Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

We have really enjoyed seeing some of the Cinco de Mayo celebration ideas circulating around Pinterest this weekend, so we have decided to share some of our favorites with you! Hopefully if you are planning a Cinco de Mayo party next weekend, some of these will help inspire you as well. As always, you can visit us on Pinterest to see what we are crazy about any old time right here.

 Mini Pinatas from Oh Happy Day

Jordan Ferney from Oh Happy Day inspires us on a regular basis with her special brand of creativity in all things crepe paper and tissue paper. This time is no different with a little DIY tutorial on how to create Mini Pinatas for your party as well as a nifty Geometric Tissue Banner!

Cinco de Mayo Sugar Cookies from Oh Sugar Events Holy Moly these sugar cookies from Oh Sugar Events are out of this world awesome. We especially love the detailing of the fringed pinatas! Not sure if we would have such patience to execute these masterful sweets.

7 Layer Dip Cups from The Girl Who Ate EverythingThese adorable and perfectly executed appetizer dip cups from The Girl Who Ate Everything make us want to throw a themed party just so we can serve them. We love how the clear solo cups allow you to see each individual layer. Such a fun way to serve 7 Layer Dip, not to mention easy for your party guests to carry around and mingle with as well!

Fondant Cupcake Toppers from EtsyThese adorable fondant cupcake toppers from The Sugar Shack on Etsy made us smile immediately. How perfect would they be on top of a Churro Cupcake? 

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Sweet Inspiration: Fruit Crates

Often times we find our inspiration in the strangest places.

Lately we’ve been salivating over some pretty creative and very vintage designs hailing from the sides of wooden fruit and vegetable crates.

If you have never visited the website Box of Apples, you are missing out.

We came across this treasure trove of artwork a few months ago while designing a speakeasy printable set for a wedding. We needed 1930s era advertising to complete the “program” which was designed to look like a newspaper from the prohibition era. Among our googling we found Box of Apples, and our love of crate ads was established.

Feast your eyes on these lovely works of art:

Meteor Lemons, c. 1930sOrbit Oranges, c. 1930s

We really like the spacey look of these labels. Also, it is fun to imagine these fruits sailing past your head on their way down from space, just like real meteors! (Sarcasm anyone?)

King Pelican Iceberg Lettuce, c. 1920s

Large green pelicans have been floating around in my head ever since we saw this one. He is such a stately bird with his little crown of gold. Almost makes me want to eat lettuce. Almost.

Killer Vegetables, c. 1950s

And nothing says eat your veggies quite like a Killer rooster. It’s almost as if he is willing you to be a vegetarian, in a brazen attempt at self “poultry” preservation.

Western Hoe Vegetables, c. 1940sAnd here are a few that brought out the immature in us. “Giggles.” They said hoe.

Hustler Pears, c. 1920sWho knew pears could be so controversial, or so scantily clad?

Otello Oranges, c. 1950sThis gent seems like he is a bit alarmed. Maybe it is because those oranges are flying right at his head. Or perhaps it is because they are half the size of his head? 

You can also find another section on the Box of Apples website called Plan59.

This area features restored advertisements as well, equally entertaining and also available for purchase.

Here are a few of our favorites, for obvious reasons:

Bread’s better ‘cause it’s fresher in Cellophane (1954)

Baked Ham: featured this month in good eating places everywhere! National Restaurant Association, May 1957

The Joy of Good Eating, 1952Who ever thought these kiddies would be good at selling? Scary.

Where do you find your sources of inspiration? Share them with us!

Sweet Inspiration: 4th of July Party Ideas & DIYs

Patriotic Ice-Cream Sandwiches from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles

Can you believe the the 4th of July is just right around the corner? Where on earth did the month of June go? Wow! When my parents told me time would fly as I got older, I really didn’t want to believe it. But they were right. Summers come and go in the blink of an eye these days, which is why we should always make the most out of it! That my friends includes celebrating the 4th of July in style this year with some really cute and fun ideas for a party or gathering. We have put together a few of our favorite Independance Day crafts and recipes that are circulating Pinterst right now to help inspire!

How fun are those patriotic ice-cream sandwiches? Creamy cheesecake ice cream is sandwiched between crisp red velvet shortbread cookies, all in the shape of a star. Just the ticket for staying cool and celebrating the fourth of July! Visit A Farmgirl’s Dabbles for the recipe!

