Funfetti Waffle Cake

Funfetti Waffle Cake

It’s Wednesday, and that calls for a celebration! How about waffle cake? After Mr. Lovely asked for a good ol’ fashioned Funfetti cake for his last birthday, I got to…

Funfetti Waffle Cake

Funfetti Waffle Cake

It’s Wednesday, and that calls for a celebration! How about waffle cake? After Mr. Lovely asked for a good ol’ fashioned Funfetti cake for his last birthday, I got to thinking that it might be delicious in waffle form. And lucky for us all, I was riiiiiight! This Funfetti waffle cake is like a breakfast and a birthday party got married and had the most delicious baby you could imagine. And I secretly love it because it’s like an instant-gratification baking project — you don’t have to wait for cakes to bake and rise and worry whether they’ll stack right. You can’t mess it up!

Watch our video and go get your Funfetti on! xoxo

Funfetti Waffle Cake

Ingredients

Make Time: 20 Minutes

Step 1: In a bowl, combine the cake mix, water, oil, and eggs. Beat until smooth.

Step 2: Heat your waffle iron and spritz with cooking spray. Spoon in the cake mixture until the waffle iron is about 2/3 covered. Close the lid and let the waffle cook. Once cooked, remove carefully with a spatula and fork.

Step 3: Repeat Step 2, making about 6-7 waffles.

Step 4: On a cake stand, place your first waffle. Spread a thin layer of frosting on the top. Stack another waffle and frost. Continue stacking and frosting until your final waffle is on top; leave this one unfrosted.

Step 5: When you’re ready to serve, cover the top of the cake with whipped cream and sprinkles. Cut into slices and enjoy!

Funfetti Waffle Cake

Funfetti Waffle Cake

Printable Watercolor Party Invitations and Menus

Printable Watercolor Invitations and Party Menus

I took out my watercolors the other day to mess around and as usual, couldn’t stop. I don’t use them often but when I do I love it. Not that I’m particularly…

Printable Watercolor Party Invitations and Menus

Printable Watercolor Party Invitations and Menus

I took out my watercolors the other day to mess around and as usual, couldn’t stop. I don’t use them often but when I do I love it. Not that I’m particularly great at it, but it’s just so stinking fun to mix colors around and watch them swirl together! I started painting this colorful, stripey pattern and decided that it was destined for a printable. So! If you’re hosting a party soon, you can download this pretty watercolor pattern and print it out to use on menus, invitations, and more!

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes

Step 1: Download our printable watercolor background. Note: This is a special file meant to work with Avery’s Design & Print Online platform, so don’t fret if it seems like it didn’t download properly! Just carry on to the next step.

Step 2: Open the files at avery.com/open.

Step 3: Choose to print on the Menu Cards (product #80505). (You will be able to print three of the same item on one menu sheet.)

Step 4: Insert the image into the card template, and complete the menu or invitation with your desired info! Use the toolbar on the left to add and edit any text you like.

Step 5: Once your image is complete, print on the blank menu card sheet. Separate the three strips and you’re ready to go!

You could use this pattern for so much — summer BBQs, grad parties, baby showers, and just about any other shindig you can imagine. And with the design software, you can use it vertically like we did or flip it and make it horizontal, too. So what’s your next party?! xoxo

Printable Watercolor Party Invitations and Menus

Printable Watercolor Party Invitations and Menus

Printable Watercolor Party Invitations and Menus

This post is sponsored by Avery. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the brands who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

A 5 Minute DIY for Your Next Party

Time for a quickie! I was wandering through Michaels the other day looking for some party supplies in my favorite colors and I just wasn’t finding what I was looking…

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

Time for a quickie! I was wandering through Michaels the other day looking for some party supplies in my favorite colors and I just wasn’t finding what I was looking for. But I did find these cute wooden spoons in the dollar bins, along with some good ol’ fashioned craft paint. I think you see where I’m going with this, yes? These took me 5 minutes to paint, about 20 minutes to dry, and they’re ready for a summer party!

Materials

  • wooden utensils
  • craft paint
  • paintbrush
  • washi tape

Make Time: 5 Minutes (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

Step 1: Place a piece of washi tape at the base of the handle of each utensil.

Step 2: Paint your desired color of craft paint on the handle. Let dry; repeat if you’d like more coverage.

