Valentine’s Day Sweets

Nothing goes better together than Valentine’s Day and sweets. Adorable desserts are seen everywhere for this holiday. Why not treat your loved ones to some amazing sweets?

Strawberries are in so many desserts, but these mini cheesecake bites from The Happier Homemaker looks heavenly!

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These Strawberry Heart Mini Cheescake Bites are perfect for any Valentine’s Day party!

Serves: 18
Ingredients
  • 1 8 oz Package of Low Fat Cream Cheese
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • 2 graham crackers
  • 1 tbsp softened butter or margarine
 Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line mini-muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  3. In a mixer cream together cream cheese and sugar.
  4. Add lemon juice and egg.
  5. Mix until well-blended.
  6. In a sandwich bag, crush graham crackers.
  7. Add butter in small increments until mixture is sticky.
  8. Spoon graham cracker mixture into the bottom of muffin tins.
  9. Top with cheese mixture.
  10. Bake for 11-14 minutes.
  11. While cheesecakes are baking slice strawberries in half and cut a “v” in the top to create heart shape.
  12. Immediately after removing cheesecakes from oven press strawberry hearts into the top of each cake.
  13. Refrigerate and serve chilled.

Hope you have a sweet and fun filled Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day Crafts

Valentine’s Day is a great day to spend with a special someone in your life. Whether it is the love of your life or your best girl friends, there is always something to do on Valentine’s Day. An adorable trend that has been going around is a Valentine’s Day themed wreath. Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas anymore!

These wreaths are super easy to do and a fun way to craft with your family or friends. You can use a stencil to trace out the “X” and “O,” or you can use twigs and ribbon. Either will keep the the theme of Valentine’s Day.

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All you need to do is create the “X” and “O” however you want, then hot glue them to your choice of ribbon. Hang the finished wreath on your door to show off your Valentine’s Day creation!

Super Bowl Appetizers

Super Bowl Sunday is coming up this weekend and you know what that means: appetizers!! If you’re having a party or going to one, we’ve found a couple recipes to represent either team and they put a twist on the traditional party snacks.  Which team are you rooting for?

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If you’re rooting for the Seattle Seahawks you could make a Spinach Artichoke Dip with Bacon! The green spinach is a fun way to represent the Seahawks. Adding bacon makes this dip even better!

Hot Spinach Artichoke and Bacon Dip

Serves: 8

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
2 green onions, roughly chopped
⅔ cup mayonnaise
½ cup cream cheese
2 tbsp lemon juice
Dash hot sauce
1 can (12 oz) artichoke hearts, drained
1 package (10 oz) frozen spinach, thawed and drained
4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled into bits
½ cup shredded marble cheddar cheese
Instructions
Using a food processor, pulse together garlic and green onions until very finely minced. Add mayonnaise, cream cheese, lemon juice and hot sauce, and process until nearly smooth. Add the artichoke hearts and spinach, and process again until artichokes and spinach are roughly chopped.
Add crumbled bacon and shredded cheese and stir, using a wooden spoon, until mixture is evenly blended. (I prefer not to use the processor for this step because the bacon and cheese are already chopped up and I don’t want to pulverize them, but if you’d like a smoother texture, use a few pulses of the processor to combine instead).
Spoon the mixture into a 6-cup gratin dish. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until bubbling hot and melted. Serve immediately with tortilla chips or toasted pita wedges for dipping.

For the Denver Broncos you could make Baked Orange Chicken Wings. No Super Bowl party is complete without wings! You can also substitute the chicken for shrimp or boneless wings.

Crispy Baked Orange Chicken Wings

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Crispy Baked Orange Chicken Wings

yield: 4 servings

prep time: 10 minutescook time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

For the chicken:

2½ pounds chicken wings, tips removed, drumettes and flats separated

1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For the sauce:
1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
2 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes, or more to taste
3/4 cup orange marmalade
1/4 cup hoisin sauce

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Rinse wings and drumettes and pat dry. Transfer to a large bowl and toss with vegetable oil, salt and pepper. Position wings on baking racks in a single layer ensuring that wings aren’t touching.

Bake, rotating pan half-way through, until fully cooked, 45 to 50 minutes. Remove wings from oven and transfer to a large bowl.

Add the sesame oil and olive oil to a small saucepot over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes until golden brown.

Add the red pepper flakes, orange marmalade and hoisin sauce, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Pour the orange sauce over the wings, tossing to thoroughly coat, and serve immediately.

Have a great Super Bowl and enjoy these delicious appetizers!

Social Graces Recap:2013

Is it already January 23rd?

I realize we are probably the last blog out there to do a 2013 recap but here it goes anyways…

We had a great year filled with fun happenings and for the past few weeks we have been working hard for our 2014 brides.  However, we are back on track and ready to bring you our latest events and inspiration.

But first, 2013 was full of various events so here is a little recap of what we did!

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Tiny Prints: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little, Star– We threw a baby shower themed after Twinkle, Twinkle, Little, Star and it was absolutely adorable!

Sweet Little Details– The winter weather makes us reminisce about the S’mores Cupcakes our wonderful friend, Jen made last year! Her blog is full of delicious recipes to try out!

#Hastag Your Wedding– Since anyone and everyone has an Instagram, why not use a #hashtag during your wedding to look at the pictures your guests took? This was a fun trend we found last year and it can still work in 2014.

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Sweet, Sweet Baby Shower– We threw our good friend, Melissa, a sweet baby shower and had the honor to be featured in 417 Home. This super girly baby shower was absolutely stunning!

DIY- Chunky and colored necklaces are super stylish and fun coming into 2014. This DIY project would be super creative and a great addition to your closet!

Cheers!– Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, so why not check out last years post about some amazing heart-shaped doughnuts. Keep an eye out for what we come up with for this years Valentine’s Day!

Here’s to another event filled year!  Look for our 2013 birthday party and wedding recap, coming soon!

Social Graces Team

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.

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Vendors:

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

Birthday: A Fairy Princess Garden Party

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My neighbor, friend, and fellow event planner, Nici threw an adorable backyard birthday party for her sweet girl, Maggie.  It was so fun even though it was blazing hot outside.  Nici bought them each a Fairy Princess outfit and once they were dressed, the party started!  They ate lunch, read a princess book, made necklaces and had a dance party to Choo Choo Soul. Nici’s husband, Jared made a killer dance stage where the girls got their grove on.  Maggie's BirthdayIMG_5904IMG_5901Maggie's Birthday2IMG_5918Maggie's Birthday1IMG_5896IMG_5916Maggie's Birthday3IMG_5913IMG_5936IMG_5893IMG_5910IMG_5941IMG_5973 IMG_5980IMG_5960Happy Birthday Miss Magdalene Elizabeth!

To check out more of Nici’s parties, head over to her blog Humble Hostess.