Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

We have really enjoyed seeing some of the Cinco de Mayo celebration ideas circulating around Pinterest this weekend, so we have decided to share some of our favorites with you! Hopefully if you are planning a Cinco de Mayo party next weekend, some of these will help inspire you as well. As always, you can visit us on Pinterest to see what we are crazy about any old time right here.

 Mini Pinatas from Oh Happy Day

Jordan Ferney from Oh Happy Day inspires us on a regular basis with her special brand of creativity in all things crepe paper and tissue paper. This time is no different with a little DIY tutorial on how to create Mini Pinatas for your party as well as a nifty Geometric Tissue Banner!

Cinco de Mayo Sugar Cookies from Oh Sugar Events Holy Moly these sugar cookies from Oh Sugar Events are out of this world awesome. We especially love the detailing of the fringed pinatas! Not sure if we would have such patience to execute these masterful sweets.

7 Layer Dip Cups from The Girl Who Ate EverythingThese adorable and perfectly executed appetizer dip cups from The Girl Who Ate Everything make us want to throw a themed party just so we can serve them. We love how the clear solo cups allow you to see each individual layer. Such a fun way to serve 7 Layer Dip, not to mention easy for your party guests to carry around and mingle with as well!

Fondant Cupcake Toppers from EtsyThese adorable fondant cupcake toppers from The Sugar Shack on Etsy made us smile immediately. How perfect would they be on top of a Churro Cupcake? 

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How Pinteresting: Coffee Filter Fun

 


Coffee Filter Number DecorationLately I’ve been drawn to the coffee filter decorating trend. I have really wanted to come up with something cool for a party utilizing them but I just can’t decide how to yet. Pinterest certainly has an abundance of ideas, these are a few of my favorites so far. 

Up above is a huge number for a birthday celebration from the Lowes Home Improvement website. I had no idea Lowes was so crafty these days, but I really love this idea!

Coffee Filter WreathA Bowl Full of Lemons shows us how to make this really cool wreath that is perfect for fall and winter. This could even be a great gift for Christmas if you like to make what you give out. I wouldn’t mind having one of these on my door this year.

Coffee Filter GarlandI think I might actually go in this direction. I love the simplicity of this garland I spotted from 100 Layer Cake. They had it featured in a wedding they covered last fall, and there is just something about it that I love. It’s kind of frilly but not too fussy, feminine without the pink and girliness.

Have you ever made anything out of coffee filters? What did you make and how did it turn out?

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Sweet Recipes: Citrus Cake, A Love Story

Last year I fell in love with a cake. June 14th, 2011.

There you are browsing Pinterest for the 3rd hour in a row when suddenly it smacks you in the face. Cake LOVE. A beautifully photographed and presented cake, for your viewing pleasure. The kind that makes you want to reach on in and grab a slice, if such thing were at all possible. Have you even had this happen to you? Well of course I pinned that sucker right then and there and have since been drooling over it.

Of course I never got around to making it. That is until we settled on a summer Citrus Brunch Celebration and started planning our menu. Then out came my “Cakes” board and the Citrus Cake was re-pinned to our “Citrus Brunch Ideas” board. It was finalized. This cake was going to happen. In my kitchen.

My cake love came at the hand of one Apollinas and her fashion inspired blog. About her cake inspiration she writes: “Those spring Stella McCartney prints we have all been seeing look delicious enough to eat.  So, now you can - in the form of cake…!”

Enough talk of my cake love though, here is the recipe we adapted from Apollinas.

Citrus Cake with Orange & Lemon

Ingredients

  • 2 sticksunsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • grated zest of 2 oranges
  • grated zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup milk
  • Non-stick baking spray
  • Parchment Paper, cut to fit the bottoms of your baking pans.
  • Assorted citrus fruits, sliced and drained to decorate with.
  • Fresh mint leaves, for decoration.

Directions

  1. Heat your oven to 350°F and prepare two 8″, 9″ or 10″ cake pans. I prefer to use Pam for baking, and spray the pans generously, then line the bottoms with parchment paper and spray again. I find it is easier than buttering and flouring. 
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl, then set it aside.
  3. With an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high until fluffy, 2 - 3 minutes.  
  4. Add the grated zest of the oranges and lemons.  
  5. Add the vanilla.
  6. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides if needed.
  7. Reduce speed to low, then add the dry mixture and the milk, alternating a little of each, and ending with the dry. Mix this until just until combined, and take care not to overmix.
  8. Divide the batter equally between the prepared cake pans, leveling the top of each with a large spoon or rubber spatula.  
  9. Bake until a toothpick from the center of the cake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes for 8-inch pans, 22 to 25 minutes for 9-inch pans and 20 to 22 minutes for a 10 inch pan.  
  10. Cool the cakes in the pans for 15 minutes, then turn out onto racks to cool completely.

