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Saturday, June 30, 2012

{AMERICANA FRUIT TRIFLE} 4th of July Desserts




Welcome to day #3 on my 4th of July Party IDEAS series!
If you missed the IDEA from DAY #1 just click HERE!
And for DAY #2 just click HERE!

Today I am bringing you one of my all time favorite recipes to bring to a party!
AMERICANA FRUIT TRIFLE!
There are lots of variations on this classic but I thought I would share MY recipe with you today



Here's the recipe for Americana Fruit Trifle:

its soooooo QUICK & SIMPLE . . . This is it!

 Ingredients:
~ 1 {big} tub of cool whip
~ 1 angel food cake
~ strawberries & blueberries

I broke up the pieces of angel food cake, dropped them in the trifle bowl then repeated layers of angel food cake, whip cream, strawberries, cake, whip cream, blueberries . . . until I got to the top. Spread another layer of cool whip (to create my 'blank' canvas) made a "star" shape out of the strawberries & then filled in with the blueberries. Simple + delish!


Hope you are enjoying these tips/ ideas for 4th of July Dessert! 
Stay tuned for the #4 IDEA for the 4th of July - see you then!




Friday, June 29, 2012

{Party Feature} Redbook Happy Hour [My Party Passion]

Today I want to FEATURE one of the latest parties from my new blog contributor Melissa, of Melissa Newell Party Stylist and Planner/My Party Passion!
Here is what she had to say about her latest event . . .  

 
What a blast I had over the weekend with some gal pals!  Styling and hosting parties is something I have  a TRUE Passion for!  This Summer Happy Hour was NO exception!
This party had some very special sponsors! House Party, Redbook Magazine, L’Oreal Paris and Lipton.  


The gals were treated to some great food, conversation, laughter and some great giveaways.
Using the color palette of white, black and hot pink it was easy to incorporate Laura’s Damask collection at her Etsy Shop! (Eye Candy Event Details) As well as using items I already had in my shop.




Some of my budget friendly ideas that I used for this party:  reusing my chalkboard signs (ALWAYS a MUST).  So easy and fun to use and reuse. 

A quart of the chalkboard paint lasted me over a year!  I also use the Chalk Ink Wet Wipe Markers to make the writing POP!


Something that I don’t always do, and should, to save a few bucks – baked my own desserts!  I am not a baker at all and usually go to my go to gal for some fresh themed cookies or cakes, however, I really wanted the personal touch and wanted to try out this new Sugar Sheet by Wilton that I found at Hobby Lobby!  Worked great! (watch for a blog post on how to use these!)



Flowers – I bought carnations and mixed them with roses from my own garden!  Inexpensive and just the right POP of color


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For more highlights and details, check out Melissa’s blog post over at My PartyPassion!  


And the BEST part is that there is a GIVEAWAY going on there until next wednesday for a $100 SWAG BAG from the party INCLUDING a gift certificate to my sister shop Skylar Raine!



Make sure to go check out her page for LOTS more party inspiration PLUS you do NOT want to miss this awesome GIVEAWAY!
Make sure to tell her I sent ya! ;)
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Party Tips Contributor: Melissa Newell


Melissa Newell has been planning and executing parties for over 20 years - parties have always been a passion of hers.

Melissa’s motto is Go Big or Go Home! She celebrates with her children every chance they get - making each day a celebration of Life!

Creativity on a budget and the attention to the smallest of details is what she is known for. Her blog, My Party Passion, highlights all of the parties that she throws!

You can follow Melissa


 
THANKS so much to Melissa for letting me share this FUN & amazing party!




Thursday, June 28, 2012

{AMERICANA PINA COLADA} 4th of July drink recipe



Welcome to day #2 on my 4th of July Party IDEAS series!
If you missed the IDEA from DAY #1 just click HERE!


Today I am bringing you one of my favorite summer beverages!

