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Mexican Party with Dessert Table and Games

A Mexican Fiesta party is so colourful and fun, it allows you to explode with a bright vibrant colour palate. For this party we have a Mexican dessert table, Mexican Decorating ideas, Mexican Fiesta birthday Cake, Mexican favours, Mexican games and a set of free printables so you can create this party at home.

We hope you enjoy.

Julie

Mexican Party ideas Dessert Table

We made three types of decorated sugar cookies for this party including guitars, maracas and Chili peppers, the cookie cutters were all found in on-line cake decorating stores.

Mexican Party Cookies

Mexican Party Cookies

The stars of the dessert table were a pair of Mexican Bull Pinatas. They graced either side of a Mexican Fiesta Birthday cake.

Mexican Party Dessert table

I always try and include fruit in my dessert tables and find fruit skewers allow you to be creative while serving a healthy treat, that said it is a dessert table so we included a set of harlequin margarita glasses from pottery barn filled with assorted bright coloured candy.

Mexican Party Fruit Skewers

Mexican party Decorating Ideas

We found a cute Chili table cloth for the dessert table and decorated beverage bottles with Mexican hats and printed labels available as a free download.

Mexican Party Dessert table

Mexican Party Free Printables

Tall displays of balloons are a must at parties, I’ve included bright Mexican bull and Fiesta balloons

Mexican Party Decorating Ideas

Mexican Party Balloons

The ceiling was covered with helium balloons and fiesta bunting, we used colourful pink and blue glasses, maracas and Mexican party decorations.

Mexican Party Decorating ideas

Mexican Party Decorating ideas

Mexican Party Birthday Cake

The birthday cake depicted a Mexican fiesta with hanging flags, a pinata, cactus and balloons, while I have broken some rules by including non-edible components the cake was easy to assemble and enjoyed by the children.

Mexican Party Birthday Cake

Mexican Party Favours

This party included two party favours. We included a living succulent favour in a really decorative pot with a thank you card and a small jar of layered candy treats with a Mexican hat topper.

Mexican Party Favours - Succulents and Candy

We painted “Fiesta” in bright colours on the candy jars, the thank you notes are available as a free download.

Mexican Party Favours

Mexican Party Favours

Mexican Party Games

We had a number of games and activities at this party including a photo booth, scavenger hunt, Guess the Jars, Pinata, pass the parcel, Mexican hat Dancing and more. The photo booth was a real hit and it was so easy to create. We used a lot of crepe streamers and attached them to the wall to create a bright stripped backdrop, we then attached a colourful boarder.

Mexican Party Photo Booth

A Pinata, filled with treats provided a real challenge.

Mexican Party Chloes Pinata

We created scavenger hunt for this party that is available as a free download. Each child had to find 8 unique Mexican themed cards as part of the hunt, these cards we carefully placed both inside and outside and provided lots of fun for the children. A prize was offered for the first one to find the cards.

Mexican Party Scavenger Hunt

We also played some traditional party games including, guess the number of items in the jar and Pass the Parcel

Mexican Party Games

Mexican Party Games

This was a great party and a really good choice of theme that allows you to be creative using simple bursts of colour from streamers and balloons.

Chloe’s Mexican Party

Mexican Party Free Printables

This party includes free printables so you can create this look at home, Our downloads come in 2 files (Part 1) and (Part 2). The set includes:

  • Bottle labels in 4 designs

  • 2 inch circles in various design

  • Game signs, including blanks

  • Dessert table tents, including blanks

  • Mini bunting for the cake

  • Scavenger Hunt Game Cards

Medieval Banquet Dinner Party with Menu, Recipes & Games

This party is both one of my most memorable and one of my most challenging.  The recreation of a medieval banquet while appeasing modern taste required a lot of recipe research.  This dinner party was hosted in full theme with rich medieval characters, we decorated in a medieval style with rich fabrics and tapestries, the dinner party included medieval games and a medieval puppet theatre.

 This party includes a 6 course banquet plan for 8 people with recipes and free printables.

Enjoy Julie

GOT Medieval dinner Party table setting

Creating a medieval table

I went with an opulent table of dark reds and gold, reminiscent of a regal banquet.  The table cloth was a baroque upholstery fabric with a rich floral and stipe pattern.  The central candelabra was gold with vine leaves to which I added red berries and greenery from my Christmas box.

