Posts in the ‘Food’ Category
We get such gorgeous kids' birthday cakes on our site, I thought I'd highlight some. How inspiring are these...
Linda V's Wizard of Oz Party
Aymee R's Cat in the Hat Triple Birthday
Nicole W's Rainbow Unicorn 5th Birthday
Gwynn W's Dashell's Race Car Party
Christine K's Caitlyn's Mad Science Birthday Party
Lisa M's Classic Boys Camp Out Party
Ann P's Around the World Party
Beth K's Toy Story - Jessie & Woody Party
Jane R's Top Secret Military Mission
I love this stylish, disposable cutlery from Ecoware Products.
Because they're made out of birch (real wood), they're disposable like plastic cutlery, but they're also biodegradable.
Plus, they're not insanely expensive. You can buy a hundred forks, knives, or spoons for $8.95.
Or you can buy 100 individually packaged cutlery kits (like this one pictured below), which include a spoon, fork, knife, and napkin, for $39.99.
And I'll say it again... aren't they stylish?
I'm a big fan of miniature bunting on cakes, so when I stumbled upon the Kiki La Ru Etsy shop, specializing in cake bunting made from vintage and upcycled fabrics, I had to post about it.
I think cake bunting is such a beautiful party element. It adds a whimsical, handcrafted feel to your cake (especially a homemade one). Take a look at these lovely photos...
The bunting at Kiki La Ru is not inexpensive. They range from $21-26, but they are definitely beautiful.
If you add miniature bunting to one of your cakes, please email me a photo. I'd love to post it.
I love when design meets function. And this definitely is the case with contemporary kitchenware company, Joseph Joseph. Their products are smart and look good. What more could you ask for?
Here are a few of my favorites items...
A pair of hand-like salad servers are integrated into both sides of the bowl.
It allows you to scoop and drain food straight from a pan or oven dish. (I just bought one of these.)
Made from glass, this board provides a hygienic, odor and stain-resistant work surface for all types of food preparation.
A cheese grater that folds completely flat for storage.
For more of their interesting kitchen items, check out their site Joseph Joseph.
I'm starting a new desserts feature where I highlight an insanely great dessert on our site. The first dessert I'm featuring is from
Nicole W's Under the Sea Tea Party
I was so excited about the cupcakes and tea pot I had to contact Nicole (who is not a professional cake designer, by the way) to ask her how she did this incredible work. Here's what she said:
Thank you, Nicole, for sharing with us how you did all this! Every time I look at the photos I'm still so blown away.
Once I had the vision for the tower of cupcakes topped with a teapot cake, I have to admit, I coached my daughter toward that theme. Happily, it was a theme she really liked, anyway!I spent a good chunk of one day forming the basic shapes of the tea sets out of gumpaste. Four hours? Five perhaps? I tend to lose track of time when I dive into a project like this, but I know it took quite a while!
The basic shapes are really very easy, it's a lot like being back in preschool playing with play-dough. ;-) I used the "wrong" end of cake decorating tips to cut out the circles for the plates and the miniature cake plates.
The end of a Sharpie pressed into the center of the plates made the perfect indentation. The teacups were the hardest to come up with a satisfying technique. I tried empty cups, but they all looked like the mug I'd made my mother when I was three.
Eventually, I just made gumpaste balls, flattened and flared and squished one side to make a flared teacup shape, then used a very sharp knife to score a circle where the "tea" should be.They looked good after I formed the tea sets, but they really came to life when I hand-painted them the next day.
Again, it was hours of labor. I used the tiniest, thinnest paintbrush I could find in the craft store--and when doing detail work like this, having a quality brush makes a big difference!
My "paint" was Americolor gel food coloring thinned with vodka. The gold on the rims was gold luster dust mixed with vodka and painted on.The cupcakes were all our favorite chocolate cake recipe. It's an old depression era recipe called Crazy Cake (also Wacky Cake and a couple other names).
It doesn't have any eggs, butter, or milk in the recipe, but it's so moist and deliciously chocolatey, and easier than a box mix! The teapot cake was vanilla, just in case a guest wasn't a fan of chocolate.
The teapot cake was pretty simple. I used a Wilton Sports Ball pan to make the round shape, and baked off a little of the batter in a custard dish to get the small disk of cake for the lid.
The handle and spout were the only non-edible part of the cake, and were made with a lightweight foam-like modeling clay product that Crayola makes, available in any major craft store with all the other crayola stuff.
It's lightweight enough that there's no problem with the spout slowly obeying gravity and destroying the cake; that's sometimes a problem if you make the spout and handle out of fondant or gumpaste.
