How to Make String Art for Home and Party Decor

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I love the fun look of string art.  Whether you are adding it to a child’s room or putting it above a tablescape for your next party, there is something creative and artistic about using string to create a design.

For my adult coloring party, I wanted a fun and colorful look to my backdrop.  So I made a string art sign and today, I am sharing the tutorial.  You will see how easy it is to create your own string art and learn what I wish I would have done differently.

Here is What You’ll Need:

  • Wood Sign Base
  • A Print-Out of Your Phrase or Design
  • Scissors
  • Hammer
  • Nails (I used #17 x 1 inch)
  • Spray Paint
  • Embroidery Floss

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To get started, you’ll need to pick your phrase or design.  If you are using text, play with different fonts on the computer until you get the look you want.  In actual size, print your phrase or design and cut close to the lines.  Leave yourself a little border of white paper around the letters.

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Place the phrase or design on the wood.

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Begin to hammer in nails on the lines of the letters.  I spaced my nails about 3/4″ on straight lines and fudged where I needed to.  I hammered the nails in, leaving about 5/8″ of nail exposed above the wood.  I didn’t measure each nail for height, just estimated.  Be as consistent and straight as possible.

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Continue until all letters are complete and then, remove the paper.

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Spray paint your backdrop and the nails.  I wanted the letters to disappear into the wood, causing my threaded letters to pop.  If you want your wood to be natural, you may choose to paint the nails in advance or leaving them as is.

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Now, it is time to string your letters with embroidery thread.  Tie a knot around one of the nails and begin to wrap around the letter outline.  I started with the outline of the letter and then zig-zagged back and forth to fill the interior.  I really didn’t have much of a pattern but I wanted good coverage with strong lines.  Before finishing a letter, I went around the outline once again so that this thread would be strong and pronounced.

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When you are done, tie off another knot, and snip the extra thread.

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What I wish I would have done differently:  I liked the idea of cursive writing for the “and.”  However, I should not have used the embroidery thread that was multi-colored.  I should have used a solid color for the cursive.  It made it blur in all of my photos.  Know that it doesn’t look as bad in person.  🙂

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Have you created string art before?  Do you have any helpful tips to add?  Leave a comment and share below.    

Would you like to see what we did at our coloring party?  Click here.

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How to Host a Fun & Easy Ladies’ Morning

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Have you been beyond busy the last couple of months?  With a new writing project, our big yard improvements and the usual busyness of family life, my head has been spinning.  I have been running here and there with no end in sight.  And in what often seems like so much chaos, I needed some time to slow down and connect with friends.  So I threw together a fun and easy ladies’ morning get-together.  And when I say “threw,” I am being literal.  I did this whole thing quickly and simply because that is all I could tackle right now.

And do you know what?

It was simple.  It was easy.

And it happened!

Plus, it was so much fun . . . and exactly what I needed.

Here is how I did it and how you can, too!

Pick a Simple Menu

While there are times for baking everything yourself and setting up fun food and beverage bars, for this little party I needed something more practical.  And that is where the new bottled Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee came in!  I thought this would be the perfect treat for a ladies’ morning.  Served alongside baked goods, the iced coffee took center stage at our casual breakfast!

Even though I was going simple on my menu, I still wanted to offer choices to my guests because in my world of menu planning for a party, variety equals fun.  Here is where I was able to do it.  I offered four flavors of Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee:  Original, Mocha, Espresso and French Vanilla.

Each bottle is a refreshing beverage with a smooth, flavorful coffee taste . . . one that can keep you going throughout your day.  I drank the French Vanilla and it was delicious!  Whether you’re enjoying Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee at breakfast or any other time of day, it will give you that boost to help get things done.  And we all could use that!

Go Store-Bought and Pre-Made!

There wasn’t time to do any baking last week.  So in keeping things ultra simple, I bought prepared breakfast foods from Giant Eagle.  It was perfect!  Between the iced coffee and baked items, Giant Eagle was my one stop shop for this little gathering.   Entertaining becomes less difficult when you only have to run to one place for all your needs.

