Halloween Parties of the Past

Looking back at Halloween Parties of the Past // A Well Crafted Party

My favorite time of year is quickly approaching. Besides obsessively checking Brooklyn Limestone to see what Stephanie’s Halloween theme will be this year, I’m busy planning my own annual Halloween party. I’ve even got some Halloween posts up my sleeve for BEFORE the big day this year! I might have already thrown a small Halloween get-together over Labor Day weekend just so I could have some fun goodies for you.

Before I get to the new Halloween goodness (which will begin in October) I wanted to share a few of my favorites from the past few years. I’ve thrown a Halloween party each year since 2008. It has been the highlight of my year nearly every year. (The birth of my son pushed Halloween 2011 to second place, but it sure was close since I had a cute little baby to dress up as well as a fun party!)

2008— Haunted Halloween Dinner Party

Halloween Parties of the Past // A Well Crafted Party

2009— Bewitching Ball

Halloween Parties of the Past // A Well Crafted Party

2010— Mad Tea Party

Halloween Parties of the Past // A Well Crafted Party

2011— Costumes & Cocktails

Halloween Parties of the Past // A Well Crafted Party

2012— Traditional Black & Orange

Halloween Parties of the Past // A Well Crafted Party

2013— Fairytale Dinner Party

Halloween Parties of the Past // A Well Crafted Party

This year we are going a little bit more pop-culture with our theme. I’m actually having a bit of a hard time trying to figure out all in the little details for the party. But, I’ll be sure to give some hints closer to the big day. Look forward to lots of fresh Halloween posts this upcoming October. I’ve got a Fang-tastic party with great DIY details and free printables that I can’t wait to share! And, as October approaches, I’m going to be going back through some of my old parties to share some DIY details that never made it into the posts above!

 

 

A DIY’d Fall Wedding

I am so honored to share my “wedding” on A Well Crafted Party! I have wedding in quotes because the long and short of it is–we were already married! My husband Kevin and I (who I refer to most often on my blog as Ktams) were married right out of college (we are Illini–I-L-L!) as we both agreed it made the most sense to start out in the real world as a team, and the easiest way to do this was to tie the knot! We were technically married in June of 2010, but at that point we had no money to have the wedding we imagined. So once the official stuff was out of the way, we began planning. Just over a year from the date we planned to throw a big party to celebrate our marriage with friends and families. We felt this was a great excuse for our friends to come back together and for family to share in the fun (as when we were married originally we only allowed our parents to be present–that’s right–no siblings, grandparents, or anyone else! We just felt like it was a slippery slope!). Looking back now, I realize how many diy wedding ideas I used to make the day a success–and I am excited to share!

The Setting

We picked a venue that would be a one stop shop–it was our one of our favorite spots–a Spanish tapas restaurant located near downtown Naperville, IL. Meson Sabika was a rehabbed old mansion on an expansive piece of land. We held the entire event out in their bricked patio, and left the doors open to get more drinks at the bar.

DIY Wedding Ideas: Flowers

For our wedding, flowers were not a make or break discussion. I knew I wanted accents of orange and a predominantly mixed bouquet. I had also given leftover fabric I had from table cloths to the florist to wrap the bouquet. I felt like this held everything together nicely and it keep the flowers in perfect order for the whole event! The only thing I would do differently with my flowers is I would not use any pokey items–cannot tell you how many times I forgot not to smell my flowers and poked myself. Since we were throwing more of a party than a traditional wedding, I opted to get my closest girlfriends wrist corsages instead of nosegays–I had hoped this made them feel special and stand out, but it wasn’t like they had to tote obnoxious nosegays around all afternoon. My favorite items in the bouquet ended up being the big white roses and the hypericum berries–they all held up nicely throughout the day and they dried nicely.

DIY Wedding Ideas: Centerpieces

We had our celebration well before the leaves had changed that year–I remember how warm the summer was and the second week of September just wasn’t soon enough to enjoy some natural color. Instead, I did my best to create some color! My favorite DIY of the wedding was making large pinwheel centerpieces, and it saved us a ton of money because we didn’t have to purchase fresh cut flowers! I purchased patterned scrapbook sheets, stamped them, and followed a tutorial similar to this one to make both table marker pinwheels and smaller, more graphic pinwheels, which I used as seat finders for guests. I had some extras at the end of the craft so I added them to the pitchers to encourage people to add theirs to the centerpiece for the event. To this day I’m surprised at how well the smaller pinwheels held up–I still have a few of them in my potted plants at home.