Citrus Curd Filling

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp grated lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, sliced

Directions

  1. In a stainless or glass bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, zests and juices. 
  2. Add the butter, then set the bowl on top of a saucepan of simmering water.
  3. Cook the curd, whisking constantly, until the mixture has thickened, about 15 minutes. 
  4. Pour into a medium bowl.  
  5. Cover and refrigerate until completely cool, about 2 hours.

Fresh Orange Lemon Buttercream

Ingredients

  • 4 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Beat the butter in your electric mixture until light and fluffy. 
  2. Reduce the speed to low and add the orange juice and zest.
  3. Add the sugar a cup at a time, waiting until one is fully in corporated before adding another.
  4. Resume a medium-high speed and beat the buttercream until it is smooth and fluffy.
  5. Store at room tempurature until you are ready to ice the cake. (Up to 2 days in an air-tight container.)

Assorted Citrus Fruits & Mint Leaves

Chose which citrus fruits you want to feature on top of the cake.

Slice them thinly and pat dry with a paper towel before laying them on top of your cake.

Pluck your mint off the sprigs and scatter about the cake between your citrus slices to add a bit of greenery. We also added in a bit of sage as well for color around the base of our cake.

Please try this recipe and come back and let us know your thoughts!

Or share with us a cake you fell in LOVE with!

Sweet Inspiration: 4th of July Party Ideas & DIYs

Patriotic Ice-Cream Sandwiches from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles

Can you believe the the 4th of July is just right around the corner? Where on earth did the month of June go? Wow! When my parents told me time would fly as I got older, I really didn’t want to believe it. But they were right. Summers come and go in the blink of an eye these days, which is why we should always make the most out of it! That my friends includes celebrating the 4th of July in style this year with some really cute and fun ideas for a party or gathering. We have put together a few of our favorite Independance Day crafts and recipes that are circulating Pinterst right now to help inspire!

How fun are those patriotic ice-cream sandwiches? Creamy cheesecake ice cream is sandwiched between crisp red velvet shortbread cookies, all in the shape of a star. Just the ticket for staying cool and celebrating the fourth of July! Visit A Farmgirl’s Dabbles for the recipe!

Bandanna Napkin and Silverware Mason Jars from A Soft Place to LandYet another awesome and oh so festive idea for the Mason jar here. Bandannas are pulling napkin duty in bright blue and red along with silverware and a jar. This is a great idea for a large party, guests can even use the jar for their beverage as well! Visit A Soft Place to Land for more ideas!

 Rocket Favor Pack from Martha StewartAnd what would the 4th of July be without a Martha Stewart idea as well? These Rocket Favor packs are too cute and a really easy DIY that young guests are sure to love! Pick your favorite patterned cardstock and candies and craft up a dozen or two for the kiddies.

 

Bandanna Garland and Place mat from ParentsIn keeping with the bandanna theme above you could also use them to create a fun banner decoration or even a flag place mat! These cute DIYs from Parents are easy and super patriotic too.

Our Independence Day Pinterest BoardJoin us on Pinterest here, we would love to see what inspires you!

Inspiration Pinterest 1.10.12

Hello everyone! It is good to be on the other side of the New Year now, and heading right smack dab into romance season! February is fast approaching and you all know what that mean right? Flowers, candy, stuffed animals, lining every available shelf in every available store. A never ending sea of stuff to buy for your loved one. I don’t know about you, but our stores quite literally started putting out Valentine’s Day the week following Christmas. Seems a bit early to me.

While we here at Hello My Sweet would love to wait until Valentine’s Day actually rolls around to show you our holiday decor, we also know that everyone likes to plan ahead. So with that in mind we have been busy bees. Our good friend Pinterest has been kind enough to squirrel away all of our inspirations until we were ready, so we thought we would give you a little sneak peek of what is to come later this week!

