Gourmet French Macarons

We are super excited to announce a fantastic new resource for those who have been struggling to bake the perfect French Macaron.

(I am including myself in this category as I have managed only one successful attempt at these delicate cookies. )

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Pin It To Win It Giveaway

Technically speaking, spring is already here right? You woudn’t know it from the weather we are having here on the East Coast however. In fact, they are calling for more snow next week. Ugh. We are trying not to let that get us down though and to prove it we want to offer up a little giveaway. Shabby Apple has some amazing vintage clothing styles for spring and summer and we are giving away a $50 Gift Certificate from them for you to enjoy!

Win the Shabby Apple $50 Gift Certificate:

Visit our Pin It To Win It Pinterest Board and “re-pin” any of the pins that you like and include the following text with your pin “I’ve pinned it to win it from @Hello My Sweet” to enter to win the prize! The winner will be chosen randomly from the re-pins on the Board on April, 5th 2013.

Official Rules: The winner will be chosen at random from the list of re-pins on our Pin It To Win It board. We will annouce the winner here on our blog post as an update to this post. You must check back on Saturday April 6th, 2013 to see if you have won. If no one claims the prize by contacting us at hellomysweetparties@gmail.com within 48 hours, we will pick another name. You must be a citizen of the US to enter to win and over the age of 18.

Free Printable Owl Party Collection

Just a quick reminder to our readers that haven’t seen this in our Free Printables section yet, we have a FREE Printable Owl Party Collection available to download HERE. Or you can click the photo to the right to download directly from there.

This Free Printable Owl Party Collection contains the following items to ensure your table is perfectly appointed.

We’ve included:

  • Decor Tent Cards (2 Designs)
  • Cupcake Wraps (2 Designs)
  • Owl Face Decor
  • Bottle Wraps
  • Party Circles
  • Juice Box Wraps
  • Straw Flags (2 Designs)

Choose what you need and download and print at home!

Our collection includes the designs all on 8.5x11” sized PDF files for you to print at home!

Free Printable Easter Party Collection

Click to download the PDF

Just a quick reminder to our readers that haven’t seen this in our Free Printables section yet, we have a FREE Printable Easter Party Collection available to download HERE. Or you can click the photo to the right to download directly from there.

This Free Printable Easter Party Collection contains the following items to ensure your table is perfectly appointed.

We’ve included:

  • Large and Small Decor Tags
  • Cupcake Wraps
  • Egg Decor
  • Chocolate Bar Wraps
  • Treat Bag Labels
  • Invitation
  • Decorative Papers
  • Napkin Rings / Bottle Wrappers

Choose what you need and download and print at home to complete your Easter Party Decor this year!

Our collection includes the designs all on 8.5x11” sized PDF files for you to print at home!

A Mortuary Themed Party & Free Halloween Party Printables

Tonight we are bringing you a special treat, a Mortuary themed Party Guide and FREE PRINTABLES to go along with it.

This is a collaborative effort we participated in with Nicole from Dough-a-Deer, maker of fabulous miniature donuts. Nicole contacted us a few weeks back to see if we might be interested in designing something very specific for her Halloween party, and we of course jumped at the opportunity to do something really unique and cool. Here is the link to the FREE PRINTABLES. Below you will find Nicole’s own guide to throwing a fabulous Mortuary themed Halloween party.

Decorations:

1. Get a black tablecloths from the Dollar Tree…while you’re there pick up the plastic brains (2) and a plastic heart as well as 2 of the biggest bottles of lime green soap or shampoo. Follow these instructions for brains and hearts in a jar: Glue the brains together and let dry. Put the brains in one jar and the heart in another jar. Pour one bottle of green soap or shampoo in each jar then fill the rest with water.

