Lemonade Party Dessert Ideas

How adorable are these mini lemon flower tarts from Kidandkinblog.com 

Here is a copy of their recipe and  tutorial.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Ready-to-Bake roll-out pie crusts
  • 1 can lemon creme (We used a can of Duncan Hines lemon creme found in the baking section)
  • powdered sugar, optional

Supplies:

Flower cookie cutter

mini cupcake pan

Directions:

  1. Set your pie crust out to become room temperature. Preheat your oven to 450F.
  2. Once your dough is room temp, roll it out and cut flower shapes out of it with this flower cookie cutter. 1 pie crust makes about 7 flowers, plan accordingly.
  3. Tuck each pie flower down into the mini cupcake pan, being sure to press them down into the bottom well and gently fold the petals back around the top of the cupcake pan.
  4. Give the bottom and sides a few pokes with a fork.
  5. Bake for 5-6 minutes. 5 minutes was the sweet spot for me but your oven might be slightly different.
  6. Gently remove the flowers and let cool for a few minutes on a wire rack.
  7. Spoon the lemon creme into a plastic baggie and cut the tip off. Pipe the lemon creme into the centers of the mini flowers.
  8. Refrigerate for a few hours or until ready to serve.
  9. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired before serving. I tilted my flowers so that the powdered sugar on got on the petals and not the pretty yellow filling.

I also love this recipe of Mini lemon tarts from Inquiringchef.com

No finicky crusts necessary for these tarts. Use a simple cookie dough for the crust and fill it with a perfectly sweet and sour lemon filling. Serves: makes 24 mini tarts

Ingredients

Vegetarian

Produce

  • 1 Lemon, juice from large

Refrigerated

  • 3 Egg
  • 3 Egg yolks

Baking & Spices

  • 1 1/2 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1/4 scant tsp Baking powder
  • 3/4 cup Granulated sugar
  • 4 tbsp Powdered sugar
  • 1 pinch Salt

Dairy

  • 8 tbsp Butter, unsalted
  • 3/4 cup Whipping cream
Sugar Cookie Lemon Tarts...something like a bite size lemon meringue pie.  I used a clean bottle cap instead of my thumb to press the dough into the mini-muffin pans.:

Lemonade Sugar Cookies

OMG  Melissa from Bestfriendsforfrosting.com has this must have cookies recipe for decorative sugar cookies that are to die for

Pink Lemonade Sugar Cookie

Ingredients
Cookies:
2 cups softened butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
3 tsp vanilla
5 cups flour
1 tsp salt
Icing:
2 lbs confectioners sugar
5 tbsp meringue powder
3/4 cup water
3 tsp vanilla
Instructions
Cookies: 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Begin by mixing butter and sugar on slow speed until combined. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix together for one minute. Add flour and salt and mix for 2 minutes. Roll out the dough and grab whatever cookie cutters you would like to use. For this set, I stuck with a mason jar cutter and various sizes of a circle cookie cutter. Place cut out cookies on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes.
Icing:
Mix confectioner sugar and meringue powder on slow speed and then incorporate water and vanilla. Mix on slow for 1 minute and then mix on high for about 7 minutes, or until your icing forms a stiff peak.
Decorating:
Making the dough and icing is easy, but the decorating gets a little difficult. You will need piping bags, piping tips and food coloring.
To decorate the the yellow and pink lemon slices, take some icing from your bowl and add the food coloring to your liking. Then, you will need to put the icing in a piping bag and outine each cookie. Once you let the ouline dry, you will need to flood the cookie with the same color. To flood the icing, use a spray bottle and water it down. The consistency should be that of shampoo. Once you flood each cookie, let it dry. Once you let dry for anout an hour, you can go back in with white icing to add the lines and seeds.
For the masor jar, you will need to flood the cookie with a lighter pink, and while the icing is still wet go in with white icing to make ice cubes, and yellow icing to make lemons. Let that dry and then use a gray icing to make the top of the mason jar. Let dry and add any other details you would like.
 I found this amazing tutorial by Thecakeblog.com
She gives us step by step in how to make this amazing lemon slices that could be used not only to decorate your cake but also your cupcakes
Supplies:
Plain round cookie cutters
Teardrop cutter
Rose piping tip
fondant (sugar paste) in white and yellowSTEP 1: Choose a round cutter of your choice.   Now choose a cutter directly one size up or down.  Using the bigger of the two cutters, cut out a piece of white sugarpaste—this will be the base on which you will build upon.

