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A Very Vintage Halloween Party

Friday, October 30th, 2009

This past Tuesday night I had the pleasure of working with some of the very best in the wedding industry as we put on a Halloween Bash!  Since I am a little raced on time today (weddings & Halloween treats still need to be finished) I am borrowing Carissa’s, from JL Designs, info from her site!  Here’s how she describes the fabulous night…

“When yelena johnson of the stylish soiree and i decided we wanted to throw a fun halloween party for about 40-50 people it started off very small scale…but once we started tweeting it, the guest count quickly grew to over 150 people! and we just figured the more the better! let them come… :)

The initial design concept was kind of a playful vintage but as we got closer to the event and we kept finding new inspirations, it definitely morphed into something a bit more gothic, a bit more victorian and a bit darker…for the florals and decor pieces, i knew i wanted to go with all muted, lifeless colors…nothing bright or vibrant…and almost all of the vessels, candlesticks, platters, gravy boats, frames, mirrors, etc. were thrifted in order to keep an authentic, vintage feel…

I REALLY loved how everything turned out and just hours before the party began, the clouds rolled in, the wind got CRAZY (hello blackouts!) and it made for a perfect, eerie halloween setting…”
The incredible photos are the the uber talented Meg Perotti!  They are beyond gorgeous!  Thanks you, thanks you!

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I think that Carissa & Yelena did a fabulous job creating the perfect look for the party and thanks so much to Carissa’s assistant, Darci, and Jesi from Jesi Haack Weddings for all their help as well!
I had a great time creating the dessert menu for this party…lots of yummy fall treats!  I had also just created a new cake for a photo shoot with the help of my sister and Heather Kent (who did the amazing hand painting on the cake) and so I thought it was a perfect fit for the table!

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The desserts included new pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting and salted caramel, Halloween vintage postcard sugar cookies, coconut cupcakes, pumpkin cake lollipops, chocolate mousse dessert shot glasses, red velvet cake lollipops, pumpkin caramel cheesecakes with a gingersnap crust, and coconut cake lollipops.

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the night was SUCH a success and we have gotten amazing feedback from people letting us know how fun and fab it was! it could NOT have happened without my fellow sponsors and hosts:
Venue, Nature Center Courtyard in Franklin Canyon Park, Beverly Hills, Photography by Meg Perotti, Planned by Yelena Johnson, The Stylish Soiree, Floral & Event Design by Carissa Jones, JL Designs, Catering by Nathaniel Neubauer of Contemporary Catering, Photo Booth from Mint Photo Lounge, Calligraphy by Calligraphy Katrina, Entertainment: by DJ Crash, Rentals from Town & Country, Classic Party Rentals, Linens from Wildflower Linen, and Candy Bar by Special Events by Luz Pencyla.

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Check back tomorrow for more photos of all the people who were there!

Trick or Treat! It’s Halloween Time!

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Well, I thought I would quick try to get out a little post on some yummy treats that might inspire you for Halloween!  I meant to try and create some new cupcakes for this Halloween, but sadly all of my time got zapped up and so I thought I would show last year’s cupcakes along with some new sugar cookies.  Hope you enjoy!

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And thanks to Meg Perotti Photography for this great photo of my new vintage postcard Halloween cookies.  Place your orders soon if you want them by Saturday!

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We just started featuring some new fall treats as well!  The Pumpkin Cupcake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting and Salted Caramel is to-die-for it I do say so myself!  Way too tempting for me to look at everyday!

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And of course we had to make Pumpkin Cake Lollipops!  We can even drizzle them for you with Halloween colors on request!

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Thanks everyone for stopping by!  Make sure if you live in the area to place your Halloween orders soon!  Also if you have a moment check out the video from Isabel Gonzalez of The Very Vintage Halloween Party that I helped put on last night!  We had a great time…more photos of that soon!

Halloween Cupcakes & the Cookbook Winner

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Well, today I put in a lot of time trying out some new decorated cupcakes for Halloween, so get ready for lots of posts about Halloween/Fall cupcakes!  I know most of my readers like tutorials, so I took the extra time to document the creations step-by-step…hope you like them!  Before I go into the cupcakes though I want to announce the winner of The Perfect Scoop…it’s #11 DanaD!!! Congratulations Dana…just email me your contact information and I will ship the book off to you.  Now onto the cupcakes!  This first posting is going to be all about pumpkins and Fall leaves.  

These pumpkins are quite easy to make and can be decorated any way you like them.  You can leave them all one color (which would be the easiest route) or you can choose to make a multi color pumpkin like I did. Here are some photos of the process…

First you mix some fondant colors together…I choose two different color oranges, white, and sage green. To get the swirls you have to fold the fondant over itself and then stretch/roll it out.  Continue doing the fold over and stretching method until you get the look you want. Then roll the fondant into one or two balls (depending on the pumpkin you want).

Then using a toothpick make a hole in the top and make ridges on the side of the pumpkin.

Next, using a little brown fondant or modeling chocolate make the bark/stem and use the toothpick to make grooves into it to give it a realistic look.

Use a little green fondant to make the vines and then stack the pumpkins if you are doing a double decker. Brush on luster dust on the pumpkin if you have it to give it a shimmery look. 

Now onto the Fall leaf cupcake!  


This leaf was made with modeling chocolate, which is basically corn syrup and chocolate melted together and formed into a paste/dough.  It tastes sort of like a tootsie roll (not quite as good) and is very easy to work with.  It holds its shape pretty well and is easy to mold into figures.  So here is how you do it…

First you roll out the modeling chocolate to whatever size you want it…mine is about 1/8″ thick.  Then use a silicone impression to imprint the look of a real leaf onto the modeling chocolate.

Next, cut out the leaf shape with an x-acto knife and brush it with luster dust to give it a copper shine.


Definitely try these out, they are a lot of fun!  If you don’t have modeling chocolate you can use fondant or marzipan and they will work great too!

Get ready for some more Halloween cupcakes this week…watch out because they might get a little scary!

 



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