Bandanna Napkin and Silverware Mason Jars from A Soft Place to LandYet another awesome and oh so festive idea for the Mason jar here. Bandannas are pulling napkin duty in bright blue and red along with silverware and a jar. This is a great idea for a large party, guests can even use the jar for their beverage as well! Visit A Soft Place to Land for more ideas!

 Rocket Favor Pack from Martha StewartAnd what would the 4th of July be without a Martha Stewart idea as well? These Rocket Favor packs are too cute and a really easy DIY that young guests are sure to love! Pick your favorite patterned cardstock and candies and craft up a dozen or two for the kiddies.

 

Bandanna Garland and Place mat from ParentsIn keeping with the bandanna theme above you could also use them to create a fun banner decoration or even a flag place mat! These cute DIYs from Parents are easy and super patriotic too.

Our Independence Day Pinterest BoardJoin us on Pinterest here, we would love to see what inspires you!

Inspiration Pinterest 1.10.12

Hello everyone! It is good to be on the other side of the New Year now, and heading right smack dab into romance season! February is fast approaching and you all know what that mean right? Flowers, candy, stuffed animals, lining every available shelf in every available store. A never ending sea of stuff to buy for your loved one. I don’t know about you, but our stores quite literally started putting out Valentine’s Day the week following Christmas. Seems a bit early to me.

While we here at Hello My Sweet would love to wait until Valentine’s Day actually rolls around to show you our holiday decor, we also know that everyone likes to plan ahead. So with that in mind we have been busy bees. Our good friend Pinterest has been kind enough to squirrel away all of our inspirations until we were ready, so we thought we would give you a little sneak peek of what is to come later this week!

It has been a while since we posted a Pinterest inspiration board. The truth is it got away from me a bit. But I plan to pin harder and post harder this year and try to bring at least one board to you every week or two to show you what we have planned or just some really cool stuff we spotted on the good ole interwebs.

Do you have a Pinterest account? If so please join us by following Hello My Sweet here.

 

Sweet & Fabulous Finds: Vintage Coke Bottles

We wanted to share something truly spectacular for all those DIYers out there! Jason found these awesome vintage coke bottles at our local Wal-Mart, something special that the Coca-Cola company has put out for the holidays. They cost around $2.50 per 4 pack, but if you are like us and always on the lookout for unique and reusable vessels and bottles for dessert tables, you need to go pick some up for yourself! These bottles, according to the packaging are the exact style they used to bottle Coca-Cola in all the way back in 1899 and were re-released for the 125th anniversary of Coca-Cola this year!
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Shop Small Business: A Guide to Holiday Shopping on Etsy

For the second year in a row there is a new movement in Holiday Shopping. No, it is not the ever more popular "open on Thanksgiving night to attract even more buyers" ploy of corporate retail chains across the country. This movement is different. This inititative is the Shop Small Business day, planned for Saturday November 26th, 2011. It is sponsored by American Express and encourages shoppers everywhere to participate by buying their holiday gifts at small business retailers. This could be the shop around the corner on Main Street USA or an online shop presence on the ever growing website Etsy.com. Being a small business ourselves on Etsy, we are totally into this effort. In fact, if you like on Facebook or follow us on Twitter you may already have an inkling as to how popular we feel this movement should be. 

So in light of all this we felt we should kickstart things a bit with a little Etsy Gift Guide we put together. After browsing their website we came up with a nice list of gifts that are affordable, handmade or vintage, and easy to purchase, while supporting small business all at the same time.

Left to Right from the top of the image we have:

1. The Blonde Package - 5 Elastic Solid Color Hair Ties that Double as Bracelets from Mane Message This one is for the lady who keeps a hair tie on her wrist just in case of hair emergency.

2. Caramel of the Month Club 12 Months from Have It Sweet For the gourmet sweets connoisseur.

3. Felt Kindle Case - Kindle 3 Case - Kindle 3 Cover - Nook Case - Kindle eReader Covers - Kindle Sleeve from Kawaii Owl  Design This one is for the tween who just got a Kindle and needs to keep it protected instead of on any random surface it lands on! (We have a tween, we know their habits.)

4. Mini Cactus from Lost In Zen Perfect for a co-worker or boss, help keep that office Zen feeling going strong all day and decorate the desk to boot!

5. Light Grey Wrap Dress With Short Ruffled Sleeves And Shirred Skirt from Lirola This one is for you, or your sister or your BFF so they will always have something simple, comfortable and stylish to wear!

6. Garden Bon Bons - Herbal Tea Selection from Garden Bon Bons This is for the gardener and tea drinker in your life, she can grow it and then steep it.

