Sunday, July 3, 2016

A Summer Watermelon Theme Party




Easy watermelon cookie bites.  These cookies are fun and will add some color to the desert table!
You will need:
frosting (recipe available below)
icing piping bag with open star decorating tip
chocolate chip cookies
chocolate chips
red food coloring
green food coloring


This is simple if you have a source that has pre-made cookies.  I have a connection in town that makes the best soft chocolate chip cookies, so I cheated and bought them fresh.  I let them sit a day in a plastic zip lock bag until I was ready to frost them.  On the day of decorating, cut each cookie into quarters. If you kind of lightly score them first with a flat edge knife before cutting into them, it will help to cut them with straight lines without cracking the cookie. Prep your frosting (recipe below) and set aside two bowls; one of each in red and green by adding the food coloring appropriate until visully attaining the shade you want to use.  Then if you have kids, hide the frosting, lol.   Just kidding, but my daughter has announced that this is the best frosting ever and can't keep herself from sneaking a taste!  For the watermelon seeds,  I did these in small batches as needed.  I used chocolate chips and cut them in half.  Yes, this is kind of tedius but once you get on a roll, the process goes fast.  I sat the chip on a plate, held the chip with like a pinching gesture, slid the knife in between my fingers and slowly put pressure down the chocolate chip. My knife is pretty dull so I was not worried about cutting myself. If you are worried about cutting your fingers, I think a butter knife would work too.  Once you get that done, it is time to start frosting the cookies.  Grab the light pink frosting from the secret hiding place!  Set aside a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for placing finished cookies on. I simply frosted the two cut sides of the quarter first and then frosted the top of the cookie leaving a small strip unfrosted for where the green frosting will be applied.  Once you get the light pink frosting on, set cookie on a sheet of parchment paper and continue to frost the edge of the cookie with the green frosting using the piping bag with the star tip.   Once frosted, add 3 of the chocolate chip slices to each cookie bite.   You will be tempted to eat them, but stay focused!

Buttercream Frosting Recipe
Ingredients
5 cups of powdered sugar
1/2 cup of room temperature salted butter
2 1/2 tsp of real vanilla
1/4 cup of milk

Instructions
1. bleat butter and vanilla with electric mixer until fluffy
2. gradually and slowly, add powdered sugar to butter mixture, 1/2 cup at a time until you get to 3 cups (this keeps you from creating a powdered sugar cloud above your head & powdered sugar from flying everywhere.... trust me, I experienced it!).
3. fold in the milk with a rubber spatula and also scape the sides of the bowl into the mix, then continue to slowly add the rest of the powdered sugar to the mix.  Continue to mix for 1 to 2 more minutes. I found that my Kitchen Aid stand mixer worked the best for this whole process.



Shimmer Pink Sixlets Candies in a pretty watermelon bowl

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Straw Umbrellas in a watermelon theme!  Printable here 

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Patriotic

Fun red, white & blue decor for your Patriotic celebrations!

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Red, white and blue table cloths from the dollar store!  
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Paper towel and toilet paper tubes made into firecrackers!
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Strawberries dipped into vanilla flavored candy wafers:

  • 8 oz. white vanilla flavored candy wafers
  • 8 oz. dark blue vanilla flavored candy wafers
  • 1 lb of strawberries
  • cookie sheet lined in wax paper
  • piping bag for decorating dots on dark blue
Microwave to melt white candy wafers in cup.  Dip strawberries half way and chill for 5 minutes.  Then microwave to melt dark blue candy wafers in a seperate cup.  Dip strawberries so that a ring of white shows and chill for 5 minutes.  Use piping bag to add tiny dots.  Enjoy! 

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Paper doilies spray painted in holiday colors!  
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Simple red and white flowers placed into tinted blue water!
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Tinted cake batter to make a festive patriotic dessert!
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A great way to clean out the craft drawer using ribbons!
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Mason jars to display utensils and silverware!
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Monday, May 30, 2016

Sea Side Pool Party

Use this sign to accent your fish and dip!
French onion dip with blue food coloring & Pepperide Farms goldfish! Also placed on rice cake patties with veggie accents.   

Love, love, love this turtle!  Place near by when serving for a festive party decor.

How about a crabby cupcake dessert?





Monday, February 1, 2016

Clowning Around

How cute would this adorable clown be for a focal point at a party!











"EVERYONE LOVES A PARTY!"

Monday, January 4, 2016

Paper Hearts

Sometimes just the simple things can make a statement at a party.  I found these lively fun inexpensive printed strips at Hobby Lobby right before the Valentine's holiday.  If you were looking to do this and these strips were not available, I think it could still be acquired with scrapbook paper.  I found some scrapbook paper with a rose print and think this would be so pretty done in paper strip hearts and pearls.  The heavier stock papers work better.  Word to the wise though if you buy this particular item pre cut... the sticky area to bring the two ends together really did not prove "stick worthy," and over night they "popped apart!".... so after a good majority of them "popped" I decided to staple the two ends together.   I will find additional enjoyment with these at parties when I need to add of loving touch, such as birthdays & anniversary parties.  Call me crazy, but after Christmas... I don't like to give up my lighted tree (mine is artificial with the middle of the tree visible).  So I take all of the Christmas ornaments off and turn it into a Valentine's tree!  Since the snow is still outside (yes, I live in Wisconsin!) I feel it still feels appropriate to have my tree up but decorated for the Valentine holiday.  I also have a vintage looking feather tree that I use on my kitchen island, and after Christmas, I also turn that into a Valentines Day tree!  At Target, I found some garland in an arrow theme.  I liked them but the garland was not doing it for me, so I turned them into individual ornaments.  I'll include a picture of that tree as well.










"EYE CANDY!"