Dressing the Table…Monkey Style

Last weekend, we celebrated Adele’s 2nd birthday…time goes so fast!  One of my favorite times of the year is when I get to plan my girl’s birthday party.  I know planning a party is not always easy and so much time and effort goes into a few hours that is over before you know it, but it is all worth it when you see the excitement of the birthday girl or boy and all the guest that have come to celebrate!  To make party planning a little easier, I have several of my go to places to get some of the cutest supplies that will make your table a piece of art.  Here are some of favorites that made Adele’s Curious George birthday party a success.  Curious George Birthday Party

 silly yellow bananas, Red Glitter Number, Felt Fetti, Polkadot Napkin, Balloon Table Runner, Polkadot Plates, Balloon Table Confetti, Confetti Balloon, Felt Yellow Hat, Curious George Book
 Party Menu 
Monkey Bread
Monkey & Banana Shortbread Cookies
Banana Nut Muffins
Banana Pudding Shots
Pigs in a Blanket
Donut Holes
Birthday Cake
Water Bottles and Table Cards by Joy Creative Shop

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How To: Host a Cookie Exchange

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My Favorites: Recipe Cards, Two Tier Stand, Mix Mingle Invite, Art of the Cookie Book, Box & Ribbon, Crinkle Cookie Recipe, Labels, Holiday Pomegranate Spritzer

Happy December!!  I can’t believe Thanksgiving has come and gone…I am sure you are stuffed from your family gatherings and all your turkey and pie leftovers, but we are going to keep the holiday cheer going.  Now that we are in the home stretch for Christmas, parties, baking and gifting are on your mind.  I absolutely love this time of year, there is a hustle and bustle on the streets and in our home and in our family, a big tradition and something my Nanny passed down is a massive amount of cookie baking throughout December.  Most cookie recipes have a history.  They could come from a specific culture or family tradition passed down through generations and the perfect way to share these cookies….Host a Cookie Exchange. Here’s what you need…

1. guest list…this will determine how many cookies each person will need to bring
    example: 24 invites…each person brings 24 cookies
2.invitation (mail or email)
3.recipe card for each person to share their cookie recipe
4. boxes & ribbon 
5.labels
6.cakestands and platter
7.your family favorite cookie to share…above is one of my favorite chocolate crinkle cookies (recipe by: whats gaby cooking)
8. cocktail or mocktail for guests to enjoy

I hope you will celebrate the season with your friends and family at your own cookie exchange.  Happy Baking! 

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