Add a little pop to your party

July 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve noticed popsicles have started popping up (ha!) in recent fashion blog postings and magazines. They are a great way to add color and flavor to any dessert feature/event. Have fun with it by using gourmet flavors and fun shapes. Here are some cute, quirky molds I found if you want to wander outside the traditional tombstone:

Guitar pops (Amazon- $9.70)- they are mini-sized so they could also be a cute drink garnish to add a flavor to a cocktail. I’m thinking mango puree pop to drop into your mojito…

Remember ring pops? $9.95 on Prairie Moon

And of course my personal favorite-  light saber pops! Not only do they light up, but the mold also comes with a recipe book with flavors like “C-3POrange” $34.95 at Think Geek

What happens when summer’s over and you can’t stop the pop?

Chocolate Chipsicles! $15.13 on Amazon

What to put in your pop? Start with your base be it mimosa, lemonade, chocolate pudding, sky’s the limit! Then, add some texture by dropping in solid pieces like fresh fruit, molded chocolate, or edible flowers. How fun would it be to make bright blue pops and drop in swedish fish!

Hint: if you are going to put solid pieces it requires a little babysitting if you want them spaced evenly. Freeze a layer of your pop, drop in your solid, then add more liquid, freeze, repeat.

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Happy Friday! … and a little cake pop trick I just picked up

July 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Long overdue cake pop display I sold for a fundraiser- in purple and gold because the purchaser is a big Huskies fan (so is the baker!)

When I make cake pop displays I’m always searching for creative ways to cover up the floral foam anchoring the sticks. The popular way is with candy covered chocolate candies (aka m&m’s) but they are so expensive for something that’s not a feature. Today I found that tissue paper torn into strips and scrunched in between the sticks makes an easy, cheap presentation. I think I’ve found my new go-to for my displays!

Emerging Trends in Celebration Decoration Day 4: BIY Bars

July 3, 2011 § 1 Comment

… as in Build-It-Yourself! I’ve already done a couple of postings on the Mac and Cheese Bar as well as the Slider Bar at the mother’s day party. Guests love the flexibility and opportunity to be creative and it gives the host less to prepare aside from setting out the ingredients. I’d suggest framing suggestions for combinations for guests that may need some extra help.

Perfect for summer- this build your own hot dog bar includes toppings like banana peppers, onions, cheese, chili, jalapenos, pickles, mayo, green onions, salsa, cole slaw, ketchup and mustard. From Hostess with the Mostess. Clearly the author Jennifer has never had a Seattle Special- bratwurst with caramelized onions and cream cheese. You’ll thank me later.

The old favorite- Ice Cream Topping Bar, via Eat Drink Chic. Do a healthier version with frozen yogurt- those Red Mango-like shops are pretty much taking over Seattle.

This one has to be my favorite- Benedict Bar via Local Social. They have bacon, smoked salmon, and asparagus for main toppings- I’d also add tomato, avocado, and crab cakes.

Hot Cocoa bar from Katie Grace Designs. So creative with chocolate and white chocolate covered spoons, toppings like marshmallows, crushed peppermint, chipped cream, and peanut butter chips, and different flavored syrups. Where’s the Baileys?

YES! Thank you Apartment Therapy for the idea. A fondue party first of all would be amazing because cheese is pretty much the tastiest thing on the planet- second of all a fondue bar makes a great addition to an Achorman, Mad Men or any other 70’s  party. The Melting Pot is a chain that specializes in cheese, broth, and chocolate  fondue- their menu is a great source for ideas on fondues and dippers.

Emerging Trends in Celebrations Day 2: Ruffle Cakes

June 30, 2011 § 2 Comments

Can pastries get any girlier? I’ve started seeing these pop up all over the place from cute little girl parties to whimsical weddings.

Is that sequined heart edible or is that a party favor for the hostess? Either way I want one.  by Cupcakes Couture.

I love the pairing of the ruffles with the flowers- the petals are the perfect echo to the texture. Cakes from Sugar Custom Cakes.

I love the two-toned frosting on these frilly cupcakes from sweet e’s–  the baker gives a couple pointers on re-creating the look in the Flickr comments here.

More like pleats than ruffles- this cake has a more structured, sophisticated feel- the baker used layers of white chocolate. By Nicky Grant Patisserie and Chocolatier.

Picnic themed barbeque with Slider Bar feature

June 14, 2011 § 1 Comment

My family had never seen me go into full-blown party panning mode until this Mother’s Day- as a present to my mom I offered to not only style the party she hosted for my giant army of aunts/uncles/cousins, etc. but also do all of the cooking and baking.

Chalkboard paint put to good use.

I printed out the “Lemonade” sign from my computer before tracing over the black ink with chalk- one of my favorite party tricks. I like to smudge the paper a bit to give it the chalkboard effect.

The best part was the slider bar!

The guests loved being able to try different combinations of gourmet toppings without the commitment of an entire burger.

Grilled pineapple, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, cheddar, and blue cheese.

Spreads in mason jars- I loved the idea of using clothespins for the labels. Avocado, barbecue sauce, teriyaki sauce, mayo and ketchup.

And yes, it may take some hunting but some of the fancier grocery stores actually sell slider buns- brioche is a good alternative and there’s always dinner rolls.

My little creations.One grilled pineapple/onion/mayo/teriyaki sauce. The other sautéed mushrooms/blue cheese and bbq sauce. SO good.

Macaroni and Cheese + Toppings Bar

April 11, 2011 § 2 Comments

I recently came across this post on Hostess with the Mostess and loved the idea of a Mac and Cheese bar- what a cute idea for a party!

After doing some research, come to find out in New York there’s a restaurant entirely dedicated for macaroni and cheese. Crazy

 But seriously. To make your own, start with creamy, cheesy, noodles.

I love this recipe from Allrecipes- I don’t know what the reviewers were thinking but it deserves five stars.  Help your guests with combo ideas by posting in a cute frame at the head of the table. Here are som ideas for toppings

Southwest ingredients:

  •  roasted corn
  • roasted red peppers
  • jalapenos
  • onions
  • cilantro
  • tomatoes
  • olives
  • black beans

Italian ingredients:

  • fresh basil
  • tomatoes
  • italian sausage
  • sundried tomatoes
  • artichokes
  • parmesan
  • pancetta

Meat

  • steak
  • roasted chicken
  • crab
  • bacon

Others:

  • sauteed mushrooms
  • avocado
  • truffle salt
  • green onions
  • cheese curds
  • gorgonzola

Hunting for bunting

February 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

BUNTING! Whenever I see it I know it’s going to be a good time. It’s like the moustache of party decorations. I love how it’s popping up in all different forms lately.

DIY necklace inspired by Anthropologie- tutorial here.

Bunting in fondant

Double bunting all the way! It’s so beautiful! Etsy blog here, DIY here.

Say it with a bunting card! DIY here.

Or ditch the card altogether! What a cute idea for a save-the-date or just a nice note to a friend. Etsy shop here. Happy bunting!

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