A Floral First Birthday

At the beginning of June we celebrated a lovely little girl’s first birthday in style. In an event inspired by summer peonies and ranunculi we created a whimsical and bright atmosphere to delight party guests of every age.

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The celebration commenced on a bright summer morning. Oversized balloons danced above tables laden with savories and sweets; children ran giggling through towering lace tents while their parents mingled beneath a ceiling full of garlands. It was a grand time and the house was filled with family and friends all gathered to celebrate the birthday girl.

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When guests first arrived they were greeted by a small table filled with handmade party hats. We added a bright ranunculus to the birthday girl’s to set it apart using a hot glue gun and silk flower. The kids each donned a hat and then moved on to grab a lunch box with kid-friendly foods inside. Because we intended to serve more refined foods at the party, we decided to offer familiar options for the kids in addition to the buffet. Our boxes were filled with PB&J’s, grapes, and animal crackers.

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_MG_2928_MG_3183_MG_3195One key element in building a beautiful party is to create a few focal points, where the majority of decorations converge. For Charlotte’s floral first birthday we made the buffet table, the cake table, and the children’s play area the focal points.

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The buffet table featured a variety of bruschetta boards filled with cheeses, fruit, roasted veggies, salamis, and spreads.

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On the wall above the table a beautiful vine trailed down, sent to us by ForeverBloomsByLori. The leaves were the exact shade of green we were hoping for, and brought life to the table. We held the vine in place with Scotch Indoor Mounting Tape, which held up the heavy vine without peeling paint or leaving holes in the wall. I used an ample amount of floral wire and after cutting the ends off of a few wired together a total of 6 branches into three large vines to create the arch_MG_2947_MG_2935 The sweet silhouette of Charlotte was contributed by prettiestSilhouettes and added an elegant touch to the table. Colorful floral print surrounding a delicate custom silhouette, and repurposed as the perfect addition to her bedroom’s photo wall._MG_2944_MG_2945

Charlotte’s mama is a photographer, and has a 365 project of Charlotte in the works, so photographs of the birthday girl were an abundant feature of the party, and added the perfect backdrop to the cake table. We tacked twine vertically across the window and curtains and then taped the photographs up and down each strand._MG_2955

In keeping with our floral theme, we wound strands of vine and plastic flowers around the balloon strings. Small vases of peonies and other summer flowers were scattered about the rooms, and fresh, edible flowers adorned even the cake! The naked vegan almond cake was adapted from this recipe. We simply baked four cakes (and a teeny one for Charlotte) and used true whip whipped cream to layer them. The mini bunting was created with scraps from the large bunting we hung above the children’s play area.

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We created all of the garlands ourselves. The vine garland was simply strung together using plastic vine and floral wire. The string of tassels was made from scrap yarn, and the felt floral garland was created using this tutorial. The floral bunting was our favorite, and was born out of some creative ingenuity. We found the perfect pattern of flowers as a role of wrapping paper! We glued the wrong sides together using paper cement, traced triangles in the size we desired, cut them all out and then sewed them together with white all-purpose thread on a sewing machine. Swinging high above the play area, the abundance of garlands added a sweet and festive look to the room.

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As we dreamt up this party, we knew that the kids would need somewhere to play indoors thanks to the scorching Arizona summer. We created the whimsical lace tents based off of this Pinterest pin. The tutorial called for wooden dowels to keep the frames together, but we would suggest purchasing knobs for a dresser or something similar to keep them from coming out of the frame. The teepee was created using a canvas painter’s tarp and cotton duck material, and was inspired by this tutorial.

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The celebration was spectacular, and little Charlotte was showered with love on her special day. The party was fresh and beautiful – the perfect way to celebrate a lovely little girl. We thank all of our contributors for helping to make the event a success!


Baby Boy-themed baby shower… chalkboard, tricycles, ABC blocks and geometric garlands

A comfortably classic-themed baby shower in honor of Kannon King.

From tricycles and ABC blocks to Sloppy Joes and Iced Tea…

Being greeted at the door with a gift table and guest signing book, on through the social room with games and a craft to gift the new parents, and around to the dining room complete with geometrically shaped garlands and delicious family style Sloppy Joes, Hot Dogs and Sorbet Punch. This shower had that “complete” feel that I strive for in a party.

