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Star-Shaped Foods for 4th of July

Hey friends, I received an overwhelming response to my White Wine Sangria with Star-Shaped Pineapple recipe so I decided to give you a few more playful ways to let your STAR shine in your foods. All these ideas add that personal twist to your 4th of July festivities and a unique touch that leaves yours guests thinking your the next Martha Stewart :)

Do you remember the star-shaped tortilla chips I talked about for your Oscar party? They also work great for 4th of July.

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Festive Fruit Ice Cubes! I am all about the cocktail, so spark it up and add a little kick to your spirits this season. It’s simple, pick up an ice cube tray in the shape of stars, I got mine at Cost Plus, then get creative. Different fruit juices add the color and fresh fruit and herbs accent clear water for an infused taste. Also looks festive in a jug of water or in a non-alcoholic drink. My FAVE is mint stars in my mojito. Yum.

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Star-Shaped Watermelon on a Stick. It’s so simple, but adds that extra creative touch. Use a star-shaped cookie cutter and cut out the stars out of watermelon. Pick up popsicle sticks from any grocery store and  attach to the watermelon.

Fun Tip: Display in a watermelon that has been cut in half!

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Display in a bowl of fruit

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or use to garnish a cocktail

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What’s more American than Jello? See it wiggle, see it jiggle…Here’s a fun idea the kids will love.

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Please remember to…

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How to Personalize your 4th of July

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I love to personalize a party and 4th of July is around the corner, so what better way to get your party started then to put your own magic touch on your festivities, right? It’s all in the details and the sparkly touches that makes a party unique and memorable. Here are a few tips I shared this morning on Action News Now and taught Alex Backus how to get her party on. Thanks Alex for your continued support, you know I think you are DARLING!

1.  Flag Pallet- This is a super easy and fun project to do with the family, a great way to personalize your party. My daughter, Makenzi and I worked on this project together. Shipping pallets are imperfect, so there is no such thing as perfection.  In fact, the more imperfect it is, the more vintage it feels. Shipping pallets are readily available at any company that regularly receives large shipments, they are often advertised for free on places like Craig’s List. Here’s how we did it.

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First, we measured with a ruler the area we wanted to be blue.

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We sprayed the penciled area in navy blue, then rotated the rest of the pallets in red and white to create the look of the American flag,

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After we let the paint dry, we downloaded a star stencil online and began stenciling the stars on the navy blue.

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Viola! The finished product!

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2. 4th of July White Wine Sangria. TO DIE FOR! I love that it is made from my fave, white wine! It’s mine kind of patriotic punch.  Accent with fun items from both The Summer and Stars & Stripes Trunk.

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Here’s how to make it: Best White Wine Sangria you’ll ever have!

Combine Strawberries, blueberries and cookie cutter star-shaped pineapple, 2 bottles of white wine, 1/2 cup triple-sec, 1/2 cup of berry flavored vodka, 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, and 1/2 cup of simple syrup in a 3 Qt. pitcher, stir, chill and serve!

3.  Be creative with the Kid Toys! These fun windmills have a patriotic touch when placed in a nautical vase and a scoop of sand. Like I said, It’s all in the details my friends.

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4. Personalize with the Chalkboard. Everyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE my chalkboard. It’s the best way to make your party SHINE with your personality. Here’s a little of me shining on my chalkboard!

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5.  If you are feeling a little crunched for time, pick up The Stars & Stripes Trunk and everything will ship to your door ready to celebrate a festive holiday.

For more fun tips, be sure to watch “How to Personalize your 4th of July” on Action News Now.

HAPPY. HAPPY to all my friends. Much love to a safe and UNIQUE 4th of July.

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How to Hang a Starfish on a Wall

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Starfish make me SMILE! They are a great way to bring the relaxing vibe of the beach into your home. It makes for a fun summer time accent, but how the heck do you hang them on the wall? Well, Here’s my quick tutorial on how to easily hang starfish.

1.  Pick up some starfish, any size or shape works. I  like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s, they usually carry this time of year as starfish is a  trendy summer accent.  You can also find them in the Summer Trunk, which is starfish inspired! Think odd numbers, I like to hang things in 3 or 5’s.

