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Monday, March 9, 2015
(The food table after the event)
I was tasked with decorating and cooking for the Married People Night Out events at our church with Kacie. This is the second event that we have done so far. I came up with an idea for the centerpieces for the 15 tables I had to decorate (and the small cafe tables in the food area). I didn't want to spend a lot of the church's money so I took a look around my house to see what I had a lot of. I had been collecting bottles to make a wine bottle chandelier but never got to it. And, I had bought around 60 framed mirrors from the Dollar Tree to make the Chippy Window Pane mirror from the Pottery Barn but never got to that either! So, I decided to prime and paint the 23 bottles in chalkboard paint and make easels out of the Dollar Tree mirrors. I went online searching for an easy cheap way to make the easels but couldn't find anything. I am posting here what I ended up doing to make the little easels for my church. (And the chalkboard bottles)
My idea board for the "LOVE" theme:
The "LOVE" sign I made out of silverware:
The smaller chalkboard bottles I made for the small cafe tables in the food table area:
I was so busy that night I never got a picture of the centerpieces on the big tables but someone had taken this and posted it to Facebook:
I had added these little metal bait cages (for fishing) to hold the chalk onto the larger bottles which were on the he larger tables in the sanctuary.They were there to write love notes on the bottles by the attendees ;) I had bought them at the 100 Yen store while living in Japan. You can buy them here: Metal bait cages
These are the Hobby Lobby Bottles:
To make the Cheap and Easy Chalkboard Easels
You will need:
2 Dollar Tree 8x10 framed mirrors
Chalkboard paint-for small jobs
Chalkboard Paint-for bigger jobs
Glue gun/ Glue sticks
The next Married People Night Out event theme possibility...."Let Love Grow" Spring theme
Peek at Idea board??
Saturday, February 7, 2015
David with his "MegOreo" birthday cake:)
I baked 2 boxes of devils food cake mix in a 12" Wilton cake pan. When it was cooled I cut it in half horizontally to make a top and bottom.
2 pkgs. devil's food cake mix
2 pkgs. (4 oz.) semi-sweet baking chocolate
1/2 cup butter
2 pkgs. (8 oz.each) brick cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
4 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
24 OREO Cookies, coarsely crushed
HEAT oven to 350ºF.
PREPARE cake batter according to boxes and bake in a greased 12" round cake pan. Cool cake in pan 10 min. Invert onto a wire rack; gently remove pan. Cool cake completely. Cut cake in half horizontally.
In a double boiler melt chocolate and butter. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Cool 5 minutes. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Gently stir in whipped topping and crushed cookies.
PLACE cake bottom on plate, spread with cream cheese mixture. Top with remaining top cake layer. Spread top with chocolate glaze; let stand 10 min. or until firm. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and toffe pieces. Keep refrigerated.