Fingerprint guest signing book handcrafted by jumpjackstudio. This adorable tricycle provided a creative opportunity for guests to leave a sign of their love and support with their fingerprint and initials, and will become a framed memorabilia for the mama to treasure for years to come. DSCN0329DSCN039611206112_952268718146239_7405390045279619019_nDSCN0411

A clothesline of custom-made onesies by RedBootsDesign. They specialize in customizable clothing for the whole family, so hop on over and find a fitting wear for your occasion.

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Patterned burp cloths made for a cute addition to the party, with themed tricycles and retro cars created for this party by  NonisNappies; they added a fabulous pop of color to the occasion. And not to mention I am sure they will be a welcome gift for the new mama and visiting guests ;)IMG_0373DSCN0311DSCN0313

I can’t get enough of this stellar tricycle print! Framed for the occasion, PatentPrints provided this large quality image of a tricycle blueprint on chalkboard background. Which was not only an added background to the party but will make a great piece of wall art for the baby room that he can keep for years!
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The best of both worlds here. A group craft that doubles as a gift for the mama and future play toy for little Kannon – his very own alphabet blocks personalized by his parents closest friends and family. How neat is that?! TBQBoutique specializes in custom orders of smooth wooden blocks ready for your next baby shower!IMG_0371DSCN0389

A gift that keeps on giving, and it doesn’t stop there! TBQBoutique has created a special coupon just for you! By using the coupon code ToEntertainPartyBlog you will receive 15% off your purchase. This coupon expires July 11th and there is no minimum purchase, so be sure to check it out soon!
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The final product! Adorable, right?! Perfect for room décor till Kannon is old enough to play with them and very stimulating and entertaining for sure :) 
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This garland was my leading inspiration for this shower. Retro boy colors in geometric shaped garlands trailing across the wall and clustered with a waterfall effect at the end. Perfection thanks to custom garlands by Katie at SassyPantsNebraska. Not only were the colors just perfect, the collection of unique shapes and sizes made it a really mesmerizing backdrop!

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Chalkboard table runner, Kraft food trays & sandwich bags. Provided by CMWrapNShipSupply this shop gave the party that truly “complete” feel that I love so much. Using the chalkboard runner at the front door for the guest signing and favor bags, jumbo trays to cary lunch around in, and spill safe food bags to contain the delicious sloppy joes! A one-stop-shop with tons of party supplies.

DSCN0437DSCN0441I’ll admit I had to look this one up – “sherbet.” It’s not just me who pronounces it “sherbert” right?!? We had fun sounding all fancy – while trying to pronounce it “sherbét.”DSCN0443Sheet cake dressed up with fruit, with accessories from hobby lobby.DSCN0355

Another lively debate came from my interpretation of ice tea… since that’s how I say it, a handful of people stopped by and commented, “is it ice tea or iced tea?” Kind of a tongue twister to say iced tea several times in a row. Though the tea is “iced” I like to drink ice tea ;DDSCN0380Tin Tie favor bags, chalkboard tags and tiny clothespins were also provided by CMWrapNShipSupply.  We added some colorful tricycles and thank you notes to personalize them for this occasion. Full of popcorn, chocolate chips, m&m and pretzels they made a great long lasting take home snack bag for the guests.DSCN0322DSCN0334

“Korn”  in keeping with the theme :)
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As always, thanks for joining us.

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Stay tuned for another great party posting this weekend.


Afternoon Baby Shower… Ice Tea, Parfaits and Bubbly!

Welcome to our quaint little gathering, celebrating the upcoming third daughter of a dear friend of mine. She’s in the homestretch now, and nothing cheers up a tired mama more than good food and great company! IMG_9618

Handcrafted with love, these little fabric roses were the inspiration for the simple elegance of this lovely sprinkle shower.

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Roses delicately hanging above a delicious sweet ‘n savory spread.
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A wide variety of goodies to please everyone. IMG_9624

Scrumptious sweets! Fresh fruit, cookies and mouthwatering desserts from the bakery section. For a small gathering like this it really didn’t cost much to provide an appealing selection that was both beautiful and delicious.IMG_9628

Tasty little cake bites displayed on this mini cake stand I scored at a thrift store! The other two behind it I superglued together to add an element of height to the table. The clear one is an upside down glass, and the white one was a vase from an edible flower arrangement. With the right sized plates they easily pass for store bought ;)

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Strawberries add a world of class, with their bright color and juicy freshness.

