April 15, 2014

Party Style Spring Giveaway!

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Get ready to enter, this quick and easy spring GIVEAWAY  brought to you by some amazing party girls! 
$400.00 IN CASH, $100.00 shopping spree at Party Style Studio, Party dress-up package from Child Style (dress, bloomers, headbands, chunky necklaces), and a candy basket from Sweet Works. The candy basket will include 
(3) 14oz. bags of Celebration by SweetWorks Spring Mix Sixlets
(3) 5oz jars of Celebration by SweetWorks Spring Mix Pearls
(2) 8oz bags of Celebration by SweetWorks Shimmer Lavender Gumballs
(2) 8oz bags of Celebration by SweetWorks Shimmer Yellow Gumballs
(2) 8oz bags of Celebration by SweetWorks Shimmer Lime Green Gumballs
(2) 8oz bags of Celebration by SweetWorks Shimmer Lime Green Gumballs

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April 14, 2014

Sweet Easter Soirée

Guest Post By Sweetly Chic Events & Design

Classically beautiful Easter pastels, decadent chocolate candies, soft ruffles and plenty of sweet Easter themed treats all brought a sunny Spring feel to this darling, and oh so sweet Easter Party.

Our dessert buffet was adorned with lovely Easter themed sweets, fresh and bright florals, and of course, lots of Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies!  Precious Easter buffet cards marked our confections; which included gorgeous mini Easter tea cakes, Faberge inspired mini egg cakes in porcelain egg cups, medallion sugar cookies, Easter egg inspired sugar cookies, bunny and chick cake pops, chocolate dipped Sixlet Oreos and a variety of Spring inspired candies including chocolate bunnies, foiled eggs, Sixlets, gumballs and more! Fresh hydrangea and Easter moss added a soft, garden feel to the tables, by bringing a touch of the Spring weather indoors.

The children's dining table included more fresh florals and Easter moss to bring a light and airy Spring feel to the table.  Complete with petite tea cups, polka dots, and porcelain pedestals topped with adorably delicious chocolate bunnies, the table truly delighted our tiny diners.  Each chair was adorned with satin pastel ribbon chair ties.  The table was draped with a mini custom made ruffle table skirt to mimic that of the dessert buffet.

This sweet, fresh Easter soiree truly had us ready to welcome Spring!

Vendor Credits:

Event Styling and Coordination: Sweetly Chic Events & Design (www.sweetlychicevents.com)
Photography: Expressions By Nicole Marie (http://www.expressionsbynicolemarie.com)
Printables: Forever Your Prints (http://www.etsy.com/shop/ForeverYourPrints)
Niagra Chocolate Bunnies, Niagra Chocolate Foil Eggs, Celebration Shimmer Sixlets, Celebration Shimmer Gumballs: SweetWorks (www.sweetworks.net)
Bunny Medallion Cookies, Miniature Easter Tea Cakes, Pink Egg Cakes, Easter Egg Cookies: Couture Sweet Treats (http://www.etsy.com/shop/CoutureSweetTreats)
Bunny and Chick Cake Pops: Cake Pops and Treats by Brittany (https://www.facebook.com/brittanyscakepops)
Pastel Sixlet Oreos: How Sweet It Is by Melissa (http://www.etsy.com/shop/HowSweetItIsByMeliss)

Miniature Cupcake Boxes: 24-K Packaging (http://24kpackaging.com/)

April 11, 2014

Berry Delicious

Spring has sprung and we can't wait for berry season! We Love going berry picking with the kids and finding new recipes to try each year. I think we'll move past jams and cobblers this year and give some of these a try!

Berry Delicious Cake on We Heart It

Berry Delicious Cake Donuts by Mr. Breakfast

Berry Delicious Ice Cubes by Vicky Barone

April 7, 2014

Pancakes & Pajamas Mother's Day Celebration

Mother’s are that one thing in life that we can always count on for guidance, friendship, support, and unconditional love. There is nothing that they would not do for their children, and for that we need to celebrate their love not only on Mother’s Day, but everyday.

Our Mother’s Day Party was inspired by the adorable and fun Pancakes and Pajamas party printables by Forever Your Prints.

We used the adorable printable set, and additional patterned papers to create paper pinwheel centerpieces.  A festive paper table runner, and other paper products helped offset the printables. 

