Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hawaiian Birthday Party



It's a Hawaiian Birthday Party!
Break open the coconut, slice up the pineapple
and put on your Hawaiian Aloha wear.
It's time to
celebrate!

 
There are so many great Hawaiian party supplies found at the Dollar Store and your local party stores, that one needs to be careful not to overdo it. 
Unless one likes to overdo.

I sometimes like to overdo.
My mom's birthday sometimes causes me to overdo.
(This may or may not be one of those 'overdo'/'overdone' times... I'll let you be the judge.)
 


Aloha!  Let's Party!

One of my favorite 'over-the-top' party supplies are printed plastic backdrops.  Hang a few plastic sheets of palm tree and ocean backgrounds and it's an instant CrAzY party!


 
 
 
Bunches of paper lanterns and tissue paper flowers always add life to a party. Grass skirts taped around the table add to the tropical look.
Hawaiian sarongs make the perfect table runners.
Bamboo trays and shell necklaces and shell plates continue with the theme.
 

I like to place glass plates on top of my paper party plates.  This makes for easier eating and still gives off pretty color.  After the meal, clear the glass plates and serve dessert directly on the paper plates.


 
 
Honeycomb toothpicks and straws give the party a beachy vibe.
Hawaiian punch or POG is the drink of choice for this party
...of course.


 


Pineapple and pink flamingo water bottles take the table to a whole new level. 
 


Not to mention the pink umbrellas in the candy shot glasses. 
This party is not for the timid.

Appetizers of stacked pineapple, mango and chicken sausage bites look festive on platters.



Our menu included:
-Pineapple, Mango & Sausage Appetizers
-Shrimp Butter Lettuce Salad with Asian dressing
-Hawaiian Chicken
-Rice
and dessert...
 



-Vienna Fingers cookies make perfect flip flops.
Add a bit of frosting, a sugar pearl and place them on a platter of brown sugar 'sand'.

-Pink floral sugar cookies carried the theme, too.
 



and then the cake!

 

 
Just a triple layer, chocolate cake with coconut & macadamia nut filling with buttercream frosting.
 


Click here to see how incredibly easy it was to frost this cake.
You won't believe it!  You can't mess it up...really!

 
And, if you're going to have a party like this, you must have a dress code!
(Gotta love my parents all decked out ready to party!)
 

 
Don't forget to stage a photo shoot!
Hawaiian hats, leis and pink flamingos just add to the craziness!  The plastic party beach scenes are the perfect backdrops for pictures.  Add in some Hawaiian music, hula and limbo to spice things up.
 
And that my friends...

is a party!  What's your verdict?

Happy Birthday, Mom!
 










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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Can't Mess It Up--Rose Swirl Cake

Easy to make and so impressive...
 Rose Swirl Cake


When the cake becomes a party photo prop,
you know you've made something spectacular!


(Here's my mom modeling my 'over-the-top' Hawaiian photo props?)


I truly had no idea what I was getting into when I wanted to decorate my mom's birthday cake with roses.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out how easy it was.


I started with a crumbly, triple layer chocolate cake,
glued together with a coconut-macadamia nut filling.
(It had to go with the Hawaiian theme, of course!)


After a crumb coat (light layer of frosting over the entire cake)
and an overnight stay in the fridge, I began piping on the roses.

 
(I even impressed my son.)


Want to know the trick? 
You can't mess it up...really.

Use the 1M decorating tip in a circular motion and be amazed.
All 'mistakes' (not so great looking roses) still look swirly and beautiful.

Spaces in between the roses are filled in with another swirl.  Everything just blends together.  It's almost magical!



I found this great video link that walked me through the steps. 
Click here. 

I followed this frosting recipe. 
Click here.
Just remember that this cake takes a lot of frosting! 
  • 1 bag powder sugar (two pounds or about eight cups)
  • 1 cup shortening (I used original Crisco)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (use clear if want white frosting)
  • 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup milk


  • Instructions:
    1. Cream shortening and vanilla in mixer for 2-4 minutes. Add in powder sugar, one cup at a time. If you find your mixer struggling, slowing add in milk. Use more milk for a creamy consistency, use less milk for a stiff consistency. 
    2. Add coloring and mix well.
    3. I put my frosting in the fridge for 10-15 minutes before I start working with it.  If it get too warm while I'm piping it on, back in the fridge it goes.




    Stay tuned for more pictures from my mom's
    Pink Hawaiian Birthday Party.






    Here's a few more of my favorite EASY cake decorating ideas.  Really easy, I promise!


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    Thursday, July 3, 2014

    4th of July Breakfast

     
     Here's a fun 4th of July Breakfast idea.

    (Do you have a 4th of July breakfast?  For the last few years we've have a 5th of July breakfast...you know, the morning after the 4th.  It just works for us...late night of fireworks =a later morning wakeup, fun breakfast...especially nice if you have guests, too.)

     
    Patriotic Pancakes!
     
    You won't believe how easy these are to make.
    Simply whip up your favorite pancake batter and add red JELLO powder.
     

     
    Add a little at a time until you get the color you're after.  That's it!
     
     
    Of course I had to add the color 'blue' to our pancakes with some blueberries....
    and the color 'white' with a dollop of whip cream.
     


    The JELLO not only adds color, but a bit of sweetness, too.
    Mmmm!

    Happy 4th of July!











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    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    4th of July Patriotic Smoothie

    Need a patriotic smoothie? Of course you do!




    3 Festive Ingredients
    (a handful of green spinach is optional)
     
    RED
    A handful of strawberries

    WHITE
    A serving of vanilla yogurt

    BLUE
    A half handful of blueberries




     
     
     Looks pretty patriotic in the blender...if I say so myself!


     
    Blend. Pour.  Enjoy!

     
    Happy 4th of July!
     
     
     








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    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

    4th of July Quick Patriotic Petit Fours

    Here's a fun and quick treat for your 4th of July festivities.
     

     
    4 ingredients is all you need.
    1) Golden Oreos
    2) Sliced strawberries
    3) Blueberries
    4) White Candy melts or white chocolate
    (Melted and placed in a Ziploc ready to pipe.)
     
     

     
    Just a few easy steps is all it takes.
     
     
    1) Split each Golden Oreo apart. 
    On the top half, add some of the melted white chocolate and stack the cookie underneath the bottom half.
     
     
     
    2) Place one sliced strawberry and one blueberry on top of each cookie.
     
     
    3) Pipe white chocolate 'zig zag style' across the fruit.
    This holds the fruit on the cookie.
     
     
    Done!
    Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.
     
     
    Happy 4th of July!
     











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