Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Heroes and Villains themed New Years Eve party for adults

Hello all.
This past New Year's eve we hosted our usual NYE party at our house. This year we went with the "Heroes and Villains" theme (we all are big kids, so what better way to enjoy the new year than dressing up like heroes and villains. lol!)

The treats setup
I kind of went all out with the treats for this party, since I've basically been planning this darn shin-dig all year, as you can tell my crazy Pinterest board for it. lol
We had previously re-arranged our furniture a little, trying to find a better way for our computer setup (we've since- I know its only been 2 weeks- changed our computer/living room/dining room setup from how this was), so the usual dessert buffet was a little different this year- we did it around the New Year's countdown tv.

Yes. We were watching some Hell's Kitchen on Hulu while I was finishing up decorating. lol
 Heroes entered through the front door, villains through the backdoor. ;P

Heroes entrance I created.
My friend pointed out that "I guess only Heroes that are Left handed could enter", since this was on the right side of the door. lol

We basically themed everything in the house half and half- Half Heroes, half villains.
I used printables from all over the internet (links throughout this post and a roundup at the bottom).

Here's the food and decor:
The Heroes/comic bubble food labels by The Things Hannah Loves and the ornamental black (I used for Villains) New Year's labels by Catch My Party and Paper Dolls Shoppe

The spread before people dug in, and before some more people brought stuff (though I told them NOT to bring more food). haha
Heroes: Hero Hoagies (Subway)
Villains: The Devil's Eggs
Villains: Poison Ivy's Salad
Villains: Graveyard Pudding cups
Heroes: Captain America's Shield (notice I couldn't spell in my label- oops!)
Villains: Witches Brooms from string cheese and pretzels
The Heroes and Villains coffee table food/candy
Villains side decor
Heroes: Pop! corn and Hero pops
 The Pop! labels are from Swanky Press and the Hero capes/masks printables from GalleryHip

Villains decor
Villains side banner
 New Year's banner by Catch My Party and Paper Dolls Shoppe

Photo op wall- including box city-scape (made by boxes covered with black plastic tablecloths and gold paper squares- wrapped them like Xmas presents)
Pick Your Poison drinks cart
 Glug! water labels by Swanky Press and Halloween/Villain water labels by WCC Designs
Pick Your Poison printable by Two Magical Moms

Heroes side of Sweets table
Heroes: Super stars sugar cookies
Villains: Bones of thy Enemy (Pretzels with mini marshmallows on the ends, covered in white chocolate- these were AMAZING and addicting. I stuck them in mini caldrons)
Villains side of treats table
Homemade Banner- Heroes side (by me)
Homemade Banner- Villains side (by me)
Heroic colored M&Ms
Villains colored Jelly Beans
Villains: TNT licorice bundles
Villains cupcakes: Purple and red cake inside with purple icing
 Halloween/Villains Cupcake toppers by WCC Designs

Villains cupcakes
Heroes cupcakes: Red, Yellow and Blue cake on inside with White icing
 Superhero cupcake toppers by Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss.

More Hero cupcakes
Drinks:
I think everyone's favorite thing was the "pick your superpower" jello shots- we didn't have ANY left- and people kept fighting over certain "powers." We also went through all the Pumpkin Butterbeer test-tube shots too. The Hulk-smash juice was a fav as well.

Pick your superpower jello shots
 Pick your Superpower printables by Swanky Press

Hulk Smash Juice (Mountain Dew, Green pucker and a splash of vodka)
The Villainous cutlery station (center) and the Pumpkin Butterbeer Villain test-tube shots (in the top hat) with black and orange M&Ms and jelly beans in the skulls.
Pumpkin Butterbeer Villain test-tube shots
Villain punch- white-grape "spike your juice" and cranberry juice

Sadly (or not sadly for some) we had a lot of sweets leftover. I brought the cupcakes to work and my co-workers devoured them (among some of the other sweets).
I loved the cupcakes the best actually.
And those were certainly neon colored. lol
My co-worker Chuck thought his cupcake was Instagram worth- what do you think? (from @ChuckEatsThis instagram)
We had a great time! I was Supergirl (well... a weird version since I had a cool corset thing- but I'm too modest to not wear a tank underneath it) and hubs was Superboy (Justice League made me love the Superboy character in general)- he did all versions of Superboy throughout the night. lol

