Cake Batter Recipes Round-up!

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Whenever I hear "cake batter", I look up faster than my new little puppy does when he hears the food bowl being filled.FAST!  Cake batter is one of my absolute favorite flavors, and I'm OH SO HAPPY that there are so many recipes being created to enjoy this sweet cake batter taste in everything from candy bark to cupcakes - and even pancakes! So take a little tour with me of some of my favorite … { Continue Reading }

Pie Favors in a Jar {Recipes}

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Just like "on a stick", everything gets infinitely cuter when layered inside a mason jar and tied with a simple ribbon or tag. Favors are no exception! So make these delicious fruity pies in mini mason jars (or regular size!) then sit back and listen to your guests "ooh" and "aah" over how darn cute you are! Mini Mason Jar Pies INGREDIENTS Pie Crust Dough 2 12 oz. cans of cherry, apple or … { Continue Reading }

{Recipes} Breakfast + Brunch Treats

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Hosting a breakfast or brunch party? It can be fun to host a summer get-together in the morning for a change and lots of delicious menu options. From pancakes and waffles to parfaits and muffins, brunches have lots of fun party foods you can serve to guests! Change things up and host a "BIRTHDAY BRUNCH" for a friend or family member. Or host a BREAKFAST FOR DAD for Father's Day this month. … { Continue Reading }

{Recipes} S’more Cupcakes + S’more Truffles

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Every summer I headed off to camp in the North Carolina mountains, and I always loved the campfires we would have (and the SMORES we would eat)! Host your own campfire with a fire pit in your backyard - or build your own outdoor fire! The memories you will make roasting s'mores will certainly last a lifetime - I cherish mine! So I thought I'd share some fun + delicious s'more desserts for you … { Continue Reading }

5 Bite Size Party Dessert Recipes

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Good things come in small packages! Serving food that is easy to eat while mixing and mingling is KEY to a successful party! Guests want to easily nibble and enjoy themselves without worrying about spilling, dropping, or tipping anything over. So serve up BITE SIZE desserts for sweet treats that are sure to please your crowd. JUMP TO: Banana Split Bites | Chocolate Peanut Butter Bon-Bons |Mini … { Continue Reading }

{Recipe} Mini S’mores Cakes

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Serve up Mini S'mores Cakes for a twist to the traditional s'more! Little individual cakes are too cute for birthday parties so let each guest have their own. Hosting an outdoor patio party or children's camp-out party? No matter the occasion, these mini s'mores cakes would make a sweet dessert! ADD SOME FUN: Try topping these little sweet s'mores with crushed nuts, sprinkles, or chopped toffee … { Continue Reading }

{Appetizer} Bacon Wrapped Scallops

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bacon wrapped scallops party appetizer recipe

Grilling season has arrived! Serve up these BACON WRAPPED SCALLOPS at your next outdoor patio party for a crowd-pleasing surf-and-turf appetizer. Serve with a spicy mayo dip for a little extra ZEST! Bacon Wrapped Scallops INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 pound large scallops 1/2 pound thin-sliced bacon Extra-virgin olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 cup good quality … { Continue Reading }

Planning the Big Day: Our Engagement Party

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Planning the Big Day: Our Engagement Party As much fun as planning a wedding can be, another fun event I was really looking forward to was our engagement party : ) We were sorta hoping someone would offer to throw one for us (I mean you can’t exactly plan your own!) and finally my delightful bridesmaid Tina decided to organize it for us-and I could not have been more excited! The best thing … { Continue Reading }

Tea Party Bridal Shower

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I can’t tell you how delighted I was to be able to work on this lovely Tea Party Bridal Shower held by the Northern New Jersey Wedding and Event Professionals group! Beautifully planned by AART Event Planning and Luxe Events NJ, the shower was held at the Harmony Tea Room in NJ, the perfect place for a tea themed affair. Guests arrived to an adorably set tea room where they were served from a … { Continue Reading }

Planning the Big Day: Engagement Photos

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Wedding Engagement photos in Hoboken

Planning the Big Day: Engagement Photos I admit it, I am one of those people who absolutely hates how she looks in photographs…well, maybe ‘hate’ is a strong word, but lets just say I’m usually the one making horrified noises whenever I see a picture of myself. So, needless to say I was less than excited to choose a photographer for my wedding. I was petrified that I’d end up with a bunch of … { Continue Reading }