Tiny Prints: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

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Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are.  Up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky.  Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are.

Social Graces had the privilege of doing a baby shower for Tiny Prints off of their beautiful Twinkle Bright: Baltic Baby Shower Invitation.  It was such a joy pulling it all together.

1I2A3639Sugar Leaf bakery in Branson provided us with the most amazing cake.  Seriously, it tasted as great as it looks.  We could not ask for a better bakery to partner with. If you are interested in seeing more pictures and hearing about the party, check out the Tiny Prints blog here.
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Vendors:

Party: Events by Social Graces
Cake: Sugar Leaf Bakery
Photography: Meg White Photography

DIY Wednesday: Snow Globes

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Snow globes seem to be coming back into the picture lately. This time, though, they have any extra layer of whimsy. That is probably because most are now handmade! I wanted to share these DIY Snow Globes from Apartment Therapy. They are perfect as Christmas decor or a present, but also has a Christmas centerpiece. Or, if you are having a December wedding, it would be so unique to hand them out as favors!

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Click here to see Apartment Therapy’s full DIY instructions. All images via Apartment Therapy.

Cheers: Christmas Cookies

What else screams the holiday season then baking, right?  Growing up, I absolutely loved Christmas baking with my mom and sister and it’s something I hope to pass down to my little girl.

While planning my baking list I came across these little goodies on cannelle et vanille.  They would be a perfect dessert to bring to a Christmas party or you can make these if you’re creating a White Christmas party of your own.  Your guests would love them.

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Lemon Meltaways

160 grams butter, at room temperature
125 grams powdered sugar
zest of 2 lemons
2 Tbs lemon juice
1 Tbs vanilla
260 grams flour
20 grams cornstach
1/2 tsp salt
Powdered sugar for rolling

Cream together butter, sugar, zest and vanilla. Add lemon juice and mix. Add the flour, cornstarch and salt to the butter mixture and mix until combined. Form the dough into a log that is about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap it in parchment and refrigerate it overnight.

Cut the log into 1/2 inch disks and bake at 350F for about 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool slightly and roll in powdered sugar while they are still warm.

Meringue Cookies

50 grams egg whites
50 grams sugar
50 grams powdered sugar, sifted

In a bowl, whip the egg whites fully until a light meringue forms. Slowly and while whipping, sprinkle in the granulated sugar and let it whip to stiff peaks. Stop whipping and fold in the sifted powdered sugar. be gentle not to deflate the meringue too much.

Place the meringue in a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip (number 5) and pipe little meringue kisses onto a sheetpan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 175F (or lower if your oven permits it) until dry. You should be able to lift it from the pan without sticking. Store in an airtight container.

DIY: Hanging Christmas Trees

I found a perfect little DIY that you can do with your family on Christmas Eve. It’s simple, fun and will brighten up your room for Christmas morning. Thanks Ki Memories
 
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Instructions:
1.  Cut out three different sized circles out of patterned paper.  You can either use a circle cutter, or trace three different items (such as a cup, saucer and small plate) and then cut.

2.  Cut out a ‘pie shaped’ quarter sized section of the circle.  Either roughly draw lines to divide the quarters (on the backside), or just eyeball it.  You will not need the pieces you have cut out.

3.  Bend the circle around to make a cone, then glue it together (I just used regular glue stick).  Using scissors, make numerous cuts around the bottom edge of the cone.

4.  Using a pencil, roll the cuts around to make it curl.  Repeat for other two circles/cones of the tree.

5.  Thread a long piece of embroidery thread onto a sewing needle.  Make a big knot in one end.  Push the needle up through the big cone.

6.  Push the cone down as far as the knot.  Make another knot a little further up from the top of the large cone, and then slip the middle sized cone on.. repeat for small cone.  Note: if the knot slips through the hole at the top of the cone, you can use a piece of ribbon to tie a knot around the thread knot.. holds it in place, and looks super cute too!

7.  To finish off the top, you can add two stickers back to back (like the snowflakes pictures, or the softies as well), or hand cut 2 stars from patterned paper, and glue them back to back.