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.   

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Vampire Vanilla Raspberry Parfait


  • 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


  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 ||

Haunted Halloween Party

It’s Throwback Thursday! I’ll finally start sharing some of my wonderful parties on my site. Super excited!

Booo! October is my favorite time of the year. The leaves are falling, the weather is starting to get a little bit crispy {let’s be real, I live in GA so it’s a slight sweatshirt in the morning but I’ll take it}, and the pumpkin spice lattes are being served. Halloween is my favoriate. Okay pretty my everything is my favorite but I have a bit of a soft spot for Halloween. Endless sugar & Costumes equals #winning in my book.

This party is all about Halloween for Adults.  Although it isn’t gory  it is just a little bit spooky. Who says adults can’t have a whimsical Halloween party too!? Check out some quick and easy recipes at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!!!

Eyeball Jello Cups

1 package of lime green jello (or any color you would like)
30 gummy eyeballs

Directions: These spooky eyeball jello cups are so easy to make and are so yummy! Mix the jello packet with water as per the measurements on the package and add 1 ounce of vodka per 8 ounces of jello mixture. For a virgin alternative just leave out the vodka. Pour into adorable little martini glasses and put in the fridge. Once the mixture solidifies add the gummy eyeball or brain or spooky gummy. Return to fridge until you are ready to serve.


Pushing Daisy Parfait Cups

2 packages of butterscotch pudding or vanilla pudding
Wilton Food Coloring Gel (in the case the Halloween Drink coloring gel)
1 Package of Oreo Cookies
1 package of chocolate chips

Directions: The thing I love about this dessert is it is super quick and so customizable. By starting out with a jello vanilla pudding as a base you can tint the jello to match your event colors. In this case, I divided the batter into 2 bowls and mixed lime green food coloring gel into one bowl and mixed orange food coloring into the other batch. Allow the pudding to set after you have achieved the color you desire. Now is the fun part, crushing Oreos! In my case, I did it by hand but you can always throw a package of Oreos into the blender and pulse until crumbled. To crush by hand, pour the cookies into a large zip lock bag and hit with a rubber mallet, To assemble, layer the pudding, chocolate chips and top off with crushed Oreos. If you have a large glass you can continue to layer until you reach the top. You could add a layer of heath bar for a toffee crunch or sprinkles. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve


Vendor Credits:

Planning, Styling, Candy Buffet & Printables: Deliciously Darling Events

Photography:Jeremy Adamo

Fondant Toppers: Two Sugar Babies

Cupcakes: Jilly’s Cupcakery

Gourmet Popcorn: Heavenly Gourmet Popcorn

Food Catering & Sugar Cookies: Whole Foods

Deader than Dirt Cups {Recipe}

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Deader than Dirt Cups {Recipe}

Today I’m sharing my recipe for Deader than Dirt Cups, as seen on Amy Atlas Events. There are two ways to make this: homemade and store bought! I usually make homemade and I highly recommend Martha Stewart’s Double Chocolate Pudding recipe but when I’m in a pinch I use Trader Joe’s Bavarian Chocolate Pudding {I just have to say it is so amazing!!!}.

In order to make these cute little cups you will need:

Chocolate Pudding {Martha Stewart’s Recipe below or Trader Joe’s pudding}
1 Package Oreos {or in this case: Joe Joes – Trader Joes brand of chocolate cookies}
1 tube of Wilton’s Red Sparkeling Gel {Found in the baking section of Michael’s or Joannes}
1 package of cute little serving cups {Party City}

Prepare your pudding as per the instructions below and set aside. Pour your Joe Joe cookies into a zip lock bag and “hammer” until they are crushed. You can also poor them into your food processor and pulse until crumbly. Simply layer the oreos, pudding and sparkle gel until you have filled up your cup. Top it off with a beautiful Chevron Spoon from Sucre Shop and serve!

Martha Stewart’s Double Chocolate Pudding Recipe 

Serves 4


2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa (spooned and leveled)
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups whole milk
4 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped, plus shavings


  1. Place a fine-mesh sieve over a medium bowl; set aside. In a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually whisk in milk, taking care to dissolve cornstarch. Whisk in egg yolks.
  2. Whisking constantly, heat over medium until the first large bubble sputters, about 8 minutes. Reduce heat to low; cook, whisking, 1 minute. Remove from heat; immediately pour through sieve into bowl. Add butter, vanilla, and chocolate; stir until smooth.
  3. Place plastic wrap on surface of pudding (to prevent a skin from forming); chill at least 3 hours (or up to 3 days). To serve, whisk until smooth; divide among serving cups, and garnish with shavings.

