Bake Party-Cookies And Desserts

Bake Party
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This last weekend my little angel celebrated her birthday! Just cannot believe how fast she’s growing up. She was keen on having a cupcake decorating/bake party. There were 17 of her friends that attended the party and it was held at home.

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I began planning by first selecting an invitation. My daughter loved this one and best of all, it was free! Then I started planning the games and activities they would do and this is what we came up with (lot of inspiration from Pinterest).

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I set up stations where the girls decorated their aprons with fabric markers, chef hats decorated with cupcake liners and stickers ( for some who wanted to write their names too).  The aprons and hats were bought from KNG.
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The girls then moved to these tables where I had set up the cupcakes and little cups with sprinkles. I also placed boxes with their names written on it which served as name tags and to avoid confusion as to whose creation it was when it was time to leave. They each got 4 cupcakes to decorate followed by a cupcake shaped sugar cookie which they decorated with edible pens.

I made this frosting (3 times this batch, since I wanted every kid to have her own icing bag) for the cupcakes. The cookies were flooded with royal icing in advance, dried and kept ready in clear cello bags.

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Clean up was easy as I had taped the floor with plastic tablecloths.

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Some of their beautiful creations!

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The aftermath.

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For dinner, I served home-made mac n cheese, deviled eggs, 2 types of bagel bites, veggies with a creamy dip, popcorn, cheetos and pink lemonade.  I made Pioneer Woman’s vegetable lasagna for the mommies. I absolutely love the Pioneer Woman and her recipes. This is the first time I was making a vegetable lasagna but knew with Ree’s recipe I would not have to worry. My guests raved about it!

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I served pink lemonade in these plastic wine glasses.
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The mac and cheese was served in individual portions. Found these cute cups at my local “Walmart”. So perfect for the theme.

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I made Ina Garten’s deviled egg recipe. Made with cream cheese, sour cream, mayo and fresh chives. Yummy!

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Ina Garten’s veggie dip is a family favorite. I served it in little cups with carrots, cucumbers and grape tomatoes. Click here for recipe: http://www.compulsivefoodie.com/2011/10/13/green-herb-dip/

 

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Vegetable lasagna

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The Birthday girl wanted a blue ruffle cake. I baked a rich, chocolaty Devil’s food cake with swiss meringue buttercream. I am totally in love with the texture and taste of SMBC.

 

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Fresh Berries served in little cups.

 

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Milk chocolate pods de creme- recipe by https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thesugarcube/the-sugar-cube-where-sugar-love-happy

Red Velvet Cupcake Pops. I followed bakerella’s instructions on how to make them.The cake was made from Sweetapolita. The cake is so moist and delicious. You don’t really need to add too much of frosting to bind them. The cake pops just flew. These were a big hit with the kids and adults.
http://sweetapolita.com/2013/01/red-velvet-raspberry-supreme-cake/

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Panna Cotta was also made from The Sugar Cube: 50 Deliciously Twisted Treats from the Sweetest Little Food Cart on the Planet
.Note: I have not been able to put this book down. The recipes are phenomenal and I hope to try each and every one of them.
The kids were a little skeptical to try the panna cotta but after trying it, fell in love with the flavors. One described it correctly as a vanilla custard.

 

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Sugar cookies-Each girl also took home a cookie. I really had a lot of fun making these! My favorite is the kitchen-aid mixer. What’s yours?

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With my neighbor.

This was such a fun party to plan just like this one. The birthday girl and her friends were super happy! It was all worth the effort.

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