February 11, 2014

Ladybug Party Ideas

Filed under: Cake of the Week, Children's Parties, First Birthday Parties, General — Kathryn @ 3:54 pm

I’m mad for ladybugs – aren’t they just magic when you’re a child?  I used to be thrilled when I would find one in a garden bed, and be mesmerised while I watched the perfectly shaped little dome back and tiny little legs work their way around my hand.  So, it makes sense that I adore the new trend for ladybug parties!  Australia’s online party shop has a huge range of ladybug party decorations and supplies to bring the theme to life.  Here are just a few of my favourites to get you started:

Lady Bug Party Supplies & Decorations from Pink Frosting

Lady Bug Party Supplies & Decorations from Pink Frosting

There’s quite a range of ladybug party supplies available to purchase, and you can also personalise your invitations, favours and decorations by using the unique party designs at Pink Frosting.  For decorating, I recommend you use red, white and black in polka dots to bring the theme to life with all of your complementary party decorations.  Here are a few more fantastic ideas I found to bring ladybugs into your birthday party, baby shower or other special event.

Ladybug Cake Pops

Ladybug Cookies, cake pops & treats

Lady Bug Party Cake

We would love to see your gorgeous ladybug party ideas!  Please share xx

Happy Celebrating
Kathryn

March 6, 2013

The Perfect Princess Party

Filed under: Children's Parties, General — Kathryn @ 12:50 pm

It was every girls dream to host a princess party for her birthday, and having all her friends come share in a day of enchantment, excitement, fun and games. But where do you begin? The Pink Frosting Party Shop has put together some gorgeous inspiration to get you started with planning the perfect princess party.From the party invitations to the party decorations, at Pink Frosting we are here to help create the perfect party using our exquisite princess party supplies!

Start with these gorgeous personalised princess party invitations… perfect for your little princess. You can even change the hair colour to match!

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Your party decorations are an easy choice. Think big bright lanterns strung from tree to tree in your back yard, fluffy tissue paper pom poms hanging above a perfect candy buffet fit for your little princess!

Tissue pompoms

Deciding what food to serve at a princess party is easy, think of all the delicious ways to incorporate pink into food. Pink lemonades served in vintage mini milk bottles, fairy floss in cotton candy and pastel purple and we cant forget fairy bread!

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You cant go wrong with a candy buffet, with little treat boxes for the princess to fill up and take home as a party favours!

Candy Buffet

Princess Party in blue

There is all the inspiration you need and more from Pink Frosting Party Supplies to create a magical day for your little princess!!

Happy Celebrating.

The Pink Frosting Party Team

xx

January 9, 2013

Australia Day Lamingtons

Filed under: Australia Day, Cooking for Kids, General — Kathryn @ 2:09 pm

When I was growing up Possum Magic, by Mem Fox, was one of my all time favorite books that my mother used to read me.  My favorite part was when the possums go on their adventure and eat all the classic Australian foods to try get his visibility back. They started with a Vegemite sandwich than moved on to ANZAC biscuits tried Pavlova in Perth and finishing off with my favorite… the Lamington (which of course got Hush his full visibility back). With Australia Day fast approaching I thought there was no better time to share with you the recipe for the perfect lamingtons! This is, hands down, one of the best and yummiest recipes I have come across for lamingtons and has even been tested on the team at the Pink Frosting Party Shop and now its yours to enjoy!!

Australia Day Lamingtons

INGREDIENTS

Butter cake
¾ cup sugar
1/3 cup water
125g butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs, separated
1½ cups self-raising flour, sifted
Chocolate glace icing
3 cups icing sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
60ml (1/3 cup) milk, approximately
1 cup coconut, approximately
Mock cream filling
2/3 cup jam
1/3 cup water
½ cup sugar
125g butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla

METHOD

Butter Cake: Combine sugar and water in pan, stir over heat until sugar is dissolved, bring to boil without stirring, remove from heat, cool to room temperature.
Beat butter, vanilla and egg yolks in small bowl with electric mixer until light and creamy, gradually add sugar syrup in a thin stream while mixer is operating. Transfer mixture to a larger basin, stir in flour all at once. Beat egg whites in small bowl with electric mixer until soft peaks form, fold lightly into cake mixture in 2 batches. Divide mixture between 2 well greased bar tins, (base measures 7cm x 25cm). Bake at 180°C for 30 minutes; turn onto wire rack to cool. When cold, spread Chocolate Glace Icing over top and sides of cakes; quickly sprinkle coconut over cakes before Icing is set. Cut piece from top of each cake, spread cavity with jam, fill with Mock Cream, replace top which has been cut in half lengthwise. Decorate with strawberries, if desired.
Chocolate Glace Icing: Sift icing sugar and cocoa into heatproof bowl, stir in enough milk to give thick paste. Stir Icing over hot water until spreadable, spread over one cake at a time. Sprinkle with coconut before icing the next cake; this Icing will set quickly.
Mock Cream Filling: Combine sugar and water in pan, stir over heat until sugar is dissolved, bring to boil without stirring, remove from heat, cool to room temperature. Beat butter and vanilla in small bowl with electric mixer until light and creamy, gradually add sugar syrup in a thin stream while mixer is operating; beat until fluffy.