Medieval dinner Party decorating ideas

Banquet tables were often decorated with exotic fruits - or meats disguised as fruits.  For this party I went with real fruit placed in vintage colourful carnival glass pedestal dishes.

Medieval Dinner Party table setting

GOT dinner party table centre piece ideas

Fresh flowers also graced our table, these were placed in vintage copper urns, the centre of the table was full of berry garlands and small gold tea lights.  Dark red velvet tie backs were used on the chairs to add richness.

Medieval Dinner Party

A Medieval menu was created for this party, all recipes are included below.  The party started with a warm mead served in vintage gold and red glasses.

Medieval Dinner Party - Mead Starter

Medieval Dinner Party Menu

The place settings used a gold charger with a vintage red and gold dinner set and gold flatware.  Napkin holders were created with wide floral craft ribbon and gold metal napkin rings.  A red berry and place name topped the plate. Our guest name cards can be downloaded here. (Set 1) and (Set 2)

Medieval Dinner Party Place Settings

Medieval gold goblets with gemstones graced the table with small brass deers.

Medieval Dinner Party Table Settings

The Menu

The most challenging part of this party was the menu.  Just what did the nobility eat in the middle ages?  They ate a lot of meat, including a lot of game. Salads, fruits and nuts when available and a lot of soups.  Hosts liked to be creative in the presentation of meals and great banquets went for many hours with many courses.  This was also a time of plague with many people opting for herbal elixirs to combat the flux.  Our recipes are all included below and you can download our menu

Medieval Dinner Party Menu

Our first course was Salad with herbs, fruit and nuts.  In medieval times salad was called "salat".  We served a version of a Waldolf Salad with edible flowers, this helped make this dish quite striking.  

Medieval Dinner Party Entree - Salad with Herbs and Nuts

Our second course was Pottage with trenches.  Pottage is a soup style dish to which you added anything that was available.  We made a hearty winter soup and added purple cabbage to provide a striking purple broth.  Given the number of courses served this day I went with Grissoni rather that a heavy trench of bread.

Medieval Dinner Party Soup - Pottage

Our third course was scallops on the half shell with sage butter.  We served these using each houses banner.  You will read more on this later.

Medieval Dinner Party entree - Scallops on the half shell

Our fourth course was a herbal plague elixer.  This was a lovely basil and lime sorbet, a perfect fourth course. This was served in a vintage champagne glass with vintage ornate Asian spoons.

Medieval Dinner Party entree - Plague elixer

Our fifth and main course was a crown roast beef served with potatoes and green beans.  You will require a good butcher to create the crown.  The beef was served with a rich gravy, roast potatoes and garlic and a green bean and pomegranate side.

Medieval dinner Party Main Course - Crown Roast Beef

Medieval Dinner Party Sides - Roast Potato

Medieval Dinner Party Sides - Beans with Pomegranate

Our sixth and final course was spiced poached pear with mead.  The mead was served warm in a petite glass

Medieval Dinner Party Dessert - Poached Pear in Red Wine

Medieval party decorating

The trick to this style of party is to plan well ahead so you can slowly collect objects to help transform your home into a medieval castle. It's amazing the effect that plastic stone wall has on a room, while tricky to get in place it really helps to create a medieval castle ambience. 

GOT Medieval Dinner Party Decorating Ideas

An alter was created for meal serving complete with tall wooden candles, tapestries, rich vintage fabric and faux hides. Our Hosts were of viking decent so we included horned helmets.  The medieval people were also deeply religious so a small shrine was included, complete with bible

Medieval Dinner Party Decorating Ideas

Medieval Dinner Party Decorating Ideas

Our deer (bob) fit in really well for this party.

