Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Salt Dough Ornaments

The kids and I made salt dough ornaments today. FUN!
So here is the oh so fun and simple directions.

Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water

Cookie cutters
Acrylic paint

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.

Mix together, salt, flour, and water until dough is formed.

Knead the dough on a floured surface until the mixture is elastic and smooth. If dough is too sticky, sprinkle with flour, continue to do so until stickiness is gone. Do not add too much flour, this will dry out the dough and will cause it to crack before you get a chance to bake it.

Roll out the dough to about 1/4 in thick with a rolling pin that has been dusted with flour.

Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes.

Use a toothpick to make a hole toward the top of the shape. Poke the toothpick into the shape, then holding toothpick straight up and down, make a circular motion as if you were stirring something. Keep circling until the hole is the size you want.

Place all shapes onto an ungreased cookie sheet and place into the preheated oven.

Bake for 2 hours.

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.


Sunday, December 5, 2010

What's in a name?

I am opening my own event planning business.
Rachel had approached me a week ago about opening my own business to do the parties at Pinwheel Kids. So after lots of thinking, we are!
I will still do all the parties at Pinwheel Kids, they just won't have to worry about it anymore.
We will start at the first of the year, as long as I can think of a name. Suggestions? Seriously, suggestions??? I can't find anything I really like and it's driving me nuts. I like "Setting the Mood" (already taken), Creative Connections, the word Soiree (not thinking everyone will understand that one though). I want something fun, but serious, and that will open us up to doing many different kinds of events in the future. Plus nothing cheesy like Dream Events or anything like that. Could I make this more complicated?
We are also putting brainstorming different kinds of parties. Right now we offer Painting and Tea parties, and have done a super hero party. We've thought of a Mad Scientist and Slumber (they are not staying the night) party.