I served plain and asiago cheese bagels, biscotti, nut bread and muffins.  Can you tell I was going a little more savory than sweet?  If you’re serving bagels, don’t forget to have butter and a toaster available.

Send Text Messages to Keep Invitations Simple

Since we are not planning a formal soiree but rather a casual get-together, text messages are completely fine to use to invite your guests.  I texted friends the evening before saying something like this:  “Things have been crazy busy lately and I would love the chance to slow down even for a brief time and connect with some friends.   If you’re free, stop by tomorrow between 9:30am and 10:30am for some Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee and savory carbs.”  One run to the store and several texts later, our fun was underway!

Shop Your House to Create a Cute Buffet

You may be amazed what you can come up with to put on the buffet if you just walk around your house.  I used my galvanized bucket for the iced coffees, a reclaimed wine barrel tray for my food, a bird cage for added decor and my refinished tea cart to hold everything.  I also found this cute circle banner to add “a little pretty” as a backdrop.  Do you have old birthday decorations you could repurpose and reuse to add interest to your tablescape?

Keep Set Up Easy

When time is precious, don’t worry about pre-plating everything on different platters.  Line a tray with a napkin and put all your food in one place.  It will look bountiful . . . plus you’ll have less to wash afterwards.

If you’re using a big tub for the iced coffee like I did, don’t try to fill the whole thing up with ice.  Place an overturned bowl at the bottom and put a plate on top of that.  You’ll need a lot less ice!

Once you have your set-up complete and have arranged the food and drinks, don’t forget to start a playlist to set the mood for your party.  Decide whether you want something relaxing or more upbeat.  For our ladies’ morning, I played beautiful instrumental music . . . it was warm and inviting.

I love it when things look good, taste great and are stress-free.  All of this allows me more time to focus on connecting with my guests.  For this ladies’ morning, everything was kept simple but it was perfect for a busy hostess and her friends.

Wondering where to pick up Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee?  Here is where you can find it at Giant Eagle:

Do you need to carve out time to connect with friends?  Keep things simple and yummy with Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee and already prepared foods from Giant Eagle.  Click this link to find a store around you.  

 

 

 

 

How To Build An Awesome Baked Potato Bar

You all know it is hard for me to resist a do-it-yourself or build-you-own style food bar.  I love them!  I love how they appeal to a variety of tastes and can be customized to each person’s own opinion of greatness.  Maybe it just comes from having (or being) a picky eater, but I love when you can add your favorite toppings to whatever you’re eating.

I created this baked potato bar for my kids’ joint family birthday party.  The weather was perfect so I set up everything outside.  We had tables for 30 people on the driveway (which of course I forgot to take pre-party photos of!).  But here is the buffet, bonus kids’ food station and drink area.

Baking the Potatoes:  After washing about 70 medium sized potatoes, we pricked them with a fork.  Then, my daughter and I rubbed them with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt.  Once wrapped in aluminum foil, we baked them in crock pots (along with one roaster oven from my sister in law).  For the crock pots, we baked the potatoes for about 8 hours on low until tender.  (You can also bake on high for 4.5-5 hours.)

Baked Potato Bar Toppings:

  • Guacamole
  • Butter
  • Sour Cream
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Green Onions
  • Salsa
  • Black Beans
  • Lightly Crushed Tortilla Chips
  • Pickled Jalapenos and Carrots (most commented on!)
  • Bacon
  • Cubed Ham
  • Broccoli
  • Tomato
  • Ranch
  • Hot Sauce

We rounded out our meal with grilled chicken, bean salad, watermelon and dinner rolls.

I also served hot dogs and baby carrots for the kids.  Just in case . . .

I used our Lemonade Stand for the beverage station, serving blue punch and assorted flavored waters.

 

 

I love outdoor parties!  Don’t miss my Jedi Knight ready to strike in the photo above.