Medieval Dinner Party Decorating Ideas

Medieval Party Games

The party was held in character with the hosts Ragner and Lagetha inviting three formidably medieval couples to a winter solstice banquet.  The night evolved often in character with each couple performing a puppet play and trying to murder the opposition using a "find the card game"  Prior to the party each guest was sent specific party instructions, these included formal character descriptions for the evening, a brief bio on the other guests, some puppets to form a play and a house banner to make.  The party games can be downloaded using the following links:  Game instructions and character overview, Large Banners, Banner cards, Game Cards one, two & three

Medieval Dinner Party Games

The arrival of the house banners represented the arrival of our guests.  Each house was asked to prepare a play for the medieval puppet show, our puppet theatre was made using cardboard boxes, pane velvet and a hand pained backdrop of the country side. House banners were displayed on tall candelabras.

Medieval Dinner Party Banners

Medieval Dinner Party Puppet Show

Medieval card holders were made with vintage style jewellery and velvet. These were used for a game of medieval guess who.  The game included medieval occupations, such as “Master of the Privy” and a “cupbearer” and items found around the standard castle.

Medieval Dinner Party Party Games

Prior to the party, small images of the house banners were hidden through the dining and lounge area, as they were found they were placed on the corresponding house banner, the first couple to receive 12 cards on their banner met an awful death.

Medieval Dinner Party - Party Games

Medieval Dinner Party - Party Games

Medieval Dinner Party Party Games

The invitations were delivered a few weeks in advance, I dressed my children as young vikings for the occasion.  The invitations were secured within ornate flocked paper and sealed with a ribbon and wax seal. The invitations were in a box with party instructions, banners  and puppets.

Medieval Dinner Party - Invitation delivery

Medieval Dinner Party Invitations

The Recipes

For this Medieval Dinner Party we did a lot of research on medieval banquets and the meals consumed by the wealthy in the middle ages, we then applied a modern overlay to transform some potentially unpalatable options to modern times.  The menu also took into account what can be achieved in a normal domestic kitchen and served while entertaining guests, recipes are for 8 guests.

While the recipes were not difficult it did require a good plan to ensure the meals hit the table on time.  I also asked different guests to assist with plating the various courses and this was invaluable help.

How I approached the cooking.

  • Some of these ingredients will not be available at your local supermarket, specifically edible flowers and micro herbs, find suppliers well in advance

  • Start the soup a day in advance

  • Order the crown roast a month in advance and ask your butcher to age the meat

  • Start the plague Elixer a day in advance

  • Prepare the dressing for the Salat a day in advance

  • Ensure the table is all set at least a day in advance

  • Have all the serving ware close at hand and ready to use

 

GOT Dinner Party Entree - Salat with Herbs, Fruit and Nuts

GOT Dinner Party Entree - Salat with Herbs, Fruit and Nuts

Salat with Herbs, Fruit and Nuts.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard

  • 200g creamy Blue Cheese

  • Pinch sugar

  • Salt & Pepper

  • 4 tablespoons lemon Juice

  • 200 ml Olive oil

  • 400ml sunflower oil

  • 4 tablespoons warm water

  • 8 Granny Smith apples

  • 4 Celery Sticks

  • 200g Walnuts

  • Watercress

  • 50 grams creamy blue cheese

  • Edible flowers (Pansies)

Method

  1. For the dressing, cream the egg yolk, mustard, cheese, lemon juice and salt and pepper until smooth

  2. Slowly add the two oils while slowly whisking the mayonnaise to form an emulsion, If the mayonnaise becomes thick half way through add the water and continue adding the oil while whisking. Season if required.

  3. Roast the walnuts in a preheated oven at 180 C for 6 minutes cool completely

  4. Wash and peel the celery, cut into 5 cm long thin sticks, keep them in a zip lock bag in the fridge until needed.

  5. Wash apples and watercress.

  6. When you are ready to serve remove the core with an apple corer, then use a mandoline to slice the apples into 2 - 3 ml thick slices. Keep the apples together to make them look as if they are whole again.