2. Follow these instructions from Marthastewart.com for bloody drip candles

Food:

  1. Deviled Eggs
  2. Curried Shrimp on Skewers
  3. Guacomole with black beans and chilies served with blue tortilla chips
  4. Mini cups of tomato soup
  5. Mini meatballs in a cup with sauce
  6. Salsa and Steak bites in scoops tortilla chips

Dessert:

  1. Coroners Cookies- Ask this chicka for edible printed Morgue images.
  2. Eyeball Sweet Skewers
  3. Mini Red velvet cupcakes in black cupcake liners
  4. Red Velvet Brownies
  5. Doughnuts of COURSE

Details:

  1. Get red and white and gray and white striped straws to serve with punch.
  2. Purchase test tubes and put blood orange drink in with these printable labels from Martha Stewart.
  3. Cover wine or other bottles with stickers from this seller.
  4. Have a costume contest with a prize of a jar filled with body part gummys from the dollar store!

Download the Printables HERE:

  • 8x10” Signs
  • Cupcake Wraps
  • Party Circles
  • Tented Food Cards
  • Soda Bottle Wraps
  • Beer Bottle Wraps
  • Straw Flags

We hope this helps you all put on a fabulously creepy Halloween party for your grown-up friends!

Be sure to come back and share some photos with us if you decide to take the party plunge using these ideas!

Sweet Freebies: Balloon Tassels & 24" Balloons Giveaway!

This Giveaway is now over, please see below for the winner!

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Freebies: NERF Blaster Giveaway!

Excellent news everyone! 

We have finally finished at least one project and can now move onto our fashionably-late NERF blaster giveaway.  To all our fans/customers that have been waiting with bated breath for this giveaway to actually happen, I offer my humblest apologies.  With that taken care of…onto the giveaway!

The 1st three (3) NERF inspired foam blaster printable sets that we sell at our Etsy shop, found here, will receive a FREE blaster!  The available blasters are…

 

The BuzzBee Toys Rogue blaster (a $3.99 value), pictured here:

 

The NERF N-Strike Secret Strike AS-1 (a $3.99 value), pictured here:

 

And finally…

The NERF N-Strike Jolt EX-1 (a $5.99 value), pictured here:

 

So head on over to our Etsy shop now, and grab your NERF printable party set! If you are one of the first three customers to purchase you will receive one of these awesome blasters to play with too! And by you, we mean for your “kids” to play with. Of course. 

Freebies: Cupcake Wrapper Printable Template

We created our own wrapper for this cupcake!

Howdy Folks! 

We want to start sharing with you some of the small and easy tricks and DIY tips we use for our parties and dessert tables with all of you! To that end, we have decided to share something very simple, but very useful with you all. It is a Printable Template for Decorative Cupcake Wrappers. I know, not that exciting, but man o man will it save you some dough!

If you are like us, you want to pinch every penny right where it counts when you plan your parties, which for us includes the little details that make the decor look awesome, but also happen to usually end up in the trash. The ever popular Cupcake Wrapper is one of those things. 

You could pay upwards of $2 per wrapper in some places, depending on the style and level of decor. I don’t know about you, but that is a lot of money for paper that gets tossed out. This template will allow you to print onto the back of any 8.5x11 sheet of paper, giving you a template to follow and cut out. When you flip it over? Voila! Beautiful patterned paper Cupcake Wrappers.

This template allows 4 Cupcake Wrappers per sheet of paper. So if you pick out a paper from Michaels for instance, at $.99 per piece for the 8.5x11”, and you need 12 Cupcake Wrappers, then you need to use only 3 sheets of paper and have spent only $2.97 total!

Here’s what you need to do:

 

  1. Download the PDF template from this page. 
  2. Select your favorite decorative paper from any craft store, in 8.5x11” size. (There are tons to pick from in the scrapbooking section.)
  3. Position that paper into your printer so that the patterned side will face away from the ink jets when you print. 
  4. Open the PDF template we provided, and print a copy.
  5. Cut around the outer edges of each template on the printed page and cut a small slit where indicated on the templated with a craft knife.
  6. Secure the tabbed end of the template into the slit and you’ve now got a Cupcake Wrapper!
  7. If you find that your wrapper is too tall or too big around, we have found that a little decorative edged scissoring around the top edge and scotch tape go a long way toward making things perfect!

