Rum Punch – A Girls’ Night Favorite

This shop, Rum Punch –  A Girls’ Night Favorite, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RumInTheSun #CollectiveBias The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older.

Your friends will love this fruity rum punch at your next girls’ night party. Refreshing, delicious, and pretty. Made with Bacardi Superior.

 

Fruity Rum Punch

A Girls’ Night Favorite

 

Getting together with my girl friends is something to which I look forward. We have such a fun and stress-free time on Girls’ Night. It doesn’t really matter if we just sit a round chatting, or if we are working on a charitable project, crafting, or playing games. What is always part of our time together is camaraderie, laughter, and great food and drink.

Today, I’d like to share one of our favorite recipes, Fruity Rum Punch. It is super easy to make and can be done one at a time or in a large batch — great for parties. This punch features Bacardi Superior, which is absolutely perfect for summer rum punches.

 

Fruity Rum Punch Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 Ounces – Bacardi Superior Rum
  • 2 Ounces – Orange Juice
  • 1-1/2 Ounces – Pineapple Juice
  • 1/4 Ounce – Grenadine
  • Squeeze of Lime
  • Ice
  • Orange (slices for garnish)
  • Lime (slices for garnish, and the squeeze)
  • Pineapple Chunks (optional garnish)

Directions:

  1. Fill glass with the desired amount of ice cubes.
  1. Pour Bacardi Superior Rum over ice.
  1. Add Orange Juice, Pineapple, and Grenadine.
  1. Squeeze a little Lime into the drink, and stir.
  1. Garnish with Orange slices and Lime slices.

Notes:

  • This recipe serves one, but you can easily multiply the recipe to make a pitcher or punch bowl full. Enjoy!
  • You can switch out the Bacardi Superior for Bacardi Banana Flavored Rum to add another fruity layer to the drink.
  • Check out #RumInTheSun for more tasty recipes using rum, a fabulously versatile spirit.

 

Rum Punch Printable Recipe!

5 from 1 reviews
Rum Punch
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Your friends will love this fruity rum punch at your next girls' night party. Refreshing, delicious, and pretty. Made with Bacardi Superior. Check out #RumInTheSun for more tasty recipes using rum, a fabulously versatile spirit.
from:
Type: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 drink
Ingredients:
  • 2 Ounces - Bacardi Superior Rum
  • 2 Ounces - Orange Juice
  • 1-1/2 Ounces - Pineapple Juice
  • 1/4 Ounce - Grenadine
  • Squeeze of Lime
  • Ice
  • Orange (slices for garnish)
  • Lime (slices for garnish, and the squeeze)
  • Pineapple Chunks (optional garnish)
  • Add another layer of fruity deliciousness by switching out the Bacardi Superior for Bacardi Banana Flavored Rum.
Directions:
  1. Fill glass with the desired amount of ice cubes.
  2. Pour Bacardi Superior Rum over ice.
  3. Add Orange Juice, Pineapple, and Grenadine.
  4. Squeeze a little Lime into the drink, and stir.
  5. Garnish with Orange slices and Lime slices.
Notes
This recipe serves one, but you can easily multiply the recipe to make a pitcher or punch bowl full. Enjoy!
3.5.3226

 

Girls’ Night Ideas

Looking for some great ideas for activities with your friends? Give these a try.

Outings:

  • Go to a Live Music Concert
  • Hit a local Street Fair or Festival
  • Go sing Karaoke

Right now, you can ENTER the Bacardi Summer Music Sweepstakes. Redeem an on-pack code placed on select Bacardi Superior bottles for $5 Live Nation Concert Cash®.  With two codes you get $15 Live Nation Concert Cash®. You must be 21+ to enter. State exclusions apply. CLICK HERE for details and restrictions. WINNERS drawn DAILY!

Group Projects:

  • Organize a Locks of Love Cut-a-thon
  • Crochet hats for Knots of Love
  • Craft ornaments for a seniors’ home

Great Games:

  • Bunco
  • Catch Phrase
  • Taboo
  • Pictionary

Whatever you are doing, make the most of it with some great eats and drinks, like this Bacardi Superior Fruity Rum Punch!

You can find more great recipe ideas and tons of fun with Bacardi Superior by following them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

So, do you have any great rum recipes or ideas for girls’ night?

 

 

 

...

...

 

...

Share using our Hashtag!

 

Leave me a comment… I’d love to hear from you!

...

~Lorelai

 

Sign up today, and don't miss anything! Enjoy EXCLUSIVES, FREEBIES, and FUN.

 

...

 

Contact Lorelai at Lorelai@LifeWithLorelai.com

     

17 Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes Refreshing Summer

Beat the heat with these Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes – refreshing for summer! Perfect for relaxing outdoors and entertaining adults and kids alike. #NonAlcoholicDrinks #SummerDrinks

 

Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes Refreshing Summer

Enjoying the outdoors, summer parties, and beating the heat!

