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Show Me Summer Time Seashells and Celebrations

Show Me Summer Time Seashells and Celebrations

Show Me Sells Seashells by the Seashore….or should I say decorates with seashells…..

Summertime brings on lazy days, boat outings on the lake, travel, walks on the beach, family reunions and weddings!

I have two ideas involving seashells, flip flops, wreaths and the all important ingredient….. Ribbon

We recently set sail on the Carnival cruise ship the Magic! What an incredible trip with our daughter Rebecca and her best friend of all times to celebrate their 15th birthday’s!

Jena and Rebecca celebrated their birthday's with a dolphin ride in Cozumel, Mexico

Jena and Rebecca celebrated their birthday’s with a dolphin ride in Cozumel, Mexico

We love the sand, the sea and the beautiful blue of the Caribbean water!

Maya Key, Isla Roatan Honduras

Maya Key, Isla Roatan Honduras

While on our trip I collected a few seashells, rocks and coral that had washed up on the shore. Since this is a favorite of mine I have a glass jar in my bathroom filled from many of our trips. However it was full and while shopping at Hobby Lobby I spotted 50% off glass jars with lids and snagged one! It is perfect and as you can see and it still has plenty of room for more shells so I can take more trips!

Seashells Show off in a Glass Jar

Seashells Show off in a Glass Jar

Now I love decor that can do double duty, and since our son Will recently proposed and Susan accepted I have wedding planning on my mind.

Will and Susan

Will and Susan

We have been discussing parties, engagement celebrations, wedding decorations and reception centerpieces and I had an

ah ha moment!

I could dress up this glass jar for a warm, inviting, summertime engagement celebration!

The theme is established: seaside

List of ingredients:

Glass Jar: Hobby Lobby

Seashells collected or purchased at craft stores

Wreath

Ribbon

Ribbon selection and twister grass wreath

Ribbon selection and twister grass wreath

I have a choice to go with a more rustic elegant look, touch of burlap, more mono chromatic or bright, fun with a touch of black and white!!

Who wants to see both?

1st option: Rustic Elegance

Glass Jar with twister grass wreath

Glass Jar with twister grass wreath

Closeup,rustic elegant seaside centerpiece

Closeup,rustic elegant seaside centerpiece

Glass jar and twister grass wreath ready for ribbon

Glass jar and twister grass wreath ready for ribbon

Burlap wired ribbon with a Caribbean blue edge is perfect!

Burlap wired ribbon with a Caribbean blue edge is perfect!

Tie bow and add a longer tail to work around the wreath

Tie bow and add a longer tail to work around the wreath

Simple, classic, rustic elegance

Simple, classic, rustic elegance

Great centerpiece for a beach party

Great centerpiece for a beach party

Wired ribbon bow, burlap with turquoise blue edge

Wired ribbon bow, burlap with turquoise blue edge

I want to add a table runner to extend the centerpiece down the middle of my table, there are several options: purchase a table runner to coordinate, use a length of material or mesh. I think I will opt for the mesh because it is light and breezy!

I need to add a welcoming front door piece and the Glory Haus Happily Ever After burlee is it,

Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After

Just add a bow to coordinate and create a great 1st impression for your guest! (gift to the engaged couple to decorate their new home!)and personalize with wedding date!

Next post…..Option 2: Bright Fun with a touch of Black and White!

Happy Decorating y’all,

Becky and Kathy

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Valentine/ Birthday Celebration!

Welcome to my Valentine/ Birthday party!

Welcome to my Valentine/ Birthday party!

Valentine/ Birthday Celebration!                                       Follow Me on Pinterest

My door is the 1st impression of the theme of the party!, Love the inspiration from my Lisa Frost Valentine heart!

My door is the 1st impression of the theme of the party! Love the inspiration from my Lisa Frost Valentine heart!

Miss Cayce’s is celebrating 29 years (1984) in business in the Permian basin. because we are a seasonal store and we have lots of women that work for us and they change sometimes from season to season it was hard to keep up with birthdays, you would remember some and celebrate and forget others and have hurt feelings! So years ago we instituted a policy, if your birthday falls during our open season, you are responsible for celebrating and inviting us to the party! We have had catered lunches, complete with cake and party favors, and if you don’t throw your own celebration you cannot be upset if no one knows! Because my birthday is in February, the 12th to be exact, and close to Valentines day (one of my favorites) I throw myself a Valentine/Birthday party and invite my friends and family. This year was especially special because my little sister Jennifer and our Show Me Decorating team, Sal and Lanisa (from San Antonio) surprised me!

