Red, White and Blue Desserts

If you are anything like me, when it comes to Holiday meal planning the first thing I think of is desserts. With a name like Deliciously Darling it’s not surprising. Here are a few of my go-to’s for 4th of July. Berry Trifle – super easy to do: pound cake, fresh whipped cream and berries. French Macarons, I know aren’t very 4th of July but when colored blue I think they fit beautiful! Finally star sugar cookies.

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Deliciously Darling | Red White and Blue Desserts | Fourth of July | Desserts

For more Fourth of July inspiration, check out my “Let Freedom Ring” post.

Wishing you wonderful 4th of July dessert planning!

4th of July Dessert Table- Let Freedom Ring

Deliciously Darling | 4th of July | Let Freedom Ring | Desserts

Let Freedom Ring!!! So very excited to share my 4th of July collaboration with Rebekah from A Blissful Nest with you all today. I had the opportunity to get to know Rebekah at BlissDom this past year. She is such an amazing & talented woman! She created this amazing printables vintage inspired set  – with dark blue, red & tan. I literally jumped up and down once I got the files & decided to add a little gold into the mix. I hope you enjoy this “Let Freedom Ring” 4th of July Inspiration.

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Deliciously Darling | 4th of July | Let Freedom Ring | Desserts

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Deliciously Darling | 4th of July | Let Freedom Ring | Desserts
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Desserts:

This super patriotic dessert table has lots of red, white & blue {and glitter too}. I started with an amazing bit of fabric – a gold dot burlap – that I found at Joanne’s Fabric. Once I found the gold fabric, I knew I wanted to pair gold details with the dessert table, from the gold glittered frame to the gold glitter star spoons. I went for traditional 4th of July desserts like: Berry Trifle, Patriotic Jello & Berries and mixed in some Salted Caramel Macarons. I can’t resist adding them in. Fresh berries in adorable little tasting cups, yummy sugar cookies, caramel corn & cupcakes rounded out this delicious dessert table.

Just a side note: I really loved making the Berry Trifle. It was incredibly easy & delicious. Lots of fresh berries, cool whip & yummy pound cake. You can make it ahead of time and it’s great for large gatherings.

Hanging above the dessert table are 3 adorable hanging tassels from The Flair Exchange. The shades of blue in the tassels really helped pull together the various blues used in the desserts. I also added 4 star garlands from target. Not only were they affordable but really adorable. I replaced the silver star with a gold star and it fit my table perfectly!

Need an idea on what to give your guests as a favor? Mason jars with marshmallows, chocolate & graham crackers are the perfect “S’mores-to-go” favor. They look so darling with star parchment paper, tied with twine & a tag .

I really hope you  are inspired for your your own 4th of July party.

GIVEAWAY:

Win this adorable Babycakes pie pop maker. To enter: Leave a comment with your favorite dessert that you like to make for the 4th of July. A winner will be picked at random. Open to US residents only. Contest valid – 6/14/2013 through Wednesday 6/19/2013.

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Vendor Credits: || Style & Desserts: Deliciously Darling || Printables: A Blissful Nest || Tassel Garlands: The Flair Exchange || Juice Bottles: Petite Party Studio || Star Straws: Shop Sweet Lulu || Ball mason jars, Star garland, Caramel corn, Cupcakes &  Sugar cookies: Target || 










True Blood Inspired Vampire Vanilla Raspberry Parfait

Deliciously Darling | True Blood Inspired Dessert | Vampire Vanilla Raspberry ParfaitRaise your hand if you are excited about the new season of True Blood? Am I the only one raising my hand? It’s no secret that I’m a huge True Blood Fan, Team Eric {of course since Vampire Bill is now Billith}. This weekend is the Season Premiere, so I’m celebrating with a simple & yummy Vampire Inspired Dessert – Vampire Vanilla Raspberry Parfait.

If you need more True Blood Inspiration, check out last year’s dessert table & party – part 1 and part 2.   

Deliciously Darling | True Blood Inspired Dessert | Vampire Vanilla Raspberry Parfait

Vampire Vanilla Raspberry Parfait

Ingredients

  • 1 (5 ounce) package instant Jello vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 – 16 ounce (or 4 – 8 ounce) containers Cool Whip
  • 1 Pound cake
  • 1 Jar of Raspberry Preserves

Directions

  1. Cut the pound cake into small cubes. I love the Trader Joes brand pound cake so that’s what I used with this recipe. Set aside after cutting.
  2. Pour 1 package of instant vanilla pudding into a large bowl and fold in the two large containers of cool whip. Mix well and set aside.
  3. In your glass, scoop one teaspoon of Raspberry preserves at the bottom, followed by the pound cake cubes then topped with the pudding mixture. You may want to continue layering the raspberry, cake & pudding until you’ve reached the top of your glass. My glasses are shallow so only one layer of each was needed.
  4. Top off with raspberry preserves & grab a tooth pick & swirl the berry & pudding together to form a design.
  5. Enjoy!

Note: I realize this make a lot of pudding! To cut down use only 1 large package of cool whip to about 1/2 package of instant pudding.