 

Summer is in full swing and that means it’s time to relax on the porch with friends and family. What better way to refresh than with a nice cold drink. So, here is a collection of delicious and amazing non-alcoholic beverages perfect for summer refreshment.

I know you will love this roundup of drink recipes from some very talented bloggers. They are gorgeous and make a beautiful presentation. Plus, these summer drinks are kid-friendly. Enjoy!

Sparkling Honey Limeade from Jaclyn @ Cooking Classy

 

Disneyland’s Louisiana Lemonade from Steph @ Six Sisters’ Stuff

 

Pineapple Lemonade from Aniko for The 36th Avenue

 

Raspberry Mint Julep from Julie @ Life Straight Up!

 

Non-Alcoholic Apple Cider Mimosa from Swati and Tushar @ Watch What U Eat

 

Mock Sangria from Aimee @ Wallflower Kitchen

 

Minty Non-Alcoholic Mojitos from Rowena @ Skinny Ms.

 

Melon Ball Punch AKA Bottled Summer from Monique @ Divas Can Cook

 

Bubbly Triple-Citrus Iced Tea from Tammi @ My Organized Chaos

 

Roasted Peach and Strawberry Fizz from Anja @ Use Your Noodle

 

Thai Tea Recipe from Todd and Diane @ White On Rice Couple

 

Orange Creamsicle Float from Tara @ Noshing With The Nolands

 

Watermelon Slushie from Aniko @ Place Of My Taste

 

Non-Alcoholic Mint Juleps from Julie @ The Farm Girl

 

Non-Alcoholic Piña Colada from Serene @ House Of Yumm

 

Lavender Lemonade from Kate @ Centsational Girl

 

Grapefruit and Rosemary Mocktail from Katie @ The  Casual Craftlete

 

 

Looking for something fun and fabulous for your drinks? Try these DIY Bug Umbrellas For Party Drinks. Your guests will love them, and you can match whatever decor you use.

Photo: Cindy McNatt, OC Register

 

 

PIN and SHARE

17 Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes Refreshing Summer

 

Have a lovely and relaxing summer, and try to stay cool.

 

 

 

...

...

 

...

Share using our Hashtag!

 

Leave me a comment… I’d love to hear from you!

...

~Lorelai

 

Sign up today, and don't miss anything! Enjoy EXCLUSIVES, FREEBIES, and FUN.

 

...

 

Contact Lorelai at Lorelai@LifeWithLorelai.com

     

17 Star-Spangled Recipes For Patriotic Holidays

A roundup of patriotic-themed food. Find savory foods, sweets, and drinks great for celebrating the holidays with star-spangled recipes. #PatrioticHolidayFoods

 

17 Star-Spangled Recipes

For Celebrating Patriotic Holidays

 

Don’t you just love all those summer barbecues? Getting together with family and friends to celebrate, relax, and have some fun is always something  to look forward to. And with summer, comes the start of the patriotic holidays season. That means it is time to pull out your red, white, and blue — in decor and food!

Today, I’m sharing some fantastic ideas to carry the patriotic theme through the food you will be serving. These make great additions  to any BBQ or party. You will love these delicious star-spangled recipes.

Star-Spangled Recipe Roundup

Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad from Life With Lorelai

 

Summer Berry Pitcher Mojitos from Erica @ The Crumbly Cupcake

 

Patriotic Cones from Cathy @ Noble Pig

 

4th of July Firecracker Dogs from Angela @ Handmade In The Heartland

 

American Berry Pie from Land O Lakes

 

Red Whit and Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles from Sue @ The View From Great Island

 

Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Strawberries from Christin @ Spicy Southern Kitchen

 

Red, White, and Blue Rice Krispy Treats from Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar

 

Fourth of July Dessert Dipped Pretzels from Jill @ The 36th Avenue

 

 

Red, White, and Blue Pinwheel Icebox Cookies from Kelly @ Just A Taste

 

4th of July Scones Recipe from Amy @ The Idea Room

 

Red, White, and Blue Frozen Bananas from Nancy @ Two Sisters Crafting

 

Red, White, and Blue Chocolate Covered Strawberries from MelanieMelanie Cooks

 

Buzzed Cherry Bombs from Laurie @ Frosting And A Smile

 

Fireworks Cookies and Cream Cookies from Jocelyn @ Inside BruCrew Life

 

Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Salad from Donna & Chad @ The Slow Roasted Italian

 

Red, White, and Blue Layered Drink for Kids from Carrie @ Eating On A Dime

 

 

There is something for eveyone, right? Kids and adults alike will enjoy these patriotic food ideas. They are perfect for Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Veterans Day, or anytime. Celebrate America and Old Glory with these red, white, and blue star-spangled recipes!

 

...

...

 

...

Share using our Hashtag!

 

Leave me a comment… I’d love to hear from you!

...

~Lorelai

 

Sign up today, and don't miss anything! Enjoy EXCLUSIVES, FREEBIES, and FUN.

 

...

