When I plan a party I start collecting ideas for decorations and menu and pin these ideas to my Pinterest board I create for that event. I try to create a menu that fits the party and I usually I add a few easy things and a few things I haven’t made before. I like to experiment in the kitchen and parties give me a good excuse to try something new.
For the baby shower I had planned to photograph all the food and have stunning photos to share with you. However, the day before the shower my hand mixer died, in spectacular fashion. To be honest it had been limping along for at least six months. Something was broken inside it and was rattling around in it and it finally worked its way into the motor. Naturally it died right in the middle of mixing the royal icing for the sugar cookies. It jettisoned a blade and the motor started whirring at a high pitch. I wasn’t going to be able to get a new one that day so I asked one of the guests to bring hers which pushed my time table back and left me with no time to get photos. I will try at the next party, so we have no photos but I will link to the recipes I used, where there are awesome photos.
Acorn Candy Cookies – These were very easy and quick to make. I was able to throw these together earlier in the week. I used Almond Hershey’s Kiss versus plain, because they were on sale and just store bought frosting to assemble.
Almond Dip – A few of the guests are vegetarians so I left out the bacon for this recipe, I was also out of green onions so I made it with onion powder instead. Toasting the almonds gave them a great flavor and I served it with Trader Joes Assortment Crackers. I actually made this again without the almonds for Easter and it was a hit.
Blueberry Muffins –I used frozen berries since that was what I had and these were great!
Meringue Mushrooms – Huge impact on these puppies. They were actually way easier then I was expecting. Even though I forgot to add the cocoa powder on top they still looked real. This was another item that I was able to make earlier in the week since they can last a long time.
Lemon Meringue Cupcakes – I made the cupcakes the day before and assembled them the morning of, I didn’t think that the meringue would last 24-hours. Great flavor! The lemon curd was just the right amount of tart.
Amanita Mushroom (Red with White Spots) Cupcakes – So these should have been my easiest project and they ended up being a huge pain. The melted frosting was sticky and made a huge mess and I tried to make my own dots with candy melt which was a disaster, so I ended up using White Sugar Pearls from Wilton. Primarily because I had them on hand. I just used a box mix (shudder) for the cupcakes and store bought frosting. I had thought about adding a cream filling but that got nixed once I discovered how sticky they were. They were sticking to eachother and pulling parts of each other’s cupcake off so there was red frosting and cake stuck to the outside of the tops and sides. People did like them and they were cute I just think that I would do something different next time, maybe a royal icing or a homemade buttercream.
Sugar Cookies – This is my go-to sugar cookie with royal icing recipe. I do these all the time and this is the best recipe I have found. I picked up some woodland animal cookie cutters at IKEA. They had a bear, fox, moose, snail and hedgehog. I am so sad that I didn’t get a photo of these because they turned out pretty cute. Next time I make these I’ll be sure to get lots of photos. my one suggestion would be that if you are tired when you make these you run the risk of making uni-brow snails, not saying that I did that but it could have happened.
Coffee Cake – Quick and easy. I actually added this last minute. Easy and quick.
Cran-Cherry Almond Scones – I was really happy with how these turned out. They were moist and flavorful. I could only find cran-cherries so I went with that versus the dried cherries suggested in the recipe. I also added an almond glaze on the top.
French Macaroons – This was my very first attempt at making French Macaroons. I made these two days before the party and whipped up a buttercream frosting the morning of for the filling. I had planned to have a coconut buttercream but it just wasn’t happening so I left out the coconut and was pretty happy with the result. It took me four attempts to get these to turn out correctly. I dyed mine teal and they were so cute. I pretty much followed the recipe as written. I am looking at macaroon pans so I could make the size more consistent, but I may try it one more time before making that commitment. I found the almond flour at Trader Joes.
Berry & Feta Salad – Recipe
Ranch Dressing – I am not sure if I missed something in this or if my garlic was just extremely pungent but this was very heavy on the garlic. Still good but way strong. I served this with the veggie tray.
- Veggie Tray – carrots, celery, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, snap peas & mushrooms
- Bagels with cream cheese
- Quiche (two vegetarian varieties)
- Greek yogurt with mixed berries & granola
- Honey Smoked Salmon
- Mimosa bar – Cranberry, Paradise Blend, & Orange Juices with champagne and sparkling cider
So as I read this I realize just how much food there really was. If you were a normal person you could certainly purchase most of these items or pare it down to be less variety and I think you would still be fine. I always struggle with wanting to start too early and most things just cannot be prepared more then 24 hours in advance, but overall this menu went together pretty well and aside from the hand mixer incident was pretty smooth.
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