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My journey guiding people on what items to purchase for their DIY party at home. My mission is to help one person at a time to celebrate the important events in their life by creating beautiful memories.

  • Welcome 2021 Let the New Year bring new Life!

    I am sure you are all excited and all worried about what to expect in 2021. I am still trying to understand what happened, was it real? Seams so far from reality and here we are learning how to deal with the new normal.

    Well, new things are also changing with “our” blog this year. Changing for better, we are going to be implementing here these changes … little by little, so hold on tight and follow me into 2021 with great expectations!

    I promise you will be learning so much about the party scene that you will enjoy hosting parties. My goal is to build a community of creative-minded people and to help each other to know how to create good strategies for hosting a party, specially Dessert Tables.

    I honestly think that once you understand the process and learn how to have a decorator vision, you will be able to create and DIY your party even dough you don’t think you are creative.

    Here is a board that I created to help you pick beautiful items for your 2021 New Year Eve Party.

    DIY PARTY PURCHASE LIST

    2021 New Years Eve DIY Party

    1. 2021 Happy New Year Banner 
    2. T-shirts
    3. New Years Eve Package 
    4. Picture Board 
    5. 2021 Party hat
    6. Paper/plates
    7. Paper/plates
    8. Paper/plates
    9. Backdrop

    3 DIY Desserts for your Party at Home

    CHAMPAGNE CHANTILLY SHOOTERS

    Recipe and instructions Chantilly Shooter 

    JELLO SHOOTER

    Recipe Peach and Vanilla Champagne Jell-O Shots

    NEW YEAR’S EVE BALL DROP CUPCAKES

    Recipe: New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Cupcakes

    5 AWSOME CAKES

    By fabmood.com

    By Alexcosta



    By Angela Lemaire

    By bellwetherevents.com

    By  bellethemagazine.com

     

     

     

  • Christmas must be pink this year! Pink for all the love we can get to cure 2020 and welcome 2021 with open heart

    That’s it this year red Christmas tradition will be on hold. I am dedicating this year’s Christmas color to be pink… beautiful girly lovely pink, a soft color delicate pink that in my eyes will represent all the sweet love that I wish you all

    perfect pink backdrop

    Funoasis Christmas Gnome Gifts Holiday Decoration Kids Birthday Present Handmade Tomte Plush Doll, Home Ornaments Tabletop Santa Figurines 22 Inches (Pink Hanging feet)

    pink gnome decor for the dessert station

    decor props for the dessert table or table scape

    LampLust Pip Berry Garland Decoration - 6 Ft, Blush Pink Faux Berries on Rustic Grapevine Base, 100 White LED Lights, Battery Operated, 6 Hour Timer, for Easter, Wedding, or Girl's Bedroom

    pink berries 

     

    Christmas ornaments

    Kunyida 14" 4PCS Unique Ivory White Knitted Christmas Stockings,Style2

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    Christmas ornaments

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    rain deer

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    pink gingerbread house

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    snowflakes B07CJ6CKXP

    pink cake stand B07QB3T6R7

    gpink cake standB08JXD3MNH

    gingerbread house mold 

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    fondant moldB07K6MCYB4

    burlap candy favor 

     

    Pink Christmas Tree Cupcakes

    by chandeliersandchampagne.com

    They’re also super easy! Trust me, when it comes to doing anything even mildly artistic, I’m a hot mess. If I managed to make these Christmas tree cupcakes, you can too! Here’s how:

    Pink Christmas tree cupcakes - easy, fun, glam Christmas baking - cute cupcakes that look like snowy Christmas trees!

    Christmas Tree Cupcakes

    Yields 6

    You’ll need:

    Buttercream icing:

    • 
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • 3 cups powdered (icing) sugar, sifted
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
    • 2-3 drops red food colouring

    Special equipment:

     

    Sugar cones for pink Christmas tree cupcakes - easy, fun, glam Christmas baking - cute cupcakes that look like snowy Christmas trees!

