{Sweet Inspiration} HAPPY NEW 2012!!!

On behalf of Party Patisserie…  I would like to wish everyone a Happy,

Healthy, Blessed and Creative 2012!!!

  I would also like to thank those of you who have supported us these past few months getting off the ground,  it has been great meeting you:)

I would also like to “Welcome” all our new fans to the party and hope you like it here.

This year we’re excited to bring you:

  • More party ideas
  •  DIYs for parties and the home
  • Sweet Treats
  • Guest Features
  • Sweet Inspirations
  • Sew, So Cute ideas
  • Some surprises along the way

So visit us often, can’t wait to see ya!  Leave us a comment if you like , so we know you were here.

Cheers,

Deborah Fairbanks Piombino

 

 

{Sweet Inspirations} Christmas at Home!

Dressing the Christmas dinner table is always so much fun for me. We have a big family and I love coming up with new ideas for the table every year.

This year I fell in love with Santa’s belt  buckle.

Yes, from our Christmas invitation,

to our ornaments,

to the guest towels,

to our table favors,

(these were my favorite, and a big hit, by the way)

  Sometimes I just get on a kick and run with it.

With all the excitement and things to do I wasn’t able to get this post up before Christmas but thought you might want to take a look.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Hope you like!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

{Sweet Treat} Drinks Anyone!

Now that I’ve chosen all my desserts for the holidays I thought it was time to think about the drinks.

There are so many beautiful ones to choose from and I thought I’d  share some with you.

The usual wine and champagne are always good, but they’re expected.

Surprise your family and guests with the unexpected!

                                                                 Image: Pinterest

                                        (Image from: Love the Day)

Image: Sainsburgs.co uk

Image: Martha Stewart

CHEERS!!!

{Sweet Treat Tuesday} Dark Chocolate Peppermint Tart

Have you decided what you will be serving for dessert on Christmas?

Well, I thought I had until I saw this beauty.

I was relaxing for a few minutes eating lunch and thumbing through my  Bon Appetit Magazine when I spotted this gorgeous Dark Chocolate Peppermint Tart and  knew I had to share it with you.

It’s so light and lovely and will definately be a crowd pleaser!

INGREDIENTS:

Crust

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons cold whole milk

Filling

  • 1 1/4 cups whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 12 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon coarsely crushed red-and-white-striped hard peppermint candies

Topping

  • 3 1/2 cups chilled whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons peppermint extract

Preparation:

crust

  • Blend first 4 ingredients in processor. Add butter and vanilla; cut in using on/off turns until butter forms peasize pieces. Add milk and blend in using on/off turns until mixture forms small moist clumps. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap dough in plastic; chill 1 hour.
  • Roll dough out between sheets of floured parchment to 12-inch round. Press dough onto bottom and up sides of 10-inch-diameter tart pan with removable bottom. Fold dough edges over and press to form thick sides. Using thumb, press dough around sides to extend crust 1/8 inch above edge of pan. Freeze 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake crust until brown, piercing bubbles with fork, about 30 minutes. Transfer to rack; cool.

filling

  • Bring cream and corn syrup to simmer in medium saucepan; remove from heat. Add all chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool 30 minutes. Pour filling into crust. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup candy. Chill until set, about 3 hours. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated.

topping

  • Using electric mixer, beat all ingredients in large bowl to stiff peaks. Spread 2 cups whipped cream over filling, mounding slightly in center. Spoon remaining whipped cream into 1 bottom corner of large resealable plastic bag. Twist at top; grasp top firmly. Using scissors, cut 3/4 inch off filled corner to form opening; turn bag so that 1 seam faces up. Pipe 2-inch-long ovals of whipped cream side by side around edge of tart. Pipe more ovals to form second ring inside first, then pipe ovals in center. Chill at least 30 minutes and up to 3 hours. Remove tart from pan; place on platter. Sprinkle top of tart with remaining 1 tablespoon crushed peppermint candies and serve.

