We had a really busy weekend - Saturday was spent spring cleaning and getting ready for a brunch I was hosting on Saturday. I signed up at a site called House Party, where you can apply to host parties featuring different products. The site will send you free products for your party and then you post information and reviews about the products and party. If you're interested in checking it out, or applying just click on this link and it will take you right over.
The party that we had was a Maxwell House Coffee & Velveeta Cheese Spring Into Brunch House Party. They sent us a free box of velveeta, cups, napkins, spatulas for all the guests, a velveeta oven mit, recipe cards for the guests, and coupons for free coffee and $1.00 off boxes of velveeta. I set up a coffee bar, and I wanted to try something different so I made a Paula Deen recipe for fudge that includes Velveeta cheese - it sounds weird I know, but I all the reviews just raved about this, so I wanted to try it. Well, I don't know what the heck I did wrong, but the fudge did not set up. It was more like fudge pudding. The taste was great, it was just very gooey! Oh sure, the kids ate it anyway - they just used a spoon - but I don't think I'll make it again. If you try it, I hope you have better luck.
The Maxwell House coffee thankfully, was great. I did not mess up brewing the coffee! I also made French Toast, and we had fruit salad as well as sliced strawberries and blueberries for the french toast, and grapes to snack on. I think everyone had a good time. I know that Easter is such a busy weekend for most people so I thought it would be nice for our family to get together the weekend before so there wouldn't be so much to DO. There's church to get to, like three egg hunts for the kids, and relatives to visit, and dinners to cook and eat and clean up afterwards . . . you know the deal! It's wonderful but so BUSY!
Here's the coffee bar - and even though outside there was melting snow on the ground, inside, we tried to make it cheerful and spring like, because spring just can't come fast enough for me!
Here's some details - and product placement! (Do you like how I snuck in those Maxwell House Coffee Cans? So subtle huh? I should work for the film industry!)
Here is the centerpiece that Gabby and I made the night before at 11:00 p.m. - we just had all this weird stuff laying around . . . that's how we roll! The chicken was from last easter and after you wind it up, little bubble gum eggs pop out of it's butt while it walks. That's hours of fun for me!
We also made a paper butterfly art installation - that sounds a lot more impressive than we taped up a bunch of butterfly cutouts to a glass door. If you want to be impressed, I cut all the butterflies by hand and it took about 2 hours! That's dedication to your art!
I waited until dark to take the photo so you couldn't see the snow outside the door - it ruins the spring effect, but I have to say I'm not that skilled of a photographer to get a really nice photo of this without either my reflection, or a big flash spot . . . I'll work on it.
We taped two butterflies together then folded one side of the wings out to give it a little dimension. This way, the butterflies also look pretty from the outside. If you printed them onto colored paper, you would get that effect also, but I printed them onto white so one side was a bit boring! Obviously I didn't think that project all the way through, but sometimes you can make it work out anyway!
Happy Spring Everyone! Let's all wish for nice weather! And gumballs to shoot from chickens butts!
p.s. the model is not to scale - notice the size of the bugs in comparison to the chicken - maybe that's she looks so shocked! "What a MEAL!"