December 4, 2010

Christmas Cupcakes to Make This Weekend

Filed under: Cake of the Week, Christmas, Christmas Decorating, Table Decor — Kathryn @ 11:22 am

There’s no better way to say Merry Christmas and thank you for being such a special friend than a home made treat.  And, I don’t know many people who would say no to a made-with-love Christmas cupcake!  I’ve gathered some of my favourite Christmas cupcakes to get you all inspired to create your own Christmas cupcakes this month.

Christmas Cupcakes - Trees

Christmas Tree cupcakes by Bocaditos y Colores (Erika) at Flickr.

Christmas Cupcakes - Santa

Santa cupcakes by Cherish Cupcakes at Flickr.

Christmas Cupcakes - Lollicakes

Loving these unique Christmas lolli-cakes (cupcakes on a stick!) by lollicakes#1 

Christmas Cupcakes - Candy Canes

Simple but very yummy gingerbread base candy cane cupcakes by Blue Bird Bake Shop

Christmas Cupcakes - Jelly Bean Wreath

And, I save the best until last…. have you ever seen anything so amazing as these Christmas wreath cupcakes by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson for the Jelly Belly Cupcake decorating competition?  Awe-inspiring!

Christmas Cupcake Wrappers

If you aren’t feeling so creative, the easy way to create a gorgeous Christmas cupcake is by making a simple cupcake and wrapping it with a laser-cut Christmas cupcake wrapper at Pink Frosting’s cupcake decorations shop.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

November 20, 2010

Christmas Day Countdown!

Filed under: Christmas, Christmas Decorating, Entertaining, General, Table Decor — Kathryn @ 7:38 pm

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Planning the perfect Christmas for this year starts now!  Avoiding headaches at the last minute is easy when you break down the Christmas planning process into a few simple steps.  Here is our simple Christmas Day Countdown.  I hope you find it a real help this year.

Without good planning, Christmas can be a time of confused last-minute activity.  Start your countdown to Christmas six weeks in advance so that everyone – including you – can enjoy the festive season.

Now

  • Write down your Christmas ideas in a notebook, including your Christmas card list, gift list and guest list.
  • Make a food plan for the Christmas season.  What special meals will you be catering for?  Are you hosting a party, a candlelit Christmas dinner, or a barbecue on the beach?  Flick through your favourite recipes for ideas and write a shopping list of the items you’ll need.
  • Start making your own (non-perishable) presents and purchase your Christmas ornaments and decorations.

Five weeks to go

  • Avoid the crowds in the supermarket by purchasing non-perishables, such as ingredients for baking.  Don’t forget the cranberry sauce, mint sauce, fruit mince and almond paste – they will be harder to find as Christmas nears.
  • Buy your Christmas cards and stamps, or (if you are really crafty) start making your own.
  • Start looking for the perfect Christmas gifts now to avoid the Christmas Eve madness.
  • Send out invitations to any Christmas parties or gatherings.  December is a popular time for parties, so get in early.
  • Assess your Christmas party supplies.  Do you have enough glasses, cutlery, crockery and chairs?  Investigate hiring additional equipment if needed.
  • Put your creative mind to work – think about your table setting.  Will you need to make anything specially?  Now is the time to start.
  • Don’t forget to buy (or make) advent calendars for the kids so that they can start the countdown on 1 December.

Four weeks to go

  • Post parcels to friends and family overseas.
  • Purchase your gift wrapping supplies: paper, ribbon, tape and glue, as well as gift tags.
  • Make your Christmas cake or pudding.  Or, for a clever cheat, buy them and drizzle with rum and brandy for extra richness.
  • If you have an artificial tree, now is the time to dust off the Christmas decorations and test the Christmas lights.  Repair the decorations that need some tender care, and splash out on some gorgeous new baubles to brighten your tree.  You should traditionally put your tree up 12 days before Christmas, and take it down 12 days after – but most people put up their tree when the mood takes them.

Three weeks to go

  • Order your Christmas turkey, fish, seafood and ham.
  • Set aside a day (or two) to make handmade presents – Christmas cookies and mini plum puddings, gingerbread men and shortbreads, brandied fruits and decanted oils and vinegars are old favourites.

Two weeks to go

  • Check out your drinks supply.  Make sure you have enough alcohol, as well as mixers and fruit juices.  Consider making your own special cocktail to wow your guests.
  • Purchase emergency nibbles for unexpected visitors.  Nuts, biscuits and chocolates work a treat.
  • Start to make any freezable dishes for parties or Christmas Day.
  • Check your linen and wash anything that needs freshening up.
  • Marshall the troops for a cleaning blitz so that the house is sparkling clean for when guests arrive.
  • Help the kids to make their own Christmas craft such as wreaths, bonbons, cards and tree decorations.  Purchase your Christmas crackers and other table decorations.

