Bunco was extra sweet in August because our theme was Baker's Dozen Bunco which featured the Sweet Cupcake stamp set bundle.
The party favors I created for this event was a small matchbook that featured a triple stamped cupcake on the front. I created the cupcake liner by cutting a piece of silver foil out with a coordinating Thinlit that I had previously scored on my simply scored tool. I loved how it made it look like an actual silver cupcake liner.
The mini staple on the front not only held the matchbook together but also added a little silver sparkle embellishment to coordinate with the cupcake liner.
The inside of the favor held a small package of custom made "from the kitchen of" stickers that my friend Goldie made. Each sticker had a different cupcake image on it. I love the inside sentiment too which completes the sentence, "the best things in life are sweet and you're one of the sweetest".
Our Aloha Prize was really delicious this month. I asked my friend Corren of Charney's Cupcakes and Treats to bake white cupcakes with pink frosting. I told her I only needed four for the Aloha prize. Since Corren is a thoughtful and creative genius, she showed up not only with the four cupcakes but with a whole bunch of mini cupcakes so that everyone could sample and enjoy her amazing bake of the day..
I took the four large cupcakes and wrapped a belly band around them with a matching design so all would coordinate together to make the Baker's Dozen Bunco the best ever. I had to tell the ladies that they had to be careful when passing this around during the game as there are some (and I won't mention any names) who like to hide the Aloha Prize under their clothes or in their purse, so lets just say, that was not possible with this month's prize.
There were so many elements that made this month's bunco extra sweet and special.
First, doesn't Teresa look as "Cute as a Cupcake" in her adorable black and pink t-shirt that matched our cupcake theme perfectly.
Other people made it extra sweet too. First there was Jen my sister in law from Washington State (Go Hawks) who took time out of her vacation to come over and play with us. She hosts Bunco at her home too so it was fun to have her attend mine and bring along her daughter Rachel too.
Another sweet moment is when Serena surprised all of us with a special gift. You see her birthday was coming up so she and her Mom made these adorable cupcake favors created out of wash clothes and brought one for everyone who played on Sunday afternoon.
What a sweet gesture from two amazingly kind, sweet and thoughtful friends.
Rox came early to help me set up. I had shared with her how I had just been to Dole Plantation and learned that you are supposed to WASH pineapples before you eat them. I have a feeling that Is that something that everyone in the world knew except me? The one whose home is filled with pineapples! It makes sense that when you wash the pineapple it removes the acid so if you ever eat a pineapple and it hurts your mouth then you know it didn't get washed. Roxanne also scrubbed the pineapple gently with Hawaiian Salt as she washed it and it made it taste so nice. Nice and sweet just like the one who prepared it. But don't let her fool you.... she may look very demure and reserved but...
she can make quite the entrance when she wins a prize, which as you can see she did at this month's event.
Rox is SUCH a huge blessing to me She is one of those people who overflows with the Aloha Spirit that makes Hawaii so special.
Of course this post wouldn't be complete without a picture of the "Kolohe" sisters (just missing Liane). This was prior to the game, looks like someone was faint with hunger and the line wasn't moving fast enough or maybe Terry and Anna was trying to get Lori to wash her hands as there was some hysterical laughter during the game that had something to do with the washing of hands! I didn't want to ask! All I do know is these ladies are GREAT and they always bring me so much JOY and entertainment too.
I can't tell you how much I enjoy these fun times with such amazing people who bless my home with love and aloha and lots of laughter each month. I feel so blessed and agree that the best things in life are SWEET and I'm so thankful for all of these who came to play bunco in August. Time spent with them truly was the SWEETEST!!!