It has been a while since we posted a Pinterest inspiration board. The truth is it got away from me a bit. But I plan to pin harder and post harder this year and try to bring at least one board to you every week or two to show you what we have planned or just some really cool stuff we spotted on the good ole interwebs.

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Our DIY To-Do List

Oh me oh my we are so busy planning, planning, planning for fall! We have five different dessert tables coming your way in the next two months and we are super duper excited about them. Jason has taken on two of them himself, both of which are movie related themes, can't wait to see them all finished! We are also working on our Autumn theme and two Halloween tables as well, which just so happens to be my favorite time of year.

Aside from all that though, we wanted to share with you a little list that has been growing and growing on our favorite website, Pinterest. As most of you know, the DIY movement has been one of the best things to blossom and take off out of this financial recession. People are always looking for ways to save, and what better way than to make something yourself? We are no stranger to DIY and we often find ourselves searching for alternative ways to accomplish our goals, ways that do not involve huge amounts of cash, but huge amounts of creativity and effort instead. Often times the reward to doing things yourself is two-fold, you save money of course, but you also feel great about having accomplished something yourself. At least we do! So without further ado, here are a few things we are looking forward to DIY'ing in the near future and few things we have already DIY'ed!

Glitter Monogram Cake Toppers

Glitter Glitter everywhere! The glitter trend is in full effect and these cake toppers really stand out. They are sophisticated, elegant and fantabulous! Glitter has a reputation to be a love/hate relationship with most people. Me? I love it! Jason? He hates it! That isn't going to stop me from making this charming little Monogram though, perhaps not for a cake but framed instead...

Make Your Own Three Ring Binder

This is one we have already made, for our daughter for school this year. The tutorial shows a woodgrain contact paper and some buttons and floral and gingham paper accents. We chose to go glam with ours and used silver contact paper, purple glitter ribbon, zebra striped paper accents and some really cool glass beads. Jules loved it and was so proud to have something truly unique and special to use for her first year of middle school! (unfortunantly she has left it in her locker since the first day and I have not been able to photograph it for the blog, sorry!) This project can be made even easier if you purchase a very plain jane binder to start off with if you are having trouble finding the binder inserts.


Giant Number Pinata

Man this pinata puts all others to shame IMO. To top it off it is a completely homemade design. Serioulsy, how pretty is this? So pretty I might not want to smash it! We plan to use this tutorial to help us build a pinata for on of the movie themed dessert tables we mentioned earlier. It might be a bit of an undertaking but we are up to the challenge and think the payoff and reward will be worth it :) 

Ruffled Crepe Paper Garland

This is another DIY we have tried and succeeded at this year. This tutorial appealed to our easy and beautiful side. The one that says, "This is really simple to do and it looks very professional and classy, let's do it!" We used ours for our Southern Heirloom Dessert Table at the beginning of the summer and it really lent the extra charm we were looking for. The first picture is the original inspiration from MADE. The second is our own DIY version. The possibilities with this kind of decoration are vast, make it bright, make it muted, make it charming, it's all in the color choice! Check out our how-to here!

 

Tissue Tassel Garland

This garland is just about the most fun thing we've seen hanging around! Constructed of rope and tissue paper it is truly a masterpiece. We have not tried this one out yet but it is next up on our list and we will be blogging our adventure. I can't wait to use it on one of our halloween parties this fall!

 

Well there you have it. Five DIY projects to keep you busy for a while.


If you are interested in any of our other Pin worthy project on our DIY Board on Pinterest go ahead and click the link and follow us! 

We would love for you to join us in the DIY movement and share any great projects you have made or plan to make with us as well!

 

Inspiration Pinterest 8.1.11

Whew! We apologize to our readers for the delay in posting these past few weeks but we have been....drum roll please...MOVING! Ugh. I know I hear a collective sigh, it was rough indeed, who likes to move, raise your hand? We decided to do it all ourselves, the packing, the loading, the hauling, the unloading, the unpacking all in the 100 degree heat that was unrelenting for two weeks.

We both have substantially more sun on our skin now though, we don't usually strive for suntans :) I prefer to think of it as channeling my inner Nicole Kidman. (Nicole reportedly stays out of the sun entirely to protect her ivory epidermis, ensuring that sun damage is never going to be a problem!) And speaking of sun and heat and 100 degree weather, we are OVER IT! So in the spirit of anticipation (for fall of course) we would like to present to you our Pinterest Halloween Inspirations. Gasp! Say wha? It's only just August! Yeah we know but just can't help but think of all the wonderful and creative projects and sweets we could create this fall. And with the blessing of cooler temperate weather too! So without further ado...