One week to go

  • If you are buying a real Christmas tree, now is the time to purchase and decorate it.
  • Decorate the house with festive cheer.
  • Finish your Christmas shopping – both for gifts and food.
  • Pick up the turkey and ham – don’t forget frozen turkey can take two to three days to thaw in a fridge.
  • Fill lots of trays with ice cubes so you can keep the Christmas cocktails coming!

Christmas Eve

  • Rush out to the shops (just like everyone else) to get those last minute purchases. 
  • Pick up your pre-ordered seafood.
  • Stuff your turkey and finish any other Christmas food preparations.
  • Put any remaining gifts under the tree.
  • Put out Santa’s favourite beverage with a piece of cake.  Don’t forget water and carrots for the reindeer.  Make sure they disappear before the kids wake up on Christmas morning.
  • Have fun playing Santa, and then relax with an eggnog in front of the Christmas carols, confident that everything will go smoothly tomorrow!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

November 17, 2010

Sale Alert: Free Shipping on Christmas Decorations

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All this week, PinkFrosting is offering you FREE SHIPPING on your Christmas order of $99 or more.  To enjoy this excellent offer, please use the VIP code XMASATPF at checkout when you place your Christmas order online at Pink Frosting’s Christmas Shop!

PinkFrosting’s Christmas Shop is bursting at the seams with gorgeousness at this time of year!  Shimmering Christmas decorations, fun Christmas lights, office party supplies, fun Christmas favours and little gifts for your friends and colleagues… it’s all here at Pink Frosting’s Christmas Shop!

We also have inspirational Christmas planning ideas to help you plan the best Christmas ever.  Some of our favourites include:

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

November 10, 2010

Christmas Decorating Trends 2010

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I’m predicting that Australian families will be celebrating their Christmas in 2010 with a return to the sparkling rhapsody of Christmastimes past – a nod to traditional colours of red, green and gold or sparkling Aussie beach and country colours of sand, icy blues, and shimmering eucalypt greens.  With Christmas just 50 days away, many families are already planning their Christmas table centrepieces, will begin trimming their trees in the next few weeks and have their Christmas cocktail soirees on the calendar. 

So, what are the Christmas decorating trends for 2010?  Our Christmas homes are two very different styles, but both reflective of the mood of the Australian public right now.

Firstly, there is the return to the real glamour of a 1950s style Christmas with heavy golds, velvety reds and fir greens. This decadent style is inspired by the popular television phenomenon Mad Men, and the popularity of the domestic goddess over the past several years making her home a haven for her family and friends.

The most popular Christmas decorations for this trend at Pink Frosting’s Christmas boutique include Gingerbread Men String Lights for Christmas trees and mantle pieces, burgundy acrylic diamond-cut scatters for table centrepieces and cocktail party decorations, imperial tealight candle holders in dark red with an ornate gold embellishment, and the luxury range of Australian designed Christmas crackers in traditional colours of red and gold including high-quality gifts for guests such as bottle stoppers.

European style Christmas fare is on the menu this year for those following the traditional trend, even in the heat of the Australian Summer.  The www.PinkFrosting.com.au team predicts berry infused cocktails will become the holiday drink of choice, with cranberry cosmopolitans and raspberry virgin cocktails served to guests pre-dinner, and mulled wine and port to finish off the night warmly.

Blue and Silver Christmas Table

Conversely, there is a real lightness and celebration of the Australian bush and seaside with the other trend for decorating Christmas in 2010 – evoking the natural landscape and sparkling sand of home, accented with pretty eucalypt greens, ecrus, shimmering ocean-blues and seashells. Many Australians love to celebrate the Aussieness of a Summer Christmas with fresh seafood, a dip at the beach and chilled blonde beers, and this is reflected in the return to natural bush and sea colours with a little sparkle for Christmas 2010.

The secret to this relaxed look for Christmas is to use simple decorations, natural items and to not overcrowd the table.   The most popular Christmas decorations for this trend at Australia’s number one online party shop include antique white shaved timber wreaths which are used either as a table centrepiece or hanging decoration, gold rattan star lights which reflect the natural sparkle of the Aussie bush, eco-friendly Christmas crackers covered in environmentally friendly brown craft paper without losing their decorative edge for the Christmas table, and natural finger starfish in many shapes and sizes to scatter on tables and hang from trees.

Pink Ribbon Christmas Tree

On top of these two major trends, decorating for a cause is also popular this season.  If you have a particular charity you support (such as our Pink Ribbon tree above), many offices are using their Christmas tree to send the message of support this Christmas.  Staff can provide donations or presents which are then passed on to the charity – we love this trend for 2010.

