My favorite part of Thanksgiving (besides the company and you know, being thankful) is the snacking – ok that is my favorite part of any holiday. This year we are cooking and I’m about to let you in on a few of the treats we may just have. Don’t worry, they won’t all be sweets, we’ll throw a few veggies in there for you weirdos!
Honeycrisp Apple Sangria
Personal Apple Pies
Champagne w/ Cranberries
Chai Pumpkin Spice Thumbprints
Pass the Sushi
I love any holiday that features lots of candy and treats and Easter is one of them! I would love to nosh on any of these adorable and delicious treats! Not to mention make them, so fun!
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My husband and I recently moved to the Hill and one of the first things I noticed was a tiny little store called The Sweet Lobby. I kept looking at it, wondering what it was (since I did not happen to see them win on Cupcake Wars) and wanting to go. Until one day I asked a friend who had told me about getting some cupcakes on the Hill where she got them and she told me The Sweet Lobby! Yay, exactly what I had hoped for, it is a sweet shop right in my neighborhood! Finally this past week I popped in after a meeting. The shop is teeny tiny, packed with customers and the staff is lovely. They have cupcakes, macarons, madeleines and tea.
I felt I needed to try a true sampling of what they had to offer. So I picked up four cupcakes (red velvet, s’mores, chocolate vanilla and chocolate salted caramel) and four french macarons (red hot chili chocolate, rose, vanilla and lemon rasberry). They had lots of other delightful looking flavors of both the cupcakes and macarons. My husband and I sat down for some serious taste testing. First up was the chocolate vanilla for me and the red velvet for him. He was immediately in love. He loved the cake but really loved the cream cheese frosting. I believe this may be his favorite red velvet cupcake (though I have not confirmed that). I thought the cake on the chocolate vanilla was amazing! It was so moist and yummy and I loved how they frosted the cupcake with a chocolate glaze (I guess that is what you would call it) and then the vanilla frosting was on top of that. I was not thrilled with the frosting. This is totally a personal thing and I am probably in the minority, but I want a sugary frosting. I’m talking I want to taste the grains of sugar in my frosting…sheet cake from the grocery store frosting is what I’m talking about here! So that being said, the frosting was light and yummy, but not sugary enough for my tastes.
Next we tried the macarons. I tried the rose and my husband the red hot chili chocolate. The macarons themselves were lovely. Sweet and a little crunchy on the outside and pretty, they have cute sparkles on top which I loved. But again, the filling didn’t do it for me, not sweet enough. But on day two we hit the jackpot. We had saved the s’mores and chocolate salted caramel cupcakes and the vanilla and lemon raspberry macarons. The s’mores cupcake was awesome!!! It had the moist yummy chocolate cake but with a sweet, gooey toasted marshmallow frosting. YUM! And while the chocolate salted caramel and vanilla macaron were good, the lemon raspberry macaron was perfect. The fruit filling is where it is at with the macarons!
All in all I’m excited there is a nearby place to get beautiful macarons and a yummy cupcake. Next time I try the madelienes and their tea! And I’m excited to report that they cater! So next time you need sweets for your wedding or event, The Sweet Lobby is a great option!
I will admit, that I’m no fan of dying food. Like at Valentine’s Day when they make the Oreos pink in the middle or everything is red and green at Christmas. I’m just a traditionalist when it comes to my sweets I guess, I have no desire for green food (died or otherwise to be honest). However, for those of you who are not opposed to using a little food coloring, there sure are some cute St. Patrick Day treats out there that I can’t say I wouldn’t eat if they were offered to me!
Lucky Dessert Table
St. Patrick Day’s Marshmellows
Simply Fun Stuff
Chocolate Covered Shamrock Pretzels
Green Velvet Cake Pops (p.s. how cute is this blog, Love From the Over?!)
Love From The Oven
Homemade Shamrock Pretzels
It's the Little Things In Life
Lucky Charms Cupcakes (such a cute idea!)
My Own Ideas
I am crazy for candy and lucky for me, the now trendy candy table or candy bar is an extremely popular feature at weddings these days. I usually recommend to my clients that they use the candy bar as a favor for their guests. If you already have cake and possibly some other dessert, people usually do not need candy as well. Folks usually don’t have the sweet tooth I have. But if you offer it as a favor, near the exit at the end of the evening, people will go crazy for it and love to bring it home for themselves or their children! Here are a few of my favorites!
Non-table candy tables
Sweet and Simple
All one color
Drinks to match
Cake as a centerpiece
live the fancy life
I LOVE Valentine’s Day! Not just because I love love, but because I love pink and everything is pink at Valentine’s Day and because I love sweets and it is all about the sweets! Really there could not be a more fabulous holiday but one in which we celebrate our love with candy! If you are planning to make some sweets for your Valentine then I personally want to try all of these!
Red Hot Fudge
In a Fun Sized World
Milk & Cookie Lollipops
I love this cake and how cute are the ice cream scoops!
Halloween is almost here! While I always have to work when everyone is going out, it has always been one of my favorite holidays. There are not many times when children and adults alike give into the simple joy of dressing up and being silly. It makes me happy. Here are some scary sweets and treats to make for your halloween parties!
Sugared Skull Cookies
Creepy Crows Claws
Ominous Flaky Owls
Wiches Broom Snacks
Frankenstein’s Monser’s Toes
Lemon Slime Punch
All images and recipes from Pillsbury
Many people will be throwing or attending parties this weekend. Here is some inspiration on what to serve or bring with you.
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In celebration of my 100th post I thought I would share a few of my favorite things. I wish I could share them Oprah style and give them all away, but alas, I’ll just have to tell you about them so you can go get them yourself.
In no particular order, the first ever Events to a T Favorite Things 2011…
1. Stripes – on tents, paper, dresses, ribbon, linen, you name it, stripes looks classic and amazing on most anything!
via Inspiration to Wed
Billy Buttons – mostly because yellow is my favorite color, but also because they are so different and fun
Basically I'm on my way to Australia
Rosebud Salve - solves all problems, perfect for guest bags
Books – love to read them, love them as decor or a theme
via Intimate Weddings
Shoes – pretty shoes improve everything
via Danielle Cover Photography
Sweets – it makes you happy and is almost always cute, you can’t go wrong!
via urban flip flops
Vintage – nothing more classic
via omni bride
Bicycles – the perfect get away
via Martha Stewart Weddings
St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like an excuse to be Irish come March 17th. Here are so sweet treats and drinks to help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year.
Shamrock Cupcake via Fancy Flours
Kiss Me I’m Irish - 1 1/2 part(s) Hornitos Plata Tequila, 1 part(s) DeKuyper Pucker Island Blue Schnapps, 1 part(s) Mango Juice, 1 part(s) Pineapple Juice
Kiss Me I'm Irish via Bar None Drinks
Chocolate Guiness Cake via Extreme Desserts
Green Punch – 1 bottle (750 ml) of rum, 2 (12 oz) cans of frozen limeade concentrate, 2 (12 oz) cans of frozen lemonade concentrate, 2 (2 liter) bottles of lemon-lime carbonated soda, 2 quarts lime sherbet
Green Punch via punchbowl
Chocolate Peppermint Triffle via Sephra
Green Fin – 1 ½ ounces Finlandia, 1 ounce Green apple liqueur, Green apple peel
Green Fin via Love Life Beauty
Shamrock Sammie via Share Holidays
Kiwi Crush – 2 oz. Blue Ice Organic Wheat Vodka, 1/2 organic kiwi, peeled, 1/2 organic lime, cut into quarters, 1 teaspoon organic sugar
Kiwi Crush via Bliss Tree
What are you St. Patrick Day plans?