This week, many beautiful parties were added to Catch My Party, including this fabulous Galentines Valentine's day party! What a fun way to get your "gal" friends together to celebrate love and friendship!
Just in time for Valentine's Day, how about using this linzer cookies recipe to make pretty jelly-filled cookies to share with the people you love!
The best thing about these cookies is they're a combination of crispy shortbread with sweet fruitiness. Yum!
Preheat oven to 375 ℉.
In a medium bowl, combine butter and clear vanilla.
Cream butter and vanilla together.
Mix in powdered sugar and cornstarch. Mix until combined. Add in the flour.
Using your hands, mix the ingredients and form the dough. It gets pretty sticky.
Once the ingredients are combined and you have your sticky dough, dust your hands and a clean surface with powdered sugar. Grab the dough and form it into a ball. Continue to add powdered sugar until dough is less sticky and ready to roll out.
Roll out the dough on a powdered sugared covered surface.
Use a large heart cookie cutter to cut out the “base” and “tops” of the cookies. Cut an even number of tops and bottoms.
Line the hearts on a greased cookie sheet. Using a small heart cookie cutter, center it on the tops of the heart cutouts and cut a small heart in the center.
Repeat for each top. Bake all cookies for 12 minutes. Allow cookies to cool.
Spread your favorite jelly on the bottoms of your linzer cookies (the ones without the small heart cutout).
Optional: Sprinkle powdered sugar over the tops of your linzer cookies. Gently place tops on top of the bottoms.
Aren’t they pretty! They will melt in your mouth...
Did you know Fifty Shades Darker, the next installment in Fifty Shades series, is opening in theaters just in time for Valentine's Day?
In honor of the movie, I was asked to host a Fifty Shades Darker cocktail party for my 3 best girlfriends! I know, tough job, right? :)
Universal even sent me a box of goodies to help!
If you're excited about the movie, and thinking of hosting your own opening night party for your girlfriends, check out this blog post!
I've included easy party hacks, a "Black Mask" mocktail recipe, and free printable signs to help you decorate.
Since there's a big masquerade party scene in the movie, it felt right to give my party a masquerade theme. I wanted my party to feel decadent, fabulous, fun, and mysterious.
Here, my friend, Wendy, and I are being very mysterious!
Because I didn't have a lot of time to pull this party together, I headed to my local Safeway to stock up on desserts. It's almost Valentine's Day, so they had a huge assortment of yummy treats.
I chose these pink and red cupcakes because I wanted to add some pops of color to my grey table.
I also put out red velvet cookies with red Reese's Peanut Butter hearts, plus gigantic chocolate chip cookies dipped in chocolate.
And if there was such a thing as a sexy cake, I'd say this was it!
To set the tone for my party, I bought this silver masquerade mask (affil) and placed it front and center on my table.
I also printed out two photos from the movie and the Fifty Shade Darker logo, put them in three silver frames, and used them to add drama to my table. I've included them here for you to download for your own party.
I always like to add gumballs to my dessert tables. Gumballs add a touch of whimsy, so I loved how these red ones looked displayed in a vase. (Note on gumballs: people will actually put them in their mouths and chew them! I think it's a childhood thing. :))
To finish off my table, I added red and white roses (which play a role in the movie), two grey candles, and silver stars.
The grey and black balloons and silver streamers came care of Universal.
I had a helium tank lying around (it's what happens when you're a party blogger), so I blew up the balloons and displayed them in front of the streamers to create my dessert table backdrop.
In the movie, Anastasia wears a grey ostrich feather jacket over her metallic evening gown, so I thought this grey ostrich feather trim would be a perfect touch around my table.
I'm loving this new trend of pom poms or honeycomb balls at the bottom of a dessert table -- adds such a pretty visual detail.
Universal also sent me some Fifty Shades of Grey wine.
In addition to wine, I also served a signature cocktail.
Signature cocktails are a great way to add a personal touch to your party, because you can make them unique and tie them into your theme.
For this party, I made a cocktail that I called "The Black Mask." It's a vodka tonic with two special ingredients - activated charcoal (to turn the drink black) and white pearl dust (to give it shimmer).
