Back in 2015, I wanted my daughter to have a special birthday cake on her birthday, which that year happened to fall on Thanksgiving! I decided I wanted her to have the perfect little smash cake that I could make, so I set out to channel my inner Martha Stewart! You only turn 1 once, right? It turned out to be the perfect little cake and now that leads me to my second baby, our bright eyed, always smiling sweet baby boy! He definitely needed a special cake too, but this time I had a little help from his big sister which made it the perfect little cake!
Making a smash cake is not hard at all, and is actually a lot of fun especially when you have a little helper by your side! Of course, mine is not perfect and my icing decorating skills could probably use some improvement, but I was tickled with the way it turned out and so was our little man! Using a layered cake set that I purchased from Target (many years ago; see picture below), a boxed caked mix (and additional ingredients needed for the cake), icing, sprinkles and food coloring is all that is required in this little birthday project! We used a simple white cake mix from Betty Crocker in order to be able to add the food coloring for each layer.
1. Mix the cake mix and required ingredients.
2. Figure out the colors you want to use for each layer and set aside. We only used blue.
3. Pour into each cake pan (there were 5).
4. Pop in your preheated oven. Don't forget to set your timer!
5. Once cooked (I used the finger press in the middle of the cake to check for doneness, if it springs back up it is ready to take out).
6. Take the cakes out and allow to cool.
7. Shave off the tops of the cakes to get them as level as possible.
8. Place the first layer on a plate and spread your icing over.
9. Next, add the remaining layers, spreading the icing over each layer.
10. Add your sprinkles all over and that was it! So super easy!!
Sunshine, flip flops and looking forward to lazy beach days. This is the season for tulips and bunnies, and what better way to celebrate than with a new Easter Bunny Door Mat? To celebrate the approaching spring season, we’re having a GIVEAWAY with one lucky winner getting this adorable Mud Pie Bunny Doormat! This woven Bunny Face Coir Doormat by Mud Pie features a printed bunny face and cut-out dimensional ears. So fun and festive, it's (almost) too cute to wipe your feet on!
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That's it! Winner will be announced on 2/24 at 9pm. We’ll announce the winner here on our Blog.
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Our Letter Boards and Letter Pieces are BACK IN STOCK and ready to ship from the supplier to us! Plus take advantage of this amazing deal! Take 10% off all letterboard and letterboard letters by entering code: letterboardfun at checkout. These are not cheap to ship y'all but we cannot say enough about how much fun these are, as well as how perfect they will go with your home decor! What are you waiting for, whether you choose the small or large size letterboard; you will have a ball creating some fun while bringin out the unique spark of creativity within you with our Farmhouse Letter Board Wood Framed Signs, letters, numbers and symbols. Our rustic wood framed letter boards come in two different sizes! You can choose from our 8 evenly-spaced lines or 4 evenly-spaced lines board providing a perfect space for your message. Don't forget to add our awesome letters and numbers and symbols to complete the collection showcased below. Don't be afraid to mix and match the blacks and whites. They all work great together!
Our Farmhouse Letter Board Bags of Wood Numbers and Symbols were created to go perfectly with our Farmhouse Letter Boards and each block comes in either black with white lettering or white with black letter each measuring 1.5" x 1.75" x .25". We included all the good ones like @ sign and # hashtag, so you will be able to create just about anything you can think of! Having this charming bag of numbers and symbols paired with our rustic letters and letter boards is a fun way to make a bold statement!
**Backorder Due in November** Letterboard Bag of 67 Pieces White Wood with Black Letters
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It's all about the glitz and glamour, darling! Now you can stay fashionable and on trend with this gorgeous Insulated Wine Tote Bag with Key chain Bottle Opener, designed to store your favorite boxed wine as well as your on the go essentials - from sunglasses to makeup to that page-turning beach read that everyone's talking about. Simply stash the wine in the bottom compartment, compile your must-have accessories and hit the road! Choose from fun colors that pop: Aqua, Black, Papaya, Rose Gold.
Purchase one of these amazing purses until February 28, 2018 and get 15% OFF! Use code: bubblybaby at checkout!
