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How to Make Your Own Mimosa Bar

Make Your Own Mimosa Bar

Mimosa bars are a super fun addition to holiday brunches, wedding showers and summer parties!

I created one for brunch last Sunday and it was a huge hit, so I wanted to share exactly what you need to make your own at home!

Supplies Needed

Begin by placing the tablecloth to your table, next place the “Mimosa Bar” chalkboard sign on the tablecloth.

I picked up this fun chevron green tablecloth and adorable owl chalkboard sign at Hobby Lobby!

Mimosa Bar Chalkboard

Next, add the champagne flutes to the table.

I purchased fresh fruit from Polito Farms at the Little Italy Mercato and juiced them myself (with the help of my Dad!) using my Healthy Juicer!

Polito Farms Citrus

Remember to click on the right banner of the page where it says “Win a Free Healthy Juicer” to sign up to win your own!

Juicing Citrus with the Healthy Juicer

Next, pour the juices into the bottles, then add tags to the bottles with ribbon for each juice flavor!

Mimosa Bar Juice

Finally, add the fruit to a serving tray.  I used my Longaberger 3-bowl serving tray with spoons that worked perfectly!

How to Make Your Own Mimosa Bar

Place a bottle of champagne on the table and await your guests arrival!

Mimosa Bar for Parties

I can’t wait for my next party, just so I can make another mimosa bar!

How to Make Your Own Photo Booth

I constructed a homemade photo booth for  my housewarming party last weekend with the help of my roommate’s girlfriend Doni.

It was a smashing success so I wanted to veer from food for the day to share how to make your own totally fun, yet budget friendly, homemade photo booth!

Supplies Needed

  • 48 Inch Dowel Rod (or shower tension rod) ($2-$4, available at Walmart, Target, Home Depot)
  • Pair of Curtains ($5-$10, available at Walmart, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond)
  • Ribbon for tie-backs ($2-$4, available at Walmart, Michael’s)
  • 2 medium Command adhesive hooks ($6-$8, available at Walmart, Target, Michael’s)
  • Tripod (or stand for camera)
  • 2 chalkboard signs (see instructions below on how to make your own)

Optional Props

  • Word or phrase signs
  • Large Empty Frame
  • Neck-wear (beads, leis, ties, boas)
  • Headwear (hats, glasses, tiaras)
  • Hand-wear (gloves)
  • “Action” Props (plastic sword, pom-poms)

Start assembling the actual photo booth wall by placing the Command hooks on the wall. These are great for this kind of project because they do not leave any damage on the wall after the party.

Next, place the curtain on to the dowel or tension rod, then simply place the tension rod in the command hooks.

Next, tie each curtain panel in the middle with the ribbon.

Now it’s time to prepare the props.

I loved having the large empty frame for people to hold and pose in.  If you would like one too, it’s very simple to do-it-yourself!

I purchased the frame at a thrift store for $3.99 and then purchased a can of spray paint at Michael’s for $6.99.

I spray painted the frame with two layers of paint then allowed to dry.  The next morning I sanded the frame down to give it more of an antique look. The final result…

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A super fun way to “frame yourself” in the photo booth!

Next up on the do-it-yourself portion of the photo booth were the chalkboards.

I purchased two silver trays and a tray stand from the dollar store for.. $1 each (obvi!) then found an old Ikea magnetic board (still available at Ikea for $12.99) and used chalkboard spray paint ($3.99 at Walmart or $6.99 at Michaels) to turn all of these items into chalkboards.

I used one of the silver trays as an “instructional board” in which Doni came up with this very cute rhyme!

I used the other tray as a “write your own message board”, in which my fellow Oklahoma girl Tess started it off  right with Boomer Sooner!

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I used the Ikea magnetic board to add our “Instagram Hashtag Message” which was inspired by Pinterest.

This is a great way to see everyone’s images from the photo booth as they upload them onto Instagram (or Twitter) using the unique hashtag you create for your party.

I personally used the hashtag throughout the day and into the night to catch all of the housewarming party action!

photo booth, photobooth, housewarming party, san diego, instagramNow, on to those fun, crazy, silly props!

Doni snatched up almost half of the props at a Goodwill Thrift Store for about $10.  The rest, as much as I am embarrassed to admit, actually came from my closet, ha ha.

