How-To: Chocolate Spoons

I recently found these sweet treats on Pinterest and decided to try making them to hand out as favors at our Christmas party next week. They were really easy to make and I can’t wait to dip one in my coffee tomorrow morning!

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Here’s what you need:

Pack of plastic spoons

milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, peppermint bark, etc. to melt

SPRINKLES! JIMMIES! JELLY BEANS! WHATEVER ELSE YOU FEEL LIKE!

Optional: pretzel bags (if you want to gift)

Step 1:

Melt your chocolate of choice in the microwave or on the stove. If you need it to be thinner/runnier, add a teaspoon of vegetable oil (not olive!)

Step 2: 

Use a spoon to pour chocolate into the, uh, other spoon. You want the chocolate to be nice and level in the spoon, so don’t add too much. You may need to shake the spoon around a little to get the chocolate evenly distributed. The most important part is to prop the handle of the spoon up on a plate, tray, or trivet so that the chocolate will be level when it sets.

Step 3: 

Add all decorations and treats you want. I highly recommend adding a jelly bean. The Jelly Belly Ice Cream Parlor mix has great flavors for this project. I picked colors that would coordinate with my Christmas party theme (all peacock colors, teal, purple, green, and gold). If you’re adding chocolate, wait until the chocolate is a little more set so it does not melt into the spoon.

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Step 4: (Optional)

Cut the pretzel bags so that the edge of the plastic reaches halfway down the handle of the spoon. Secure with some ribbon or raffia and voilà! What a sweet little present.

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I’m adding these to my Culinary Compilation Board!

Cheers,

Caroline

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Pin of the Day: State Souvenir Glasses

Check out these sweet tumblers featured on Country Living:

They vary in price but range from $3-$20. What a fun addition to your glassware collection, or a wonderful gift. I added this pin to my Decor Digest Board.

Cheers,

Caroline

 

Inspiration: Halloween Party Favors

I love to give party favors, even when it’s totally unnecessary to do so and/or I have 100 people at my house and have to come up with – you guessed it – 100 favors. So here are my favorite ideas from across the web for inspired Halloween party favors and packaging. They’re all on my Ghosts and Ghouls Board. Enjoy!

Personalize tin buckets full of candy, courtesy of countryliving.com

Owl treat bags, courtesy of lisastorms.typepad.com

Treats in Beakers- use as awards for best costumes! Courtesy of lisastorms.typepad.com

Netted Bags for treats, courtesy of barbschram.blogspot.com

Halloween Paper Treat Bags, courtesy of etsy.com/shop/OhLaLaPaper

Coffin-shaped boxes, courtesy of BHG.com

Ghost Chinese Take-Out Boxes, courtesy of makingfriends.com

Candy Corn Dots, courtesy of marthastewart.com, photo by Kate Mathis

Cheese Ball Bags, courtesy of blowoutparty.com

Brownie Pretzel Marshmallow Skeletons, courtesy of blowoutparty.com

DIY Glow-In-The-Dark Slime, courtesy of domesticcharm.blogspot.com

Witch’s Broom Favors, courtesy of marthastewart.com

Ghostly Popcorn Bags, courtesy of BHG.com

Creepy Crawly Play-Dough, courtesy of BHG.com

Batty Take-Out Box, courtesy of BHG.com

Halloween Poppers, courtesy of homespunwithlove.blogspot.com/

Test Tube Favors, courtesy of hwtm.com, photo by Sadie Days Photography

Goody Witches, courtesy of marthastewart.com

Punched Favor Bags, courtesy of marthastewart.com

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Monogrammed Keychain

In the mood to spend between $35-50 on a keychain? Me neither. However, if you ARE, I would recommend these without hesitation:

These cuties are from Invite Cottage and for $34.95 +$9.00 shipping, they could be yours. If you want to punch it up a bit, they will craft you one from a Lilly Pulitzer fabric too!

It’s a prep explosion.

These are heading to my Gifted Giving Board. I think this could be a fantastic wedding shower gift with the bride’s new initials!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Volcano Candle

Want your house to smell like Anthropologie? Buy this candle!

I am generally a die-hard Yankee Candle girl, but the scent of this candle is just awesome! It’s really beautiful to look at, too. If it is a rainy day light this sucker up and you will be in heaven! They’re made by Capri Blue Candles. I’m pinning it to my Consumer Collection Board of products I love. I don’t know if this is how a volcano smells, but if it does, well, volcanoes smell great.