To freeze: Cold uniced cakes can be frozen for up to 2 months. Icing and Cream are not suitable to freeze.

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These make for the perfect dessert for an Australia Day Party!

Happy Baking!

April 9, 2012

Rainbow Layered Biscuits

Filed under: Cooking for Kids — Kathryn @ 9:02 pm

Rainbow cookies

This morning I discovered a gorgeous post by Mensaje en una Galleta showing their rainbow butterfly cookies, which are just divine!  I promised the Pink Frosting crew I would give these a go today and I made them (even hand-cut in a holiday kitchen with no cutters etc) – they look terrific!  Here’s the technique:

Firstly, follow my basic party biscuits recipe:

Ingredients

125g room temperature butter
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg at room temperature, beaten
2 cups of plain flour
4 tablespoons cornflour
1 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of salt

Food colouring in the colours of your choice

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees c.
  • Beat the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until they have creamed (become pale and creamy).
  • Drop in the vanilla and the egg and beat until all mixed together.
  • Stir in the sifted dry ingredients and once the batter has become stiff enough, take out of the bowl and knead together.
  • Now, at this point, divide the mixture into the number of layers of colour you want.  So, if you want red, green, blue and yellow for a rainbow, divide the mix into four equal amounts and place each into different bowls.  Add the food colouring to each part to make the colour of your choice (you might even like to make variations of the same colour using different amounts of colour in each bowl).
  • Mix in the colour using your hands (coverered in gloves of course!), then individually roll out the dough onto a lightly floured board or your kitchen bench to about 3-4mm thick.  Try to get the dough as flat as you can.  Many bakers use the trick of running the dough through a pasta machine to get the even thickness you see in shops.
  • Use cookie cutters to cut your biscuits into the shapes for your cookies and layer the colours on top of one another to create the layered cookies.
  • Place onto a greased baking tray lined with baking paper for about 12 minutes or until golden.  Keep a keen eye on the oven as they are cooking as they easily overcook if left in for a few minutes too long.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Once completely cook, you can get to icing.

Here are some gorgeous examples by the experts over at my new blog crush Mensaje en una Galleta:

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layered cookies 2

layered cookies 3Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

April 7, 2012

Choc Top Ice Cream Cones with Sprinkles

Filed under: Children's Parties, Cooking for Kids, Dinner Parties, Easter, Entertaining — Kathryn @ 10:27 pm

Choc Top Ice Cream Cones-

Out and about today, I suddenly had a hankering for an old fashioned ice cream choc top.  The kids adore sprinkles, so it dawned on me that we could attempt making choc top ice cream cones with sprinkles… well, the results were outstanding!  What a way to start the sugar-rush this Easter!

Makes 6 delicious ice cream cones.

Ingredients

300g good quality white chocolate

1/2 litre of good quality vanilla ice cream

6 flat bottom ice cream cones (unless you have a stand for traditional cones)

113g (4oz) sprinkles in any colour and shape you choose

Method

  1. Melt the chocolate in a metal dish over a pot of boiling water on the stove.  Gently mix until the chocolate has melted and then set aside to cool slightly but not set.
  2. While the chocolate is cooling slightly, place your sprinkles into a shallow bowl ready to coat your ice creams.
  3. Take out the ice cream from the freezer, making sure it is very cold, and scoop into the tops of the ice cream cones.
  4. One by one, coat the ice creams with the slighly cooled chocolate and immediately roll the chocolate in the sprinkles. 
  5. Place cones onto a tray and freeze until you’re ready to serve.
  6. Serve with napkins and plenty of smiles!

I adore this recipe for kids birthday parties, Easter by the pool and even dinner parties.  I’m thinking of trying this recipe with a dark chocolate coating and broken pieces of peanut brittle, which would make a delicious adult dinner party treat with a smooth Baileys.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

March 15, 2012

Penny’s Alice in Wonderland Party

When my daughter announced she wanted an Alice in Wonderland party this year, I was overjoyed!  I had instant visions of a Mad Hatter’s tea party on our porch in the sunshine and turning our backyard into a croquet pitch.  Together, we planned a gorgeous event for all of her friends, filled with lots of unique touches.  Here’s Penny’s Alice in Wonderland party for your pleasure.

Mad Hatter's Tea Party Table

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Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

Mad Hatter's Hat

Alice in Wonderland Party Table Setting

Gorgeous Mad Hatter’s Tea Party accents were used to bring the theme to life.  My favourite are the Utterly Scrumptious Canape Flags from Pink Frosting Party Shop that have the cute tea party sayings printed on them in sorbet colours – Eat Me!  Delectable!  Take One!  Who could possibly resist?

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Mad Hatters Tea Party Decorations

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Decorations

We also loved the idea of bringing in some of Penny’s favourite parts of the story such as the Queen of Hearts and her deck of cards!  We strung together a deck of cards back to back with fishing line in between, creating a deck of cards garland.  While the wind doesn’t show this particularly well in our photos, it looked great and was a real hit.  Penny’s favourite line?  “Why, you’re nothing but a deck of cards!”

