Weekend Round-Up!

So happy it's finally Friday!! This week was super productive and I'm actually ahead of schedule with posts for once. Which means I won't have to be scrambling to put things together last minute next week. We have a big shoot on Monday that I'm going to be prepping all weekend for (crossing my fingers the weather is nice, the forecast says thunderstorms right now, eek!), and the rest of the time will be spent getting ready for our vacation in two weeks. We're going out of the country for the first time ever, and you can say we have a little bit of anxiety about it, but it's also SUPER exciting. (I got a passport for the first time AND the photo doesn't look awful!) I definitely need some time off when the last time I spent off of work was over a year ago. Ha! Anyways, onto links!! 

Fun things on the Internet this week...

These shoes are the dreamiest Barbie shoes I've ever seen

If you're looking for a dessert to make this weekend, we've got a great cheesecake recipe

I can't get enough of pom poms this season. Pom pom everything!

This Los Angeles chutes and ladders game is such a great idea

I definitely need this pineapple lamp to add to my collection

Flamingo lawn cake? Say what?! The most genius cake ever

Imagine having a picnic on this DIY watermelon blanket this weekend

Anything fun planned this weekend? Have a great weekend!

DIY Smiley Face Whoopie Pies

Have you guys ever had a whoopie pie? The only way I know how to describe them is a cross between cake and a pancake with delicious icing in the middle. Sounds amazing, right? Right! Well you all know by now we love cute desserts, so we're giving you a recipe AND a fun way to decorate them to look like smiley faces today. I'd only had whoopie pies one other time before working on this post, and I have to say after eating them again, I'm hooked! I can't wait to try out more whoopie pie recipes now, just imagine a mint chocolate chip one. Holy yum!! Next birthday party, try out these guys instead of cupcakes and I promise you won't be disappointed!

1 stick butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
Whoopie pie pan (here)
Yellow food coloring
White icing, black icing, and pink icing
Yellow sprinkles for the side if desired

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray whoopie pie pan with non-stick spray.

2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined. 

3. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. 

4. Add the buttermilk and the yellow food coloring and mix until everything is combined well. Transfer batter to a piping bag and fill the whoopie pie pan cavities 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

5. Allow whoopie pie cakes to cool completely. Once cooled, ice the sides and roll in sprinkles if desired. Add icing to the middle of two whoopie pie cakes and sandwich together. 

6. For the smiley face, pipe eyes and mouth onto the top with black icing and a tongue with pink icing. How cute!

How can you not be full of smiles when these little smileys are smiling back?! Almost too cute to eat! (Except we all know I'll still eat them. Ha!)

90's Wrapping Paper Printables

We haven't done a printable over here in what seems like forever, and since Summer seems to be the season of birthdays, we're giving you three (count 'em, THREE!) fun printable wrapping papers! I'm constantly on the lookout for fun gift wrap, but the options at the party store just don't seem to cut it. With the 90s making a huge comeback lately, why not jump on board the 90's trend with a Barbie limo wrapping paper? Did any of you have the actual Barbie swimming pool car?! (I always dreamt I'd own a life-sized Barbie limo. Ha!) Well, we've got you covered in the nail art department with the 90's nails from last week, so the only thing you need now is a tie dyed shirt and some glow sticks, and you're ready for a throwback party!

To download the "oh snap" paper click here

To download the 90's neon pattern click here

To download the Barbie limo paper click here

These are currently sized at standard wrapping paper sizes, but if you'd like to print them at a smaller scale on your home printer, scale down the designs before printing. To print them at a larger scale, visit your local printing shop and they should be able to print out large versions! 

Graphic Design & Printables: Nova Megantara| Styling, and Photography: Aww Sam

Now all of your birthday present-wrapping woes are over! And if you're in charge of bringing the cake to the party too, this sticker cake is sure to be a huge hit!