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Feb 03 2012

Football fanatic? Party lover? Just watching for the commercials? Well now you can celebrate all three with a super fun Superbowl bash! Superbowl Sunday parties are great because it's super casual and it's ALWAYS a great time.

Prepare to get really festive and bring out you creative side with some of these fun-filled ideas:

Little Sprout Creations

1. Okay, let's start with the two teams: New England Patriots and New York Giants. So, why not plan your food and drinks around the Superbowl contestants?

New England: Cape Cod, Boston Tea Party, and clam chowder. . .some of this may ring a bell!

Stuffed Lobster Rolls– these take a bit of prep but they're worth it!

Thick and Creamy New England Clam Chowder– this can cook while you're making the lobster rolls!

Whoopie Pies– famous in the state of Maine, these will fill your sugar craving for sure!

Samuel Adams Boston Lager– the name says it all. . .a true New England drink!

New York: Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, and Central Park. . .and the list goes on!

New York Style Pizza– don't go for delivery or settle for frozen pizza. . .channel your inner Italian and start rolling some dough!

Baked Buffalo Wings– by being baked and not fried, these wings are healthy AND have a quick prep time!

Chocolate Cannoli– cool your mouth off from those wings with these savory chocolate snacks!

The New Yorker– not a beer fan? Try this fresh cocktail!

2. Got some downtime before the game? Challenge your guests with some Superbowl trivia! Before the party begins:

-Research and print out some Superbowl facts

-Cut them into strips of paper and put them in a bowl

-Have your guests take a piece of paper out of the bowl as they arrive

3. Another fun Superbowl party game is buy a small gift (maybe a giftcard) and have your own version of a raffle. Have your guests write down their guess of the game's final score and whoever has the closest score, wins the gift!

4. For decorations, get creative! Here are some fun ideas

Hostess with the Mostess

Photo: Julie Mulligan

Wants and Wishes 

Nov 16 2011

The candy bar at weddings and events has been such a huge trend for awhile now that other things are catching on. Usually people would ask you what your drink of choice is at a bar but now people can ask you what your bar of choice is. The possibilities of what you can make into a bar are endless and I’m loving them all.

Some people think that the candy bar is over done now. I say that if you like candy and you want it, DO IT, maybe you can find a creative way of making it different. Have a 80’s themed candy bar with all the candy you had as a kid.

Maybe a burger or hot dog bar is more your style. It would be a big hit late at night when people are getting ready to leave and they are hungry from dancing and could use some food for the alcohol consumption as well ; )

It seems the sky is the limit on these trendy bars….

I love cookies and have been waiting for a client to ask me to make them one (hint hint)

Our dessert bar from this past weekends party. Her favorite color was green

Popcorn bar

Hamburger bar

Love all the little condiments on this hot dog bar


Sushi bar on ice

Ice cream and float bar

Jun 30 2011

I have been on a summer lovin’ high the past few days with the gorgeous weather! After the rainy June we have had I’m appreciating it even more. The pool water was a little cold today and the baby made sure I knew he felt the same by kicking me like crazy. After some rays and exercise I was in the mood for something refreshing. The cure to my craving? Berry popsicles! These sweet treats are refreshing, easy, and a good way to get your fruits in for the day. With the fourth coming up next week I may be getting into the festive spirt and make some red (strawberry) and blue (blueberry) ones.

Hope you enjoy the recipe
Makes 8
2 cups frozen strawberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup of sugar or splenda
Popsicle sticks
In a food processor or blender, combine berries.
Add water and process until smooth.
Stir in sugar and blend well
Spoon mixture into 8 popsicle molds. Insert popsicle sticks half way.
Freeze at least 2 hours
Unmold, serve, and ENJOY
Photo: Better Homes
Dec 13 2010

Love this idea from Martha Stewart. For a winter reception that goes with theme of the weather, create an ice bar and serve whimsical individual-serving appetizers, such as clams and oysters on the half shell.