  7. Lightly dress each slice with the dressing and place the apple in its natural shape in the centre of a plate.

To Serve

  1. Arrange the apple in the centre of the plate in its natural shape

  2. Arrange the celery, walnuts and watercress around the apple and crumb the cheese. Spoons the dressing lightly around the plate and add some of the dressing. Place some edible flowers around the plate as a final touch

GOT Dinner Party Soup - Potage

GOT Dinner Party Soup - Potage

Pottage with Trenches

Ingredients

  • 3 lamb shanks

  • 4 litres of water

  • 1 onion

  • 1 stick celery

  • 4 carrots

  • 2 potatoes

  • 1/2 small purple cabbage

  • 1 stick extra celery

  • 1 turnip

  • Salt / pepper

  • Packet Grissini sticks

  • Chives as a garnish

Method

  1. For the stock, place lamb, water, roughly chopped onion, celery salt and pepper in a pan.

  2. Bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer and cook cover for 1 1/2 hours.

  3. Cool the stock and refrigerate overnight.

  4. Next day, strain stock and discard any fat, return the stock to the pan, add the roughly chopped meat from the shanks and ring to a boil

  5. Add chopped carrots, potatoes, turnip, extra celery and cabbage and simmer covered for 1 hour.

  6. Season as required.

To Serve

  1. Place two Grissini sticks and long chives on the side of a vintage bowl..

GOT Dinner Party Entree - Scallops on the half shell

GOT Dinner Party Entree - Scallops on the half shell

Scallops on the half shell with sage butter

Ingredients

  • 24 scallops on the half shell

  • 1 tablespoon olive oli

  • 40 grams buter

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon chopped sage leaves

  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives

  • Lemon wedges to serve

  • Micro herbs to serve

Method

  1. Heat a medium frying pan over high heat. Add oil, butter, sage and garlic and cook for 1 minute

  2. Remove the scallops from the shells, reserving the shells.

  3. Add the scallops to the pan and cook for 30 seconds each side.

  4. Place cooked scallops back on the shells.

  5. Add lemon juice and cook for a further minute, then add the chives.

  6. Spoon the pan sauce over the scallops to serve

To Serve

  1. The scallops were evenly arranged on the plate with a lemon wedge and micro herbs.

  2. A house banner was inserted into the lemon - you can read more about house banners in the Medieval Games section.

GOT Dinner Party Entree - Herbal Plague Elixer

GOT Dinner Party Entree - Herbal Plague Elixer

Herbal Plague Elixer

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups caster sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups water

  • 2 whole star anise

  • 1 1/4 cups fresh lime Juice

  • 30 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped

  • Extra lime for plating

  • micro basil for plating

Method

  1. Bring sugar and water to the boil in a small saucepan; allow to boil 1 minute, then remove from heat.

  2. Combine the above, lime juice and basil in a blender until they are a fine puree.

  3. Pour the mixture into a container deep enough to allow you you to use an ice cream scoop

  4. Ensure the container is completely covered to avoid icing, then place in the fridge for 2 hours.

  5. Remove from the freezer and place in the blender for a second time until very smooth. Return to the container, cover and freeze until ready to use.

To Serve

  1. I used vintage champagne glasses with a gold pattern around the rim, these were placed on a set of three graduated plates. The spoons were a vintage set from Thailand with a wooden handle and brassy coloured metal spoon.

  2. Using an ice cream scoop, place one scoop per glass

  3. Place a wedge of lime on the glass and some micro basil

GOT Dinner Party Main Course - Crown Roast Beef

GOT Dinner Party Main Course - Crown Roast Beef

Crown Roast Beef

Ingredients

You will require a good butcher for this roast.  I ordered this roast a month in advance so our wonderful butcher reserved and aged the beef.  I used a wing-rib sirloin which the butcher secured into a crown with string.  You will require approximately 12 ribs to form a crown.  Ensure you ask your butcher to chine the beef joint between the upper spine bones so you can easily slice between the ribs.

Method

  1. Remove the meat from the fridge a good hour before cooking

  2. Preheat oven to 240c

  3. For medium/ rare roast at 240c for the first 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 180.

  4. Calculate time using 17 minutes for each 500 grams. If using a meat thermometer cook until internal temperature reaches 65c

  5. Allow to rest for at least 15 minutes in a warm place or double layer of foil

To Serve

  1. We served the roast on a large platter and carved between each rib at the table.

  2. The roast was served with sides of roast potatoes and garlic and green beans and pomegranate and a rich gravy.

GOT Dinner Party Dessert - Poached Pear in Red Wine

GOT Dinner Party Dessert - Poached Pear in Red Wine

Spiced Poached Pear with Mead

Ingredients

  • 750 ml dry red wine

  • 1/3 cup caster sugar

  • 2 whole star anise

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 vanilla bean, split

  • 8 Just ripe pears, peeled with the stem attached and base trimmed to stand straight