Sister Jennifer (San Antonio Show me Team) Kathy, Betty (mom) and me!

Sister Jennifer (San Antonio Show Me Team) Kathy, Betty (mom) and me!

I requested everyone to wear red, pink or black and white.

Handmade and hand delivered! Using Valentine inspired scrap book paper and glue stick!

Handmade and hand delivered! Using Valentine inspired scrap book paper and glue stick!

I fixed my favorite lunch menu:

Tomato Basil Soup

Brown ‘n serve sandwiches

Salad with Strawberries and balsamic dressing

assorted desserts from Pinterest

Antique dishes, oblong plates with matching punch cups (borrowed from Alta Lynn) were perfect for my menu!

Antique dishes, oblong plates with matching punch cups (borrowed from Alta Lynn) were perfect for my menu!

 Betty & Tammy help themselves to assorted treats! Black and white serving pieces coordinate with party theme!

Betty & Tammy help themselves to assorted treats! Black and white serving pieces coordinate with party theme!

This year I found a drink on Pinterest where you dipped the clear glass in white icing and then in colored sprinkles!

My husband Mark and daughter Rebecca, were great helpers for the celebration!

My husband Mark and daughter Rebecca, were great helpers for the celebration!

My husband Mark and daughter Rebecca were kind enough to serve and help, and clean up!

Drink:

Fresca

splash of cranberry

twist of lime and

optional: vanilla infused Vodka

pour in a shaker with ice and shake, pour in sprinkle rimmed glass

Shaken and cold! Delicious!

Shaken and cold! Delicious!

Birthday glass for the birthday girl! glass rimmed with birthday sprinkles!

Birthday glass for the birthday girl! glass rimmed with birthday sprinkles!

I love love love pinterest! I get so many ideas and want to always try new ideas, especially food and desserts!

my desserts were

Red Velvet brownies

Red Velvet brownies

Red velvet brownies (cut with a heart shape cookie cutter)

Strawberry lemonade bars

Strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese glaze

Brownies, Strawberry cupcakes and pink lemonade bars

Three layer Brownies, Strawberry cupcakes and pink lemonade bars

chocolate dipped strawberries

and my all time favorite,

Three Layer Brownies

1 cup butter

4 squares unsweetened chocolate

1 1/2 t vanilla

2 c sugar

1 c flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. melt chocolate with butter, cool and add other ingredients. mix well, but do not beat. Put in a greased and floured 10x 15 pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. cool.

Spread with icing made from 1/2 c soft butter, 3 cups sifted powered sugar, few drops cream and 1t vanilla. Smooth as evenly as possible. chill slightly

Glaze with 1/2 c butter melted with 2 squares unsweetened chocolate and cooled.

These freeze well. I love this recipe because I made the week before, drizzled with white chocolate tinted pink and froze.

I collect recipes from friends when I attend an event or party and like the food served.This recipe was given to me by my good friend Cliffy who served these at a reception.

These sandwiches also freeze well and are perfect for a brunch lunch or late dinner! I made the week before and made extra to store in the freezer.

Baked Sandwiches, Yum!

Baked Sandwiches, Yum!

Brown n serve Sandwiches

1 pkg brown n serve rolls (split in the middle) I used Hawaiian rolls

1 pound shaved deli ham

1 pkg sliced swiss cheese

sauce:

1 stick butter

2 Tbls sugar

1 Tbls chopped onion

1 Tbls Worcestershire sauce

2 tbls poppy seeds

2 Tbls Dijon mustard

salt and pepper

Saute onion in butter, add remaining ingredients. stir till sugar is dissolved and mixed well (I mix all and microwave for a couple of minutes really quick)

Separate and slice open rolls, brush inside (one side) with the sauce, layer cheese and a thin layer of ham. replace top, pour sauce over rolls and bake on 350 for 30 minutes.

These are delicious dipped in raspberry chipotle jelly!

I search magazines, the internet and Pinterest for recipes to try, I print them and make them for events and if I get good reviews I keep and if not I toss! (red velvet brownies)

My bestest friend of 27 years, past catering partner and Miss Cayce’s employee Alta Lynn Gerlach shared this soup recipe because she knew I loved La Madeline’s tomato basil soup!