What little bit of my Supergirl costume I'm willing to show the blogosphere- I'm not a fan of how "flubby" I looked in every picture I took, so this is all you get!
Hubs as Superboy
So don't you think Heroes and Villains are just for kids- My adults friends and I had a blast (or so I've been told).
Drinking our Midnight champagne after our kisses. ;)
Happy New Year's all! Looking forward to next year's party- we've already decided it will be Glow-in-the-dark themed. Be prepared for another NYE Pinterest board filled with ideas throughout the year. hehe
Hugs all!
-M

Printables used in my Heroes and Villains party:
Heroes
Hero cupcake toppers by Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss
Superhero pop candy capes/masks by GalleryHip and ClipArtBest
Large Pow! and Bam! printables by ClipArtBest
Pop! and Glug! labels, and Pick Your Superpower labels by Swanky Press, DoubleFunParties, A to Zebra Celebrations
Rectangular Action Hero food labels by The Things Hannah Loves

Villains
Old Halloween drink labels by The Graphics Fairy
Cupcake labels, Water labels by WCC Designs
Chalkboard printable "Something Wicked..." by Classy Clutter
Chalkboard printable "Pick Your Poison" by Two Magical Moms
Chalkboard printable "Double Double..." by It's Always Autumn
Black Damask NYE banner and food labels by Catch My Party and Paper Dolls Shoppe

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Favorites Friday: Getting back into shape after the new year

Hey all. Long time no see.
I apologize for my absence to the blogging world, but you know how it is- the holidays just take over your world easily.
At the start of the new year, I did what most people did- resolved to get back into shape. I really was lax over the holidays, and I refuse to get back to my old habits and old ways when I was super heavy.
So some of my favs this week are things to get you fit, or at least I've found have helped me get fit.



1. World of Warcraft Funko Pop! figures: I got the Illidan figure earlier in the year, and the hubs got me Slyvanas for Xmas. A friend gave me the little Murloc figure also for Xmas. I love these little figures. They don't serve any true purpose other than looking cute and dressing up my computer area with my favorite video game memorabilia. But I just find these to be so adorable. ;)

2. Your Shape: Fitness Evolved Xbox game for the Kinect: We got this game from my parents over the holidays (they had gotten it for themselves, but never used it). Right at the start of the new year we gave this game a try and so far it has totally kicked my butt- in a good way though. I find my favorite thing is the fitness games- primarily the punching blocks game- I love that game and it is fun but great exercise. I hope to make this game/fitness program more of a common exercise activity- at least till the summer, when I have different forms of exercise available.

3. Just Type calendar: One of my best friends gave this to me for Christmas this year, and I just adore it. Typography is one of my absolute favorite things about graphics design. I hung this in my cubicle at work, so hopefully each day I'm inspired by the typography. Luckily, the makers had me in mind when the made it- it doesn't have any of those icky fonts like Papyrus or Comic Sans. lol.

4. Fitbit (in pink): I got this around Thanksgiving time and so far has been one of my favorite useful jewelry. I love seeing how good or bad my sleep was and when my steps are up or down for the day. Only downfall, it gets dirty quite easily. But other than that, I adore it! If you can find a good deal on them (we got my on Black Friday) I suggest you to give it a try.

5. Almaden boxed Moscato wine: My hubs came across this boxed wine at our local wine & spirits store. He texted me with a picture of this and was like "Guess what now exists- boxed Moscato!" Over here in Pennsylvania, this was the first time I've ever since boxed Moscato (which is my favorite wine). Now- most people knock boxed wine. I agree most times it doesn't really taste as good as the bottle. However, this boxed wine is quite good and for the value- super great. Also, if you're like me, and suck at opening corked bottles, it has an easy to pour/reuse spout and fits great in the fridge. I've already converted a few friends to it. haha. If you haven't tried it, but love Moscato and want a good value wine, give it a shot!

