Crafts! Crafts! Crafts! *Pinteresting Bridal Shower Part II*

Katie’s Craft: Mini Zen Gardens!

She supplied the little boxes, a bag of sand, some plastic plants, a small rake, and some small stones.  We went from there. I must say, raking my garden is very soothing.

Char’s Craft: Headbands!

I actually didn’t get to participate in this craft- I was running around doing something? Anyways, they looked super cute!

Meredith’s Craft: Tie-Dye!

This was really fun. I can’t wait to see how my shorts turned out. Meredith brought a Tie-Dye kit that had plastic to dye on, dyes, and gloves (which most of us forgot to use).  She picked up an assortment of white clothing items which made it more fun than just t-shirts. There were tanks, shorts, t-shirts, bandeaus, even a bikini!

Cookies!

Alison’s Craft: Tank Top Bleaching!

Easily Entertained - bleach tanksThis activity was simple and fun. Allison brought a bunch of cute and colorful tank tops and some bleach pens. We had to put wax paper and cardboard inside the shirts while we were bleaching.  We made our designs, let it sit for 10 mins, then washed with soap and water.  Most of them came out adorable, for some reason mine didn’t show at all! So weird.

More on this party to come…

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Party Prep *Pinteresting Bridal Shower Post I*

So it finally happened. The Pinterest Shower! Last Saturday Taylor and I prepped dawn to dusk (more like 11-7) to get ready for what we hoped would be the best shower yet.

I am still collecting photos from some of our guests. I was  unfortunately too busy to get all the pics I would have liked to, but here is a taste.

Menu: Caprese Salad Pops, Veggie Quinoa with Feta, Mixed Green Salad with Goat cheese, Turkey Burger Sliders, Veggie Burger Sliders

Dessert: Cake Pops, Fruit Skewers, Snicker Doodle Cookies, Kristen’s Yummy Cookies, and Ice Cream (which we never made)

Activities You Can Eat and other DIY party snacks

wm.artpartycookies1So now I’m back to thinking about the upcoming Pinterest shower.  Taylor and I were supposed to get together for round II of the Pinata making, but we had some scheduling conflicts so hopefully we will be able to finish that project up soon. When we do, I will be posting.

As the RSVP’s are filtering in, and I began to get a sense of the number of guests, I started thinking about food. We are not doing a full dinner. Just fun Hors d’oeuvres  and desserts. We are trying to stay as close to the DIY theme as possible, so I have been looking for interactive snacks as well as fun party pickings.

I found these sugar cookies from The Decorated Cookie.com.

wm.artpartycookies3 I just want to draw all over them!  This is a must have.  The same website also has another post all about drawing on food. Worth the read.  One of the marker types recommended were these which I found on amazon.com for $14.49. I pinned these to our Shower pinboard, and Taylor was all over them too. I know they are going to impress.

Okay, so call me a dork, but when I came across these button cookies at One Charming Party, my heart started racing.  I love them.

Directions: Slice a store-bought log of sugar cookie dough into quarter-inch rounds. Place on parchment-lined cookie sheet, and bake according to package instructions. Remove from oven and let set for two minutes. Using an over-sized straw, cut two or four holes in the center of the cooling cookies. Continue to cool and serve.

However, my plan is to take this up a notch — I want to use Twizzlers Pull and Peel to thread them! Do you see it? I’m so souped about this – though fully aware this may not happen as I imagine it. But I will let you know how this experiment turns out.  One Charming Party also has free printable labels you can download, I will probably make my own though.

I’m still on the hunt for food that doubles as activities, here are some more cute options I found that might work.

These guys squeak for themselves.

Taylor found these brill apps.  Caprese Salad + pop = (WTF) YUM

I mean, we have to, right?

Perhaps I am Kebab obsessed these days….but I love the Strawberry Shortcake Kebabs below from Recipe By Photo

I mean they could totes be DIY…put your own kebabs together people.

Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs | Recipe By Photo And yes, it’s all in red, white and neutrals – our party colors!

How much is too much? Please don’t imPEACH me.

I’m not sure.  I have found all of these delish looking(and not so delish looking) dishes incorporating peaches. But how much peach is too much  peach?

This Peach Basil & Ricotta Flatbread looks like a perfect summer party appetizer. Easy to pick up with your hands, bright and colorful, and vegetarian.