7. Circa 1950s Vintage Crate from GoSeek For the collector, a vintage item to treasure.

8. Manly Man Soap Set - Natural Soap - Handmade Soap - Unscented Soap - Mens Gift Set from Rocky Top Soap Shop For the gentleman, father, brother or hubby, something to pamper himself proudly!

9. The Big Lebowski (Yellow) - Pencil Set from OneUpDesigns For the cult classic movie buff, a simple and hilarious gesture to stuff the stocking.

We hope you will enjoy browsing Etsy just as much as we do!

Use the coupon code SHOPSMALL2011 to receive 20% anything in our Etsy shop on Saturday Nov.26th!

 

Inspiration Pinterest 8.1.11

Whew! We apologize to our readers for the delay in posting these past few weeks but we have been....drum roll please...MOVING! Ugh. I know I hear a collective sigh, it was rough indeed, who likes to move, raise your hand? We decided to do it all ourselves, the packing, the loading, the hauling, the unloading, the unpacking all in the 100 degree heat that was unrelenting for two weeks.

We both have substantially more sun on our skin now though, we don't usually strive for suntans :) I prefer to think of it as channeling my inner Nicole Kidman. (Nicole reportedly stays out of the sun entirely to protect her ivory epidermis, ensuring that sun damage is never going to be a problem!) And speaking of sun and heat and 100 degree weather, we are OVER IT! So in the spirit of anticipation (for fall of course) we would like to present to you our Pinterest Halloween Inspirations. Gasp! Say wha? It's only just August! Yeah we know but just can't help but think of all the wonderful and creative projects and sweets we could create this fall. And with the blessing of cooler temperate weather too! So without further ado...

Scary Candy Apples from Matt BitesWe are practically drooling over the spooky factor of these super shiny red and black candied apples. Amazing! We are thinking perfection for a spooky, sophisticated Pottery Barn-esque Halloween Dessert Table. 

Stocking covered pumpkin from Better Homes and GardensAnd what better to accompany our sexy sophisticated and shiny spooky apples than a sexy sophisticated stocking covered pumpkin? Say that three times fast we dare ya! Seriously though, how simple and awesome is that chic pumpkin?

Spider webbed balloons from Crafty CraftyOk this one just blew us out of the water, spider webs inside a balloon! Complete with little spiders too! Creativity knows no limits friends and we cannot wait to try this DIY out! How cool would these be if they were back lit with black lights perhaps?

 

So there you have it, our "We can't wait for fall to get here so we can cool the heck off and decorate for Halloween" inspired Pinterest picks. Click here to follow all of our Halloween Inspirations on Pinterest, there are surely more to come!

We would love for you to follow along with us on Pinterest. If you already belong, look us up on the link! For those of you who haven't joined the wonders of Pinterest, we encourage you to go forth and discover! And if you find yourself in need of an invitation, just give us a shout, we'd be happy to invite you!

Inspiration Pinterest 7.4.11

This week's inspiration is all about the cool refreshing cucumber! I don't know about you but there is just something so soothing about a cucumber. Maybe it is that cool green and slightly translucent look that has me swooning this week.

When I was younger my mother would serve tall pitcher's of ice-cold water with thin slices of cucumber and lemon floating about inside. They added just a hint of flavor to a refreshing summer-time neccesity. Check out these popsicles, they are kind of similar. 

Lemon Cucumber Popsicle by Family Fresh Cooking

Here is the recipe if you are dying to try them too!

  • 1 cup julienned seedless Cucumber
  • 1 fresh squeezed Lemon, remove any seeds
  • 2 cups cold Water
  • Natural Sweetener added to taste: use your favorite, I use Stevia. Maple Syrup, Honey & Agave are good too

METHOD

Slice lemon in half and squeeze it over a strainer into 2 cups of cold water. Sweeten lemon water to taste with your favorite sweetener. Fill popsicle molds 2/3 with lemonade. Freeze uncovered for about 1 hour. Take pops out of freezer. Scrape and stir any ice crystals that have formed. Add a spoonful of the julienned cucumber to the pop molds. Be sure to leave a tiny bit of room at the top of your popsicle mold so they don’t overflow when you add the stick. With a popsicle stick or a butter knife, press the cucumber into the mixture so it is evenly distributed. Add your popsicle sticks, freeze pops for another 3-4 hours until solid.