To keep everything grounded in the vase (which I purchased at IKEA and gifted to friends and family afterward), I added river stones. I knew the pitchers were going to sit on white tablecloths so my mom and I came up with the idea of using leaf-shaped placemats to easily add a burst of color. We sewed on more of the same material we were using for the cake and gift tables to cover the placemats and pull everything together (it was opaque so it added nice texture and some neat stitching for the most part).

Another DIY I was really happy with the result of was a cake stand tutorial I found from none other than Jenni–before I even knew her or A Well Crafted Party! Creepy right? I found the tut on Pinterest for the stands she did for her sister’s wedding. My mom and I put a twist on it to make more of a rustic fall look. We used hot glue, which was actually easy to remove later so that we could use the items again and again.

 DIY Wedding Ideas: Little Touches

I have to throw a lot of credit to my mom for the little touches our celebration had. She collected a lot of rich looking silk flowers and purchased custom bows to tie everything together. She also gathered colorful mums to plant in the pots I had purchased (also from IKEA). As a gift to us, my mom had some very fun custom glassware made for us to use on the big day. They are my favorite keepsakes to date. It’s great to have someone you can trust to go to work and get some great fillers in to personalize the event.

Additionally, I DIY’d our invites. Just to start, we saved money by putting out invites only–no save-the-dates–and I did my best to find the best quality and pricing for both the envelopes and cardstock. We also did all RSVPing online, so we saved additional money in printing and postage by creating a free blogger site and a google number for those who were technology challenged. I will forewarn that envelopes can change your shipping costs DRASTICALLY. I highly suggest taking your sample envelopes to the post office and have them measured and weighed with your cardstock before you go buying/printing in bulk. We ended up over-ordering on accident (remember to count couples not attendees!), and I made use of the excess invites by cutting them up and turning them into ornaments (check out this tutorial for the base of my idea). I purchased glass balls from a craft store, charms from Etsy, and curled the strips of paper around a small pencil, then placed them in the ball.

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What I Learned From My DIY Wedding

I think the biggest thing I learned in planning my own wedding was to let it go–no I will not break into a verse of Frozen, but I will say that you need to learn to let many of the little things go by the wayside or you’ll spend your whole day not enjoying the party! Was I upset that certain things didn’t come together how I’d hoped? Yes–but by the time I was putting my dress on for the day, I had decided that people were not there for the decor or even the (AMAZING) food! They were were to celebrate with Kevin and me. This is what refocused my energy to enjoy the day and make it a memorable affair.

What have you DIY’d for your big day that you’re really proud of? If you had the choice, would you DIY all over again?

 

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All professional images from this post and our celebration are by Daniel Kelleghan Photography.

A big thank you to Bee for sharing her beautiful wedding photos and Happy Anniversary! Please take a moment to hop on over to check out her awesome-sauce blog! She writes some pretty amazing recipes. Being someone who has actually tasted her cooking and have made her recipes I can give them my seal of approval!

Love it or Leave it? Lined Envelopes

Party trends come and they go— some are classic, and others are fads. Thinking through the many trends that I play around with or decide to leave out of my events, I came up with the following series, which I will post on as I see trends come and go!

Love It or Leave It Party Trends


Love it or Leave it Party Trend - Lined Envelopes // A Well Crafted Party Discussion

Love it or Leave it Party Trend - Lined Envelopes // A Well Crafted Party Discussion

Okay, well… this is one of those party trends that I don’t think I’ll ever hate. The lined envelope got “big” a few years ago and suddenly there were hundreds of posts of people doing lined envelopes for weddings, parties, thank you cards and more. Heck, even I joined the crowd of people giving lined envelope tutorials!

I like the way that they make envelopes feel heftier and more important. I love the way that they can add a pop of color or texture to the invitation. I love the way that they can further touch on a party’s theme. So, basically I’m in the LOVE IT camp on this trend.

On the negative side of this trend is that it is a little wasteful– more paper, more costs, more time involved, and (sometimes) higher postage.

