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Month: March 2018

Quick & Easy Dragon Loves Taco Party

A Quick & Easy Dragon Loves Taco Party

Disclosure: *To make it easy for your last minute party, we’ve included direct links to many of the items we used. Some of the links are affiliate links which means, at no additional cost to you, we will be compensated if you click through and make a purchase. 🙂

We have all been there. Yes you know what we are talking about… it’s your kid’s bday and you have no idea what you are going to do. Between conference calls, checking homework, and babysitting your husband, you completely lost track of time and money and the day is quickly approaching. Our CPL bestie Karleeta reached out to us with the same problem. Check out our tips for throwing together a birthday party that is super quick and works with any budget.

At CPL, we are no stranger to throwing together quick shindigs. And let’s be honest, with everything you have going on, you probably don’t have the time to plan out party details months in advance. Heck, you probably can’t remember the last time you went to the bathroom without someone knocking on the door. However, fear not besties, the key to quickly pulling off a party is creating a schedule.  By staying organized, we put together this party in two weeks.  Here is your schedule countdown.

Set a Budget

The first thing to get this train moving is checking your wallet. Set your budget asap and stick to it. Remember focus on spending creativity and not always money. Check in with your family and besties to see if they would be willing to donate their services in lieu of a gift. This is also a great way to incorporate other children in your family. With simple instructions, Titan’s younger family members created personalized party favors as their gift to him. The kids found the crafts creative and fun, and most of the items they already had around the house including paper towel rolls, glue, construction paper, etc. Need a clown? Your bestie who is always goofing around has just been nominated.  She can consider this payback for that time you were nursing and you went to her birthday party at the club. There is a ton of ways to get creative to bring your vision to life.

Pick a Theme

When picking a theme make sure it is unique to your child.  You may think because you are on a quick timeline that this party can’t be detailed and personal, but it totally can.  The key is picking something that is totally special to your child and making it your own. Is your kid obsessed with wildlife? Throw him/her a safari in the backyard complete with stuffed animals. How about unicorns? Throw your kid a rainbow colored party with sparkles. For Karleeta’s son Titan’s 2nd birthday party we went super creative with a Dragons Love Tacos theme. It was priceless to see his reaction at his favorite book coming to life. It’s also cool to add an element of surprise to your theme.  Titan’s birthday is in March one the coldest months of the year, so we made sure to bring some sunshine and give his party a “day in the park” vibe.

 

Shopping Time!*

I have one word Amazon, Amazon, Amazon! Whether you are low on time, or not, you can all have all your purchases sent via Amazon Prime in a couple days or less. Also, the competitive pricing is amazing and will help you shop for bargains. We scoured Amazon looking for the coolest party materials and purchased these fun food baskets, bright balloons, awesome dragons, nice party banner, adorable crazy straws, colorful polka dots plates, and the cutest item of all… miniature wooden park benches. Easy to assemble, these benches gave the whole party an outdoor look. Party favors were easy. We laid off the sugar, our CPL babies are sweet enough, and purchased Crayola 4-pack crayons from you guessed it… Amazon. We packaged these with coloring books that we printed out. The best part? We picked out all these items the week of the party and got them the next day!

Dragon Loves Taco Decor

Repurpose Party Goods

True to budget, we also looked at items that we had in our house that we could repurpose. These green Ikea Hampen rugs are a CPL favorite and we love to use them at parties to bring in that grassy knoll feel. You might recall them from our affordable little girls’ tea party. For parties with a festive feel, we love to use our Crate and Barrel galvanized servingware. Oh, and these chalkboards that of course we got at Amazon for CPL co-founder Pam’s ultra-chic wedding on a budget.

On the Menu

Oh, and food we almost forgot! One of the best things about the Dragons Love Tacos theme is the food was already picked out. To amp the tacos theme we threw an element of surprise, you know that thing we mentioned earlier, and did a kid’s take on Mexican street food. Creating this culinary feast was quick and definitely fun! When creating multiple items for a party, we like to mix super easy items that don’t require cooking with simple prep food items. Instead of grilled Mexican street corn, which we absolutely love but not so much for a kids’ party, we opted for popcorn served in paper cones.  We swapped empanadas for Smucker’s Uncrustables, and we did three flavors of tacos and nachos.  Look out for the recipe in our future posts. And of course, we had to look out for the adults without a little party in a cup. The frozen cucumber and strawberry margaritas were to die for.

