April 22, 2014

Robot Cake Pops

Hello! Long time no blog!

Last week was my nephew's 4th birthday and this year he wanted a robot themed party. Of course he also wanted cake pops too! So my sister and I were inspired by robot cake pops we found on Bakerella and created our own.


First, I baked a chocolate cake from scratch and whipped up a batch of chocolate buttercream for the pops. Once the cake and frosting was mashed together, I shaped it into little squares and chilled.

The next day my sister and I got to work decorating our robots! Here's the candy we used:
  • candy eyes from Wilton
  • Smarties for the "ears"
  • a mini marshmallow cut in half for the top
  • rainbow fruit strip candy that we cut into little rectangles for the mouth
It took some time to assemble each robot but once we got going, it went pretty fast. Since it was a kid's party, with some small toddlers too, we decided to wrap each cake pop so they could take it home as a favor.


It was a great party and I'm going to share more pics because the kids did the cutest robot craft. More to come!


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April 4, 2014

Weekend Blog Block Party

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April 3, 2014

Toddler Easter Craft

We finally got to check something off our Spring Bucket List yesterday. My daughter and I sat down to do our little Easter Craft. Well, she sat for a few minutes, cut up some paper, scribbled and then took off. She's only two and constantly on the move but she did come back and forth to help me with our little project!


We went with something so easy that took no time at all to make, paper carrots for the Easter Bunny! All you need is some orange and green construction paper, scissors, glue stick and a stapler. See, it's simple enough!


I traced a circle onto the orange construction paper using a cereal bowl as my guide. Then I cut out my circle and folded it into an ice cream cone shape and stapled to secure together (there will be excess that you can just cut away). I used the green construction paper to cut out our "carrot tops" (I just free-handed this) and pasted on using a glue stick.

There you have it! Our original plan was to fill these with jelly beans to leave for the Easter Bunny but now she wants to give them to her Grandma's and Papa's. Works for me!

Are you making anything with your kids for Easter?


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March 28, 2014

Weekend Blog Block Party!

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March 27, 2014

Spring Bucket List

Over the weekend I was telling my husband that we are stuck in a post-winter rut. We are so used to being stuck inside during the gross winter and we need to do it up big this spring. So, I took matters into my own hands and created our Spring Bucket List.



We live in Long Island which is full of amazing wineries that we haven't visited in so long. I would love to take a ride out east and do a few tastings. And this spring, we are planting something. Anything. I don't care if it's one lonely flower. The rest are family things that I would love to do. I don't have very high hopes for the Easter Bunny visit going well as my daughter hated meeting Santa at the mall this past Christmas.

But this is it! We're kicking our winter funk and enjoying spring...even if my daughter tries to punch the Easter Bunny.

Do you have a spring bucket list? 


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March 21, 2014

Soirees & Sangria | Picnic Party

After a long and snowy winter, spring is officially here! It's finally time to head outdoors and soak up the sunshine and warmer weather. What better way to celebrate than with a picnic party! Pack up your tableware and some food and get ready to enjoy spring!



I couldn't help but throw in the sandals because I'm so excited to not have to wear heavy boots anymore!

You'll have to pop over to Krystal's to see what pretty spring things she has today!

And if you love the tableware in this post, it's all from the new Oh Joy! for Target collection. We have a Target Giveaway going on right now on Sunny Soirees!

Ok, and one more fab giveaway! Sunny Soirees has partnered with Minted with a giveaway for our readers to win a $100 credit to their site! So if you're planning a party or sending out announcements, this is your chance to enter!


Have a great weekend!!

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