All posts tagged: party food

Hot Chocolate on a Stick!

Hot Cocoa on a Stick With Homemade Marshmallows

Nothing warms you up on a cold winter day like a steamy mug of hot cocoa, and there’s no cuter way to give someone that luxury than with hot cocoa on a stick. These are the perfect afternoon activity when you feel like whipping up a batch of something yummy for yourself and all of your friends. Don’t shy away from making your own marshmallows — all you need is a good candy thermometer and you’re ready to go. I love this digital candy thermometer because it beeps when it reaches the temperature I’ve set. That way no matter how distracted I might get, I know it’s time to take it off the heat! So roll up your sleeves and get ready for the yummiest cold weather ever — hot cocoa on a stick! The best part of making your own cocoa and homemade marshmallows is that you can personalize them with any flavors you like. Try adding a couple of drops of mint extract, a dollop of creamy peanut butter, or a teaspoon of …

Party Planning Tips

Top Party Planning Tips & Ideas for 2016

Our 2016 Top Party Planning Tips & Ideas will ensure you pull off your next party with ease and style. Let’s jump in! Get Organized Find a good time to sit down with a notebook and pen to start the planning process. Consider… Where will the event be hosted? Who’s invited? What’s your budget? Will it be casual? Informal? Semi-formal? What type of vibe do you want to create? Now is the time to register for event management services like Sendomatic. Sendo makes it super easy to create custom invitations, communicate with recipients, manage responses, sell tickets, accept donations and more. You can learn all about how Sendomatic can make your event planning process easier. Create a Theme Every great party starts with a great theme. Once you have the theme, everything else falls into place – decorations, invitations, games, drinks and food. Stick with your theme from beginning to the end. It starts with the very first time your guest gets wind of your event, the invitation. Make the theme and the feel of the …

Mac and Cheese Bar Tips & Ideas

Even as a non-cheezer, I love the concept of a Mac and Cheese Bar for a party or shower. Cook up your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe, then create a bar of fun toppings to let you guests customize their own creation— ham, bacon, different kinds of cheese (blue cheese for a something blue!), mushrooms, asparagus. Let your imagination run wild– and encourage your guests to do the same! Mac and Cheese Bar Inspo Brace yourself. You’re about to get very hungry. This idea is one I haven’t seen before. Surprise your guests with something unique and amazingly yummy. The party pictured is elegant and feminine, but a mac and cheese bar would work well for virtually any event. Superbowl party, kids birthday, bridal shower, Father’s Day, Fourth of July, Christmas, you name it! These are just a few topping ideas. The possibilities are endless! Fresh veggies, pepperoni, sausage, a multitude of cheeses, sauteed onions, sauteed mushrooms, maybe even some fresh pineapple chunks. What DOESN’T taste good with mac and cheese?! Have you attended an …

nest egg cookies recipe, easter cookies, birds eggs, chow mein noodles, chocolate

Nest Egg Cookies & Recipe

I am in love with these nest egg cookies. I just made thirty of them in less than fifteen minutes, which means they are likely to become an Easter classic around here. They are so quick, easy and YUMMY! This is a great recipe for the kids to pitch in on too. Ingredients for Nest Egg Cookies 12 oz. package chow mien noodles 12 oz. package butterscotch morsels (At least. A couple extra ounces will give you a better hold) 90 egg-shaped candies. I’ve used Cadbury Mini Eggs. Melt the morsels in a double boiler, mix in the chow mien noodles. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to drop scoops onto a pan that’s lined with parchment paper. Place three Cadbury Mini Eggs onto each nest. Allow them to set for 5-10 minutes before serving or transferring to a dish. It’s that easy! These cute cookies are perfect for school parties, family gathering and even Spring birthday parties. via suburbanhomestead.typepad.com

Nursery Rhyme Baby Shower

When my mom, sister, and I wanted to throw a baby shower for my cousin that was laid back, classy and had the charm of the quintessential baby shower, we jumped on a Nursery Rhyme baby shower theme.  With so many nursery rhymes to choose from, we knew we would have hundreds of ways to find inspiration. An excellent website to begin the inspiration process is Songs for Teaching. Nursery Rhyme Baby Shower Invitations The invitation is always my favorite part of a shower because it lets your guests know what kind of event and atmosphere they can expect. I made a simple invitation with the nursery rhyme Monday’s Child on the front of it. However, if you’re not a DIYer you can buy personalized nursery rhyme themed invitations online, like these from Colors By Design: Or this convenient Email Invitation from Sendomatic: Nursery Rhyme Baby Shower Food Nursery rhymes even inspired the menu!vWe served meatball subs for On Top of Spaghetti, deviled eggs for Humpty Dumpty, and cupcakes decorated with a “B” for Patty-Cake. We also had the Three …

Fondue recipes, chocolate, cheesy

Yummy Fondue Recipes!

In keeping with my earlier post of a 70s theme 4th of July party, here are my 2 favorite fondue recipes! This is one of the best Swiss fondue recipes I have ever tried. The kirsch is one of the most important ingredients. You can find kirsch liqueur at your local liquor store. But, this is one ingredient you will not be able to substitute or eliminate! While you’re at the liquor store, pick up the Amaretto for the chocolate fondue and a nice bottle of white wine. The best bread to use for the dipping is day old bread. It’s a bit crustier, so it won’t fall apart in the cheese. Make sure you leave some of the crust on each bread cube. I also like Granny Smith apples for dipping in the cheese as well. Classic Swiss Three-Cheese Fondue Recipe 1 garlic clove, peeled 1 cup dry white wine 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 8 ounces Gruyere cheese, rind trimmed and discarded, and shredded (about 2 1/2 cups) 8 ounces Emmentaler cheese, rind …