Last minute Halloween dessert table!

October 26, 2011 § 3 Comments

Are you having a Halloween party? Are you short on ideas and not sure where to begin?

Let me help you with your dessert table. If you want to recreate the display above, I’ve broken it down into bite-size steps.

Your grocery list for this menu:

Apples, peanut butter, mini marshmellows, cake mix (don’t forget eggs and oil), frosting, writing gel or edible pen, candy melts & lollipop sticks (you may need to go to the craft store for these), chocolate pudding, oreos, tombstone shaped cookies, pretzel rods & sprinkles.

Making these desserts is fun and tasty!

I would set aside 2 – 3 hours realistically to make the food because you will have to bake for the cake pops and heat the candy melts. Once you do this it will go pretty quickly. You can find a great tutorial for cake pops and cake balls at Bakerella. If you are feeling really ambitious, you can find an eyeball specific tutorial here.

The “witches wands” will be fast because once you have heated the candy melts for the cake pops, you just dip the pretzel rods, place them on wax paper and sprinkle. Be sure to wait until they dry before trying to move them.

The “goblin kisses” are simply sliced apples (buy the presliced to avoid brown apples) with peanut butter spread to make the mini marshmallows stick. “Chocolate graveyards” are even easier – chocolate pudding topped with crushed Oreos and a cookie tombstone. Use the same gel pen as you did for the “ghost pops”.

I hope this easy menu helps save you time and energy so you can enjoy your Halloween!

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A sweets table, of sorts…

March 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

classic candy jars filled with blueberries, mangos, satsumas and strawberries

Have you seen the Amy Atlas website or blog anytime recently? Amy Atlas is the original “Sweets Stylist”. She creates amazing tables for parties comprised of sweet treats that are decorated and color coordinated to perfection.

For my daughter’s birthday I wanted to give her a great food table that represented one of my favorite things, a candy store.  However, I wanted to limit the sugar intake as much as possible as to avoid the classic sugar crash – or as we call it here, the temper tantrum. You can see below the influence of Amy Atlas’ sweets table and my candy shop obsession.

I love discovering old vintage candy stores. Especially if they are in a small, quaint town. I don’t really think that it’s the candy that draws me in, rather the bright colors, different shapes of the candies and definitely the sparkle of the glass jars. In fact, it could just be the sparkle of the glass jars.

A well merchandised candy store has fantastic glass jars. Tall, fat jars with clear lids or front facing jars that seem to beg me to grab a bag and filler’up.  I found some of these glass candy jars recently and I knew just what I would do with them. As you saw above, I filled them up with a variety of colorful fruits – blueberries, mangos, satsumas and strawberries!

The kids had so much fun with these glass jars and classic candy scoops that they didn’t even realize that they were shoveling healthy snacks onto their plates!

At the last minute I decided to create a little personal art for the birthday girl.

I whipped up her silhouette and a piece of word art to articulate to her all of the words that I would choose to describe her. I had a good time late night with my online thesaurus so that we could have some fun reading this together. “You mean, I’m a lion?”

bite size watermelon piled into adorable ice cream sundae glasses

This is probably the one tray I am most excited about. Why? Because my cute little ice cream sundae dishes were found at my new “not-so-secret”, secret treasure trove – Value Village.

who doesn't love pirates booty and giant pretzels?

Sneaking in another fun and relatively healthy snack!

– Kim

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