Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Lollipops

A girlfriend of mine recently threw an adorable 1st birthday party for her little girl. I debated for a while over what dessert I could help contribute… the end of summer called for something fresh & delicious, and my schedule for the day called for something easy & quick (I made the birthday girl’s first chocolate cake that morning – so my time crunch was tight!).

Chocolate dipped strawberries would be amazing – but where to find those beautiful big strawberries with the full stems (often the brand used for dipping) last minute? After digging through my cake decorating  box and coming across a bag of white lollipop sticks, I found the perfect solution.


Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Pops

Ingredients: strawberries, lollipop sticks (from your local craft store), foam for cooling, chocolate chips, 1 tb. butter per 12 oz bag of chocolate chips & rainbow nonpareils (round sprinkles)

1. Poke each lollipop stick through the stem end of your strawberries. When your entire batch is ready, pop them into the freezer to keep the sticks from loosening (an hour or so should do it).

2. Warm your chocolate chips and butter over a double broiler until melted (stirring constantly). Prepare your sprinkles by pouring into a small bowl (shallow enough for dipping).

3. Dip chilled strawberry lollipops into chocolate and immediately into sprinkles. Poke right side up into foam to harden. Refrigerate until ready to serve!

I’m working on DIY artwork for the bedroom now… it includes an old dresser mirror, cork and a vintage map. It’s a neat project! Stay tuned.

Homemade Ice Cream & Build-Your-Own Sundaes

This party is adorable! When Tiffany sent over the pictures of her daughter’s recent birthday, I was so excited to share all of the handmade details.

First – I love the theme of an ‘Ice Cream Party’, to date my all-time favorite dessert is good old fashioned cookies ‘n cream (is that the pregnancy talking?), but second – the simple and sweet designs are pure homemade and perfect for a celebration of any sort.

From the very amazing ice cream banner {check out a close up after the jump}, to the basic and delicious homemade ice cream recipe {you won’t believe the simple ingredients} to a break down of children’s party hosting tips {must-do’s for the craziness of a kid’s party} Tiffany shares great advice and pics from the party over at Simply Modern Mom.

More details include: a very clever handmade pinata, astronaut ice cream favors in a homemade package, ‘Here’s the Scoop’ invites and custom calligraphy, and of course DIY goodie bags to take all of those pinata treats home.

More photos after the jump! (Including a close up of that adorable ice cream cone pinata and banner.)…

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Cutting Edge Stencils *Giveaway* Winner!

A big congratulations to Cheryl who won the Cutting Edge Stencils giveaway! Cheryl mentioned in her comment that her next project would be a hallway makeover with the Hourglass Stencil – silver on gray for subtleness – which I love the idea of!

All PDB giveaway winners are chosen using and are selected the weekend after a giveaway ends. Thanks to everyone who entered :).

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