Happy Baking,

xoxo – Dina


True Blood Desserts

 True Blood Vampire Party - Deliciously Darling Events

“I’m wearing a Walmart sweatsuit for ya’ll. If that’s not a demonstration of team spirit I don’t know what is.” – Pam {My favorite True Blood quote so far}.

Yesterday, I shared the recap of my True Blood Party and today it’s on to the Fangtastic True Blood Desserts!!! I’m honored & excited that Amy Atlas Events shared this party on her blog last week. I love that my party kicked off her official Countdown to Halloweekend.

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So let’s start off by talking about these fondant toppers by Lynlee’s Petite Cakes!!! Incredible. I love it when I can explain my vision and someone just comes in and nails it (or in this case “stakes” it). Lynlee also created the beautiful Vampire Authority pendant that went on my center ruby red ribbon cake. She based it off of a picture of my Lilith necklace {Yes, I actually went to the HBO shop and bought a Lilith necklace and yes, it is awesome}.

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Let’s talk about these cakes!!!! I joke that Kathi from My Sweet Things is a Buttercream Goddess but she really is. Look at how incredible these ruffle, petal & ribbon cakes look! I feel super lucky that she lives in Atlanta and creates such amazing pieces of edible art for me! Not only are the cakes gorgeous they are delicious.

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I always craft for my parties. I actually love crafting. It de-stresses me and allows me to channel my creative energy. For this party, I created the blood wicked backdrop & the cake stand riser. I made the backdrop using two pieces of black foam board (from Hobby Lobby). Ducktape the two pieces of foam board together and begin dripping “blood” (aka red paint). I used Martha Stewart’s glittery red enamel from Home Depot. While the paint is still wet, give it light dusting of glitter. Scrapbook paper was used to create the paper fans and finished off with a 6″ True Blood Inspired printable from Frog Prince Paperie. The cake stand riser was actually an awesome craft and I will create a step by step tutorial very soon!

Back to the desserts! The table featured the Trio of cakes, red velvet cupcakes, peanut butter cupcakes, beautiful chocolate covered oreos {by Janet from Sweet Temptations},  Bloody Panna Cotta, Compton’s Cheesecake {with salted caramel & raspberry sauce}, Deader than Dirt cups, and homemade french macarons.

Here are a few more pictures of my bloody sweets below! Hop down to the bottom for the full vendor list.

Stay tuned, tomorrow I will share the recipe for “Deader than Dirt” cups.

True Blood Vampire Party - Deliciously Darling Events

True Blood Vampire Party - Deliciously Darling Events

True Blood Vampire Party - Deliciously Darling Events

True Blood Vampire Party - Deliciously Darling Events

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Event Planning & Styling: Deliciously Darling Event

Photography: Adamo Photography

Printables: Frog Prince Paperie

Fondant: Lynlee’s Petite Cakes

Trio of Cakes: My Sweet Things

Chocolate covered oreos: Sweet Temptations

Cupcakes: Jilly’s Cupcakery

Blood Lollipops: Vintage Confections

Chevron wooden cutlery: Sucre Shop

Black Chevron Favor bags, Straws, Black Rosanna cake stands: Waiting on Martha 

True Blood Party Recap

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“I wanna do bad things with you!”. Hands down, True Blood is one of my faviroate shows! What’s not to love? Vampires, Warewolves, Witches, Fairies with a Southern Flair. I decided to have my close friends over to celebrate my birthday Bon Temps style. When it came to the food, it no cooking was definatley the way to go. I wanted to have time to enjoy the party with my sweet friends instead of worry about how the food was going to turn out. Since food trucks are all the rage in Atlanta and the rest of the country, I knew that the Good Food Truck would be perfect!

