Monday, January 30, 2012

Just Too Sweet Baby Bottles and Burlap Tutorials

Baby Bottle Wands perfect arrangement for a baby shower.  Fill the vase with candy of your color scheme and then add the bottle wands.  They are simple to make and darling as ever!
Start with a plastic baby bottle and a hot glue gun.  Press the hot glue gun to the bottom of the baby bottle and let it melt the plastic to create a hole.
 Now that you have the hole take a wooden dowl and push it a inch deep into the hole.
 Glue the base of it so that it sits tightly inside the hole on its own.
 Take some tuille and punch it up on the bottom of the bottle.  Use glue to hold it in place.  I put little glue globs on the bottom and then pushed the ribbon into them.
Add another layer to give it more depth.
 Next take some of your favorite ribbon that matches your color scheme to decorate the base with.
Make a bow with the ribbon and hot glue it onto the base,  I cut a half of yard of each and cut the excess off.
To make the jeweled bottel top, I used sticky jewels and just stuck them onto the baby bottle. You may need some extra glue for this, but I did not.  Just see how it goes at first so you get a smoother surface.
Do it in whatever pattern you want, I added a litlle pink jewel every third one to add a cute little flair to it.
 For the glitter inside the bottle i mixed some larger flakes of clear glitter with some super fine pink glitter.  I poured just enough to cover the wooden dowl.
 To finish it off, I cut some burlap in a circle and bunched it up and then hot glued it to the bow, adding some character and pulling in the burlap to everything.
 Here is a picture of the yellow bottle and the pink, going with the color scheme of the party.

 For this bottle after I put the bow on I made a book print fan and glued it on with some jewels.

These are all the things we made for the party with burlap, including bottles, candy jars, and table runner.

 There is a great trick to cutting burlap to make sure you get it in a perfect line.  First make a little snip in the fabric.
 Next, take one string and pull it out a little...
 After you have the string, work it through the fabric so you can l pull it out.
 Work it through the fabric until you pull the string completely out of the fabric.
 When your done u will have a line like this.
 Now cut across the burlap to get your perfect cut.
 For the table runner we just cut the burlap to the length and width of the table, then added a cute ribbon on the ends and my sister sewed it on for me.  If your curious about the table cloth, its a throw blanket from IKEA for $20.00.  Its meant for a bed, but it makes a darling table cloth!
Final picture of all the finished products! Good luck making everything, if you have any questions please feel free to comment and I can answer any of them if something doesn't make sense. 

If you want to view the Just Too Sweet Party click HERE!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Just Too Sweet Recipes

For the Just Too Sweet baby shower I wanted to make sure that the dessert table was extra sweet.  So I made fun fresh desserts with a lemon and strawberry base to them. 
I wanted to make cute little favors for the guests.  So I used spice jars from IKEA and filled them with candy that matched the color scheme and then cut squares of burlap and covered them with ribbon. Such a darling idea thats cheap and easy to do!  
For the Lemon Vanilla Cupcakes I used the same vanilla  bean cupcake recipe that I have used on many of my previous cupcakes but tweaked it by adding 2 tsp of lemon extract and  the zest of 1 fresh lemon.  The rest of the recipe I followed exactly.  It makes a lot so I used it to make all the large cupcakes and the mini cupcakes.  You can find the recipe HERE!
Lemon  Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting
2 cubes of Butter at room temperature
1 pkg Cream Cheese at room temperature
2 tsp of Lemon extract
1 tsp of Vanilla extract
4-5 C. Powder Sugar
3-4 tsp of Whole Milk
Start with the butter and cream cheese in the mix and mix together until it comes together smoothly.  Add the extracts and mix together.  Next add a little powder sugar and a little milk, repeat process until you have added all of it. Whip the frosting on high for about five minutes until it gets light and fluffy.  
Sugar Cookies
1 1/2 C.  unsalted butter
2 C. Sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp lemon extract
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
1/4 C. Sour Cream
5 C. Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Salt
In a mixing bowl add butter at room temperature and mix together.  Then add 2 cups of sugar mixing until the mixture because nice and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time, mixing on a low speed.  Once all the eggs or incorporated into the mixture, beat on medium speed for 2 more minutes, until it becomes nice and fluffy.  Add the extracts to the mixture and sour cream, and mix until its fully blended.  
In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt and sift together.  Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well until the dough is finished.  Let it chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour (or over night,) 
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
2 cubes of butter at room temperature
1 pinch of salt
1-2 tsp Vanilla extract
4 C. Powder Sugar
2 T. Heavy Cream
Start by mixing the butter together, then add the salt and Almond extract.  Mix until well blended, scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula and add 2 cups of powder sugar.  Mix on a LOW speed and until it has blended in with the butter.  At this point it should be a very thick frosting.  Add the last two cups of Powder Sugar with 2 Tablespoons of heavy cream.  Mix well until blended together, then put on a medium high speed for 5 minutes.  This will make the frosting very fluffy! 