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: DIY Monogrammed Doormat

Another sweet DIY post…that I have not actually done myself. Ah. Once the summer program at the museum is in full swing maybe I will have a semblance of a normal schedule back. Until then, I’ll be posting all the projects I dream of completing…like this one!

If you’re like me, you still have your Easter doormat outside. I love the idea of always having “seasonally appropriate” decor outside but I fail with the execution of this idea. Repeatedly. I want to make this mat so this year, even when I don’t ever get around to finding the perfect 4th of July mat, I can have something cute and welcoming that is “Rainy Day Box – Approved”: simple, easy to personalize, and you probably have the supplies at your house!

Like many wonderful ideas, this comes from the folks over at Better Homes and Gardens. This would also make a wonderful gift! I’m adding it to my Handmade Hodgepodge Board. Here are the (so easy) instructions from their site:

“Print a letter onto cardstock and cut it out. Pin the cardstock stencil on the mat and cover the letter with spray paint. To add dots, repeat the process, masking off the letter before painting the dots.”

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: DIY Gift Card Holders

Gift cards are a quick and easy present, but often the presentation is a bit boring. These nifty gift card holders from lemon jitters are just the thing to dress up and personalize those little cards!

Download this template (also from lemon jitters) and print it onto your paper of choice (she recommends cardstock). Cut it out, fold the flaps in and then fold in half and glue it all together!

How adorable! I’m pinning it to my Handmade Hodgepodge Board for future reference!

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: DIY Tile Coasters

Today’s post is a definite rainy day project! Simple, beautiful, easily personalized- and you may already have most supplies at your house. These adorable tile coasters from The Cottage Home would be a great gift for just about anyone, or a quick way to spruce up your home or office. They would also be a fun take home for a party like a baby shower! You could also put picture hangers on the back of them and use them as wall art. The possibilities are endless!

One thing I noticed from the comments on the tutorial is quite a few people made them and noticed they were not heat-resistant right away. Once they are dry they should be ok for cold drinks, but wait about a month for them to cure before putting a hot mug on them. This does not worry me as I only have a huge glass of iced tea with me at all times. I can’t WAIT to make some of my own!

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(Tutorial courtesy of The Cottage Home)

Supplies:
4 square tiles from your local hardware store (4.25″ x 4.25″)
4 pieces of scrapbook paper (or fabric) (3.75″ x 3.75″)
4 pieces of felt (or cork) (3.75″ x 3.75″)
Mod Podge
Sponge brush
Glue (i.e. Fabri-tac or other strong adhesive)
Clear acrylic sealer

1.  Brush one coat of Mod Podge onto tile.

2. Place one piece of paper on center of tile.  Allow to dry.

3. Brush on another coat of mod podge on top of paper.  Allow to dry 15 minutes and repeat 2-3 more times.

4.  After mod podge is dry, take tiles outside and spray with clear acrylic sealer.  Follow manufacturers instructions.  The sealer makes these tile coasters water-resistant.

5.  Allow coasters to dry completely.  Once dry, glue felt squares (or cork) to the bottom center of the tile.

What a wonderful idea! I’m adding it to my Handmade Hodgepodge Board.

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: OMBRÉ!

Maybe I’m way behind the times here, but I just asked myself…what EXACTLY is ombré? I have pinned a couple gorgeous examples of ombré without being completely clear what it was. So, I googled it…and I LOVE it! According to an online dictionary, it is “having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark”. I define it as gorgeous! This article (yes, from 2008…I am behind) from Martha Stewart gives some great tips and ideas. Here are a couple of my favorite examples from all over the web – they’re also on my Culinary Compilation, Decor Digest, Style Selections, and Party Pins Boards.

eddieross.com

mommadanddaboyz.combeantownbaker.com

vanessachristenson.com

bunchesofbliss.com

alloftheaboveblog.com

stylemepretty.com

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Chickadee Cupcake Picks

Check out these amazing food picks from BHLDN! They are fabric chickadees and according to their website, no two are alike! They are so lovely and unique!

I want to start baking right now! They could also be used for hors d’ouevres…I’m in love. Not to mention they are tiny birds, my favorite thing ever! Saving these to my Aviary Assortment Board!

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

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