Happy Birthday, kiddos!

Have you tried a baked potato bar before?  What are your favorite toppings?

Fun Ideas for an Emoji Party

Are your kids into emojis and emoticons?  At the beginning of August, we celebrated my daughter’s eighth birthday.  She is crazy about emojis and sends her daddy lots of text messages filled with hearts, funny faces and smiling piles of poo.  So it was not a surprise when she asked if she could have an emoji party.

Here are some fun decoration and game ideas for your own emoji celebration.

Emoji Party Decorations

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Create paper fans with scrap book paper and emoji faces for your backdrop or as hanging decor.  I will often purchase clipart so that I can get crafty and print things myself.  This emoji clipart collection cost me $2.95 from Etsy.  Totally worth it!

Once you have selected your colors for the party, look for containers to serve your food.  For outdoor parties, I often lean towards disposable.  There are always many color options in single use party items and you can dress them up to fit your theme.  I added an emoji sticker to the mini popcorn boxes and they looked great.  Shown below, these 8 oz ice cream cups were perfect for serving fresh fruit.

Is there a better cupcake for an emoji party than a smiling pile of poo?  And truly, it couldn’t be simpler.  I used boxed chocolate cake and pre-made chocolate frosting.  I originally tried to make my own icing but I couldn’t get it dark enough so I ran out and bought Betty Crocker’s chocolate.  With a pastry bag and a round decorating tip, I swirled the frosting and added candy eyes.  The only thing to watch is that your frosting doesn’t melt in the sun like mine did.  🙁

For a classic look, try serving lemonade out of milk bottles with red striped straws.  Once you make a small investment (I think I spent a dollar each) in something like these milk bottles, it is fun to use them over and over again for special events.  I also served mini bottles of water on the hot party day.

You have undoubtedly noticed the two giant poo bean bag chairs.  I couldn’t resist!  I stumbled on them at Walmart and originally only purchased one.  But when I checked out and it rang up as $7.50, I had to go get another.  Don’t you love a deal?

Another simple and easy idea for decor is to shop your local dollar store for balloons.  I loved these emoji balloons and they were only a buck each.

 

Emoji Party Games & Activities:

Because we had a mix of old school friends, new school friends and family at the party, I knew we needed an ice breaker game.  I do not like it when parties are clicky.  So we were intentional that the girls blend well from the beginning.  If you are in the same situation, pick a game or activity that helps the children get to know each other.

Pass the Poo

The girls sat in a circle and we passed the poo key chain around.  When it was a girl’s turn to hold the poo (boy, that just sounds wrong!), she was asked to share her name, her favorite thing to eat for breakfast and her favorite summer memory.  Right after all the answers were shared and throughout the party, I asked the girls questions to test their memory.  I was impressed how well they remembered each others’ names and favorites.  *Incidentally, it helped me greatly to scribble down the girls answers so I could make sure I asked about each girl at some point during the party.

Painting (and Gluing) Emoji on Canvases

This was probably the favorite of all the activities.  I purchased white 8 x 10 canvases and with a compass and pencil, drew a light circle on each.

The girls painted the yellow faces for their emoji and then we allowed the canvas to dry while doing other activities.

Once dry, we returned and glued felt faces to the canvas.  The majority of the girls chose the heart eyes which I suspected would be the most desired.  Before the party, I had traced the shapes for a couple different faces so all the girls would have to do is cut the felt and glue.

I also gave them puffy paint with which to write their names.  Most of the girls were unfamiliar with puffy paint and ended up making their names too thick . . . which lead to smearing and making other fun designs with the paint.  It all worked out!

Emoji Yard Twister

My daughter loves twister, so we decided to play a little emoji yard twister.  With spray paint and a circle template, I painted circles on the grass.  Then, I used a smiley face template made with the Etsy clipart and my Cameo for the yellow circles.

We renamed each color for added emoji fun:  Red – the angry emoji, blue – the crying emoji, yellow – the happy emoji and orange – the confused emoji.