STEP 2: Again, using the bigger of the two cutters cut out a piece of yellow sugarpaste.  Using the smaller cutter cut the center out of the circle.  Glue the yellow ring onto the edge of the base piece—this is the peel of the lemon.

STEP 3: Cut out a white circle using the smaller cutter—this is the center of the lemon.

STEP 4: Roll out a piece of yellow sugarpaste.  Using a rose piping tip, gently leave imprints all over the sugarpaste—this will be the pulp.

STEP 5: Using a teardrop cutter, cut out a few holes in the white center piece.  These are the cavities for the yellow lemon segments.  Using the teardrop cutter, cut out segments from the yellow sugarpaste.  Insert into the cavities in the white center piece.  Let it sit for a few minutes.

STEP 6: Wet the center of the base and insert the center piece to complete the lemon.  Dry for a few hours or overnight and it will be ready to use!

 

lemon

I also found this recipe from Mybakingaddiction.com

Ingredients:

FOR THE CAKE

  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • lemon zest from two lemons
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure lemon extract

FOR THE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

  • 2 (8) ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 lbs. confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • juice of one lemon
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    Directions:

    FOR THE CAKE

    1. Center a rack in the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare cupcake tins by using liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray
    2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
    3. Whisk together the milk and egg whites in a medium bowl.
    4. Put the sugar and lemon zest in a mixer bowl or another large bowl and rub them together with your fingers until the sugar is moist and fragrant. Add the butter and, working with the paddle or whisk attachment, or with a hand mixer, beat at medium speed for a full 3 minutes, until the butter and sugar are very light.
    5. Beat in the extracts, then add one third of the flour mixture, still beating on medium speed. Beat in half of the milk-egg mixture, then beat in half of the remaining dry ingredients until incorporated.
    6. Add the rest of the milk and eggs, beating until the batter is homogeneous, then add the last of the dry ingredients.
    7. Finally, give the batter a good 2-minute beating to ensure that it is thoroughly mixed and well aerated. Place the batter into the cupcake tins.
    8. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until the cupcakes are well risen and springy to the touch – a thin knife inserted into the centers should come out clean. Cool on wire rack.

    FOR THE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

    1. Using a mixer, blend the butter and cream cheese together until well combined.
    2. Gradually add in the confectioners’ sugar until fully incorporated.
    3. Finally mix in vanilla and lemon juice and mix until combined.

Lemonade Stand

Lemonade stand party theme is such a cute idea to cool off this summer heat! kids would have a blast creating their on cool drinks as refreshments. Its a perfect theme for summer birthdays.    my mind gets crazy just thinking how creative we can get on the dessert table… however the most important item in this theme should be the lemonade stand! Here are a few items I selected for your DIY Party.

 I would use this polyester lemonade stand card table cover classic yellow and white  for the dessert table sells for $29.95

  I would place one of these Lemonade cardboard stand sell $39.99 for near the dessert table

 One of these Lemonade stands on the other side of the dessert table sells for $185.00

Lemonade stand  invitations @18.00

 One gallon glass mason jars double beverage drink dispenser on metal stand with leak free spigot, clear sell for $29.99

 lemonade mix

 clear cup 100 sells for $11.99

 Classy lemonade stand apron for the party hosts sells for $12.99

 yellow drinking straws 75 pack sells for $12.99

  10 pcs sells for $3.99

 Lemonade play set for the kids sells for $20.00

 cupcake wraps 36 for $11.49

 cupcake topper  $8.59

 5″x7″ Party favor bags pack of 12 $2.75
 Rock Candy 36 Stick  $29.97

 Yellow Lemonade Swirl Party Candy  $22.99

 54 lemonade party candy stickers, candy wrappers

 love theses balloons for the center pieces 11 pc lemonade pitcher sells for $20.45

 Lemonade scented bubble bottles 

  Paper Parasol 32 inches  $10.50

 favor boxes $11.99

 Giant float for picture props  $39.95

 5x7ft photo booth  $16.99

 

Summer Wedding Inspiration: Light Blue And Pink Ocean Theme.

