Get inspired with these amazing Valentine's Day dessert tables! They will give you ideas for your parties and celebrations with stunning cakes, cookies, cupcakes and other treats, all set up beautifully. The garlands and banners add a lot to the tables, too!
Romesco is a Spanish sauce that incorporates almonds, garlic, roasted peppers, roasted tomatoes, and toasted bread. It's thick, crunchy, tangy, and goes with just about anything.
So for my family-friendly meal, I wanted to keep it simple. First, I made a basic chicken and baby green sandwich on French bread, but for my condiment, I slathered on my Romesco sauce. It brought a tomatoe-y, peppery brightness that brought my sandwich to life. (My seven-year-old daughter, Lainey, even liked it. I think she thought it was flavorful without being too spicy.)
Then instead of serving ketchup with my French fries, I used my Romesco as a dipping sauce. Again, the roasted pepper, the thickness from the toasted bread, and the crunch from the almonds were such great additions to my crispy fries.
Quick & Easy Romesco Sauce RecipeIngredients:
- 2 cups of peeled tomatoes
- 1 cup of roasted peppers
- 1 cup of cubed bread
- 2/3 cup sliced almonds
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon Spanish paprika (pimentón)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- fresh herbs (thyme or oregano) to garnish
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place your tomatoes (~4 medium) and peppers on a baking sheet, and roast for about 30 minutes. We used a mix of red bell pepper (2), and sweet peppers (4). If you want a spicier sauce, you can add spicier peppers. Take them out of the oven when they are cool enough to handle, and peel and seed them. Don't worry about getting it all.
Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the almonds to a skillet on medium high heat. Keep stirring the almonds until they just start to brown, then add the cubed bread and two diced garlic cloves. Continue stirring until the bread is firm and starting to brown.
Add the almond, bread, and garlic to a food processor, and pulse for about a minute until the almonds are crumb-like in size. Add the tomatoes, peppers, 4 tablespoons of olive oil, vinegar, paprika, and salt, then pulse for another minute. You want a thick rustic texture. So don't over process. You can taste and add more salt if you like.
I like to garnish it with some fresh herbs and serve it warm, but it can be refrigerated and is good for several days.
I'm a huge fan of French fries, but I do try to limit them to special occasions. However, what's great about the Alexia Classic Crinkle Cut Fries is they are 98% fat-free and 100 calories per serving. One way they achieve this is by roasting their fries, plus they are made with whole ingredients like U.S.-grown Yukon Select potatoes. You wouldn't know they were missing the fat.
Alexia Foods offers frozen potatoes, appetizers, breads and side dishes with minimal, but distinctive, real ingredients that serve-up exceptional taste--right in your kitchen. For more recipes, tips and inspiration from Alexia online, check out AlexiaFoods.com
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Alexia Smart Classics via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Alexia Smart Classics.
Shauna Krantz, our new contributor, and the brains behind the beautiful Ella and Annie Magazine, is here with a homemade lip balm DIY!
There is just something soothing about all natural lip balm. I love it, my kids love it, and it makes the perfect gift or party favor! Made with beeswax, your favorite extract or essential oil, and coconut oil, it's super simple to do. You can even tint with beet root powder or by melting in a piece of your favorite lipstick. I prefer the sheer gloss!
- Beeswax ( 2 oz bar found at Whole Foods )
- Organic coconut oil
- Vanilla, almond, or peppermint extract (you can also use essential oils)
- Olive or vitamin E oil
- Mini glass favor jars
Take 6 teaspoons grated beeswax and put it in a microwave safe bowl. Add 6 teaspoons coconut oil.
Heat for 1 minute and 25 seconds in microwave. Check to make sure wax is completely melted.
Add 1 teaspoon extract or oil. Mix well.
Pour into container and let cool until solid. You can tint with food coloring if you want.
The glass jars hold about 3.87 oz of lip gloss each.
Enjoy this all natural, soothing lip gloss year round and especially for the winter months. This makes the perfect baby shower, bridal shower, or spa party favor, or what a great homemade birthday gift idea!
Check out my four favorite parties this week added to our site, including a Disney Cars party with fun themed party foods and an incredible cake, a lovely pink and black Paris themed girl birthday party with added Scottie dogs, a chic and modern Yellow Submarine party in yellow and gray, and a garden glamping party with an actual tent and beautiful wildflowers!