 

Contact Lorelai at Lorelai@LifeWithLorelai.com

     

12 Pastry Recipes Perfect For Mother’s Day Brunch

Sweet or savory pastries are perfect for Mother’s Day or anytime. Check out this Pastry Recipes roundup for some delicious and easy brunch ideas.

12 Pastry Recipes

Sweet and Savory – Perfect for Mother’s Day or Anytime

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so do something special for the mom’s in your life. How about hosting a brunch? When celebrating you want things to be delicious, impressive, and tasty. Believe me, when I say not only do these amazing pastry recipes deliver, they are quick and easy too!

So, take your pick from among these sweet or savory pastries, or even go with a combination. Everyone will love your brunch.

Sweet Pastry Recipes

Chocolate Croissants in 20 minutes from Kat and Melinda @ Home Made Interest

A flaky golden outside and a melted chocolate inside make this easy Chocolate Croissant recipe one of my favorites!”

30 Minute Orange Knots from Amy @ Little Dairy On The Prairie

30 Minute Orange Knotts – semi-homemade orange rolls are a favorite no fuss morning pastry that always impresses guests! They are pretty, bursting with orange flavor, and quick!”

Puff Pastry Nutella Apple Roses from Kathleen @ Hapa Nom Nom

Super flaky puff pastry, rich and creamy Nutella, and sweet apples rolled into beautiful rose-shapes. They’re deceptively easy to make and totally delicious!”

Lemon Blackberry Mini Tarts from Marion @ Life Tastes Good

Lemon Blackberry Mini Tarts make an impressive dessert perfect for special occasions, such as Mother’s Day. The cutest little pastry puff encases my incredibly easy-to-make Luscious Lemon Curd topped off with a sweet and juicy blackberry.”

Mom’s Cream Horn (Trubochki) Recipe from Natasha @ Natasha’s Kitchen

You don’t have to wait for a party to make these puff pastry cream horns. They are easy and super impressive.”

Lemon Chiffon Roulade from Shirl @ Baker Sweet Maker

…I made a home-y version of Lemon Chiffon Roulade. Made with a filling of Lemon Mascarpone Mousse and served with a mix of berries, it makes a great combination for Mother’s Day, but also for anytime.”

Raspberry Almond Scones from Maria and Josh @ Two Peas & Their Pod

Raspberry Almond Scones – a sweet treat for breakfast, brunch, or any time of the day!”

French Apricot Tart Recipe from Tina @ Fusion Craftiness

French tart dough is a great start to building those skills and that is why I love French tarts!  I even succeeded on the first try!”

Savory Pastry Recipes

Mini Puff Pastry Quiche from Georgia @ The Comfort Of Cooking

Bake a batch of mini puff pastry quiche for Mother’s Day, or for a special spring brunch any weekend!”

Mashed Potato Puff Pastry Braid from Manali @ Cook With Manali

Wow your guests at your next party with this easy Mashed Potato Puff Pastry Braid! Super easy to make with minimal ingredients and prep time but high on flavor!”

Easy Asparagus Tart from Erin @ Well Plated

One of my favorite writers describes the wait for spring as, ‘waiting for asparagus.’ I’d like to update her portrayal to, ‘waiting for Easy Asparagus Tart.'”

Easy Puff Pastry Ham and Cheese Quiche from Ashley @ The Recipe Rebel

Puff pastry makes this Ham and Cheese Quiche so easy! No dough to prep, just press into the pan, fill and bake — perfect for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or any holiday brunch!”

 

I hope you have enjoyed this pastry recipes roundup and found some inspiration for hosting your own celebration. But remember, these pastries are not just for special occasions, they are for anytime!

 

If you like these recipes, you may also try this Easy Creme Brulee Recipe!

 

...

...

 

...

Share using our Hashtag!

 

Leave me a comment… I’d love to hear from you!

...

~Lorelai

 

Sign up today, and don't miss anything! Enjoy EXCLUSIVES, FREEBIES, and FUN.

 

...

 

Contact Lorelai at Lorelai@LifeWithLorelai.com

     

Beer Rice With Cilantro And Lime Recipe + Mini Piñata Garland DIY

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Constellation Brands. All opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #CervezaCelebration #CollectiveBias

Mexican style #CervezaCelebration with Cilantro and Lime Beer Rice! Grab a Corona or Modelo, and start the fiesta with a quick and easy recipe plus a fun DIY craft.

Beer Rice with Cilantro and Lime Recipe

DIY Mini Piñata Garland Craft

 

What do you think of when Cinco de Mayo rolls around? Around here, it is just another reason for a Corona to get its lime! So, we are throwing a fiesta with great food and some festive decorations. Saber Vivir (knowing how to live) and making the most of every moment.

In the spirit of keeping things light-hearted and easy, I’ve got a couple of things to share with you. The first is a super simple and tasty recipe — Beer Rice with Cilantro and Lime. Oh, YUM! Then, I’ll show you how to make the cutest mini piñatas that can be used in several different ways.

