Best Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies!

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Introducing what I think are the best chocolate mint chip cookies. It’s another great recipe out of my favorite cookie cookbook, Milk & Cookies: 89 Heirloom Recipes from New York’s Milk  Cookie Bakery.  Every recipe I’ve tried  from this book has been absolutely *delicious*!

But now let’s talk about these mint chip cookies surrounded by a rich chocolate base.  Everything up to the chocolate chips is part of a ‘dark chocolate base dough’ to which your choice of ingredients can be added.  In this case, I added a 12 oz. bag of mint chips and a bit of peppermint extract.  My next go at it will be with peanut butter chips!

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Ballet and Ballerina Inspired Party Ideas

We have talked about ballerina parties before (HERE), but I don’t think we could ever have too much tulle and ribbon around here.  I found some fun new additions to ballet and ballerina inspired parties… and I have some featured items from the Diva Entertains shop too!  Here are some random ballet inspired ideas…

First, from pinterest (because I can’t find the original source), a super cute idea for forks at the ballerina party place settings:

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From Kate Landers Events, a seriously AMAZING post about a Nutcracker Suite party.  Did I say amazing?

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Get FABULOUS ballet slipper cookies from our Diva Entertains shop:

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I also fell in love with these ballet cupcakes from Cute Food.  Although there isn’t a tutorial the comments under the post hints at how they can be decorated.  Personally I would print a picture of it and take it to my supermarket bakery and ask if they could recreate them – I do this all the time!how to make ballet tutu cupcakes

Another fun decor idea, again from pinterest (and I can’t find the original source on this one either, but it’s too cute to not share)… I don’t think this would be too difficult with some poster board and tulle and ribbon!

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And how about some white chocolate covered oreos, with a gorgeous ballet design… from the Diva Entertains shop:

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eOreo Love!

Seriously… who does NOT like oreos?   There are LOTS of favor ideas and yummy ways to use them in your party planning… and I’m going to share a few today!

First, a DIY how to make oreo pops…from Makoodle

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And check out this youtube tutorial on making a Rainbow Oreo cookie jar:

 

And a different version of Oreo Pops – only 4 ingredients – from Lady with the Red Rocker

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One of our MOST popular posts to date… Oreo Peanut Butter Brownies

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From The Idea Room… MINNIE or MICKY MOUSE oreo pops!  Love this idea!!  She shows you how to easily make them!

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I found a super fun product from Fancy Flours – chocolate covered oreo cookie molds.  This one is a ladybug… but they have others

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And of course, you have to check our our FAB chocolate dipped and decorated Oreo Cookie Favors in the Diva Entertains shop!

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Frosting Cookies and Cakes

It’s time for a SWEET post, don’t you think?  I’ve got some great DIY and inspiration for cookie making and cake decorating!

From whisk-kid, a great step-by-step cake frosting tutorial!  (I need this post!!)

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A very simple tutorial on decorating with two color frosting cupcakes with store-bought icing, from anna and blue paperie:  And at the end of the post she provides a link for a very easy tutorial to frost a cake with roses!

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One of my favorite fondant artists is Sugar High, Inc.  You have to check out the online fondant art gallery… and prepared to be awestruck!  Well, Sugar High offers a few tutorials (not free) on how to create fondant art.  The price is TOTALLY reasonable for a tutorial of this kind… check out the adorable whales:

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My favorite cookie artist, Sweet Sugarbelle has a great post on making icing colors match:

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And I found this great photo tutorial on facebook, courtesy of SugarNosh Treats, for making leopard print cookies!

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Sunflower Wedding and Party Themes

I love sunflowers as a wedding or party them.  They are so bright and cheerful and fun… check out some fab ideas and inspiration for incorporating a sunflower theme into your next event.

From CakeCentral.com, an amazing sunflower wedding cake:

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 Want to find more sunflower inspiration? Simply go to Google.com/Images and type in “sunflower wedding cakes”.

Check out the simple, yet lovely silk sunflower centerpiece from bridecraft.com She provides a terrific step by step photo tutorial.

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Craftionary has a great tutorial for making handmade nylon flowers – love these!