Strawberry Pie Parfaits
1 pkg Graham Crackers
1 pkg Strawberry Pudding Mix
1 C. Whole Milk
1 container of cool whip
6-8 fresh strawberries cut up.
In a bowl combine Strawberry pudding mix with one cup of whole milk and whip together until combined.  Set aside in fridge for one hour or until it sets up.  
In the meantime, take your package of graham crackers and crush up into a fine crust.  I use a blender to do this so it gets chopped into fine crumbs.  You can also make it takes more like crust by adding 2 teaspoons of melted butter and a 1/4 cup of sugar and mixing it together, but I didn't.  Set aside when finished.
Once your jello pudding has set up, add one cup of cool whip to the pudding and fold it in.  This makes it nice and fluffy.  
Cut up your strawberries into little cubes and set aside in a bow.
Next, assemble the parfaits by layering a little crust, then pudding mixture (I use a pipping bag to make it easier,) then strawberries.  Repeat process until parfait cups are full.  Top with a strawberry and refrigerate until its time to eat.
! pre-made cheesecake, I used Costco's.
1 pkg. of White Chocolate
This was a much better idea in my head then it actually worked out.  THey tasted great, but they were a little messy.  So what I did was take the whole cheesecake throw it into a bowl and mix it all together.  Then I rolled the cheesecake into balls and put them on parchment paper and let them freeze over night.  The next morning, I rolled them in melted white chocolate, dipped them in sprinkles, pushed a stick in them and let them harden up in the refrigerator. I'll be honest, not ALL of them turned out.  So it wasn't the best dessert to make, but it tasted really good!

To View the Party click on the link HERE!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Just Too Sweet Baby Shower

I had the opportunity to throw my darling cousin a baby shower this last October.  I was so excited to do it, but it was hard to come up with just one theme!  My original theme was "Little Lemon" but in the end, I didn't love all the white and yellow. I felt it would look better with a bit of a punch color, so i threw in some pink and burlap and turned it into "Just Too Sweet."  I loved this theme more in the long run, because anyone who knows my cousin knows this theme completely sums her up!  She is an amazing individual and I'm so blessed to have been able to grow up with her, shes more of a sister to me then a cousin.
For the sign I used letters cut out of fabric and pinned them to the onesie, that way when the party was over we could use them as plain onesies afterwards. 
Lemon cupcakes with Vanilla Bean frosting and fondant flowers.
Mini lemon cupcakes with lemon sugar cookies.
Madagascar Vanilla Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting.
Cheesecake balls dipped in White Chocolate.
Strawberry Pie Parfaits
Strawberry Lemonade, and Crossant sandwiches from Costco.
These are pictures of the crafts I made for this project.  A Burlap table runner, candy jars, and Bottle wands.  Tutorials on how to make the bottles and burlap table runner can be found HERE.  For recipes to this party click HERE!
Here is the expecting Mother and the baby at about a month old! We love you and miss you both!