    Pink Christmas tree cupcakes - easy, fun, glam Christmas baking - cute cupcakes that look like snowy Christmas trees!

    Directions:

    For the icing:

    1. Prepare a stand mixer with a whisk attachment. Whisk the room temperature butter until creamy.
    2. Reduce the speed to low and add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until well-blended. Increase speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes.
    3. Add the vanilla, cream and food colouring and continue to beat until desired consistency and colour is reached, about 2 minutes.

    Kitchenmaid Stand Mixer to make pink Christmas tree cupcakes - easy, fun, glam Christmas baking - cute cupcakes that look like snowy Christmas trees!

    Pink frosting for pink Christmas tree cupcakes - easy, fun, glam Christmas baking - cute cupcakes that look like snowy Christmas trees!

    To assemble:

    1. Purchase or use your favourite recipe to bake the cupcakes that will act as the Christmas tree base. The type and flavour don’t really matter – just make sure you choose a cute liner (I went with metallic silver)! Ensure the cupcakes have cooled before decorating.
    2. Use a spoon or spatula to cover the top of the cupcake with a thin layer of icing.
    3. Use a spoon or spatula to cover an ice cream cone with a thin layer of icing. This initial rough coating will help the icing that you pipe on stick better.
    4. Once frosted, place the cone – point up – in the centre of the cupcake.
    5. To give the appearance of snow on the ground, sprinkle white pearls or sprinkles on the cupcake at the base of the cone.
    6. Using a piping bag and star-shaped tip, pipe dollops onto the surface of the cone to give the appearance of pine needles. Start at the bottom of the cone and work up. If you prefer, you can also pipe the icing as one long swirl, starting at the bottom and working up to the top.
    7. Decorate your tree. I used gold pearl balls, rock candy and pink shimmer gum balls as ornaments!
    8. Enjoy your delicious creation.

    Macaroons pink ornaments

    3 steps to make your macaroons a success 1

    by rougeframboise.com

    I don’t know about you, but I personally am fond of macaroons! It is for me a treat that I offer myself to reward myself from time to time 🙂

    I am convinced that it is your cute sin too, and it has been for a long time. This delicacy, the taste emblem of France, delights young and old alike. Tourists from all over the world come to France to taste the best macaroons in the Universe;).

    If like us, you want to make them at home, Rouge Framboise has found an easy and impossible to miss recipe for you!

    Ingredients

    Whether they are vanilla, caramel, chocolate, raspberry, lemon or pistachio, your macaroons will have nothing to envy those of Pierre Hermé or Ladurée.

    To do this, simply follow the recipe below carefully:

    At Rouge framboise, we are going to fall for scented macaroons filled with raspberry (logical, you will say: D)!

    For 12 people, you will need:

    • 100 g of almond powder
    • 100 g icing sugar
    • 100g caster sugar
    •  2 x 35g of egg white (about 3 egg whites)
    • 25 g of water
    • natural powdered raspberry food coloring
    • raspberry jam

    Preparation of the recipe

    To start preparing your dough, we recommend that you start by mixing the almond powder and icing sugar in a food processor or with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes. Sift the resulting mixture into a container so that the macaroons are very smooth. Add the egg whites then mix until you get a thick almond paste.

    The second step is to prepare your syrup. To do this, first heat some water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat without stirring. In the meantime, beat the 35 grams of egg whites until stiff. Once the syrup is cooked, pour it over the whipped egg whites, stirring gently. As soon as the mixture is well incorporated, beat it at full speed for 5 to 10 minutes then add a little natural food coloring.

    Incorporate this preparation into the mixture of almond powder, icing sugar and egg whites. Mix until everything is perfectly homogeneous.

    All you have to do is put the macaroon machine in a pastry bag and make small dough pucks about 2 cm in diameter on baking paper. Let the macaroons sit for 25 minutes until they are no longer sticky to the touch. Bake them at 150 ° C for 12 to 14 minutes.