Scary Candy Apples from Matt BitesWe are practically drooling over the spooky factor of these super shiny red and black candied apples. Amazing! We are thinking perfection for a spooky, sophisticated Pottery Barn-esque Halloween Dessert Table. 

Stocking covered pumpkin from Better Homes and GardensAnd what better to accompany our sexy sophisticated and shiny spooky apples than a sexy sophisticated stocking covered pumpkin? Say that three times fast we dare ya! Seriously though, how simple and awesome is that chic pumpkin?

Spider webbed balloons from Crafty CraftyOk this one just blew us out of the water, spider webs inside a balloon! Complete with little spiders too! Creativity knows no limits friends and we cannot wait to try this DIY out! How cool would these be if they were back lit with black lights perhaps?

 

So there you have it, our "We can't wait for fall to get here so we can cool the heck off and decorate for Halloween" inspired Pinterest picks. Click here to follow all of our Halloween Inspirations on Pinterest, there are surely more to come!

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Inspirations Pinterest 6.27.11

This past week’s {Sweet Inspirations} on Pinterest blog post was my responsibility (Jason), and to those of you that know me I think you have an idea why it’s late.  Like many of us (procrastinators) claim, life just seemed to get in the way…but when I finally sat down to write this post I looked at my inspirational material and I just wasn’t inspired by it anymore.  So I think life just kind of works itself out like that.  At least that’s what I’m going to tell myself so I can sleep well tonight.  

When I came across this picture it made me think… “Have I really, before looking at this scene, ever seen colors this vibrant?”  And I could safely say, "No…I have not.”  I would love to do a dessert table utilizing these vibrant hues, hues that even on a two dimensional picture still manage to “jump” out at you.

Holi the Festival of Colors in India from Amber Interiors Design BlogNext we have a recipe using ingredients that we are intimately familiar with, but in just that certain combination that I have NEVER seen before.  And the caption says “Just like Rice Krispies treats, except made out of Oreos.” But what boggles this mind is that the consistency of Oreo cookies are nothing like the consistency of Rice Krispie cereal.  Cannot wait to try this one out!  

No bake Oreo Bars from Sweet Peas KitchenLast but not least is a fun idea that someone, somewhere fleshed out.  It’s not unlike an idea that Heather and I had about wanting to use paint sample swatches and turn them into something less mundane.  In fact, it’s exactly like our idea…except that our idea never really left the stage entitled “It would be great to turn paint sample swatches into something less mundane”

Paint Swatch Heart Garland by Grace and Light StudioSo there you have it, our Pin-teresting picks for this week. As always, we hope you will join us on our Pinterest boards and follow along with everything the wonderful world of web has to offer!

Inspiration Pinterest 5.26.11

This week's Sweet Inspirations post comes from our Pinterest Board for Creative Sweets. We are keeping track of wonderfully creative dessert decorating ideas out there that inspire us to be more creative ourselves. Feast your eyes on these beauties:

Pink Rainbow Cake from Call Me CupcakeLemon Meringue Kabobs from Martha Stewart Weddings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seriously, how awesome is that pink rainbow cake? I would be so delighted to cut into such a magnificently simple cake to find such a beautiful surprise! Breathtaking!

And those lemon meringue kabobs? How cute are they? Irresistable and so creative.

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For those of you who haven't joined the wonders of Pinterest, we encourage you to go forth and discover! And if you find yourself in need of an invitation, just give us a shout, we'd be happy to invite you! Here's what Pinterest has to say about themselves:

What is Pinterest?

Think of Pinterest as a virtual pinboard — a place where you can create collections of things you love and "follow" collections created by people with great taste.

People use Pinterest to collect and share all sorts of things -- wedding inspiration, favorite T-shirts, DJ equipment. You name it, people are pinning it.

We know you have great taste in something. Our mission is to make Pinterest the best place for you to share your taste with the world.

Our Pinterest Boards

Who wouldn't love to do that right? We are always looking for ways to share what we love with others, and Pinterest is the perfect way to do it.

See you there!

Have some more creative sweets to share with us?  Perhaps we missed one, gasp!

Add a link to what you think is awesome in the comments below :)