How about you? Do you LOVE lined envelopes or would you rather leave them behind?

(PS. The photo above with the lined envelop and part of an invitation suite is a fun little invite I did for an upcoming party. I can’t wait to share the details!)

Plateau de Fruits de Mer

Fruits de Mer // A well Crafted Party

Fruits de Mer is a seafood platter of raw and/or cooked shellfish usually served on a bed of ice. A long time ago I saw a beautiful fruits de mer platter in one of my favorite events books and have wanted to throw a party with a fruits of the sea platter.

Right before my Mohs Surgery to remove my skin cancer I really needed a good excuse to be distracted for the evening. I invited friends over for a big meal and made the above platter as an appetizer… boy, let me tell you. We didn’t need the meal! I actually made enough seafood for TWO of these large platters. Then we followed it up with steaks and veggies for dinner and then something for dessert. I’ve never been so full in my life!

Making this platter was much less intimidating than I originally thought. I used precooked crab and lobster… it would be even better with fresh shell fish, but it wasn’t readily available in my area. The whole thing was still delicious, but someday I plan to make it with all fresh shellfish. I’d also like to pair it with ceviche someday! YUM. Below is how I made this dish… know that it is completely easy to customize this dish to your cooking comfort level and your tastes. If you go to a great fish purveyor you can even asked for your lobster to be steamed and your oysters shucked… then there is NO work for you and your guests are completely wow’d!

Fruits de Mer // A well Crafted Party

Plateau de Fruits de Mer:

Great appetizer for a dinner party or can even be served as hors d’oeuvres at a cocktail party. One large platter will serve 4 easily. I served this dish with a tarter sauce, cocktail sauce, chile lime sauce and butter.

To Build Platter (Just Like Above):

Cooking directions below this list!

  • Ice: Cover a large platter or bowl with ice.
  • Crab Legs: Add cooked and cooled crab legs to platter.  It is also helpful to go ahead and pre-crack the crab legs so it is easy for your guests to take out the meat.
  • Lobster claws: I was fortunate enough to find lobster claws already cut and pre-cracked for me! While I believe fresh lobster would have been even more amazing… the convenience of these little suckers was too good to pass up! I did go ahead and boil them quickly in a flavorful broth (see below) and then cooled quickly before placing on the platter.
  • Shrimp: I got the largest sized raw, shell on (deveined) shrimp. After cooking I peeled the shrimp and placed on the platter. Easy peasy!
  • Oysters: I spent all day looking up how to shuck oysters. I’d been SO excited about shucking oysters. However, the whole foods that these puppies came from cleaned and shucked them for me! I just got them same day and kept them on ice until serving! So, no directions below on how to shuck oysters… but, check out this oyster shucking resource if you’re in the mood to get your shuck on!
  • Cucumbers filled with spicy salmon: This was a creation of my own. They turned out pretty good… though, next time I’ll go with a sashimi grade salmon rather than cooking my salmon first.

 

Cooking Directions:

Crab, Lobster, and Shrimp:

  1. Get a large ice bath prepared and put to the side.
  2. In a large pot bring 2 gallons of water, 1 pint vegetable stock, 3 Bay Leaves, a Tablespoon of black peppercorns, and 1/2 bottle of dry white wine to boil.
  3. In batches cook the seafood. If cooking from live you want to do about 10 minutes for your lobster and crab. Move directly to ice bath once finished. For pre-steamed crab and lobster you’ll be infusing the shellfish with flavor and heating it back up to temp for about 8 minutes. Transfer to the ice bath. Finally, cook the shrimp. The shrimp will be dense and pink in about 3 minutes. Transfer shrimp to ice bath. Peel once cooled. Bring the liquid to a boil again between each batch.

Cucumbers filled with spicy salmon:

Ingredients:

  • two cucumbers, cut into 1 to 1 1/2 inch portions
  • 10 oz of cooked salmon shredded (or, use sashimi grade salmon diced!)
  • 1 Tablespoon Siracha
  • 1 Tablespoon of Mayo (I used kewpie mayonaise)
  • Juice of one lime
  • Sprinkle of cilantro for garnish

Directions:

  1. Using a melon baller or spoon take out most of the center of the cucumber portion. Leave a little on the bottom to hold in the filling.
  2. Mix the salmon, siracha, mayo, and lime juice together in a bowl.
  3. Fill the cucumber portions with mixture.
  4. Sprinkle on the cilantro and enjoy!