AMERICANA PINA COLADA!
I am sure that most of you at one time or another have had this popular yummy tasting fruity drink. BUT why not make it a little more fun & add it into a carved out pineapple! I PROMISE you - it DOES taste better! ;)

Here's my IDEA on this fun Americana Pina Colada:




Here's a recipe for Americana Pina Colada:

 You will need:
~ 1 pineapple
~ pineapple juice - 4 oz
~ 3 oz. rum
~ 2 oz. coconut cream
~ 2 cups crushed ice

Prepare:
~ Cut the top of your pineapple & hollow out the inside just enough to fit in your drink. Pour all the ingredients into a blender & blend on high speed. Pour into your hollowed out pineapple & serve. You made add some garnish to your drink: drink umbrella, slice of kiwi, pineapple, etc. ENJOY!



Hope you enjoyed these tips/ ideas for 4th of July Dessert IDEAS! 
We'll be back for the #3 IDEA for the 4th of July - hope to see you!



Are you loving the "eye candy" here?



Then join me over on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter & Instagram so you never miss out on an exclusive deal or any behind the scenes photos!




Check out my designs, artwork & decor in my Etsy shop



Looking forward to seeing you again! :)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

{CUPCAKE CONES + ROCKCANDY} 4th of July Desserts



It's about that time! Time to start planning on what you are bringing, doing or having at your 4th of July parties!
For the next week, we will be bringing you inspiration on QUICK & EASY
4th of July PARTY IDEAS!

Today we are focusing on some fun 4th of July dessert ideas! 
(the BEST kind- lol)




IDEA #1 - First up: CUPCAKES!
I know most of you have probably seen a version of this idea/ recipe before but this one of mine is by far - the easiest, . . . as it requires NO BAKING!

Here's an IDEA on fun Americana Cupcake Cones:


 
Here's a recipe for Americana Cupcake Cones:

 Need a super fast FUN food for the kids? They always LOVE this one!
 Ingredients:
~ box of {jumbo} size cake cones
~ {premade} cupcakes

Take the cupcake wrapper off the cupcake & pushed them down into the cones. No worries if you mess up the icing - either fix it the best you can or re-ice them. I just took a small spatula to fix it - they are so CUTE, no one will care if they aren't perfect! Oh - btw - I also added some patriotic sprinkles to them to "hide" any flaws! heehee  That's IT!









How about some ROCKcandy cupcakes?:



 How to create ROCKcandy cupcakes:

here's what you will need:
~ premade cupcakes
~ ribbon or ric rac to tie around cupcakes
~ rock candy
~ optional: pkg. of red, white & blue mini fans from Target Dollar Spot

This is the perfect idea when you are in a rush but have no time to bake. Simply buy premade cupcakes & some rock candy. Sprinkle rock candy on top. Tie ribbon or ric rac around the cupcakes. Add patriotic fan if you're feeling really crazy. DONE. Simple. Cute & festive!






Hope you enjoyed these tips/ ideas for 4th of July Dessert IDEAS! 
We'll be back for the #2 IDEA for the 4th of July - hope to see you!



Are you loving the "eye candy" here? Then join me over on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram or check out more designs in my Etsy shop  
 
I would love for you to connect with me by email or become a blog follower too! {on the right sidebar}  Looking forward to seeing you again! :)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

{Team EYE CANDY} Meet my new contributors!

TEAM Eye Candy!!!

I am so thrilled to introduce you to my brand new Eye Candy Event Details contributor team! These girls know how to inspire and they will be bringing it in their contributions to the blog! 

I have ALOT of changes that will be coming over the next few months to Eye Candy Event Details as we are growing little by little every day. Some of the changes I am launching now . . . my TEAM E.C. contributors, sponsorship opportunities, new services . . .and SOME that you will have to wait & see . . .new look on the blog, website/shop launch, & some other surprises. You know me, I ALWAYS have something up my sleeve! ;)

I am so honored & thrilled that they want to work with me on my team & I truly respect them & love their many talents. So here we go, let's meet them . . .


