Several weeks ago I shared this simple yet pretty Blue and White Party (pictured), which included an easy D.I.Y. Paper Polka Dot Garland as decoration. I promised I’d share the full tutorial, but the weeks have clipped along and I’ve been busy sharing cupcakes and punch and ice cream. So before I get distracted again, I’m here to share the instructions on this easy paper garland.
This fun polka-dot garland is quite simple to make, could be made in any color and for most any occasion. The options are limitless for this fun garland… hang it behind a dessert or food table (as shown), hang it in front of your fireplace mantle (while not in use!), hang it in front of a window, or hang it in a child’s bedroom.
I love party crafts that can be made weeks in advance, and then take only moments to set up before the party.
Here’s how to make the paper polka-dot garland…
How to make a Paper Polka-dot Garland
- Craft glue
- Cardstock weight paper in the color(s) of your choice.
- Twine, string or thin ribbon
1. Cut out various sized paper circles using a paper punch, or cutting machine (such as a Cricut or Silhouette). Feel fee to make all the circles the same size if you like. For this garland I used circles that range from 1.5″-3.5″ diameter. I also used three different shades of blue paper. Use cardstock weight paper.
2. Line up the circles in a pattern, or randomly (as I did). Lay out a piece of twine (I used bakers twine from Bakers Stock), do not cut it, just roll it off of the roll. Apply a very thin bead of craft glue along the center of a paper circle, then lay the twine on the glue. (Do not use too much glue or it may warp the paper a bit)
3. Continue gluing the twine to the circles, spacing as desired. Allow to dry flat until the glue is fully dry.
Optional- If you will be hanging the garland where it will be viewed from both sides, you may want to put two matching circles back to back, with the twine glued in-between, although I don’t think it’s necessary.
I’m celebrating BUTTER this summer season with a pinterest party with delicious Challenge Butter, Good Cook™ and a few of my favorite blogger friends Cookies & Cups, Confessions of a Cookbook Queen and The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle.
We’d love for you to join us on Pinterest at 6 p.m. PT on this Wednesday, August 7th to discover and be inspired by new recipes AND to win prizes!
Challenge Butter is giving away two $250 Visa gift cards, three $100 Visa gift cards and two $50 Visa gift cards as well as 30 BBQ prize packs from Good Cook that include all the tools you’ll need for your next BBQ.
Challenge Butter has partnered up with Good Cook™, Langers® Juice, and Mrs. Cubbison’s® to create a “Real Summer. Real Flavor” Pinterest Board that evokes all the flavors that summer has to offer for any occasion from brunches and BBQs to the dinner table. You’ll be sure to find lots of delicious ideas!
Of course if you’ve spent much time around here at all, you know I go through lots of butter! I appreciate Challenge’s pure butter, made from 100% real cream from California cows. Challenge has been making butter for over 100 years – is the largest butter brand in the West – and is now sharing its yuminess with the rest of the country. Keep an eye out for it in your local grocery (it’s the package with the elk on it) and give it a try!
One of my favorite ways to use quality butter is in delicious frosting recipes, such as this American Buttercream Frosting (pictured below), where butter is really the star.
Now be sure to join me on Pinterest on Wednesday at 6pm PT where you’ll find all the details on how to win the gift cards and prizes listed above. Be sure you are following all of my Pinterest boards, so you’ll see all my fun pins when I add new boards.
Fans of Challenge and these other brands can also enter to win cash and prizes including $100,000 cash, summer themed cookware from Good Cook™, free juice coupons from Langers® Juice and free salad topping coupons from Mrs. Cubbison’s® in their “Real Summer. Real Flavor.” online instant win game.
Bananas Foster Frosting… aren’t those beautiful words together? =) Add those beautiful words with the gorgeous image above and you have one of my favorites from Courtney Whitmore’s new book, Frostings.
Yes, that’s right, a whole book dedicated to frosting! It really is the “icing on the cake”!
Certainly it’s no secret I love homemade frosting, and my friend Courtney, from the beautiful entertaining blog Pizzazzerie does too! She’s just released a gorgeous new book full of delicious and creative frosting recipes.
I recently got my hands on this beautiful book, and Courtney is allowing me to share one of her delicious recipes!
Bananas Foster Frosting
Bananas blend with cinnamon and brown sugar in this rich and delicious frosting.
