The Party Emporium
10Feb

Valentines Day DIY

Valentines Day DIY

This is so embarrassingly simple, it’s barely a DIY – but combine our love of doilies and fairy lights for this super-sweet Valentines Day decoration. Using our new pink and metallic gold doilies, cut a small slit through the patterned edge in which you simply push the fairy light bulb through. Repeat, angling the hearts at different directions for a whimsical effect. Perfect about the bed, or around your favourite print – just remember never to leave your lights unattended!

8Feb

Sprinkles of fun

Sprinkles of fun

I’m one of those people who actually like those American style ‘cookies’ – those chewy, soft baked biscuits only they seem to do so well. So for Valentines, we thought these sprinkle-laden funfetti biscuits originally seen here on Sally’s Baking Addiction would be the perfect way to bake your way into your loved one’s heart.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) caster sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (190g)  all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar (cannot be omitted)
  • 1/2 cup (80g) sprinkles, plus more for sprinkle on top before baking

Method

In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream the softened butter for about 1 minute on medium speed. Get it nice and smooth, then add the sugar on medium speed until it gets creamy and light in color. Mix in egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides as needed. Set aside.

In a medium size bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Add the dry ingredients slowly, into the wet ingredients in 3 different parts. The dough gets thick and you may find it easier to take it off the mixer and stir the rest by hand. Once combined, fold in 1/2 cup sprinkles.

Scoop a large sections of dough (about 2 tbsp of dough) and roll into balls. Make sure the balls are taller, rather than wide. Add a few more sprinkles on top of each ball dough.

Chill the balls of dough for at least 2 hours and up to 48 hours in the refrigerator. This step is essential as it will prevent spreading in the oven. Because it was for Valentines Day, I flattened the balls and cut them into love heart shapes, bearing in mind they spread, so ensure the love heart shape is definitive.

Preheat oven to 180C. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Bake chilled cookie dough for 8 minutes, no more. The cookies will appear undone and very soft. Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheets for 3 minutes and move to wire rack to cool completely.

Cookies stay soft & fresh for up to 1 week at room temperature. Cookies freeze well. Cookies may be rolled into balls and frozen up to 3 months to bake at a later date. Recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.

2Feb

The sweetest ice cream party

The sweetest ice cream party

We were so inspired by one of our customer’s creative parties, we just had to share! Forget the kid’s party – we’d quite fancy one of these ourselves – especially if it involves an epic ice-cream cake like this! Re-create Rachelle’s ice-cream cake, seen here via One Charming Party by taking a ready made ice-cream cake, topping with a cone and chocolate ganache to look like melted chocolate and covering with sprinkles. Then give everyone a spoon and dig in! Check out our shop for sweet and inspired ice cream party goods and see all of the pictures from Rachelle’s party in our gallery here.