 Party Tips Contributor: Melissa Newell


Melissa Newell has been planning and executing parties for over 20 years. Whether it was in her previous career, outside the home, as a Human Resource Director or in her current career as a homeschooling mother to her three youngest children - parties have always been a passion of hers.

Melissa’s motto is Go Big or Go Home! She celebrates with her children every chance they get - making each day a celebration of Life!

Creativity on a budget and the attention to the smallest of details is what she is known for. Keeping up the top trends in children’s party themes while keeping the trusted and true themes in the mix is something that is very important to her.
Her blog, My Party Passion, highlights all of the parties that she throws!
 
Melissa’s parties have been featured at such blogs as: The Party Wagon, Catch My Party, The Huffington Post,  Tip Junkie, Babylifestyles, Birds Party and more….

Melissa resides in southern New York with her husband and their three children and their cat.  She has an older son and soon to be Daughter In Law!

1. What are 3 things you MUST have when throwing a party?
- glue dots, tissue paper & TONS of table coverings (use for so many things)

2. Please share 3 random facts people may not know about you: 
- I once was a ballgirl for John McEnroe
- my youngest child just turned 3 and my oldest is 23
- I have NEVER tried coffee a day in MY life! (all this energy is natural) lol

3. What has been your FAVORITE party you have thrown to date?
- my favorite one to STYLE was my sons 7th birthday 'Backyard Beach Bash'
- my favorite that I ENJOYED the most was our annual Halloween Bash as we now have over 120 people come + have added a DJ! 

You can follow Melissa




Party Food/Drinks Contributor: Cineca Newburn


Cineca is a mommy, wife, lover of music and traveling, and a self-proclaimed food junkie. When not experimenting with new recipes, watching cooking shows, and building tent forts, she’s a busy wedding and event planner. 

Her company, Dreamin’ N Details, was founded in 2009 and serves the Northwest, Arkansas area. You can also find Cineca sharing recipes, party trends, real parties, and inspiration on the Entertaining sites, Piggy Bank Parties + The Bakery Spot.


1. What are 3 things you MUST have when throwing a party?
- ribbon, tissue paper & white platters

2. Please share 3 random facts people may not know about you: 
- I'm OBSESSED with earrings!
- I dropped out of culinary school
- I believe in ghosts

3. What has been your FAVORITE party you have thrown to date?
- my favorite one . . .can it be MY wedding? (yes cineca- lol)
- she also LOVES her 'Mad Hatter UnBirthday & the 'Candy, Cake & Cocktails Christmas party!


You can follow Cineca




Aren't they AWESOME? I am so excited too as Melissa will be sharing her first guest post later this week & Cineca will be bringing us one for next week so stay tuned for some FAB ideas!

Make sure to go visit them on their blogs too so you don't miss anything they may post in between visits here!

THANK YOU so much girls as I am so excited to have you here on my team. xoxo





{SALE} Americana Luau Collection for a 4th of July Party



I wanted to offer you all a deal on this popular party collection that I designed last year, as some of you may have missed it or weren't around for the fun! This is the perfect theme for those of you who want to have a 4th of July party but do something a little different, so why not add a luau in the mix? Everyone LOVES a luau! The "Americana Luau" collection is one of my favorites & I want to share some of the photos as well. I also have an offer for you to take advantage of & get it just in time for the 4th of July! To see the WHOLE blog post about this party, just check out this link.

This collection is PERFECT for any American holiday: 
Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day (as I kept it generic & can be used more than once) . . .also use for a summer BBQ & a military send-off or a Military Homecoming party! Ideas are endless . . . 



This collection comes with the following:  

 . . toppers, tabletents, mini flags, circles - 4"with 4 designs, 
2 banners - pendant style: one that says "USA and one that says LUAU" 
with additional accents, drink Umbrellas - 4" in 4 designs  
& a Paper Pack of 6 designs/color combinations


You can find the entire collection here in my Etsy shop.

Now through Saturday June 30th you can take 40% OFF this collection 
& it's already on SALE - no code required!