Clockwise from top left:
- Charming Touch Parties' Scottie Dog in Paris
- Tali B's Chic Yellow Submarine Birthday Party
- Jo W's Girls Garden Glamping Party
- Melinda C's Sawyer's First Birthday Celebration
Here are 12 awesome Frozen party decorations that will help you with planning your Frozen parties and making them amazing and memorable!free Frozen party printables are a quick and easy way to really dress up your party! Just download the files, print them out, and start decorating! ribbon garland is simple to make with strips of fabric and looks great in front of the dessert table. paper rosette backdrop yourself.
If you've got a great Frozen party decoration you'd like to share, please email me at jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com. I'd love to see it!
This glitter monogram drink stirrer DIY is being shared with us today by Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs. I love when these gals get their glam on!
Whether hosting a formal cocktail party, or just a fun girls' night in, our DIY glittered monogram drink stirrers will add the perfect touch of glam to your night's aperitifs! And with each guest having his or her own personalized drink stirrer, there will be no more mixed drink mix-ups!
- Small Wooden Letters (Found at your local craft store)
- Modge Podge
- Fine Tipped Paint Brush
- Slim, Natural Wood Craft Sticks
- Hot Glue Gun
1. Begin by taking the letter of your choosing and using your fine tipped paint brush, apply a thin coat pf Mod Podge to the front of your letter.
2. Once your letter is covered, gently sprinkle the glitter on top of the Mod Podged letter.
3. Carefully shake any excess glitter from your letter.
4. Using your hot glue gun, add a small drop of hot glue to the top of your wood craft stick and gently adhere your letter.
You now have a gorgeous, glittering personalized drink stirrer!
All that's left to do is add a bit of bubbly or your favorite party cocktail and enjoy!
What a sparkly way to start the New Year, thanks Missy and Kristen! To learn more about Missy and Kristen, please visit them at Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, and on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
And if you're looking for some fun drink ideas, check out all our drink and cocktail recipes.
Looking for an inexpensive alternative to cake pops? Try making these pink sprinkle Oreo pops instead. Shauna at Ella and Annie Magazine put together this quick and easy tutorial for making them. These are perfect as birthday treats on a dessert table, party favors dressed in little cellophane bags, and Valentine's Day treats.
What kid wouldn't want this colorful cookie treat at a birthday or on Valentines day!? They are easy to make and super fun.
- Oreos - you can use chocolate or vanilla
- Pink candy melts
- Lollipop sticks
- 1/2 teaspoon cooking oil
Melt candy melts according to package instructions. Add about 1/2 teaspoon oil to the melts before heating. Melt and stir until you have a smooth consistency.
Take the lollipop stick and dip into melted candy. Insert the dipped lollipop stick into the center of the cookie. Allow to dry for a minute or two.
Next, dip each side of the cookie into the melted candy.
Dip in sprinkles. Place on parchment paper to dry.
Package in clear cellophane bags with ribbon and pass them out as party favors or give them to all your Valentines this holiday!
Wait until you see the parties I picked this week as my favorites!
An amazing milk and cookies party for a beautiful girl birthday, in pink with chalkboard details, a bright and sunny Little Miss Sunshine’s 1st birthday, a fun pancake and PJ's slumber party and a sparkly gold and purple Princess Jasmine girl birthday party!
Clockwise from top left:
- Laura O's Isabel's Second Birthday
- Designs by Yu's Little Miss Sunshine’s 1st Birthday in Laughterland
- Lemonade Moments' Isabella's Pancake and PJs Slumber Party
- Tica Rose Events' Princess Gabby 4th Birthday
When I see a new trend showing up on our site, especially one that's so beautiful, I have to share it right away. So here's my first trend spotting for 2015. Introducing... decorated stacked cookies. Aren't they gorgeous?!
Most of the ones we're seeing are simple sugar cookies or shortbread cookies, and sandwiched between them is pretty frosting. Plus there seems to be a definite flower theme, lots of piped rosettes and added gumpaste flowers. And don't forget the sparkle. To really make these decorated stacked cookies stand out, we're seeing glittered detail on the edges of the cookies, or completely covering the cookies.
What I love about these stacked cookies is they can work for so many occasions -- baby showers, bridal showers, 1st birthdays, and girl birthdays. Plus you can make them as formal or rustic as you like.
What are your thoughts on serving them instead of cupcakes? Novel and interesting, I think.
To see the parties these cookies are from, just click on the photos. There are many more beautiful photos to browse.
Happy New Year from Catch My Party!
There's something about new beginnings that always makes me happy. We had a great year in 2014, thanks to you, our community, and we're hoping to have an even better 2015.
We've got a lot planned for the coming year, so be on the lookout for:
- New ways for our community members to interact and help each other
- More resources for vendors and party pros
- A marketplace to buy and sell party goods
- New types of content to share on our site