Miss Cayce's Christmas / strawberries

Decorate Once Celebrate Twice or Three times..Valentines, Birthdays, and more

Decorating can be so fun when it’s easy and especially rewarding when you benefit more than once! At Show Me Decorating, we go all out for Christmas and ok-Halloween, but I also love to add a touch of the other celebrations through out the year. It may just be my candle jars changed out with sea shells for summer or back to school supplies for the month of September. I do LOVE Valentines.( Maybe, it’s because I’m a mother of 4 boys but I always want to spread L-O-V-E instead of f-i-g-h-t-i-n-g, but that’s another story.) This year for Valentines,  I decorated my door,  my candle jars, and my new chandelier.

Valentine Decorating-Jennifer '13

 

To decorate, I tied new @ShowMeDecorating.com bows with our fabulous wired ribbon for my door, chandelier, and candle jars. Great way to re purpose from Christmas! I love my @LisaFrost door banner and my talented niece and Show Me Decorator, Katy,  created the cute complimentary Hearts that are a little bit funky. I always love to add color with flowers for my pots from @Lowes and change these out for the season. I filled my candle jars with @conversation hearts and @redhots from @Target where I also found the cute Heart cut out table runner.

So, when an opportunity arrived to have a party-I was ready!

Valentine Table set

There is nothing more fun than hosting a party for a friend’s birthday!  I was very blessed this week to host a surprise luncheon for my friend, Suzanne.  Ashley, Suzanne’s daughter,  a fabulous chef and party specialist created a yummy lunch and fabulous birthday decorations that complemented my Valentine’s decorations. She really out did herself! I had decorated my chandelier with #showmedecorating #bows and covered the table in a simple black cloth with a chevron table runner from @groopdealz. Ashley added a garland tied with black, white, and red patterned fabric, black cake stands, delicious food, and a customized Happy Birthday #Bling banner!

Valentine Bday Cake
Valentine saladValentine bday lunch

Valentine Chicks 1

Ashley really out did herself and her Mom loved it. Her menu was Spinach quiche, capris salad, a spinach salad with blackberries with a raspberry vingaigrette, @LaMadeline’s strawberries and creme, then a yummy Lemon creme cake. We all enjoyed each bite! We would love to see how you all are celebrating the seasons so share with us on #facebook, follow us on Pinterest, and check out showmedecorating.com If you like reading our blogs, please leave us a recommendation.

 

Happy Valentines,

Jennifer

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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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