Cupcake Wrapper Template

Click the template to download the printable PDF version.

We hope this little DIY tip will help many of you find that warm fuzzy place in your heart that happens everytime to save some money without sacrificing on style!

We would love to see what you use your template for so feel free to visit us on our Facebook page and share your DIY photos!

Sweet Freebies: Download Free Easter Dessert Table Printables

Click to download the PDFSpring has sprung!

This gloriously warm weather has put us into a generously good mood today.

That means you all get something awesome for FREE.

Our Easter Party Printable Collection!

Choose what you need and download and print at home to complete your Easter Party Decor this year!

Our collection includes the designs you see to the right, all on 8.5x11” sized PDF files for you to print at home!

We’ve included:

  • Large and Small Decor Tags
  • Cupcake Wraps
  • Egg Decor
  • Chocolate Bar Wraps
  • Treat Bag Labels
  • Invitation
  • Decorative Papers
  • Napkin Rings / Bottle Wrappers

Download your printables here on our Free Printables page or click the photo above.

Here are a few photos form our own Easter Party using this same collection!

Sweet Freebies: Custom Party Printable Decor Giveaway

We would like to hold a little giveaway today to show our appreciation to everyone who visits us here on the blog and on our Facebook page and Pinterest. In honor of all that blog love we are going to give two lucky readers a complementary printable party decor collection, of their choice. That’s right, we aren’t even going to tell you which one you are getting, you are going to tell us! 

This giveaway is sponsored by Brooke Mayo Photographers, located on the beautiful North Carolina coastal Outer Banks. 

Here’s the skinny on how to win it:

1. Visit our Etsy Shop and take a peek at the printable party collections we have there. 

2. Then come back here to this post and tell us which one you want and why. (required)

3. For a bonus entry, head on over to Facebook and Like Us and Brooke Mayo Photographers. (not required)

4. Come back here and comment again and let us know you did :) 

5. Wait patiently until we choose two winners on March 13th, 2012 using random.org and announce them here on our blog!

Winners: We will be announcing you both here on the blog, on Facebook/Twitter and notifying you by email. Please respond within 24 hours to claim your prize or we will have to choose another winner. 

Giveaway Winner! Tissue Tassel Garland from Pom Flair


CONGRATULATIONS to Mayra!

You were randomly selected in our giveaway and have won the gorgeous Tissue Tassel Garland from Pom Flair!

Mayra wrote:

“Would love to win and use Carmen’s beautiful tassel garland for one of my parties!” - January 22, 2012

Thank you to everyone who participated in our contest.

We encourage you to add us to your RSS and keep reading along while we show you more great parties and giveaway more awesome stuff this year!

Tissue Tassel Garland Giveaway - Sponsored by PomFlair

Bonjour!

We are back today to giveaway the beautiful tissue tassel garland provided to us by Carmen of PomFlair that we used in our Romantic Vintage Valentine’s Day Dessert Table. We contacted Carmen via Etsy, the place where all the cool people go to sell their creative wares. She owns a shop called PomFlair where she creates and sells all kinds of beautiful decor fashioned from tissue paper. We fell in love with the tissue garland and she was kind enough to let us photograph it and then GIVE IT AWAY here on the blog. Thank you so much Carmen for your contribution! Isn’t she great?

Enter to win below, just follow the steps:

1. Tell us what you would use this gorgeous garland for in the comments section below.

2. Like Hello My Sweet and Pom Flair on Facebook

3. Share this blog post giveaway on your facebook page by copying and pasting this:

I just entered this awesome giveaway here: http://www.hellomysweet.me/sweetblog/2012/1/18/tissue-tassel-garland-giveaway-sponsored-by-pomflair.html You should too!

4. Come back to the blog and post a separate comment for each of the steps you completed above.

We will pick a winner at Random on Thursday January 26th, 2012 and announce it here on the blog. US Residents age 18 or older only are eligible to enter.