Tomato soup made the day before and served from my crockpot!

Tomato soup made the day before and served from my crock pot!

This was inspired by La Madeleine’s Tomato basil soup, a favorite of ours when we go to market

La Madaltalynn’s (from Alta Lynn Gerlach)

1 stick melted butter

1 large 28 oz can tomato puree

1 can chicken broth

4 Tbls Basil

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 cup whipping cream

Mix all ingredients except whipping cream.

Heat until warm and then add whipping cream right before serving. Do not boil.

garnish with fresh chopped basil

Life is sweet! especially when you have awesome family and friends!

Life is sweet! especially when you have awesome family and friends!

The guest arrived in Red, pink and black and white!

The guest arrived in Red, pink and black and white!

Even my granddaughter enjoyed the soup!

Even my granddaughter enjoyed the soup!

Sal and Lanisa, the Show Me team from San Antonio

Sal and Lanisa, the Show Me team from San Antonio

The top of the piano is a great area to decorate seasonally

The top of the piano is a great area to decorate seasonally

A command hook place upside down, on the inside of the cabinet will hold a shiny red heart!

A command hook place upside down, on the inside of the cabinet will hold a shiny red heart!

Sheer pink ribbon attaches to command hook to hold the heart!

Sheer pink ribbon attached to command hook to hold the heart!

The chandelier is a great place to add seasonal decorations!

The chandelier is a great place to add seasonal decorations!

My son, Price surprised me with a visit and gift!

My son, Price surprised me with a visit and gift!

Ethan delivered the gift! Perfect for my bedroom!

Ethan delivered the gift! Perfect for my bedroom!

No birthday would be complete without gifts to open!

No birthday would be complete without gifts to open!

My birthday party was recently featured with my favorite recipes in the Midland Monthly! Check it out!

http://midlandmonthly.com/more-than-just-a-christmas-store/

 Happy Decorating Y’all,
Becky and Kathy
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Show Me Some Birthday Cupcake Cones!

Yummy goodness in a cone! and it is not melting!

Rebecca turned 13 this year! She is officially a teenager! So this called for a fun birthday party which included Pizza, “Big, Better, Best Scavenger Hunt,” Purple Cows, and Cupcake Cones. We are always looking for new ways to serve birthday cake!

We decided not to bake the cupcake batter in the small cones (as many have done) but to use the larger waffle cones and stuff them with layers of cupcakes and frosting.

Steps

We made 1 box each of butter and milk chocolate cake mixes.

We did 2 sizes of cupcakes, miniature and regular. We needed the smaller ones to stuff in the cones first and then top off with the large cupcake, filling with buttercream icing in between. The icing acts as glue to hold it all together! Here is a step by step look at the process (in the pictures!)

The Vanilla and Chocolate cupcakes in 2 sizes.

First stuff a miniature cupcake in waffle cone

Now pipe buttercream frosting on top

Tip: Piping the icing in was the best method, we used disposable bags with the tip cut off.

Add another mini cupcake

We made some all vanilla, all chocolate and some mixed and used the icing colors to differentiate.
Tip: We matched our icing colors to the birthday paper goods for a coordinated look!

Piping on second layer of frosting

Add large cupcake and ice the top to look like an ice cream cone & sprinkles add the finishing touch!

Cupcake cones, drying on a box

Tip: We used a box with a lid and made holes for the cones to stand up in while the icing dries. A shoe box worked great also.

Rebecca taste test one! yum!

Big better best winners!

The winners returned with a Hello Kitty waffle iron, toaster and a Harley Davidson mini collectors grill!

Big Better Best Scavenger Hunt

http://www.perfect-partygames.com/teen-scavenger-hunt.html

We decided our drinks would be the Purple Cows (like we enjoyed from the Shake Shack on our New York trip!) to go with our fun food, vanilla ice cream and grape soda!

http://shakeshack.com/mobile/menu/madisonsquarepark.php

Show Me Decorating is always about creating, inspiring, educating and then you decorating (or in this case entertaining) with simple step by step ideas.

We enjoyed our party! My little girl is a teenager!

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Show Me some flip flops on sale and I will show you a summer time wreath that you will be head over heels crazy about……

Flip Flop sale!

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