Check out this fantastic red and blue nautical 1st birthday dessert table. The pale blue striped backdrop with the red and blue garland is so cute!! Love the blue anchor garland hanging on the table, along with all the desserts and awesome birthday cake!
If you are planning a Quinceanera and need fabulous inspiration, then look no further! We have the 10 most popular Quinceanera themes for you to look through. If you want your daughter to have the perfect party, you've got to see this!
I was asked by Nestlé to come up with a fun Valentine's Day DIY using their SweeTARTS Hearts and SweeTARTS Soft & Chewy Ropes, so check out my delicious SweeTART lollipop recipe!
SweeTARTS Lollipop Recipe
As a kid, SweeTARTS were one of my all-time favorite candies -- I love the sweet and the tang -- and now they are one of my daughter's. So yes, she was super excited I got to work on this post.
I wanted to create something easy, love-filled, and fun, so I thought adding SweetTARTS to homemade lollipops would be the perfect touch. The best part was I got to choose the special sentiments on each of my lollipops.
The SweeTARTS Soft & Chewy Ropes are cherry flavored licorice on the outside, with a soft and chewy SweeTARTS center. And what I discovered, is if I cut them into thin slices, I could gently break them apart, and pinch them in the shape of little hearts. Don't they look cute!
So once I had enough hearts, I got to work on my lollipops. Here's how I did it...
Spray your lollipop mold with cooking spray, then wipe out any excess.
In a saucepan combine sugar, cornstarch, and water.
On medium heat, watch as the liquid comes to a boil.
Be careful to watch your candy thermometer. At first it will rise slowly, but then it will speed up, so definitely keep an eye on your saucepan.
When the sugar mixture reaches 300 degrees, transfer it to a glass measuring cup. The sugar needs to be 310 degrees to harden, but the temperature of the sugar will continue to rise, even as you transfer it. If you keep it boiling too long, the sugar will start to darken.
Here's what the lollipop liquid looks like. It cools quickly, so you'll want to work fast.
Pour the mixture into each lollipop mold. Twist the lollipop sticks to make sure they're covered.
While the sugar starts to set, add your SWEETart Hearts and Chewy Rope hearts. Your lollipops will harden in about ten minutes.
I love that by adding the heart inscriptions I get to share my love on Valentine's Day right on my lollipops.
Here's the one I made for my daughter because she is definitely my cutie!!
To display my pops, I placed paper shreds inside a mason jar, tied a pink pom pom ribbon around the jar, and placed the lollipops inside.
We're planning to give these out to friends and neighbors as a special Valentine's Day treat.
Personally, I loved how they turned out, and what a fun way to share my love on Valentine's Day!
SweeTARTS Hearts and SweeTARTS Soft & Chewy Ropes are the perfect pairing to complement your Valentine’s Day. Also, use the gift tag directly on the packages to share them with friends, classmates and co-workers this Valentine's Day.
Both SweeTARTS Hearts and SweeTARTS Soft & Chewy Ropes contain no artificial flavors and colors.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nestlé. The opinions and text are all mine.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, I made these pink marshmallow popcorn balls and my daughter went nuts! She told me they were the best dessert I'd ever made. :)
These took ten minutes to make... seriously, and I did it all in the microwave.
If you want a crowd-pleaser this Valentine's Day, especially with the under ten set, I recommend these. They'll be perfect at a school Valentine's Day party (which is where I'm going to serve them).
Pink food coloring
Valentine's Day sprinkles
Reese's Peanut Butter Hearts
Make 6 cups of plain popcorn in the microwave.
Then follow this official Rice Krispie Treat recipe but before melting the butter in the microwave, add a few drops of pink food coloring and a few more pinches of salt. It should turn a beautiful shade of pink.
Next combine popcorn and pink melted marshmallows.
Next spray cooking spray on your hands and form into marshmallow balls.
Place in paper baking cups so they are easily portable.
Place M&Ms and candy hearts on the balls. (I found that it looked much better if I added them to the outside of the balls instead of mixing them in with the melted marshmallows.
Finish them off with a Reese's Peanut Butter Heart or any other heart candy. And voila!