Adorable Easter Chick Dessert Table

Deliciously Darling | Easter Chick Dessert Table #easter #yellow Happy Monday!!! Bringing you just a little bit of sunshine today {since it is gloomy in Atlanta} with an Adorable Easter Chick Dessert table. Since we will be celebrating Easter at Epcot this year we celebrated Easter early. Truth be told, we celebrated Easter on St. Patty’s Day. 

Inspiration: Ever since I saw the Movie hop, I kept thinking about the having a little chick Easter party. I walked through Sur la Table and saw the cutest Yellow Chick cake stand, had to get it – justified it by saying it’s the centerpiece to my chick party but honestly, I couldn’t resist the cuteness! There is something bright and refreshing about a yellow color pallet. So I went through my party supply stash and pulled out a few pieces to pull together this sweet little dessert table. Sweet & Simple.

Huge thank you to Kathi from My Sweet Things for creating the adorable yellow ribbon cake & chick cookies. Seriously, the cookies are too cute and just delicious. Deliciously Darling | Easter Chick Dessert Table #easter #yellowDeliciously Darling | Easter Chick Dessert Table #easter #yellowDeliciously Darling | Easter Chick Dessert Table #easter #yellowDeliciously Darling | Easter Chick Dessert Table #easter #yellowDeliciously Darling | Easter Chick Dessert Table #easter #yellowDeliciously Darling | Easter Chick Dessert Table #easter #yellowDeliciously Darling | Easter Chick Dessert Table #easter #yellowDeliciously Darling | Easter Chick Dessert Table #easter #yellow

Vendors: Styling, Chick Paperie items, Hobnail Vases & mini compote: Deliciously Darling || Ribbon Cake & Cookies: My Sweet Things || French Macarons: Alon’s Bakery || Cupcake wrappers: Petite Party Studio || Chick Cake Stand: Sur la Table ||  || White Cake Stands: Shop Sweet Lulu || Chevron Fabric: Hobby Lobby || White Rabbits: Target

Hope this inspires you to put together your own little sweet Easter dessert table. If you have a second, pin the picture below! xoxo – Dina

Deliciously Darling | Easter Chick Dessert Table #easter #yellow

Ruffled Heart Sugar Cookies

I seriously love Valentine’s Day time. Spring is around the corner and you are surrounded by adorable little hearts. I couldn’t wait to break out my heart shaped cookie cutters and get to baking! Sharing my absolute favorite sugar cookie recipe. The cookies are so buttery and soft and delicious!

Modified Recipe from Bon Appetite 

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions:

1. Whisk together flour and salt in a small bowl.

2. Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes in a stand mixer or 6 minutes with a handheld. Beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture, mixing until just combined.

3. Form dough into 2 balls and flatten each into a 6-inch disk. Chill disks, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, at least 1 hour.

4. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.

5. Roll out 1 disk of dough (keep remaining dough chilled) into an 8 1/2-inch round (1/4 inch thick) on a well-floured surface with a well-floured rolling pin. (If dough becomes too soft to roll out, rewrap in plastic and chill until firm.) Cut out as many cookies as possible from dough with cutters and transfer to 2 ungreased large baking sheets, arranging cookies about 1 inch apart.

6. Bake cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until edges are golden, 10 to 12 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely.

7. Meanwhile, gather scraps and chill until dough is firm enough to reroll, 10 to 15 minutes. Make more cookies with remaining dough and scraps (reroll scraps only once) and bake on cooled baking sheets.

8. Grab your favorite butter cream frosting, tint pink & swirl onto your cookies to achieve the ruffled look.

Cooks’ notes:· Dough can be chilled up to 3 days. · Cookies keep, layered between sheets of wax paper or parchment, in an airtight container at room temperature 1 week.

Happy Baking!

xoxo – Dina

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Good Morning Lovelies! I am a peanut butter addict. On toast, in my oatmeal and most importantly in cookie form! Sharing my super duper peanut butter cup cookie recipe today. Peanut butter + mini peanut butter cups = one amazingly awesome cookie.

Ingredients:

1 stick of softened butter

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

1 egg

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

1 3/4 cup of flour

1/4 teaspoon of sea salt

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1 cup of smooth peanut butter

12 oz of mini peanut butter cups for baking {I love the Trader Joe tiny PB cups}

yields approximately 24 cookies

Directions:

1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2 – Add the butter, brown sugar & granulated sugar to your mixer. Using the paddle attachment whip the ingredients until fluffy {approx. 2 minutes on medium}. Be sure to stop and scrape down the sides.

