Graduation Party Desserts in School Colors

Graduation Party Desserts in School Colors - with Chocoley Chocolate

Are you looking for ideas for graduation party desserts?  Show your school spirit and make these delicious treats in the graduate’s school colors.

Last weekend was my nephew’s graduation party.  I cannot believe he has graduated and will be starting college in the fall.

He was 5 years old when we first met.  Incidentally, he was the first boy to propose to me.  He asked if I would marry him if I didn’t marry his uncle.  So precious.

Well, he grew up.  And into an amazing young man, I might add.  We were excited to share in the fun of his graduation party  and thanks to Chocoley sending all the great chocolates, coloring oil and sprinkles, the graduation party desserts I made turned out wonderfully!

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The Graduation Party Desserts I made:

Chocolate-Covered Oreos

I dipped the Oreos in the Bada Bing Bada Boom Candy & Molding Formula (thicker for dipping Oreos) with violet coloring oil.  Then I followed up with the Drizzle & Design Chocolate with yellow coloring oil.  You’ll see below that I wasn’t the only one to love using the drizzle chocolate.

Oreo Truffles

To make the truffles, we finely crushed 36 Oreos (my kids love doing this with a freezer bag and mallet).  Then, I mixed in 8 oz of room temperature cream cheese.  Followed by rolling the mix into about 40 1-inch balls.  Very easy!

Then, I dipped the balls in Bada Bing Bada Boom Dipping & Coating Formula (thinner for truffles) with the violet coloring oil.  While the chocolate was still wet, I added the jimmies to the tops.


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Chocolate Covered Pretzels and Drizzled Pretzels

Last came the pretzels.  I made yellow chocolate and dipped in the pretzels.  I found that drizzling more yellow on top made them look fancier.  I love that easy-to-use Drizzle & Design Chocolate bottle!  And because I had leftover drizzle, I  added more to plain pretzels.

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My 5 year old loved using the drizzle chocolate as well.  (She even used the very last bit to write a love note to me on the wax paper!)

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Chocolate and tiaras . . . I think it works!

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Chocoley Supplies

Do you know any graduates this year?  I’d love it if you share this idea with them.  

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For more fun, check out these college send-off party ideas!

10 FUN Ways to Celebrate Dad!

10 FUN Ways to Celebrate Dad! -gifts, crafts, games and crazy activities

Looking for some fun ideas for Father’s Day (or anytime you want to celebrate Dad)?  From crafts and gifts to games and crazy activities, these ideas will be sure to make Dad feel special and appreciated.

10 FUN Ways to Celebrate Dad:

Father's Day Gift - free printable - fill-in booklet

Have your kids fill out this Father’s Day Booklet and share their precious and favorite thoughts about Dad.  


DIY Father's Day T-Shirt .

Get crafty with this DIY Father’s Day T-Shirt.


Daddy Land

Make your own live version of Candy Land with this game!


father's day gift for the expectant father

Make an “I Do Diapers” T-shirt for the Expectant Father.


Following in your footsteps t-shirt for father's day

Remind Dad about his important role to your kids with this T-shirt.


We Love Daddy

Show the love and frame this photo.


Marshmallow Fight 3-2

Get some family fun going with this crazy activity.  The BEST Marshmallow Fight Ever!


 welcome home daddy - with a splash

Who wants to get wet with this activity?  Bulls-eye shirt for Daddy!


scavenger hunt for daddy

The kids will love this scavenger hunt as Daddy hunts for his true prize.



Another wet, but fun activity for the whole family.


What does your family do to celebrate Dad?

Awesome College Send Off Party Ideas

College Send Off Party Ideas

Are you sending a kid (yours or a niece or nephew) off to college this fall?  I am dreading the day.  But least I have 10 years to go and I am hoping those years go slow.  And when the time comes, I’ll be referring back to this awesome College Send Off Party Idea.  It comes from my cousin, Jody.  Her family planned this great night for her nephew last summer before he went off to school.

I love not only that it gets the whole extended family involved, but it also shows the college student how much they are loved and supported as they start a new chapter in their life.