This week I will be doing a round-up of tips on how to do a party like this on a dime - I did! . .  & I will show you how. Plus some recipes that are super quick & easy!



Keep on eye on my this space & my page this week as I have a TON of SURPRISES in store for you all. ;)

{I LOVE weeks like this! heehee}



Monday, June 25, 2012

{FREE 4th of July SUBWAY ART} Rock the 4th download

4th of JULY is coming SOON!
Today I wanted to share with a NEW art print or a FREE 4th of July Subway Art print. As you know I shared the one I designed from last year & if you missed it, you can download it here.
But I wanted to do a new one for you as well - it's simple, to the point & very eye-catching!






And what's a little "ROCKin the 4th" without some rockcandy cupcakes?




**NEW - Coming this week to the blog - MORE fun, fab IDEAS for 4th of July FOOD! 


This print is sized for an 8 x 10 frame but could easily be enlarged to fit an 11 x 14 
or whatever size you needed. Print it out at home or take it to a printer for a larger size.

Just download your  
ROCK the 4th Subway Art here & ENJOY!
**by clicking & downloading this subway art you ARE agreeing to the RULES & copyright guidelines below! 
 


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RULES for FREE DOWNLOADS:

  • Eye Candy Creative Studio printables are designed for your PERSONAL USE only. Please do not re-sell, re-distribute, or claim them as your own.
  • I encourage you to share with your fans, friends, on your blog and all I ask is to PLEASE, {be kind} & post/ tag a link back to this website so I know who's enjoying them. Thanks - I appreciate it! =)
  • And PLEASE do NOT remove the copyright mark - thanks!
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Feel free to share!



Are you loving the "eye candy" here? Then join me over on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram or check out more designs in my Etsy shop  
 
I would love for you to connect with me by email or become a blog follower too! {on the right sidebar}  Looking forward to seeing you again! :)




Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Happy 1st Day of SUMMER!

Well Happy 1st Day of Summer!
I have been wondering all day WHY people kept saying it was the FIRST day of summer when I had "thought" it was tomorrow - LOL . . .oh well . . I seriously was under the impression that it was ALWAYS June 21st but that's what I get for thinking huh? ;)

So are you going to do something FUN to mark the first day of SUMMER!


What will YOU do? I would LOVE to hear what you are doing so let me know!
Me . . . I may have a cocktail . . after all it IS 95 degrees out right now! ;)




I have some EXCITING things planned for all of you coming in the next couple of weeks. One of them being a very special guest contributor that has joined "Team Eye Candy" & will be writing regularly for me  . . . and if you may be wondering what she will be writing about, then this photo is a clue!


Have a great afternoon!



 

Monday, June 18, 2012

{4th of JULY SUBWAY ART} FREE download

Woah! Can you even believe that the 4th of July is almost here? Where is the summer going already? The older we get, the faster it goes! LOL

 Well in case you weren't around to get this last year, or possibly missed it, I wanted to share this 4th OF JULY Subway Art with you. Especially since all of my NEW FANS may not know that I do FREE Subway Art printables EVERY MONTH! 

This particular one is my patriotic one!
It is the perfect subway art to show your patriotism whether it be for Memorial Day, a military homecoming, summer backyard BBQ or 4th of July! It's so versatile! I so hope you will enjoy it!



This print is sized for an 8 x 10 frame but could easily be enlarged to fit an 11 x 14 or whatever size you needed. Print it out at home or take it to a printer for a larger size.
Just download your FREE 4th of JULY here & ENJOY! 
**by clicking & downloading this subway art you ARE agreeing to the RULES & copyright guidelines below! 




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RULES for FREE DOWNLOADS:

  • Eye Candy Creative Studio printables are designed for your PERSONAL USE only. Please do not re-sell, re-distribute, or claim them as your own.
  • I encourage you to share with your fans, friends, on your blog and all I ask is to PLEASE, {be kind} & post/ tag a link back to this website so I know who's enjoying them. Thanks - I appreciate it! =)
  • And PLEASE do NOT remove the copyright mark - thanks!
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I would LOVE for you to share this with your friends as well - everyone is welcome to this FREEBIE!