Method

  1. Combine wine, sugar, star anise, cinnamon and vanilla bean in pan large enough to hold the pears.

  2. Cook, stirring until the sugar dissolves

  3. Add the pears and bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer, turning occasionally for one hour or until pears are tender (note: this can take longer if the pears are very firm)

To Serve

  1. Place the pear in the centre of the plate

  2. Drizzle with the cooking juice.

  3. Add vanilla ice cream

  4. Decorate with small African violets.

  5. Serve warm Mead to accompany the dessert.

Medieval Dinner Party Guests

In conclusion

We hope you enjoyed our GOT Medieval Dinner Party and games, it was a lot of fun, our guests fully participated with lovely dresses and great banter on life in the medieval ages. While we all enjoyed the games, it would also be a lovely party with decorations and food alone.

Cheers Julie

Credits: Ornate Medieval frames were purchased from Digitalya

 

The Addams Family Halloween Party

I’ve been wanting to host an Addams Family Party for Halloween for a long long time and this year managed to make it a reality. This was a large party with lots of decorating, a dessert table and cocktails for the adults. We based this party around the original TV series from 1960’s with references to many of the characters in the show. A set of printables have been created as a free download.

We hope you enjoy. Julie.

The Addams Party Ideas, Gomez’s Train Set and “Thing”

Grandmama’s panty was a joy to create, I collected a lot of eclectic old leather clad bottles, vintage books, skulls and more to create a spooky pantry for grandmama.

The Addams Family Party Ideas Grandmama’s Pantry

We used stone wall wrap and a lot of panne velvet and faux fur to transform the room. It also helps if you have access to a real deer head.

The Addams Family Decorating Ideas, Use Stone and Velvet to transform a room

Panne velvet transformed our curtains and cow hides were used on the floor. We used old leather wingback chairs with tapestry cushions to create an older style room.

The Addams Family Decorating Ideas, Use vintage furniture and cow hides to transform your room.

I had to incorporate Gomez’s train set into this party. I used two working train sets which ran in opposite directions all night and one derailed set, the TNT box completed the train set. I opted for a dark purple table cloth which worked well against all of the black decorations.

The Addams Family, Gomez’s Train Set and “Thing”

I included a small nook with grandmama, two visiting skeletons dressed for the roaring ‘20s and the Addams family graveyard.

Grandmama’s Addams corner

The Addams Family Party - Two skeletons for Halloween

The Addams Family Grave Yard

A vintage peacock chair is a must for Morticia as is Cousin IT. We used a couple of “Thing’s” in the party they were purchased on line as hand mannequins.

Morticia Addams with Cousin It & Thing

Wednesday and Pugsley Addams

Morticia was often featured in her conservatory feeding her beloved Cleopatra, I made Cleopatra with paper mache and glued dissected monster teeth into place, I then placed a collection of severed fingers at the base of the pot. The conservatory had a mix of strange looking cacti and succulents, including a swarm of bats

The Addams Family Morticias Conservatory

The Addams Family Cleopatra

As our guests arrived they were treated to our vintage chairs reserved for moon tanning,

The Addams Family Moon Tanning in the Garden

Morticia loved to use baking powder to give her that all over white glow, we created a small dressing table for Morticia featuring Baking Powder.

The Addams Family Morticia Addams Dressing Table

Our dessert table included “Eye of Newt” and “Cleopatra” cake pops, “Aristotle” Cup Cakes and sugar cookies with poison bottles and tarantulas.

The Addams Family Dessert Table

While Cake Pops can take time to make they are always well received. For the Addams family I settled on creating some green man eating plants to represent “Cleopatra” and some blue “Eye of Newts”. The cake pop border can be downloaded as a free printable, you will require a few prints of the boarder to cover your holder.

The Addams Family Cake Pops, Cleopatra the man eating plant and Eye of Newt.

