Category Archives: special occasions

Napkin folding heart


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Dress up your table with a flair, and make this valentine meal a memorable one.

Beauty is in details, one small decorative element can add all the glamour needed, for a romantic ambiance . To fold a napkin into heart, will only take 2 minutes of your time. Follow the step by step tutorial scheme:

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So easy! You don’t need to be an origami master to energize your valentine table with this beautiful heart. With a will and passion everything can be done, and the most important is your personal touch that makes the occasion memorable.

Choose the paper napkin color to suit the mood you are creating. You can use towel as well, but to have a perfect outcome you need to iron the folds to keep them pressed.

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I hope you all get an unforgettable Valentine, pink in your love, white in your heart and gold in your pocket 😉 euhhhh or diamond….

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Savoury Christmas tree – feta and thyme filling


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I bet on a Lebanese Christmas dinner table you can find 10452 kind of food, it’s not that we eat a lot, but we love and cherish good food. And since it’s a night for family reunion, all tastes should be satisfied!

I am someone who likes entrées, amuse bouches, salads…. and i like to add the festive look on the presentation for this special night that i believe it’s like no other! This year, I will be celebrating with my small family as we are not going home for this Christmas. My tiniest fans who are the most sincere fans and speaking the truth straight forward; it’s either yummy or yaki. So i had to try this feta zaatar (thyme) tree to see how many thumbs up i will get from Nady and Joud to avoid disappointment on Christmas eve! And lucky me I got 6 thumbs up counting in my husband 🙂

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It’s very easy to prepare and can be presented in less than 20 minutes, to be eaten in 2 minutes 🙂 Few ingredients are needed, as: puff pastry, zaatar, olive oil, feta cheese crumbled or cut in small cubes, and one egg for the wash.

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Roll out the dough on a parchment paper and cut 2 equal tree shape. Brush one tree with zaatar and olive oil, sprinkle the feta and cover with the second tree. Cut parallel and equal lines on both sides of the tree as the photo shows. Twist each part to do the branches and press it down to the parchment paper. Brush with the egg wash and bake on 200°C for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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There is no accurate amount for the ingredients, as you can make the tree the size you want, and put zaatar and cheese as per your taste! I told you it’s very easy and quick. Try it, i am sure it will add more fun to your Christmas table, and more yummy to your tummy.

Don’t forget to add some decoration on the side. Beauty is in details!

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kids want to have fun! Kit Kat Christmas treeTs


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It’s the season to be jolly … I think it can be also it’s the season for serious chocolate lovers! When you say Christmas you think chocolate, they come together like best friends. Kids and adults indulge in all kinds of chocolate desserts with no guilt, it’s Christmas!

This is an easy kit kat chocolate dessert with lots of fun preparing it with your kids. Not just looking cute, but it tastes nice also.

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You will need Kit Kat chocolate bars (the one of four parts), as many as you want, depending on how many piece you want, keeping in mind each one makes 2 to 3 trees.

White chocolate melt colored green.

Confetti and stars (made of sugar), you can also have any small sugar Christmas decoration, as cane, santa, snowmen….up to you.

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Cut 2 or 3 triangles out of each Kit Kat bar, keep the trimmed edges to make the tree trunk. Place on parchment paper. Put the green chocolate melt in a ziplok  bag and make a very tiny cut at to pipe the garlands. Sprinkle the confetti (and the decorations you find), and finally place the star.

PS: to attach the trunk to the tree put a little chocolate melt

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Place in the fridge for 15-20 minutes before placing them on a tray, using a little chocolate melt that serves like glue to prevent the trees from falling. Sprinkle coconut powder to look like snow between the trees.

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So cute to be eaten! Try it with your kids and have fun, these are the best moments spent with your kids especially during the magical Christmas season. Enjoy!

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How to DIY an angry birds birthday party decoration


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19 december 2012, a miracle was born and my world hasn’t been the same since! Today my first son, Nady, turns four.

Four precious years with you my son, gave to love different meaning and to life new dimensions. You are my joy, my best genes, my faith and my eternity. If the earth turns around the sun, then the sun must turn around you or else where he will get his radiance from….