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A section of deli meat ‘n cheese, dressed up with fresh herbs.IMG_9636IMG_9637

The savories – a tasty selection of veggies, grains and protein, especially ideal for expecting mamas at any occasion.
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Drink station featured iced tea, lemonade, water and Thai tea. (The tea was confused for carrot juice, which would have been delicious too!)

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A little bit of bubbly… it is a celebration after all! With a sparkling Italian soda as an alternate option, we all felt so classy drinking from the champagne flutes :)IMG_9656

A fresh sunflower from a friend.

An array of bright florals and vines would have been lovely here as well. Time permitting I’d add that to my to-do list next time.IMG_9710

Mini parfait… yum! There are so many delicious yogurt bar ideas to choose from out there, but we decided to keep it simple and sweet. Greek, vanilla or strawberry yogurt with granola, nuts, craisins and coconut. I don’t mind admitting I went back for seconds!

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I absolutely love using occasions like this to pull out the vintage napkins and silverware I’ve been saving up.IMG_9668

Hopefully I’ll get to posting a tutorial on these adorable flowers. For now check out the ones I pinned on our “Baby Shower, Afternoon Tea”.

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I hope you’re enjoying your summer so far. Till next time, Adieu!


Gardening Party, Sister’s Birthday

Beautiful sisters, with their bright floral dresses, soft ringlet hair, shining blue eyes and adorable little smiles. These pretty little girls deserve a special little party to cherish and enjoy.

Dainty whites and vibrant pinks mingled with brown paper sack lunches and trendy urban gardening. Inspired by their urban farm life, I really enjoyed mixing the feminine and refined decor with a more surreal and down-to-earth activity… terracotta pot painting and wildflower seed planting!

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Offered right from the start, sack lunches for the kids and finger foods for the adults. In my experience providing sack lunches for the kids is the most practical way to make sure the little ones get both a satisfying and healthy meal, while reserving the more elaborate appetizers for the adults, ensuring that everyone is happy.

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Mixing a variety of intricate buntings and garlands is a beautiful and easy way to decorate for any event. A handful of simple garlands with more refined pieces like this Doily Bunting is sure to catch the eye. ThespoolroomIMG_8872_2

This brightly colored heart garland from our Valentine’s Day Brunch is a real favorite!

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Finally, using some of my stash of stored-up fabric, I simply cut some strips and looped them onto a rope for a quick bunting. It worked beautifully,  filling up empty space and bringing all the colors together in one piece.

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Using some of this fabulous double sided tape, intricate hand-crafted silk flowers stood alone in their beauty and grace. CharmingChicDecorIMG_8892

The details of these flowers are amazing and they make the perfect party decorations… brightening any room.

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Take a peek at these adorable little favor boxes! Since the kids had such exciting craft favors to take home we decided to treat the mamas with a little something too: a plantable paper favor full of wildflower seeds and its very own spot of dirt and mini-pot. NatureFavors
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The highlight? Painting flower pots, playing with soil, and planting butterfly paper full of wildflower seeds!IMG_8925

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Mini Terra-cotta pots & pretty recycled paper butterflies ready to be planted are a gift that keeps on giving. The little ones are so excited, waiting with anticipation for their wildflowers to grow!  NatureFavorsIMG_8951

An irresistible bucket of fresh soil, complete with bright gardening tools and pinwheels.IMG_8926IMG_8933

Letting their creativity flourish, mixing the colors seemed to be quite amusing

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Happiest birthday girls ever!

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Cozette showing off all the pretty decorations we incorporated into this special party. Be sure to check out their shops for even more variety and inspiration!

TheSpoolRoom upcycles gorgeous and vintage doilies to create one-of-a-kind garlands and buntings; delicate pieces, and each one is unique!
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The intricate and personalized wrappings always make me smile. A big Thank You! to our contributors.IMG_8629

Party at my house–it feels like a celebration every time a package arrives at my doorstep. NatureFavors has over a hundred options to choose from, with a variety of colors, shapes and sizes.
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Our wildflower seeds have sprouted just over a week after being planted!