The Cleopatra Cake pops were made by making a wedge slice for a mouth, We used black candy melts for the interior of the mouth and white nerds “popping candy” for teeth, purple lips and pipe cleaner leaves completed the look. For the Eye of Newt I used baking store eyes and created twisted blue eyelashes created with candy melts, the eyes were completed using mini baking cup papers under the eye.

The Addams Family Cake Pops - Cleopatra

The Addams Family Cake Pops - Eye of Newt

We based our cup cakes on Pugsley’s octopus, “Aristotle”. The tentacles were made 2 days in advance to allow the shape to set, remember to place a toothpick in the base of the tentacle when it is still soft..

The Addams Family Cup Cakes - Aristotle

We made two types of cookies for the party with small bottles of poison and tarantulas.

The Addams Family Poison Bottle sugar cookies

The Addams Family Tarantula sugar cookies

Layered Lurch’s jelly cups were created for the party with cake toppers from our printable range

The Addams Family Party Lurch’s Jelly

Two green punches adorned our table, one for the adults and one for the kids.

The Addams Family Adult Punch

The Addams Family Childrens Punch

Simple blue martini’s were made for the adults, the glasses were topped with black sugar.

The Addams Family Party - Morticia Matrini

Gomez was rarely seen without a cigar in hand so we included some chocolate covered wafers in one of my favourite serving bowls and you can find some original photos on line which look grate in frames for your party.

The Addams Family, Gomez’s Cigars

The Addams Family, Use old images as Photos

We created a range of free printables for this party including various tent cards, mini bunting, room signs, cake pop boarders and oval images that we used to make this party come to life. Please use these links for full downloads.

The Addams Family Free Printables - www.chicpartyideas.com.au

The Addams Family, Morticia, Wednesday and Ophelia

This party was a lot of fun to both create and host. You can collect a lot of quirky pieces from thrift shops and markets to help create this look.

We look forward to your comments.

Enjoy Julie

Zombie Apocalypse Party

Our Zombie Apocalypse party was set in a post apocalypse cafe filled with lots of tables, preserved foods and some pretty durable kitchen equipment.  

We created a game based on a skill exchange for food rather than money, a set of printables have been created for this game and are a free download.

This party complemented our Walking Dead Party and our Post Apocalypse Canapes. 

Enjoy Julie

Zombie Apocalypse Cafe

We created a number of small tables each with a table number, candle, flowers and salt and pepper.  

Zombie Apocalypse Table Setting

Zombie Apocalypse Zombie Warning

We used vintage gingham table cloths and a mix of old furniture which is what I imagine would occur in a post apocalypse world.  Zombie warning signs were positioned around the room.

Zombie Apocalypse Cafe with canned foods

This theme requires some lead time to collect lots of cans and large jars for cereals etc. 

Zombie Party Cafe

Zombie Party Cafe Counter

Our wait staff were using bloody aprons and we used some nice bats in the window.  The restaurant had a counter where you arranged your table and form or payment.

Zombie Apocalypse Party Food

Zombie Apocalypse Party Food

Sticking to our apocalypse theme we used a lot of very durable plates and cups, including tupperware and we did include some gruesome food, as it is halloween.

Zombie Party - Post Apocalypse Cafe 

Stone scene setter's were used on the wall and we added a Zombie baricaded at the window.  The television displayed a nice welcoming open fire.

Post Apocalypse Cafe

Post Apocalypse Cafe

Zombie Apocalypse Printables

The cafe was a good way to keep all the children busy.  We created a set of printables for this game that are available as a free download

Enjoy Julie

Download: Cafe Sign, Cafe Menu, Cafe table numbers or Cafe agreed payment

Zombie Party With Dessert Table

This party was a lot of fun to create.  Zombie's are currently very on trend with more than a few Zombie Apocalypse  movies and television shows available.  For our zombie party we created a zombie dessert table using a graveyard theme with tombstones and a grave digger.  This party includes free printable products so you can create this at home.

Enjoy Julie

Zombie Party Dessert Table

The dessert table was created as a zombie graveyard.  We used a plastic rock wall scene setter as the back drop.  We then added a black graveyard fence, tombstones and skulls.  Our stand out piece was our animated zombie grave digger complete with shovel.

zombie graveyard cupcakes

Zombie cake pops

Catering was keep simple but looked fantastic with graveyard cupcakes, eyeball and zombie cake pops, tombstone cookies and layered jelly cups.