Beer Rice with Cilantro and Lime Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups – Rice (I used a quick or instant rice)
  • 1 Bottle – Corona or Modelo Beer
  • Water
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • 1-2 Lime
  • Salt

Directions:

  1. Pour the bottle of Corona Beer into a 2-cup measuring cup
  2. Add enough water to the beer to bring the measurement to 2-cups
  3. Place the liquid into a medium pot
  4. Toss in several full sprigs of Cilantro (I used about 6-8 sprigs)
  5. Squeeze the juice from the Lime into the pot
  6. Bring to a boil
  7. Add Rice and salt to taste, mix well
  8. Remove from heat
  9. Cover the pot
  10. Let stand for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice (or follow directions on your box of rice)
  11. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro and lime wedges

Notes:

This unique rice recipe is perfect as a side dish or used as an ingredient for tacos and burritos — ¡delicioso!

Here’s a Printable Recipe just for you:

5 from 1 reviews
Beer Rice With Cilantro And Lime Recipe + Mini Piñata Garland DIY
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
This unique rice recipe is perfect as a side dish or used as an ingredient for tacos and burritos -- ¡delicioso!
from:
Type: Side Dish
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients:
  • 2 Cups - Rice (I used a quick or instant rice)
  • 1 Bottle - Corona or Modelo Beer
  • Water
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • 1-2 Lime
  • Salt
Directions:
  1. Pour the bottle of Corona Beer into a 2-cup measuring cup
  2. Add enough water to the beer to bring the measurement to 2-cups
  3. Place the liquid into a medium pot
  4. Toss in several full sprigs of Cilantro (I used about 6-8 sprigs)
  5. Squeeze the juice from the Lime into the pot
  6. Bring to a boil
  7. Add Rice and salt to taste, mix well
  8. Remove from heat
  9. Cover the pot
  10. Let stand for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice (or follow directions on your box of rice)
  11. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro and lime wedges
Notes
Corona Extra or Corona Light will add a light refreshing taste
Modelo Especial or Modelo Negro will provide a richer full-flavored taste
3.5.3226

 

If you are having friends and family over for your fiesta, check out this super cute, super easy decoration. This DIY craft makes a fun decor, or you can even use them as party favors.

Mini Piñata Garland DIY Craft

Supplies:

  • Tissue Paper (I used Red, White, Green, Yellow – 2 sheets each)
  • Empty Tissue Paper Tube
  • Clear Glue Pen
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon (smooth or ribbed curling ribbon works well)
  • Candy – Individually wrapped pieces that will fit inside the tube

Instruction Slideshow:

Mini Piñata Garland DIY 1
Mini Piñata Garland DIY 2
Mini Piñata Garland DIY 3
Mini Piñata Garland DIY 4
Mini Piñata Garland DIY 5
Mini Piñata Garland DIY 6
Mini Piñata Garland DIY 7
Mini Piñata Garland DIY 8
Mini Piñata Garland DIY 9
Mini Piñata Garland DIY 10
Mini Piñata Garland DIY 11
Mini Piñata Garland DIY 12
Mini Piñata Garland DIY 13
Mini Piñata Garland DIY 14
Mini Piñata Garland DIY 15
Mini Piñata Garland DIY 16
Mini Piñata Garland DIY 17
Mini Piñata Garland DIY 18
Mini Piñata Garland DIY 19
Mini Piñata Garland DIY 20
Mini Piñata Garland DIY 21

Instructions:

  1. Decide how many Mini Piñatas you want to make.
  2. Pull Streamer – Cut a 24-inch piece of Ribbon for each piñata.
  3. Handle – Cut a 6-inch piece of Ribbon for each piñata.
  4. Trim – Cut a 6-inch piece of Ribbon for each piñata.
  5. Take two sheets of each color Tissue Paper, open them up and stack them together neatly. (I had one color of tissue that was larger, so I used the excess for my squares — next step.)
  6. Using the excess mentioned above, or another sheet of tissue paper, cut out a 2-inch square for each piñata.
  7. Stack the squares and lightly fold them in half corner-to-corner. Cut a small slit in the middle of the fold. Then, fold the square again to the other corners and cut another small slit, making an “X.”
  8. Take a 24-inch ribbon and slide one tip through the X, tape the ribbon on both sides of the tissue. Be sure you have taped the ribbon well, so the X will rip open when the ribbon is pulled to release the candy from the piñata.
  9. Tape a square and ribbon set to one end of the Tissue Paper Tube. This will hold the candy in place. Make sure the ribbon is on the outside of the tube. It will hang down to be the pull streamer.
  10. Now, cut your stacked sheets of tissue lengthwise into 1-1/2 to 2-inch strips. (I got six strips out of my sheets).
  11. Stack strips. Cut narrow slits about 3/4 of the way through the strips to make fringe.
  12. You will use 3 or 4 fringe strips per tissue paper tube. Carefully separate the fringe strips (two piñatas at a time).
  13. Using the glue pen, lay a thin bead of glue on one side of the solid band on the fringe strip.
  14. Adhere the fringe to the tube starting at the bottom (with the tissue square and ribbon), and working your way around the tube with a slight upward spiral.
  15. Continue adding fringe this way until you get to the top, but DO NOT glue down the end of the last fringe strip. Leave enough to go around the tube a full turn, at least.
  16. Tape a 6-inch Ribbon piece to the outside top of the tube for a handle. Then, finish gluing the rest of the fringe strip to cover up the taped handle ends.
  17. Finish off the Mini Piñata with another 6-inch piece of Ribbon glued around the top edge of the tube as trim.
  18. Let dry.
  19. Fill with candies.
  20. To make a Garland – thread mini piñatas over ribbon or string. Tape in place if needed.