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 Seriously, look at that truck! Not only is it red {which is one of the colors of the party} but their logo is beyond cute. Seriously cute!!! The Good Food truck rocked the food. Hands down the yummest food truck I’ve had a chance to taste. My guests dined on The Poodle (a hotdog or soydog with apple topping, spicy brown mustard & maple syrup on a french toast bun), The Curry Cone & a Chutney grilled cheese. YUM!!! So I started at the Chutney grilled cheese and worked my way up to The Poodle. I absolutley LOVED it and my guests were in food truck heaven. The Poodle, hands down, is the best thing I’ve tasted in a long time!

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Of Course, I had to jazz up the food truck with a little Bon Temps style. I made a little chalkboard food sign out of a Target Halloween platter & chalkboard spray paint. It was easy peasy and looks fang-tastic!!! The cutlery, from the Sucre Shop, is the cutest thing ever. I love stamped wooden cutlery. It’s SUCH a cute way to dress up your party because you can match them to your theme. In this case, I had beautiful little black chevron bags (from Waiting on Martha) so the Sucre shop created these beautiful red chevron forks & knives. Add a little paint (aka blood) to the mini black chevron bags and a Vampire printable from Frog Prince Paperie and there ya go! It’s a cute little way to serve your cutlery.

HUGE shout out to Paula from Frog Prince Paperie. I just have to say how much I heart her & her company. She is an incredible talented designer & stylist. Her designs are unique and just simply stunning. She crafts, styles & designs – triple talented! I’ve been wanting to work with Paula for a while and was so thrilled when she was able to squeeze me into her schedule to create the Southern Vampire / True Blood inspired printable collection! I wanted a little Bill Compton mixed with a little Vampire Authority & Merlottes action. She totally nailed it (or in this case “staked” it). So get your hands on her printable collection and try to have your own True Blood inspired party this Halloween.

I just have to say, I feel so lucky to have become such good friends with Mandy from Waiting on Martha. I love having a creative & amazing party girl as a friend. She is mega talented, driven, style personified & has beautiful little party & sparkly items in her shop. I feel really fortunate she sends such pretty items over for shoots & parties. If you haven’t visited her shop – hop over. She is dazzling.

Okay – back to the party details!!! After dinner, my guests moved inside and hung out at Merlottes Bar & Grill. Okay maybe it’s not Merlottes but I dressed up our bar (yes, we have a full size bar in our house) to look like it.

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We stocked  the bar with fall beers, red wine, Gran’s lemonade, viking glamour shots, bloodtini’s and True Blood!  My favorite thing was the Viking glamour shots. I used strawberry jello with whipped cream vodka – wowsa, it was delicious.

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No True Blood party would be complete without serving an actual drink with True Blood. The True Blood drink is almost like a blood red orange soda so we paired it with a little black tinted vodka.

True Blood Party - Deliciously Darling Events

 I am a huge candy addict so I made a little mini candy table for my sweet guests. A garland with bloody glittered stakes hung over my small little candy display. Each guest went home with the Blood of Lilith, aka cherry jelly bellies in a test tube, bloody lollipops (by Vintage Confections), a little bit of Talbot and some fangs.

True Blood Party - Deliciously Darling Events

True Blood Party - Deliciously Darling Events

I giggle every time I see the “Hello my name is Talbot” picture. If you are a True Blood watcher, you will totally understand the reference. I just love the printable collection by Frog Prince Paperie! It’s genius and I just love it.

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How amazing are these lollipops by Vintage Confections!? They were cotton candy flavored with a little bloody bone inside. Just perfect and delicious. I just had to include on more picture of the amazing chevron scoops from Sucre Shop. I love them!!!

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Stay tuned!!! This week is True Blood week on Deliciously Darling Events!!! I’ll share my dessert table, as see on Amy Atlas Events & a receipe on how to make “Deader than Dirt” cups.

True Blood Party - Deliciously Darling Events

One final wrap up note –  HUGE incredible thank you to the amazing Jeremy of Adamo Photography. I love that he captures our precious moments. He photographed our wedding almost 9 years ago and our two precious boys. So lucky to have is images of my beautiful babies up on our walls. Thanks Jeremy!

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Event Planning & Styling: Deliciously Darling Events

Photography: Adamo Photography

Printables: Frog Prince Paperie

Catering: Good Food Truck

Wooden Cutlery: Sucre Shop

Bloody Lollipops: Vintage Confections

Treat bags & Straws: Waiting on Martha


Little Monster Cupcakery Party

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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