This College Send Off Party Idea has three parts:


Story time!

Have aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins and siblings email a personal story about the college student to the party organizer before the night of the party.  Then at dinner, read the stories and have the guest of honor try to guess who wrote each story.  Impose a penalty for incorrect answers.  Jody’s nephew had to lick a dollop of ketchup each time he guessed wrong.

And the Answer Is…

Let family members answer questions about the college student, from serious to silly.  Some of the questions Jody’s family asked were:  how many instruments her talented nephew could play, what was his first girlfriend’s name, what is the mascot of his college, what is his favorite music album, how old was he when he started walking, or what was his record for number of pancakes eaten…

Advice for the Journey Ahead

Every family member wrote one to two lines of advice for the college student on a note card and put them in a decorative jar.  Each day at school, Jody’s nephew was to pull out a card to read and enjoy.

Entries included Bible verses and words of wisdom as well as jokes and fun statements like, “May the Force be with you” and “Nephew, You’ve got to know when to hold them and know when to fold them.”

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Don’t you just love this supportive way to send off a student to college?  This was the first of among Jody’s nieces and nephews to head off to school.  What a wonderful family tradition to keep through the years!

What do you think about this college send off?  

DIY Trophy Centerpiece for your Big Basketball Party

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The college basketball games are upon us!  This is my husband’s favorite time of the year as far as sports go.  And I love it because it is a great excuse to throw a party.

Today, I have some fun ideas for your own big basketball party, including this great trophy centerpiece made of Reese’s Miniatures and Mini Coca-Cola cans.  It is a win-win on your table.  And all my party snacks came from Giant Eagle, my one-stop-shop for all food and drinks.

So fill out your bracket and let’s start celebrating the big tournament.

How to Make a Trophy Centerpiece for Your Basketball Party


What You’ll Need:

  • 1 1/2 Party-Size bags of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures
  • 4 8-packs of Mini Coca-Cola Cans (32 mini cans total – do not take apart)
  • 8″ Styrofoam Ball
  • 1″ Dowel (I cut mine to 21.5″)
  • Toothpicks
  • Orange & Black Spray Paint
  • Metal Hanger

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Stretch out the hook of your hanger and poke it into the styrofoam ball.  This will allow you to spray paint evenly (without covering your hands in the process).


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Spray paint your styrofoam ball and dowel, orange and black respectively.  If you have a particular team you are rooting for, go ahead and use their colors and show your team spirit.  Allow the paint to dry, then pierce the ball with the dowel to create your hole for later.  My dowel went into the styrofoam about 3 1/2 inches.


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Using toothpicks, begin to attach your Reese’s Miniatures to the styrofoam ball.


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Work in a circular pattern around one of the Reese’s miniatures.  It will look much better than working in lines around the ball.


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When you get closer to the bottom, put the ball on the dowel and continue covering the styrofoam in Reese’s cups.  I found it easier to angle the lower toothpicks more horizontally (almost parallel to the ground) than sticking straight out of the styrofoam.  It helped keep the bottom candies in place.

Your basketball part of the trophy is done and now, on to the base.


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Cut one pack of mini cans in half.  You need to create two 4-packs.  This will help your trophy stand up nice and tall (and keep it sturdy).


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Place the two 4-packs on top of each other and fit your dowel down through the plastic.


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Separate out all the remaining cans.  Surround the base with the rest of the cans in a pattern of your choice.  Your trophy is ready.  Game on!


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Here is how I decorated the rest of my table for our Big Basketball Party:


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Ritz Crackers and cheese cubes.

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Yummy OREO Cookies (who can resist?).

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Original Wheat Thins and a cheese ball.

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Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups in these cute cupcake liners.


Drinks:  In addition to the mini cans of Coke, Coke Zero and Diet Coke, I also had the 1/2 liter bottles.  Don’t forget the orange and white striped straw!


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 Everything was delicious!

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 (Where you can find the drinks and snacks I used.)


How do you celebrate the Big Tournament?  I’d love to hear!  Leave a comment sharing your family traditions and what you will pick up from Giant Eagle.  

