Cheers: Petits Fours

This weekend is big.  My sweet Zeda girl turns 4 and we have a few parties lined up.  First, a little Tea Party tomorrow afternoon with her favorite little girl friends.  I’m working hard today getting everything baked and organized and these little beauties are on the list!

They seem so easy and look so pretty; I’ll let you know how they turn out.

From Amy Atlas in Country Living:

“People will swear these are from a fancy bakery,” says Atlas of this tempting shortcut. To follow her lead: Use a serrated knife to cut the crust off a pound cake, then slice the cake into one-inch squares. Place them on a cooling rack with parchment paper underneath, pour icing over the squares, and let set for an hour. Atlas’s 60-second icing recipe? Mix four tablespoons of water to two cups of sifted confectioner’s sugar. Tint the mixture by stirring in a bit of gel food-coloring.

I’m off to start these Petits Fours!

Stay tuned, I’ll be writing much more about her birthday in the next couple of weeks.

 

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DIY Wednesday: Mum Centerpiece

Monday we featured a recent Social Graces party and today, we’d like to show you a simple DIY from that event; The mum centerpieces.  One main request for the party was fall decorations, namely mums.  When shopping for mums, I had a hard time forking over money for planters or baskets to place the mums in.  I found these mums at Lowes for around two dollars and wanted to buy several.  In order to stay within my budget I needed to have an inexpensive way to cover the ugly black plastic.  Once I saw the beautiful chevron burlap, I knew exactly what to do.  

Supplies:

Plant of choice

Burlap

Scissors

Gluegun

Twine

Look at the awesome chevron burlap I found at Hobby Lobby for only $5

1. Cut the burlap to size

2. Glue the edges to hold the burlap in place

3. Tie the twine around to help give the plant a “finished” look

Party: A Fall 30th Birthday Party

Have we mentioned how much we love fall here at Social Graces?  Well, we do and because of our love for this season, we were ecstatic when we were asked to plan a fall styled birthday party.

It was a chilly night but Rock Springs Farm kept their barn warm and DJ Alissa from B#Sharp Entertainment kept the guest movin’.  Everyone had fun mingling and eating delicious food from Infused Catering and cupcakes from Cindy Rose Cakes.

The kids were an important part of the party as well.  They decorated pumpkins and kept the dance floor full.

Images by Becca Murdaugh

Tips on using a Cotton Candy Machine

A cotton candy machine sounds like a good idea for every party. It brings color, activity and excitement to your event. It’s easy to rent and comes with instructions, a piece of cake right? Well, not exactly. It’s a little more tricky than that. I’ve rented many machines for events in the past and handed over the instructions to a group of volunteers and had them figure it out. However, we rented a machine for a birthday party back in March and had to figure it out ourselves. When you’re crunched for time, it’s not so easy. We didn’t need to return the machine right away so I took the time the next day to practice a bit, and here is what I learned…

You will need:

Cotton candy machine

Floss sugar (flavored sugar)

Paper cones

Bags

Instructions

Bowl with netting and clips

Tips:

1. Follow the directions completely, don’t skip a step, it’s worth being patient.

2. It’s best outdoors.  We used the machine indoors and it set off the smoke detectors.  It doesn’t create smoke but there are small sugar particles that fly into the air and cause some detectors to go off.

3. This is a two person job.  It is not easy to be successful alone.  One person should make the candy and one person should bag the candy.

4. Don’t let the bowl get too full.  If you don’t have two people your bowl will get full (see picture below) which makes it hard to wrap the candy up.

5. Spin the stick while you are making the circular motion around the bowl, otherwise you create a blob that is hard to get into a bag.

6. Bigger is not always better.  If you are going for looks, a smaller portion is better and will stay on the stick while eating.

7. Try to keep up with the machine, if you aren’t able to go fast, you leave too much waiting to be bagged.  It becomes hard and the hard crystals (think wet cotton candy) will get into your future packages.

8. Don’t wear your Sunday best.  You will get messy and sticky (see picture below). I’m pretty sure it wasn’t because I was an amateur.  I think you will get cotton candy on your regardless.

9. Do your best to clean out the bowl for the rental company but don’t clean too much as you might damage the machine by getting something wet that isn’t suppose to be wet.  They will gladly clean the machine for you.

10. Have fun and eat LOTS of candy. 🙂

Machine from All Events Rental