Its so hot out… I think my favorite summer theme with this heat out is ocean. Maybe I am influenced by the fact that I wish I was at the beach today, enjoying the view and the ocean.  I still love beach weddings, they are more relaxed and less formal .

While I am still trying to catch up on my best work and what’s up to date . I feel that I must share one of my favorite summer wedding inspirations; a blue ocean theme dessert table I designed for one of past wedding shows. 

Laura Clare designs provided us with the most amazing flowers.  I particularly love the blush pink ranúnculos. On the dessert station we had a mix of elegant desserts and color coordinated candy.  Flora and Simone provided the sweets. I love mixing styles so why not mixing desserts with candy. It’s funny how that trend became one of my signatures, now days most of my parties I do those mixing strategies. Especially  because people have diferente tastes and it’s also a good way to keep the budget low.

 

Lifeguard Desserts and Recipes

I love this cupcake by wix.com, super creative exactly what I would use on my dessert table, I was not able to find any tutorial on it but it may be used as an inspiration for some of you. However I was able to find a recipe for a cute and simple cupcake to match this week party by thebakerchick.com 

lifeguardcupcakes

 

ingredients
  • 1½ cups self-rising flour
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Frosting:
  • 6 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1½ stick Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2-4 cups powdered sugar
instructions
  1. In a small bowl, add the flours; stir to combine; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter using an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
  3. Add the sugar gradually and beat for 3 minutes or until fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Add the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla.
  6. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated but do not overmix.
  7. Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling about ¾ full.9 Bake in a 350° oven for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Cool the cupcakes in the tin for 15 minutes.
  9. Remove cakes from the tins and cool on a wire rack before icing.
For Frosting:
  1. Cream butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment.
  2. Mix in Vanilla
  3. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time until you reach your desired consistancy.

The life preservers were made out of lifesaver and red food markers

I also found this incredible step by step tutorial by Semisweetdesigns.com, if you would like to venture with icing, it could be used to decorate cupcakes cakepops truffles anything

 

 

 

Outline and fill the rings with white royal icing, as shown below.

 

 

 

Leave them to dry (about an hour).After the royal icing transfers had time to set, add the red sections right on top of the white rings with red royal icing. Leave to dry completely (about 2 hours).

Here is the tutorial for a marble cake pop from craftsy.com

MARBLE CAKE POPS TUTORIAL

YOU’LL NEED:

  • 2 colors or flavors of cake pop dough  ready for shaping
  • Cookie scoop
  • Candy coating color #1 (darker/base)
  • Candy coating color #2
  • 6″ paper lollipop sticks
  • Paramount crystals
  • Zip-top bag
  • Toothpicks
  • Waxed paper
  • Cake pop stand

SHAPING THE CAKE POPS

Perfectly pliable cake pop dough is key for smooth cake balls that are easily dipped cake pops.

Marbled Cake Balls

STEP 1:

Use a cookie scoop (4 cm in diameter or 2 tablespoon volume) to form uniform portions of cake pop dough. Scoop the chocolate, filling only half of the scoop, then scoop into the vanilla dough, filling the rest of the scooper. Use the palm of your hand to level the scoop and push off excess dough.

Another method is to scoop a full scoop of each dough, cut them in half and combine the halves from each kind of dough. If equal portions of both doughs is imperative, this method is for you!

STEP 2:

Roll each portion into a ball. Place on a waxed paper–lined cookie sheet and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, or longer.

DIPPING YOUR CAKE POPS

 

STEP 1:

Melt the coating while the cake balls are in the fridge. Place each color of candy coating in a microwave-safe plastic bowl or cup (plastic or silicone are preferred). Microwave for 1 minute at 50 percent power. Stir, though it will still be solid. Continue to heat in 30-second bursts at 50 percent power until the coating is melted and smooth. Stir between each interval.

Once it’s smooth and melted, add paramount crystals, EZ-Thin or virgin coconut oil (solid) to thin the candy coating. Different colors melt to different consistences, so be sure to thin each coating to a similar consistency — like wet paint.

Let the melted candy sit at room temperature for a few minutes. Remember that coating can always be reheated for 15-20 seconds at 50 percent power if it hardens.

