Thursday, August 25, 2011

changing to.....

So I showed you dill in the previous post.
Today it's poppies.
I said we have a new business, and all that.
So without further ado....
da da da..........

Dill & Poppy
{celebrate life}

If you've been a follower here on Personally You Parties....
If you are interested in staying in tune with this new adventure you are welcome to follow me over at
I would LOVE to have you visit. :)
We are still designing the blog so it's possible there could be a change quite often till we get it just how we want it.
It will take a bit of time to get dill and poppy blog going like this one, but in time I hope it will be better than what I've been able to do here.
So, no more posting to poppyland. :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Well it's happening!
A new adventure.
A new business.
A new name.
A new blog.
Here's a sneak peak....
You know what this is??
Yep. Dill.
It's part of the new business....
wait for it!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

dot & streamers

Oh wow....check this amazing garland out! is....this? and it is simple crepe paper streamers and scrapbook paper dots sewn together.
{i actually just finished sewing my first ever dot garland and it is super easy}

the story behind the end result is very cool see more go here

Friday, August 5, 2011

vintage paper garland

i came upon this amazing garland today!
so pretty, fun and what a perfect addition to a party. there are many more colors and even other designs such as sheet music and maps at

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Jae's 15th Birthday Party ~ India Theme

Back in May my daughter and I created an Indian themed party for my niece.
It was her "golden" 15th birthday so we wanted to use as much gold color as we could.
We chose the theme of India because of it's rich colors and wanted my niece and her friends to experience a different kind of food.
We transformed my daughters apartment into a lovely Indian style place.
Lots of rich color, vases, fabrics and decor.
The food was so yummy.
well....some of it wasn't well liked but all the girls at least gave it a try.
Their favorite was the Chocolate dipped tangerines and next the Naan.

The menu card on each plate ~
Here's the menu~
Roasted Indian Chickpeas
oven roasted chickpeas with Indian spices
Bombay Cheese
cream cheese covered with mango chutney and cranberries Chocolate Dipped Tangerines
fresh tangerines dipped in dark chocolate, sprinkled with coconut and pistachios Entrees
Dal Makhani
lentils cooked with tomatoes and cream
Simple Spiced Rice
basmati rice flavored with cinnamon
Jeera Aloo
potatoes sauteed in cumin seeds and spices
Asparagus With Ginger
fresh asparagus seasoned with ginger
Vegetable Raita
fresh cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers with a dill infused yogurt. Naan
Indian flat bread
Thengai Barfi
cardamom flavored sweet coconut squares
Birthday Cake
a sweet chocolate cake with buttercream icing decorated with a henna design
{this cake was alot of work, but I think my daughter did an awesome job with it. It was our first time working with fondant and we have decided we are not fond of fondant. :) The general design for the cake was found online, but drawn out by my daughter.}The Birthday GirlDrink
Mango Lassi

a creamy mango and yogurt drink

And the decor ~The glasses were so perfect!
We found them at Target and they were quite expensive at $5. a glass but that is the only dinnerware we purchased as we used Amy's good china and silverware.
Also used cloth napkins that I had from a different party.
So 7 glasses at $5. each wasn't so bad, right. :)

this is one of my favorite pictures of the decor

yes, they sat on the floor
And of course "henna tattoos"

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Vintage Birthday

The birthday girl! :)

Just sharing a few pictures from my daughter's 29th birthday this weekend.
I used my grandmothers hand crocheted tablecloth as a starting point for the table decor.
I added a small runner that I made quickly with old vintage style fabric.
Clear glass bowls and dinner plates.
My niece and I picked a few fresh flowers from the yard and put them in a canning jar.
White chocolate dipped strawberries where a hit!


raspberry tea served in grandma's tea cups

the birthday cake...yummy. recipe and idea from the birthday girl blog

my daughter and i

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Happy 40th Birthday Billie Jo!!

You know I've been really slacking on my posting.
But what you don't know is that I've been really busy with parties. :) 3 in a row and this weekend I have a graduation and a small family wedding reception I'm decorating for.

I put together a Surprise 40th Birthday party for my Sister-In-Law in just a few short weeks.
I have to say that I kinda enjoyed not having to fret over it for a long time was nice.
And the party turned out great!! :)
I wasn't sure what I would do with this sort of theme,
but it all worked out.
I have one problem though...forgot my camera!!!
Who forgets their camera for a party???
Well I did take a few pics with my phone,
so these are not good and I'm very disappointed in myself, but it is what it is. :)

I had done a search for Harley cakes on Google and this is one that I found.
I printed the pic off and my brother took it to the baker and wal-la this is what we got! :)
And it was SO yummy!!

I had ordered these Harley Davidson picks. I knew we wouldn't be doing cupcakes, but who needs cupcakes to put picks in....buns work just fine. :)
The centerpieces where just tall glass vases that I used a 12x12 piece of specialty paper {this one glossy silver} wrapped it around and added another strip with the design on it. Flames are bandanas from Hobby Lobby.

Another centerpiece.
I had 2 different designs.
The other one was covered with a black glittered paper and filled with black roses.
The birthday sign.
I just purchased a large roll of black paper from Hobby Lobby, cut the letters out with my Cricut and used them as a template to paint on the words.
I intentionally painted the letters on crooked because I knew I would not be able to line them up perfectly so this way it looks ok being crooked. :)
I had stopped at a nearby Harley Davidson store and told them what my project was and they gave me free balloons, bags, boxes, keychains, etc just to use for the party.
I cut the emblems off the boxes, put them on candle holders, signs, you name it.
I put that free stuff to good use.
They also did sell my some very cool Harley things to use.
WISH I would have brought my camera!!!!

Next up....I just finished up an Indian themed 15th birthday party that turned out fabulous.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Maci's Zoofabulous Party

Finally some pictures from Maci's Zoofabulous Party.

The food...oh so fun to make and display.
Let's see, we had
cake balls candy peanuts tucked in white bags dipped oreos animal lollipops made from candy melts {made by my daughter} all sugar candy straws and pretzel candies and an amazing cake my by Maci's Mom
The table and decor
also very fun to put together.
First of all...the fringed streamers {found idea here} LOVE these! :)
and Dora got to visit too!!
Maci had decided that she wanted a Dora party,
but I already had the zoo theme started, so I decided to bring Dora into the zoo.
What a treat it was to have her there. :)

The finger puppets {Oriental Trading} from the favor boxes were a hit!
We played "feed the animals", "ring the alligator", "hot banana", "animal footprints" and made animal visors.