Thanks so much & enjoy the SUBWAY ART!

Are you loving the "eye candy" here? Then join me over on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram or check out more designs in my Etsy shop  
I would love for you to connect with me by email or become a blog follower too! {on the right sidebar}  Looking forward to seeing you again! :)







Linking up to:
MOM of 6: http://momof6.com/subway-art/link-up-your-free-july-4th-subway-art-printables/


Thursday, June 7, 2012

{FATHERS DAY SUBWAY ART} FREE Father's Day download

It's JUNE already & in a little over a week is FATHER's DAY!
So I thought I would help you out & make a FATHERS DAY SUBWAY ART for you this month!




These prints are great to print out & frame to add to your decor or simply print out & use to wrap a gift! Lots of options to choose from!

This print is sized for an 8 x 10 frame but could easily be enlarged to fit an 11 x 14 
or whatever size you needed. Print it out at home or take it to a printer for a larger size.
Just download your FREE FATHERS DAY Subway Art here & ENJOY
All I ask in return is just ONE thing . . . . 
please if you are not already, become a fan of my FB page, 
Eye Candy Event Details, here or leave me a comment here on the blog letting me know that you downloaded this FREEBIE. 

Either of these lets me know that you were here & you all enjoy these 
& will only encourage me to do MORE for ya'll! =)

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RULES for FREE DOWNLOADS:

  • Eye Candy Event Details printables are designed for your PERSONAL USE only. Please do not re-sell, re-distribute, or claim them as your own.
  • I encourage you to share with your fans, friends, on your blog and all I ask is to PLEASE, {be kind} & post/ tag a link back to this website so I know who's enjoying them. Thanks - I appreciate it! =)
  • And PLEASE do NOT remove the copyright mark - thanks!
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Feel free to share!

Have a FABULOUS day my friends!








Wednesday, June 6, 2012

{GIVEAWAY} Get a "PEACE" of the action! GIVEAWAY

This giveaway is now closed 6.11.12

Are YOU the winner??
and the winner is . . .




Congratulations to
Lindsay Strang Garrett!!!
 Please email to claim your prize package!!

 Thank YOU to everyone who entered & be sure to look out for my next giveaway coming soon! 

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~ hello everyone ~
As promised we are having a GIVEAWAY to share some of the LOVE from my latest "Peace, Love & FUN-do" party that I had for my daughter's 9th birthday!
If you missed any of the posts & want to see the 'eye candy' about this party, just check it out here.

I am sooooo EXCITED that ALL of my friends who I collaborated with on this project were so sweet & willing to jump right in to offer you all a little "PEACE" of this party GIVEAWAY!
Make sure to say THANKS & give them some lovin'! 


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So WHAT do YOU win???!! 

You will receive the following in the "Get a 'PEACE' of the action" GIVEAWAY:

 1. the complete FULL digital collection + invite of the "Peace, Love & FUN-do" party designed by me - Eye Candy Event Details


2. a 1/2 dozen custom cookies designed by Linda from Frog Prince Cake & Cookie Design





3. a dozen custom cake pops from Sheri at Blondie's Treats ~








4. a $15 gift certificate from Luci at I Love Candy! by Luci Etsy shop





5. a $25 gift certificate to Julie's CakesandKids.com Etsy shop




 


6. a custom acrylic cup from Staci at Lizard & Ladybug







7.  a $20 gift certificate to my shop Skylar Raine for hair accessories




Again THANK YOU to all of them & please be so kind as to go visit their pages, check out everything they have & give them some Eye Candy love & tell them I sent ya. I know they would appreciate you saying hello! =) 

The GIVEAWAY runs through Monday night (6/11) at midnight (EST). Feel free to share about the GIVEAWAY & GOOD LUCK!
Hope YOU get a 'PEACE' of the action! 




 
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