Just in case you didn’t know this…. I have some stinkin’ cute great-nieces and nephews. I love spending time with them….although with a full time career and a side job as the CEO of thegardenofeatin, it’s not always possible to see them often. Do you also know what it’s like trying to book them for a playdate? These kids have better social lives than I do. I have one great-niece in particular who is a real girly girl. She is four years old (or by her calculation – 4 and a half).
Remember when we loved counting the halves until it was our next birthday? When you get to my age, you don’t want to be a half older than what’s necessary. Anyways, Miss O. loves pink, princesses, dressing up and BAKING. Um…hello….did you say baking? A kid after my own heart. This past weekend we scheduled a baking day with little Miss O. She is a spirited little redhead who is bright, witty and knows exactly how to stir a bowl of batter. When I putter around in my kitchen, I like to experiment with different scratch cake recipes. For this date, we were baking at my brother and sister-in-law’s home so to keep it simple, we used a box mix, jacked it up a bit to taste like scratch and paired it with two piping bags of canned buttercream icing that I prepared the day before with organic food coloring. (yes…..sometimes it’s okay to make things from a box and a can)
I packed up all my GOE gear (including the camera, cake stands, props etc.) and headed to someone else’s kitchen to make a mess. When I arrived I grabbed Miss O. and she was Ready and Set to GO!”
We gathered all our utensils by rummaging through the cupboards and drawers. She was my little assistant. She placed all the paper cupcake liners in the pan, alternating the colors brilliantly and then helped to make the cake batter, with the exception of using the hand mixer. You see, she doesn’t care for the noise. She promptly left the prep area until that was over and returned to the quiet serenity of the kitchen. Flashback to my eldest son when he was four. He couldn’t stand noise too. When I took him for a haircut to a salon, everyone was required to turn their blowdryers OFF when he walked in.
Needless to say, he received the fastest haircut in the history of haircuts.
Back to baking…..here’s what transpired with our project. We ended up making enough cupcakes to open a store and them some. After churning out the goods, we iced them, photographed them and proceeded to stuff them into our faces. All in all, a really good day.
MISS O’s CUPCAKES
-1 box of confetti cake mix
-1/2 cup of oil
-1 cup of milk
-1 box of vanilla pudding
Preheat oven to 350 F. Warn Miss O. that the mixer is going to be turned on. Watch her run and hide. Beat ingredients with the very loud mixer for 30 seconds at low speed. Continue beating at medium high speed for another 2 minutes. Call Miss O. back into the kitchen and tell her that the noise is OVER. We made mini cupcakes so this is what happens next. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full. Bake for 15 minutes. Test with toothpick. You will have enough batter to make to make approximately 36 mini cupcakes.
Completely cool, (this is the hard part…..FOUR YEAR OLDS DON’T LIKE TO WAIT…..but then again…..neither do I). Pipe your frosting on and stuff a “tester” cupcake into your face just to make sure they are good.
Pretty in Pink (or Purple) Icing
-1 can of buttercream icing
-2 – 3 drops of organic food coloring
Blend and place into piping bags fitted with tip.
Miss O. wanted to share her truckload of cupcakes with her school mates. Special thanks to my sister-in-law for calmly cleaning the icing off surfaces that have never seen food.
See ya next week!
The most anticipated season of the year (on the east coast at least ) is undoubtedly, spring. So when someone comes to us and says they want to throw a spring fling just for the fun of it, we say, yes please! Out with the cold, in with the warm, let’s party!
The key to a successful party is the food, drinks and music. We brought in Cobblestone Catering and served a beautufil spread of hearty hors d’oeuvres.
Shrimp lollipops with a lemongrass dip, cremini mushroom sliders and lamb meatball pita sammies were all part of the spread that we stationed on the big dinner table for guests to graze over.
To drink we served a fresh peach and basil sangria. We set the bar with “drink up buttercup” and “cheers” napkins from our girl Joanne at Oh Goodie Designs.
I think my favorite part of the party was the back office. In this room…we set dessert. EAT CAKE was our theme over here with these awesome balloons from The Flair Exchange.
The party was a blast. The perfect way to ring in the warmer months ahead and enjoy sips, sweets and eats with friends. And our client told us…now she’s going to make this an annual party.
We are thrilled to announce our latest addition to the LMP in a Box collection…Shower! We know how stressful it can be to throw the perfect shower for that special friend, sister, daughter, co-worker. Luckily, Little Miss Party has you covered. And we thought of everything. This neutral party is perfect for the bride-to-be OR mommy-to-be! Having a girl? Simple…add pink or purple blooms to the bud vases and matching mini cupcakes. Celebrating a future Mrs? Stick with a neutral palette and opt for white or yellow flowers. Anything goes with this amazing array of party supplies.
We kept this box simple yet sophisticated. Included are gold striped lunch plates, gold lunch napkins, silver star dessert plates, silver star napkins, silver scalloped paper cups, heart stamped bamboo forks and spoons, 6 glass bud vases, one 36″ confetti-filled balloon, one strand of shiny gold tassels, gold striped straws and a collection of paper fans, honeycombs and lanterns.
The best part is this box can be used for so much more than just showers. We love it for a ladies lunch or even a Sunday Brunch with friends. The gold, silver and white palette really does go with anything. We like to think of this as the Little Miss “Anything” Box. And after the party is over, the bud vases are the perfect addition to your desk, bathroom, bedside table or kitchen island. Pop a fresh stem in each vase every week and your room will thank you.
For more info and to SHOP the box, check out our Little Miss Party in a Box site.
Thank you to Raquel Langworthy of Untamed Studios for the beautiful photos taken here.
Passover is less then two weeks away. As always I’m hosting a big seder and the planning is well under way. The menu is the easy part as it’s a traditional meal including several family recipes that I make year after year. While the table is another story. I love creating a beautiful tablescape and this year I thought it would be nice to include something homemade. So I crafted a Matzo Cover with this beautiful fabric that I found from Minted.
- Fabric (this print and more here)
- Fabric Glue
- Grosgrain Ribbon
1. Using your ruler and pencil, measure out and mark four 10″ x 10″ squares on your fabric. Use your scissors to cut out each square following along the pencil markings that you have drawn.
2. Align three of your fabric squares, one on top of the other, with the printed side of the fabric facing up.
3. Take your fourth square and flip it so the printed side is facing the opposite way, and place this square at the bottom of your stack and align with the rest of your fabric squares.
4. Using your fabric glue, glue 3 sides of your aligned squares together, leaving 1/4 inch between the glue line and the edge of the fabric so you can go back and trim the squares later if necessary. Make sure to glue each separate layer together. Use your fingers to apply pressure and secure along each side that you have glued.
5. Take your grosgrain ribbon and cut a 12-inch long piece. Apply a thin line of glue to the top of your piece of ribbon and place along the middle, glued side of your fabric squares, leaving half of the width of the ribbon free to fold over and glue to the other side of the square. Apply a thin line of glue along the opposite side of the square from where you just glued, fold your ribbon over and apply pressure with your fingers to secure.
6. Use your scissors to trim or remove any excess or uneven fabric.