 

What would you think if you went to a party and saw a Fruits De Mer? Would you ever try one at your own dinner table?

Giveaway: Sol Republic DECK Wireless Speaker

Disclaimer: I was sent the Sol Republic DECK for purpose of a review and giveaway. All opinions are my own. I’m excited to bring my readers the opportunity to win one! Thank you for reading the sponsored content that helps keep this blog running!

DECK Giveaway from Sol Republic // Sponsored Giveaway on A Well Crafted Party

People are all talking about heading back to school again. It is all over the blogs I read and filling my email inbox with press releases. Because I’m out of college, not a teacher, and a mom of a toddler I haven’t really been thinking about the whole back to school rush. Instead… I’m dreaming of perfect camping supply lists and scheming ideas for this upcoming holiday season. Then I realized, really… that is my back to school! This time of year out come my notebooks and pens ready to study up and plan for ALL THE PARTIES.

A new addition to my study sessions is the Sol Republic x Motorola Deck wireless speaker. I was super surprised when opening up this little, portable speaker to find that it packs a punch. It would be perfect for using at home, camping, parties… the list goes on and on. Speaking of Back-to-School… I would have been so pumped to have this little speaker in my dorm room instead of the HUGE speakers that I had to get the same kind of sound back 10 years ago.

After using this awesome device for the last two weeks I am beyond excited to be able to introduce it to you and offering you a chance at winning it! It would make for a great gift to someone heading off for college, getting married, celebrating a birthday, or having a baby (white noise machine!).

Cool facts about the Sol Republic Deck Wireless Speaker:

  • Indoor and Outdoor settings
  • Connects to your music player of choice via NFC/bluetooth or by a cord!
  • Wireless connection has up to 300 feet range (meaning you can dj from another room!)
  • Up to 5 people can “heist” the music and take turns playing DJ
  • For the control freaks out there … there is also a single player mode
  • It is also a speaker phone! Hook it up to your cell phone and have a conference call!
  • Charges like a cell phone. Super easy to use.
  • Talks to you when turning on, connecting to a device, and changing modes
  • Comes with nifty little case
  • Can be purchased through Radio Shack (check out all the cool colors)

DECK Giveaway from Sol Republic // Sponsored Giveaway on A Well Crafted Party

Sol Republic Deck Wireless Speaker Giveaway:

Okay, here is the fun part… the giveaway! I know I’ve gushed a lot about this little guy. Maybe it is because I’m OLD and remember getting my tunes from a huge cassette player that had to be plugged in. Or, maybe it really just is that cool. You’ll have to try it out yourself to find out! A big shout-out to Sol Republic for providing a Deck Wireless Speaker for one of my readers! Thank you!

 

DECK Giveaway from Sol Republic // Sponsored Giveaway on A Well Crafted Party

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From the Archives: Bike Themed Cocktail Party

I’ve had a few requests to see more photos from a Bike Themed Cocktail Party that I threw a few years back. I didn’t have the best photos unfortunately… the woes of a beginning blogger! But, I thought I’d post some of the few that I had in larger format than they are on the original post. I’ve also added a few tips for how to throw a themed party on an extreme budget! Enjoy!


From the Archives: Bike Party // A Well Crafted Party

From the Archives: Bike Party // A Well Crafted Party

From the Archives: Bike Party // A Well Crafted Party

From the Archives: Bike Party // A Well Crafted Party

From the Archives: Bike Party // A Well Crafted Party

From the Archives: Bike Party // A Well Crafted Party

Three Tips for Throwing a Themed Party on an Extreme Budget:

1. Use printables and/or photographs to drive a theme around your party on the cheap. Photographs can be printed out in a multiple of sizes for little money. For the bike themed party I went around town to photograph bike road signs. I printed some in 8X10 sizes and some in 4X6 sizes and used them throughout the room. Don’t have money for frames? Try backing your photos with a nice card stock weight paper like I did above. To get some free printables that work for bike themed party hop on over to my original Real Party post.

2. Don’t worry about changing an entire space to fit your theme. Instead focus on a few areas to decorate. I like to focus on food and drink areas. Tables where people may put down their beverages are also a good place to focus your decorating attention.