Time for the Fiesta!

Now that you have your Beer Rice recipe and a great decor idea, it’s time to head out and stock up on Corona and Modelo for your big fiesta! Corona Extra and Corona Light have a smooth crisp flavor with superior ingredients that is perfect for someone like you and me. They make moments more enjoyable. Modelo Especial is a Pilsner-style Lager, rich and full-flavored, and the Modelo Negro offers slow-roasted caramel malts for a remarkably smooth taste and rich flavor.

If you would like more ideas or information you can check out the Corona website and the Modelo website, or follow them on facebook — Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo.

Saber Vivir, and don’t forget the lime!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

#CervezaCelebration

 

...

...

 

...

Share using our Hashtag!

 

Leave me a comment… I’d love to hear from you!

...

~Lorelai

 

Sign up today, and don't miss anything! Enjoy EXCLUSIVES, FREEBIES, and FUN.

 

...

 

Contact Lorelai at Lorelai@LifeWithLorelai.com

     

9 Easter Cocktails Every Bunny Will Love

A collection of 9 recipes for festive Easter Cocktails that every bunny will love. Celebrate in style this spring with these fun holiday themed drinks.

9 Easter Cocktails

Every Bunny Will Love

 

I love celebrating holidays and making them special. Decorations, great food, and family traditions are always fun. But sometimes, it seems, the holiday focus is more geared around children. So, today, I am putting some adult into Easter with some fun and tasty Easter Cocktails for those who are 21 and over.

You will be amazed at how clever and simple these recipes are. I can’t wait to wow my guests.

Bunny up to the bar and give these holiday cocktails a try!

Click on the Cocktail name below the photo to get the recipes.

Cottontail Martini from Michael at Inspired by Charm

Buzzed Peeps Easter Cocktail from Melissa at The Farm Girl Gabs

Cotton Candy Margarita from Darcie at Such The Spot

Speckled Egg Mimosas from Erin at Style Me Pretty

Chocolate Creme Egg Easter Cocktail Shots from Laura at Little Stuff

Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktails from Kirbie at Kirbie’s Cravings

Peeptini Easter Cocktails from April at April Golightly

Easy Chocolate Creme Egg Martini Recipe from Katie at A Fork’s Tale

Carrot Mimosas from Kare at Kitchen Treaty

 

There is a recipe for every bunny, whether you are looking for something elegant and stunning or sweet and adorable, we’ve got the Easter Cocktails for you. I hope you have a lovely Easter celebration!

Are looking for some other fun ideas or maybe even new traditions for your family this Easter? You will definitely want to check out these awesome Easter Ideas…

Easter Jelly Bean Prayer Poem

 Sidewalk Chalk Tutorial

What every you do, have a Happy Easter!

 

...

...

 

...

Share using our Hashtag!

 

Leave me a comment… I’d love to hear from you!

...

~Lorelai

 

Sign up today, and don't miss anything! Enjoy EXCLUSIVES, FREEBIES, and FUN.

 

...

 

Contact Lorelai at Lorelai@LifeWithLorelai.com

     

Create A Gumdrop Topiary – A Sweet DIY

This adorable gumdrop topiary DIY is great for home decor and parties, as well as being a fun craft for kids highlighting math skills and textures.

Create A Gumdrop Topiary

A Sweet DIY

Who knew math could be so fun? Your preschooler or kindergartener will delight in this counting activity that results in a beautiful holiday decoration for the whole family to enjoy. Your child can count out loud as he adds each gumdrop to the topiary, and as he sees how high he can go, he will be practicing important math skills! This activity will also help your child practice color recognition and learn about different materials and textures.

Beauty and the Beast – Lumiere_and_Cogsworth_Topiary – Disney Wiki – Wikia

Topiary is the art of trimming and shaping trees into sculptural, ornamental shapes. Disneyland boasts some of the most famous American Portable style topiaries. In the early 1960’s Walt Disney used the theme park’s landscape shrubbery to recreate his beloved cartoon characters. They continue to be a highlight today!

