Linens and Lingerie {Wedding Shower}

Last weekend I had the pleasure of helping my sister (Joy) host a bridal shower.  The shower was for a lifelong friend of my sister’s (and our family’s).  The theme that my sister and the bride came up with was “Linens and Lingerie“, and it was a fun day to just enjoy being girly!  The party was decorated with framed images of 1940′s and 50′s housewives, and also vintage pin-up girls, to tie in with the Linens and Lingerie theme.

We (myself, my sister, and several friends of the bride) prepared a beautiful and delicious lunch that was enjoyed by all!

 ~ Menu ~

Chicken Salad Sandwiches on Croissants (made by the host, similar to my delicious recipe here)

Spinach Salad

Tomato Bruschetta

Fresh Fruit Salad

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting (frosting technique shown here)

Petite heart shaped sugar cookies (made by me, recipe here)

I brought lots of my favorite serving dishes and stands and enjoyed setting up all of the pretty food.

 (Above)

 Beverages were served out on the patio (where we enjoyed the lunch and party).  Drinks included water (with fresh lemon and orange slices), iced tea, and a delicious cocktail (recipe soon)

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The large patio was adorned with potted flowers and more framed images to pull in the theme.

An extra fun and girly element of the party involved lots of pretty panties!!  Each guest was asked to bring a (new) pair of panties (in the bride’s size) that represented them.  The panties were displayed on ribbon, with mini clothes pins (available at Wal-Mart and other craft stores).  They made a really fun display!  During the party, the bride was asked to guess which guest brought which pair of panties.  Party guests also got to participate, by guessing (ahead of time) how many panties the bride would be able to correctly match.  In this case, the lovely bride got 3 out of 20!  =)

(Above)  The beautiful bride along with the corset cookies I made as favors.  Several hours of decorating cookies was well worth the fun ooh and ahhs by the bride (and guests!).  More images of the cookies are in my previous post, Wedding Shower Lingerie Cookies.

The Linens and Lingerie party was a beautiful success (thanks to lots of great planning by my sister Joy, some pretty details I enjoyed adding, and help from several friends).  It was a beautiful day to just enjoy being in the company of friends, enjoy delicious food, and shower the bride with lots of love and beautiful gifts!

Wedding Shower Lingerie Cookies

This past weekend I helped add some “sweet” details to a wedding shower my sister was hosting.  The fun theme my sister (Joy) came up with was “Linens and Lingerie“.  As soon as she mentioned the theme, I knew exactly what I wanted to make as special favors, lingerie cookies!  I’ve been eyeing this cute corset shaped cutter (from Copper Gifts) for quite a while, and was excited to have a reason to order it.  I thoroughly enjoyed adding slightly different details to each cookie (27 total) and I’m quite happy with how they turned out.  A slight note… these are large cookies (about 4.5″ tall), and require quite a bit of time to decorate.  Allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy the decorating process if you plan to give these a try.

Here are some helpful links to get you started…

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Royal Icing Recipe (and decorating tutorial)

Basic Decorating Tips

I’ll have some more pretty photos from the “Linens and Lingerie” shower later this week.

Happy Baking!

{Sweet Giveaway} Cupcake Scentsy Warmer

Today I have a sweet, calorie free treat from one of my newest blog sponsors, Scentsy Independent Superstar Director, Income Wax .  If your not familiar with Scentsy products, the Scentsy company sells beautiful ceramic containers that enclose a low watt bulb, designed to slowly melt specially formulated fragrant wax.  The wax comes in a huge variety of luscious scents and is a safe, flame free way to fill your home with fragrance. 

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Busy in the kitchen…

I’m busy in the kitchen this week… today I’m finishing some pretty cookies for a friend who’s hosting Bunko, then I’ll be working on lots of cookies and cupcakes for wedding shower my sister is hosting.
Oh and then I’ll need to make sure my daughter is ready to start 2nd grade next week.  I hope her teacher is prepared… oh wait, I am her teacher, opps… I may still have some work to do!  I also need to make sure my housekeeper and cook are doing their jobs… oh shoot, I don’t have a housekeeper or cook!! 
So… I guess blogging may be on the back burner this week! 
I do have a fun giveaway planned for later this week, until then, I’d love to hear what you’re up to this week, and I’ll be happy to share my baking projects with you next week!

{Cupcake Basics} How to Frost Cupcakes

Simply the BEST tutorial on How to Frost Cupcakes!

One topic that I often receive questions on, is how to frost cupcakes.  I’ve been wanting to post on this topic for some time, but wanted to do a nice complete post, something that would be a nice reference for you to come back to.  I hope this post will be a good resource for you.  I remember when I first started decorating cupcakes I too was very interested in (and intimidated by) creating a beautiful swirl on cupcakes.  After doing it only a few time I found that filling a piping bag and adding a nice swirl of frosting on cupcakes is actually much easier and quicker than spreading frosting!

A few tips to get you started…

In order for the frosting to have enough body (be thick enough) to hold up, you need a good frosting to start with.  Make sure not to add to much liquid, or allow your ingredients to be too warm.  I would not recommend using canned (pre-made) frosting to pipe on cupcakes, it’s usually not firm enough to hold up.  I have heard of people adding powdered sugar to canned frosting to thicken it… but if you are going to do that, it’s just as easy to make it yourself.

I’ve posted recipes for American Buttercream, and Cream Cheese Frosting, the two frostings I use most of the time.  Swiss Meringue Buttercream (explained beautifully by Rosie of Sweetapolita) also makes a beautiful frosting for piping.

Simply the BEST tutorial on How to Frost Cupcakes!

(Left to Right)  Large round tip, Open star (Wilton 1M), Closed star (Wilton 2D), French tip

To frost cupcakes, you’ll want to use a large (sometimes called jumbo) decorating tip.  The four most common shapes (openings) are shown above.  The Wilton 1M and 2D are often available at craft stores, the others you may have to buy on-line.  I like to use a coupler to hold my tips in place, for these large tips you’ll need a large coupler as well.  Large tips can also be used without a coupler, by simply setting the tip inside the bag, then filling with frosting.

Sources-

Sweet Baking Supply

Sweet Estelle’s

Bake it Pretty

Country Kitchen Sweetart

And for a grand finale… my first ever video!  Simple and to the point, but I think it’s sometimes helpful to just see something done from start to finish.  Enjoy!

P.S.  No, my counters are not dirty, yes the grout is brown… that is the color of the grout.  My kitchen (and counters) are original to my house, which was built in 1958.  They’re old.

Have fun experimenting with different tips and frostings.  Use concentrated gel coloring to color your frosting (like Americolor or Wilton).  Add some sprinkles, and you’ve got a beautiful and delicious treat!

Simply the BEST tutorial on How to Frost Cupcakes!

Several other posts you may find helpful as you learn to make beautiful cupcakes…

Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

American Buttercream Frosting

How to Bake Cupcakes  (tips to help you bake beautiful and delicious cupcakes)

Cupcake Liners (answers to common questions, and my favorite liners)

The BEST cupcake frosting tutorial!!  Great recipes and tips!  - GloriousTreats.com

Happy decorating!