Total Eclipse of the Sun

eclips mapToday’s the day! A total eclipse of the sun, along the “path of totality”. I’m fortunate to be on that line today, but not sure if the weather will give us a very good view. No matter what, it’s exciting for my sons, especially my oldest who dreams of a career in the Space field.

It’s the perfect day for these themed snacks:

Mars Bars, Milkway Bars, Starbursts, Sunkist, Moon Pies (celebrating its centennial this year!), Sun Chips, Sunny Delight and anything star, moon or sun shaped.

One of the easiest snacks to prepare for today are these time tested and adult/child approved rice crispy treats. Check out how to make them at Little Life of Mine.solar-eclipse-party-foodIf you’re a little more ambitious, these “galaxy cookies” will really set the mood. Recipe and how to at Sugar Spun Run!Galaxy-Cookies-SMALLLet’s thank our lucky stars that we get to witness this “out of this world” event!

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Host an Oscar Watching Party

Champagne Cotton CandyCheers….it’s the weekend! In addition to wrapping up February, it’s Oscar weekend. All those gorgeous dresses on the red carpet. The acceptance speeches. The surprise winners! So, what a great excuse to have a little watching party.

NYC based event planner, Anthony Taccetta, who got his start in theatrical productions has amazing ideas to make you the evening’s “best host”!

For Academy Award-inspired fare, which pay homage to this year’s nominees

  • Arrival: Tang-tinis, Mars and Milky Way candy stations, Meatball Moon rocks
  • Manchester by the Sea: Lobster rolls, Fried clams, Mini clam chowders
  • Come Hell or High Water: Texas wings and sliders
  • Lion: Kathi rolls, Samosa, Dragon chicken
  • Hacksaw Ridge: SPAM on toast (topped with caviar), Golden flaked corn dogs, Rice Krispie treats and M&Ms (both from America’s war years)gold-and-black-oscar-party-tableTo glam up your champagne, fill a glass with bubbly and decorate with a cotten candy topper or rock candy stir stick!Champagne Rock Candy Oscar_MacaranAnthony suggests adding pop, fun and glamour with these award-winning ideas:
  • The Golden Popcorn Bar: Buy several bags of different flavored popcorn (cheddar, butter, caramel, etc…) and place them in several square shaped containers to create a lavish popcorn bar. Or have containers of plain popcorn and bowls of seasonings.
  • Mini champagne bottles: Either create a champagne table by placing mini bottles on ice or attach a straw and nametag to each for a cute take home gift.
  • Film candles: Use simple tea candles and extra camera film to create decorative candles for the table

Oscar-Cookies oscars-decor-film-candles_zps824ec3c1 Popcorn-5For more inspiration for any type of party, check out Anthony Taccetta Event Design! His creativity and elaborate parties are worthy of a standing ovation!

Enjoy the Oscars!

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Rockin’ Another Birthday

At our house, September is a busy month. Including the celebration of a special little boy’s birthday! Once I figure out a theme, I immediately reach out to my friend, Alexis, who always creates the perfect invitation and gift tag.

This birthday is all about little boys climbing the walls. 

If you’re looking for ideas for a kid’s birthday party, here are a few others I’ve done.

Life’s a party….make it fun!

images: Jac’olyn Murphy