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From Chesapeake Taste

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Visual Recipe

*To make your own balsamic reduction: bring one cup (or more) balsamic vinegar to a boil in a small, thick bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, stirring often, until the vinegar is reduced by half or more. Allow the reduction to cool, then transfer to an airtight jar and store in the pantry. Balsamic vinegar is great on everything from pizza to ice cream, caprese salads and so much more.

And for the carnivores, I thought this appetizer looked like an excellent counterpart.

PEACH-PROSCIUTTO & RICOTTA CROSTINI

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Peach, Prosciutto & Ricotta Crostini
Bon Appétit | June 2011
by The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen

  • INGREDIENTS
  • 12 slices ciabatta bread
  • 1 ripe peach
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ricotta (preferably sheep’s milk)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 thin slices of prosciutto
  • Honey

easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy – INSTRUCTIONS

Grill bread slices.

Halve, pit, and thinly slice peach.

Spoon about 1 tablespoon ricotta onto each toast and sprinkle with ground pepper. Tear prosciutto into feathery pieces and drape a few slices over ricotta on each. Drizzle each with honey and top with 2 peach slices.

PEACH PIE

A classic. Need I say more. How can you not make?

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From Je suis alimentageuse

Prep time (20mins) Cook time (60mins) Total Time (1 hr 2omins)
Ingredients
  • Your favourite pie crust recipe
  • 8 cups of peaches, peeled and sliced (chunky slices)
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup sugar for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. (Preheat oven to 420F)
  2. Roll out the bottom half of the pie shell and gently lay onto the pie pan.
  3. Combine the peaches, flour, sugar, and vanilla together and put in pie crust.
  4. Dot the top of the mixture with little chunks of unsalted butter.
  5. Cover with top of the pie shell, pinching the sides so none of the juices can escape. Make sure you poke holes in the top of the pie so that the steam can come out when baking (and then your pie won’t explooode)
  6. Complete with a milk wash and a light dusting of sugar on top.
  7. Bake at 420F for about 15-20 minutes, then lower the oven to 350F and bake for 40-45 minutes until golden brown. You may need to turn your pie in the oven to get an evening browning.
  8. Let rest for about 15 minutes, and then dig in!

LITTLE PEACH CAKES

Okay, I will admit, this might be a bit of an overkill, put how friggin’ cute are these guys? I did something similar one Halloween to make a pumpkin cake, it turned out pretty well, and my guests were pretty impressed ;)…

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Little Peach Cakes from Big Red Kitchen

Ingredients

  • Mini Ball Pans
  • 1/2  Yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup butter,
  • 2 eggs,
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • red liquid food coloring
  • yellow liquid food coloring
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6-12 fresh peppermint leaves
  • 12 whole almonds
  • One batch Buttercream Frosting

How to Make and Assemble:

1. You will only need 1/2 of a Duncan Hines yellow cake mix to make 6 Peach Cakes. Mix according to package directions- 1/2 cake mix with 1/4 cup softened butter, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup milk, and 12 drops yellow food coloring. Divide evenly among the 12 greased mini rounds- about +1/4 cup batter. Bake in 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool 2 minutes in pan then remove to wire rack. If you have one pan this can be done in two shifts!

2. While cakes are baking make the buttercream frosting and add about 12 drops of yellow food coloring to get a bright yellow. Set aside.

3. In two separate lidded containers, add 1/2 cup sugar and 12 drops yellow food coloring to one and 1/4 cup sugar and 6 drops red food coloring to the other. Cover each container and shake vigorously until the coloring is fully incorporated. Let the children do this! If there is clumping, break up with a fork and continue shaking. You should have a lovely bright yellow and a nice deep pink. You will have leftovers.

4. Break the cinnamon stick into small stems by taking a pair of scissors and placing the point into the hollow center of the stick and cutting. You will get both big and small bits, use the prettier pieces. See photo below…
5. Frost the flat side of six mini rounds, being sure to get the frosting very think along one edge. Place another mini round on the frosting and press together forming a peach. Run your finger or a small spoon along the frosting to make an indentation that mimics the crease on a peach.

6. Dip each “cheek” of the peach into the pink sugar. I am calling each “fleshy” side of the thick portion of frosting the cheek. Then roll the rest of the peach in the yellow sugar without covering the pink portion. Roll the frosting portion in the yellow sugar as well. Like this…
7. At the top of each peach, place a piece of cinnamon stick and a peppermint leaf. Arrange in a pretty bowl or on a platter. Decorate with more mint sprigs if desired.

