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Hello, hello…so last weekend I had the HUGE honor of teaching a class at Pottery Barn Kids at my local mall on behalf of Project Nursery.  To see all of the pics & post details head on over to Project Nursery!!

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Good morning…today we have a very special guest blogger.  This is Leah of Mya Bruce Designs….friend, neighbor, foodie, graphic girl, DIY Enthusist & jewelry designer (I hope I didn’t leave anything off)  Basically, she is awesome and I asked her if she would like to be a guest blogger today and she said YES!!  Woo-hoo!!  So in honor of my party peeps, she wanted to share some fun dips that would make you party menu legit …soooo…loosen your belt and get ready for some foodie fabulousness!!

**Make sure you read the entire post because there is a FREE recipe card download for you!! **

Here is Leah:

I sort of have an obsessive appreciation of food. Maybe I am spending my adult years racing to discover all the beauties of food after the 8 years I ate PBJ at school, just because.  I would like to offer you a simple party food makeover for the slightly daring.

The best thing I contributed at my office over the last 10 years – hands down =

DIP DAY!  WOO!!!!

I’m one of those people that would get giddy over just having loads of appetizers for dinner instead of a main course…. Sunday night dinner here is often just bruschetta, brie and loads of bread slices.
For holidays, the husband deals with the main courses, and I ALWAYS spend way too much time planning the apps & the sides. Those are the best part, right!? I mean, it’s usually the carbs anyway, soooooo….nuf said.

Back to dip day.

So I basically demanded that my office was implementing Dip day, at least once a quarter. Everyone had to bring in something dip-able, and we would just snack on it ALL day!  It was fantastic!

There of course are always the standards:

–         Ranch dip will never go wrong. Who doesn’t like ranch?!?!

–         The classic chili cheese dip is somehow always a big winner as well. You will almost always regret it later, but you will eat it like crack-dip all day until then.

–         Yes, you need some kind of veggie dip because those picky I-only-eat-salad-people will starve otherwise.

But lets move on to how to revamp this idea. Here are some great alternatives to make your party with simple snacks a little bit more gourmet.

HOAGIE DIP!


http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2011/02/hoagie-dip-super-bowlicious.html

Come ON! Even the boys will eat hoagie dip. But it’s much more girl-i-fied here by making it pretty in a bread bowl, and topping on to yummy pieces of French bread.

PIZZA DIP!

 

http://www.salad-in-a-jar.com/family-recipes/pepperoni-pizza-dip-a-last-minute-super-bowl-idea

Brilliant I tell you. Who doesn’t like pizza? And you can make this with all your favorite toppings, but it’s way more gourmet then trying to scarf a whole slice down off that small, flimsy party plate.

A great way to upgrade those veggie dip eaters…

CHESSY CRUNCHY ZUCCHINI FRIES IN ROMESCO DIP

http://chiknpastry.com/2010/07/baked-zucchini-fries-and-romesco-sauce/

NDIVIDUAL COCKTAIL GLASSES OF 7-LAYER MEDITERRANEAN DIP WITH PITA WEDGES!

http://circle-b-kitchen.squarespace.com/food-and-recipes/2010/8/23/7-layer-mediterranean-dip.html

Even the kids will like this one:

HEALTHY BAKED COCONUT CRUSTED CHICKEN NUGGETS

 

http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2010/07/06/coconut-oat-crusted-chicken-nuggets-two-pomegranate-dipping-sauces/

HOMEMADE SOFT PRETZELS AND CREAM CHEESE BEER DIP

http://www.kohlercreated.com/blog/?p=5900

RASPBERRY MINI CHURROS DIPPED IN WHITE CHOCOLATE

http://raspberricupcakes.blogspot.com/2011/01/raspberry-mini-churros-with-white.html

Say WHAT?!?!?  OK I’m drooling over that.

Plus you know the kids would love it too, but it’s also fancy enough to make as a grown up dessert option.