3 – Stop mixer and add egg and vanilla and continue to beat mixture for another 2 minutes.

4 – Stop mixer and add 1 cup of peanut butter then mix until well blended.

5 – Turn mixer to lowest setting and add flour, baking soda and salt.

7 – Once mixture looks like it is coming together add the mini peanut butter cups to the mixture. Tip: Add very soon after you add the flour mixture.

6 – Scoop mixture using a small to medium size cookie scoop on to parchment paper. It is okay if the cookies appear to be like little ice cream scoops.

7 – Bake for 12-14 minutes {one cookie sheet at a time, in the center rack}.

8 – Pour yourself a glass of milk because these cookies are peanut buttery!

Note:

Make sure to mix the flour, baking soda and salt together before you add it to your peanut butter, egg mixture.

My oven tends to cook them faster, so I cook them for 12 minutes.

If you wanted it extra chocolaty add some chocolate chips to it, makes a delicious cookie even better.

Happy Baking!

xoxo – Dina

 

All You Need is Love Pink Dessert Table

So very excited to share my “All you need is love” dessert table with you all today! Created for Occasions Magazine’s Winter Issue, I’ve been waiting so patiently to share this with everyone. Remember the rest of the beautiful photo-shoot? Well this is my favorite part of the shoot, the desserts! I am so honored to have it recently featured on Half Baked, The Cake Blog.

All you need is Love” – Famous words, a beautiful song, and cherished motto. I wanted to put together a romantic dessert table that would capture love. With shades of pink, gold and silver with vintage & glam touches that came together so beautifully. Desserts in pinks, creams and chocolates came together in a delicious way. This stunning dessert table included three perfectly pipped cakes (each with their own icing technique), Pink cake pops with gold and silver details, mini sugar donuts, cupcakes with custom edible fondant toppers, whoopie pies and individual napa valley chocolate cheesecakes, chocolate covered oreos with lace detail, custom heart sugar cookies and of course perfect pink french macarons. These desserts are stunningly displayed on JCT Kitchen’s rustic table accented with a pink runner from I Do Linens and a fun and beautiful tassel garland from The Flair Exchange. Not to mention the gorgeous cake stands from Waiting on Martha & The TomKat Studio Shop.

xoxo – Dina

Vendor Credits: Event Planning & Dessert Styling: Deliciously Darling ||  Photography: Lauren Nicole Studios || Venue: JCT Kitchen & Bar   || Linens: I do Linens ||  Rosanna cake stands & votive holders: Waiting on Martha  || Milk Glass Cake stands & paper straws: The TomKat Studio Shop || Tassel Garland: The Flair Exchange ||  Trio of Cakes:  My Sweet Things || Cupcakes:  Cakes by Darcy || Fondant decor:  Lynlee Petite Cakes || Napa valley chocolate cheesecakes & whoopie pies:  Yoss Baking || Sugar Cookies:  Yummy Delicious Cookies by Whimsical Originals || Chocolate covered oreos:  Sweet Temptations || French Macarons:  Alons Bakery || Cake pops:  Cake pops by Jen

M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies

Good Morning Lovelies!  Love is in the air, can you smell it? No? Well after testing out batch after batch of cookies – love is definitely in the air in my house. Today, I’m sharing my absolute go-to recipe for chocolate chip cookies. Add a little Valentines Day M&Ms and you have the perfect little treat.

Ingredients:

1 stick of softened butter

1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon of light brown sugar

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

1 egg

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

1 3/4 cup of flour

1/4 teaspoon of sea salt

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 bag of Valentines Day M&Ms

yields approximately 24 cookies

Directions:

1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2 – Add the butter, brown sugar & granulated sugar to your mixer. Using the paddle attachment whip the ingredients until fluffy {approx. 2 minutes on medium}. Be sure to stop and scrape down the sides.

3 – Stop mixer and add egg and vanilla and continue to beat mixture for another 2 minutes.

4 – Turn mixer to lowest setting and add flour, baking soda and salt.

5 – Once mixture looks like it is coming together add chocolate chips and mix.

6 – Scoop mixture using a small to medium size cookie scoop on to parchment paper. It is okay if the cookies appear to be like little ice cream scoops.