Vendor Credits || Vampire Fondant Lips: Lynlee’s Petite Cakes || Black Chevron Spoons: Sucre Shop || Dessert glasses: Pier 1 Imports ||

Retro Pink & Mint Ice-Cream Parlour

 

Deliciously Darling | Pink & Mint Retro Ice Cream Parlour Dessert Table

As soon as the flowers start to bloom and the leaves start to grow I immediately begin to crave ice-cream. I think I speak for children of the world when I say “We all scream for Ice-cream”.

I wanted this ice-cream table to have a retro feel but a modern touch. I went with a jade green, pink & silver color pallet – pink for the girls and green to appeal to our boys. I’ve been wanting to do this color combination for the longest time. So when Bird {from the one and only Bird’s Party Magazine} asked me to create an ice-cream dessert table – I jumped.

More details below the gorgeous pics. Big thank you to my amazing group of vendors, scroll down and show them some love.

Deliciously Darling | Pink & Mint Retro Ice Cream Parlour Dessert Table

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Deliciously Darling | Pink & Mint Retro Ice Cream Parlour Dessert Table

Deliciously Darling | Pink & Mint Retro Ice Cream Parlour Dessert Table

Deliciously Darling | Pink & Mint Retro Ice Cream Parlour Dessert Table

Deliciously Darling | Pink & Mint Retro Ice Cream Parlour Dessert Table

Deliciously Darling | Pink & Mint Retro Ice Cream Parlour Dessert Table

Deliciously Darling | Pink & Mint Retro Ice Cream Parlour Dessert Table

Deliciously Darling | Pink & Mint Retro Ice Cream Parlour Dessert Table

 Handmade paper plate backdrop {inspired by Blue Eyed Yonder} adds a fun element to this dessert table.

The gorgeous cake created by My Sweet Things makes the perfect focal point to the Ice-cream parlor. Little ice-cream cups filled with strawberry ice-cream, topped with a fondant cherry & ice-cream spoon look absolutely perfect.

Ice-cream pint containers with adorable ice-cream labels make the perfect favor container.

Other sweets included Vanilla Marshmallow Ice-cream cones {using the amazing recipe from SprinkleBakes }, delicious ice-cream shaped cookies, strawberry cupcakes and strawberry milk.
Pro-Tip:
When photographing ice-cream it’s best not to use real ice-cream. I used “photographer’s ice-cream” for this shoot. You will need 1 jar of frosting to 2 lbs of powdered sugar. I picked frosting that was already pink so that i could have the same consistency throughout. Eventually the frosting & the powdered sugar will combine into a dough like form. Just scoop & snap away! Looks real doesn’t it. Shhh, our little secret.

Vendors:
Event Design & Style: Deliciously Darling
Photography: Lauren Nicole Studios
Printables: Bird’s Party
Cupcake Toppers & Fondant Cherries: Edible Details
Cake: My Sweet Things
Cookies: Yummy Delicious Cookies by Whimsical Originals
Cupcakes, Marshmallow Ice-cream: Deliciously Darling
Crepe Paper Ruffle Garland: Craft that Party
Ice-cream Spoons: Sucre Shop
Cupcake wrappers, Ice-cream cups: Petite Party Studio
Jade cake stands & mint straws: Waiting on Martha
Milk Bottles, Ice-cream holders & Ice-cream Pint favor containers: Shop Sweet Lulu

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

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St Patrick’s Day Rainbow Party Picks

Deliciously Darling | St Patrick's Day Party Picks

Valentine’s Day was yesterday and well instead of taking some down time I immediately began working on my ideas for a St. Patty’s day celebration. I love love love rainbow parties so I’m already thinking about a Rainbow St. Patrick’s Day party for my kiddos. I’ll be sharing some kids ideas as well as adult party ideas in the next few weeks. So back to Rainbows! I absolutely need those chevron paper straws in my life! Details on where to get these adorable items below:

Deliciously Darling | St Patrick's Day Party PicksWhere to buy ||  Shop Sweet Lulu: Rainbow Treat Cups, Chevron Paper Straws, Chevron Mini Treat Bags || Petite Party Studio Shop: Rainbow Balloons, Push Up Pop Containers, Milk Bottles || The Tom Kat Studio Shop: Shimmer Gumballs, Rainbow Popcorn Cups, Rainbow necklace ||

You are the Milk to my Cookie

Deliciously Darling | Milk and Cookies Party

Last minute Valentine’s Day inspiration for you all! I love Milk and Cookies. Seriously, love! When my oldest son’s teacher requested a Milk and Cookies themed Valentine’s day party I literally jumped. Here’s a peek at what I’m going to be setting up at school tomorrow. Peanut Butter Cup cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies and French Macarons = YUM. With treat bags from Waiting on Martha {with labels from Party on Designs } and the Valentine’s that my kiddo will be handing out to his class mates {Printable by Paper & Pigtails found on Pizzazzerie}. Cuteness overload!

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Deliciously Darling | Milk and Cookies Party

Deliciously Darling | Milk and Cookies Party

King Cake Pops

Can you believe that Mardi Gras is tomorrow!? Sharing a quick and easy Mardi Gras Treat – King Cake Pops! I adore King Cake. Just adore it. On a side note: I’m totally itching to try to make my own king cake tomorrow, I’m eyeing this recipe. 

