Anybody who knows me knows that 9 chances out of 10 I am running late to be somewhere or I am behind on something
… well, let’s be truthful, usually on everything. I have issues with trying to fit “one last thing” in before I head out the door and adding one more thing to my already overloaded to-do list.
All I have to say in my defense is … it’s genetic
. I blame it all on my mother. It came with her DNA. And where I like the tenacity gene she passed on to me, I’m not that crazy about the inability to manage time characteristic she hampered me with.
Does anybody know the return policy on undesirable DNA? I’m sure there’s a 90 day limit … drat, I’m WELL beyond that window of opportunity.
The ingredients for this blog post have be collecting dust on my kitchen island for a month now
and since about the second week of April, I have been collecting, formulating and thinking about its contents. The problem has been in the execution … my many attempts to complete and submit this post were derailed and now without my even realizing it, the month is almost over. How can it be the end of April? Heavy sigh
. On so many levels.
So, without prolonging your curiosity any longer, here’s the winner of last month’s Party Time Comment Challenge
(insert drum roll): Cynthia (aka Scrapestas) … you are the randomly generated winner!!! Woo hoo!!! She was very complimentary (thank you!) and commented “Some very delightful recipes and projects. Thank you for the inspiration”.
My pleasure Cynthia! And I hope you, as well the other 82 commenters will continue to come back here to the Party Time Blog for future celebratory ramblings from this perpetually tardy blogger!
Happiness is having readers : ).
Now, on to a topic that you all know is very dear to my heart. Marshmallows.
About a month ago, these were anonymously dropped off on my doorstep after I had moaned and groaned my way through an eight week healthy living challenge.
What a sweet gift
for someone who really didn’t deserve it … someone who had been a complete whiner the entire eight weeks and really should have been booted off the team challenge island for not posting high triple digit scores.
I mean, I would have kicked me off : ).
Like the second week : ).
But thankfully my team had patience with me and even believed that I warranted a reward for my tenacity to the challenge. Hmmm … tenacity … ok, I‘ll say it … thanks, mom!
Anywhoo, back to My Peeps
Every Easter season, the mallows come out in full colorful force and taunt me everywhere I go. Chocolate covered marshmallow eggs beckon me. Peep chicks chirp at me. And See’s Candy Rocky Road eggs call to me in my sleep. There is mallowy goodness all around.
And of course I usually succumb.
Lack of will power … another DNA flaw … but this one goes to dad … I believe in equal opportunity blame.
This year however, those parading Peeps gave me an idea rather than a sugar induced coma. How about using them in my Easter décor and party planning? Why not? They’d be perfect! After all, they come in a myriad of colors, sure to match any home décor, AND they are way cheep! : )
Now lest you think I was the first person to come up with this brilliant use of those spongy sugar confections, I must tell you there is a whole world of Peep party ideas out there already and I’ve complied a few of my favorites below. (Click on the picture to hop over to its original web-site or scroll to the end of this post for a listing of the links.) Peep Décor
Fresh flower centerpieces
are all the more lovely when sweetened up with Peeps. The key is to line a larger vase with the Peeps first then insert another smaller vase into the center. This second vase will hold the Peeps in place as well as contain the flower stems and water.
Announce the party theme at your front door with this easy and inexpensive wreath
idea. Or use the same concept to construct a topiary
for a buffet table or fireplace mantle.
This felt garland
is so C.U.T.E. Love it! Peep Food
Check out this entire dessert table
inspired by Peeps. Heaven! I can hear the angels singing each time someone approaches it.
How fun would these be wrapped in cello bags and handed out as party favors or as class party treats
… oh wait, can you legally do that at school anymore? Maybe you have the kids come by your car in the parking lot after school to collect these.
Note to self: have cash in wallet that day just in case it’s needed for bail posting purposes : ).
This colorful cake
would make a grand statement. I think it would be even more striking if done all in one color … more Marthaesque.