Headwear is a must!

hats, kitten ears, cowboy hats, glasses, oversized glasses, devil horns, halo, feathersHeadwear Options

  • Oversized Glasses
  • Cowboy Hats
  • Top hats
  • Feather Flapper Hats
  • Tiaras
  • Kitten Ears
  • Devil Horns
  • Angel Halos
  • Funny noses/moustaches

There also must be neck-wear involved!

ties, boas, leis, beadsNeck-Wear Options

  • Mardi Gras Beads
  • Leis
  • Funky Ties
  • Feather Boas

What to do with your hands you ask?

gloves, plastic sword, pom-pomsHand-Wear/Hand-Held Object Options

  • Gloves
  • Pom-poms
  • Plastic Swords
  • Plastic Tomahawk (because, why not?)

If you would like your guests to send a message in their image using a word or phrase, make your own signs!

Simply write whatever you would like on black construction paper using a silver sharpie, then cut it into a cute shape and tape it onto a large popsicle stick.

I did allow my male roommates to input on these, so don’t judge me for all of them, I am definitely not “Banned from Disneyland” (that would be like the worst thing ever!)  I will, however, take all the credit for “Fear the Beard” and “I’m Here for the Food”

Homemade photo booth, make your own photobooth, pictures, images, partyThe total cost of the homemade photo booth will vary depending on what supplies you already have and how many props you want to add but can be easily made for as little as $20!

And, let’s be honest, you can’t put a price on all this fun!

Homemade photo booth, make your own photobooth, pictures, images, party, girls, instagramFeel free to Tweet me or Facebook me with any questions about making a photo booth for your next party!

Rustic Potato Bread

Homemade Potato Bread

For my fabulous Super Bowl Party I made the most delicious hors d’oeuvres ever, Sausage Stuffing Balls!

The two main ingredients for the dish are: sausage and potato bread.  The first time around I bought a loaf of potato bread at the store, but because my Rosemary Focaccia Bread came out so amazingly I have been on a serious homemade bread kick!  Thus, I made my own potato bread for the sausage stuffing balls!

Potato Bread Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 2 loaves)

  • 1 lb baking potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 1/4 oz packages active yeast
  • 6 cups flour (divided)
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp shortening

Start by peeling and chopping the potatoes into cubes.

Next, bring 1 1/2 cups milk and 1 1/2 cups water to boil in a medium saucepan.

Add the cubed potatoes.

Boil uncovered for 13-15 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.

After potatoes are cooked, remove pan from the heat but do NOT drain the potatoes.  After they have cooled down to a warm, but no longer boiling temperature, measure out 1/2 cup of the liquid.

Place the 1/2 cup of liquid in a large mixing bowl and pour the yeast on top.

Next, mash the remaining liquid into the potatoes.

Add the mashed potatoes to the yeast mixture.

Next, add 2 cups of flour.

Then add the sugar, salt and shortening.

Beat with an electric mixer on high for 2 minutes.

Next, stir in the remaining 4 cups of flour by hand.

Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.

Next, place the dough in a large oiled bowl and turn to oil each side.

Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap.

Let rise for one hour or until the dough has doubled in size.

Remove the dough from the bowl, punch down and separate into two equal loaves.  Place each loaf in a loaf pan or shape into a loaf and place on a baking stone (I did one of each just to see how they would turn out, both worked great!)

Cover again and allow to rise for an additional 30 minutes.  Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 375°.

For the final step, remove the cover and place the bread in the oven for 40 minutes.

Homemade Potato Bread Recipe

This rustic potato bread recipe is thick and hearty, while still remaining light and fluffy inside!

Potato Bread Recipe

It is delicious dipped into our Taco Soup or Pumpkin Chili or turn it into yummy Loaded Baked Potato Bread!

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

Rustic Potato Bread

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 2 loaves

Rustic Potato Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 lb baking potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 1/4 oz packages active yeast
  • 6 cups flour (divided)
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp shortening

