Friday, October 29, 2010

Foodie Friday: Pumpkin Shake & Smoothie

And I love it! Anyone have a great pumpkin drink recipe to share? I do! Two of them and they're simple too! I love just about anything made with pumpkin. I've had all warm pumpkin dishes, deserts, soup, drinks, but what about cold  pumpkin beverages?  Check out this simple recipe from family fun!   It seems really simple, you should try it!

Pumkpkin Smoothie


1/2 cup canned pumpkin
3/4 cup milk or vanilla yogurt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. brown sugar
4 ice cubes

Combine ingredients in blender and puree until smooth.
Pour the smoothies into small glasses (this drink is rich) and garnish each with a dollop of vanilla yogurt or whipped topping. For a fun touch, add a pinch of cinnamon or a few colored sprinkles. Serves 2 or 3.

This one is a must try!
Pumpkin Milkshake


1 gingersnap, crushed
1 tablespoon caramel sauce
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup milk
2 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
2 ounces White Chocolate Liqueur
1 ounce vanilla vodka
Pinch pumpkin pie spice
Whipped cream


Place crushed gingersnap in a shallow dish. Coat rim of a glass in caramel sauce and dip in gingersnaps.
In a blender, combine ice cream, milk, liqueur, vodka, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice. Blend until smooth. Pour into prepared glass and top with a generous amount of whipped cream.
*Make kid friendly by leaving out the White Chocolate Liqueur and Vanilla
No picture for this drink, but you can image just how good it looks! Or check out CBSnews for the video

Recipe from The Early Show

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Victorian Halloween!

It's almost Halloween and I just have to leave you with these inspiring images from Sweets Indeed.  Not into the creepy, scary scene?  Well this design is for you.... and me. :-) I love the lace! Love it! The stylist definitely kept this Halloween theme sophisticated.  I just want to dive into these treats! Check out Sweets Indeed blog for all of the sweet details! 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

An Autumn Affair: The Sweets!

Guests chose from an array of apple treats including fresh apples(healthy sweet),candy apples, popcorn carmel apple crunch, shortbread cookie spoons of apple pie,and apple lollipops! I also included a dried fruit & nuts trail mix for those without a sweet tooth. The dried fruit also complimented the color scheme :-).
An abundance of apples, fresh & sweet! Ok as maybe these apples aren't that sweet...

But these apples are!

And even sweeter!

Carmel Apple Crunch Popcorn

Does that apple a day saying still apply to these apples?! :-D

Monday, October 25, 2010

An Autumn Affair.. The Decor

I love the seasons of the northeast!! It's Fall, and time for apple picking and delicious apple eats and drinks! So how appropriate was it that I used apples to style an Au tum Affair recently? No flowers necessary at this event! Tons of apples did the trick! I started with a rich tones of orange, deep red, cream and brown. For stationary, I found orange cardstock with a sweet cream damask (I love damask!) print to the bottom. I sent the invitation along with a little inspiration board to the cake designer. Christine of Design Cakes did an AMAZING job with the cake! Inspired by the invitation, Christine designed a cream two layered cake with an orange damask cut out. She also included a delicate branch with berries placed on each layer of the cake...SWEET! Let me tell you.. it was PERFECTION! Ok enough of my blabbering.. onto the pictures!

Tablescape, Hurricane held a pillar candle wrapped with skeleton leaves, surrounded by berries. The burlap table runner was a must have!

Ambiance, mini hurricane votive holders mimicked the large centerpiece, with a maple leaf tucked below an orange votive. Red and orange skeleton leaves floating along with a candle.

Drink of the Evening.. Apple Peach Passion Punch. I also used the orange damask for the drink menu. Signature drinks are always a hit!

Favor Bags

And the pièce de résistance.. The Cake!

Stay tuned for the sweets!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sneak Peak: An Autumn Affair

An abundance of apples.. Coming soon!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Gourmet Candy Corn

Raspberry Lemonade
It's that time of year..Candy corns...Halloween you say? Yellow,Orange,& White you think? Well think again! Surprisingly there are too many variations of colors and flavors of candy corn to choose from. Do you have an event coming up and need some to match? Try fruity red raspberry, cherry, tangerine, cinnamon, caramel, candycane, creme brulee yes said creme brulee candy corn! Take your pick!

Carmel Apple




Check out bulk candy store to order some for your next event!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Look at me on Pizzazzerie!

The Tiff Blue, Black & Bling Sweets Display is up on Pizzazzerie today! YAY!! Head on over and check out the post, Courtney shared some great tips on creating your own Bling Bash!

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Knot Networking Party

A few weeks ago I attended The Knot networking party at the Palace at Somerset. One word.. Gorgeous! Oh wait.. two words Fabulous Cuisine! So let me transport you to Morocco.. cause that's where I was transported to that night. I just have to share!

Greeted with beverages!

The decor.. Gorgeous! Need I say more!
Photography by Rebbecca

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tiffany Blue Black & Bling Sweets Display!

Remember this little Tiffany & Co. inspired gift box I snuck you a peak of last week? I have all the details and pictures from the sweets & treats table to share! The super talented Carla of Blooming Studios opened a new location and kindly asked me to participate in her open house. Of course I gladly accepted! Carla specializes in wedding photography, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to create a glammed up sweets table inspired by Tiffany & Co. for the newly engaged brides to enjoy. Hope you enjoy it too!

Bing-a fied Backdrop

Sweet Signs were held with crystal "bling" card holders

Tie the Knot Twizzlers

Handmade Chocolate center Rice Krispies Treats Sandwiches

Rock Candy is always pretty, but it's even prettier in a blinged out cup!

Shortbread "Bling" Cookies

White Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods with cookies & cream crumbles! YUM!

Additional images on Facebook

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Featured Fête: A Whimsical Halloween Tea Party

Becs of Becslake blog sent over pictures from a recent Halloween Tea party she hosted. When it comes to the details of a party, I really appreciate creative thinking. Becs sure did pour her creativity into her Halloween party. She put a whimsical spin on Halloween by incorporating aspects of Tim Burton films from James & the giant Peach, Beetle Juice, Sweeney Todd, to of course Alice in Wonderland into her party! Check out how creepy and cute it is!

Head over to Becs blog for lots more photos and all of the details on her party!