And what could be better than fondue Peeps
? Um, that would be NOTHING! More angels singing. Can you hear them? I can : ). Peep Party Favors
Here’s a way to cuddle your Peeps without getting covered in colorful sugar … unless you like that sorta thing. There is a great tutorial at this site on how to construct both the chicks and bunnies plush pillows
. And I am in serious love with the idea of making some for my furry family members! Now that is SWEET! Bunny bling
. Perfect for shower favors or a little girl’s bunny themed birthday party. Sugar coma in a convenient jar
… nothing better to send guests home with! But maybe you could diffuse the effects by sticking a coupon for a free glucose screening under the lid ... just as a thoughtful gesture : ). A Party with My Peeps
With all that Peep inspiration floating around my head and the constant heckling from the packages of chicks perched on my kitchen island, I came up with my own Peep party projects to share with you
As always, start with an invitation
. Do something simple, especially if you are sending out more than ten.
BTW, here’s the pattern
I used for the projects.
Stitch up some appliquéd napkins
one night while you’re watching TV. I didn’t have any fusible web, so don’t fault me for not having it in the picture. Use it! It will add stability when sewing AND when washing.
I am in love with this framed piece
. It was one of those projects that actually finished up just like I had envisioned in my head. Woohoo! Where’s the glass you are wondering? I just removed everything, including the glass, then inserted the decorated cardstock piece in the front of the frame and replaced all the other flat pieces behind it. Once the season is over, I can remove the bunnies and still use the frame for other things. And oh, I just printed the sentiment directly onto the cardstock and then hot glued the peeps on. It took less than 5 minutes to create. LOVE THAT!
For more décor awesomeness, string Peeps on fishing line
and drape on a mantle or between two wreath holders at your buffet table. Make sure you clean the stickiness off the line every so often to prevent the line from tearing the Peeps apart. You might also try hot gluing the peeps to a length of ribbon … less tearing that way.
Every party needs food … and of course food labels
. Quick and easy … but I have to say, they look like they are protesting something rather than identifying something. Down with green-bean-casserole! Stop the deviling of eggs! Wahahahaha.
Have guests create and bring shoebox dioramas made from Peeps
. Form a team of judges and award prizes for the best ones. Most local newspaper run contests like this every year, so do a web search for past entries to get ideas for themes and construction.
Keep little hands (or as seen here, husband hands) busy with a Perler Bead project
. As always, have adults do the ironing.
But be aware … if left alone, those Perler Bead bunnies will multiply
: ). Just sayin’ you might want to be prepared for the questions your kids will inevitable have … Send guests home with a treat
that comes right from the coup (aka the store shelves). A simple thank you tag is all you need to dress it up.
And last, but not at all least, the piece du Peep résistance … a Peep topiary
! I am in total love with how these turned out. Especially the second one … my learning curve was better : ).
I secured the chicks to the Styrofoam ball with toothpicks and layered one over the other to hide the tail pick
. Start at the top and work down towards the dowel in rows. The peeps are very malleable and you can squish them around to cover any holes left by the picks.
They are top heavy! So make a stand
for them if you can. Hubby just drilled a hole for the dowel in wood blocks cut to fit the yellow tins. I added dried beans for more weight and thankfully they have stayed upright for a few hours now : ).
Well, dear reader, I hope you enjoyed this basket full of mallowy inspiration
. Whether you get to use an idea or two this season or next, I hope you have fun creating with your Peeps
! For more ideas … go here
to the official Peeps web-site. It’s amazing what kind of happiness a little sugar can bring.
And speaking of sugary happiness, I hear the leftover peeps calling me
… they have a date with some cute egg hunting friends of mine … and I don’t want to be late … well, more late than I normally am : ).
Happy Spring dear reader!
~ Elizabeth (ekb)
And P.S. Cynthia … We’ll be in touch about collecting your prize! Enjoy the shopping spree!
Inspiration Web Sites:
1. Peeps in a vase: mixmingleandglow.com
2. Peeps centerpiece: trinitydesignstudio.com
3. Peeps door wreath: i54photobucket.com
4. Peeps topiary: apumpkinandaprincess.blogspot.com
5. Peeps garland: favecrafts.com
6. Dessert table: hostessblog.com
7. Rice crispy treats: blogs.babble.com
8. Peep pops:gourmetmomonthego.com
9. Peeps cake: martieknows.squarespace.com
10. Peeps fondue:whorange.net
11. Plush pillow chick and bunny: dandelionsandlace.blogspot.com
12. Peeps bracelet: ourlittlepeapod.com
13. Peep smores in a jar: creativeholidaygiftideas.blogspot.com