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 22, 2011

Personalise Your Wedding or Party Decorations

Filed under: Dinner Parties, Entertaining, General, Table Decor, Wedding Decorating, Weddings — Kathryn @ 10:37 am

Make your wedding day or party completely unique to you with the extensive range of personalised decorations at Australia’s number one online party shop, Pink Frosting.  Here you will find a huge range of customised wedding decorations, lanterns, luminaria, vases, personalised dance floor decorations and decals and so much more to help you create your own style at your venue.  Here are some of my favourites:

Personalised Napkins - Whether you’re throwing one party or ten this year, you’ll want to have these personalised wedding or party napkins on hand for every occasion. Customisable down to the last detail, these party serviettes can be personalised for weddings, baby showers, birthday parties or any milestone event! Choose from dazzling napkin colours and a nearly infinite array of imprint colours. From formal monograms to fanciful fonts, we offer designs for all occasions—your imagination is the limit!

PA_kiwi

Personalised CoastersIt is all in the details when planning a magnificent wedding and party! You will be sure to catch the attention of your guests with these tasteful, personalised coasters at the cocktail reception, or the dinner table. Each coaster is cut from heavy cardboard and printed with your names, date and perhaps a personal message to your guests.

Personalised coasters

Personalised Table RunnersLet our personalised table runners be your wedding reception’s perfect finishing touch – but we can also customise them for your party! With it’s polished look, free personalisation and vibrantly coloured accents, this table decoration is easily completed by the colour of your choice and overall styling… giving every party planner a creative pop of personalised fun to their celebration day setting.

Personalised table runner

Personalised Wine Labels - Add personalised flair to your champagne or wine bottles with the Wine Label Sticker. Mix and match with other components in the collection for a cohesive look. Our wine labels are personalised with your details and come in many colour combinations for you to choose from. 

personalised wine labels

Customised Wedding and Party Banner - Let your imagination run wild at all your special occasions with a Pink Frosting Celebrations Custom Banners. With the ability to add three custom lines of text, this durable, poly canvas banner allows you to be as humorous, solemn or witty as you want! A great way to add a pop of individualised style to any event, this one of a kind detail looks great decorating everything from your wedding day aisle to your best friend’s graduation.

Customised Banner

Personalised Vase Decorations - Pink Frostting’s personalised vase decorations are as practical as they are fashionable. Doubling as standout table identifiers, as well as polished centrepieces, these amazing vases come equipped with a colourful cling, accented by a table number, your names and wedding date. They’re perfect for embellishing your wedding reception or party tables and make it super easy for your guests to find their spot!

personalised party vases

There are so many customised and personalised party decorations to choose from, you can really create an event that is perfect for your special day!  If you’d like any advice on your wedding or party decorations, the customer service team at Pink Frosting are always willing to help!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

February 1, 2011

Valentine’s Day Dinner Party Shoot

I’m in the middle of planning two big shoots for Pink Frosting, Australia Entertains and our partner sites overseas and today I went shopping for all of the goodies for the shoots.  I wanted to share with you the gorgeous items I scored at Pink Frosting’s online wedding shop for the red heart bridal shower shoot that would also look amazing for Valentine’s Day.  I hope these gorgeous products together offer you lots of inspiration for your next romantic dinner party (whether for two or many more!).

Bridal Shower Shoot 1

Clockwise from left:  Ruby red party lanterns, chocolate bomboniere hearts in red, natural dried rose petals in red, ruby red party balloons.

Bridal Shower Shoot 2

Clockwise from top left:  Heart swirl cupcake wrappers in red,  miniature martini glasses for favours and catering, heart topped cupcake favour boxes. chocolate bomboniere hearts

I hope you find some inspiration here for your Valentine’s Day celebration.  I can’t wait to put this all together and share the glamorous party with you!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

January 26, 2011

Happy Australia Day!