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2  Next, you’ll need a picture frame hanger.  They are around $2 a pack and can be picked up at a craft or hardware store. Here’s what they look like.

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3. Next pull out your handy dandy glue gun

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4.  Decide which direction you would like to hang your starfish and flip it over to the backside to attach the picture hanger.

5.  Use your hot glue gun to drop a dot of glue on one of the fingers of the starfish (make sure this is the direction you would like to hang your starfish) Walk away to let the glue dry, only takes a few minutes. Go pour yourself a Mai Tai  while you are waiting to get ready for your ocean oasis.

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6.  You are now ready to hang your starfish. Position the starfish where you would like on the wall, hammer in a little tack nail and hang from the picture hook. Voila, instant vacation!

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I’ve been inspired by the starfish this week, so here’s a little of my weekly “Happy Talk.”

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Style Your Home with Beach Decor

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The Summer Trunk has just been released from Season in a Trunk.  This summer I was inspired by starfish and the nautical color of navy. I love the playfulness of starfish and the feeling of casual living on the beach. If you can’t visit the beach this summer, you might as well bring it to you! I am all about outdoor living that is comfy and has some unique touches. The pieces have to be versatile to fit into my everyday life, so I designed something that can be used indoors, outdoors, on a covered porch, poolside, or anywhere you need a little summer time accent.

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First up the inspiration behind the whole trunk, the starfish pillow. 18 inches of soft feather down, this pillow is 100% cotton and adds the touch of the beach indoors or on a covered porch. I put mine on my front porch to welcome my guests and immediately make them feel the causal vibe of summer.

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I had to include some actual starfish, these are so fun!   They hang great on a wall, nestled into your decor or placed on a tray.  3 8-10″ starfish come in each trunk.

I love how the starfish are packaged in netting, a great gift.

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An outdoor pitcher is a must for summer time entertaining. This one is unique and is great quality.  I like to fill mine up with orange infused water for hot summer days. Tie the fringed navy napkin around the handle of the pitcher for a nautical accent.

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The metal serving tray is the most versatile piece in the summer trunk. Obviously it makes a great serving tray, but check out all my ideas on how else you can use the scallop-edged accent.

As a table charger

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As a planter for succulents

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Wanna learn more ways to decorate with beach decor? Check out my video and learn how.

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The Summer Trunk can be purchased at Season in a Trunk.  It comes artfully packaged and delivered to your door for $85, plus I would like to gift you FREE SHIPPING, your welcome :)  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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Grad Parties that GLOW

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Who doesn’t love a glow in the dark party? I think this is such a fun idea for a graduation party. It is great for all age groups and adds a bit of playful excitement to your graduation festivities.  From party favors to getting your guests to interact, here are a few crafty ideas to get your party started.

1. PARTY FAVORS-  You are headed for a bright future! Pick up a light bulb container at a local crafts store, Michael’s is my favorite. Fill up the light bulb with some neon skittles or M&M’s, any neon candy will do.  Make a fun sign with neon ink and attach to the light bulb with baker’s twine.  A festive and easy party favor for your graduation party.

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2. CENTERPIECES-Neon Vases- Head to the Dollar Store and pick up some inexpensive clear vases.  Fill them up with water and add a few drops of neon acrylic paint.  You could use either silk or real flowers. I prefer live flowers, a big white dahlia might be fun, it would help make the neon colors pop!

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3. CAKE TABLE- Make the cake table SPARKLE! Super Simple. Use an old Patron bottle  ( depending on the age of the graduate :) ) or any interesting shaped vase.   Light the sparklers and watch the cake table glow. This easy craft adds a celebratory vibe that is so magical.

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4. BALLOONS- Get your neon on!  I love these balloons, so festive and super easy! All you need is neon tape and stickers from any office supply store, attach to white helium balloons. Pick up some variegated neon string from any craft store, again I like Michael’s, attach to the balloon for your glow in the dark fun.

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5. FUN ACTIVITY- Glow in the Dark Hula Hoops!!! What grad would not love this? Have a hula hoop contest to get the guests into the theme and interacting with each other. Again, it’s pretty simple, all you have to do is get neon tape from any craft store and tape around the hula hoop. BOOM… instant fun!