Emoji Ball Toss

We stumbled on these emoji ping pong balls at the store and my daughter came up with a simple points-based ball toss game.

Emoji Pinata

We filled this Poop Emoji Pinata with candy and emoji erasers.  As always, pinatas are a hit at kids’ parties.  Keeping with my yellow and red color scheme, I used these favor bags for the kids to collect their pinata loot.

The girls went home with their emoji canvas art, pinata goodies and these bottles, filled with gummy bears inside.  It was a fun party!

Are you planning an emoji party?  What decor and activity ideas have you found?

Quick Tips for Planning a July 4th Brunch

I love the 4th of July!  Our town puts on the cutest, family-centered Old Glory Day celebrations.  But because this takes up much of the afternoon and I still like to have friends over at some point during the day, brunch seems like the most logical option.

Here are some quick tips for hosting your own July 4th brunch.

Patriotic Decorations

One thing that makes it easy to decorate for July 4th is the ready-to-go color scheme.  Pull from solid-colored table linens, themed paper plates & napkins, colored dishes and American flags.  Walk around your home looking for anything red, white and blue.  I am always amazed what I can scrounge up by shopping my house.

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Brunch Menu Planning

When planning your menu, be sure to check with your guests for any allergies and plan your menu accordingly.

Think about what can be made beforehand.  When I plan a menu, I look for a combination of items that I can make both the day of and the day(s) prior.  For this brunch, I was able to make the muffins, cut my fruit and prep the french toast casserole all the day before.  The breakfast strudel (which was amazing and from this freezer-cooking cookbook) was something I made earlier in the week, then thawed and baked the morning of the brunch.

If you’re ever going to name food, this is the time.  Think of patriotic terms and our founding fathers to come up with fun names for your menu items.

Use warming trays when trying to keep food warm before your event.

Offer a variety of items on your menu.  For brunch, serve a protein, starch/carb, fruit, vegetable and sweet.  I often include something that is build-your-own (like my mini-greek yogurt option).

If time allows, cut fruit into stars to show your patriotic side.

Set up a Beverage Station

I often set up beverage stations away from the busiest parts of my kitchen.  Not only does this help with congestion, but it is also fun to move your guests around your house or other venue.  I especially love doing this for large parties.  For a brunch gathering, you will need to serve coffee and juices.  I like to also offer a fruit-infused water (especially when I can chop the fruit the day before).

Play Patriotic Music

Whether using Spotify, Pandora or Amazon, put together a playlist of patriotic music to set the mood of your brunch party.  If you have Amazon Prime, this is easy, free and without advertisements.  Alexa joined our household in the last few months, making this even more convenient.

 

Plan out a Schedule of Tasks

One of my best tips for planning any event is to write out every task that needs to be completed before your guests ring the door bell, from putting ice in glasses to starting coffee.  Assigning a time to each task for the hours before your brunch not only saves the time of trying to remember everything you need to do, but it keeps you prompt and your sanity in tact.  Who wants to be a frazzled host?  Not me.

Will you be hosting a July 4th brunch?  What is your favorite part of entertaining?

How to Make a Delicious Waffle Bar Your Guests Will Love

How to Create a Delicious Waffle Bar Your Guests Will Love

 

If you are looking for a fun and easy breakfast idea, look no further.  This waffle bar is it!  It requires only basic prep work before your guests arrive and the build-your-own style menu is fun for all.

A couple weeks ago, I hosted a Norwex Party with friends and family.  Are you familiar with Norwex?  It is a company that makes products for cleaning your home (and more) . . . all chemical free.  You only have to add water to their cloths and they clean whatever you are tackling.  My favorite is the window cloth.  Wet the Enviro cloth, wipe the glass and then rub dry with the window cloth.  Amazing!  My windows have not looked this good since we moved in.  (Want to learn more?  Here is my friend’s link.  If you happen to place an order and wouldn’t mind, please add a note to your order that you are coming from Kristen’s blog.)