Deck of Cards Garland

The kids also made some amazing daisies for the verandah.  We took some timber cutouts of flowers and decorated them with different scrapbooking papers from Spotlight.  Then the kids added stickers and some of their own drawings.  We tapped them into the side of the balcony to add a gorgeous backdrop to the garden setting.

Timber flowers decorated by the kids

The gorgeous cake was made by the talented Sally from Vanderkamps.  It featured a main teapot cake and lots of little teacups for individual charm.  The cakes were delicious and simply gorgeous!

Alice's Tea Party Cake

And here are some gorgeous photos of the kids enjoying the party fare.

Alice and the Knight in Shining Armour

The Mad Hatter

Gorgeous Hats

Alice in Wonderland Dress Up

Alice in Wonderland Party

Here are the links to some of the gorgeous products we used to create Penny’s Alice in Wonderland party:

Alice in Wonderland Party Invitations , Utterly Scrumptious Vintage Party Sandwich Cake Stand,  Deluxe Velvet Mad Hatters hat, party lanterns, bunting and pom poms at Pink Frosting Party Shop.  All of our delicious party lollipops and candy buffet supplies also from Pink Frosting, and yummy treats baked at home with love by Mum.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

October 6, 2011

Vintage High Tea Party Decorations Arrive

Vintage Party

Are you inspired by all things vintage?  Pretty teacups, hydrangeas and full blown roses, lace and doilies?  If you’re hosting a vintage style party for a shower, birthday, charity event or simply because you love your friends, you’ll find a lovely range of vintage themed party supplies, decorations and accessories to bring this theme to life in your own home at Australia’s #1 online party shop, Pink Frosting.

Here are some of my favourites:

Vintage Tea Party Mosaic

 

Clockwise from top:  Vintage style bunting flags in pretty designs with pink ribbon make gorgeous decorations for your party ceilings or the front of your buffet table; this vintage sandwich stand is such a pretty decoration for serving the daintiest of tasty morsels to your guests; guests will love to be invited to a high tea at your house with these pretty vintage teacup invitations in three different designs; Eat Me! Take One! Scrumptious! these fun vintage canape picks are the perfect way to display your yummy treats and give a high tea at the Ritz feeling to your soiree.

Shop the whole range of vintage party decorations and supplies at Australia’s #1 online party shop .

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

August 11, 2011

Pretty Party Bunting Decorations

Party Bunting Kit

Decorate all your special occasions with a do-it-yourself project that will leave your guests “oohing” and “awing” from the minute they step onto the scene with our DIY Paper Pennant Bunting Kit. Because of its versatile nature, this one of a kind flag banner ensemble really lets your creative side shine by garnishing all your favourite events with a personalised touch of charm. By kitting these items altogether in one, simple package, we leave the fun part up to you for making everything from outdoor weddings and baby showers to anniversary extravaganzas, birthday parties, holidays and more a little bit more fun and a lot more personal!

Here are a few of our ideas on how to use your kit:

Wedding Bunting Kit

Baby Bunting Decorations Kit

Happy Birthday Bunting Kit

And here are the included designs to help you create your own party and wedding decoration masterpiece:

Perfect for the do-it-yourself crafter, our printable bunting flags are fun and easy. With only a few simple steps, you can print these on your home computer with your very own message!

Simply Gorgeous!

Happy Celebrating
Kathryn

July 18, 2011

Pretty Kid Decorated Party Biscuits

I’m in the midst of loading up gorgeous tried and true ideas for kids party food on Pink Frosting’s party planning pages right now, and on the weekend my kids and I had a ball making and decorating party biscuits to make triple-certain that my recipe was fail safe.  Armed with bags of lollies, cachous, yummy sprinkles and lots of creativity, here’s what the kids and I were able to create in just a few hours.  This is so much fun for children’s parties – set out lots of bowls of sprinkles, lollies, icing pens and let the kids create their own decorated cookies.  Delicious and heaps of fun!

Kids Decorated Cookies

Kids Decorated Cookies

Butterfly Kids Decorated Cookie

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Kids Decorated Cookies

Hundreds and Thousands Party Cookie

Kids Decorated Cookies

You can visit my post on Party Biscuits at Pink Frosting’s online party planning website.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

July 4, 2011

Spiderman Face Painting 101

Filed under: Children's Parties — Kathryn @ 2:51 pm

Ask any little boy what he wants his face painted as at a birthday party and Spiderman is right up there in the top 5 with pirates and tigers.  On Sunday I was lucky enough to help organise my daughter’s best friend’s 6th birthday party (I’ll share some photos from the party later this week) and had the pleasure of meeting a top notch face painter, Gayle from Gecko Gang.  Here is my son being painted by Gayle as Spiderman – so you can apply the same technique at your next birthday party.

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You can buy awesome Spiderman party decorations and coordinating party supplies to bring a Spiderman party together for your next birthday celebration from Pink Frosting’s online party shop.

Happy Celebrating

Kathryn

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