As Australia’s number one online party shop and wedding store, www.PinkFrosting.com.au will be providing Christmas decorations and party supplies to thousands of Aussies this year.  We look forward to hearing how you plan to decorate your Christmas table, office and homes this year!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

October 28, 2010

Going Crackers for Divine Christmas Crackers!

Filed under: Christmas, Christmas Decorating, Entertaining, Table Decor — Kathryn @ 1:28 pm

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Christmas party decorations never looked so good!  The divine range of luxury Christmas Crackers at Pink Frosting’s Christmas Shop make those little fizzly crackers we used to have at our tables at Christmastime a thing of the past.  In styles to suit most Christmas themes, such as neutral eco-friendly crackers, traditional golds and red and more contemporary silver, these crackers include first class gifts inside including travel corkscrews, colouring pencils, stainless steel cookie cutters and so much more. 

Pink Frosting’s crackers are works of art – handcrafted in Australia for the most discerning entertainer, these crackers will wow your guests with their beautiful presentation and first class gifts inside. Don’t be put off by the price. The crackers are huge, will be almost all you need to decorate your tables and will wow your guests with the upmarket gifts inside. For a tray of 12 crackers the price is $42.

I can’t think of a lovelier way to decorate your Christmas table this year.  Decide on a gorgeous table centrepiece and place one of these luxury crackers on each place setting for a truly “done” Christmas table.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

September 23, 2010

Office Christmas Party Ideas

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Is it really only 92 days until Christmas?  This wonderful time of year is fun, festive and always full of friends and family. 

If you’ve been given the task of organising this year’s Christmas party at work, take the time to get some inspiration from Australia’s best loved event decorators, head on over to Pink Frosting’s planning and inspiration pages with plenty of gorgeous up-to-the-minute ideas to help you create the perfect office Christmas party this year. 

Here are some of our favourite new arrivals for Christmas 2010:

Keep your eye out for more beautiful Christmas party decorations, party supplies and accessories arriving every single week at Australia’s leading online Christmas party shop, Pink Frosting. 

We’ll bring you lots of great Christmas party ideas here at Australia Entertains. 

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

May 27, 2010

Blackboards as Wedding Decor and Party Decorations

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I have always loved blackboards as wedding decor.  They make a rustic and fun way of presenting a menu, seating chart, directional sign, candy table decoration and table sign.  Maybe its the fact that I come from a family of teachers or that I spent hours making chalk drawings on blackboards to make some extra money.  Whatever the reason for my adoration, blackboards are a wonderful addition for any party, wedding or celebration.  They get the message across in a fun way.

Blackboard images above via Primadonna Bride.

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The new miniature blackboard decorations at Pink Frosting make me very happy indeed!  I love how versatile they are – especially for presenting a candy buffet, lolly table, selection of desserts, wedding favours and so much more. 

Just don’t run your nails down them!  That could really kill the party mood.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

February 9, 2010

How to Use Your Glass Hanging Votive Holders

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One of the most versatile and stunning wedding and special occasion decorations available now is the glass hanging votive candle holder.  They make a stylish wedding and event decoration for both inside and outdoors.  Simply place a tea light candle into the holder and string from the ceiling, a marquee or a tree for a stunning effect.  Alternatively, you could fill the bottom of the vases with sand or coloured water and arrange miniature flowers inside for a stunning decoration.  Stringing them couldn’t be easier!  Simply loop fishing line or ribbon through the top of the holder and voila!  You’re ready to decorate.

I just adore the way the globe votive holders are used at this stylish wedding featured on Brides.com.  They work so well in this contemporary setting, but equally look beautiful used in an oriental or vintage style theme.

The clear glass hanging candle holders are in a globe shape and can be strung from just about anywhere.  Available in two sizes – 10cm and 8cm diameter, so you can mix and match and hang the spheres in clusters to draw your guest’s eyes to focal points around your wedding or event venue.

These glass vases and candle holders also make a beautiful bomboniere favour for your wedding guests.  Fill the vase with a bulb, a small flower, a scented candle or personalised candy for a unique and spectacular gift for guests.

Sold in sets of six.  Choose from two sizes:  10cm and 8cm diam.  Both sets are $35.00 each at Australia’s number one online wedding shop, Pink Frosting.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

December 23, 2009

Table Decorations & Centrepieces for Weddings and Parties – Styles, Trends and Ideas

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Your table decorations and centrepieces are the most important decorative element you need to decide on when organising your wedding, party or other celebration. Whether your party is a full-scale formal affair, a children’s party or an intimate candlelit dinner, the centrepiece table decorations will add drama, personality and scale to your event.

The Pink Frosting team are expert table decoration and centrepiece stylists, and the Pink Frosting online wedding and party shop is brimming with gorgeous and inexpensive table decorations, wedding centrepieces and more to help you create a stylish table setting.  Take inspiration from some of the newest ideas in table centrepieces from the Pink Frosting team.