What You Need:

  • Large Styrofoam ball (this will be the “canopy” of your topiary)
  • Wooden dowel, up to 1” thick and approximately 15” long
  • Green spray paint
  • Flower pot or vase
  • Moss, faux grass, or shredded paper
  • Floral foam (available at your local arts and crafts store)
  • Toothpicks, broken in half
  • Gumdrops in many different colors
  • Ribbon (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Spray the dowel green with the spray paint and let it dry completely overnight.
  2. Cut a block of floral foam to fit inside the flower pot or vase and place it inside.
  3. Help your child insert the dowel into the center of the Styrofoam ball about 3” deep.
  4. Help your child insert the other end of the dowel into the floral foam all the way down so that it touches the bottom of the vase. Make sure the dowel is stable.
  5. Have your child sort the gumdrops by color.
  6. Have your child stick a gumdrop onto one end of the toothpick and push the other end of the toothpick into the Styrofoam ball. Working in rows, continue placing gumdrops all the way around the ball.
  7. As your child works, ask him to count each gumdrop out loud. Occasionally ask how many of each color he has used or has left.
  8. Once the Styrofoam ball is completely covered, assist your child in placing moss, faux grass, or shredded paper into the vase to cover the floral foam.
  9. Tie a bow around the dowel with the ribbon (optional).
  10. Now stand back and enjoy your new Candyland-inspired table topper!

Isn’t this a fabulously fun and festive DIY project? What a bonus that it provides practice with math skills, dexterity, and textures for your little ones too. This would even make a cute Mother’s Day present!

 

...

...

 

...

Share using our Hashtag!

 

Leave me a comment… I’d love to hear from you!

...

~Lorelai

 

Sign up today, and don't miss anything! Enjoy EXCLUSIVES, FREEBIES, and FUN.

 

...

 

Contact Lorelai at Lorelai@LifeWithLorelai.com

     

Room Dividers – A Simple DIY Party Decor

Party Decor doesn’t have to be expensive or hard to make. Give these simple DIY Room Dividers a try. It’s made with streamers and a tension rod.

 

Room Dividers

A Simple DIY Party Decor

 

We hosted a Murder Mystery Party for Rory’s 21st birthday — it was a blast! In preparing for the party, I had to figure out ways for the guests to spy on each other or have secret meetings. We have a long hallway in our house with the bathroom about two-thirds of the way down. So, I decided to create room dividers to break the hallway into sections.

Now, I did not want this to be difficult or costly, but I did want it to be fun and festive and go with the other party decor. And that’s how this idea came to be using crepe paper streamers (in the party colors) and a tension rod.

These room dividers were a huge hit and so much fun to sneak behind for covert meetings or spying for the mystery game. They would also come in handy to block off areas you would rather guest did not go.

Let’s make a Room Divider!

Gather your crepe paper streamers and set them in the color order you desire. I used a barbecue skewer through the center of each streamer roll to make pulling the streamers easier and more manageable.

Figure out how long you want your streamers and cut them. Fold the streamers in half length-wise, but do not crease them.

Hang your tension rod so you can freely work with it. Take the folded end of the streamers and go over the tension rod from the back to the front.

The folded end of the streamers creates a loop. Pull the straight streamers through the loop to the front.

Pull the straight streamers gently until the loop tightens around the tension rod.

Repeat these steps until your tension rod has the fullness you desire.

These crepe paper room dividers were easy to walk through but definitely worked well for creating separate spaces. If you are using the room dividers to block off an area, you can also attach a “Please, keep out,” or “No entry,” banner.

Check out the dessert we served for this party… it was a KILLER CAKE!

Have fun with these DIY Room Dividers at your next party!

 

 

 

 

...

...

 

...

Share using our Hashtag!

 

Leave me a comment… I’d love to hear from you!

...

~Lorelai

 

Sign up today, and don't miss anything! Enjoy EXCLUSIVES, FREEBIES, and FUN.

 

...

 

Contact Lorelai at Lorelai@LifeWithLorelai.com

     

Football Decor – DIY Goal Post Toilet Paper Holder For The Big Game

This post, Football Decor – DIY Goal Post Toilet Paper Holder For The Big Game,  has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MegaGame #CollectiveBias

Give your bathroom a mini-update with football decor for the big game. Make a DIY Football Goal Post Toilet Paper Holder that scores!

 

Score With Football Decor For The Mega Game!

DIY Football Goal Post Toilet Paper Holder

 

When planning for the big game, you need to put a few plays into motion.  Of course, you have to clean the house and have plenty of seating and space for viewing. Maybe you even have a few party games going to excite the fans. But part of the mega fun of game day is having festive decor to boost the party atmosphere. It is a no-brainer to decorate the main entertaining areas of your home, so today, I am sharing an idea for that little room everybody needs and nobody wants to discuss. I am solving a problem every hostess worries about.

As a hostess, you strive to meet all of your guests’ wants and needs and make them as comfortable as possible so they can enjoy the party. You worry about the little things… you know, like having a guest run out of toilet paper and searching through your cabinets and drawers for more. YIKES! Right? Nobody wants to be in that situation.

Block That Punt!

Block the punt with two easy mega plays that will gain you a first down in guest comfort.