    Assembly of macaroons

    Once the macaroons are cooked through, let them cool for 10 minutes, then try to peel them from the parchment paper.

    Place jam on one shell and compress with another shell to make everything adhere well.

    Conservation

    For the conservation of your macaroons, it is absolutely necessary to put them in an airtight box. This protects the macaroons from heat, humidity, dryness and surrounding odors. Thus, you can keep them in their box in the refrigerator for a week. You can also freeze them for several months at -18 ° C.

    Now you just have to savor this grainy and chewy cupcake. Good tasting !

    Christmas Cake Ornament

    chocolate christmas cake recipe, keto chocolate cake recipe, low carb chocolate cake recipe, pink christmas dessert

    by Summeradams.com

    Individual Ornament Cakes – Chocolate Cake Recipe
    AuthorSummer
    Ingredients
    Cake Ingredients:
    • 1 box (18 1/4 ounce) Devil’s Food cake mix
    • 1 box (4 ounce) instant chocolate pudding mix
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 4 large eggs
    Frosting Ingredients:
    • 4 cups powdered sugar
    • 1 cup softened butter
    • 2-3 tsp vanilla
    • 1-2 tbsp milk
    • 1 bottle sparkling sugar
    Top of Ornament Ingredients:
    • 1 small tub white fondant
    • 1 bag white candy melts
    *You’ll need to buy half-sphere cake molds and small peanut butter cup candy molds for this recipe.
    Instructions
    Cake Instructions:
    1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.  Place the cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, water, oil, and eggs in a large mixing bowl.  Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute.  Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl.  On medium low speed, continue to blend for 2-3 minutes more.  The batter will be very thick and should look well combined.  Pour into silicone mold, filling each cavity 3/4 of the way with cake batter.  Place into oven and bake for 20 min and then check by sticking a toothpick in each one.  If it comes out clean, it is done and you can remove and let cool.  If it is still wet, return to oven for another 3 min at a time.

    2. Once removed from oven, allow to cool for 5 min and then flip over quickly (onto smooth surface or parchment paper) to allow them to cool completely.

    Frosting Instructions:
    1. Add softened butter and vanilla to the mixing bowl and mix until completely combined.  Add Powdered Sugar and beat on low until it is incorporated. Then move mixer up to medium-high speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When completely mixed the frosting may appear dry.  Add milk a little bit at a time until frosting is the proper consistency.  Add food coloring of color that is desired.  Keep thick.  Frost the cake half-spheres once cooled.  (I like to make the frosting and the top of the ornament (below) while cake is baking in the oven.) *Tip: Freeze cakes for 1-2 hours before frosting, to avoid crumbs from being spread all over.*  Then, immediately sprinkle with sparkly white sugar.

    Top of ornament instructions:
    1. Melt half a bag of white candy melts by following instructions on the bag of contents. Pour into small peanut butter cup candy molds and let harden for about 20-30 min. I prefer doing this while the cake is baking.

    2. Roll out a small bit of the fondant in your hand until it’s skinny and long.  Cut 1 1/2″ to 2″ sections (whichever you prefer) and fold over, pinching ends together.  Set and let dry for at least 30 min.  Attach with a small dab of melted candy melts onto white mini cups and hold for a minute. Now, place the candy cup and marzipan loop that you’ve made for the top of the ornament cake and place it on the ornament cake (as shown) with some more of the melted candy.  Instead of holding it there for a few minutes, I just took pieces of tooth pics and stuck them into the cake with the ornament top resting against it until it dried/hardened.

    Ornament decoration:
    1. You can either use a mini cookie cutter of a snowflake or other shape to cut out fondant for a decoration on the top of the cake.  OR  You can buy small candies that are used to decorate cakes.  They have snowflakes and other things also.

    silicone cake molds, half sphere cake molds, candy molds

    Confession:  I started eating a low-carb diet recently and cut out sugars so while I made the regular cake recipe for my family, I then made the most amazing Keto low-carb chocolate cake (shown above in molds) that I’m going to share it also on the blog this next week.  It is really fabulous too!

