Hello Beauties I’m back with another installment of “Ask Missy”. I love to hear your questions and also your feedback on the advice I give. Let me know if you agree or if you have another suggestion! Dear Missy, I … Continue reading
Hello Beauties A picnic is quintessential summer dining and I love packing a basket full of snacks to take to the park. I will bring along a selection of appetizers, drinks and games and have a leisurely afternoon with my … Continue reading
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MInt & Peach is the perfect color combination for your late spring/ early summer wedding (or bridal shower or even baby nursery) because it is soft and romantic. You can incorporate the colors into a variety of styles, such as vintage garden or modern beach. Another great thing about this color combination is that you can incorporate both silver and gold finishes, since peach is warm and mint has cooler undertones.
Push-up Pops by Courtney Whitmore is an instant classic for anyone that loves entertaining. Her new book has made it easy to impress with unique desserts. A Push-up Pop is a little plastic device that can hold anything from cake and pudding to sorbet, cheesecake or pie filling.
The book is divided into chapters for tips and techniques, cake push-up pops, pie push-up pops, frozen push-up pops and cookies, candies and more.
Courtney suggests using sheet pans for the cake layers. If you turn one of the plastic pops upside down and press it into the sheet cake, you will have perfect circles that fit wonderfully into the layered push-up pops. Plus, she provides measurements and their conversions, which is extremely helpful when determining how much to make for your guest count.
The recipes in Push-up Pops are easy and fun to make. I do not always make my desserts from scratch but, Courtney has made it impossible to mess up the most fickle recipes. I love cheesecake and I love the fact that I can have my own little no-bake cheesecake treat in less than 10 minutes.
I I have already ordered my set of push-up pops and I can’t wait to incorporate them into my next event. Push-up Pops is available on Amazon and Courtney’s new book Candy Making for Kids is now available for Pre-order.
Also, be sure visit Courtney’s amazing site Pizzazzerie! It is on my daily must-read list because of the adorable party inspiration, recipes and DIY projects.
I am back from the most relaxing vacation. I took a long weekend to unplug and get some much-needed R&R. On the first night of my time off, I received Amy Atlas’ book, Sweet Design, from the UPS man. I had been waiting to get my hands on it ever since I pre-ordered with Amazon.
I was lucky enough to indulge my inner crafting goddess by reading 5 books total over my vacation: Amy Atlas- Sweet Designs; Handmade Weddings-Eunice Moyle, Sabrina Moyle and Shauna Faust; The DIY Bride- Khris Cochran; Push-up Pops, Courtney Dial Whitmore; Simply Divine Lisa Vanderpump. I will begin a series of book reviews so stay tuned for these and new reviews each week.
This book is quite massive at 375 pages. It has chapter after chapter filled with ideas for creating tablescapes. The majority of the designs focus on the sweets table but a little imagination can inspire ideas for the whole party. There are fourteen chapters that focus on a specific theme, such as Game Night (Ch.8), Pastel Pretty (Ch. 5), Honey, I Love you (Ch.7), and Vineyard Afternoon (Ch.12).
Each chapter provides Amy’s initial inspiration for the tablescape, a Bake It section with a recipe for each home-made dessert featured, a Craft It section explaining how to create the DIY elements of the table (runners, backdrops, favor bags, etc) and a Style It section which explains how to pull everything together (use all ruffled elements, for example). Plus, it offers ways to switch it up by making the beverages more adult or advising of a different color scheme that would work equally as well. It also has advice on what to purchase pre-made (candies, cakes, decorations, etc.). This book is a must have for anyone that loves bringing a wow factor to everyday events.
Amy Atlas includes a lot of great tips for creating a tablescape that is pleasing to the eye. For example, use different heights and sizes for the vessels on the table. Put the tallest containers in the back of the table so that it is easy for everyone to grab their treat. Also, when styling your sweets table, be sure to use a few different textures to create an exciting experience. For example, use light fluffy cotton candy, crystalized rock candy and gummy bears for the candy. Then use, a textured table-cloth with a DIY streamer and pom backdrop.
Amy Atlas hits it out of the park with her first book, Sweet Designs. It is an instant classic and a must have for anyone that entertains in their home.
Have you picked up your copy of Sweet Designs? What are your favorite chapters?
Reading has been my favorite hobby since I was a small child. My mother would read to me every night and as I got older I continued to read every day. I remember going to Target after school to get the latest Goosebumps, then stay up all night long with a little book lamp just to talk about it the next day with my girlfriends. To me, reading was better then watching a movie because I got to decide how the actors would sound, what costumes they wore and create the scenery of the story. (I wanted to be the producer, director, writer and actor of every story in my head)
I know my love of reading was nurtured at a very young age so I thought a Build a Library Baby Shower would be the perfect way to share that love of reading with my future baby . (Yes, I sit around and dream about parties that I may/ or may not have in the future.) There is really great inspiration out there for a Library Shower, with my favorite on Amelie’s House. She originally published the story for her child’s birthday party but so many of the elements could work for a baby shower, as well.
I would have the guest’s sign the inside cover of a children’s book to act as the guest book. It would be even more special if it was a book the mother read as a child. An engraved bookmark would make a great favor as well. What were your favorite books as a child? Do you have any other ideas for a Build a Library Baby Shower? I would love to hear your thoughts!