  • First, stock up on Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® Mega Rolls.

Mega Rolls go the distance in keeping the rush to flush covered. These fuller rolls mean you have to change them less often. More yardage than other rolls and guaranteed to fit your standard holder — that scores an extra point!

  • Second, make your own Football Goal Post Toilet Paper Holder.

This football decor for your bathroom is both festive and functional. Parties for the mega football game can go on for hours on end, and let’s face it, the more guests the better. So, even with the large mega rolls, you don’t want to have a bath tissue fumble. Your guests will not have to search for a new roll, they will be in plain view — 2 point conversion!

So, huddle-up and I’ll give you the play-by-play.

DIY Football Goal Post Toilet Paper Holder

Materials:

  • 1/2 Inch Schedule-40 PVC Pipe
    • 2 x 5-1/2 inches
    • 1 x 18 inches (I cut mine at 15 inches because I had extra height with a coupler).
    • 2 x 8-1/2 inches
    • 2 pieces of custom length to use as feet and will fit inside your base
  • 1/2 Inch Schedule-40 PVC Fittings
    • 1 Tee (slip fitting, no threads)
    • 2 Elbows (slip fitting, no threads)
    • 1 Side Outlet 90-Degree Elbow (slip fitting, no threads) **NOTE – if you can only get a Side Outlet Elbow that has two slips and one threaded, you will need to get a 1/2 inch coupler to convert the threaded port to slip. That is what I had to use.
    • 2 Caps
    • Football Turf
    • Basket (a crate will work, whatever you have)
    • Yellow Spray Paint
    • Scuff Pad
    • Alcohol
    • Old Newspaper
    • Other Football Themed Items
    • Sandpaper (optional)
    • Primer (optional)

 

 

Tools:

  • Plastic Pipe Cutters
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil

 

 

How To:

  1. Plan your project. The measurements above are what I used for mine, but depending on your base and space you may want yours smaller or larger. Test it out, and create a plan.
  1. Remove any stickers from pipes or fittings.
  1. Measure your PVC Pipe and mark where to cut with a pencil.
  1. Cut the pipe using your cutters (a hacksaw will work too).
  1. Once all lengths are cut, you can start assembling the goal post.
    • Slide the two 5-1/2″ pipe pieces into the horizontal ends of the Tee with the perpendicular open end facing down.
    • Add the Elbows to each end, with the open ends facing upward.
    • Slip the 8-1/2″ pipe pieces into the upright ends of the Elbows.
    • Place a Cap on the end of each upright.
    • Attach the long 18″ pipe length into the downward opening of the Tee.
    • Slide the Side Outlet Elbow onto the bottom of the long pipe. (If you need to attach a Coupler to the threaded port of the Side Outlet Elbow. Attach the Coupler to the pipe).
    • Place your additional varied size pipe pieces to the final two opening of the Side Outlet Elbow. These will be your feet to make the goal post stand and do not need to be perfect as nobody will see them.
  1. Scuff the pipes and fittings so the paint will adhere.
  1. PVC Pipe and Fittings are stamped. You will want to turn all the pieces so the stamping is placed at the back of the goal post. The feet should be positioned coming out the front of the goal post.
  1. Squeeze the pipes and fittings together so they are tight.
  1. Gently wipe the pipes and fitting with alcohol to remove any oils from your fingertips. This will help the paint adhere better.
  2. Spray paint the goal post (check the tip below). Let it dry thoroughly.

 

 

Call the Blitz Play

TIP for Spray Painting:

Sack that blushing quarterback before he gets started.

Always apply spray paint in short bursts. Do a light coat just to fog the surface. Let that stand for a few seconds to get tacky then apply more, again in short burst of paint. Never hold the nozzle down for a steady spray, as that leads to blushing (a milky or hazy appearance and low gloss when dried).

 

 

Assemble the Goal Post Toilet Paper Holder Football  Decor:

  1. Place the constructed and painted goal post inside your base of choice (I used a basket that fit on top of the toilet tank).
  2. Stuff the basket with old newspaper to fill the space.
  3. Tuck the Football Turf over the newspaper and inside the basket sides. (I used football turf drink holders, and ripped the seem so they would lay flat).
  4. Decorate with other Football Decor. (I drew a football play on a small sandwich board style chalkboard, added a couple of penalty flags, and a cutout football).
  5. Add a Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong Mega Roll to each upright.

And there you have it. Your bathroom has a mini update with football decor providing mega impact, and you and your guests are all set for the kickoff.

 

 

Score a touchdown — add Quilted Northern Mega Rolls to your Target shopping list and stock up for the #MegaGame ! For more Quilted Northern Inspiration click here. And, DO NOT MISS the awesome Cartwheel Offer — an additional 10% off at Target!

Find even more by following Quilted Northern on Facebook / Twitter / YouTube
Enjoy the Big Game and have some Mega Fun!

 

 

...

...

 

...

Share using our Hashtag!

 

Leave me a comment… I’d love to hear from you!

...

