Moscow Mule

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Maddie Mouse turns 3

Maddie Mouse turns 3

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Minnie Mouse Dress


To know me is to know I love to cook, decorate, and design. Throughout my life, my mother was always decorating something. We especially love holidays and birthdays. I am sure this is why I enjoy creating pretty palettes of fantasy and beauty, especially during these special times.


Maddie turned three and she asked for a Minnie Mouse party. You ask and you shall receive. As we planned for the day we hit up a few vendors for our go-to products: Party City (they are not affiliated with, but many of their products can be found on Amazon etc.), Target, Amazon, and ABC Party on Davis Street in Bishop Arts District of Dallas. We found the cutest costumes, decor, and games to ring in another year.

(prepping the house for the party – paint, trash, goodies, and all)

We kept things relatively simple from our point of view. Hard to believe right?! Haha! The kitchen and patio were the main attractions. On the breakfast table, we covered it with a darling wrapping paper featuring…you guessed it, Minnie Mouse. We blended her signature pink and red outfits to complete the vibe. Around the edge, we added a ruffled tablecloth. Party City carried a lot of the decor if you don’t see it linked above.


The table hosted the food for the party with cute table tents to share the details. We added a sweet figurine of Minnie from ABC Party that was handmade. This created such a cute space and I was really pleased with the setup. On the wall behind the table, we had a huge scene setter of Minnie and Daisy spelling out, Happy Birthday. A 3D Minnie balloon was inflated and taped to the wall to add color and a pop of fun. On the other side of the scene, we placed a dozen foiled heart balloons in pink. So sweet and girly!


On the window, we had another Happy Birthday banner with a beautiful handmade cut out three. It was adorned with faux flowers in many pastel colors. It was dainty and the texture was fun and full of a happy vibe.


Outside, we setup flag banners around the perimeter of the outside table and placed a pink foil tablecloth on top of it. I placed more Minnie figurines on the table along with red popcorn boxes full of crayons and Minnie activity sheets. To complete the whimsical effect we had a bubble machine while a Mickey playlist on Pandora played!


Again, this was a simple party that is easily replicated and festive enough for the whole family. Maddie had a wonderful time and loved every detail that was put in place.

I love to bake and have made every cake for all my children’s birthdays. This year the cake came out better than expected and I was so pleased. I did not make the batter from scratch and instead used a Pillsbury mix. I did make the buttercream icing and fondant from scratch. Out of all of my taste testing and making, I really like the recipes from Wilton for fondant. They are easy to achieve and the taste is delicious. Here is the recipe for the buttercream icing and the rolled marshmallow fondant here. You don’t have to make these from scratch and can always purchase store bought. A tip if you are using the icing from the store. You can add a little bit of powdered sugar to help create a more stiff icing to hold the design you wish to achieve =)


I baked four layers of two flavors (chocolate and strawberry). You can always add extra flavor by using a liquid additive or fresh fruit or morsels depending on the flavor. This gives it a Sandra Lee feel with the semi-homemade ūüėČ I was very generous with the layers of icing and did a modest crumb coat and placed it in the fridge for keeping. By the way, I usually bake the cake anywhere from 3-7 days ahead of the party. For longer keeping you can wrap a completely cooled cake in Saran wrap and leave in a room temp area or in the fridge. Or you can prep the cake with a crumb coat and place in the fridge.

I stuck with two colors – white and pink for both the icing and fondant. After icing the cake I placed it on my sterling silver cake display. Note to the wise, add a dollop of icing in the center of the cake plate to keep the cake from slipping right off. I rolled out the fondant (I made this ahead of time too and stored in the fridge – you will need to let it sit at room temp a bit before handling otherwise you will be kneading for a while) and added a white layer to the four-tier cake.


Oh, I almost forgot – I used nine inch round pans. After placing and adjusting the fondant I added a pink skirt in buttercream to the base of the cake. I did three layers and went over all of them two times. I used the number 59 tip in Wilton to achieve the design. I then rolled out the pink fondant (I made all of my colors with the Wilton gels) and used a round cookie cutter to create the medium and small dots for the circumference. I then rolled out more pink fondant to create the bow. You can accomplish this by rolling out a long piece of fondant. I use either the fondant roller or the pizza roller to trim the piece into a rectangle. You fold the edges in to meet in the middle. For the bow, you add a rolled ball to “open” the bow. You will also cut a small piece of the same color fondant in a rectangle. Use this as the center and to cover the edge of the bow. Place the bow on top of the cake and add detail. Fondant can be secured with a white brush, shortening, or icing. In this instance, I did not use anything.


For the Minnie silhouette, I used a large round cookie cutter and the medium one too. I made two small circles and used the large cutter to cut the edges where I would like the ears to align. This created a perfect match for the silhouette. I topped the cake with a sweet Minnie candle and three individual pink candles. Once the cake was complete it was kept in the fridge. I pulled it out 15 minutes before serving to allow the cake to start acclimating to room temp. To finish off dessert, I bought a tub of Neapolitan ice cream for everyone to have the flavor of their choice. Birthday cake and ice cream, I mean what’s better than that!

A Little Sprinkle

A Little Sprinkle

Today, I was out for work and feeling like the ultimate girl boss in my gorgeous Halston pumps. I paired them with some Topshop coulettes that are great for all seasons and a black bell sweater. Okay, back to the shoes. They are amazing!. They are comfortable, beautiful, and the cut is so sexy with the open heel and wide band across the foot. You will not be sorry about this purchase because they are worth it.

This look is easy and comfortable with a touch of sophistication. The stripes on the pants are vertical and help elongate my body shape. That is a must for me when wearing stripes. Being a curvy woman I want to create the right illusions highlighting my body shape.

Did you see my earrings? These silver ball drop earrings are a step up from your typical ball drop earrings. Their sheen adds a richness to the look and they really make a statement escpically with my brunette hair. I loved the light weight of them and the stud style at the top.

While out and about I made a run to the ATM and came back with a surprise. The cupcake ATM that is…Sprinkles has been in Dallas for near a decade and in the past few years they added their famous ATM to the storefront. This is the best technology ever! You avoid the long lines, can visit after hours, and have a dessert for the family at the drop of a hat.

Okay moms, how many of you have ever fussed at your hubby for buying sweets for the kids and then turn around and do the same thing?! Ha! Truth!

I wanted to bring a treat to the kids as they have been rock stars at school this week. I stopped buying sweets recently (although I can bake them all from scratch – help us) so this was a real treat. Some of our go to flavors are Strawberry, Coconut, Vanilla, and today we added Pumpkin for Fall. All are delicious. I have to say though, I also enjoy their cupcake sundae at their ice cream store, that is another story!

Happy shopping. May your sprinkle carry through to your wardrobe!

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