Step 3: Remove washi tape and party!

I have to tell you, I’m becoming a bigger fan of quickie DIYs every day! I love making, but mama’s got a time budget, if you know what I mean. Hope you try this super fast project for your next celebration! And if you need a little more summer party inspiration, you can see what the rest of the Michaels Makers are up to right here. xoxo

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

DIY Iron-on Picnic Blanket

Picnic season is back! I made this one last year to take to the summer park concerts in our town, and it was so fun to use all summer. This…

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

Picnic season is back! I made this one last year to take to the summer park concerts in our town, and it was so fun to use all summer. This year we wanted a blanket that’s a little bigger since Henry likes to roam around, so we’re going for DIY picnic blanket round two! This one is crazy easy — you just need the right materials. I had a heck of a time deciding what phrase to put on it — my first thought was “Your Blanket or Mine?” but I kind of wanted something shorter and simpler. I happened to be listening to the Grease soundtrack a couple of days before and I was like DUH it should say Summer Lovin’! We’ve got a printable if you like the same phrase, but you can also make yours say anything you like.

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

Step 1: Download our printable Summer Lovin’ words (they’re in four separate files because of their large size), or create your own image to cut with your cutting machine. Upload the images to your machine’s software and cut the design from the gold vinyl according to the directions on the vinyl packaging. Be sure to mirror the images if you’re using our words or creating your own text-based design.

Step 2: Remove the excess vinyl from the clear protective covering. Place the words down on the blanket (with the clear protective covering on the top of the vinyl) where you’d like them to be permanently. (Use the lines to help center and align the words.)

Step 3: Press down on each letter with a hot iron firmly on each letter for about 10-15 seconds. Do a few letters at a time and pull off the clear protective covering while the letters are still somewhat hot.

Step 4: Continue the process from Step 3 until all letters are ironed down.

Now pack up your picnic basket and go outside! We gave this thing a spin in the backyard the other day and I actually love the weight of the Turkish towel for a picnic blanket — it’s super light, easy to transport, soft, comfy, and it dries really quickly if it happens to get wet or spilled on. I’m thinking it would make a great beach blanket, too! I’ll do some research and let you know. 😉 xoxo

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

Ice Cream Balloons

Throw the Cutest Ice Cream Social Ever

Image from Oh Happy Day Hey Lovelies! Our girl Erin is back, with her favorite picks for throwing an adorable ice cream social! This girl knows how to scour the…

Ice Cream Balloons

Image from Oh Happy Day

Hey Lovelies! Our girl Erin is back, with her favorite picks for throwing an adorable ice cream social! This girl knows how to scour the internet for the prettiest ideas and coolest inspiration, so sit back and grab two scoops while she shows you her faves. xoxo

Hiiii, Erin here! With the 80 degree temps making an appearance in Portland, I’ve been celebrating and soaking up every single moment in the sun. Don’t get me wrong, I love the rain but it really makes a girl appreciate the sunshine. And with the warmer weather’s arrival, all I want to do is live one of my childhood dreams and host an ice cream social! Whether you’re planning a summer BBQ or pool party, an ice cream social is a must! Here are a few of my favorite DIY party ideas to make your next soiree a la mode!

Ice Cream Social Ideas1. Print these ice cream cone wrappers and then “rap” your way to the perfect par-tay!

2. Dish it up in style with this DIY ice cream caddy.

3. Ice cream sundae tacos?! Yes, please, and thank you!

4. DIY mini honeycomb ice cream garland that is too cute to boot.

5. Love these pint-sized monogrammed favors.  Fill them with ice cream or anything that floats your boat!

6. DIY ice cream cone balloon weights that will make your party “pop”.

7. These adorable DIY ice cream cone macarons are too pretty to eat!

Irish Mule Cocktail for St. Patrick's Day

Golden Irish Mule Cocktail for St. Patrick’s Day

We’re at it again! The gang from our Christmas cookie extravaganza is back together and today we’re each bringing you a St. Patrick’s Day cocktail so you can celebrate on…

Irish Mule Cocktail for St. Patrick's Day

Irish Mule Cocktail for St. Patrick's Day

We’re at it again! The gang from our Christmas cookie extravaganza is back together and today we’re each bringing you a St. Patrick’s Day cocktail so you can celebrate on the 17th! I have to say, I’m pretty partial to the edible golden ice cubes in our Irish Mule recipe, but you have to check out what the rest of the gang has been mixing up for you, too. Read on for our recipe and a full list of St. Patty’s day cocktails from all of our pals.