~Lorelai

 

Sign up today, and don't miss anything! Enjoy EXCLUSIVES, FREEBIES, and FUN.

 

...

 

Contact Lorelai at Lorelai@LifeWithLorelai.com

     

5 Tips for Hosting a Stress-Free Family Christmas Party

Hosting a Family Christmas Party can be stressful. You want everything to be perfect, full of family tradition and holiday spirit in order to create those magical memories that will last a lifetime. So, we have some great tips and trick that will help you host a stress-free family Christmas Party. Of course, these tips will help in planning and in hosting any party!

5 Tips for Hosting a Stress-Free Family Christmas Party

 

With winter holidays straight ahead and drawing closer by the minute, we’re all looking forward to lip-smacking Christmas banquets and family reunions, right? Well, not exactly. Every time the season comes for Santa to slide down the chimney and deliver gifts, busy moms start bracing themselves for second helpings of stress and hard work required to host a pitch-perfect at-home Christmas celebration. Nevertheless, the fact that your whole family will be coming together to welcome Father Christmas in a few weeks’ time doesn’t have to be a source of angst or dread this time around. All you need to do is arm yourself with tried and tested tips on how to throw an unforgettable, stress-free Christmas party and act on them without delay.

1. Invitations Nobody Can Say No To

Before dashing off to decorate the dining table and whip up food for the Christmas party, pause for a second to do a brief guest count. Draw up the guest list and seating plan to make sure your party goes down without hitches or unpleasant guest table quibbles.

With the guest list in place, it’s time to send out invitations (preferably in the written, not digital form). You should send invites at least two weeks ahead of the celebration to allow your guests ample time to RVSP. Expert tip: be sure the invitations are so lovable your invitees can’t say No to them. If you hate the idea of DIY invitation crafting, you can find various printable Christmas party invites online. Use them to cheat your way to bonus party turnout.

2. Decide on the Food and Drink Menu

The next point on the stress-free Christmas party staging list, the choice of food and drinks you’ll serve your guests deserves an extra dose of attention. As a general rule, the party bar should contain both alcoholic and soft drinks, just to stay on the safe (and relatively sober) side of the dining table.

If possible, it would be a wise idea to check with the guests if they suffer from any food allergies or follow special diet plans: such a precious piece of info will help you stock the party table with delicacies all invitees will relish. If you don’t want to go through the food prep hassle, you can look up the offer of best finger food catering services in Melbourne and pick tasty bites that fit the party budget and your guests’ dietary preferences.

3. It’s Time to Dress Up the Party Venue

After you’ve sorted out the essentials for the Christmas party, you’ll need to dress the venue for the gathering. The rule of thumb here is that ornaments in red, gold, and green are best-suited to the biggest event of the winter season, but you can also use violet, blue, and orange details as accents.

To achieve a festive yet suave tablescape, you should bring out finest silverware and porcelain crockery: after all, Christmas is precisely the type of a special occasion that calls for such displays of elegance and luxury. For final touches, you can top the Christmas party table with fragrant candles, string lights nestled in jars, and a centerpiece in the form of an evergreen arrangement with red and white ribbon.

4. Devise a Fail-safe Entertainment Program

To keep boredom at bay and avoid awkward party silences, create a special playlist and pick a few games you and your guests will play after dinner. Christmas Carol Pictionary, white elephant gift exchange, and other themed games are a great entertainment choice, but you can also opt for non-Christmassy activities if your party crowd isn’t exactly a major fan of traditional festive amusement.

As far as music is concerned, you shouldn’t leave out Christmas melodies from the playlist, but you can structure it around handpicked non-seasonal tunes such as jazz, blues, R&B, and classic rock. Expert tip: melodies that make your guests’ ears prick up and set the mood to merry are a good choice of music for the Christmas party.

5. Party Favors, the Hospitable Hosts’ Way

No Christmas party is complete without gifts, but the Christmas tree shouldn’t be the only place for your guests to find tokens of appreciation, caring, and love. To bring home the medal as the most hospitable host ever, make cute party favors before the big event which you’ll place at the dining table.

Gingerbread cookies, lollies, tree ornaments, and chocolates in Christmas wrappers are just the tip of the party favor iceberg. If you want to go pro with the Christmas party staging, you can present the guests with personalized favors such as swag bags, printed mugs with funny slogans, spa and massage coupons, and creative cookie tins or favor bags which you can order online for bonus stress-free party organization.

All set? Don’t forget to put on your finest party clothes, don a wide smile, and have tons of fun –after all, joy, laughter, love, sharing, and positive mood are the whole point of winter holidays. Enjoy your family Christmas party to the fullest. Merry Christmas!


 

 

...

...

 

...

Share using our Hashtag!

 

Leave me a comment… I’d love to hear from you!

...

~Lorelai

 

Sign up today, and don't miss anything! Enjoy EXCLUSIVES, FREEBIES, and FUN.

 

...

 

Contact Lorelai at Lorelai@LifeWithLorelai.com