3. Use what you have on hand. This party we utilized the guest of honor’s LARGE bicycle part collection to decorate the space. We also spray painted beer and wine bottles to create vases for the wildflowers we picked locally. We made drink areas utilizing existing furniture and artwork.

What are you budget party tips? Comment below!

 

 

 

 

Real Party: Picnic Birthday Party

Real Party: Picnic Themed Birthday Party // A Well Crafted Party

This year my home parties have been pretty laid back due to busy schedules and tightening of budgets. But, being me, I still wanted to celebrate our milestones in some fashion. The picnic-themed party that I hosted for my husband’s birthday this year fit the bill for an easy, but fun event.

Picnic Birthday Party Menu:

Sandwiches: 

  • Pressed Italian Sandwiches
  • veggie sandwiches that I created that had carrots, olives, hummus, and cucumber layered on a flat bread
  • Chicken Salad Sandwiches
  • Rosemary Ham and Brie Sandwiches (SO GOOD– I’ll be sharing the recipe for this one soon!)

Chips: Sweet Potato and Kettle Chips — I just bought these chips at Trader Joes and then put them into paper bags that I had printed labels on.

Salads:

Dessert: We finished off the meal with a dessert of spiked ice creams.

Drinks: Signature cocktails, beers, and lemonades made for easy beverages

Real Party: Picnic Themed Birthday Party // A Well Crafted Party

Real Party: Picnic Themed Birthday Party // A Well Crafted Party

Real Party: Picnic Themed Birthday Party // A Well Crafted Party

Real Party: Picnic Themed Birthday Party // A Well Crafted Party

Real Party: Picnic Themed Birthday Party // A Well Crafted Party

Real Party: Picnic Themed Birthday Party // A Well Crafted Party

Finally, a selection of lawn games such as a ring toss, bocce ball, and badminton kept everyone entertained.

*Edited to add this bit of awesome info:

Picnic Party Favors

Guests left the part with their very own Emergency Picnic Kit! I shared the kit, directions for making your own, and free printables over on Today’s Creative Blog! Check out the blog to learn how to make your own Emergency Picnic Kit party favor!

Hopefully this post and the posts that come out of this party serve to be an inspiration to you!

What would you want to include in a picnic birthday party?

Featured: Picnic Party Favors on Today’s Creative Blog

Real Party: Picnic Themed Birthday Party // A Well Crafted Party

My “Emergency Picnic Kit” is being featured with a How To and Free Printables over on Today’s Creative Blog! Check it out and comment your thoughts or pin for later! It would make my day!

 

Also, don’t forget to check out my Picnic Party that we gave these as favors at!

Friday Finds: Fondue for You! Suggested Fondue Supplies

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Last week I shared a delicious recipe for fondue. I personally have three fondue sets and a TON of fun accessories to go with them. I love fondue for large events, dinner parties, or an intimate dinner for two. I thought I’d suggest a few of my favorite fondue items so you can get in on the fun as well.

Suggested Fondue Cookbooks

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  1. The Fondue Bible: The 200 Best Recipes Last week I shared a recipe from this book. I’ve made at least 5 of the recipes so far and have really liked them all. (I did receive this book free for purpose of review, but my suggestion of it is based on my experience only.)
  2. Great Party Fondues Come on… fondue is perfect for a party. I love this little cookbook for party-friendly recipes!

Suggested Fondue Pots

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  1. Nostalgia Electrics FPS200 Electric Fondue Pot While I love a good fire underneath a fondue post, I also like the idea of easy clean up and the extra safety benefit of this electric fondue pot. Added bonus… the color of this pot is a a pretty metallic rose!
  2. Trudeau Multi 12-Piece Stainless-Steel Fondue Set This one is one of the pots I own. I love it because it is great for meat fondues, cheese fondues, OR chocolate fondues.
  3. Trudeau Century 15-Piece Stainless-Steel 42-Ounce Fondue Set I love the little protector piece that comes with this one— it is great to have the added protection for broth and oil based fondues. The cute little cups coming with it is an added bonus.

