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Peanut Big Top Circus
The Greatest Show on Earth
Welcome back to another AMAZING party by my friend at FatCow. Angelina and I got acquainted when I started my blog this past summer and after talking on the phone over and over (I had no idea what I was doing with the blog) she mentioned that one of her passions is throwing birthday parties for her adorable daughter. After telling me some of her amazing ideas I HAD to ask for pics! Her ideas a beautiful and inspired. A big thanks to her for sharing on the blog. Without further aduie, here is her Big Top Circus Party…
Check out this beautiful little cake just for the birthday girl. The guests had cupcakes but Angelina had a little cake made just for her daughter. I love this idea! Make something extra special for the birthday kid that is smaller. It’s cost effective and really helps center the party around the little one it is meant for!
Try for a moment to tear your eyes off that adorable cake and notice the cup cake stand. Ange said, “For her very first bday, I requested my dad make me a cake stand that I can use over and over…each year, that stand gets painted and gets hit with the superglue big time. This year I basically bought a mini sewing kit and glued everything in the kit to that cake stand….and I love the idea that she has a personal cake stand every year for her cupcakes…that tends to be what’s always talked about….’what’s Ange going to do with the cake stand this year?'”
Check out the center pieces. Simple, hand made, inexpensive but they add so much!
Notice the paper balloon Happy Birthday banner in the background. So festive and also a decoration you can easily create on your own. But the take homes are the real feature here. Dollar store popcorn buckets stuffed with tissue paper and various prizes sticking out. Adorable, fun, and matchy!
Yes, that is a real dog with a clown nose on her face. What?! Adding simple touches like the toy riding an elephant is a cute and inexpensive touch. And so creative!
Angelina points out, “What isn’t pictured here, is the ceiling. I took red and white streamer, and made an old fashion, vintage style circus tent….her dad LOVED me for that one….it really gave it that lil something extra.”
It’s obvious that Angelina has amazing pictures from her parties. If you have a friend with camera skills (it seems like we all do) ask them to come be the photographer. It keeps you hands free for doing the stuff you need to do and you also end up with pictures that are much more than snap shots.
Ange says, “I truly love doing these events and now that she is getting older, she’s more and more involved and it’s total bonding time…love it!”
A huge thanks to Angelina for sharing her talents with the blog. Keep an eye out for more parties by her. If you want to see what she has already posted check out her “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” post by clicking here. If you want to see more ideas for a carnival themed party from this blog, click here.
World’s Best Meatloaf
Ok, I know I’m really making a statement here. World’s best meatloaf…I mean, that’s really saying something. I dare you, DARE YOU, to make this meatloaf and disagree with me. This is the result of years of tinkering with recipes, adjusting what worked, and using the best ideas for meatloaf from, well, everywhere. This ranks up there with warm chocolate cake and ice-cream. Yes, I just compared meat to cake. Now you have to try it.
Did I mention its wrapped in bacon?
1 pound ground beef or sausage
1 small package mushrooms, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 package bacon
1 to 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350. While the oven is heating fill a 9×13 pan half way up with water and put in oven to heat. I guess this is called a bain-marie. Don’t worry it’s gonna keep your meatloaf nice and moist.
In a skillet saute chopped onion, mushrooms and garlic until all of the water evaporates off of the mushrooms, about 8 minutes. Cool slightly.
In a large bowl combine ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, mushroom mixture, salt and pepper. Mix it well. I get right on in there with my hands and mash that mess up until it’s good and mixed. Adjust your bread crumbs so that the meat doesn’t stick to your fingers.
Line a bread loaf pan with bacon (this is where it gets good). On the ends I cut the bacon in half so it fits nicely. Press the meat mixture into the pan.
Place the bread pan in the bain-marie and bake uncovered for 1 hour 15 minutes.
Time to serve. Remove the meatloaf from the pan using two spatulas (including the bacon) and slice that puppy up. See all that “juice” (ok, we all know it’s grease from the bacon, but don’t think about it), drizzle it over the meatloaf and a side of mashed potatoes.
World’s best meatloaf. Told ya.
Happy 90th Birthday, Grandma Booth!
Click here or the picture to see what Leora Booth’s Great Grand kids gave her for her 90th birthday!
Grandma Booth is my husband’s grandmother and she just celebrated her 90th birthday. By anyone’s standards that is pretty incredible. I have known her 14 years and she is a woman who is full of surprises. She has remained active both physically and mentally her whole life. There have been countless Christmas parties that she has hand made the gifts for every grand kid or great grand kid. Her talents range from singing to playing the harmonica to painting to knitting to writing to pottery! I have often looked up to her and thought, “when I am her age I want to do what she does, continue learning and trying new things.” Grandma Booth, we all love you. Thank you for your love and example. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!