PEANUT BUTTER COCONUT CANDIES DIPPED IN CHOCOLATE

http://www.manifestvegan.com/2010/05/chocolate-dipped-peanut-butter-coconut-candy/

Also for kids…

PEANUT BUTTER YOGURT DIP WITH APPLES

http://keepyourdietreal.com/food/appetizerssnacks/peanut-butter-yogurt-dip/

And the holy-cow-grand-finale….

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH DIP!

http://www.howsweeteats.com/2010/12/15/chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-dip/

Ok, seriously. This one did me in. Uh-MAZING IDEA! Secretly, we are ALL eating cookie dough right?!?!?

 

And guess what? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT!!!

Dip Diva iphone app. My life just got amazingly more exciting. I almost got misty-eyed.

http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2010/10/dip-diva-iphone-app-your-party-just-got.html

OK, I’m excited. And hungry. Who’s throwing the next party????

Keep it Fresh,Chicks! 🙂

Wanna see more Leah?  Find her here!!

Oh!!!  I almost forgot…what would a recipe round up be without one of the fab recipes on a FREE  download from Fresh Chick Desing Studio that I promised (:  Enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Well, here is a new thing I want to try out on the blog…I thought it would  be fun to feature one yummy recipe each week all ready to go on a free printable download recipe card.  Weeeee…fun, right?  We thought so!  So, to kick things off I wanted to feature my SWEET friend Stacy of Scrumptious Swirls.  She is hilarious, a ton of fun and a super creative chick in the kitchen!!

Now, this may be dangerous posting such yummy treats and I need to post this disclaimer…***fresh chick design studio cannot assume any responsibility for skinny jeans no longer fitting**  Ok, now that that is out of the was, let’s get to baking!!

Let me introduce

Brownie Snicker Bites with Toasted Marshmallow Topping

YUM!!!!  To see the full tutorial click HERE

and here is your recipe card…ENJOY!!!!

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There are always requests coming in for designs that are “inspired”  by some of the top kids character themes in the party world. Here are two that we just added to our Etsy Shop!!  We will have lots more very soon!!

Here’s Woody!!  Toy Story Inspired Invitation

or how bout a dancey, dancey birthday with this Yo Gabba Gabba inspired invitation?

So???….Are you ready to PARTY??

 

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Happy New Year my friends!!!  I truly hope you all had a happy and healthy holiday season!!  I LOVE the holidays but I am also happy to get a move on with the new year…so…to kick off 2011 I am feelin’ a little wild.  So wild I actually went to the gym 2 days in a row!  Eeek!  Well, if that is not wild enough for you then check out this adorable party by Rylie Boo Events.

Event:  Baby Shower

Party theme:  Where the Wild Things Are

Color Scheme: grey, blue, green & a deep yellow

Printables: Rylie Boo Events

Cookies:  The Cookie Jar

So cute!  Any lil’monster would be lucky to have such a fun themed baby shower!  This theme would also make an adorable birthday party too!!  Thanks for sharing Serena!!

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Happy Monday!!  I am going to keep this one short and sweet…and a little FRESH!   I want to start off today with a week of “thanks”!  I LOVE when I get party photos from customers….it makes me smile!!  So, thank you to all my wonderful customers who kindly send me post party updates and pics, it means the world to me….and for that….I am thankful!!! xoxo

Here are some fabulously FRESH party pics from a S’mores party…don’t you just LOVE the cupcakes?

and yes…those are little toasty marshmallows…delicious details!

Absolutely gorgeous!!

These favor stickers are perfect to embellish your treat bags!

Want to throw your own S’mores Birthday?

You can purchase these printable HERE!!

and…it is also available in PINK!!!

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I know there has been some chat about my holiday collections and the revel (:  but…there are still a few tweaks to be made….plus another collection or two to add to the mix.  I collaborated with two talented gal pals…Nancy of A to Zebra Celebrations and Shannon of Apple Velvet Photography.  I have a feeling the three of us will be working together quite a bit!!  Anyways…here is another set that made the cut, and is available now on my Etsy Shop.  This is the Minty Fresh Holiday Collection and is being photographed today!!  Say Cheese!!

So until the other collections are actually available…here is some more “eye candy” courtesy of Apple Velvet Photography!!

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