Jan 30, 2014

A "Sweet 6" Yogurt Party

Who says you can't have an ice cream or yogurt party if you have a winter birthday?  It still taste good and kids love it regardless of the weather outside. You have heard of a Sweet 16 party, right? Well, I had so much fun designing a "Sweet 6" party for a beautifully sweet girl for her 6 birthday party. The party was held at a yogurt bar and I created a sweet dessert table to match the theme.

I knew I wanted the colors to be vibrant so I chose a rich pink and turquoise to match the lively personality of the honoree. Printables were used from That Party Chick that match the theme perfectly.  I created additional decor items, such as the banners and centerpieces, to make the table pop. A hand painted themed canvas was designed as well with the honorees name as a keepsake to hang in her room.  Unfortuately, all parties must come to an end.  So, it is nice to hold onto items that remind you of all the fun.

As the guests arrived, they enjoyed arts and crafts before moving to the yogurt bar to create their flavor combinations of choice.  With an endless number of topping choices, the kids were adventurous in their selections.  As an additional tribute to the birthday girl, she had her very own berry sorbet flavor. It was so sweet to have a sign featuring her name.

I am truly honored by the trust given by others to be a part of their special day.  Contact A Sweet Touch by Rachelle Grace to create a unique and personalized dessert table for your next party.

Jan 27, 2014

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Looking for a meal that will please even those picky eaters in your household?  How about BBQ chicken pizza in less than 30 minutes. I love this pizza because it has complex flavors to please adults and yummy enough for kids to enjoy too.  It is pizza after all.  My life is such that meals labeled "weeknight meals" are also needed on the weekends too.  With all the kids extracurricular activities and endless invitations to birthday parties, I often need quick meals most days of the week.

Taking a few short cuts make this pizza almost just as fast as preparing a frozen pizza. Control the ingredients by adding as much cheese and toppings to your taste and preference. This recipe doubles easily. You can pick up fresh dough and make one large pizza.  The flatbreads are delicious and quicker since they are already baked and seasoned.  Add a side salad and fruit for the kids for a complete meal.

Serves 2 - 3

2 Tandoor Baked NAAN Garlic Flatbreads (such as Stonefire)
Jack Daniel's Pulled Chicken (or your choice of heat and serve bbq chicken)
2 oz of shredded smoked gouda cheese
2 oz of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 small red onion
Cilantro for garnish
Drizzle of olive oil
Optional toppings (bacon and jalapeƱos)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Remove the 2 flatbreads from the package and drizzle olive oil on both sides of the flatbread. Sprinkle 2 oz of the mozzarella cheese on top and layer with the 4 ounces of pulled chicken and smoked gouda cheese.  Thinly slice the red onion (enough to garnish) and add to the top.  Bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with cilantro.  Slice and enjoy while warm.

Recipe Tip: Refrigerate the remaining chicken and make pulled chicken sandwiches for lunch the next day.  Or try pulled chicken tacos with a corn salsa and cilantro.

Jan 13, 2014

New Year's Bash

As I think about how busy the holiday season was, it is nice to pause and have time to reflect on what I would like to accomplish this year both professionally and personally. I can now exhale and express my gratitude for the opportunities to spend more time last year on photography and party styling. I am excited to welcome 2014 and look forward to a year of walking out the path God has prepared for me.

To get pumped up for the season, you could often here me singing,...cel-e-bration time...come on!  I enjoyed all the celebrations including the cookie swaps, a scarf exchange, birthday parties, a holiday brunch, and dinners with family and friends. It provides me with such joy to be in a creative space and spend time with those that matter most. There were so many excuses to bake and sample my way through the holiday season. The other side of the whirlwind though is that it goes by quickly.  It would be great to savor the special moments longer. This is one of the reasons I enjoy photography so much. It can truly take you back to the emotions you felt at that time.

I take a deep breath each time I think about the fact that I was either hosting or styling a party or making desserts for dessert tables from October up until New Year's Eve. As such, there are a couple of parties that have not been added to the site yet. Today, I am sharing the New Year's Eve bash created for a client.  The dessert buffet included champagne blueberry parfaits, chocolate mousse shots, red velvet cupcakes, white chocolate, toffee, and dark chocolate carmel truffles.  In lieu of confetti, which the client appreciated since it was in her home, Midnight Kisses were a part of the New Year countdown and were given as favors to the guests.