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Light up your party and have a NEON GRAD DAY!

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Last minute Cinco de Mayo fiesta tips

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! A week of preparation and the day is finally here, we are ready to fiesta like there is no manana!

Normally, I have my whole party planned but I always find myself scrambling for just a few last minute details I discover on Pinterest the morning of my party.

Here are some of my absolute favorites that I could not throw a fiesta without:

Sombrero Sugar Cookies

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As if the dessert table wasn’t festive enough, I had to add these cute cookies into the mix. Have a sombrero cookie decorating contest or prep them before to scatter throughout the table with the oreo tacos! 

Chalkboard Art

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Who knew a simple chalkboard could add so much to a party?! No matter the occasion we are thanking the home decor gods for this accent piece. Use it as a sign in your yard or to label the food.

Glass Bottle Sodas + Sombreros= OLE!

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I love the look and taste of glass bottle soda. I’m not sure what it is but soda out of a glass bottle tastes 110% better to me. Pair with mini sombrero toppers for a festive accent that is sure to pop!

Perfect Place Settings

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With all this talk about food and party decor it is easy to over look the table settings. I’m adding spice to my table by labeling each seat with a hot pepper! The green pepper accents pair perfectly with the bright colors on the table!

Pinata Napkins

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Never underestimate the power of a clever napkin. This one is HILARIOUS and perfect to pair with a tequila bar.

I would LOVE to see how your fiesta turns out so please share images with me!

Taco bout a party! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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Mexican Flag – 7 Days of Cinco De Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo is almost here! There is nothing more festive than turning your food into a Mexican flag, plus it’s super simple!

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The Mexican flag is a vertical striped tricolor flag. It has green, white and red stripes. Make kaboobs using green grapes, marshmallows and strawberries for your first themed treat.

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Rice krispy treats with mexican flag frosting will go perfectly with your oreo tacos! The dessert table will be the talk of the party with these fun treats.

You can also get creative with sweet green and red peppers. Separate them with a line of white cheese and you have another delicious flag treat!

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All of these sweet treats will accent your amazing party decor making this the best fiesta yet! Very little prep time required for these treats which means more time for you to sip on a marg and enjoy connecting with your friends and family!

Time to celebrate!

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Glitz & Gold Fiesta- 7 days of Cinco de Mayo

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In true Season in a Trunk fashion it’s time to get a little glitzy with our Cinco de Mayo fiesta! I love adding a little…who am I kidding, A LOT of sparkle to any occasion. I mean what’s a party if you aren’t vacuuming up sparkles for the next week?

So lets bust out our glitter maracas and twinkle lights to get this party started!

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First of all, it is not a fiesta without a pinata! No matter how old you are a pinata is always a good idea, one that is gold and sparkly…even better.

Add sparkle to your champagne or shot glasses! It’s simple, just add a sticky rhinestone strip onto any party glasses you have. I got my strips from Michaels.

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I LOVE tequila but that’s no secret! A tequila bar is a must at any fiesta I throw.

Use gold mylar fringe, patterned runners and bright flowers or ribbons to complete the party.

This fiesta is just another excuse to break out our chalkboard! Glitter the frame and then add clever sayings! My favorite is “Fiesta like there is no manana!”

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Gold spray paint a sombrero, glitter your maracas, and get ready to party hard!

Cinco de Mayo is almost here!

Salud!

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Oreo Taco Cookies- 7 Days of Cinco de Mayo

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I love to play with my food and I believe your food can be just as creative and unique as the decor at your party. Plus for this Cinco de Mayo bash I need a little substance to help soak up all those margaritas.

With my kids it’s all about dessert so I have found a treat that is as appealing to eye as it is to the stomach!

Oreo Cookie Tacos 

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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This recipe is so simple because there is no technical baking skills involved. The process is extremely similar to making real tacos. Except way more fun and yummy.

Get the step by step directions from Erica’s Sweet Tooth

I can’t say that all together this recipe was delicious… I mean hot tamales do not really go with lemon starburst or truffles but the visual effect is more than worth it!

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Get out there and honor your sweet tooth! This fiesta is a great excuse to indulge a little!

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