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Back to waffles!  I was searching for something fun for my guests to enjoy after we heard about the Norwex products.  Since our party started at 10am, I thought a delicious waffle bar would be the perfect treat.

A waffle bar worked well for several reasons:

  • Options are fun.  Guests can pick and choose, having complete control over what they put on their waffle.
  • When hosting a direct sales type party, your guests can come to the buffet when they are ready.
  • If you are using a Belgian Waffle Maker, you can only make one waffle at a time.  Having guests trickle in to the buffet table after they have placed their order or asked their questions, makes a belgian waffle bar very doable.

I love our Belgian Waffle Maker!  I received it as a bridal shower gift oh so many years ago and have used it many times.  If you’re shopping, here is one nearly identical.

Toppings to Make Your Waffle Bar Delicious:

 

 

Mmmm, toppings!  I wanted to offer healthy and sweet tooth options for our waffle bar.  I did have a couple guests tell me they tried a little of each topping just for the experience.  Oh, how I love them!

This is what I offered:

  • Three sauces (chocolate, caramel and maple syrup).
  • Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, pecans, chocolate chunks, crushed Heath Bar, chopped Kit Kats, colorful sprinkles, ICE CREAM and whipping cream.

Waffle Bar Logistics:

I would have loved to have a pump from which my guests could get the batter (like they have in the hotels), but that would have added significant cost and isn’t something I’ll make enough use of in the future to warrant the expense.  So a clear glass pitcher worked just fine.  I put the pitcher and the measuring cup on their own plate to help keep things neat.

Many belgian waffle makers come with a measuring cup so you can pour the proper amount of batter on the griddle.

Presentation & Creating a Pretty Table:

If you’ve been with me for awhile, you know that I am always talking about creating different levels on your buffet table to create visual interest.

By using a turned over drawer, a wire basket (filled with a linen-wrapped box), cake pedestal, empty frames and fabric garland, I not only created different levels but also different textures.  This turns a table into a tablescape.

The frames are cheap garage sale finds, now boasting many colors of spray paint under the current light and dark blues.   The fabric banner was something I made years ago for our Peter Rabbit party.  Check this tutorial to learn how to make the fabric banner in three steps.

Let’s talk ice cream . . . my favorite topping for belgian waffles.  I didn’t want to have a gallon of ice cream sitting on the table making a mess as it dripped all over my blue checked fabric.  My solution?  Decant softened ice cream the day before into my galvanized tin ICE BUCKET.  Not only did it look great, but it held up very well during the party.  (Store overnight in the freezer.)

Signs can be another way to add fun and interest to your table top.  I tied in Norwex cleaning with my waffle bar by framing this text, “Now, you’ll love cleaning a WAFFLE lot.”

More fun:

Because our party was focused on cleaning and I had several guests who did not know each other, I asked my guests to fill out a name tag and write the cleaning task they enjoy the least.  It was fun to hear the answers.  We even had one person who really loves to clean.  Say what?!

For beverages, I served strawberry and cucumber infused water, two juices and coffee.

Yum!

How do you like our Waffle Bar?  What is your favorite topping to put atop waffles?  

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Easy Ideas for a Spring Picnic Party

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With spring’s arrival, I am beyond eager to get outside and enjoy the new season.  Blooming flowers, warmer temperatures . . . and no more snow.  What better way to celebrate than to throw a spring picnic party!  Today, I am sharing fun ideas for hosting your own spring picnic.

For this party, we’ll be keeping it easy and economical without forfeiting a pretty presentation.  Each guest will receive their own picnic box with everything they need inside, topped with a bottle of Nestlé® Pure Life® Water.  It’s all ready to go.  Let’s take a look!

How to Throw a Spring Picnic Party

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1. Choose an Easy Menu

There are times when I want to make everything on my party menu.  But then in the midst of my chaotic kitchen and racing heartbeat over cooking failures, I am reminded that is perfectly okay to purchase pre-made food.  There are many things to consider when entertaining; preparing a difficult menu should not be one of them.

