Dani’s Blog: THE JUICE

Bunny Brunch

KF and I are very much looking forward to taking a road trip for Easter this year, but we didn’t want to miss out on seeing our favorite “little bunnies” celebrate the holiday and the beginning of Spring (I will ignore the snow we woke up to this morning) so we hosted a lil’ Bunny Brunch this past weekend. Here’s some photos of the fun we had…

I know tulips are really the flower of Easter but I just can never resist a good bunch of sunflowers. We set the table with a mix of plates and glasses for the adults and sussy party plates and cups for the kiddos.

I know tulips are really the flower of Easter but I just can never resist a good bunch of sunflowers. We set the table with a mix of plates and glasses for the adults and Susty Party plates and cups for the kiddos.

We kept the menu simple… fresh squeezed juice mimosas, homemade granola with two kinds of yogurt (my fave and KF’s fave- can you guess which is which?), a fresh fruit salad, hard boiled Heirloom eggs with some fun salt choices and bagels. (At 41, bagels have become a “sometime food” for me so I was very excited about this!)

Nomi and Ruby snagged me taste teasing the mimosas. We made them with a mix of navel and blood oranges.

Nomi and Ruby snagged me taste testing the mimosas! We made them with a mix of navel and blood oranges and prosecco.

Let's discuss the cookie board... Nomi made the ever delicious NY Times chocolate chip cookies, Nicole brought her favorite pink shortbread hearts and I made dark chocolate "oreos". Mmmmmm...

Let’s discuss the cookie board… Nomi made the ever delicious Jacques Torres salted chocolate chip cookies, Nicole brought her favorite pink shortbread hearts and I made dark chocolate “oreos”. Mmmmmm…

Amanda made her famous coffee cake into muffins using this adorable kit by Merci Merci. So pretty!

Amanda made her famous coffee cake into muffins using this adorable Spring flower cupcake kit. So pretty!

Bette was as excited about the bagels as I was. She looks adorable in her bunny hat! I made them using blank paper party hats and glitter scrapbooking paper.

Bette was as excited about the bagels as I was! She looks so adorable in her bunny hat! I made them using blank paper party hats and glitter scrapbooking paper.

"Aunt Dan, these heirloom eggs are delicious and the yolks are so yellow!" xo Ruby

“Aunt Dan, these heirloom eggs are delicious and the yolks are so yellow!” xo Ruby

"Aunt Amanda, your crumb cake is delightful!" Xo Cece

“Aunt Amanda, your crumb cake is delightful!” Xo Cece

After lunch we got right to crafting. Here's KF working on his bunny mask. I bought the blank masks at Michaels.

After lunch we got right to crafting. Here’s KF working on his bunny mask. I bought the blank masks at Michaels.

Ruby enjoyed decorating her mask and herself with foam stickers!

Ruby enjoyed decorating her mask, her Mom and herself with foam stickers!

Here's C working on her papier mâché easter egg. We went with paper versions this year but next year we will be getting out the dye!

Here’s C working on her papier mâché easter egg (YES!!!). We went with paper versions this year but next year we will be getting out the easter egg dye!

Donovan insisted on adding a finishing touch to his Mom's mask!

Donovan insisted on adding one finishing touch to his Mom’s mask!

Amazing craft work!

Amazing craft work by Kevin and Nicole!

All that crafting tuckered out the little ones! While they napped we set up a group shot where everyone wore either their bunny mask or a bunny hat. (Um, Kevin Kane, I see you!)

All that eating and crafting tuckered out the little ones! While they napped, Donovan suggested we set up a group shot where everyone was asked to wear either their bunny mask or a bunny hat. (Um, Kevin Kane, I see you!)

It was a beautiful Spring day outside!

It was a beautiful Spring day outside…

...so we capped off the activities with some sidewalk art.

…so we capped off the activities with some sidewalk art. (I always have sidewalk chalk on hand since its such a fun activity)

I sent all the kiddos home with a mini "healthier" Easter basket. Check out how I made them here.

I sent all the kiddos home with a mini “healthier” Easter basket. Check out how I made them here.

It was a fantastic day!

What a “hoppy” day!

I hope you all have a beautiful Easter weekend. It’s days like this I realize how lucky we are to have such amazing family and friends… Love like that is always the biggest inspiration. Xo Dani

Hoppy Easter!

Hoppy Easter!

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Party Animal Hug Monster

Back in February, when we decorated our hug monster for Valentines day, I promised there would be other versions of him…

Time to party like its your birthday!

Time to party like its your birthday!

Enter the birthday Party Animal Hug Monster cookie! Woooohoo! I have been wishing for a go to birthday cookie all these years and this cookie so fits the bill. The hug monster is so easy to decorate, giving him the party animal effect is just as easy as adding a party hat and rainbow sprinkles! Before you begin, check out our how-to-ice Hug Monster video on Sweet Dani B TV for all the details. Then follow these easy variations to create the Party Animal version…

Have all your supplies ready to go. To make the party animal hat, cut a triangle out of fondant. We used our mini triangle cutter from our banner cookie cutter set.

Before you begin icing, have all your supplies ready to go. To make the party animal hat, cut a triangle out of fondant and let it dry for a few hours so it firms up. We used our mini triangle cutter from our banner cookie cutter set to make these hats.

Mix any color icing that matches with the rainbow color palette

Mix any color icing that matches with the rainbow color palette. (Obvi, I went with pink!)

I've had dreams like this!

(I’ve had dreams like this!)

Another fun option... Rainbow Nonpareils!

Another fun option… Rainbow Nonpareils!

Once your Party Animal has dried, decorate the hat using a food doodler.

Once your Party Animal has dried, decorate the hat using a food doodler.

Once your Party Animal Hug Monster is fully dry and set, pack him up and take him on a birthday adventure! Here’s what we did on my birthday (which we celebrated in Park City, Utah)…

Before the official partying started, we took some time to enjoy some of our favorite Inspirational Quotes.

Before the official partying started, we took some time to meditate on some of our favorite Inspirational Quotes.

Making a healthy breakfast fun...

Next they watched me eat a healthy breakfast…

Party Animals love pink champange!

… then for lunch, we ordered a pink champange slope side!

Whew! Dodged a bullet there!

Happy hour S’mores by the fire! (‘Whew! Dodged a bullet there,’ thought my cookie friend.)

Birthday cake too! You shouldn't have! (now you know why we started this day with yogurt!)

Birthday cake too! You shouldn’t have! (now you know why we started this day with yogurt!)

We had a fun and hug filled birthday, cracking ourselves up taking him from place to place. I hope you make cookie friends with this Party Animal on your birthday this year! More fun to come with our hug monster cookie cutter at Halloween and Holiday time! (((HUGS))) Xo Dani