GRILLED PEACHES WITH ROSEMARY & BALSAMIC VINEGAR

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Grilled Peaches with Rosemary & Balsamic Vinegar from The Framed Table

Simple. Light, summer fare. Might be a tad too similar to first app with the balsamic & peach combo – but I just love its purity. And it looks gorge.

Ingredients:

  • Peaches
  • Fresh rosemary, chopped
  • Canola oil
  • Balsamic vinegar

To Prepare:

Cut each peach in half and remove pits.  Brush the cut surfaces lightly with canola oil.  Oil the grates on the grill and pre-heat to medium high.  Place peach halves with their cut sides facing down and grill for 5 minutes.  Flip peaches over and grill for another 4 minutes.  Remove from grill and drizzle with aged balsamic vinegar.  Sprinkle with chopped rosemary and serve as a side dish to pork chops, or as a simple dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

PEACH PICO DE GALLO

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Carla Hall of Bravo’s Top Chef and ABC’s The Chew

What you’ll need:

3 medium tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
2 medium peaches, pitted, peeled, and finely chopped (or 1 ¼ cups frozen unsweetened peach slices, thawed and finely chopped)
½ cup finely chopped red onion
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 to 3 serrano chile peppers, seeded and finely chopped
2 tsp lime juice
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 clove garlic, minced

How to make it:
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Let stand at room temperature for one hour.

Just Peachy Dahlin’

So – driven to distraction  I am Pinning up a storm for Bestie’s “Goodbye Atlanta” party. Obviously the first consideration needs to be venue – I believe we could easily have 60 people, so while I have been offered a house already, I think a park would be perfection. I tried looking into renting a pavilion in a public park of some sort, but I hate logistics. Ugh. Lucky me – a friend offered to help and I happily delegated her this task. hehe.

So next, I considered themes- Gone With The Wind? Bestie loves Gone With The Wind (apparently all Southern girls do) & its a sort of play on words ;)Another option – is Atlanta Skyline. Bestie loves the skyline.  She hasn’t been spoiled looking at Manhattan’s everyday the way I was. And when your from ArkanSASS, I think 2 buildings qualify as city skyline.

If we did skyline , we could use Atlanta Iconography. Like Coke this, Delta that and Peach everything. I decided the Atlanta Skyline would prove a more cohesive theme and that it would be easier to build on.

Some ideas for the menu:

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Easy Peach Limeade from Big Girls Small Kitchen sounds like a great place to start – and in a mason jar – perfection.

Easy Peach Limeade
Makes 3 1/2 cups; serves 4

To make sure that you don’t lose any of the precious peach juice, my instructions say to smush the peaches right into the limeade. Make sure your hands are clean!

Ingredients
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from 8 limes)
2 3/4 cups water
2 ripe peaches, pitted and quartered

In a pitcher or a quart-sized jar, combine the sugar, lime, and water. Stir very well to dissolve the sugar. Add the peaches.

Now reach your (clean) hand into the pitcher and grab hold of a peach quarter. Smush it til it’s pulpy–really, right in the pitcher! Wild, I know. Repeat with the rest of the peach quarters. Shake off your hand and cover the pitcher or jar.

Place the pitcher in the fridge and leave for at least 3 hours and up to 12. Your limeade will grow peachier the longer you let it sit.

Strain the limeade through a fine mesh strainer, pressing on the solids to extract all the peach flavor.

Serve in small glasses, over ice.

OK. Sweet Tea is a MUST. I think I’ll try this one from Fabulous Finds by Tiffany. 

1 Gallon of Southern Sweet Tea

  • 5 family size tea bagsEasily Entertained - Recipes - Southern Sweet Tea
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • filtered water

Method

  • {Step 1} Fill a sauce pan or small pot about 3/4 of the way full with water and put on stove, high heat.
  • {Step 2} Right before the water boils turns the heat off and put in tea bags.
  • {Step 3} While the tea is steeping pour sugar into tea pitcher. Fill pitcher about 1/2 full with hot water and mix. It’s very important to dissolve the sugar using the hot/warm water. If you fail to do this the sugar will not dissolve, instead you’ll see the sugar floating in your tea and it will end up at the bottom of you glass.
  • {Step 4} Let the tea steep for about 10-15 minutes, pour tea into pitcher and fill the rest of the way with water or ice cubes.

That’s it! Very easy. Remember not to add tea to boiling water, this could cause the tea to taste bitter.

And of course there will be Easily Entertained  warhal coke

Well that’s a start on beverages. The NYer over here will be sipping my calorie free La Croix – but who’s judging.

Would love to incorporate some Warhol in the decor too, loving this piece.