For this picnic party, I kept things very simple.  My menu included chicken salad with crackers, clementines, sliced bell pepper, kettle corn, cookies and a bottle of Nestlé Pure Life Water.  I made nothing from scratch and it all tasted fabulous.

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2. Be Economical by Buying in Bulk

One thing I love doing for parties (and everyday life as well) is buying in bulk to save money.  Whether it is for produce, meat, paper products or bottles of water, we regularly purchase items in large quantities.

For example, my family drinks a lot of water.  Whether we are toting bottles to ballet or basketball, having a meal on the go or keeping a bottle on the nightstand, Sam’s Club is the place from which we buy all our cases of water and it has been that way for years.  Staying hydrated is important to my family.  As the weather gets nicer and we are more active outdoors, Dan and I will be sure that our entire family is getting plenty of water.

If you shop at Sam’s Club, don’t miss the great value with Nestlé Pure Life Water.  They added 5 more bottles for the same price as the 35 pack!  The water is pure, great tasting and filtered through a 12-step quality process. Did you know that Nestlé Pure Life Water is enhanced with a unique blend of  minerals to ensure great taste?  We love it.

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For my spring picnic party, not only did I pick up a case of Nestlé Pure Life Water, but I also purchased many other items in bulk to divvy up into the picnic boxes in order to be more economical.

3. Give it a Pretty Presentation

Even though we are keeping things simple, there is no need to give up a cute presentation.  For this picnic party, I used an assortment of containers to package up the meal.  From carry-out picnic boxes and food containers to wooden spoons and an assortment of treat bags, this meal is ready for my guests to pick up and go.  And it looks great!

Here is how I packaged the food inside the box:

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Yummy chicken salad in plastic containers and round garden crackers in small glassine bags.

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Colorful bell peppers in clear favor bags, tied with baker’s twine.

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Clementines placed in flower-baking cups.  Doesn’t it give a fun, spring look?

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Kettle corn in a clear favor bags.

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Coconut-pecan cookies in polka-dotted treat bags.

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Yellow napkins in keeping with my spring colors and wooden spoons, along with a sticker for the outside of the box.  (Grab the printable below.)

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The brown box alone was a little dull, so I used tissue paper to line the inside of the box.  White tissue paper gives it a clean, fresh look and it is an inexpensive option.  (Just cut two pieces to fit the length and width of the box, and fold the paper over to give the top a crisp edge.)

Now for the outside of the picnic box: 

I like the idea of untying . . . well, just about anything.

When you have to untie or unwrap items you’re about to eat, it creates the feeling of something special, making this ordinary picnic box feel like a gift.  I used yellow and white baker’s twine to tie up our boxes.

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I tied a half knot around the box, then placed a bottle of water on top.  With the water in place, I finished by tying a bow (keeping it easy for my guests to untie).

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The Nestlé Pure Life Water bottle has the perfect ridge under the label for tying the twine around the bottle.

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Of course, I needed to add a little more picnic inspiration.  I created these cute “Let’s Picnic” stickers and put them on the side of the picnic box.  Download the printable here. (Print it on sticker paper and cut out.  If you would like the SVG file, please email me.)

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Are you ready to picnic?

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A delightful party to celebrate spring!

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Here is where to find Nestlé Pure Life Water at Sam’s Club.  (Available in select Sam’s Club stores, ask your Club Manager about getting Nestlé Pure Life Water in your store if it’s unavailable.)

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The good weather is here.  It’s time to get outside, stay hydrated and celebrate spring!

For more information on Nestlé Pure Life Water at Sam’s Club, click here or connect with Nestlé Pure Life Water on Facebook or Instagram.  

 

Make Spring Entertaining Easy With This 6-Ingredient Sandwich

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Make Spring Entertaining Easy with This 6-Ingredient Sandwich - RECIPE

When you think of entertaining, do you only think of complex, gourmet meals?  Friends, it does not need to be that way.  Today, I am sharing a 6-ingredient sandwich that will simplify your spring entertaining, allowing you to prep with confidence, add a cute presentation and enjoy your guests.