Looks like this will be my Christmas dessert. Yummy, I can’t wait!

Wrapping It Up In Brown/ White Paper? You betcha!

Wrapping gifts this time of year is such a huge part of the season. We all love to receive packages that have been wrapped with love and thought.

There are so many options I thought we’d take another look at the ones I love.

These are fun because they use a simple brown box or craft paper and embellish.

Hope there is something here that will inspire you.

from:  Babble

Rainbow colored yarn wrapped around the package and knotted,   jazzes up plain brown boxes.  Love it.

So simple with a big impact!

from: Older and Wisor

This is great option for the little ones on your list.

Again using a brown box or brown paper and enhancing it with colorful balloons tied in a cluster,  make this one so much fun.  What little one wouldn’t be excited to receive this?

Here, white butcher paper comes to life with some adorable ribbon and candy canes.

from: Good Housekeeping

A white pom pom, candy cane and peppermint cluster make this come to life.  So sweet!

from: The Pink Couch

How about using fabric or paper flowers and ribbon to accent your package?  So unique and pretty, I think!

from: Pretty Petals

I love color and this one caught my eye right away.  Confetti dresses up the basic brown craft paper. Just a little glue stick and let the confetti fly. What do you think?

from: Pinterest

Finally, we’ll end with some more color.  Simple cardstock cut in strips wrapped around the box with a little ribbon  do the trick.  I also like the idea of colored take-out containers with a little ribbon.

Use your imagination  and whatever you have handy.  You just might surprise yourself!

{Friday Favorites} Lindsay from Easy Made Invitations


Today I’m really excited to feature Lindsay from Easy Made Invitations.  Lindsay has a beautiful blog where she showcases great invitations that she makes. There you will get a fantastic array of her gorgeous and creative line.  She generously shares her DIY invites which are so much fun and easy to make. Lindsay will also make custom invitations to your specifications and has a beautiful Etsy shop.

With Christmas quickly approaching and all sorts of parties being planned, I thought I would feature one of her Christmas invitations that you can make and adapt it to any party you are hosting.

Supply List…

 

{ Supplies }

First, cut the green cardstock in half to a size of 5-1/2″x 8-1/2″.  Then cut the red cardstock to a size of 5″x 8″.  I like to use my X-acto Paper Trimmer for all my invitations…I’ve had it for years and it still works perfectly!

{ Trim the paper }

Next, using either a Word program or a printshop program, or if you’re fortunate to have one, an Illustrator program, create a text layout.  Be sure to include all the party information.  I created a fun heading using different fonts and colors.  Have fun with it!  Play with font sizes and styles to create the perfect look for your invitation.

The next step is to print out your text and cut the white cardstock.  It needs to be cut down to a size of 4-1/4″x 7-1/4″.

{ Punch the bottom edge }

Using the edge punch that’s shown, or any that you like, punch only the bottom edge of the white cardstock.

Now, using those super cute mini Christmas lights, string them across the top portion of the white cardstock.  Attach them on the back using a piece of tape.  I also used a couple of dabs of hot glue on the front to help them “hang” perfectly.


{ Attach the layers together }

The final step is to attach all the layers together using the mounting squares.  Be sure to keep all the layers centered to create a tidy and finished look.

 That’s it!  Thank you Lindsay for giving us such a fun invite to try.

Please visit Lindsay’s blog for many more great invitations.

 

{DIY} Let’s Wrap It Up!

For me,  wrapping a gift is practically as important as the gift inside.

  Regular wrapping paper just won’t due unless it’s embellished with something.

When you take the time and make the extra effort to wrap a beautiful gift it makes the gift all that more special.

Don’t you think?

With that being said, we are all looking for ways to be creative but don’t have a lot of time to spend on wrapping,  so I’d like to share with you a few of my favorites that I think will “Wow” the crowd, won’t break the bank and you can do pretty quickly.

The ingredients needed for this sweetness are as follows: cute knee socks; festive kitchen towel ; christmas placemat: glue gun; scissors; ribbon.

