Trick or Treat! A Kid Friendly Halloween

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Hey Last Minute Mama’s!!! This October has been a whirlwind hasn’t it? Between family fall fun activities and life, I feel like this has been one crazy month. So here’s some last minute inspiration for you and your little ones. In classic Halloween Orange & Black {Orange is after all the new black}. Super simple & easy to recreate with what you have at home. I absolutely love that this whole theme was inspired by a single roll of Trick or Treat ribbon from Michaels! Love it!

Last minute mama random thoughts & tips: don’t have fabric table runner? No problem, a roll of fun wrapping paper will make the perfect runner. No time to bake cookies?! Neither did I! Loved using this cookie decorating kit from Target, complete with sprinkles & frosting. One more last minute decorating tip: pumpkins are the perfect decor item. Mini pumpkins are fab. Not only are they inexpensive but they are everywhere. You can use them to decorate kids table or as a craft activity {just add glitter glue & googly eyes}.

Hope I’ve inspired you all have a fun lil’ Orange and Black! PS: Vendor Credits & Pin-able collages below.

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Vendor Credit || Dessert Styling & Paperie: Deliciously Darling || Pumpkin tree: Trader Joes || Sugar Cookies, Cupcakes, Plates & Napkins: Target || Wooden Spoons: Sucre Shop || Milk Bottles, black garland, orange chevron baggies: Shop Sweet Lulu || Trick or Treat Ribbon: Michaels || Halloween Tassel Garland: The Flair Exchange ||

Couldn’t resist adding a few p image (wink wink)

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Speculoos Cookie Butter Push Up Pops & Monster Mascarpone Mousse Cups- Recipes

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Recipe time! I have a serious sweet tooth which is probablly why I gravitate to dessert tables when I’m planning an event. For the Little Monster Cupcakery shoot for Bird’s Party Magazine’s Issue 6, I knew I wanted to come up with a unique dessert.

While walking through Trader Joes (by the way – hands down my favorite place ever to shop) I saw a jar of Speculoos Cookie Butter. As I went to put the jar of Cookie Butter back on the shelf the Trader Joe employee almost had a heart attack. “This is the best stuff ever, EVER. You have to try it”.  Sold. What does it taste like you ask? Sort of like those Biscoff cookies you used to get from Delta Airlines. A little gingerbready and perfect for fall dessert recipes!

I picked up a jar and thought: Wouldn’t it be cool to create a Cookie Butter filling by substituting Cookie Butter in place of Peanut Butter? The answer is yes, totally cool. I went home and pulled out my go to Peanut Butter Filling Recipe – from the fabulous Martha Stewart and created a Cookie Butter Push Up Pop. Check out the Recipe below and give it a try. If you don’t have push up pops – you can make it in any small jar or glass.

Peanut Butter Filling Recipe by Martha Stewart

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup peanut butter   * (instead of peanut butter, use 3/4 cup of  Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter)
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt

To create the Cookie Butter Push Up Pops, I refered to my handy Push Up Pop Book by the talented Courtney Whitmore of Pizzazzerie. I knew that I wanted to have layers of Graham crackers in between the Cookie Butter filling so I picked her Key Lime Pie recipe. I made the graham cracker mixture as per the recipe and layered it with the cookie butter filling.  Garnish with sprinkles & set in  refrigerator until you are ready to go!

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Monster Mascarpone Mousse

Recipe  based on a receipe found on Stylish Cuisine by Mark Bittman (on Kitchen Express)

1 orange, zested and juiced
1 cup mascarpone cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 – 2 Tablespoons heavy cream (if needed)

Whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar and mascarpone cheese until smooth. If necessary add a small amount of heavy cream to help smooth out the mousse. 

Once you have achieved a desired consistency add purple gel food coloring and mix well. Pipe the Mousse into cute little cups and refrigerate at least an hour. To create the little Monster Mousse cups, pipe vanilla frosting (tinted black) on top to create a swirl. Then finish with two monster eyeballs (I use the Wilton candy eyeballs). Chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

Enjoy!

 

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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