I love the opportunity to have a friend or two over for a simple lunch.  As a busy mom, I find that time with other women and mothers is invaluable.  It renews, encourages and rejuvenates.  Lunch with friends?  Yes, please.  Now, when it comes to lunch for spring entertaining, I like to look for lighter menus that are simple, yet tasty.  And of course, a pretty presentation.

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The 6 Ingredients Needed For Our Spring Sandwich:

  • Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse™ Oatmeal
  • Hillshire Farm® Thin Sliced Honey Ham
  • Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise
  • Thin Sliced Pepperoni
  • Fresh Spinach
  • Tomato

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I love the fact that this sandwich is easy to make.  One quick run to Walmart for my ingredients and I was set.  If you are serving these sandwiches for family or friends, set up a little assembly line.  You’ll be done before you know it!

I made these sandwiches a couple hours in advance, wrapped them in deli paper, added a little plastic wrap to the open side and refrigerated.

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I wanted a hearty and delicious bread for my sandwich.  Farmhouse Oatmeal made by Pepperidge Farm® is perfect.  It has a “fresh from the oven” taste and is really what set this sandwich recipe apart.  Pepperidge Farm breads are slow baked and crafted from a small batch recipe with flavorful ingredients.  Plus, the bread is double-wrapped for freshness.  I loved it!

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The second ingredient in this sandwich is Hillshire Farm® Thin Sliced Honey Ham.  Hillshire Farm® slow roasts their meat for hours making it taste better than other lunchmeat.  Plus, it contains no artificial flavors or by-products.

Now, I like a meaty sandwich.  Don’t be afraid to layer up the deli meat.  One 9 oz container made four sandwiches for my luncheon.  The meat is double-sealed for freshness so use as much as you need and re-seal . . . And you better believe that crafty-me will be saving those containers for a future use.  😉

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The next three ingredients keep the simplicity going.  Add thin slices of pepperoni, fresh spinach and a juicy slice of tomato.

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Looking delicious!  But we’re not quite done.  One last ingredient.

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Spread Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise on the other slice of bread.  I bought the 20oz squeeze bottle.  Seriously, I don’t think my husband or kids could make a mess even if they tried with this “Squeeze with Ease” bottle.  It was wonderful!  I was able to squeeze the mayonnaise precisely where I wanted it with zero mess.  Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise is made with real, simple ingredients (cage-free eggs, oil and vinegar).

If you want to crisp your sandwich, you could also use Hellmann’s® on the outside of your bread instead of butter for a perfectly grilled sandwich.  Or switch things up by combining Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise with other flavors like sriracha, soy, wasabi or maple.

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Ready to take a bite?  Before you do, let’s give it a pretty presentation for our guests.  You will need deli paper and baker’s twine.  I used standard weight, dry wax deli paper that measured 15in by 10.75in.  It was perfect for the size of the Farmhouse Oatmeal bread.

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Fold a lip of the wax paper inward as shown above and place your sandwich in the corner of the paper.

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Pull the wax paper over the top of the bread, folding another lip underneath so that your paper lines up with your crust.

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Cinch the length of the paper on the side of the sandwich and begin to fold over the sandwich toward the right side.

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As you are folding the paper over, double check that your front edges are lining up.

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Tuck the excess of the paper underneath the sandwich.

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Slide the baker’s twine underneath and tie in a bow.

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Now on to lunch!

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This pretty table made use of soft colors, a variety of textures and fresh flowers to celebrate spring.

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A simple menu is all you need for a fun ladies’ lunch.  Easy sandwiches wrapped up pretty, fresh fruit, cookies and pink lemonade.  Your guests will enjoy the meal and time together.

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It was a delightful lunch!  How do you keep things simple for spring entertaining?  Click here for more delicious recipes and inspiration.