Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Day Trip to Angel Island

Searching for an afternoon destination to get a breath of fresh air and escape the hustle and bustle of the city? 
 Angel Island is your perfect escape when the weather is nice!  The island is home to a historic army camp, an old immigration station and is currently a California State Park.  Just a short and easy ferry ride from San Francisco or Tiburon, the island is full of activities for an afternoon getaway.  Many of miles of hiking trails, hidden beaches, history, and mountain biking awaits the adventurous weekend warriors.
Ferry from Tiburon to Angel Island 
Abandoned Army buildings scattered
throughout Perimeter Rd.
Rent bikes at the Cove Cafe for $12.50 an hour. Or better yet, bring your own bike from home (they are welcome on the ferry!) Head onto Perimeter Road which will take you around the whole island for five miles.  Starts out a bit like a mountain bike trail followed by a nicely paved road.  

Keep your eyes peeled for spectacular views of the city skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge!  Pack a picnic lunch, and set up camp at one of the picnic tables with a view.
Not the athletic type? Gain some knowledge aboard the Tram Tour which takes about an hour and drives you along the whole island.  Or post up at the Oyster Bar and listen to live music.

Now that is a view!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pesto Tortellini Skewers

Attending a Memorial Day barbeque this weekend?  

Pesto Tortellini Skewers  
would be the perfect {and simple} side dish or appetizer to bring with you!

1 package 3 cheese tortellini
1 container grape tomatoes, halved
Fresh mozzarella, cut in 1 inch pieces

3/4 cup pesto sauce
24 wooden skewers

Cook tortellini according to packaging and drain
Generously coat tortellini with pesto sauce and let cool in the fridge for about an hour
Skewer all ingredients nicely onto stick.
Serve in festive bowl and eat up!

Monday, May 14, 2012

DIY Photo Booth

A DIY photo booth is a perfect addition to any party.  
All you really need are a few items: creative props, a festive backdrop, and a camera on a tri-pod.

For my cousin's bridal shower last weekend, My sister and I created our own version. Although a few hours are needed to create one, it is well worth it! Everyone loved it and the photos are priceless! 
An assortment of props!

  • The backdrop was inspired by this project here, crepe paper fringe streamers.  I ordered crepe paper from this site and bought 3 different colors: white, black, and light pink and shredded away!  
  • To add some spice, I layered the crepe streamers with a sparkly silver fringe curtain against a white sheet. 
  • We pinned each layer to the top of the white sheet and glued the top of the sheet around a long wooden dowel.
  • We hung the wooden dowel up and ta-dah, we had a backdrop!  
  • For props: I scoured the internet for free printable props.  Here is what I used: glasses, bows, hats, moustaches, love words, and lips.  I printed them out on heavy cardstock and exacto knifed them all out.  Then I hot glued each item onto its own skewer. 
  • I placed all the skewers into a glitterized mason jar and set them an arms reach away from the backdrop.
  • I designated one person as the photographer and they snapped away!
Isn't the bride adorable?!
Let me know how your photo booth adventures turn out! 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Cinco de Mayo Inspiration

Cinco de Mayo is only a few days away!  

Will you be celebrating?  If so, check out my Cinco de Mayo Pinterest board for some ideas on decor, attire, festive recipes, and of course, yummy cocktail concoctions!  
Hasta luego!