Our monogram summer essentials include all of your must-have items for the beach, pool or lake. We have chosen five summer essentials from our product line that will be perfect for your next trip this spring or summer.
#1 Womens' Tunics
This ultra-flattering Tunic not only looks great but feels great too! The playful pattern and trendy tassels are ideal for the beach, pool, and even roaming the boardwalk. Make use of this versatile tunic by pairing it with a cute pair of white skinny jeans or leggings and a cute monogram sandal!
#2 Beach Towels
Dry off this summer with a bright and fun beach towels, a necessity to have by the beach, pool, or lake this summer! It is made of cotton and has a solid panel that will make it easy to read your monogram. Round is the new rectangle! Make a splash, wiggle your toes in the sand, soak up the sun - this Round Sand Circle Towel makes the perfect sidekick for all things summer.
#3 Zip Pouch Wristlet Wet Bag
Toss in your poolside necessities or even use this ever so versatile bag as a wristlet. This Zip Pouch Wristlet makes the ultimate wet bag to store your swim suit too! If you are a cloth diapering momma, these sure are handy too!
#4 Essentials Beach Bags and Totes
You will need a fashionable yet versatile bag to carry these necessities so check out our beach bags, ultimate totes and carry-all totes. Escape to your favorite sunny day destination in style with our fabulous Beach Bags. The easy-to-carry handles and abundant space for all your fun in the sun essentials makes this bag a must-have.
The Ultimate Tote is perfect to take to the beach, on weekend trips, or even the grocery store! You will not want to pack anything else. the six open pockets that line the inside, one zipper pocket, and the long handles make this the perfect versatile tote.
#5 Cooler Bags
Last but not least pair our Cooler Bags with sandy toes and salty air for a relaxing day in paradise. Pack drinks in the main compartment and a few snacks in the outside pocket. It holds all your necessities and more!
Every family loves a relaxing summer vacation, whether it is to the nearest beach, a nearby lake or tropical paradise. Just thinking about a summer destination can get us all into major summer-vacation mode and with any trip it requires a little planning. Here are four ways to get your kiddos ready for your next summer vacation with a little help from The Blue Hydrangea, Gifts and Apparel:
#1 Monogram Girls Swim Sets
These adorable youth size Monogrammed Girls Swim Sets looks precious with a sweet dainty monogram. Available in sizes 2T-6X, the swim top straps cross in the back, complete with ruffle accents and pom pom trim!
#2 Monogram Girls Tunics
These super cute Girls' Tunics boasts colorful patterns and easy pull-over design make this little tunic ideal for shell hunting on the beach. Available in kids' sizes small/medium and large/extra large.
#3 Monogram Mesh Seashell Bags
Don't take your kids to the beach without this adorable Mesh Shell Tote! The mesh bag allows the sand from shells to sift right through the bottom so you don't carry it home with you!
Available in the following prints: Beachy Keen; Flamingle; Mer Mazing
#4 Monogram Zip Pouch Wristlets - Wet Bags
Keep all your little things secure in this summer time essential Beachy Keen Zip Pouch Wristlet. Toss in your poolside necessities or even use this ever so versatile bag as a wristlet. This Zip Pouch Wristlet makes the ultimate wet bag to store your swim suit too!
Available in the following prints:
You're going to love this deal! Purchase the following and we'll add a FREE gift too!
Monogram Swim Suit ✔️
Monogram Seashells Bag✔️
Purchase all three and I’ll include a FREE Monogram Zip Pouch Wristlet Wet Bag!
Enter Promotion Code: MONOGRAMWETBAG
Offer Expires: February 9, 2018 (or while supplies last)
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Just a girl who grew up wanting to play shop owner and be a school teacher too! I'm retired from teaching now, but I achieved both goals and now as a Stay-At-Home-Mama each day is a blessing to spend with my little family. I'm a born and raised Georgia girl and I adore everything Southern! I hope you enjoy my store blog where I'm happy to share new gift items and ideas, sales, recipes from my kitchen and more!