Filed under: Dinner Parties, Entertaining, General, Party Themes, Table Decor — Kathryn @ 11:57 am

Wishing everyone a patriotic and fun-filled Australia Day today. Here’s what my backyard looks like today – twisties, lamingtons, beer on ice and the BBQ ready to cook for many friends.  The perfect Aussie backyard party.

Australia Day Centrepiece a small

Australia Day Centrepiece small

Australia Day Lamingtons small

Australia Day Mosaic 2

Australia Day Twisties small

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

January 24, 2011

Tips for Perfect Parties on a Budget

IMG_5347

I remember a time when a few cheap balloons from the supermarket and a store bought sponge cake were enough to signify a party.  These days it’s very different and that is a great thing.  We’re becoming more creative with our party themes, favours and decorations and we’re celebrating in style!  As it’s not unusual for party planners to be given budgets to rival weddings for children’s birthday parties and other celebrations, we thought it was time to give you some tips to create a celebrity-worthy party without the crazy budget.

Australia’s number one party decorations shop Pink Frosting has been involved in birthday parties, christenings and baby showers to rival any party given by Britney Spears, Elton John or Tom Cruise that have the budget of a wedding and the styling to match.  But our favourite celebrations are ones that are heart-felt and match the budget that fits the family.  Pink Frosting would hate to see anyone overspend on a party and then have a debt to pay.  The Pink Frosting team offers some great party planning tips to help you host your party like the stars but without over-spending:

  1. Everyone loves candy! One of the key trends of the moment is a candy bar where you buy lots of different kinds of lollies and assemble them in different containers and lay them out on a table.  Give all of your guests a lolly bag and let them scoop in their favourite treats.  Celebrities are using Dessert Bar specialists like Amy Atlas to create wonderful candy bars for their events, but you can get inspiration for the colours online and then create a fun candy bar yourself.
  2. Hold the party at home.  One of the biggest expenses for any event is the venue hire, so if you hold the party at home, you’re already on your way to creating a more budget-friendly party.  You also get to decorate over many days, rather than having a small space of time to get ready at a hired venue.
  3. Have the guests decorate their own cakes!  Suri Cruise’s recent birthday party was a cupcake themed party where the kids decorated their own cupcakes.  This is seriously one of the best ideas for entertaining kids at a party and you don’t even need to decorate a cake yourself!  There’s no reason why this also wouldn’t work for adult celebrations like bridal showers or hens parties – give the guests a theme and ask them to decorate their own cakes in the theme.  Fun!
  4. You don’t need to hire entertainment.  These days, your iPod can do most of the work for you.  With a little bit of work and the Genius tool, you can create a fun music list that suits the theme of the party and makes everyone get into the celebratory mood.
  5. Balloons are making a come-back!  Big bulbous balloons and lanterns are the best way to create a beautiful party atmosphere and you won’t break the bank.  Go overboard with hundreds of helium filled balloons (do this yourself with a hired helium canister) and hanging lanterns.  You seriously won’t spend more than $100 filling the ceilings of most rooms this way. Add some paper bunting around the outside of the walls, and voila – you have a spectacular party space.
  6. Party favours don’t have to be expensive.  They are a great idea because they are a reminder to your guests of the fun they had at the celebration.  Stores like www.PinkFrosting.com.au and Baby Showers Australia have hundreds of options for favours under $5.00 each and include personalised lollipops, customised candy and fun practical gifts.

The most important tip is to always give your party from the heart.  A party isn’t about how much money you spent on the presents or decorations, it’s about enjoying time with the people you love the most.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

January 19, 2011

Table Numbers with Individual Style

Filed under: Dinner Parties, Entertaining, General, Table Decor, Wedding Decorating — Kathryn @ 12:45 pm

For weddings and special events where you have more than a couple of tables, it’s a good idea to help your guests find where they are sitting with table numbers.  Now, these decorative elements can be neglected and look very drab if you simply say to your venue – go ahead and use those plastic white and black numbers that can really impact negatively on your beautiful table decorations!  Go ahead and create some table numbers that suit your look and theme without breaking the budget!

Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

1.  Don’t use numbers, use locations, books or other items that have meaning for you!  Name your tables after places you have visited, streets you have lived on or musicians you love.  We love this example from Jesse Leake Photography where the couple took the idea even further and took polaroids of themselves holding street names.  Fun!

Table Number Ideas 1

2.  Use timber cut-out numbers in place of card and paint them the colour of your wedding theme.  These pretty table numbers below blend in perfectly with the theme of the wedding.  Images from Elisabeth Millay with Jonathan Young via Brooklyn Bride.

Table Number Ideas 2

3.  Create vintage style table numbers by using pretty frames, lacey paper and glitter pens.  This gorgeous idea can also be easily created on your computer and printed at home for a fun look without breaking the bank.  We love the baroque frames at Pink Frosting’s wedding shop which would work perfectly for these table number creations.   Image Bridal Cookie

Table Number Ideas 3

4.  Use miniature chalk boards to create a rustic table number – perfect for garden and beach weddings.  Miniature chalk boards can be purchased online at Pink Frosting’s wedding shop for delivery world-wide.  Photo Credit: Meg Runion.

Table Number Ideas 4

5.  Coordinate your table numbers with your wedding stationery such as place cards, invitations, thank you cards and more.  These fun baroque paper frames on an easel match the Pink Frosting Love Bird Damask stationery range - gorgeous huh?  They will be available from March 2011.

9141-10

6.  Make your table numbers your table centrepieces – yep, all in one!  These personalised vase decals (which come with the vase) include the table numbers in your wedding colours, so simply sit in the middle of your reception tables and fill with gorgeous flowers.  You’ve achieved the perfect two for one wedding decoration! 

Table Number Ideas 5

6.  Create table number luminaria to add atmosphere and light to your wedding reception tables.  Take a standard luminaria and create the perfect table decoration by following the easy tutorial at Intimate Weddings.  Voila – perfection and a fun crafting activity for you and your girls!

Table Number Ideas 6

Now, if you haven’t found a fabulous idea for making your table numbers extra special and unique, here are some more ideas:

  • Create table numbers out of beads or wire and wind ivy or flowers around them for a rustic look;
  • Custom create your table numbers with miniature pots planted with your favourite flowers with a big flag with a table number in the centre;
  • Cover your favourite books or photo albums with your table numbers, so once guests have found their table they can enjoy browsing through the books which have meaning for the bride and groom;
  • If you’re hosting a Las Vegas style wedding, use playing cards as your table numbers – simply stick a round sticker with the table number in the centre, or you could name each table after your cards – Ace of Spades = table one etc;

We hope you’re inspired by our table number creative ideas! 

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

November 10, 2010

Christmas Decorating Trends 2010

Red Christmas Baubles

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 15, 2010

Vampire Themed Dinner Party

Filed under: Dinner Parties, Entertaining, General, Party Themes — Kathryn @ 11:29 am

Just about everyone has Vampire fever!  And we’re never more motivated by gore than at Halloween.  I found this amazing dinner party idea by Courtney from Pizzazzerie via Hostess Blog.  This is a brilliant adult Halloween weekend dinner party theme for us Aussies who don’t get so into pumpkin carving.  Love it!

vampire dinner party ideas twilight halloween

vampire dinner party ideas twilight halloween

Read on for more hauntingly beautiful images and all the creative details, as explained by Courtney

vampire dinner party ideas twilight halloween

*****

“When the publisher of Nashville Lifestyles magazine showed me “Love at First Bite: The Complete Vampire Lover’s Cookbook“ in her office one day, we both knew it would make a fabulous feature for their October issue.

