2fb14_o8118175244_fbd76dc607_o8118166219_7548bf7133_o

                                           8118183508_b2c1049b86_o8118184552_88286e97e4_o

Of course some of our old favorites…

8118164925_fd0dbef5e9_o8118186278_ba4180635d_o

1708118165411_9a0a4f79c2_o169

We served up our Bone Chillin` Chilli and Pulled Brain (pork) sandwiches from last years menu, along with the eyeball subs (meatballs).

Dig_FN_Halloween_Wormy_Weenie_Sandwiches_19

 

New on the menu this year, Wormie Wienies we found here. Wanting something different then the regular ole Mummy Dogs. We didn’t  make them exactly per the directions but they still turned out great.

 

 

 

Our guest were delighted with all the new additions, along with the old, and enjoyed everything we had.

All these wonderful treats can be found on pinterest and other party blogs.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween.

Elizabeth_thumb[1]

Related Posts with Thumbnails