Party Planning

We’re planning an engagement party for my cousins and their new fiancées, and I have been gathering ideas for decorations, food and drinks. I picked some modern fall colors, and I definitely needed to add some glitter.Since the party is scheduled for the week of Thanksgiving, we wanted to serve small bites of tasty food instead of a big heavy dinner. We’re planning on making some really fun savory appetizers that I’ll share with you next week. My priority, as usual, is the dessert table. I’ll be making some tasty sweets on sticks like these Cookie Pops and Cheesecake Bites. I’d love to make the sticks a little more interesting with some glittery pom poms like these drink stirrers from Martha Stewart. I’d also love to make a gorgeous cake like this ombré one from Somewhere Splendid.For decorations, we’re planning on taking advantage of the season and using Gold Pumpkins and Apple Candle Holders. I’d also love to dip some small vases with gold paint  and fill them with pretty fall flowers. Martha Stewart also has the great idea of matching candle sticks with candles, and I’d think these ones would be amazing behind the dessert buffet. Finally, I really want to try out a streamer canopy in the tent. I’m so excited!

Graduation Candy & Cupcake Buffet

This past weekend I was hired to create a cupcake and candy bar at a graduation party for a young man with a serious sweet tooth. His mom wanted to have something special for all the graduates at the party, and there is nothing that kids like more than candy. We went with the classics – Gummy Worms, Sour Patch Kids, Reese’s Cups, Hershey Kisses, M&Ms and colorful gumballs.The focus of the table was a big cupcake tower that I made from graduated sizes of foam blocks covered in coordinating wrapping paper. It was great for displaying the 6 dozen red velvet cupcakes that I made for the occasion.I also made 60 frosted sugar cookies that I wrapped in clear cellophane bags so they would be easy to take home. There were piles of white paper bags on either end of the table so the guests could bring their treats home. It was a big hit!


Pretty Paint Cans

My sister is having a party for my nephew on Saturday, and she was looking for cute, cheap centerpieces. Since I have lots of free time on my hands these days, I decided to make some. I bought some small paint cans from Home Depot and some polka-dot wrapping paper.

I had a serious Mod Podge addiction when I was in college, and I decorated everything in my dorm room with pictures from magazines. It is seriously the best stuff ever.

I started by cutting out a piece of wrapping paper in to fit the can.
Then I painted the can with the Mod Podge, and carefully placed the paper over it. (Be careful while you are doing this, because the paper will get wet and wrinkle if you move it around too much).

Once the paper is in place, I painted over it with more Mod Podge.

Once the cans dried, they looked nice and shiny.
One of the things I like about Mod Podge is the brushed look of the finished product.

You can reduce the texture by adding more coats, or by using a foam brush, but I like the way it looks.

We’re going to put small potted plants in these over the weekend, so I’ll take more pictures then.

More New Invitations

My sister is having a party for my new nephew in August and she needed some invitations. I continued indulging my obsession with stripes with this design.

The most satisfying thing about finishing a stack of invitations is tying them up in pretty ribbon and sending them off.

My next step is finding some good desserts to make for the party. I am thinking of a vanilla cake with blue and white layers to match the invitations.

Mother’s Day Brunch

We just finished a really great Mother’s Day brunch – Anthony and I made Eggs Benedict (his favorite) with Crab Cakes (my favorite) and Crème Brûlée (his mom’s favorite). It worked out really well, but I think we used every pot and pan in our tiny kitchen.

The hardest part of serving a meal with lots of different pieces is making sure that everything is hot and ready at the same time. After a little panic during the final cooking moments when the potatoes weren’t browning and one batch of crab cakes got a little too crispy, somehow we made it work, including poaching the eggs and making a delicious Hollandaise sauce.

I wanted to continue the heavy, buttery, creamy theme of the meal with dessert, so I made Crème Brûlée (I had to look up how to do those accents) for the first time ever, which meant that I got to use my torch, which was tons of fun.

Now the kitchen is clean and I am exhausted and full and happy.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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