    I frosted the cakes on parchment paper and then added the sparkly sugar.  Frost it as smoothly as you can but imperfections are fine and will be covered by the sparkly sugar.

    While the recipe calls for you to melt the melting candy chips and pour into the smaller molds, I just happened to have Rolos from Beckham’s leftover Halloween candy (haha) that I wanted to get rid of.  So I froze them first and then poured the white candy melts over them and let them harden. I took a knife and quickly shaved off a few sections to make it look more the shape it should.

    While there are several little parts to this individual ornament cakes recipe, I promise that it goes quickly and is really quite simple.

    As mentioned in the recipe instructions, I rested the top of the ornament (candy) against the toothpick on top of the cake until it hardened in place.

    Once the frosting hardens, you can use a cake server to remove each individual ornament cake from the parchment paper and onto a pretty cake stand or plate.

    When you serve these individual ornament cakes, make sure to also serve a cup of milk because, like brownies, they go perfectly together.  Yummy!!

    5 Amazing Cake Ideas for your Perfect Pink Christmas

    by junipercakery.co.ukPink Gingerbread Drip Cake

    by cakesdecor.com

    byJulet Van der Heever

    casa+de+jengibre

    by dulcedecoracion.es

    by Classic Cakes

     

  • Teaching on social medias about home parties is a disaster?

    What a tile I choose for this blog post?!

    Good thing I am just another fish in the deep blue ocean called "internet"... At least that's how I feel lately.  It has been about a little bit over four months since I decided to change my business into something new.

    BEFORE COVID-19

    Before covid-19 life was good, I built myself my space in the world by having my dream job.  I am a dessert stylist so my job was to help my clients to build beautiful dessert tables.  The dessert station would become the focal point of the party.

    It would work as entertainment as well, cause it would help people to interact with each other and talk about all the details involved.  Honestly, that’s how I felt and continue feeling besides not being able to work due to “social distancing”.

    Learning how to adapt to a new life has not been easy… but necessary.  However, somehow I was able to connect the dots and find a way to reborn in the middle of all this. I been helping people, giving theme ideas and tips to help them to continue celebrating. It’s not paying the bills but its been definitely rewording.

    I had a mom cry to me over the phone, and thank me for helping her to create her daughter’s first birthday.   I have a baby at home myself and I been to depression… her words just lit up my face.  I don’t have much to say but…priceless.

    Making a difference in someone’s life there is no greater reward. I guess I found my call, I connected all the dots and I do have something that I can offer others, to help them.

    The Importance of celebrating

    I doubted myself, in the beginning, thinking that my skill is not essential.  Why would someone like to learn it? What kind of value can I offer by giving tips on dessert station and party set up?  I found out a lot!!! Cause the most important thing is to celebrate. We need to celebrate life every day.   It doesn’t matter if it’s a big party or small, what matters is the memory of that moment. Could be just by baking cupcakes with your child or a surprise party, the memory created by that action is what counts.

    I am sure if I ask you,  stop to think about it, you will remember some kind of story of the last party you attended.  An uncle who told a joke at the dinner table, a kid that got in trouble… could be also the last time you saw a family member that passed away.   Those are moments that should be cherished and appreciated that’s why celebrating is important, that’s why understanding the process behind being a good host is worth learning.

    To be a good host

    Learning how to create a beautiful theme that you can relate to, learn how to choose a cake the right away, learn surprise people with the right entertainment, to pick a date that works for everyone… so many things involved behind planning a good party.  So, I would confirm that my knowledge about parties is worth it, that I can make a difference in helping people to unleash all the mysteries behind planning and designing a really cool time, where they can share with their loved ones.

    Just follow me in this journey where I can teach you all the little tricks. NAMASTE

  • who am I and what is my mission during this uncertain time?

