Paper Doily Makes: Easter Gift Wrapping

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I am so excited to share my Easter gift wrapping with you in preparation for the Easter holiday. It’s such a wonderful time of year for me. I love the lighter evenings, the beautiful flowers and crisp sunny mornings. I also very much enjoy decorating my Easter tree and being able to give friends and family sweet little packages, made with love.

There are so many delicious Easter chocolates out there at the moment, but the packaging is often a little standardised. I like to be unique and prefer my gifts to stand out from the rest. I purchased some little plain cardboard boxes and filled them with sweet treats, ready to be opened with excitement! I then purchased some tissue paper for the outer packaging. The little patterned fabric strips I used, had been hanging around in my craft room for some time and they seemed perfect for these little presents.

I have several large sweet jars left over from our wedding in April last year, which are used for buttons, ribbon, twine and all sorts of wonderfully useful crafty bits! I had a good look through the jar and managed to find the twine, ribbon and buttons which give the presents that extra special finish.

These little presents take no time at all to prepare and make. They would be perfect for party favours, birthday gifts or special treats for any other occasion in need of some mini tokens of love. They do not have to be filled with sweet treats either. You can fill them with toys, crayons, jewellery, tea lights, soap, party games or anything else you can think of.

You’ll notice my rather large bowl of mini eggs. Mini eggs are one of my weaknesses this time of year. They are just far too tasty. As a treat, I like to use them to fill up pretty bowls. The colours are just delightful and they taste wonderful!

Happy Easter crafting, I do hope I have inspired you!

Paper Doily Makes: Valentines Day Strawberry Milkshake

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It’s that time of year when many of you are thinking about the little tokens of love and appreciation you can share with your loved ones this Valentines Day. I have never thrown any huge Valentines Day celebrations but I do use any excuse to be creative and if my husband benefits from my efforts, then I’m sure he would agree that thats even better!

This Valentines Day Strawberry Milkshake is a wonderful idea if you are looking for something impressive, inexpensive, delicious and easy. It can be styled beautifully in a variety of ways. I have styled it with crocheted hearts and wooden pegs, but the possibilities really are endless. I crafted a heart paper straw in a few seconds to add that extra special touch. Red glitter paper is readily available in many craft stores, along with heart paper cutters. Paper straws are everywhere at the moment and the paper hearts can easily be attached with a small piece of clear sellotape or a small amount of UHU glue. if you aren’t feeling particularly crafty then similar straws are available here at Paper Doily Party Shop.

If I have inspired you to have a try then please do use the recipe below. I would love to hear from you if you decide to make it for yourself as a treat or for a loved one. Here goes..

Valentines Day Strawberry Milkshake Recipe

Makes 2 medium sized milkshakes. Can easily be halved/doubled.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

4 Scoops of Vanilla Ice cream

200g Strawberries roughly sliced

50-100 ml Milk

Whipped Cream

Sprinkles

Method

1. Place the ice cream and strawberries in a blender with half of the milk and pulse until the mixture is smooth. Keep adding milk until you have reached your desired thickness.

2. Pour the milkshake into a medium/tall glass. Leave an adequate gap at the top of the glass for the cream.

3. Squirt some whipped cream on the top, followed by your favourite sprinkles. You could also add fresh strawberries or a chocolate flake. The possibilities are endless!

Enjoy!

Paper Doily Bakes: Chocolate Doughnut Muffins

I decided to make chocolate doughnut muffins this weekend and I cannot stop thinking about how perfect they would be for an American themed party. After browsing the web for American themed parties I am blown away by the creativity and imagination by party organisers across the globe. It would appear many other people have had similar ideas and have thrown the most incredible parties and weddings under this theme, some of which are handpicked below.

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The blues, bright reds and hints of white are the perfect colours for the American theme and are all used in the most effective way possible. The bunting, bakers twine and retro labels, all featured on the Hostess with the Mostess blog add so much to the overall party theme and just look simply perfect. If you are regular reader, you would have already seen my movie party popcorn pops recipe shown above, but I thought they were very appropriate to this post too!

With much excitement, let me share the delectable doughnut muffin recipe with you, pictured above. I think these doughnut muffins would be the perfect addition to any American themed party dessert table.

Chocolate Doughnut Muffin Recipe

Makes 12

Ingredients:

125ml Milk (I used skimmed)

85ml Vegetable Oil

1 Large Egg

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

200g Self Raising Flour

100g Caster Sugar

12 small squares of Dark Belgian Cooking Chocolate

100g Unsalted Butter

150g Granulated Sugar

Method

Preheat the oven to 190c (375F, gas mark 5), and oil a muffin tin. You will need a reasonable amount of oil as this will prevent the muffins from sticking to the tin.

Beat together the oil, milk, vanilla extract and egg. Fold this into the flour and caster sugar mixture. This must be done gently to achieve soft muffins and any lumps can be ignored.

Melt the chocolate in a microwavable bowl or in a pan over the hob.

Place a spoonful of the doughnut mixture into each cup, followed by a spoonful of melted chocolate and then another spoonful of the doughnut mixture.

Place in the oven for 20 minutes.

Melt the butter and place the granulated sugar on a large plate.

Turn the muffins out of the tin and dip each entire muffin into the butter followed by a good roll in the granulated sugar.

Leave to cool and enjoy!

The muffins will be fairly greasy from the butter, so you can place them in muffin or large cupcake cases. Not only does it make them prettier, it may save a lot of sticky fingers.