Ingredients

  • Irish whiskey
  • ginger beer
  • limes
  • edible gold leaf
  • silicone ice cube trays (bonus points for fun shapes!)

Gold Leaf Ice Cubes

Irish Mule Cocktail for St. Patrick's Day

Step 1: Make your golden ice cubes. For larger ice cube trays, place one sheet of gold at the bottom of each mold and gently fill with water. For smaller trays, fill with water first and place the gold sheets on top of the water so that the gold grabs on. Place trays in the freezer until thoroughly frozen.

Step 2: Once frozen, add a few golden ice cubes to a rocks glass. Over the ice, pour one oz. Irish whiskey. Fill with gingerbeer and squeeze in half a lime. Garnish with a lime wedge. As the ice melts, expect to see lots of golden flecks floating around in your cocktail!

Irish Mule Cocktail for St. Patrick's Day

Irish Mule Cocktail for St. Patrick's Day

Irish Mule Cocktail for St. Patrick's Day

Once you work your way through the Irish Mule, check out these other libations! xoxo

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Shot of Gold on Julie Blanner

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Lucky Leprechaun Rum Punch on Freutcake

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Leprechaun’s Kiss Martini on Inspired by Charm

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Black Velvet Cocktail on The Sweetest Occasion

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Rainbow Cereal Milkshake on Studio DIY

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Pear Irish Mule on Sugar and Charm

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Marbled Creme de Menthe Ice Cream Shots on Sugar and Cloth

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Mojito Sherbet Punch on Pizzazzerie

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

DIY Ombre and Gold Cocktail Napkins + a Raspberry Italian Soda Cocktail

The holidays are over, and there’s always a bit of a letdown, right? All the parties are done, the decorations are put away, and we’re all like, “Wait, I have…

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

The holidays are over, and there’s always a bit of a letdown, right? All the parties are done, the decorations are put away, and we’re all like, “Wait, I have to go back to work?” Well, figuring you needed a little pick-me-up to get you through January, I teamed up with Chambord to give you a little mini party just #BecauseNoReason. We whipped up some fizzy raspberry cocktails and these gorgeous ombre and gold cocktail napkins, so you can invite all your BFFs over and have a Yay January party! Here’s how.

Materials

Ingredients

  • Chambord
  • club soda
  • lime

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

Step 1: Pour the desired amount of dye into a bowl with hot water (more dye = a more saturated color). Thoroughly wet your cocktail napkins. Use rubber gloves to protect your skin!

Step 2: Dip one end or one side of a napkin into the dye. The longer you leave it in, the deeper and more saturated the color will be. Allow the dye to bleed into the napkin a bit, but leave some of the napkin plain white.

Step 3: Remove the napkin once it’s the desired color. Run the napkin under hot water to remove excess dye (be sure to hang the dyed end down under the water so the dye doesn’t run over the un-dyed part). Repeat and dye all of your napkins! If desired, run them through a wash cycle to be sure all excess dye is removed.

Step 4: Paint random brushstrokes on the dried napkins with your iron-on adhesive.

Step 5: Cut a square of foil and place it over all the areas with adhesive. With an iron on the hottest setting, press down very firmly on the foil for about 7 seconds (you might want to test it a few times first on a scrap of fabric!).

Step 6: Remove the excess foil and you’ve got golden brushstrokes!

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

Now all you need is a cocktail to put on that pretty napkin! This one’s simple as can be and totally delish. Fill a rocks glass with ice and pour in one ounce of Chambord. Fill with club soda and garnish with a lime round. Ta-daaa! Raspberry Italian Soda with a kick. Say cheers to the new year and have a ball.

Raspberry Italian Soda Cocktail

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

So take that, January! We’re gonna party like it’s the holidays all year long. Please, as always, drink responsibly and wait to raise a glass until you’re over 21. Cheers! xoxo

Raspberry Italian Soda Cocktail

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

Raspberry Italian Soda Cocktail

This post is sponsored by Chambord and Refinery29. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!