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Such elegant variety! I’m so looking forward to incorporating these little beauties into more parties in the future. CharmingChicDecor creates beautiful and personalized decorations for any occasion, from gifts and favors to holidays and home decor. IMG_8699IMG_9491

I’ve already transformed one of these little pretties into a hair clip. Isn’t it just perfect?!
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Tiny Tea Party, Ice Tea & Flower Crowns

A Fairy Tale transformation fitting for the little princesses that they are.

For this little Tea Party I will share some fabulous tips that helped me plan it in just one week! Short notice, but once the ideas started flowing I knew there was no turning back… I was too excited to create the perfect princess tea party for sweet little Briseus and her friends.

Starting with the backdrop – lace, chiffon, & gorgeous green sheer fabric.

Tip No.1 Don’t be afraid to ask around! You’d be surprised at what miscellaneous pieces people have stored away for that “some day” moment, and here it is =) Especially if you know any thrifty buyers out there. Like my mom, for example, who passed that wonderful (though inconvenient at times for my storage space) gene to me.  She had saved these huge pieces of vintage lace curtains which I simply tacked around the inside of the patio, leaving an opening for the entrance and way to the yard. I say simple though the trick really lies in a stubby little hammer I tote with me to every event – get one! It makes everything so much quicker and saves your thumbs from certain and terrible fate.

The green sheer material I picked up from our local fabric superstore (SAS), and  I purchased it by the pound. You can imagine how cheap that was! You may recognize the color from My Wedding post a few years back :) (a little hard to see but I made all of the table squares coverings from it)

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Now the PomPoms: I had the good fortune of featuring many of these in past parties such as our Valentines Day brunch & Asian – themed bridal shower. Which brings me to…

Tip No. 2 Save them! They fluff up real nicely with a little TLC and can be used for such a variety of events not to mention around the house, like above the baby crib :) I have put in the work of refolding and storing them in compact little boxes for quite a while but since I plan to be designing more parties this year I’ve resorted to storing them in big furniture boxes in my shed.

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Tip No. 3 Handmade flower crowns & vintage-inspired doily runner.
Though I didn’t get a chance to sew my doilies together due to the various shapes I was able to acquire in time, images on Pinterest sparked the idea for this adorable table setting.
The flower crowns were inspired by my recent collaboration with two photographers for a Daughters Series. anastasiacampos & dwellrichlyphotography. The napkin rings also doubled as bracelets and both were a particularly treasured party favor for the little girls to wear home. Simple and quick, using grape vine wreath, miscellaneous plastic small flowers and leaves, I hot glued them on in little bunches with the leaves covering the seam where the wreath is wrapped with floral tape.

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A classic piece to reuse for many occasions, this little white picket fence was featured in our recent Puppy Party.DSC_6648

Now for the tea; it is a tea party after all :) Even though it’s only spring, down here in Phoenix that still means 80/90 degree weather so we opted for some sweet peach ice tea with blueberry & mint ice cubes.

Tip No. 4 Creative ice cubes =) Having a fresh mint plant out front this year (praying it survives the summer) I decided to add a little leaf to each ice cube, having tried the blueberries before, but frozen at our 4th of July Summer Party, I decided to use fresh ones this time to maintain the color of the tea. 
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Tip No. 5 Food, yep you heard me, fooooodddd… but it doesn’t just have to be for sustenance, adorable little finger foods make for a great center piece and an even better incentive to eat those delicious veggies ;) Butterfly celery & pretzels, deviled eggs and open-faced sandwiches cut into flowers with cookie cutters… Yum!
After contemplating various ways to cut the flower shapes out of full sandwiches the amazing mama host settled on open-faced sandwiches which saved her a lot of work and also allowed for the decorative cucumbers and cheese to show too!

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Tip No. 6 Relax & Enjoy! Extra food was kept aside for the mamas (and grandma:) who stayed to help out, but with a small group of little girl friends it was smooth going from there–no extra activities or busy schedule needed, just a great imagination and a childhood sense of wonder.

Cute little girlies enjoying lunch together
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And displaying proper etiquette, a sign of a true princess <3DSC_6706DSC_6707

After lunch the final course presented was a delicious fruit cake!DSC_6698DSC_6699

Covered in cool whip they literally enjoyed a cake made from fruit =) Watermelon Cake!