STEP 2:

Remove cake balls from the fridge. Let them it at room temperature for a couple of minutes, to take the chill off of them. Dip a lollipop stick, about ⅓”, into the candy coating. Insert them into each ball until they’re about halfway through. Do this for all the pieces.

STEP 3:

coating

Place the lighter (accent color) coating into a zip-top bag. Snip the tip and pipe some lines vertically and horizontally over the base color in the bowl. Make sure the lines are not too close to one another. We want the darker color peeking through.

STEP 3:

dip cake pops

For a swirl pattern, dip, then twist the cake pop stick with your fingers as you lift it out. Carefully shake off excess coating while still upside down, then turn right side up. Use a toothpick to pierce any air bubbles.

For a more random pattern, dip, then shake off excess, while turning the cake pop all over in various directions. This moves the lines in a more random pattern. Place on a cake pop stand and let dry completely.

make more lines

Two to three cake pops can be dipped in the coating before you’ll need to pipe more lines on the surface.

marble cake pops

We can’t have a party without marshmallow pops! Here is a tutorial by Kitchenrunway.com

How to make the “life preservers” for the Nautical Marshmallow Pops:

Ingredients:

  • Life Savers candy (of your choice – mint or flavored)
  • Fruit roll ups

Directions:

  • Peel open and unroll the Fruit Roll Up.  On a cutting board, use a pizza cutter to cut into thin strips.  Then trim the strips down to a length long enough to wrap around the Life Saver.   The Fruit Roll Up is sticky enough to adhere to itself without an additional binder.  (I was able wrapped 18 Life Savers using one mini Fruit Roll Up.)  I used a toothpick to help position and adhere the Fruit Roll Up to the Life Saver.
  • The Life Saver is heavy so make sure to allow the candy melt to set up for a couple of minutes before placing the Life Saver on top of the marshmallow pop. 

 

Life Guard Pool Party theme

Summer is kicking in! And lifeguarding seems to be a fun summer party theme, but there’s a lot more than just hanging at the pool. Let’s celebrate this week with a one of a kind theme appreciating those that are looking out to save lives.

 I love this lifeguard street sign. We could use as accessories to decorate behind the dessert station  sells for $8.99

 I would make a collage with a bunch different signs behind the table sells for $5.29

This sells for $3.99 signs   

As many signs as possible $ 16.99

 These Baywatch lifeguard inflatable could be either used as a prop around the dessert table or a fun prop for a photo-booth area sell for $10.70

 Absolute in love with this  lifeguard chair card holders we could use as props on the dessert table sells for $13.83

 Cool favors for the children set of 24 colorful spiral whistle – 12 bracelet  and 12 necklace sell for $12.99

 life guard prop for decorating the dessert table sells for $54.60

 Silicone cake decorating for sugar crafting with melting chocolate or fondant

 12 edible stand up wafer paper cake toppers sells for $3.99

 This 3D lifeguard station could be used as a decorative item behind the dessert station sell for $51.55

This cool rug mat could be place in front of the dessert table to decorate the floor area sells for $34.95

 

    Lifeguard lifesavers

 Beautiful large off duty life guard canvas  sells for $99.00

 Men’s red lifeguard T-shirt sells for $13.99

 Unisex-child certified official T-shirt sells for $13.99

 Women’s lifeguard shirt sells for $15.99

 

 

Make a difference 

I have to change all my plans for today’s blog. My inspirational Mondays are usually based on the work I have done and things have seen and accomplished related to my niche, designing desert stations and party basics. Today I had to change the routine and I decided to write about something inspirational but not so clearly related to my niche. About a year ago I collaborated with Brazilian Foundation on designing a beautiful dessert station set up for them. They are a well-known organization in the Brazilian community that collect funds to assist all  kinds of different projects benefiting poor communities in Brazil. At their annual gala party the Brazilian Foundation was also awarding different nonprofit organizations with a common  purpose of helping these communities.  I actually had the chance to hear about some of these organizations and speak to their founders, their purpose varied from helping feed poor children, to giving away medication, to preventing abuse, and teaching music and art in low income communities. It was an amazing experience to actually see good people doing good things for others.