I would love to hear from you if I have inspired you to make them or you are thinking of hosting an American inspired party or wedding!

Paper Doily Makes: Caramel Popcorn Pops

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My husband and I decided to throw our own mini new years eve party this year. It consisted of homemade tapas, fruity cocktails and some extremely sweet but truly delicious caramel popcorn pops. Yes you heard it right, caramel popcorn pops! I wanted to make something quick, easy and tasty which was a little out of the norm. As I was photographing them I realised how perfect they would be for a movie party, similar to the fabulous one pictured above. The paper straws I used added such a lovely touch and they were also perfectly adequate for the weight of the popcorn. They would be fabulous served with american style milkshakes and chocolate.

I thought it would be lovely to share the process with you below. If you love the idea and would like to have a try then I do hope you have lots of fun. I would love to see the results if you feel like sharing! Children would absolutely love preparing the ingredients and helping to make this recipe. Please do bear in mind though that the mixture does become very hot and sticky, so parts of it are best left for adults only. Here goes..

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp (42.5g/1/5oz) butter

2 Tbsp (27g/0/97 fl. oz) Vegetable Oil

Salt to taste

50g Light Brown Sugar

100g Popcorn Kernels

30g Small White Marshmallows

For Assembling:

6 Paper Straws or Cake Pop Sticks

Caramel Sauce:

Take a large pan and place it on the hob on a medium heat. Melt the butter. Add the marshmallows and light brown sugar. Continuously stir the mixture until it becomes bubbly and smooth. Remove it from the heat.

Popcorn:

Take another pan and heat the vegetable oil on a medium heat. Add the popcorn kernels and place the lid on the pan. Repeatedly shake the pan until all of the popcorn kernels have popped. Remove the pan from the heat and sprinkle with salt. Carefully spoon the popcorn into a large mixing bowl leaving any un popped popcorn kernels. Take the caramel sauce and pour it over the popcorn. Take a spoon and mix it to combine. A metal spoon is best as the mixture will be very sticky. It’s best to work as quickly as possible during this stage before the caramel sets! Allow the mixture to cool for 3 minutes. You can then form the caramel popcorn into balls and insert the straws/cake pop sticks. I made 6 medium sized pops, but you can alter the recipe/size to suit.

You can then sit back and enjoy them!

Styling Inspiration: Whimsical First Birthday Party

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We absolutely love everything about this party styling courtesy of Hostess with the Mostess which has all been lovingly made by Jennifer, the hostess. The theme drew inspiration from windmills, birdcages and elephants. The colours are absolutely beautiful. The pinwheel cupcake toppers are a fabulous idea and so easy to make (with a little practice). The illustrations on display compliment the food, drinks and decorations so perfectly. Whimsical is definitely the best word to describe this party. We are hugely inspired as always and have an urge to make pinwheel cupcake toppers. Keep your eyes peeled as we are currently working on lots of beautiful party decorations (including toppers) which we cannot wait to share with you. Are you currently planning a party and feeling overwhelmed or in need of some crafting inspiration? If so, do get in touch and let us know if there are any craft tutorials which you would like to see.

Pretty Pastel Party: Styling Inspiration

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These colours remind me of warm sunny days and pretty picnics. Overall, the theme is fairly simplistic but everything has been styled so beautifully which gives it such special charm. The sweetie bags are an excellent idea for children’s party favours and the stickers not only compliment the theme, they add an element of suprise to the table. Who knows what is inside the bags? I imagine the children LOVED them whatever it was. The artwork on the wall is also such a fabulous idea for keeping children entertained and sparking their creativity. The paper cups, paper decorations and balloons definitely brighten up the room. I would love to walk into a room with those in sight. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration Griottes you certainly know how to throw a party.

Ice Cream Party: Styling Inspiration

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I am continuously amazed by the ideas, talent and creativity that people all over the world have for party styling. It is completely fantastic that so many of these party photographs are available online . It allows people like us to become overly excited, inspired and extremely giddy. This ice cream themed party was styled and hosted by Just Call Me Martha for her daughter back in 2011. You can really see the level of enjoyment and fine attention to detail which has gone into every single aspect. Leoni’s inspiration came from being asked to make an ice cream cake and the rest is history. I love the milkshakes, favours, sundae dishes and the overall pastel colour scheme. I imagine those little girls had the most amazing time and that’s what it’s all about. (But it’s great if the adults can have their fun with the organising too… which has clearly happened here!)

 

Time for a sewing party?

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I’ve recently discovered sewing parties and wow, as usual there are so many marvellous ideas online. I for one am not the best sewer around but I very much enjoy simple sewing projects which can be done on a rainy afternoon with a cup of tea and slice of cake to hand. (Lemon cake preferably!) This kind of ‘easy sewing’ is perfect for a party theme as there is no doubt that most of the guests will have different levels of skill and concentration. Having all of the sewing tools and fabric laid out on the table is a great way to get everybody involved and allow the guests to have fun. Doing this will hopefully feed lots of ideas and inspiration and is bound to be fun. I absolutely love the dessert table styling above. The sewing theme has clearly played a major part in the decor and sweet treats. I think this brings everything together so brilliantly. I would love to attend a sewing party in that room… I can but dream for now!

Images courtesy of:

Kara’s Party Ideas, Make It Love It, Smashed Peas and Carrots

Wedding Chicks, Catch My Party, Sweetc’sDesigns