Let’s begin with these cute knee socks:  We never go emptied handed to a party and bringing a bottle of wine is usually a pretty standard gift. How about making it something special to receive?

Cut the foot of the sock off and slip over the bottle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use a little double stick tape to finish off the bottom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use a little bakers twine to to attach a gift tag.

Super cute wouldn’t you agree?

And, for the price of one pair of socks ($5.00) you get

2 bottle cozies.  How fun is that?

 

 

 

 

Next, choose a placemat that you can fold in half vertically and has the design you like when folded. I found this cute snowman at Crate and Barrel. He was just what I was looking for:).   (oops, the corners are hidden in this photo)

Fold mat in half lengthwise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Run a strip of hot glue down the

side and bottom of mat to close.

(you can also sew it if you prefer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirdly, you can use a bonding tape (stitch witchery). Place the tape along the edges, line up the ends perfectly and press with a hot iron.

 

Insert your gift and close with a cute ribbon.

Wouldn’t you want to be the recipient of this little cutie?

Next, I also purchased a dish towel from Crate and Barrel. (love this store)  I ‘m so excited that it is oversized (huge),  cute print and has red ball fringe (bonus!)  It’s so large that I’m going to get two cute gift bags for the price of one. WOO HOO!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cut in half and press neatly.

 

 

 

 

You will need to finish off the edge that is cut. Fold over the raw edge 1/4 inch and press.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now to finish,  place the bonding tape carefully along the edge of the towel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fold the towel back over taking care not to move the tape. Now press to secure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bag on the left is the finished one I just showed you how to make.

To get the bag on the right simply leave open one side and glue down the other side and the ball fringe edge.

This is perfect for giving a magazine subscription. (shh, don’t tell my sister).

THERE YOU HAVE IT!

{Party} Pink and Purple Penguin Party by Glorious Treats

Today I’m thrilled to feature a beautiful party by Glory from Glorious Treats.

Pink and Purple Penguin Party

(Image: Glorious Treats)

Glory hosted this craft party for her daughter and her daughter’s friends, and thought a penguin party would be  a perfect theme. I do too!  Her color selection is so beautiful, bright and cheery!

Glory got the inspiration for the theme from wrapping paper she purchased last year.

(Image: Glorious Treats)

Notice all the cute little penguins that she inserted into the display.

The cookies are simply gorgeous, and I love how she gave the penguins their own personalities. It was  nice touch to add in the snowflake and snowball cookies.

(Image: Glorious Treats)

After giving the Fresh Chick Design Studio the theme and party colors, Glory asked them to create a set of invites and party printables.

(Image: Glorious Treats)

The table is set with darling penguin water bottles for each guest. What a fun accessory.

(Image: Glorious Treats)

Cookies weren’t the only star of this party. Here, chocolate cupcakes with pink frosting display the cute printables.

The sweet little model is showing off one of the yummy cupcakes. How pretty!

Thank you Glory, for letting us feature your gorgeous party!

(Image: Glorious Treats)

Visit Glorious Treats for more details about this party.

{DIY} Christmas Sock Cup Cozies

This year I’m not going to be caught off guard!  Every year we always get a group of kids that get together and go Caroling through the neighborhood.  It is really cute and I just love it. So typically, I’ll give them some cookies or candy for their beautiful efforts.

Well, since it is always so darn cold outside (Chicago weather) I decided I’m going to be ready with Hot Chocolate for them.  I purchased the throw-away cups but hate the way they look. UGLY!

So, after purchasing some cute dollar socks, (Target)  I thought I’d dress them up a bit.

The directions are pretty self explanatory.

Decide on the cups you are going to use. Next cut the foot portion of the sock off.

Pull the sock over the cup and situate it.

On the underside of the cup, pull the rough edge of the sock and using double sided tape, attach to the bottom. It should sit perfectly for you.

So, there you have it!

  Easy and cute, right?

Are you ready for your carolers?