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"Summer Social" Guest Project — Mason Jar Kiddie Picnic!! {and printable recipe too}

30 Jun
Hello, adorable Tatertots and Jello readers!

My name is Kimmie and I blog over at Sugar and Dots.

I’ll spare you my life story…basically, I blog about lots of random things and I enjoy sarcasm.
🙂
I am so excited to be sharing “my” idea here today!
So here’s the deal…

For Easter, I was in charge of dessert and whipped up some little lovelies in Mason jars.
After posting, one of my readers said that my Mason jar idea would be great to take on a picnic.
Soon after that, I told my bloggy BFF Rachelle that I needed a fab post for Tatertots and Jello.
Rachelle went a step further with my idea and suggested an entire picnic created from meals in Mason jars.
Genius!
I decided to go with a kiddie picnic for my trial run.
Not that my kids don’t deserve an uber fancy schmancy picnic under the stars or anything, but you know; let’s try the hotdog thing before I bust out the filet mignon.
😉


For this picnic I made:

  •   Homemade potato salad (printable below) 
  • Hotdogs with buns (cut-up and drizzled with their favorite condiments) 
  • And some homemade funfetti cake a la mode.
Easy peasy and super yummy.
Sometimes it’s nice to surprise the kids with a special meal and see their faces light up with excitement.
And sometimes it’s nice to envision that scenario in your mind and then try not to be totally disappointed when your three-year-old decides he despises your surprise and wants nothing to do with your picnic.
🙂
You can’t win ’em all.

Next time it will be grown-up style:

  • delicious dips with pita bread 
  • warm breadsticks with tiny jars of marinara sauce
  • and a dessert under the summer sky that makes my husband swoon.
There are so many “quick and easy” recipes out there you could make!!
Splurge with something fancy and throw a Mason jar picnic playdate that makes you the envy of your MOPS group.

or

Bring a picnic basket full of jars of patriotic-colored fruit to your neighbor’s 4th of July BBQ.

The possibilities are endless!
Oh, and here is the printable for the yummiest potato salad of all time:

Thank you, sweet Jen, for having me here!
I know we all love reading your site full of ideas and inspiration; and I’m fairly sure this post will be the highlight of my blogging career.
xo

Thanks Kimmie!! 
My girls would love a Mason Jar Picnic!!
Kimmie is full of cute ideas. And, isn’t she adorable?? Really it isn’t fair that she is so cute AND talented.

Her daughter’s room is so cute. Check out the Tutu Bedskirt Tutorial!

Kimmie loves color as much as I do. I love this FREEBIE printable she made!

Kimmie turned her screened in patio into an Awesome Playroom too.

Plus, she has a fun linky party on Wednesdays — you should check it out. 


And, she made the button for my Summer Social party. Thanks Kimmie! 

So be sure to head over to Sugar and Dots.
You will love Kimmie and her ideas!!

xoxo

Have a Wonderful Day!!! 

xoxo

PS — are you going to SNAP? It’s an awesome new CREATIVE blog conference in April 2012. I just found out that tickets are 10% off all day TODAY 🙂

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"Summer Social" Guest Project — Mason Jar Kiddie Picnic!! {and printable recipe too}

30 Jun
Hello, adorable Tatertots and Jello readers!

My name is Kimmie and I blog over at Sugar and Dots.

I’ll spare you my life story…basically, I blog about lots of random things and I enjoy sarcasm.
🙂
I am so excited to be sharing “my” idea here today!
So here’s the deal…

For Easter, I was in charge of dessert and whipped up some little lovelies in Mason jars.
After posting, one of my readers said that my Mason jar idea would be great to take on a picnic.
Soon after that, I told my bloggy BFF Rachelle that I needed a fab post for Tatertots and Jello.
Rachelle went a step further with my idea and suggested an entire picnic created from meals in Mason jars.
Genius!
I decided to go with a kiddie picnic for my trial run.
Not that my kids don’t deserve an uber fancy schmancy picnic under the stars or anything, but you know; let’s try the hotdog thing before I bust out the filet mignon.
😉


For this picnic I made:

  •   Homemade potato salad (printable below) 
  • Hotdogs with buns (cut-up and drizzled with their favorite condiments) 
  • And some homemade funfetti cake a la mode.
Easy peasy and super yummy.
Sometimes it’s nice to surprise the kids with a special meal and see their faces light up with excitement.
And sometimes it’s nice to envision that scenario in your mind and then try not to be totally disappointed when your three-year-old decides he despises your surprise and wants nothing to do with your picnic.
🙂
You can’t win ’em all.

Next time it will be grown-up style:

  • delicious dips with pita bread 
  • warm breadsticks with tiny jars of marinara sauce
  • and a dessert under the summer sky that makes my husband swoon.
There are so many “quick and easy” recipes out there you could make!!
Splurge with something fancy and throw a Mason jar picnic playdate that makes you the envy of your MOPS group.

or

Bring a picnic basket full of jars of patriotic-colored fruit to your neighbor’s 4th of July BBQ.