Tip No. 7 Feel free to improvise! If you’re not that into an overly sugary dessert, consider the natural sweetness of fresh watermelon to wrap up the meal with celebration. We did, and everyone was thoroughly pleased with it =)
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Tip No. 8 Capture the moment! It can be difficult to chase around even a handful of little ones to get a good picture, so setting up a simple “stage” for them to gravitate towards is sure to help you get those pictures of friends that they will cherish through the years.
A long piece of window treatment draped over some branches and surrounded by more phenomenal pompoms made for the picture perfect space. Remember these 3D Flower Pompoms from my first party? And the paper lanterns I’ve been stashing up on from the clearance end aisles at Target – score! ;)
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After a satisfying lunch and tea, the girls danced and played together under this dreamy little tree set up as a photo booth to capture the moment of friendships growing though the years. DSC_6685DSC_6688

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Cars & Trucks / Transportation & Automotive, 2nd Birthday Party

Happy 2nd Birthday Zander!

This little boy loves everything car–especially Fire Trucks from his Daddy’s work and School Buses from his Mommy’s.

Personalized invitation sets included printed invites, envelopes and return labels. But that’s not all… check out the other items  delightpaperie provided below!

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A large “Happy Birthday” banner is printed on glossy, sturdy paper and adjustable on a bright red ribbon.
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Favor tags and table confetti, personalized to fit to occasion and send home a special note from the birthday boy.

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Everything from invites & banners to table confetti & gift tags, and we especially love the waterproof bottle labels!IMG_6342

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Check out her huge, growing collection of invitation and party accessories here :delightpaperie

 

Upon arrival guests were greeted at the entrance with this super adorable chalkboard poster, printed at FedEx for under $15! Marisol at Ladyfromsundesigns was really great to work with, very thorough and prompt.

IMG_6338 2 Personalized for the little birthday boy, these charts are the cutest way to keep track of these precious moments.

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Use the code 20SALE to receive 20% off anything in the shop! Shop Now through April 30th.

Cupcake wrappers in monster truck, race car, metal diamond patterns… it doesn’t end there! Check out SewCouturebyMeg for full themed party supplies.IMG_6339 IMG_6307 IMG_6308

 

Like mud on a tire we loved combining these two beauties to really excite the kiddos!

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Hand crafted and extremely adorable, these cupcake toppers really added a “wow” factor to the party. Little ones and adults alike loved ’em! Visit 4HeartsPaperCraftCo to see hundreds more of her crafty creations!IMG_6338 IMG_6314 IMG_6316

 

Birthday boy’s very own name banner! And with his favorite vehicles =)

Zander’s 2nd birthday was a huge success and he will have this sturdy foam name banner to keep for years to come.

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And don’t forget to take some time to wind down after the party!

This shirt provides the perfect bonus at the end of the day–an automotive town for the little one to drive his car on and a free back massage for dad, all while mom enjoys some well-deserved quiet time. Get yours at TheBlueBasketShop :)
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Lemon Balls Recipe

Are you looking for a sure crowd-pleaser or a healthy snack to enjoy this Easter?

Introducing…

LEMON BALLS!

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These are guilt-free, and one of my favorite treats.

They’re simple to make with a high-powered blender or food-processor.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of soaked dates
  • 2 small lemons
  • 2 cups oats OR 2 cups oat flour
  • 1 cup almonds OR 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup small pecan pieces
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • dash of salt
  • shredded coconut (optional)

Directions

Soak the dates for 20 minutes in hot water to soften. Remove the pits, and squeeze out excess water.

While they’re soaking, wash and peel the lemons, and cut the skins into very small pieces of zest. You don’t need to use the zest, but I find it adds a lovely lemony taste and lots of Vitamin C.

Juice the lemons.

Grind the oats into flour (or use already made flour). Grind the almonds into flour also.

Combine the flours with the salt and pecan pieces in a mixing bowl.

Then, blend or process the lemon juice, dates and vanilla until smooth.

Combine the dry and wet ingredients and stir well. Mix in the lemon zest.

Your dough is probably sticky at this point! If it’s too sticky to work with, either add more flour or wet your hands to make the balls. Shape bite-sized balls, and if desired, roll in shredded coconut (or flour) for a nice touch.

Serve frozen or chilled. Makes about 40 lemon balls.

Enjoy!! :)

~Aliyah

(Thanks to my Mom and Aunt for the recipe.)


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