Nady is a big fan of angry birds, lately everything in the house turned to be branded as angry birds star wars, angry birds space, angry birds go…. We are living in an angry bird world, so it wasn’t unexpected to ask for an angry birds birthday. I guess i said angry birds six times in one sentence, so imagine how many times i hear it in one day !

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I wanted to surprise him with the decoration, cake design, animation… basically with  everything! All i wished for is to see that awesome look on his face when he sees the set up and i believe i succeeded. It was a very nice party, and I would like to share with you some nice decoration ideas that i crafted myself and made all the difference!

Angry birds star wars banner, calling for action!

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Click here to download the high resolution file 2×1.3 meters without the typography, to add your personal text!

Angry birds lanterns! All you need is to cutout the faces i prepared for red, chuck and pig.

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I prepared vector files, easy to be resized without affecting the resolution. To download them, click on chuck, pig and red. Resize it depending on your lanterns sizes.

Angry birds flags, four colors/birds design. Green for pig, red for red, yellow for chuck and blue for jay, jake and jim!

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Click on red, green, yellow and blue to download editable vector files for the buntings!

TNT boxes for more action!

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Very simple, just get some brown boxes and stick TNT stickers, pile them and you get a nice decoration element, to add more fun and action! And here is attached a printable  tnt-sticker. 

Cupcake angry birds star wars toppers! Glue two circles on a wooden stick and insert it in a cupcake to see this beautiful display!

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Click cake-topper and cake-topper-2 to download the printable files.

If you are wondering where i got the display boxes from, you can find them in Ikea!

Here is a nice way to display the marshmallows and pop corn!

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Stick pig face on a bucket and put a catapult!

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To make these TNTs, you need to roll 5 or 6 red cardboard into cylinders and stick them together with black tape. Glue beige thread on top of each to make them look realistic.

M&M bottles as angry birds food!

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Click here to download the high resolution file of the bottle tags!

Angry birds nest!

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A creative and fun way to present the pretzel sticks and nuts!

Angry birds water! Click here for the printable tag design.

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Giveaways bags!

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I chose two characters, red and bomb and stick their faces on the corresponding bag color, red for red and black for bomb. (I’ve attached already the faces printable files in flags)

And finally, the t-shirt design as per nady’s request! Click on tshirt to download the high resolution file to be printed on a white tshirt.

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Advent calendar – Santa claus beard


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Welcome to that time of the year that works magic on my serotonin! They say in each one of us there is a hidden child… mine really likes to have an appearance around Christmas time.

…Everything gets dressed in festive look; windows at the shops are more joyful, same food and desserts taste better, red and green are not just ordinary colors anymore and all eyes are on that enchanting sky hoping to see the red nose between the stars…

It’s the time when we all pause and reconsider our values, belief and attitude.

It’s the perfect quality and happiest time with the family, especially for those living abroad, but unfortunately this year we can’t make it back home for the reunion… It’s sad we are not sharing this Christmas with the family, but thinking positively, Santa got me an early gift this year, I have a new friend. And this is what Christmas is all about; something new and precious is born…

Today is the first day of the festive month and i am aaaaaaall ready for Christmas, this buzzword “Christmas” you will be reading zillion times in my posts during December until we reach the D day. So let’s start the countdown folks!

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This year i have to prepare 2 advent calendars, one for Nady and one for Joud! They are both about Santa’s beard; one is trimming it while counting down to reach Christmas and the other about growing it, since Joud is only 16 months and can’t use scissors, sticking cotton balls on the beard was a good and fun idea for his age.

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If you are wondering about the fun part, the daily sweet or toy, Nady will find it written behind each strip he will cut and Joud will collect it from the christmas tree 🙂

If your kid’s age let you take the advent calendar to the next level, don’t just offer sweets or toys, you can teach them the real meaning of Christmas by putting words of values (such as faith, forgiveness….) instead or along with the daily surprise.

Click here to download the trimming option and click here for the growing one.

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