Suggested Fondue Accessories

 

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  1. Trudeau Square Fondue Plate, Set of 4 Seriously, how great are these plates!? They not only have a spot for your fondue concoction, but also little areas for dipping sauces!
  2. Norpro 6 Piece Porcelain Ramekin Set One of the things I love about fondue is all of the fun dipping sauces that can accompany a meal. A good set of ramekins is the way to keep those dipping sauces looking great on your table, and not wasting space on your plate.

 

Saturday Spirits: Spiked Ice Cream Recipes (No Ice Cream Maker Needed!)

Spiked Ice Cream Recipes (without an icecream maker!) // A Well Crafted Party

 

Happy Saturday Spirits! It is getting HOT HOT HOT outside which makes this a very fun recipe for a hot summer evening. These Spiked Ice Cream recipes are easy to make at home without the use of any fancy ice cream makers or tools. I used a food processor for mine… but, they can just as easily be made with a hand blender or by mixing with big spoon.

These are fairly light on the alcohol over all. But, they should definitely be served to those legal to drink only.

These recipes aren’t super precise since they are not from scratch recipes, but rather are using some premade items. When I say a carton it may be slightly different than your size of carton. I do write how big of a carton I used. But, please get creative with these items and taste test along the way! (That is most the fun anyways!)

Mango & Bitters Cocktail Sorbet

Supplies: (Some of the below links are affiliate links. Purchases from affiliate links help suppport this blog)

  • Approximately 1 carton of your favorite Mango Sorbet (I used Trader Joes Mango Sorbet which is 33.81 oz)
  • 10 Shakes of Bitters
  • 3 oz Vodka
  • Mint (for Garnish)
  • Food Processor (or hand mixer or big wooden spoon with large mixing bowl)
  • Ice cream containers (you can use the original container if you’d like, or pretty containers for parties! Portland locals can pick up ones like those photographed at Fancy That Shop in Orenco Station! )

Directions:

  1. Let your mango sorbet soften on the counter for a bit. You should be able to easily scoop out the sorbet.
  2. Scoop the sorbet into your food processor or into a large mixing bowl
  3. Add in the 10 shakes of bitters and 3 oz vodka
  4. Mix like crazy. Make sure everything is incorporated.
  5. Fill your ice cream container with the sorbet and then place back into freezer. It should firm up after an hour or two and be ready to fill ice cream bowls!

Raspberries & Cream Spiked Ice Cream

Supplies: (Some of the below links are affiliate links. Purchases from affiliate links help suppport this blog)

  • 1 carton of your favorite Raspberry Sorbet or Gelato (I used the Raspberry Sorbet from Trader Joes which is 1 pint)
  • 1/2 carton of your favorite Vanilla Ice Cream (I used Trader Joes  French Vanilla which is 1/2 a gallon)
  • 3 oz Raspberry Vodka
  • Food Processor (or hand mixer or big wooden spoon with large mixing bowl)
  • Ice cream containers (you can use the original container if you’d like, or pretty containers for parties! Portland locals can pick up ones like those photographed at Fancy That Shop in Orenco Station! )

Directions:

  1. Let your Raspberry Sorbet (or gelato) and Vanilla Ice Cream soften up on the counter for a bit.
  2. Scoop the sorbet into your food processor or into a large mixing bowl
  3. Add in the 3 oz of Rasberry Vodka
  4. Mix like crazy. Make sure everything is incorporated.
  5. Fill your ice cream container half way with  the sorbet mixture. Then spoon in vanilla ice cream and swirl around with your spoon. You can mix everything together if you’d prefer, or you can leave it a little unincorporated for a swirl-like dessert.

Raspberries & Limoncella Sorbet

Supplies: (Some of the below links are affiliate links. Purchases from affiliate links help suppport this blog)

  • 1 carton of your favorite Raspberry Sorbet or Gelato (I used the Raspberry Sorbet from Trader Joes which is 1 pint)
  • 1 carton of your favorite Lemon Sorbet or Gelato (I used Cioa Bella Lemon Zest Sorbet 14 oz)
  • 3 oz Limoncello
  • Food Processor (or hand mixer or big wooden spoon with large mixing bowl)
  • Ice cream containers (you can use the original container if you’d like, or pretty containers for parties! Portland locals can pick up ones like those photographed at Fancy That Shop in Orenco Station! )

Directions:

  1. Let your Raspberry Sorbet (or gelato) and Lemon Sorbet soften up on the counter for a bit.
  2. Scoop the Lemon Sorbet into your food processor or into a large mixing bowl
  3. Add in the 3 oz Limoncello
  4. Mix like crazy. Make sure everything is incorporated.
  5. Fill your ice cream container half way with  the Limoncello & Lemon sorbet mixture. Then spoon in Raspberry Sorbet and swirl around with your spoon. You can mix everything together if you’d prefer, or you can leave it a little unincorporated for a swirl-like dessert.