I got started right away pulling together all things black, red, and antique silver. We wanted to avoid anything too “Halloweeny” and tried to focus on chic and dark. The house we shot in had black ceilings, which really added to the dark and spooky atmosphere.

vampire dinner party ideas twilight halloween

vampire dinner party ideas twilight halloween

I used black velvet fabric as the table cover, topped with antique candelabras and tall red candle sticks. Candles were a main element of the table to add a spooky glow. To make the red dripped candles, I dripped a red candle on top of a white candle – and done! Placing mirrors down the center of the table created a ghastly reflection and a steady base for our candle sticks.

vampire dinner party ideas twilight halloween

Using the Vampire Lovers’ Cookbook as my inspiration, I designed menus for each table setting including “Steak Through the Heart” and “Devil Hair Pasta“.

vampire dinner party ideas twilight halloween

Our local Whole Foods has an amazing pastry chef who created some simple chocolate ganache mini cupcakes topped with red “blood drops“.

vampire dinner party ideas twilight halloween

Then I used Martha Stewart’s Vampire Wine Labels to adorn bottles of red wine.

vampire dinner party ideas twilight halloween

I’m totally inspired!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

October 5, 2010

Which Witch is Which Halloween Party Theme Ideas

Filed under: Children's Parties, Dinner Parties, Entertaining, General, Table Decor — Kathryn @ 12:49 pm

Martha witch decorations 3

Halloween in Australia is a much different experience than our friends have in America.  We don’t have a tradition of trick or treating (although you might be lucky enough to live in an apartment complex or street that organises a safe trick or treating adventure for kids), so the best way to have all the fun of Halloween without any of the fuss of knocking on doors is to host a Halloween themed party at your home.  Over the next few weeks we will offer up some of our best ideas on Halloween parties perfect for Australians who love to spook and be scary!

Which Witch is Which Halloween Party Theme

Witches feature heavily in fairytales, modern stories and traditional legends such as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Meg & Mog and Bewitched.  Just about everyone has a favourite witch no matter what your age, so why not host a Which Witch is Which Halloween party this year to celebrate witches – good, bad and ugly!

Invitations

Invite guests to your Which Witch is Which halloween party with a Halloween or Witch themed party invitation.  We love the Spooky Spider invitations at Pink Frosting’s online party shop.  Use some spooky wording to start the theme rolling with your guests:

Which witch is which?  Only our creepiest guest knows!

Do you cackle with an apple?  Do you wriggle your nose?

Put on your witches hat, hop on your broom,

Grab your black cat, and prepare to zoom!

Decorations

Decorate your party room with witches lanterns hanging from the ceiling, brooms next to the doors, bats attacking guests from the roof, massive spider webs in every corner, haunted house table centrepieces with big scary spiders hanging off the edges, and don’t forget to play a Haunted House noises CD to really make your guests frightened!  For inspiration on do it yourself Halloween decorations, you must visit the Martha Stewart website for inspiration!

Games

Play “Which Witch is Which” – the guessing game that brings to life your favourite witches from childhood stories and movies.  To prepare, simply create some cryptic witch clues (remember that if the players are little kids, keep the questions really simple and based on fairytales and childhood stories) and have plenty of witch prizes ready for those who win the game.  You could also play “Celebrity Witch” where five guests wear a witches hat with the name of a famous witch on it, and they have to guess who they are!

For little kids, we love the idea of a witches broom race.  Here are some fun ideas from Celebrations:

  • Simply have a starting line and finishing line. The little witches line up in “broom riding position.” The have to race at the sound of the whistle but here’s the catch – no hands allowed on the broom.
  • Three-legged broom race – it’s the same concept as a regular three-legged race except the brooms are tied together instead of the legs! Break the witches off into teams of three and tie their three brooms together. Each team races to the finish line and the team that has all three girls at the end, wins! **This is great for building team work as the girls have to go at the same speed and help each other.
  • If you don’t have much room, put some funky Halloween tunes on your iPod and hand each girl a broom. Tell them they have to make up a 30 second choreographed dance incorporating their brooms. The witch with the most bewitching moves is the winner.

