Monday, September 29, 2014

How To Host A Crafternoon + Flower Arranging Party

A crafternoon is a great excuse to get together with a bunch of your crafty friends for an afternoon of making, eating and chatting (perhaps over some wine or cocktails). It can be anything that gets your creative juices flowing...from stamp carving (which my lovely friend, Melissa Cruzada hosted) to hosting a flower arranging party. Feeling crafty and wanna join the floral fun? Read on for tips on how host your own Crafternoon + Flower Arranging Party!

Send out your invitations. Go paperless! Try Paperless Post for beautiful online invitations.

Next, get your blooms! Hire a local florist to come & teach your friends about flower arranging. We were lucky to have Frances Park, Floral Designer extraordinaire & founder of Blush & Honey, to educate and inspire us!

Put together a simple, delicious menu of little bites like: 
-Turkey Sliders
-Grilled Cheese Sandwiches 
-Tomato Soup Shooters
-A variety of chips & dip
Don't forget something sweet like:
-Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats
-Freshly Baked Donut Holes
Provide a refreshing sparkling beverage, such as Cucumber Punch 
along with plenty of iced water and coffee.

Set out supplies! Include shears, floral tape & wire, along with a coaster & treat for your guests.

Have fun arranging your blooms- trying out a varitey of arrangements!!

A fall-inspired centerpiece! (Can you believe I made this? I swear I did!)

Lovely corsage!

Pretty floral hair piece!

All lined up! Everyone's finished gorgeous flower arrangements.

Photography: me
Blooms: Blush & Honey
Styling: Blush & Honey
Venue: Bridgewater Clubhouse

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Homemade Pop Tarts

Let's face it, pop tarts are a delicious guilty pleasure. This homemade version is simple to make. You can use any filling you want and make them any shape you'd like. 

Stuff You'll Need:
a perfect pie crust 
egg wash (1 egg + 1 tsp. water)
any filling you want! I used Nutella & Strawberry jam

Let's Play!

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Using a rectangle cookie cutter or ruler, cut out rectangles from your pie dough.
3. Place 1/2 of the rectangles on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
4. Place a Tbsp. of filling on 1/2 of the rectangles.
5. Top w/ matching rectangle and crimp edges together w/ a fork.
6. Brush tops with egg wash and bake for 10-12 minutes, until tops are golden brown.
7. Cool completely on a baking rack.

Vanilla Glaze
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. milk

Combine all the above until smooth. Pour glaze onto the cooled pop tarts and top w/ colorful sprinkles.