 

What do you think? Will you be spiking some of your ice cream desserts?

 

Happy Fourth of July!

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Happy Independence Day! I hope that you’ve had a wonderful holiday. I spent the day enjoying the company of good friends and great family. And, the closed eye photo of the kiddo? Best we got all day.

I’ll be back tomorrow to share a new Saturday Spirits!

4th of July Party Favors & Free Printables

Fast Fourth of July Party Favors // Featured on A Well Crafted Party

Photo by Motormouth Studio

I’m a firm believer in party favors. I like giving small gifts to either enjoy during the party or to remind guests of the party after the fact. I try my best to avoid cheap items that are just going to add to the landfill so try to opt for reusable, useful, or edible favors. When creating crafts for the 4th of July themed Meet & Make at West Elm in Portland I knew I would be doing some sort of party favor. I opted to do a useful & fun party favor that can be used at the end of a great party—a sparkler!

I created fun printables to decorate one or a handful of sparklers to give guests. They coordinate with my free 4th of July party circle printables. They also look pretty fun with the DIY Dye Painted cloth napkins I shared earlier this week.

Super Easy and Fast 4th of July Party Favors

Supplies: (Links below are affiliate links. Purchases with affiliate links help support this blog.)

Directions:

  1. Download and print the free printable favor circles on white cardstock
  2. Cut out the circles using scissors or a 2-inch round punch
  3. Punch a hole in the top center and bottom center of the printable circle
  4. Thread the sparkler stick through the holes first through the top side of the printable and then through the back
  5. Done! Set at table settings, fill a vase full of them, use in centerpieces, etc.

4th of July Favor Printables-- Free at A Well Crafted Party

 

Download your free personal use 4th of July Favor Printable

4th of July Party Circles

Ohhh… the party circle. This must be my favorite printable party item EVER. They are so versatile. I often use mine for cupcake or food picks, ways to decorate glassware, bunting, and more. There are a zillion free and inexpensive printable party circles out there that can help give some flair to your next party. Make free printables  your own by using scrapbook papers, glitter, stickers and other such items.

I created the printables for a 4th of July party for someone who likes touches of Americana, but not too much of it.

DIY Cupcake Toppers with Free Printable 4th of July Party Circles

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Directions:

  1. Download the 4th of July Party Circles and print on cardstock
  2. Cut out the 2-inch circles using your circle punch or scissors. Go ahead and cut out 2 inch circles out of a scrapbook paper or additional 4th of July Party Circles for the backs of your picks. Some people like to have the words on both sides. I like to add pops of color to the project by backing the picks with scrapbook paper.
  3. Adhere 1 glue dot to a party circle near the bottom center of the circle. Place another glue dot towards the top center of the circle.
  4. Place the toothpick on the lower glue dot and press. Glue Dot Tip: Press the paper to the glue dot and then peel the glue dot off the wax paper that it comes packaged on. If you try to get the glue dot off the wax paper first you will likely end up with a sticky ball instead of a nice flat glue dot. 
  5. Place the backing paper on top of the tooth pick, pressing the paper to the glue dots.

Voila! Easy peasy. If the edges of the paper are sticking out too much for you then you can use glue sticks to help keep the pages together.

Free Printables: 4th of July Party Circles and Ways to Use Them // A Well Crafted Party

Free Printables: 4th of July Party Circles and Ways to Use Them // A Well Crafted Party

Click each link to download! 

Pursuit of Happiness, Justice & Dessert for All, & Were All Cupcakes are Created Equal Party Circles

Celebrate Freedom, Sweet Land of Liberty, & Happy Indpendence Day Party Circles

 

Guest Post: 4th of July Menu & Table Decor from MacSuzie.Com

A big thank you to Jenni for having me as a guest poster today on A Well Crafted Party! After a little hiatus from my own blog, her invite was just the kick in the pants I needed to get back on track and get some MacSuzie mojo going! It felt really good to be in the kitchen and at my craft table working on this menu and table decor.

