Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fancy Nancy Birthday Party How To

Wow! My daughter wanted a Fancy Nancy themed party this year and I just have to say that it was so fun and easy to put together! Not to mention a very affordable theme!

For those unfamiliar with the Fancy Nancy book series by Jane O'Connor, she is a young girl who uses items from around her home to make her room, family, and life more fancy! So instead of buying decorations, expensive party food, and cake can make a fancy party using items from around your house!

Now, I bet a lot of you are thinking...yeah, but that means you need to have fancy things in your house! But trust me, when I started walking around the house with my daughter we found fancy things in the strangest places :-) So I thought I'd do a blog post on some of the things that worked well for us!

1) Fancy Nancy Birthday Cake

I love to decorate cakes! I've done a ton of different styles and I have to say that this was one of the easiest I've made and came out looking the most elegant! Once the cake was baked it really only took about 45 minutes to build and frost it start to finish! As far as cake pans go I used two 9-in. rounds and two 6-in. rounds. I used two cake mixes to fill up the four pans and baked them according to the box directions. (of course my daughter picked funfetti because that is fancy!) The top layer is simply a 4 in. round gift box that I found at the Hallmark store. The only real
decorating I did was to frost it pink and purple and piped on a few words and trim. The bottom layer was actually my favorite and took no time at all because it was just random squiggly lines! After that I topped it with gold ribbon leftover from a Christmas project, costume jewelery from my kids dress up bin, and few make-up items from my bag! Ooh-la-la!

2) Fancy Nancy Decorations

Get creative in where you look! We got a lot of our party decorations out of our holiday decoration boxes. Especially Christmas and Valentine's day. The Christmas stuff provided us with with lots of gold colored items as well as a white beaded garland! While the V-day decorations obviously provided us with hearts, and frills, and pink galore! I also found a box of old materials I used to make bouquets for my wedding! That gave us pink ribbon to curl! We also found some purple tulle in my fabric scraps that made our light fixture look quite fancy! We also hit up the girls dress up box for some of the other table decorations!

3) Fancy Nancy Party Food

The food for this party was a big money saver over ordering pizza or something of the like! In fact there is even a Fancy Nancy tea party guide that can give you some more ideas! The biggest thing that made it fancy was instead of forks, we cut everything small and the guests ate with toothpicks! Because "everything tastes better when you eat with frilly toothpicks!" according to Nancy herself! Plus you can take a lot of kids favorite foods fancy by miniaturizing them! Here are a few things that we did!

- Banana and peanut butter finger sandwiches (use a heart shaped cookie cutter)
- fruit and dip (don't forget the frilly toothpicks!)
- raspberry lemonade (I sliced a lemon and added that with some frozen berries)
- pepperoni and cheese kabobs on toothpicks
- cheese and crackers
- party mints

4) Fancy Nancy Party Favors

Some of our table decorations doubled as party favors! I did buy 2 dozen fresh roses (on sale at Smiths for 12 dollars) that were used as a centerpiece, flower petals, and as party favors. I also bought a dozen small tiaras from Amazon for 8 dollars and some extra doilies for 4 dollars. I used them on the table and then sent them home with the girls! So instead of spending a ton of money and time putting together party favor bags that will be thrown away within a day by the other moms...I sent each guest home with a tiara, a necklace, and rose! Pretty fancy!

5) Fancy Nancy Activities

For activities I referred to Fancy Nancy books! In The Fabulous Fashion boutique they have a birthday party for her sister where they play fashion show and walk around with bananas on their head for posture! Each girl came dressed fancy so we had fashion show and had relay races with bananas on our head! I also found a Melissa and Doug alphabet necklace set on Amazon. It was 10 dollars and came with enough supplies for all of the girls to make a necklace and take it home! If you are more crafty than I am I'm sure you could come up with a craft from supplies you already have! Some other ideas that I didn't do but read elsewhere were to have an etiquette school, have the girls decorate old pairs of sunglasses with jewels and feathers, or make tiaras.

Well, those are my random thoughts about throwing a Fancy Nancy party! I'm sure other have come up with many more creative ideas!! I just couldn't believe how much fun it was to put together this party! I think my daughter enjoyed finding the decorations and making the food as much as she enjoyed the party itself! That's the magic of Fancy Nancy though! Taking everyday things and making them fancy with your family!

I'm back and making Fried Ice Cream!

Well, my twinners are now 9 weeks old and doing great!! And after a 3 month blogging break I am back in the kitchen and cooking again!

I've noticed that some new people are beginning to read my blog and I hope they will come back now that I'm getting it going again. Feel free to leave comments, questions and suggestions on posts! Also, you can click on the right hand side of the page and become a follower! When I first started this blog I had hoped that it would become a community where women could talk about cooking, decorating, cleaning, books, kids, etc. I hope that now that my health has returned and I'm able to update more that we can get that going again.

So...Let's start it off right with a yummy summer treat! I got this fried ice-cream recipe from my Mom. We usually have it for the 4th of July but with all the goings-on this year, I hadn't made it all summer. So it was a great treat last weekend. I hope you enjoy it too!

Fried Ice Cream
3/4 cup butter (melted)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 cups rice krispies
1 1/2 cup coconut (shredded and sweetened-in the baking aisle)
1 1/4 cup chopped pecans
2 half-gallon containers vanilla (I usually only use about half of the second half-gallon)
1 1b. strawberries (sliced)
1 container strawberry glaze (you can usually find this in the produce section. It comes in a small container about the size of a normal sour cream container)

Remove ice-cream from freezer and allow to soften while you make the topping. Melt butter in a large pot. Add brown sugar and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add rice krispies, coconut, and chopped pecans. Press 2/3 of mixture into a 9x13 pan. Spoon softened ice cream into pan and level. Top with remaining cereal mixture. Freeze at least 1 hr. Meanwhile, stir sliced strawberries with strawberry glaze and refrigerate.

Remove ice-cream from freezer 5 minutes before cutting. Top with strawberry mixture and serve!