    HOW TO START 
    Don't even know how to start this blog but I feel I need to share. Share my frustrations, my victories, my journey during the past year blogging.

    Last year at this time, I had already been to a lot of personal pain,  a loss, but I had decided I was going to fight back and keep ongoing.

    I restarted a project that I  had abandoned and left behind cause I had suffered such a loos that it was very hard for me to recuperate. I lost my mother, my best friend, the person that helped me through all my ups and downs. That hit me so hard cause.  It was not only unexpected, but I also didn’t have the chance to say goodbye. She was overseas and I was not able to travel on time. But God knows what’s best and he certainly has his ways to give us faith and keep us going…

    THE UNEXPECTED

    For the priors years, before her passing, my mother always asked me when was I going to give her another grandchild. My answers was always the same; we been trying.  Sure enough what seamed impossible for the past 8 years, but a miracle “believe me”. Somehow, what I thought was the beginning of early menopause due to so much stress, actually had a heart bit. Yes, I was pregnant, in the middle of chaos.

    God sent me this little angel to change my life again. To give me hope to remind me that life is beautiful that we all have a purpose.   Consolidate all those feelings was not easy.  Neither keeping myself stable.  One day I would cry so much, the next day I had so much joy. I just kept on going, cause I knew I had too. The pregnancy was not so easy cause I was not that young anymore.  Because I was 40th at the time, I was considered in the group of risk. However,  I did everything I had to by the book. I eat healthily, I exercised  I loved meditating at night.  Dreaming of my mother was the best part of the night lol.  Made me feel in my heart that she was always next to me… I believed it.

    ANOTHER MIRACLE

    I believed it so much that God was about to send me another sign of hope to prove it. My due date was December 6, but sure enough.  However,  went into natural labor and gave birth on November 28, 2018 …  my mother’s birthday! So, the year I lost the best women figure in my life.  I gained another beautiful and strong female, my second daughter.

    But, that was just the beginning of a whole new chapter that was about to change.  It was about September of 2019 that I was able to reestablish all my goals again. Starting to blog again.  The baby was almost a year old. I was back on my feet mentally and physically and I had so much drive now. I kept my dreams off my head and everything in action.  Everything was going so well. I keep on writing, and posting,  and creating,  and learning, and nobody is reading lol,  but I was so happy. Because  I was working and sharing what I love to do “Designing Dessert Stations”.

     

    TRAGEDY AGAIN

    Life was so good, then in the middle of  February 2020, something unexpected hit again. This time, I was not the only one hurt by it. Little by little every day, the world started to collapse with Covid-19. Everything stopped. We all watched the news, as this epidemic started to spread. We all had to retrieve into our homes. Then, little by little all the phone calls started with every bride and mother were canceling their events. Totally understandable.

    As the months kept going, more phone calls I got, more cancelations, and a few rescheduling.  In which by now “August” they were also canceled lol. But the worst is, also so many people began to lose loved ones.  I could feel their pain cause I just had lost my mother. I was worried about my father alone in the city far away. Because some of the restrictions of this new virus, is that we have to keep ourselves away from the elderly cause they can get affected the most.

    GRATITUDE

    Not losing anyone close to me to Covid-19 makes me very thankful.  Thankfully for my health. Grateful  for everything that people around us is trying to do to control this situation, the nurses, doctors and scientist. I am thankful to see that communities are coming together and everyone helping each other. But also, got me thinking, what leaves me? How can I help? How can I be productive at times like this?  What can I do?

    THE CONNECTION

    Then,  I started connecting all the points, yes I can make a difference too. Of course, I can.  I figure out that part of my mission, is not just to go in and set up a beautiful dessert table.  God gave me a gift, I am very creative, artistic that’s a fact. But when  I am helping a client to design their party. I am actually helping them to make that specific time that they are spending with their families and guests to be memorable and unforgettable, by creating a beautiful scenario where the storytelling takes place.  So why not continuing to help everyone to create those memories at home? More than ever, cause for sure we don’t know what tomorrow holds! We need to continue celebrating now! TODAY! EVERYDAY!