However it wasn’t until I was back stage and I ran into Adelmo Junior dressed as Superman that I had chills, and I understood the importance of his organization. A hour before I met Adelmo junior dressed in his suit and tie and he told me all about his organization “Liga do Bem.” They dress up as superheroes and comic books characters to visit hospitals elderly homes, and orphanages with the purpose to spread love. The majority of my jobs are catered for children and I see their reaction to the details and the transformation we create with the decoration, most of them are dressed according to their theme as princess, fairies superheroes. In their innocence they really believe in what their eyes sees it, that was exactly how I felt when I saw him dressed as Superman and his friend as Batgirl. That night I saw clearly how I could help them, helping those kids. I explained how in the United States one of the biggest holidays is Halloween, where children get dressed up all over.  I mentioned how awesome it would be if we could collect those costumes and send them to the children that they actually work with.

The first collection was not so successful we needed about 500 costumes and we got about 180 approximately, and we were only able to send about 76 costumes to the destination. But we were not discouraged, we got the community together and we threw a party. Several people came to help us and we got a free location for the party to take place, lots of food entertainment for the children, activities toys and prizes.Let me tell you it was not easy to control everything but together we were able to collect several clothes and costumes and with the money from the food and raffle we were able to buy new costumes to be donated to kids from the children hospital and send all the donated costumes to a second event that is taking place at the end of the year. I truly believe that every costume collected and every costume donated represents more than dress-up and play, it represents hope. These kids could dream of being something bigger than their reality. Only those that have children and have experienced their kids dressing up can understand importance of this initiative. Im blogging about this today to share the pictures that shows the kids receiving the costumes over the weekend as well as spread the word about this organization.

Here is the link for their video campaign https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1478058775589718&id=100001568301351

Beach Ball Dessert Ideas and Recipes

Summer party desserts are always so fun to create because most of the time they are super bright and colorful. Here are the top 5 desserts tutorials I found on Pinterest for our dessert station.

Beach Ball cake pops by Bakerella

beachball

SUPPLIES:

  • 1 box cake mix (bake as directed)
  • 1 18 oz can of frosting
  • Wax paper
  • Baking sheet
  • White candy coating
  • Heatproof plastic bowl
  • Toothpicks
  • Corn syrup
  • Small brush
  • Yellow, red, green and blue sanding sugar
  • Blue confetti sprinkles
  • Styrofoam block

 

 INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Bake cake as directed on box for a 9 X 13 cake. Cool completely and crumble into a large bowl.

2. Mix up to 3/4 of a can of frosting into the cake crumbs using a large spoon. You won’t need the rest.

3. Roll mixture into 1.25-inch balls and place on a wax paper covered baking sheet. You can also use an ice cream scoop and then roll the balls.

4. Place cake balls in the freezer for about 15 minutes so they will firm up. Then transfer them to the refrigerator to remain chilled and avoid freezing.

5. Melt white candy coating in a heatproof plastic bowl so that the coating is at least three to four inches deep for easier dipping. Melt in the microwave in 30-second intervals on low, stirring in between. Repeat until melted and smooth.

6. Dip the tip of a lollipop stick into the melted white candy coating and insert stick into the cake ball. Dip the entire cake pop into the bowl of melted candy coating. Dip and remove in one motion without stirring. Make sure the entire cake ball is covered. If your coating is too thick, you can add a little vegetable oil to help thin it and make it easier to work with.

7. Remove and allow any excess coating to fall off the pop and back in the bowl and place in a Styrofoam block to dry.

8. When dry, use a toothpick to draw or lightly etch two perpendicular lines starting at the top of the cake pop. Draw the lines straight down the sides. Then draw two more perpendicular lines, so that you have eight equal sections. Brush off any white chocolate shavings.

9. Use a small brush to apply a thin layer of corn syrup to one section of the cake pop and dip in yellow sanding sugar. Repeat so all of the pops have yellow sections. Use a toothpick to clean up any edges and brush off any sanding sugar that gets on the exposed white sections of the pop. Repeat with the red, green and blue sections of the beach ball.

10. Use a toothpick to dot white candy coating on top of the pop and place a blue confetti sprinkle to finish off the Beach Ball look. Let dry completely and enjoy!

I also found this great picture tutorial by

bekicookscakesblog.blogspot.com

If you need recipes for sugar cookies take a look at our Party Basic Section

Once again from the Twosisterscfrating.com is this really cool DIY popcorn