Food

Check out the fun Halloween Party dinner menus and ideas over at Hostess Blog.  We particularly love the Boo Spaghetti, Slithering Snake Sandwich, Eyeball Taco Salad and the Ghost of Montecristo Sandwiches!  Serve “poisoned” Halloween cocktails, such as a Black Widow Martini:

2 oz black vodka
.5 oz Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
2 oz blackberry or grape juice
black licorice and sugar for garnish (optional)

Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a sugar-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with black licorice and add a plastic black spider to the stem of the martini glass.

Finish with some spooky Halloween cupcakes and you have a feast to tame the hungriest witches!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

September 26, 2010

Passion for Fashion Clothes Swapping Party

Clothes Swapping Party

Spring has sprung and it’s time to clean out your wardrobe for the Summer season ahead and gather your fellow fashionistas for an afternoon tea with a difference!  Ask your friends to bring along their unwanted clothes and accessories for a clothes swapping party.  You’ll enjoy a fun afternoon with friends, and you may even find some fabulous new fashion statements!  Here’s our guide to a practical (you get to swap clothes with your fashionable mates) and fun (what better way to spend an afternoon than with champagne and your friends trying on clothes) celebration for no particular reason at all, or in place of a traditional baby shower, kitchen tea, hen’s party or even a Pink Ribbon fundraising party:

Invitations

Your friends will love receiving handmade invitations through the mail.  Try making your own invitations by adorning a plain piece of coloured cardboard with a little origami dress folded from beautiful paper.  Inside, inspire your guests with some cute words, such as:

Spring has sprung!  The grass is green!
The sun does shine!  It’s time to clean!
Fling wide your wardrobe, take a peak
It’s time to find that space you seek.
Those jeans too big, that skirt too small,
That dress that’s never fit at all;
That impulse buy you’ve never worn;
Those shoes (unscuffed), that shirt (untorn).
Let’s toast the darling buds of spring -
A clothes swap’s the thing – not shopping!
Wash and repair them, and join me
For tea, with sweet treats so tasty -
And a glass of bubbly!

Setting the scene

On arrival, ask your guests to unpack their clothes and accessories and place them in categories such ‘dresses’, ‘skirts’ and ‘handbags’.  You may like to print little category cards featuring coat hanger images and secure them to the walls around your lounge room with miniature clothes pegs and a bit of blutack.  Then hand your guests a glass of champagne and usher them into the afternoon tea room.

Decorating and styling

Set the table for a decadent afternoon tea treat.  For a whimsical table, start with crisp white linen as your backdrop and then layer vintage plates, cups, jugs and teapots with napkins in a riot of floral patterns.  Visit an antiques fair, your local flea market or (with permission!) raid your grandma’s cupboards to pick up plenty of vases and teapots to add personality to your table.  Or, if you don’t fancy scouring the local garage sales, choose a selection of sweet party themed plates, cups and napkins from Pink Frosting. 

Pick bunches of flowers right from your garden and fill a collection of vintage vases and teapots to bursting for a charming centrepiece.  If you want the afternoon tea to be a formal affair, add that extra touch of elegance with miniature Eiffel Tower place card holders, which can also serve as a charming memento of the fashion capital of the world for your friends to take home.

Entertainment

The clothes swap is the main feature of the party.  After your guests have enjoyed a glass of champagne and a few sweet treats, ask them to start browsing through the items.  You may like to set a limit to start with (say, each person can choose three items to start with so that no one goes home empty handed, and then another three, etc).  Ensure you have a number of breakout rooms for your guests to try on clothes.

Menus, catering and cocktails

Serve pink petit fours, watercress sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, mini pastries, fruit skewers, an assortment of muffins, quiches and cupcakes all washed down with tea and pink champagne!  If it’s a hot summer occasion, Pimms and Lemonade is the perfect tea party treat. 

Favours and gifts

Each guest will go home with some fabulous finds for her wardrobe, but show your appreciation with a miniature Eiffel Tower place card holders, which can also serve as a charming memento of the fashion capital of the world for your friends to take home.

The team at Pink Frosting have put together a category dedicated to helping you create the perfect clothes swapping party at their online party products shop!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

Next Page »