To make these King Cake Pops you don’t have to bake your own King Cake. A store bought one is just fine. My kids and I love the King Cake from Publix.  Another side note: This is a great idea for King Cake leftovers!

Directions:

1 – Cut the king cake into pieces & throw into your food process & pulse

2 – Scoop out the dough using a cookie scoop & roll into a ball

3 – Place cake balls into your freezer for 5 minutes. While you are doing this you will want to melt your Candy Melts per the instructions on the bag. Note: if your candy melts are thick you might want to add a little crisco shorting to it which acts as a thinning agent.

4 – Dip the end of a paper straw into the candy melts and insert in your cake pop. Let the chocolate harden a bit before you dunk in your cake pop.

5 – Cover in sprinkles & Enjoy!

xoxo,

Dina

 

Step Right Up to Valentines Day Desserts

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Are you ready? Here is some last minute inspiration for all you dessert enthusiast. With simple desserts & store bought treats you can pull off a lovely dessert table. Details below.

Sometimes we don’t have time to put together a big production. Buying store bought treats is more than okay! The adorable little pudding cups above are simply chocolate jello instant pudding with store bought frosting & finished with caramel popcorn. Looks adorable huh?

The larger cupcakes were semi-homemade using cake mix & store bought frosting. Secret: The baking cups are from Marshalls of all places!

The printable elements are the key to polishing off your last minute party. Huge thank you to Lisa Marie Invitations for sharing these to you all as a free download.

Finally – did you notice that adorable sparkling heart wand on the cupcake? You can find them from my pal Waiting on Martha. So cute and such a fun way to add a little sparkle to your desserts.

xoxo – Dina

Vendor Credits:

Dessert table & paper garland: Deliciously Darling || Printables: Lisa Marie Invitations ||  Fondant Hearts: Lynlee’s Petite Cakes || Heart sparkler wand: Waiting on Martha || Push up Pop Containers: Petite Party Studio || Little Pink Spoons: Shop Sweet Lulu || Table Runner, Mugs, Mini Cupcakes, Milk Shake Straws: Target ||

Valentine’s Day Treat Bag Ideas

Raise your hands if you love paper treat bags! {My hand is raised} Today I’ve come up with a few ideas to help you jazz up those adorable little bags for your upcoming Valentine’s Day treats. Not just one way to decorate your treat bags but for adorable ways: Chevron & Lace, Polkadot & Rosette, I love Twine, and Washi tape treat bags.

Special thank you to Waiting on Martha for the treat bags, twine & washi tape.

 Chevron & Lace Treat Bags

You will need:

Treat bags:  Waiting on Martha || Lace Doilies: Target’s Dollar Section || Martha Stewart Scrapbook paper, Heart Punch and glue gun: Michael’s Craft Store 

Directions:

You will need 5 doilies. Take one doilie and fold in half. Fold again in half and place a drop of glue on it so that the doilie remains in triangle form. Continue to make 3 more triangle doilies. Glue all for triangle doilies onto the 5th doilie to form the ruffled lace circle above. Then finish with a heart punched from scrapbook paper. I picked glittery paper in latest Martha Stewart Valentine’s Day Scrapbook paper pack.

These treat bags were inspired by the adorable party from Frog Prince Paperie, I just love how she used the doilie rosettes.

Polka dot & Rosette Treat Bags

You will need:

Treat bags:  Waiting on Martha ||  Martha Stewart Scrapbook paper,  Scoring Board & Round and Heart Punch, craft scissors and glue gun: Michael’s Craft Store 

Directions:

Take a blank piece of paper and punch out a 2″ circle and set aside. Pick out your favorite sheet of scrapbook paper and place it on your scoring board. Score a 1.5 inch line down and cut it out with your favorite craft scissors. These are my favorite craft scissors, I love the little design it makes when turned into a rosette. Once you have your 1.5 inch strip of paper, lay it horizontally on the scoring board and begin to score .5 inch lines all the way down the strip. Once you are done fold up the paper into an accordion then open it back up. Here’s the tricky part, glue your two ends together and push the paper down on one side to form the rosette. Glue the rosette down onto the round piece of paper that you punched out and set aside. Finally, punch out your heart and glue it to the rosette and now you are ready to glue the rosette to your bag and fill with treats.

I love Twine Treat Bags

You will need:

Treat bags:  Waiting on Martha || Sewing Kit: Target, craft section || Twine: Waiting on Martha

Directions:

Open your sewing box and pull out the needle, your favorite design and scoring tool. Using a ruler, score a line across the treat bag. Thread the needle included in the box with your baker’s twine. Begin sewing your bag and finish it off with a twine yarn ball &  a glittery paper heart.

Washi Tape Glassine Treat Bags

You will need:

Treat bags & Washi Tape:  Waiting on Martha || Mini Glittered Clothing Pins: Michael’s Craft Store 

Directions:

Grab your favorite tape and use a ruler to make sure you are applying it straight on your glassine bag. Alternate washi tape designs and finish off with an adorable glittered pin.

Happy Crafting.

xoxo – Dina