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches from Martha StewartWhat better to go with a cumcumber lemon water than a divine little cucumber tea sandwich? These visually pleasing sandwiches from Martha Stewart are just too cool. I kinda want to make some just so I can take pictures of them. Plain 'ole sliced white bread never looked so fancy!

Tazo, not only do you have appealing packaging but you also have appealing flavors. Perhaps your tea needs to date Martha's sandwiches? A perfect match made in cucumber heaven?

White Cucumber Tea from Tazo

As always, we would love to follow you and for you to follow us on Pinterest so that we can share in all the wonderful beautiful creative things our web has to offer! Visit us here

Inspirations Pinterest 6.27.11

This past week’s {Sweet Inspirations} on Pinterest blog post was my responsibility (Jason), and to those of you that know me I think you have an idea why it’s late.  Like many of us (procrastinators) claim, life just seemed to get in the way…but when I finally sat down to write this post I looked at my inspirational material and I just wasn’t inspired by it anymore.  So I think life just kind of works itself out like that.  At least that’s what I’m going to tell myself so I can sleep well tonight.  

When I came across this picture it made me think… “Have I really, before looking at this scene, ever seen colors this vibrant?”  And I could safely say, "No…I have not.”  I would love to do a dessert table utilizing these vibrant hues, hues that even on a two dimensional picture still manage to “jump” out at you.

Holi the Festival of Colors in India from Amber Interiors Design BlogNext we have a recipe using ingredients that we are intimately familiar with, but in just that certain combination that I have NEVER seen before.  And the caption says “Just like Rice Krispies treats, except made out of Oreos.” But what boggles this mind is that the consistency of Oreo cookies are nothing like the consistency of Rice Krispie cereal.  Cannot wait to try this one out!  

No bake Oreo Bars from Sweet Peas KitchenLast but not least is a fun idea that someone, somewhere fleshed out.  It’s not unlike an idea that Heather and I had about wanting to use paint sample swatches and turn them into something less mundane.  In fact, it’s exactly like our idea…except that our idea never really left the stage entitled “It would be great to turn paint sample swatches into something less mundane”

Paint Swatch Heart Garland by Grace and Light StudioSo there you have it, our Pin-teresting picks for this week. As always, we hope you will join us on our Pinterest boards and follow along with everything the wonderful world of web has to offer!

Inspiration Etsy Treasury: Give Me Liberty

We often find so much inspiration from our fellow crafters so we thought it would be nice to share with you not only what we find on our Pinterest perusing but also our Etsy finds as well.

If you aren't familiar with Etsy let me just tell you that you are missing out on some seriously awesome shopping. Etsy is a crafters community. Thousands of artisans selling their handmade and vintage wares and supplies have storefronts just waiting to be explored. We really appreciate the uniqueness and creativity that happens in the Etsy artisan stores, they are the perfect place to find something truly special, be it a gift or a little something for yourself. Handmade is always more appreciated in our opinion! So when you have some time please check out Etsy, you won't regret it! 

This week's Etsy finds are all about our upcoming Independence Day celebrations and the theme is "Give Me Liberty", we hope you enjoy :)

Hello My Sweet is also a proud storefront in the Etsy community, come on by and take a peek!

Inspiration Pinterest 6.13.11

This week on Pinterest we are spying all sorts of pale pink and white sweet treats. In fact, these little gems have sparked a new Dessert Table idea which we will be posting soon so stay tuned for that :)

Strawberry Cardamom Cupcakes from Call Me Cupcake

We are loving the tiny pink ribbons wrapped around these cupcakes. Of course the sugar flowers are beautiful too. The ribbon says, "tiny precious sweet cupcake goodness here, eat me!" We are huge fans of Call Me Cupcake. Her blog is to-die-for amazing. The most beautiful desserts and delicious recipes. Can you say hooked?


Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Meringues from Utry.it

Oh sweet and delicate pink meringue rosettes, won't you be mine?


Sugared Doughnut Cake from HGTVIt is amazing how something so simple can make such a great impression. This stacked powdered doughnut cake is so easy on the eyes and easy on the preparation. (Win!) We will be making our own, oh yes we will.

 

As always, join us on our Pinterest  page to see what we are Pin-terested In. Seriously, if you aren't on there yet you are missing something quite fun. It is the best new social media experience :)

Inspiration Pinterest 6.03.11

Summer is offically right around the corner and we have already begun thinking ahead to the month of July and our nation's Independence Day celebrations. Here are a few things we are inspired by this week, all about the 4th of July!

Patriotic Star Medallion from MarthaRed RocketsStarry Red White and Blue Paper Straws