Zombie cake pops

Eyeball cake pops

We made two types of cake pops. We made crazy green Zombies with bulging eyes and eyeball cake pops which we served with a fork.

Graveyard Cupcakes

graveyard and coffin cookies

The cupcakes were very effective, yet easy to make.  I made a basic chocolate cupcakes then iced with chocolate icing.  The tombstones were achieved by finding the right shape biscuit and giving them a generous chocolate coating, the ground was crushed chocolate ripple biscuits and a green plastic hand completed the look.  We included sugar cookies in tombstone and coffin shapes.  

Zombie Dessert Table

Zombie Dessert Table

The stone wall extended to the ceiling creating a formidable look for a graveyard

Graveyard with swarming bats

Zombie party dessert table

Graveyard with haunted Tree

To extend the graveyard look we extended the stone wall and created a cemetery using the same fencing and tombstones as the dessert table, this was completed with swarming bats and large spiders.  The front door was guarded by a creepy zombie and a haunted tree completed the look.

Zombie party dessert table

Zombie and eyeball cakepops

The colour palate of green and blue worked well with the grey stone and injected some colour into a dark palate.

Zombie party free printables

We created a small set of dessert table printable products for this party, these are available as a free down load (Download 1) - (Download 2).  

If you liked this Zombie party please see our Walking Dead party with a post apocolyspe cafe.

We hope you enjoyed our party 

Enjoy Julie

 

 

 

 

 

Owl Baby Shower Cup Cakes with Free Owl Printables

This week one of our favourite teachers left us to move into the special phase of motherhood and while we will miss her dearly we wish her all the best.  To celebrate this special occasion the class held a farewell party with some cute owl cup cakes.  

Given we do not know the sex of this baby we created half pink and half blue.  To celebrate this special occasions we are offering our owl cup cake toppers as a free download.

Enjoy

Owl Baby Shower Cup Cakes

Owl Baby Shower - Baby Girl

Owl Baby Shower - Baby Boy

Free Baby Shower Owl Printables

Halloween Cranberry Punch - Love Potion Punch

One bowl of punch is never enough for a large halloween party, so this year we had three.  One alcoholic and two non alcoholic for the children.

A super nice punch was our Cranberry punch which we served as non-alcoholic but a shot or two of Vodka would work a treat with this punch.

For this party we created a set of free downloadable halloween punch tents so you can create the look at home. You can catch the entire party here.

Enjoy Julie

Recipe 

Ingredients

  • 1 part cranberry Juice
  • 1 part Ginger Ale
  • 1 part Lemonade
  • 1 or 2 sliced lemons

Method

  1. For this punch you have to work out the capacity of your punch bowl, then simply divide by 3 to work out your quantities.
  2. Ensure all ingredients are well chilled ahead of time.
  3. Pour all ingredients into your punch bowl, stir and add the lemon slices.
  4. Enjoy

Halloween Punch - Tipsy Witch - Free Printables

Halloween is perfect for a large bowl of punch or two.  This year our Halloween theme was a Hansel and Gretel Witch party so a tipsy witch punch was definitely in order.  

For this party we created a set of free downloadable halloween punch tents so you can create the look at home.  You can catch the full party here

This was absolutely delicious, but not for the children.

Enjoy  Julie

Halloween Punch - Tipsy Witch

Recipe 

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of Malibu Rum
  • 1 bottle Blue curacao
  • 500ml Lemon Juice
  • 2 bottles Pineapple soft drink 

Method

  1. Ensure all ingredients are well chilled
  2. Mix the Malibu, Blue Curacao and lemon juice in a punch bowl.
  3. Top up with pineapple soft drink, 1 or 2 bottles will be required depending on the capacity of your punch bowl.
  4. Serve and Enjoy

 

 

 

Halloween Adult Witch Party Hansel and Gretel

Finally the first day of October, and the start of Halloween season.  

Who says Halloween is just for children, luckily for me I have a number of adult friends who share my enthusiasm for dressing up and partying at Halloween.  This year we had a Witch Party with a  Hansel and Gretel theme, and while I did allow the dessert table to be child friendly the rest of the house was very dark and defiantly post the Hansel and Gretel Candy House.