MacSuzie 4th of July Menu // featured on A Well Crafted Party

I hope you all enjoy the summer recipes I’ve put together for you – great as a menu altogether for the 4th of July, or any of them on their own as additions to your gatherings throughout summer. Many items can be prepared ahead of time (or require barely any prep at all!) so you won’t toil away the afternoon in the in the kitchen. Plus, the table decor is very simple and won’t cost you an arm and a leg :)


Bomb Pop Cocktail featured on A Well Crafted Party

Start yourself off right with a fun and festive summer cocktail reminiscent of the ice cream man jingling down the street.

This Bomb Pop Cocktail has all the flavors of the original – cherry, lime and blue raspberry, with a grown up twist.

rocket pop cocktail // Featured on A Well Crafted Party

For the kiddos, a real Bomb Pop is a fun way to keep lemonade or soda pop cold :)


Grill out (or in, if your 4th gets rained out, as mine always seems to!) with this flavor packed Homemade Veggie Burger with Blue Cheese & BBQ Sauce that will impress even the staunchest of carnivores.

Veggie Burgers with Blue Cheese // Featured on A Well Crafted Party

Lately, my favorite way to eat these is topped with a slice of blue cheese plus some pickled onions and BBQ sauce – so good!


On the side, the smell of these Tin Foil “Camping” Potatoes will make it hard to decide what you want to take a bite of first.

MacSuzie's Tin Foil Camping Potatoes // Featured on A Well Crafted Party

Packed with onions and garlic in a pocket of foil, it doesn’t get any easier. Ok, maybe it does… See below for my roasted corn!


It wouldn’t be summer without an ear of In-Husk Roasted Sweet Corn – just like the county fair vendors :)

In Husk Roasted Corn featured on A Well Crafted Party

You won’t believe how easy it is to cook corn on the grill or in the oven – no husking required! Hahaha, guess you’ll have to find something else to keep the kids (or husband!) busy. :)


End the meal on a fruity note with my Mini Red, White & Blueberry Strawberry Shortcakes!

Red, White, & Blue Shortcakes from MacSuzie featured on A Well Crafted Party

 

Smaller than the usual shortcake, you don’t have to choose between the two toppings – have one of each! (both with a giant dollop of homemade whipped cream of course!)



Table Decor:

To break up the traditional (and sometimes boring) red, white and blue, I decided to add in a touch of light turquoise here and there. I pulled in a few of turquoise Fiesta serving pieces I already had, plus my trusty vintage ball jar, some bandanas and scraps of paper and fabric and ended up with a beautiful table. You can do the same – just use what you have on hand and get creative!

 

To start, I used bandanas as place mats.

MacSuzie's 4th of July Table Decor // featured on A Well Crafted Party

 


MacSuzie's 4th of July Table Decor featured on A Well Crafted Party

 

Some coordinating ribbon dresses up a plain jar or old vase without much effort.

 


MacSuzie's 4th of July Table Decor featured on A Well Crafted Party
Keep all your toppings on top of your burger with these adorable picks!

MacSuzie's 4th of July Table Decor featured on A Well Crafted Party

 

Just a few scraps of paper and some stickers make boring old skewers into fun decorations. Use them on your burgers as I have, or put the flags on toothpicks and use for fruit or cupcakes.


 

MacSuzie's 4th of July Table Decor featured on A Well Crafted Party

Lastly, ditch the paper napkins and use some clean bandanas instead!

MacSuzie's 4th of July Table Decor featured on A Well Crafted Party

 

Quickly folded into a pocket and dressed up with some fabric scraps and ribbon, these bandana napkins are festive AND won’t blow off the table. :

Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and summer!


 

 

Seriously, how cute is this party!? A huge thank you to Lindsey of MacSuzie.com for brining us this awesome 4th of July party! I can’t wait to try these recipes and entertaining tips for the upcoming holiday and throughout the Summer. By the way… if you’ve been wondering about the name MacSuzie here is how Lindsey describes it on her site: “A dash of ‘MacGyver’ plus a sprinkle of ‘Suzie Homemaker’ – all tied up with a bow! 

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