Find other great #EasyBracketParty ideas at Giant Eagle Meals Made Easy!

20 Romantic Tablescapes for Valentine’s Day

20 Romantic Tablescapes for Valentine's Day

I love getting all sorts of ideas for decorating my table.  Here are some of the best ideas out there for romantic tablescapes you can use this Valentine’s Day.


1.  Ruffled Blog – Now, who would have thought a plaid afghan could be romantic?  Way to go!

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2.  Mochatini  – Strong reds and whites.

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3.  The Little Round Table – Whimsical romance!

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4.  Learn how to fold a napkin into a heart for your romantic table setting.

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5.  Dining Delight – Lovely layering.

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6.  Love Letters Dinner Party on Catch My Party – Deliberate and detailed.

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7.  Pretty in Pink Table from The Little Round Table – Fanciful and pink.

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8.  Between Naps on the Porch – Romantic lantern.

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9.  Rhapsody in Rooms – Instructions for turning scrapbook paper into a chalkboard runner!

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10. Catch My Party – Yes, rustic can be romantic too.

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11.  Between Naps on the Porch – Candlelight and oh, that dessert!

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12.  Katy Larson’s My Blessed Life – lovely presentation.

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13.  Colin Cowie Weddings – Romantic pinks & golds.

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14.  Langham Huntington Weddings – A dining affair.

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15.  Styled Ever After – Now, we’re talking fun!

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16.  Stylizimo Blog – Pale pink and Scrabble letters.

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17.  Amanda Jane Brown – Edible decorations.  🙂

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18.  Bellz and Whistelz Blog – What a lovely centerpiece.


19.  Have Recipes Will Cook – Cute dishes!

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20.  House by Hoff – DIY Centerpiece.

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 20 Romantic Tablescapes for Valentine's Day.


Click Below for More Fun Ways to Celebrate Love:
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Sharing the Love this Valentine’s Day with Minted

Are you all set for Valentine’s Day cards and gifts?  If not, be sure to check out the super cute Valentine’s Day Cards from Minted.  They have beautiful cards to send out across the country and even a fun assortment of personalized valentines for your child to share in the classroom.

AND, not only can Minted customize your cards, they also have a great assortment of personalized artwork.  With the thought of decorating a new house, several of their pieces are catching my eye.

Here are some of my favorites:

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Links for my favorites above:  Majestic (top image with gorgeous embellishment) || Watercolor Hearts (multiple) || Heart Snapshot Mix Photo Art || Hugs and Kisses (XO) || Watercolor Heart 

Another cool feature with Minted is that you can customize the colors used in the art and pick a frame that suits your house decor.  I have ordered from Minted before and couldn’t be happier with the way my artwork turned out.

Click below to save some dough:

How to Fold a Napkin into a Heart

How to Fold a Napkin into a Heart--instructions

Add a fun touch to your table this Valentine’s Day or any other special day you want to share some love with those around you.  When my daughter caught a glimpse of what I was doing, she was so excited.  Don’t you love how easy kids are to delight?

If you need of red napkins:  I was searching on Amazon and found these red cloth napkins … some for an amazing low price.  They aren’t something you’d use for a fancy dinner party, but definitely something you’d see on my table for Valentine’s Day with my husband and kids or a casual dinner party.

Here is how to fold a napkin into a heart:

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And that’s it!

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 Do you have a favorite napkin fold?

Don’t miss our free Valentine Basket printable or the one thing I’m adding to our Valentine’s Day traditions this year.

Valentine’s Day Basket with Free Printable

Valentine's Day Basket Printable

Looking for an easy Valentine’s Day craft?  Look no further!

This month, I have a simple Valentine’s Day Basket printable for you.  Grab some card stock, tape or glue and let your children color or embellish as much as they like.  This craft is great for home, the classroom or Sunday school class.  And if you have a large group of kids, you can simply print the pattern on white copy paper.

Today, I am over at Motherhood On a Dime.  Click below to get the printable and find out what we did with our Valentine’s Day Basket that my daughter loved.  It was so simple too!

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