September 29th, 2009 |
LOVE this idea from brightideas.com…..darling for a little girl’s birthday party!
- 1 box (18.25 oz.) yellow cake mix
- 3 cups prepared vanilla frosting
- 48 pieces thin pretzels twists
- ¼ cup pink decorating sugar
- 1 ½ cups M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies
- ¼ cup M&M’S® Brand Peanut Chocolate Candies
- 3 strands licorice laces
- Green food coloring
- 24 paper cupcake liners
- Cupcake pans
- 2 sheet pans
- Wax paper
- Microwave-safe bowl
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Line the cupcake pans with the paper cupcake liners.
3. Prepare the cake mix according to the package instructions. Pour the cake mix into the lined cupcake pans, and bake for approximately 18-21 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely.
4. While the cupcakes are baking, prepare the butterfly wings. Line the two sheet pans with wax paper. Transfer 1 cup of vanilla frosting to a microwave-safe bowl; heat in the microwave for 10-15 seconds, stirring occasionally, until the texture of slightly whipped cream. Dip the pretzels in the warmed vanilla frosting until they’re almost covered. Dab off any excess frosting, and then sprinkle with the pink decorating sugar before the icing sets. Transfer to the lined sheet pans; set aside and let cool completely.
5. Tint 1 can of vanilla frosting green; spread it on top of the cooled cupcakes. Refrigerate until the frosting is set.
6. Using the photo as your guide, decorate the cupcakes as follows:
7. Cover the top with green M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies on the outside edge of each cupcake.
8. Press the small tips of the pretzels on top of the cupcakes for wings.
9. Place one M&M’S® Brand Peanut Chocolate Candies for the head.
10. Arrange a line of same-color M&M’S® Brand Peanut Chocolate Candies for the body.
11. Cut the licorice laces and place them as antennae.
September 22nd, 2009 |
Aren’t these just about the prettiest candy apples you have ever seen?! A perfect treat for any Fall party, candy apples can be customized to any flavor. Country Living has a great basic recipe, as well as an updated version called the pistachio chocolate apple. Yum!
The added touch of the ribbon-wrapped stick truly make this a very special dessert. I would love to see this done with mini-apples for a kid’s party or a cocktail party (easier for guests to eat as they mingle!).
What do you plan on decorating your candy apples with this season?!
September 18th, 2009 |
Football season is upon us! Whether you are tailgating before the big game, or gathering a crowd in your home, the “big game” is a great excuse to entertain!
When I think of football parties, I think of food, food, food! So, check out a few of these recipes for your next party:
Images: people (inmagine.com), centerpiece (theknot.com), french onion dip, shrimp skewers, and spicy red beer (foodnetwork.com), football food table and football cupcake (familyfun.com)
September 15th, 2009 |
We don’t talk about Brunch enough around here, in my opinion! Brunch is a great form of entertaining. It’s an easy, one course meal, typically pretty casual, and it’s held in the morning – so your guests come, they eat, and then you all go about your day!
Welcome Fall with a casual brunch with friends. Set a table full of autumnal colors and seasonal accents. Start with beautiful runner, layer on woven charger plates, and finish with your everyday white dishes. To add a decorative touch to your place setting, fold your napkin into a “pocket” and insert a mini bottle of maple syrup. Finish by writing your guests names on a silk leaf. It’s a festive placecard and party favor for your guests to bring home!
To create a simple, yet Fall-like centerpiece like the one pictured above, take a low bowl and place a large pillar candle in the center. Fill in the space around the candle with seasonal fruits or nuts. Fill a variety of small bowls with different nuts, small fruits and berries to place around the main centerpiece.
Everyone has their favorite pancake recipe. But if you are looking for something new, try making mini filled-pancakes. Williams Sonoma has a bunch of great recipes, and they sell the pancake pan too! Offer a couple of side dishes, such as maple-glazed bacon, and ham and egg breakfast tarts. Add in some mimosas…..and you have the perfect brunch!
Images: place setting (matthewmeadstyle.com), dining room (potterybarn.com), centerpiece (bhg.com)
September 8th, 2009 |
I always get excited when Fall comes around….by then, I am sick of my Summer clothes, ready to change around the decorative items in my house, and definitely ready to bring back a few of my favorite Fall “comfort foods”. A favorite in my household? Chili.
Everyone has their favorite chili recipe, and I’m sure I will find a few new ones to share with you at some point this season. But today, I just wanted to share this adorable serving idea. Nothing screams Fall more than pumpkins and gourds….and I love the idea of carving out the inside and using them as serving bowls. You could use small pumpkins for individual bowls of soup or chili, or carve out a large pumpkin and fill it with a risotto. If you are having a cocktail party, you could use a really big pumpkin and use it to hold your wine and ice.
More Fall ideas to come……
Image via inmagine.com
September 4th, 2009 |
I love this idea from Alpha Mom – dress up your fruit for a little laugh and a whole lot of fun. Perfect for those back-to-school lunches, or grouped together for a cute centerpiece for a child’s birthday party or baby shower. Click here to download the free template.
August 31st, 2009 |
Looking to plan an end of the summer birthday bash?! A casual neighborhood gathering to say goodbye to Summer, and hello to Fall?! Gather friends for a casual party decorated with bright colors, lots of patterns, and some delicious summer appetizers.
Set the mood for this colorful party with this invitation from Minted….I love the colors and the bohemian chic feel to it. Decorate your space with brightly colored flowers, serving dishes, and patterned linens. Now….on to the important part…the food!
Serve a buffet of appetizers, including these delicious summer favorites:
And don’t forget a signature cocktail……something fruity and fun….try a pineapple greyhound!
Images: drink table (simplystated.com), napkins (heatherbaileystore.com), invitation (minted.com)
August 25th, 2009 |
Food-wise, late summer may be my F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E time of the year! Why, you ask?! Tomato season.
In honor of this magnificent time of the year, host your own tomato fest dinner party. Using a color palette of bright reds, yellows and greens, set your table using what else?! Tomatoes as your centerpiece! Stack bowls on top of bowls, piles of them on top of cake plates, mix different colored tomatoes (and maybe throw in a few leaves here and there)….colorful, theme-oriented and you can eat them after the party!
Try to incorporate tomatoes into each dish you serve at your party…..and if you are looking for suggestions:
1) Grilled Tomatoes with a Basil Vinaigrette 2) Chilled Tomato Soup with Avocado Salsa 3) Spicy Fried Noodles with Tomatoes and Cabbage 4) Adobo Flank Steak with Corn-Tomato Relish 5) Sun-Dried Tomato Jam 6) Bread Salad with Tomatoes and Lemon Cucumbers 7) Spicy Bloody Mary 8) Tomato Tart
Images: tomato centerpiece (bhg.com), little girl (ba-reps.com), napkin (realsimple.com), tomatoes (inmagine.com)
August 21st, 2009 |
Whether you are planning the menu for a kid’s birthday party, or coming up with a creative snack for a playdate….finding snack ideas that are not only healthy, but that your kids are going to want to eat….it’s not easy!
Parent’s Magazine came up with these 4 ideas….and they are sure to get rave reviews from all of your little critics!