Dragon Loves Taco Food Menu

Margaritas

So besties, next time your in a party dilemma remember these words Chill.Pop.Live!

Here are the affiliate links* to the party decor that really made this Dragon Loves Taco 2nd Birthday pop!

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Lucky Charms Popcorn Treat

If your kids are anything like ours then you already know that the marshmallows are where it’s at! Just in time for St. Patty’s Day, here’s a super quick and…

If your kids are anything like ours then you already know that the marshmallows are where it’s at! Just in time for St. Patty’s Day, here’s a super quick and fun recipe the kiddies will love to help with. Just don’t turn your back or your ingredients may be eaten all up before this Lucky Charms Popcorn Treat is done. We used popcorn, white candy melts, green sprinkles and had the kids pick out the marshmallow from the Lucky Charms. Get creative and add your favorite treat. Tag us in your pics please! #chillpoplive

Ingredients

Lucky Charms Marshmallows (We rummaged through half a cereal box)
2 bags of popcorn (trust us you’ll want leftovers)
1 bag white candy melts
Green sprinkles to your liking

Instructions

1. Pop a bag or 2 of your favorite popcorn. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Make a single layer of popcorn.
2. Melt white candy melts in a microwave safe bowl. 30 seconds at a time until they’re melted. Stir in between each interval. Ours took 1.5 minutes to melt.
3. Pour melted candy on popcorn.
4. Sprinkle with Lucky Charms Marshmallows and green sprinkles.
5. Now the hard part…you have to wait for it to cool 😎 OR you can do like we did and popped it in the fridge for 10 minutes.

CPL Cutie enjoying making Lucky Charm Popcorn Treat

Enjoy! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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St. Patrick’s Day Crock Pot Guinness Sliders

Hey Ladies! In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we made a delicious Crock Pot Guinness Pot Roast that turned into even more delicious Guinness Sliders! 🍔 Guinness isn’t just for drinking. Now, you can eat your booze in this delicious CPL recipe that we’ve made our own. Watch the video to get step by step instructions on how to make this for St. Patrick’s Day or any other day that you’re in the mood for yummy pot roast sliders. Serve these up at your next dinner, football night or ladies night!

INGREDIENTS FOR POT ROAST

1 (20 lb.) boneless beef chuck roast
1/2 bottle (6 fl. oz) bottle of Guinness® (or Irish Stout of your choice)
1 package Lipton® Onion Soup Mix
1/2 c. Worchestire sauce
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 medium-sized onion
1.5 tsp. minced garlic
salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
10 or so baby carrots
3 ribs of celery
10 creamer potatoes

INGREDIENTS FOR WINE REDUCTION

1 c. red wine (we like Cabernet Sauvignon)
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 stick butter
1 tsp. Better than Bouillon
1/2 c. juice from roast (Crock Pot)

INGREDIENTS FOR SLIDERS

1 package Hawaiian Rolls
6 slices provolone or swiss cheese
2 tbs. mayonaise

DIRECTIONS

1. Cut up onions, celery and carrots
2. Season roast on all sides with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder
2. Heat olive oil on a large skillet on med/high
3. Brown roast on all sides
4. Add roast to crock pot
5. Add Guinness, onions, celery, carrots, Worchestire Sauce and Lipton Soup Mix
8. Cover and cook on low 8 hours (6 hours on high while result in a slightly tougher roast)

Once roast is finished cooking, start on your sauce.
1. Melt butter
2. Add brown sugar, juice from roast and wine
3. Simmer to reduce

Now, prepare your sliders.
Cut all the tops of the Hawaiian Rolls off. Do not break apart.
Slather on mayonnaise to the insides of tops and bottoms.
Add shredded pot roast and top with cheese.
Close buns and pour wine reduction over top.
Pop in the over at 375 for 15-20 minutes.
KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON YOUR SLIDERS – THE TOPS WILL EASILY BURN. 🙂

Let us know if you’ve try these out. Tag us in your pics! #chillpoplive

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A Cancer Makeover

Christal Lynch tells her story of fighting a battle against Leiomyoscarcoma, a soft tissue cancer, and winning! Watch her beauty makeover and listen to her inspiring story in this video….

Christal Lynch tells her story of fighting a battle against Leiomyoscarcoma, a soft tissue cancer, and winning! Watch her beauty makeover and listen to her inspiring story in this video. Share this cancer makeover with anyone you know who has been diagnosed with cancer.

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