We mixed polka dots, chevron, and striped patterns in pinks, purples, greens, and blues to create that festive and fun party scene.  Everything, other than serving pieces used in this party was disposable, perfect for those hard-working mothers. 

Photography: Nikki Hancock Photography http://www.nikkihancock.com/

Event coordination: Obsessed Events http://www.obsessedevents.com

Event design & styling:
It's all in the Details-Megan Hodapp Designs  www.meganhodappdesigns.com

Party Printables: Forever Your Prints www.foreveryourprints.com

Decorative Sugar Cookies: Katies Creative Baking https://www.etsy.com/shop/katieduran

Cupcakes: Stromberg's Sugar Rush Cakes, Etc.

Party Supplies (utensils, treat bags, straws): Pink Picker Party www.pinkpickerparty.com

Candy (Celebration Shimmer Sixlets, Celebration Shimmer Gumballs, Celebration Shimmer Pearls): SweetWorks  

Location: Vierra Farms www.vierrafarms.com

April 4, 2014

No-Dye Easter Eggs

Coloring Easter eggs is a long-standing tradition for most families, but if you have little ones it can also be a dreaded tradition. Where colorful Easter eggs were your goal, dyed hands, hair, clothes, tables, floors, couches and pets is a more likely outcome. Save yourself some gray (or blue, purple and pink) hairs this year and try some of these no-dye Easter eggs!

March 31, 2014

The Icing On The Cake

Cupcakes are a staple for many different kinds of celebrations and dessert tables.  They are easy to make yourself, cute and easy to eat and serve (no utensils or cake cutting required!).  Decorating your cupcakes to match your theme couldn't be easier.  For today's post I frosted my cupcakes in a four different ways and I used Forever Your Prints sailboat themed cupcake wrappers and toppers to show how to make your cupcakes a little extra special.

The Frosting

The frosting I used for the cupcakes is a simple American Buttercream.  It pipes great and holds the shape of the piping tips shown. 

American Buttercream Recipe

2 sticks (8 ounces)  unsalted butter, room temperature
¼ tsp salt
4 cups (1 pound) powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 TBSP half-and-half (milk or cream can be substituted)

1.             Using your mixer (stand or handheld) cream your butter and salt until it's light in color and smooth.  Scrape your bowl.
2.             Add 1 cup of your sugar and beat until combined.
3.             Add 1 Tablespoon of half-and-half and vanilla and combine. Scrape your bowl to bring everything to the center.
4.             Repeat with the rest of the sugar and half-and-half.
5.             Add food color at the end, either to the whole batch or divide in batches.

                I use the paddle attachment when using a stand mixer but using the whisk will add more air and make a lighter version with more air bubbles.
                This proportion of ingredients is perfect for me for frosting cupcakes.  I add a little more dairy when frosting a cake so it spreads a little more easily.

 Open Star

A pretty ice cream style swirl.
You can also use a Wilton 1M for this look.

Plain Round

Use a simple round tip to add a pretty swirled mound of icing.
You can also use a Wilton 2A for this look.

Closed Star
The closed star gives a finer texture to your icing swirl.

Old Fashioned Spread

A less polished look.
I don't find this as quick as using a piping bag but I love the way it looks.

When it comes to decorating your cupcakes, the ratio of cake to icing is a very serious consideration.  Some people like only icing and others like only cake. My preference is a 2:1 cake to icing combination, but it all depends on what you like, what you think your guests will like and how you want the cupcakes to look.

The Printables

Putting the printables together was simple.  All I needed was scissors, a craft knife, a 2” paper punch, a glue stick and toothpicks.  After cutting the pieces out and gluing the pieces together I was ready to go.

March 28, 2014

April Fools Food Pranks

April Fools Day is just a few days away. What a great excuse to play with your food..... Or everyone else's! I've rounded up some of the most clever and yummy April Fools Day food pranks, try them on your kids.

What's for dinner you ask?

How about some chicken nuggets? Only there were no chickens harmed in the making of these clever nuggets!

Not a chicken fan? How about some Shepard's Pie?

Would you like a drink with that? This simple juice trick is sure to make them giggle! 

And while we are having some dessert for our dinner, how about dinner for dessert with some Meatloaf Cupcakes?

What is your favorite April Fools Prank? Tell us in the comments section below!