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop the potatoes into cubes.
  2. Bring the milk and water to boil in a medium saucepan.
  3. Add the cubed potatoes.
  4. Boil uncovered 13-15 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat but do NOT drain the potatoes.
  6. After the potatoes have cooled, pour 1/2 cup of the liquid from the pan into a large bowl and sprinkle the yeast on top.
  7. Mash the remaining liquid into the potatoes.
  8. Add the mashed potatoes to the yeast mixture.
  9. Add 2 cups of flour, 3 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp salt and 2 tbsp shortening.
  10. Beat with an electric mixer on high for 2 minutes.
  11. Stir in the remaining 4 cups of flour by hand.
  12. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.
  13. Pace the kneaded dough into a large oiled bowl and turn to oil each side.
  14. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap.
  15. Let rise for one hour or until dough has doubled in size.
  16. Remove dough from the bowl, punch down and separate into two equal loaves. Place each loaf in a loaf pan or shape into a loaf and place on a baking stone.
  17. Cover again for 30 minutes.
  18. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  19. Remove cover and place bread in the oven for 40 minutes.
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How to: Throw the Perfect Pumpkin Carving Party

What could be more fun than carving pumpkins, drinking pumpkin beer and eating pumpkin chili??  Add Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats, Pumpkin Bread and Spinach Artichoke Dip and there is pretty much nothing more fun in the world!  This is how you throw the Perfect Pumpkin Carving Party!

Things you will need:

  • Orange plastic tablecloth (to cover your pumpkin carving table)
  • Halloween Paper Plates/Napkins/Bowls (for all your Delicious Pumpkin Themed Food!)
  • Carving utensils/stencils (enough for all of your guests to carve their perfect little pumpkins)
  • Tealights (to light up the inside of your perfect pumpkins)
  • 2 Large bowls (one for the pumpkin guts and one for the pumpkin seeds)
The Perfect Pumpkin Carving Party Menu:
  • Pumpkin Chili
  • Traditional Chili
  • Pumpkin Bread
  • Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats
  • Spinach Artichoke Dip and Chips

For the pumpkin chili, click on the link for the recipe!  I also made traditional chili in case someone didn’t like pumpkin (not sure why, because I shun anyone who does not like pumpkin, bahaha) but it’s easy to throw it together in a crock pot, so I did!

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can chili beans
  • 1 can Rotel (diced tomatoes with green chilies) (14.5 oz)
  • 1 package chili seasoning
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8 oz)
Brown the ground beef, then combine all of the ingredients in a crock pot.  Allow to cook for 1 hour on high, then continue to cook for at least 3 hours in the crock pot on low. I top mine with grated cheddar cheese and jalapeños, yummy!

While your chili’s are simmering in their respective crock-pot’s, get your Pumpkin Bread ready to bake!
Ingredients (makes 1 loaf)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 2 large eggs (whisked)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 can pumpkin puree (15 oz)
Combine sugars, flour, baking soda and spices in a bowl.
In a separate bowl combine the whisked eggs, milk, melted butter and pumpkin puree. Then, mix in the dry ingredients.
Now it’s time to pour the batter into a loaf dish and bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes.
The bread should come out golden brown, moist and delicious!
While the pumpkin bread is baking and bringing that amazing aroma into your home, get those little Pumpkin Rice Krispie treats going!
Ingredients (makes 8 pumpkins)
  • 6 cups of Rice Krispies
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 package mini marshmallows
  • orange food coloring
  • green gum drops
Melt the butter and marshmallows in the microwave for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Then, add the orange food coloring, stir to combine.  Add the Rice Krispies and stir to coat.  Wait about 10 minutes for the mixture to cool then use a buttered spoon (or buttered hands, like I do!) to form the Rice Krispie treats into little Pumpkins.  Top with green gum drops and you have a super cute, festive treat that is easy and everyone loves!
Now, right before your guests arrive prepare your Spinach Artichoke Dip.
Ingredients (serves 4-6)
  • 4 oz frozen spinach
  • 1 can artichoke hearts (14.5 oz)
  • 8 oz package cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
Start by thawing out the frozen spinach by placing it in a microwave-save dish covered with a lid and into the microwave for 5 minutes. While the spinach is defrosting, blend the artichoke hearts in a food processor until only small chunks exist. When the spinach has been defrosted combine this with the cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, salt, garlic powder and artichoke hearts in a 20 oz small casserole dish.
Top with the mozzarella cheese.
Place in the oven set at 350° for 25-30 minutes. To make this dish fit in with the festive pumpkin-themed night, I hollowed out a small pumpkin and put the dip inside, SO CUTE!
Now it’s time to set up your yummy table of munchies before all of your pumpkin-loving guests arrive!
Now that all your food is ready to go, you can enjoy carving a pumpkin with your guests while they help themselves to chili and snacks!