1/2 cup banana, mashed (about 1 large banana)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup Challenge unsalted butter
4 cups powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons dark rum (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mash banana in a small bowl with the lemon juice.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter until smooth (1-2 minutes).
Add mashed banana and beat until well incorporated and smooth.
Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time (while slowly mixing).
Add brown sugar, cinnamon, rum and vanilla.
Beat until all ingredients are well incorporated, and frosting is light and fluffy.
This frosting pairs well with all kinds of cake, whoopee pies, or even cookies.
Now, this Bananas Foster Frosting is just the beginning…
Frostings is full of recipes for frostings, fillings and glazes from simple Lemon Glaze (pictured below) to Toffee Sundae Frosting (also pictured below).
I bet you’d like to try some more of these yummy recipes! Well, you’re in luck!
Courtney has a copy of her Frostings book just waiting for one lucky Glorious Treats reader!
Simply leave a comment below (must be on this blog post) with your favorite frosting flavor.
Details- Once entry per person. Giveaway ends Wednesday, August 7th, 9pm Pacific. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be chosen by Random.org. Book provided by Courtney Whitmore/Pizzazzerie.
All images courtesy of Courtney Whitmore of Pizzazzerie.
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Winner #63 Cookie D-oh
Delicious and refreshing, this Sparkling Party Punch made with lemonade, pomegranate juice and sparkling water is perfect for most any occasion.
I created this pretty cocktail (or mocktail) for the Linens and Lingerie wedding shower I helped host two years ago, and I’ve made it for several parties since.
This refreshing drink can be made with or without rum, depending on your preference. Add a garnish of fresh raspberries and lemon, along with a pretty straw, and you have a drink perfect for a party, or just to enjoy at home.
Sparkling Party Punch
This pretty punch is festive and delicious (with or without alcohol)
Lemonade (or raspberry lemonade)
Pomegranate juice (100% juice)
(and/or) light rum
fresh raspberries (for garnish)
lemon slices (for garnish)
Use the proportions below to make a large pitcher, or just a glass of this refreshing drink.
3 parts lemonade (or raspberry lemonade)
1 part pure pomegranate juice
3 parts sparkling water (or 2 parts sparkling water PLUS one part light rum)
add a few cubes of ice and garnish with a couple fresh raspberries and a slice of lemon
Recipe source - Glorious Treats
Feel free to adjust the proportions to your preferences.
If I were to make a list of some of my favorite things about summer… ice cream would be close to the top! Certainly, ice cream is delicious all year round, but there is something extra special about enjoying ice cream in the summer. And of course when you add lots of yummy toppings to this summer treat, it’s almost an instant party!
As a blogger, I get e-mails from time to time from companies offering to send me samples of this or that. Today one such e-mail was for cat food. Yep, cat food.
I say “no thanks” to many more offers than I accept because I only want to highlight products on my site that I can really get excited about, and that I believe you will too.
Needless to say, when Breyers wanted me to try their new line of ice cream toppings it was a pretty easy ”yes”! I have been a fan of Breyers Ice Cream for quite a while, and when I learned that their new line of toppings were made with quality ingredients and no high fructose corn syrup, I was all in!
Sometimes, when your job requires you to eat ice cream, hot fudge and sprinkles… you just have to bite the bullet! =)
I’m happy to report that my family and I found each of Breyers new Ice Cream Toppings completely delicious!
Of course I’m not going to keep all this goodness to myself!
Breyers has a box of deliciousness ready to send to one lucky Glorious Treats reader!
The prize includes…
Mixed Berry Topping
Hot Fudge Sauce
and a coupon for a carton of Breyers Ice Cream!
Needless to say, this delivery makes for a GREAT mail day!
To enter to win…
Simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite flavor of ice cream.
For an additional entry, “Like” Glorious Treats on Facebook and/or follow Glorious Treats on Twitter
Two total entries per person. Leave a separate comment for each entry.
*If you are viewing this post as an e-mail, you need to click HERE to view this post on-line and comment using the form below.
Details- Giveaway ends Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 10pm Pacific. Winner will be chosen using random.org. Giveaway open to U.S. residents. This giveaway is in no way affiliated or endorsed by Facebook or Twitter.
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Winning comment #412 Mike