What have you found helped you get back into shape after the new year? I'd love any others' ways of motivation.
Have a great day!
-M

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays 2014: A year in Review letter

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year everyone!
Just popping in quick to show off this year's "A Year in Review" letter that I sent out along with my homemade cards to friends and family.
It is very similar to previous years, I admit, but with new info. There is only so much time in my life to create new things!
For those that have asked about my previous year's letter, as well as this letter- YES- I did create this on my own. I did it as a combination of vector graphics I made in Illustrator and beefed it up in Photoshop. It is NOT a template I purchased from somewhere, and I didn't pay anyone to make it for me. I made it all by myself.
Now that that is cleared up (You would not believe how many people have asked me what template program I used to create it) I can show off this year's letter.
I wanted to focus on the big events, our travels, the shows we've done and the memorable moments of each part of the year...

Here's the letter we sent out this year (I just whited out our address info- don't need the whole world knowing that).
To see it closer, just click on the image.
Do you do a yearly letter with your Christmas cards or do you not find it necessary? I'd love to know what everyone else does around the world.
Well, I'm off to go have some more tea, as I've been feeling terrible the past 2 days. I guess I seem to have caught a winter cold (BOO!).
So, in case I don't manage to get online much, Have a VERY Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, from our house to yours!
-M

Monday, December 22, 2014

Sending JOY to family members: Homemade Christmas gifts

I pride myself in sending at least one homemade item to friends and family each year for Christmas. I always enjoy getting homemade items myself, honestly.
This year I racked my brain as to what to make. While browsing the internet, I found someone mentioning "photo holder blocks" which sparked my interest.
These I made with a little more modern look.
I found the blocks online and once I got them in the mail, I got to work making the photo holder blocks. I cut down the holiday patterned paper to squares and adhered them to each side of the block. I had to get crafty to get the top square to work around the already glued in wire (*sigh*) but after decorating the fronts, and adding some washi tape, it was good to go. They turned out super cute, I think.
Some I added washi tape to the block itself- but realized I didn't have enough to do this to ALL the blocks.
Some people I made a 3 set, spelling out "JOY" and others I sent a single photo block (the prices to do all 3 joy block sets started to add up, so did the time to make them all, so I had to downsize my original idea.)
A solo photo block for one of my friends (who's cat's name is Apollo, btw. haha)
Anyways, I thought they turned out cute.
Do you try your hand at homemade Christmas gifts too? I'd love to see some homemade Christmas gifts you've made.
Have a great day!
-M

Friday, December 19, 2014

12 Drinks of Christmas party

So last week (on 12/12) we hosted a "12 Drinks of Christmas" get together at our house.


It all stems from a friend's traditional 12 bars of Christmas event- but since they no longer live in the area, they passed on the reigns to us. After much debate amongst our friends and ourselves (and crunching the numbers of money) we decided to just host everyone at our house and make 12 specialty drinks instead (it also is a LOT safer- people can sleep over after having too many drinks).
So what are the drinks you may ask? Well. Here was the drink menu of the night:

We also had some festive chips. lol

All we asked of our friends was to either provide a food item/dish or $12 towards paying for the drinks/food. We cranked up the toasty heat and blasted the Christmas tunes...
We even turned up the "yule log" on the tv. haha
Overall things went well. I personally only made it to drink #9- I was just too full- too much food and drinks made my stomach feel like I was ready to be rolled down the hall like Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka. haha. 
The drinks I didn't get to was the Jolly shot (jollyrancher shot), Pumpkin Pie shot, and the hot rum cider. Overall, my favorite probably was the first one- I just love Rumchata.

The recipes we found online were all a little different, but here is what we did for each, roughly. (sorry- forgot to photograph the last 2)


 Caramel Apple pie cocktail: apple cider, rumchata



 Jack Frost cocktail: pineapple juice, blue curacao


Snowchata shot: rumchata, peppermint candy on rim and sprinkled inside


Christmas in Mexico margaritas: tequila, limeaide


Red jello shot: red jello, peach schnapps

Butterbeer drink: butterscotch, cream soda

Green jello shot: green jello, green apple pucker or midori, hint of apple vodka

Cranberry cocktail: cranberry juice, ginger-ale, vodka

 Grinch drink: Midori or apple pucker, sprite

Jolly shot: homemade jolly rancher vodka (jolly ranchers+plain vodka), splash of tart vodka

Pumpkin pie shots:  pumpkin spice liquor, vanilla vodka, buttershots
Hot Rum & cider drink: cider, apple, orange, cinamon sticks, spiced rum 

So has this inspired some holiday themed beverages for you?
Hope you're having a great week!
-M