The centre piece for this party was a Witch House in the woods and we will  post a tutorial on how to create this over the next couple of days.

This was a dark theme but perfect for an adult halloween party, we have created free printables for you to use and enjoy.

Enjoy Julie.  

Halloween Hansel and Gretel Witch Party

The House and Forest were the centre piece for this party, we then strategically surrounded the house with Champagne glasses, Glass Punch Bowls and Witch food.

Halloween Hansel and Gretel Witch party

Our Champagne glasses were all individually named with famous or should I say infamous Witches and Wizards these circles are included in our free download. 

Halloween Witch and Wizard drink tags

We used a lot of candles to create height for the forest, we also used lollipops to frame the pathway to the Witch's house.

Halloween Witch Party centrepiece

We created three punches for this party, the punch bowls were arranged together with bones, links to the recipes will be posted over the next few days with our free printable punch tents.

Halloween Punch Bowls with bones

My Halloween parties normally have vodka jelly shots and this night was no exception

Halloween Vodka Jelly Shots

The house looked great in the dark, it was full of battery tea lights which emitted an eerie glow through the windows.

Halloween Hansel and Gretel Candy House

We served Witch fingers at the party, these are simple packaged Italian Breadsticks with an almond sliver for a finger nail and green food gel to hold the almond.  I tend to use Silver ware and Crystal for food service at Halloween rather than disposable products.

Halloween Witch Fingers

We served a number of simple dips presented in crystal bowls on a silver tray scattered with bones and mice.  The bones were from halloween necklaces.

Halloween Witch Party Food Ideas

We included some wasabi peas, Olive mix and Japanese Oisji peanut crackers.

Halloween Witch Party food ideas

A selection of cheeses were included with cheese circles from out free printable range.

Halloween Witch Party Food Ideas

We made three punch's for this party, the recipes are included on our blog in the Halloween section

Halloween Witch Party Punch

Halloween Witch Party Punch

Halloween Witch Party Punch

Our free printable include Witch and Wizard circles, Cheese platter tents and circles, Vodka shots tents and Picks and Punch tents

Halloween Witch party free printable

Christmas Table traditional Gold and White Design

This year I've created a traditional Gold and White Christmas Table.  This colour combination delivers  a very sophisicated look but also lets you inject fun elements for the children.  To create this look start with a good quality white table cloth and then add design elements in various hues of gold and different heights and sizes.

This year we created free printable blank name place tents and napkin wraps, they are available for download here.

Enjoy

Christmas Table Gold and White design

The place settings have been created using gold chargers and gold cutlery, I've added gold bon bon's in a couple of patterns and a wonderful vintage gold christmas ornaments.

Christmas place setting, gold and white design

The larger elements on the Christmas table have been semetrically set to provide a more traditional look to the table.  Candle sticks, deers and mini gold Christmas trees grace each end with a wonderful tall gold christmas tree as a centre piece.

Christmas Table, traditional gold and white design

Once the larger elements are in place, use tinsel and a good combination of smaller gold christmas ornaments to add texture and interest to the table.  I've included gold glitter  battery tea lights running through the centre of the table, these look wonderful as evening approaches.

Christmas Table, Gold and White design

To complement our Gold and White Christmas Table we've created printable blank name tents and napkin rings as a free download.  

Christmas Gold and White free printables

Use small gold baubles and wire wine glass circles to decorate your stem ware. 

Christmas Table Gold and White design

I really like the use of deers at Christmas time and you will usually find one of two on my Christmas table.

Christmas table - Gold and White design

Run gold beaded string around the table in continuous loops to link in the place settings.

Christmas Table - Traditional Gold and White

Traditional Gold and White Christmas Table

Extend the gold string to all four corners and connect gold baubles.  I've used the same bauble placed at each dinner setting.

Traditional Gold and White Christmas Table

Traditional Gold and White Christmas table

The sideboard is also very gold and white.  I placed lots of gold baubles in a cake dome which has provided a lot if interest on the sideboard.

Christmas Gold and White Sideboard

Christmas cake dome with bauble decorations

Christmas Table Gold and White Design