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father's day barbeque

This weekend we’ll be celebrating all the dads in our family by having a barbeque. We pretty much barbeque and swim all summer long but we like to pretend that we are getting together only for this special occasion. It’s nice to cook outside on hot days and not heat up the house and swimming keeps the kids entertained for hours. We usually throw chicken, sausage, corn and ribs on the barbeque. And then have some fruit salad and a green salad. For dessert we like the classic s’mores but we often make them as s’mores bars, see recipe below, very yummy and make ahead. S’mores Bar 24 graham cracker sqs. 3/4 c. packed brown sugar Dash of salt 3/4 c. butter 4 c. marshmallows 1 bag chocolate chips Line a 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pan with foil. Arrange graham crackers close together in a single layer. Combine butter, brown sugar, and salt in small saucepan; cook until mixture is blended, stirring, for about 1 to 2 minutes. Spread mixture over graham crackers. Bake in 350 degree oven 10 minutes or until bubbly; top with one bag of chocolate chips (my sister the chocoholic adds two bags), bake a few minutes to melt, then top with marshmallows, bake 3-5 minutes than broil just until the marshmallows brown slightly. Be careful they brown very quickly so watch constantly. Cool 10 minutes. I usually refrigerate before cutting so it is easier. Very messy but yummy!   ribs, table setting, smores, invitation, drink station cookies, Superman Apron, Chef...

designer kids: party inspiration

I’m starting to plan my daughters birthday party which makes me overly giddy about decorating around a theme. Theme parties, being the standard, can involve everything from invitaions to outfits. Seems pretty different from when we were kids. My mom was very crafty but the closest thing my birthday parties came to a theme was matching napkins and plates. For my daughters birthday, even though she has specific color schemes and ideas, I always want to see how much I can expand on the theme she chooses. Creative Hostess is a super cute site for kids parties and baby shower ideas. I think it has now become one of my go-to places. There is a whole section on inspiration that I love to comb through. Another section features Real Birthday Parties. I am absolutely in love with this Elephant Parade Circus theme and this cake from an Airplane Birthday Party. Simon+Kabuki cards above: Sophisticated Stems, Balloon Party, Bubbles Girl, Bubbles Boy, Party Boy, Princess...