The possibilities are endless!
Oh, and here is the printable for the yummiest potato salad of all time:

Thank you, sweet Jen, for having me here!
I know we all love reading your site full of ideas and inspiration; and I’m fairly sure this post will be the highlight of my blogging career.
xo

Thanks Kimmie!! 
My girls would love a Mason Jar Picnic!!
Kimmie is full of cute ideas. And, isn’t she adorable?? Really it isn’t fair that she is so cute AND talented.

Her daughter’s room is so cute. Check out the Tutu Bedskirt Tutorial!

Kimmie loves color as much as I do. I love this FREEBIE printable she made!

Kimmie turned her screened in patio into an Awesome Playroom too.

Plus, she has a fun linky party on Wednesdays — you should check it out. 


And, she made the button for my Summer Social party. Thanks Kimmie! 

So be sure to head over to Sugar and Dots.
You will love Kimmie and her ideas!!

xoxo

Have a Wonderful Day!!! 

xoxo

PS — are you going to SNAP? It’s an awesome new CREATIVE blog conference in April 2012. I just found out that tickets are 10% off all day TODAY 🙂

Guest Project — How to Make Custom Water Bottle Labels {with free printables!}

12 May


Hi there!  Kerry from Sweet Sanity here!

First of, I must say how
thrilled I am to be doing a tutorial on Tatertots and Jello…I love
Jen’s blog and checking in over morning coffee always gets me inspired!

Sweet Sanity offers stickers, tags and printables for your parties,
weddings, and showers.
  I have always loved celebrations with an
unmistakable theme, and helping others bring their ideas to life…My
shop is for those who like to have a hand in the details!   I love ideas
that are unique and SWEET…but they’ve got to be SANE, too…easy,
quick, and affordable. That makes them even sweeter!

Today’s Tutorial:  Water Bottle Labels


At first I must admit I thought custom water bottle labels
seemed like an awful lot of work, but after seeing them all lined up
like little organized party soldiers I’m in! If you are setting up a
spread it is a great way to inject more color onto the table, and get
your theme across. Most of the labels I’ve been designing lately on Etsy
are for brides making hotel welcome bags. But even on a smaller scale
they look adorable at a baby shower, bridal shower, graduation party, or
even for your house guests (yes, I am going there!)

Here are my tips for doing it at home and keeping it sane…

First
off, the paper.
 
You can buy waterproof vinyl label paper, and set your
printer to the correct setting to get it through.  They are also self adhesive
so this may be good (no taping necessary) and bad (a lot of sticky
label to deal with that may wrinkle) If you are going to be cooling the
bottles in bins of ice and water this is the route you’d need to go. 
BUT here’s my vote for regular paper.  If lined up on a table, in gift
bags, or even in the fridge, there’s actually no risk of them getting
wet, so regular paper works just fine. One less thing you need to
special order!

The design…you can make them yourself on the computer, even in
Word, and generally speaking 8″ x 2.5″ would fit most bottles. Here is
thing I wouldn’t lose sleep over.  If the bottle ridges are wider than
the label (like the one below) it still looks fine, and I’ve seen this
size even used on shorty stubby bottles and they look darling!  If you
really work at it you can probably fit 4 on a page.

The prep... Start by cutting the strips of labels out and then prep the bottles but cutting off the plastic.

Finally the application.  You’ve got regular scotch tape, double
stick tape or a glue stick.  If you really care about the tape showing,
then go for the double stick. It’s my first choice because it’s so 
simple, and in my opinion beats dealing with a sticky glue stick that
sometimes doesn’t hold as tightly.

Then we are ready to line them up! I
love them. I want to squeeze them!  The recent photoshoot leftovers
made it into my fridge and I must say it makes me smile when just
grabbing for a bottled water!

So now it’s your turn!
Download this FREE SWEET SANITY PRINTABLE for Summer “Refresh” Labels in blue or yellow for your next picnic!

Water Bottle Set Bluehttp://www.scribd.com/embeds/55273509/content?start_page=1&view_mode=list&access_key=key-193wakfn2rhemo7m838g
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Water Bottle Set Yellowhttp://www.scribd.com/embeds/55273500/content?start_page=1&view_mode=list&access_key=key-i0261gzkvr0n2etwlvk
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And if you’d like a shot at the entire Picnic Printable Package Giveaway 
 visit SWEET SANITY this FRIDAY!

Thank you so much Kerry!!
I love all of your Printables!!!
In addition to a fantastic etsy shop, Kerry has a beautiful blog with awesome ideas. 
Some of my favorites have been:
{Check out Kerry’s  awesome solution to hiding ugly technology items like wireless routers!}
{I am in LOVE with her Craigslist Chair Redo}
{In addition to having a fun etsy shop and a beautiful blog, she also has an awesome design blog where she shared this tutorial on how to put party cones together}
It would be awesome if you could head over to Sweet Sanity and leave Kerry a comment as a thank you for the free printables 🙂
xoxo

PS — I’m sharing a Spring Threaded Necklace tutorial over at Every Creative Endeavor today. So fun!!