Recipes

  1. Birthday Party Fare: Peanut Butter Jelly Bites

    Birthday Party Fare: Peanut Butter Jelly Bites
    Is there anything more quintessentially “kid” than peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? I think not. Which is why, when I came across a recipe for these yummy Peanut Butter Jelly Bites, I thought “Boy, these would be exactly perfect treats for a kids birthday party!” Truth be told, however, these little guys would be exactly perfect treats for just about any occasion (like, say, Tuesday)…because they are every bit as delicious as a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and who doesn’t love a good PB&J? Chewy peanut butter cookie...
  2. Octopus Dip Recipe: A Fun & Healthy Birthday Party Treat!

    Octopus Dip Recipe: A Fun & Healthy Birthday Party Treat!
    Creatively display this Octopus Dip and guests will think they’re “sea-ing” things! Made using two bright orange bell peppers, some vegetable dip and two candy eyes, this “Octopus Dip” is the perfect addition to an Under the Sea Critters birthday party – and it’s so simple that even the busiest Hostess Hero will have fun preparing it! Providing individual containers of sliced veggies in plastic cups decorated with BigDotofHappiness.com’s Under the Sea Critters birthday party cupcake wrappers make this a truly kid-friendly snack that will look great on your party...
  3. Octopus Dip Recipe: A Fun & Healthy Birthday Party Treat!

    Octopus Dip Recipe: A Fun & Healthy Birthday Party Treat!
    Creatively display this Octopus Dip and guests will think they’re “sea-ing” things! Made using two bright orange bell peppers, some vegetable dip and two candy eyes, this “Octopus Dip” is the perfect addition to an Under the Sea Critters birthday party – and it’s so simple that even the busiest Hostess Hero will have fun preparing it! Providing individual containers of sliced veggies in plastic cups decorated with BigDotofHappiness.com’s Under the Sea Critters birthday party cupcake wrappers make this a truly kid-friendly snack that will look great on your party...
  4. Bridal Shower Fare: Teriyaki Chicken Salad

    I love planning the menus for bridal showers. There’s something so fun about pulling together old and new recipes that are just a bit beyond ordinary...a little fancy. And spring is the absolute best time, in my opinion, to be planning a shower menu, because it’s an “in between” season – A time when both winter’s heavy dishes and summer’s lighter offerings exist happily on the same table. It’s the best of both worlds. This Teriyaki Chicken Salad is perfectly suited for this gorgeous spring season. It’s a substantial salad...
  5. Spring Shower Fare: Flower Pot Cupcakes

    Spring Shower Fare: Flower Pot Cupcakes
    Spring is in the air, and, as always, with it comes heaps and heaps of baby showers. And with those baby showers comes CAKE…lots and lots of delicious cake. In the spirit of this lovely baby- and cake-filled season, I offer you this adorable idea (brace yourselves): chocolaty cupcakes, baked in tiny flower pots, adorned with beautiful Spring blooms! I. Know. These sweet little flower pot cupcakes are the epitome of Spring, and, while they make for quite an impressive presentation, they really are quite simple to pull off. The...
  6. Birthday Party Favors: Personalized Flower Cookies

    Birthday Party Favors: Personalized Flower Cookies
    In recent years, there’s been a (darling) trend of putting cookies on sticks. These cookie “pops” are especially suited for showers and birthday parties, because they allow you to create striking displays for dessert tables and buffet tables. A particularly popular shape is a cookie flower on a stick (presumably because they are so simple—not to mention adorable—to then display in little flower pots with a bit of grass. Cute! There are many ways to create flower cookies—from rolling little balls of dough in colored sugar to using a special...
  7. Baby Shower Favors: Marshmallow Pops

    Baby Shower Favors: Marshmallow Pops
    Once in a while, I come across a treat that seems made for a certain event. This is exactly what happened when I saw these darling, dipped marshmallow pops—to me, they just scream baby shower! Not only are these little bites of goodness very delicious, they are extremely simple to make, can easily be decorated to match your shower colors, and they’re equally well-suited to be a part of your shower menu or packaged up and sent home as a party favor for your guests. Plus, since you’re already ordering...
  8. Birthday Party Fare: Heart-Shaped Cupcakes for Valentine's Day

    You don’t need a special heart-shaped pan to make darling heart-shaped cupcakes for your little one’s February birthday…all you need are a few marbles! Simply prepare your cake batter as usual, fill your cupcake liners 2/3 full (do NOT overfill these—the heart shape will not appear correctly), and slip a marble between the liner and the pan on the side of each little cake. (If you don’t have marbles, balls of tin foil, or even a few dried beans, will do the trick.) The marble creates a divot in the...
  9. Baby Shower Fare: Oreo Truffles

    Baby Shower Fare: Oreo Truffles
    The last thing a busy hostess needs is a putzy, super-involved dessert to prepare as she’s planning a baby shower…so hand crafted truffles (as gorgeous, impressive and delicious as they are) are generally missing from all but the most ambitious of shower menus. Well, no longer. Even the busiest of hostesses can now feature beautiful truffles in their shower spread, because I’m about to hand over a secret weapon: the Oreo Truffle. These little babies are a cinch to make — just three easy ingredients! — so you can impress...
  10. Creative Uses for Personalized Cupcake Decorations – And a Delicious Cupcake Recipe

    Personalized cupcake decorations aren't just for baby showers or birthday parties. Creative Hostess Heroes have recognized their numerous uses outside typical party planning and given our Expert Experts a variety of clever ways to use these adorable personalized cupcake toppers. Funfari™ - Fun Safari Jungle cupcake picks proudly displayed the "C is for Cookie Cuppy Cake" name given to this entry into a local Cupcake Wars competition. This Hostess Hero matched her cupcake wrappers to her picks with hopes that the extra attention to detail would make her entry stand out...

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