A Teddy Bear Picnic

“Teddy and I invite you to celebrate my birthday of two

A Teddy Bear picnic is what we will do,

be sure to bring your teddy with you!”

We celebrated our sweet Tennyson’s second birthday with a teddy bear picnic!

We started with stacked pallets and dressed them with a blue gingham tablecloth.  Simple smilax greens were placed as a table runner. Next, individually packed picnic lunches and crisp white pillow cushions were placed for each child in attendance.

Children and their teddy bears snacked on fresh berries, peanut butter and honey sandwiches, and Oh Crumb’s! delicious sugar cookies. Empty honey bear containers paired wth paper straws made for perfect beverage holders.

Carolina Cake Queen made an amazing “semi naked” almond cake with amaretto buttercream icing. In keeping with the decor we added fresh cut smilax to garnish the cake.

The children especially enjoyed the teddy bear bean bag toss and listening to the reading of The Teddy Bears Picnic. Each child was sent home with their own copy of the book.




Arranging A Buffet

wedding-barrelThere is no one way to set a buffet table, though the following tips may help in arranging the space for the best flow ensuring that your guests can maneuver the line with ease.

Begin with placement of the serving table. Ideal positioning would allow guests access to the food from both sides of the table .

Stack plates at one end of the table so that guests have access to these first.

Food comes next. Arrange it at various heights so that guests can see and reach everything with ease. Make sure each dish has a coordinating serving utensil so guests can easily dish up their food.

Finish the table with utensils and napkins. Only provide utensils that your guests will need to use. If a knife is not needed, don’t offer one.  To make the grab-and-go a breeze, wrap each set in a napkin and secure it with a piece of ribbon or twine. Condensing the utensils and napkin will make it easier for guests to carry their plates to their seats.
Plan a separate table for beverages. By situating the beverage table away from the food table, you give your guests a chance to choose their food and put the plate down before pouring a drink.

Buffets are a great way to serve food for any size gathering. Remember that the key is to make it functional and easy for your guests as they serve themselves.



Celebrating the Olympics


As the Brazilian actress Regina Casé, who warmed up the tens of thousands of fans at Maracana stadium, put it: “Here in Brazil, we like to party.”

Well, here at the Donehue household, we also like to party! We enjoyed the 2016 opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics with an “around the world” party.

We kicked things off with an Olympic soundtrack, some songs included:

• “We Are The Champions” by Queen
• “World’s Greatest” by R. Kelly
• “Olympic Fanfare” by John Williams
• “All I do is Win” by DJ Kahled
• “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N Roses
• “London Bridge” by Fergie
• “Lose Yourself” by Eminem
• “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
• “Bugler’s Dream” by Leo Arnaud
• “Sandstorm” by Darude
• “The Olympic Spirit” by John Williams

Each couple was asked to bring a signature beverage from a different country, creating a colorful, fully stocked bar with selections from around the globe.

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To me the Olympics are about uniting all the different countries together. For this party we really wanted to bring an element of global unity to the decor. I hung garland of various flags on the popcorn bar, olympic rings on the big screen, and an olympic tissue paper torch served as a centerpiece for the drink table.