    THE SOLUTION

    I already changed all my social media platforms to DIY informative about parties, but not sure if I am doing the right way, every day I learn more about algorithms and all the little tricks involved,  less success I have lol… I never get a real comment, I don’t think people can hear me, but I will not give up with my campaign for people to keep on celebrating, and little by little, one person at a time, I will speak to and help them. If you read this post and you can hear me follow my journey and spread the word WE MUST CELEBRATE!

     

  • How to Throw a Mother’s Day Celebration at home

    Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I can’t believe it took me so long to write this post! With the current pandemic keeping us all locked up in our homes away from other people, it has been very difficult to get anything done. Especially with my daughters at home, a nineteen-year-old back from college who definitely does not want to be home, and a one-year-old who is stuck to me like glue.  No matter, it has been a blessing to have my family with me, and I’m taking advantage of every moment I have with them, home and safe. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has their children home safe in this quarantine.

    I hope that this coming Mother’s Day will be as fulfilling for you as it will be for me. what a year to remember 2020. The other day my oldest asked me if I preferred breakfast in bed or not having to do dishes all day which definitely has me suspicious that she’s got something up her sleeve. I haven’t been able to give her an answer but I think I’m leaning toward breakfast in bed. This inspired me to write up a list of things to do for your mom during this Social Distancing Mother’s Day!


    1. Mom’s day should start with breakfast in bed.

    Wake up early and whip up mom’s favorite breakfast, bring it into her room on a nice tray. Make sure to wake her up nicely, gently, and full of love. When she finishes her breakfast you can move on to the second part of this perfect Mother’s Day.

    Studio DIY has a perfect blog post and free printables for the breakfast set up. take a look at the link bellow

    Free Mothers Day Breakfast in Bed Printables
    Studio DIY breakfast free signs for the breakfast in bed


    2. VIP PASS

    This second part is more of all-day projects. Give mom a break from all of the usual shenanigans, get up to make sure the dishes are done, and if you have little siblings watch them for mom. The goal for this Mother’s Day is to spoil the life out of mom, make the day as easy for her as you can.

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    3. Stay Home SPA

    The next thing that will make for a perfect day is to set up an at-home spa for your mother. Run a nice hot bath with bubbles or a bath bomb, decorate the bathroom with scented candles, create the ultimate at-home spa for your mom.

    Fresh mom created the ultimate pampering mother day gift basket for the spa day, take a look at their blog reference below

    https://freshmommyblog.com/ultimate-pampering-mothers-day-gift-basket/

    How to Create The Ultimate Pampering Mother’s Day Gift Basket with gift basket ideas, shopping list and more for the perfect gift basket DIY. From popular Florida lifestyle and mom blogger Tabitha Blue of Fresh Mommy Blog - The Ultimate Pampering Mothers Day Gift Basket featured by popular Florida lifestyle blogger, Fresh Mommy Blog


    After the spa retreat mom deserves a nice dinner.

    4. Elegant Dinner Set Up.

    If you’re feeling particularly spectacular you could transform your dining area into a fine dining restaurant! Dress up like waiters and have dad as the chef, treat mom to a five star full-service experience, encourage her to get dressed up and have fun with it! Get everyone involved and enjoy yourselves.

    Summer Adams blog gave a beautiful idea on how to set up a perfect table scape and a tip on a dessert recipe

    mothers day tablescape brunch blush bow napkins blog hop bow napkins audrey hepburn kate spade inspired cheers to mom
    Just click in the link below for the diy

    https://summeradams.com/mothers-day-tablescape/


    In the end, the key to a perfect day isn’t in what you do or how you do it, its about making good memories together, having fun and forgetting about the world for a while. The most important thing to remember is to have fun and make the best of the situation at hand. I hope you have an incredibly special Mother’s Day and be safe.