Monday, June 28, 2010

♥ Yum! ♥ 4th Of July Berry Treats...

This week in honor of 4th of July, I will be featuring some festive ideas for you!  Today's festive treats are a yummy addition to your 4th of July Celebration!
Frozen Berries with Hot White Chocolate Sauce...
(Image: Disney

1 1/4 cups mixed berries
2 oz white chocolate, chopped into small pieces
1/4 cup heavy cream
To freeze the berries, line a rimmed baking sheet with baking parchment or waxed paper and arrange the berries in a single layer. When they are frozen, transfer to small freezer bags. They will last for 1 month and are also good in smoothies. Take the berries out of the freezer and divide between two bowls. Allow them to defrost slightly at room temperature, for about 10 minutes. Put the chocolate and cream in a microwaveable bowl and cook for 10 seconds, stir, and repeat heating and stirring until chocolate has just melted (it will take 4 to 5 blasts) and you have a smooth sauce. Alternatively put the cream and chocolate in a small heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water and stir continuously until the chocolate has just melted.
Pour the hot sauce immediately over the berries and serve at once.

Red, White & Blueberries with Shortbread Stars...
(Image: Disney

Fruit Mixture:

2 cups fresh blueberries
2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Shortbread Stars:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
Toss together fruit, sugar and vanilla and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Combine butter and confectioner's sugar and stir well. Add flour, a cup at a time, and mix into a soft dough. Roll dough on a surface sprinkled with powdered sugar to a 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with a 4-inch star-shaped cookie cutter. Transfer to ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes until bottoms are golden and tops are set, but not browned. Spoon fruit mixture into bowls and serve over ice cream or with a dollop of whipped cream and a Shortbread Star.

Blueberry-Lime Cheesecakes...
(Image: Disney

3 oz graham crackers, or 1 cup unpacked crumbs
3 tbsp butter, melted
1/4 cup cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup thick (Greek style) plain yogurt
Grated zest and juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 cup heavy cream

For serving:
1/2 to 1 cup blueberries
Powdered sugar
Put the Graham crackers in a heavy-duty plastic bag and crush to fine crumbs with a rolling pin. Stir the crumbs into the melted butter. Divide among four 3 inch-diameter loose-bottomed tart molds. Press the crumbs evenly over the bottom. Put the cream cheese in a bowl and beat to soften slightly. Add the yogurt, lime zest and juice, and sugar and beat to combine. Whip the cream in a separate bowl until it makes soft peaks, and then fold into the cream-cheese mixture. Spoon the filling into the molds over the crumb bases. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours, or overnight, to set. Or freeze the cheesecakes when needed, thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Remove the side from each mold, and then use a metal spatula to carefully lift the cheesecake from the bottom of the mold and place on a plate. Top each cheesecake with blueberries and dust with sifted powdered sugar before serving.

These berry treats are sure to make your 4th of July Celebrations so sweet!
If you would like more berry treat inspirations, check out Disney Family .

♥ Question?? ♥ How do you stay organized...

Lists make me happy! Organization & discovering a new way to stay organized or a way to organize things makes me even happier!! Planners... Yep, I could buy a new one every month! I love planning things out, filling in that date on my calendar & in my planner & then forming lists on how I am going to make it happen.  I have calendars and planners and lists all over the place!
The one thing in common with all my lists, calendars & planners is....
They all must be pretty & if not I have to fix it!  I know, I am a little OCD & very Type A personality, but I love it!
Over at the Blah, Blah Blah, Blahg... she knows how to make to-do lists look very pretty! Visit the link, cause she even will let you download it so that your to-do lists look pretty!
(Image: The Blah, Blah Blahh...)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

♥ Yum! ♥ Chocolate Covered Potato Chips...

So, I happily stumbled across Party Box Design's Blog & I found the most delicious & easy recipe! I instantly wanted to run to the kitchen & make them except for I am missing the key ingredients chocolate & potato chips & I had a sleeping 9 months old & you know you never wake a sleeping baby! ;)  So, I had to save the recipe for another day, when I have all the ingredients!
But seriously...
Chocolate Covered Potato Chips
(Image: Party Box Design)
Jessica at Party Box Design provided us all with this delicious recipe so you can make these for your next party! You might want to pick up the "Family"size bag of potato chips because I don't think anyone is going to eat just one of these at your next soiree!
IT'S SO SIMPLE: Double boiler, dark chocolate, butter, and a TINY splash of 1/2&1/2!
Thanks Party Box Design!
These will definately be at Mollie's Barnyard Bash!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

♥ Real Parties! ♥ A Barnyard Bash...

I have been searching & thinking of the perfect 1st birthday for my little lovebug & I have finally discovered the perfect party!  My inspiration is from Cocoa Studio, her lovely party will be a "Barnyard Bash" in the color scheme of pale pink, pale yellow & light brown. 
Graphic Designs from Cocoa Studio

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

♥ Just for Fun! ♥ A Lemonade Stand...

Nothing says summer like lemonade! I saw this super cute lemonade stand on Paper & Cake's Blog & just about died from the cuteness!! What kid wouldn't love to set up this stand in their front yard on a hot, sunny summer day? This eye catching lemonade stand is sure to stop many lemonade seeking customers.

It's the perfect blend of yellow, black & white...
The lemonade stand banner...
How refreshing...
Visit Paper & Cake for information on ordering this sunny lemonade stand collection.
Also, a lemonade stand isn't complete without the main ingredient:
  • lemon juice
  • sugar         
  • water         
To make 2 quarts, pour 3 cups of fresh lemon juice (from about 20 lemons) through a fine sieve into a pitcher. Add 2 cups of superfine sugar, and stir until it has dissolved. Stir in 4 cups of water and some ice, and then garnish with lemon slices. ~Martha Stewart Living, July 2006

Monday, June 21, 2010

♥ Party Inspiration ♥ A Whimsical Candyland...

My princess is just about 9 months old & ever since she was about a month old this month, I have been dreaming about & imagining her 1st birthday party! I started looking online at different party websites for inspiration & I came across this whimsical candyland themed party that is to die for, planned by Jessica over at "Party Love" ! Every detail is perfection & I don't think that she forgot anything!
 Invitation to Candyland
Candy everywhere...
The menu of sweets...
I just love this arrangment of balloons!
Gumdrop Candy Wreath
Children's table full of goodies...
Pink Lemonade...
Instead of the traditional birthday cake,
 she served ice cream in these fun & tasty cones...
This party has it all! I would love to recreate this party for my princess when she gets a little bit older! So she can enjoy all the sweets! Back to my search for the perfect 1st birthday party theme for my princess! 
In honor of this fabulous party, I am offering BUY 1 GET 1 FREE of the Candyland Themed items in my etsy store!! This offer ends Thursday at midnight!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

♥ Welcome ♥

 Welcome to Little One's Soiree's Blog!! I am happy that you found me!
I am starting this blog because I love planning, creating & putting together parties!  Ever since planning & designing my relaxing beach wedding almost 2 years ago come November, I get so excited at the thought of researching, writing up to-do lists and looking for inspiration & dreaming about planning some kind, any kind of event!  Follow me as I discover great parties in the making!