Tuesday, March 31, 2009

April Fools!

Phyllis Hoffman is the editor-in-chief of a magazine called Celebrate, a specialty magazine loaded with entertaining ideas and recipes. Celebrate only releases four issues a year, one every season. I recently purchased Celebrate Spring 2009 (how could I resist?) I found some great ideas for an April Fools Day party.
Some of the fantastic ideas in the article were:
- Place a whoopee cushion in everyone's seat.
-Set a classic groucho Marx disquise on top of each guests plate
Offer guests nostalgic candies like cracker jacks, bazooka gum, and laffy taffy.
Use ribbon to tie rubber chickens on the backs of each guests chair.
Last but not least bake up some Gotcha! Trick cupcakes
These are cupcakes that look like sweet treats but are really meat loaf pies with food-coloring-tinted mashed potatoes. Gotcha! ( recipe below )

Gotcha! Trick Cupcakes
1 pound lean ground beef
1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup shredded colby jack cheese blend
1/4 cup toasted bread crumbs
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dried italian seasoning
2 large eggs, beaten
2 2/3 cups frozen mashed potatoes
1 1/3 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon bbutter
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 or 4 drops food coloring

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place foil liners into 15 muffin cups.
In a medium bowl, combine ground beef, garlic, cheese blend, bread crumbs, worchtershire sauce, Italian seasoning, and eggs, mixing well.
Spoon mixture evenly into prepared muffin cups. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until done. Prepare frozen mashed potatoes according to package directions using 1 1/3 cups milk. Stir in butter, salt, and food coloring.
Spoon potatoes evenly over meat mixture , spreading gently to resemble frosting.
Serve immediatley and enjoy the trickery!

Seven Things I Love

I was recently tagged by Chris at Celebrations at Home to list 7 of my favorite things so that those in the blog universe might know me better. Well, here goes nothing!

1. I love my husband Matt, my family and my friends!(Oh and my miniature dachshund Daisy) They are the reason I that I celebrate everyday! Thannk you all for being my REAL inspiration!

2.I love party planning! In fact I have been called party obsessed a time or two (and now you know where my blog title came from) The idea that you can help someone celebrate the good things that happen in their lives, that you can help bring people together...it's wonderful! There are so many ways to express your self through a party..or help someone else express themselves. I love creating a celebration for someone that I have never even met before and then hearing that it is " so them". I would love to have a party every day.

.....and my top five drink choices are:
1. iced toffee nut latte
2. strawberries and cream frappucino with java chips
3. passion tea lemonade
4. soy chai tea latte
5. caramel macciato

4. The fourth thing I love is watching The Office! Steve Carrell is a genius! He keeps me laughing so hard, and all the other characters on that show are so developed and histerical. I can't get enough of Dwight's shinanigans and I am so glad that Jim and Pam are getting married (finally!) and then Angela and Phyllis always keep me guessing. Great show. NBC Thursday at 9:00pm.

5.I have two music loves:
She and Him and Ace of Base

6. Tiramisu........enough said.

7.AND chap stick....is my best friend.

I am a simple girl with simple loves. I want to say thankyou to everyone that takes an interest in my blog and my creativity!