Add a few fondant flowers, gumpaste pearl strings, and aerosol luster dust, and you have a teapot!
To learn more about Nicole, check out her blog, Tradewind Tiaras. And to see more of her gorgeous cakes and parties, check out her Strawberry Picnic 1st Birthday and her Rainbow Unicorn 5th Birthday on our site.
I saw these back to school cookies Kate from Grin and Bake It created, and thought they were so cute and clever I had to repost.
If you want to try your hand at baking them, Kate has put together a really easy tutorial.
Also, if you've thrown (or are planning to throw) a back to school party please add it to our site. I'm putting together a TRENDS blog post on them and would love to include yours.
Milk... how simple.
It's also a great party design element. If you're having a dessert table, a cereal bar, or just a big cake, what better drink is there?
Take a look at how people on our site have used milk to add something different their parties.
Kristy's Cereal Bar Buffet
Put some "blinged" out labels on traditional milk and you've got something festive and fun for a cereal party.Baby Girl Sip & See
Strawberry milk shots topped with a cookie. A sweet little treat for a baby shower.Choo Choo Train Party
Vintage bottles and vintage straws at this train party.
Kristy's Griffin's Monster Jam Dirtfest 7th
Sharnel D's Chocolate and Turquoise Birthday Party
Chocolate milk on a chocolate-themed dessert table. Why, of course.
Leanne A's Indi's 1st Birthday Bunny Party
Vintage bottles of strawberry milk on this lovely dessert table, and on the straws, sweet little decorative flags. Adorable.
So when Kristy said she'd be happy to do a quick tutorial on how she made them, I jumped at the chance.
Here's how she did it...
- Unfinished wood candlesticks (any craft store)
- For toppers: unfinished wood circles, small saucers, paper plates, melamine plates or anything else
- Non toxic paint
- Mod Podge or another sealer
Unfinished candlesticks have a metal cup in them. So gently pry out the cup with a butter knife and discard. This will allow your topper to be attached to a flat surface.
Paint the candlesticks and toppers as desired -- neutrals, wild colors, or mix and match. I found two coats worked best. As an alternative to wood candlesticks, you could certainly use a crystal candlestick and omit the painting.
You can seal any of the wood pieces with a sealant or Mod Podge at this point.
Place your desired top plate upside down on your work surface.
Line the top of the candlestick circle with glue and then attach to the middle of your top plate. Let dry upside down.
You may want to use temporary glue dots for the paper plate idea, so you can easily remove the plate when finished.
Also, keep in mind that ceramic plates will make your piece more top heavy, so take into consideration what you are putting on it and how careful your guests will be.
Here are some different toppers, desserts, and ideas. You can put a small doily on top, a piece of patterned scrapbook paper, card stock, flowers, or fabric. You can embellish with ribbon, rhinestones, fabric ties, pom poms, or anything you find around the house.
These pedestals are perfect for cupcakes, donuts, Ring Dings, mini pies, mini bowls of ice cream, one piece of fruit would be adorable -- anything you can dream up!
That’s it! These individual dessert pedestals are a beautiful and simple way to add a charming element to your dessert displays.
Thank you, Kristy!
To see all of Kristy's adorable homemade party goods and get more great party ideas, take a look at her blog, The Purple Pug. And while you're at it, take a look at the insanely creative parties she's added to Catch My Party.
Friday night we were invited to a friends' house for dinner, so I stopped by Vanilla Bake Shop in Santa Monica, CA (where I live) to pick up some cupcakes.
The store is so lovely and the desserts so beautiful, I had to shoot some photos.
Vanilla Bake Shop was started by husband and wife team, Amy and Jeremy Berman. Here's an article from the New York Times about their story.
Amy has also appeared on the Martha Stewart Show to bake her famous Meyer Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes.
Some iPhone photos of the store...
The baby cupcakes I bought for our dinner... Yum.
If you're visiting Los Angeles, I think Vanilla Bake Shop is definitely worth a visit for some of these tasty baby cupcakes.
An unexpected way to serve drinks at your party is in mason jars. The nice thing about mason jars is that they're not too expensive (less than a dollar a jar), they're more interesting and homey than plastic cups, and they're easy to dress up with ribbons, straws, flags, or whatever you like.
For inspiration, take a look at how people on our site are using mason jars to add a warm touch to their parties.
Carey B's Cookie and Milk Party
Ashley S's Garden Baby Shower Luncheon
Tanya M's Red, White, and Blue Backyard BBQ
Claudia S's Tickled Blue BaByQ Shower
Kelly S's Pink Cowgirl Party