Eclectic tables

Create a ‘one of a kind’ feel for your event, by dressing each table differently. Use different flowers, different candles, different elements from the one theme to create a real sense of personality. For example, this design works wonderfully with a vintage theme; combine mismatched crockery, jugs and candles with plenty of vintage-style blossoms to fill tables. Visit an antiques fair, your local flea market or (with permission!) your grandma’s cupboards to pick up plenty of vases and trinkets to add personality to your tables.

Monochromatic tables

The classic, crisp design of the monochromatic look is still the most modern tablepiece theme you can choose.  If the mod look appeals to you, choose a black and white backdrop and add splashes of colour for contrast, such as buttercup yellow or flashy pink.  Think about height, drama, the whitest of white blooms and plenty of black crockery on crisp white linen.  This look is never out of style.

Centrepieces from your own backyard

Take inspiration from your own backyard!  Do you have twigs, greens, flowers and bark that could be used in a creative centrepiece? Take come gorgeous gumnuts and wattle and lay them on the tables in a very natural display with a few ivory and chocolate candles.

Casting a glow

The warm glow of candlelight has always added romance to a room.  Floral artists take this a step further by incorporating candles into centrepiece decorations themselves.  Think tall, full arrangements of cherry blossom branches, hung with votives on ribbon or wire-like hangers. Or imagine tall cylinders filled with coloured water to match the party colour palette, and small floating candles flickering in each. 

Christmas decorations all year round

Forgetting Santa, his reindeer, sleds and sleighbells, many gorgeous Christmas decorations are very appropriate out of season for parties. Christmas baubles, wreaths and sprays make fabulous table and room decorations.  And the traditional Christmas colours of red, green and gold needn’t limit you.  Contemporary Christmas colours of teal, peacock, pearl and diamonds are instant winners out of the Christmas season. And you can pick them up cheaply at the after-Christmas sales!

Paper lanterns – budget with big impact

The simple rice paper lantern packs an enormous decorating punch.  Whether you’re decorating a dinner table or a dance floor, the rice paper lantern will dazzle and delight your guests. Rice paper lanterns come in so many sizes, colours and styles, and all are great value for money.  Big ball lanterns start from as low as $6 a piece, so they won’t break the bank, even if you purchase them in bulk.  And the best part?  Paper lanterns can be packed down, stored and re-used for your next big shindig.

Eco-chic tables

If you’re really serious about going green, choose beautiful little wheatgrass pots (which can also be used as placecard holders), packets of seeds, or spring-time bulbs to decorate your table.  You’ll be offering your guests a living and breathing reminder of the party without hurting the planet.

Back to your childhood

Lolly buffets aren’t just for children’s parties!  The oh-so-divine lolly table is becoming a huge hit for the young-at-heart too.  Guests can fill up their own container with a selection of themed sweets, little gumball machines for each guest, or grandma’s favourite recipe cookies.

Balloons – the new chic

The hippest party planners from around the world are taking the humble balloon and making it the chicest decorating accessory of the moment.  Take giant bulbous balloons (at least 60cm) filled with helium and use them to decorate your room and each table.  Secure with your floral centrepiece or in a vase of lollies for a truly whimsical look.  Cheap, beautiful and fun!

See more beautiful table centrepiece and wedding decoration ideas at Australia’s number one online wedding and party shop, Pink Frosting.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

November 29, 2009

Beach Theme Christmas Table Decorations

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A beach Christmas is a given in Australia, with most of us needing to escape the intense heat of an end of December day at the closest shoreline possible.  Whether it’s Bondi or Bells Beach, your local creek, or at home dreaming of the cool waves, I think I’ve found the ultimate beach themed Christmas table for you, by interior design goddess, Tara Dennis

The secret to this relaxed look is to use simple items and not overcrowd the table.  This keep things looking clean and fresh, ready for the food.  Everything Tara has used here is relatively affordable and easy to find, and the best part is, apart from the baubles, all other items can be used year ‘round. 

1. Start with a pure white cotton table cloth and napkins, plain and simple dinnerware, cutlery and glasses. Small glass baubles in silver and shell pink are perfect for adding colour, shine and a beautiful Christmas touch  


2. For a fabulous centerpiece, fill a white dish or plate to the brim with sea shells and starfish – these can be purchased from Pink Frosting’s online beach wedding decoration shop.  Scatter through a few of the baubles, leaving some aside to decorate the table
 

3. A small gift for each of your guests is a nice alternative to crackers.  For wrapping, choose plain coloured paper like this soft brown and instead of ribbon try string or cotton cord .

Simply stylish for Christmas in Australia.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

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