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From Sweet Sugarbelle, a DIY tutorial on making sunflower cookies – these would be great for party favors or a reception!

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And of course, we have an entire section devoted to Sunflowers in the Diva Entertains shop… check out some of our favorites:

Sunflower-Favors Sunflower Lottery Ticket Holders | Sunflower Favor Boxes | Sunflower Wedding Fans

Reese Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bar Recipe

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Here’s another winning recipe from Danielle at Hugs&CookiesXOXO.  Her decadent recipes are always a HUGE hit at my house and this recipe is no exception.  Between the moist graham cracker crust, the lush cheesecake layer with chunks of Reese peanut butter cups AND a chocolate glaze – you know everyone is going to love this!

Fun Customer Party – Candy Land Baby Shower!

We love our Diva Entertains customers, and we especially love when they send us fab photos of their events!  Today’s post is from a recent baby shower with a Candy Land theme.  Check out some of the AMAZING photos we received from Carmen:

 

Candyland Favor Tags (on the gumball machines)

Doesn’t it look like it was an INCREDIBLY FAB shower?  I want Carmen to come decorate for my next event!!

Rolo Cookie Recipe with Peanut Butter Chunks

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Looks good doesn’t it!  Although this recipe originally called for chocolate chunks (larger than chocolate chips) I didn’t have any in the house but I did have mini Rolos!  They ended up being awesome!

I like my cookies thick and the best way to achieve that is to make sure that your cookie dough is cold or frozen when you put them in the oven (it you bake them right away they will still be delicious, but they will spread more and  be a bit crisper).

A friend on the recipe board I’m a part of posted this recipe from the Picky Palate blog. I’ve adapted it a bit below.

Fun Bowling Party Ideas

Happy New Year (again!)  We are excited about so many of our upcoming blogging posts and giveaways.  2013 is going to be a GREAT year here at Diva Entertains.

To get us started off, I have some great Bowling Party ideas for you!  Bowling parties are really perfect for any age – from little-littles all the way to grown-up kids! (And I’m not sure who likes bumper bowling more… me or my children!)

First, from the Hostess blog, a retro bowling party with a modern twist!  Such FAB ideas to get you inspired.  Her post details everything for this party!:

From vixenMade, an incredible red and white bowling party theme.  She offers great ideas for easy bowling party food (who knew chocolate covered oreos look just like bowling balls!)

I love the simplicity and the ideas from Blonde Designs Blog with her daughter’s bowling party.  She has some great tips for doing something similar!

And, check out this adorable Bowling centerpiece, from Kookie Krums:  The bowling balls were made out of white foam balls that were spray painted.  I think some fun centerpieces could also be made using bowling bags.

 

Speaking of cookies, we offer Bowling Cookies in the Diva Entertains shop, and here are some photos from a recent customer:

And finally, from Amanda’s Parties To Go, an OUTSTANDING post chock-full of ideas for creating and decorating the perfect Bowling Party.

She sells the entire package of personalized printables here for $29.

And one last fun link!  We have Bowling Grippy Socks in our Diva Entertains shop – check out these FUN favors here!

Princess Tea Parties

There aren’t many party themes more adorable than the Princess Tea Party theme.  If you are planning a princess tea party, I have some fun inspiration for you today!

From Kara’s Party, and incredibly styled princess tea party:

Lots of great ideas (and gorgeous photos) from TSJ photography.  Make sure you scroll all the way through to the end for the links to great sources!

From the Party Wagon, another gorgeous princess tea party… I love the tiara cake pops!  Go through all the pics and you will walk away with some fab ideas like colorful dipped marshmallows, hot pink sugar rimmed drinking glasses, princess tiara cookie and more!

From Glorious Treats, a pink and purple princess tea party… check out the gorgeous pink and purple ribbon frame above the tea party table.  Lots of decorating inspiration here (little touches that have a big impact!). Oh – and those number oreo pops are just too cute!

And finally, an AMAZING idea from Bubble and Sweet… an edible tiara on top a gorgeous ombre princess cake!  Here’s the link for her tutorial showing how to make cake ruffles.

 Are you planning a princess tea party?  We’d love to hear about it!