7 – Add M&M’s to tops of cookie dough balls and gently press in to dough but be careful not to flatten dough, you want them to still look round. Bake for 12-14 minutes {one cookie sheet at a time, in the center rack}.

Note: My oven tends to cook them faster, so I go for 12 minutes. They will be pretty gooey when the come out of the oven but will come together in about 30 minutes.

Happy Baking!

xoxo – Dina


“All You Need is Love” Engagement Party Inspiration

A few months ago, I got a call from Occasions Magazine requesting a Valentine’s day themed shoot. My first in print full feature! I jumped, squealed and did a little dance. Brainstorming ideas, I decided to go with an Engagement party on Valentine’s Day. What better way to capture love?!  The shoot included tablescape, dessert table {sharing those pics very soon}, a Champagne bar, photo booth, candy favor table & a Love notes for the Bride table.  Here’s my inspiration for the shoot:

“All you need is Love” – Famous words, a beautiful song, and cherished motto. I wanted to put together a engagement party that would capture love. With shades of pink, gold and silver with vintage & glam touches that came together so beautifully.

I’ve been dying to share this with you all. It’s been months and months and I’m so excited to finally share it! This shoot wouldn’t have turned out so beautifully without the help of Mandy Rye from Waiting on Martha. Not only does she have amazing taste and helped with the venue, the serving pieces and set up but she was one of my models. Big huge thank you to my sweet friend Lauren from Lauren Nicole Studios. She is such a talented photographer and I just adore working with her.

Vendor Credits:
Event Planning, Decor, Event & Dessert Styling: Deliciously Darling ||  Photography: Lauren Nicole Studios || Venue: JCT Kitchen & Bar  || Florals & Balloons: Flowers by Holland || Linens, photo booth backdrop and custom mirror decal: I do Linens || Invitations & Paperie: Natalie Chang ||  Rosanna cake stands, votive holders, bracelets, macaron trinket boxes: Waiting on Martha  || Milk Glass Cake stands, paper straws, favor bags, gumballs, favor jars: The TomKat Studio Shop || Custom Lollipops: Vintage Confections || Glitter Spoons: The Flair Exchange ||Models: Mandy Rye & Star Bradley

“All You Need is Love” Feature

A few months ago, September to be exact, I was in the process of designing a Valentines day shoot for Occasions Magazine’s Winter Issue. {You can check out the magazine online via iTunes. Just download the Occasions Magazine App}.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the magazine tomorrow at the Atlanta launch party and actually see it in print. Here’s a sneak peek of the “All you Need is LOVE” Engagement Party.

 

Photography: Lauren Nicole Studios || Styling & Glitter Cake Stand: Deliciously Darling || Cookies: Yummy Delicious Cookies by Whimsical Original || Little Pink Cupcake Stand: Waiting on Martha ||

Tomorrow, I’ll share the beautiful tablescape & candy table. Wait till you see Thursday’s post on the dessert table. It was Ahhhhmazing. I had the help of some of the most amazing gal’s int he party world – I can’t thank them enough! I’ve been dying to share more, I’m so excited to share it all this week.

Here’s one more peek:

xoxo

Dina

 

Little Monster Cupcakery Party

Deliciously Darling Events - LMC 10

I was beyond thrilled and very honored to be asked to be a part of Bird’s Party Magazine’s Fall Issue. I was even more excited when I found out that I was doing a children’s Halloween party. Halloween is one of my favoriate holidays. To see more of this party and so many other inspiring & amazing parties click on Bird’s Party Magazine Issue 6 below:

 

Inspired by the love of sweets, this Cupcake party is sure to have your Little Monsters excited. Welcome to the Little Monster Cupcakery! Here are a few more pictures of the party – I can’t wait to share more pictures with you all soon.

 

Thank you to my amazing & mega talented group of vendors:

Printables: Bird’s Party

Photography: Lauren Nicole Studios

Fondant work: Edible Details

Ombre Cake: My Sweet Things

Cupcakes: Jilly’s Cupcakery 

Sugar Cookies: Yummy Delicious Cookies by Whimsical Originals

Chocolate Covered Oreos: Sweet Temptations

Cake pops: Candy Cake Company

Sweet Skewers: Sweets Indeed

Custom Lollipops: Vintage Confections

Tassel Garland: The Flair Exchange

Rosanna Pedestals & Compotes: Waiting on Martha

Wooden Cutlery, Paper Straws, Plates: Shop Sweet Lulu

Linen & Chair rentals: The Rental Place